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Fun fact: when I was a freshman in college I thought my most useful contribution to free software (I was not a programmer at the time) would be to make a webcomic about two people mod'ing their house and it turning it into what we would now call a "hackerspace" (that term didn't exist then) where the whole house was slowly automated (IoT didn't exist then either). I never finished it or even got what we would call "far" at all.

But you can still find it... not that it's good...

@cwebber you might be interested in this little project of a friend of mine: glider.ink/

@rysiek I guess since you linked your thing, I'll link my awful unfinished comic lingocomic.com/comic.php?index

The one thing I'm proud of about it was the level of experimentation I was doing at the time in each page. It did influence a lot of my future artwork and experiments.

Part of the reason I never finished it was "imposter syndrome" though I didn't know the term at the time. I was afraid I didn't understand the tech I was describing enough. The upside is I started learning more...

@rysiek But really, for *years* I thought I would come back to it and this would be my major life's work.

Time changes you...

@rysiek Also I'm super, super embarassed to see I had an *NC* license at the time. Gak!

@Shamar @cwebber

The problem with the NC is that it's counter-productive and does not achieve what artists want it to achieve.

It does nothing to stop people who do not care about licensing from "stealing" your work.

OTOH it stops people who feel strongly about licensing from using your work, making derivatives, making it popular.

It's terribly vague -- what does it even mean? If I use this CC By-NC picture in a presentation funded by a grant, is that "commercial"?

CC By-SA is way better.

@rysiek @Shamar Nobody agrees on what "noncommercial" means, and you will either block uses you want or be surprised to hear that others consider uses you feel should be prohibited they believe are allowed. Worse yet: noncommercial licenses don't compose. What happens when 100 entities later contribute to a noncommercial license, if they hope to enforce it as a revenue stream?

"noncommercial" licenses always fail.

@cwebber @rysiek @Shamar

I'm gearing up to release what I've written thus far on the web under a CC license, and I'm going with BY-SA-NC because I don't expect people to write fanfic based on my setting or adapt my work for other media, and if they do I sure as hell don't want them making money off it without coming to me first and offering me a piece of the action.

@starbreaker @cwebber @Shamar

2. as far as people "making money off of your work without coming to you first" is concerned.

First of all, SA takes care of that to a large extent: no large company will release anything on SA, so they would still need to come to you first to get a special license.

But for the smaller stuff, when I was considering the license for my blog, I went with: well, *I* can't figure out how to monetize it. Why block others? Maybe they will come back and pay me for more.

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@starbreaker @cwebber @Shamar turns out that thanks to SA I got a couple of Spanish translations of my posts, published in random places. Some of these places are ad-supported. NC would block that (or they would violate the license).

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@rysiek @starbreaker @cwebber @Shamar this was a good and informative thread on how different CC licenses can work.

Also, how are there not already CC mastodon emoji?! 😮 *gets right on that*