Internal Creative Commons Licensing

One of the things that has irked me throughout my career has been the way that people have used and abused my work inside the organisation.Glen Coe

I’ve often seen my work passed off as someone else’s, on the flip side I’ve always tried to give credit where credit is due.

Sometimes I’m sure that people have passed my work off as theirs for self-serving reasons, on most occasions I’m sure that they don’t do it deliberately (at least that’s what I tell myself).

The way that I feel about different pieces of work varies. Some pieces of work are derivatives of someone else’s work and I’m not overly protective of my part in it; other pieces require a significant amount of effort and I’d like to be rewarded for the effort by, at least, being recognised for it.

Within the organisation in which I work there really isn’t a framework for marking the difference between the types of work. What I think I want is something similar to Creative Commons Licensing, but run at a personal or team level within the organisation.

There are some things I would like to mark as “Share Alike”, but there are other elements that I would prefer “Attribution” for, and yet others where I would like to define a “No Derivatives Work” label.

I’m not talking about a legal framework here, I’m talking about internal recognition. If each piece of work was labelled in this way we would be able to glean all sorts off value from a piece of work beyond what we can currently. As an example, we would know what it genesis was and who the thinkers were behind it.

What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Internal Creative Commons Licensing”

  1. So we should invent some logos and watermark them in the corner of graphics or slides. You could have 2 side by side, one with who can see it Internal Only/NDA viewers/Public and the second Attribute / Share Freely / Please enhance.

    I wonder if it would change behavior? The first problem will be overcoming the “erm whats that”, same as most folk have no idea what creative commons is.

    On the flip side there are many cases where you do not want to restrict viewing pleasure or exposure that a strategy or idea gets within the enterprise.


  2. Great thought. I’d definitely like something like this inside my organisation too, I’m regularly seeing old slides or images of mine recycled without attribution, and it’s just the polite thing to do, or at least to acknowledge that you’ve built on the work of others.


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