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Following my initial Briefing Document on NFTs and a further contribution with Lucy van Delft regarding minting her life’s work, I tried to get some clarification on any potential discordance between Creative Commons licenses and NFTs.  I couldn’t find any.

So I approached the CC Community on Slack, to see if  anyone had any thoughts on the matter.  It started a lively discussion with Jonathan Poritz and Eric Steuer.

Eric said there was a piece being worked on, in this area, and I allowed him to use my issue as a use-case. The result is that the CEO of Creative Commons, Catherine Stihler, has written an article “At the Intersection of NFTs and Creative Commons Licenses

This article loops in articles on Environmental Impact, Copyright and from the Artists Rights Society, so it’s scope is quite wide-ranging.

Catherine’s findings in short: Because my podcast episode was originally made available under CC’s BY-SA license, it seems that as long as the person minting the NFT (Lucy) abides by the terms of the license (e.g. offers proper attribution and complies with anything that would be triggered by the SA clause), they are operating in line with what the license enables, both legally and in spirit. 

Pete Cogle

5th May 2021