Creative Commons - what's your experience?

Triggered by some email exchanges with Coro Strandberg following my comments on Simon Zadek's blog, I am wondering what experiences other consultants have of using Creative Commons licences for their work. I am intuitively attracted to sharing for a couple of reasons:

  • if something seems to be helpful and effective, then our planet needs us to tell people about it, not keep it to ourselves
  • in an internet-connected world, basing your business model on selling IP seems pretty likely to fail, even if you have the resources to patrol and litigate.

Anything I publish on this site is covered by Creative Commons (see here for details) and I try to retain control of my IP in client contracts, precisely so that I can republish here and so make it more widely available.

I'd love to hear your experiences of sharing work in this way, or using others' work, or why you haven't gone down this route.

Thanks for sharing!


The small print

I have to put this somewhere on my site, and this seemed the best place! Penny Walker is the trading name of Verlander Walker Ltd.  (Strange but true.  Of course, Penny Walker is also actually my real name.)

Verlander Walker is registered in England (company number 0463 6657) and is registered for VAT (VAT registration number 853 7496 84).  The registered office is at 27 Mortimer  Street, London W1T 3BL.  Verlander Walker Ltd is insured for public liability and professional indemnity, and holds a licence from the PPL to use recorded music in workshops.

Because I think this job of bringing about a sustainable society is too important to keep secret, much of the material on this site is published under a creative commons "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives" licence, which means you are welcome to use it as long as you don't sell it on, don't fiddle around with it, and tell people that I wrote it and that they can find it on this site.  Of course, you are welcome to ask me whether you can use it ways not covered by this licence, and I'll be happy to think about it.

Some of the material was published elsewhere first, in which case even though I wrote it, the copyright may be shared with or held by someone else.  So you may need to abide by the stronger restrictions that they may have in place.

The GDPR and privacy statement is here.