Why people (shouldn’t) use NC
- They think they might get more money out of their project, which in most cases is not true. (eg. Sita sings the blues)
- The permission culture looks attractive, but it only restricts fans to do what they like. This is a freedom-violation.
- A more problematic point of view: when you use NC to ensure only you can make money with it, you’re technically creating a monopoly on what you created. You certainly have the right to do so, yet I think, like in each case of a monopoly, this leads to bad products, and mad customers for any of your commercial attempts.
More reasons not to use NC you can find here
Why it isn’t that bad after all
You may want to protect your art against capitalistic influences if you’re a fan of «l’art pour l’art». I think the freedom to choose whether your art should never be used for profit equals the freedom to choose whether your art should be shared alike or not, if that involves you don’t use it for commercial purposes yourself.
This being said I think the NC is a very dubious way of being good for free culture. You still keep the right to use your work in bad ways, … and who says your heirs think alike?
A better alternative, and still free enough in my opinion, would a NP-flag: no profit. To ensure the artist’s purpose is not to create a monopoly, the NP-flag should automatically drop the moment the artist uses it for profit.
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