Awesome Stuff: Made With Creative Commons

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The last several weeks have focused on tech and gadgets, but this week we’re taking a break from that to look at a project I know will interest a lot of folks here at Techdirt. Instead of running down “The Good” and “The Bad”, let’s just explore why the new crowdfunded book Made With Creative Commons could be a great addition to the conversation about culture in the digital age.

For years, we’ve repeatedly brought up the fact that there’s no silver bullet business model for creators in the digital age, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make money. We’ve also been pointing out countless creator success stories, and virtually all of them are based on some highly original or custom-tailored approach to monetizing work. Many of those stories have been met with complaints that they aren’t replicable, but that’s exactly the point: without a silver bullet, every creator needs to figure out what business model works for them, not just copy what has (or hasn’t) worked for others.

The folks behind Made With Creative Commons are acutely aware of this idea. The book aims to catalogue a huge list of artists and creators who are successfully making a living online with their creativity while keeping their work open and shareable, and take a closer look at exactly how they are doing it. This can serve two purposes: a source of business inspiration and ideas for other creators, and a resource for open culture supporters in the ongoing debate about copyright and control. In that latter sense, it’s like a more thorough version of the link-laden paragraphs you’ve seen us deploy here on Techdirt from time to time, whenever a successful creator is called a ‘fluke’:

Of course, these days there are an awful lot of flukes. Like this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one and this one. And that’s just a few that I remembered and could easily look up, rather than any sort of representative sample. But they’re all flukes.

Backers of the project also get to cast votes for creators who they think should be included, and then of course the final product will itself be released under a Creative Commons license. But with less four weeks to go, the project still has a considerable amount of funds to raise in order to hit its goal — so if you’d like to see a book like this in production, or have strong opinions about who deserves to be featured inside, head on over to the project page and show your support.

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