Setting to set a Creative Commons license

  1. forteller


    Just like you can set a standard license for all photos, plus tweak the license for each individual photo, on Flickr, one should be able to go to the General settings in any WordPress blog and set:

    1. A license for the whole blog, or:
    2. Standard license for blogposts.
    3. Standard license for pages, and
    4. Standard license for picture

    Then when writing a post, writing a page or uploading a picture you should be able to set the license for that specific item independently of the standard licenses.

    Please don't say that this is Plugin territory! I really believe it's not! When a proprietary, closed system like Flickr can have this built in, a Free and open system like WordPress should too, IMHO.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  2. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    That is plugin territory, though.

    Not every blog is CC, and licensing your personal content on your personal site is your own, personal, business. WordPress.COM would be a different sort of thing, and even then, they permit you to license your work how you want.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  3. forteller


    I strongly disagree (obviously ;)).

    No, not everyone wants to use CC, but standard full copyright would of course be one of the licenses to choose from (and the default one), just like in Flickr.

    It doesn't make sense to me that uploading media should be core functionality, but determining the license on that media should be some fringe thing you need install a plugin for.

    And it makes even less sense that a system created for publishing text should not include a way to tell the world the copyright status of that text. Especially when that system is Free Software and prides itself of that fact.

    Why does that factor in to it? Because when that system does not include a way to set a license it very strongly pushes you towards using full copyright (that is: unfree). (C) comes automatically, (CC) demands a lot of effort (At least these steps: actually knowing about the possibility, caring enough to do something about it, understanding that a plugin might be the thing to do about it, finding the correct plugin, setting it up properly)

    If setting a license is built in the default would still be (C), and (CC) would still demand some effort. But it would be a possibility you would become aware of when seeing the setting, and the effort to choose it would be minimal.

    Doesn't it make sense to have a way of choosing the rights and restrictions on the works you publish built into the publishing tool?

    I'm not sure I understand what you meant about wordpress.com, Ipstenu. Are you saying .com does have a system like this in place, or that you agree that it would make sense there, but not in .org? Or am I totally misunderstanding you?

    "licensing your personal content on your personal site is your own, personal, business"

    Yes, just like privacy settings, number and length of items in the feed, default link category, remote publishing and every thing else you can adjust in the built in settings is my personal business. But it shouldn't all be pushed out into plugins because of that.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  4. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    WordPress has a policy about "decisions, not options."

    By their very nature, licensing is such a massively complex series of decisions, it would be nigh impossible to implement in a way that would please half of everyone, let alone the 80% that WP aims for. It's a good idea, but it's impractical.

    There isn't a 'standard' set of copyright options, and not everyone wants to use creative commons.


    There's a set of possible plugins. Should the plugins become as popular as some others, perhaps WP would consider it. For now, this is a perfect plugin usage.

    This has already been proposed in Trac and turned down: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/9440

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  5. forteller


    Of course there are tons of other licenses, but I don't see why there couldn't be an option like this, for example in General:

    Choose the standard license on your posts (what is this?)

    () Full Copyright, All rights reserved
    () Creative Commons [Drop-down box to choose version]
    () Other: [box to freely write your own copyright text] [box to insert URL the copyright text from the previous box should link to]

    Thank you for your very speedy replies, btw, good half-elf sir! :)

    Posted: 6 years ago #

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    This is plugin territory