Creative Commons Kills One Sampling License

SamplingCreative Commons, a non-profit organization that releases licenses for sharing music and other creations freely over the Internet, is retiring one of its sampling licenses, citing lack of use.

Here’s CC’s Lawrence Lessig’s explanation of the decision to retire the license:

Until today, we have offered three versions of the Sampling license. Two of those versions permit noncommercial sharing of the licensed work (SamplingPlus, and Noncommercial SamplingPlus). One (the Sampling License) only permits the remix of the licensed work, not the freedom to share it. There is a strong movement to convince Creative Commons that our core licenses at least permit the freedom to share a work noncommercially.

Creative Commons supports that movement. We will not adopt as a Creative Commons license any license that does not assure at least this minimal freedom — at least not without substantial public discussion. We are grateful for the feedback, and for the understanding of those who helped us craft the sampling licenses, both of which got us here.

This change does not affect any existing licensed work. The links to these licenses, and every Creative Commons license, will always remain valid. The only change we’re making today is that we will no longer offer these licenses on our licensing page.

CC’s Sampling Licenses are an interesting option for musicians that want to encourage sampling and reworking of their music. People can take and transform pieces of your work for any purpose other than advertising, which is prohibited. Copying and distribution of the entire work is also prohibited.

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