I had seen attribution on several sites about the Creative Commons licensing project. I had seen it most prominently displayed at Joi Ito’s blog. The project gives authors and creators the ability to license their work for public use – the idea being to allow people to provide their work for public use and set conditions on that use that are legally binding while encouraging contribution to the public domain.
I have added a Creative Commons license to this site. I welcome people’s use of my work, including modification and addition, as long as it attributes the original work to me, is not for commercial gain and any modifications are offered to the public under an identical license. Click the link to the right of any of my pages to read the Creative Commons deed associated with my license. From there, you can get to the legalese version of the actual license.
On CC’s website, there is a tool for choosing your own license, which generates code that can be added to any site. If you have legal experience or otherwise have feedback for the CC team, please provide it at their site. The licenses they currently provide are version 1.0. They would like to continue to improve them over time.
Further, CC is having a contest for development of a moving image that describes their mission. The first prize for the contest is a new desktop – either an Apple G5 or an Alienware box, both worth approximately $3,000 retail. If you are a techie and graphically gifted, I recommend that you consider entering.