Originally Posted by Brutha
Then you have people like Seth Godin. He published an 100+ ebook and put it out under Creative Commons.
Then someone went and published it as a paper book.
He wasn't exactly happy about it.
But if someone did that, Seth Godin could have sued and would have won (unless his Creative Commons had specified free commercial use). I mean... If you are an unknown author, and publish an e-book, or a paper book under an ordinary copyright license, and someone else plagiarizes it... You're just as much f**** up as if the book was Creative Commons, no more no less. If an author faces the possibility of the need of defending his rights in court, and doesn't have much money for lawyers, copyright laws don't defend his rights any better than creative commons. When we get to the point of a big company taking your work and you having to sue them, the problem is the lack of money for lawyers, not the artistic license. Big companies have abused many small owners of everything, not only authors, trusting that most people don't have enough funds to pay lawyers for years to defend their rights. What happened to Seth Godin had nothing to do with Creative Commons, but with some company's unethic behaviour... which unfortunately is not that uncommon these days.