Creative Commons BlogCreative Commons Launches Study of "Noncommercial Use"
Today, Creative Commons announced the launch of a research study that will explore differences between commercial and noncommercial uses of content. The study will explore how the definitions of "commercial use" and "noncommercial use" are understood among various communities and in connection with a wide variety of content.
If that sounds like a press release blurb, it's because it is. ;-)
While CC has a pretty clear idea of what we think and hope non-commercial means, "what does non-commercial mean?" is probably one of the questions I get asked most often. It is also one of the most discussed topics in our community. I think the results of this study will be very helpful in providing a perspective and help us explain and guide this conversation.
I'm not going to dive into a conversation about what non-commercial means. I'll save that until after the study comes out.
Special thanks The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its supporting this study.