Q: How do artists benefit from Creative Commons licenses?

A: Starting artists benefit from Creative Commons licenses through exposure. Not only is the CC license still a novelty that attracts people, but a free download often means more people will see it, hear, or read it.

Popular artists such as the Beastie Boys, Cursive, Linkin Park and Pearl Jam have licensed work under CC instead of a full copyright. Pearl Jam had a remix contest: people could download a song and use audio editing to change it, then submit it for the contest. In this way artists can get free remixes of their songs, but they also get to see what other people think of their work, how it's interpreted.


Q: What does Florida Free Culture do to promote Creative Commons licensing?

Q: Why are you personally interested in Creative Commons licenses?

Q: What is this "middle ground" and how does Creative Commons recognize that?

Q: Why do you think technology companies such as Microsoft support Creative Commons?