One For The Commons


Are there any requirements to submit?

There is only one requirement one must fulfill to be included in the One For The Commons project: one must have a Wikipedia page.

Having a Wikipedia page means that you meet Wikipedia’s Notability Guidelines. We have selected these guidelines as the most appropriate metric for determining who to include in the project. Why are we using Wikipedia’s Notability Guidelines? The answer is two-fold.

First, why are we enforcing ANY requirements? Don’t we want as many artists as possible to participate? We do, but, the goal of 14TC is to facilitate artists who have ALREADY made a contribution to the art world to extend their influence into the publicly accessible digital commons. In addition, an integral part of the 14TC project is releasing a print catalogue of submitted works. It would be physically impossible to produce such a document if there were no limits on how many people could submit images. As such, some method of selection necessary, BUT we have no desire (or right) to act as curators. So we must use an external requirement.

Second, if an external requirement is necessary, why use Wikipedia’s Notability Guidelines? Wikipedia is a project with innumerable participants. Its guidelines have been generated by consensus by a huge community, and are therefore, better expressed and better enforced than any system we could invent on our own. Also, since our project is dedicated to developing the artistic value of the commons, we are happy to support the decisions of Wikipedia, which has emerged as a core institution in the commons.

Does an installation image of a work of art make the original work of art Creative Commons licensed?

How do I explain this to my gallery?

Do I have to use Flickr or the Internet Archive?

Can I still make money from a work I make available under a Creative Commons licenses?

Absolutely. Firstly, because our licenses are non-exclusive which means you are not tied down to only make a piece of your content available under a Creative Commons license; you can also enter into other revenue-generating licenses in relation to your work. One of our central goals is to encourage people to experiment with new ways to promote and market their work.

Secondly, the noncommercial license option is an inventive tool designed to allow people to maximize the distribution of their works while keeping control of the commercial aspects of their copyright. To make one thing clear that is sometimes misunderstood: the “noncommercial use” condition applies only to others who use your work, not to you (the licensor). So if you choose to license your work under a Creative Commons license that includes the “noncommercial use” option, you impose the ”noncommercial” condition on the users (licensees). However, you, the creator of the work and/or licensor, may at any time decide to use it commercially. People who want to copy or adapt your work, “primarily for monetary compensation or financial gain” must get your separate permission first.

One thing to note on the noncommercial provision: under current U.S. law, file-sharing or the trading of works online is considered a commercial use — even if no money changes hands. Because we believe that file-sharing, used properly, is a powerful tool for distribution and education, all Creative Commons licenses contain a special exception for file-sharing. The trading of works online is not a commercial use, under our documents, provided it is not done for monetary gain.


Are Creative Commons licenses enforceable in a court of law?

The Creative Commons Legal Code has been drafted with the intention that it will be enforceable in court. That said, we can not account for every last nuance in the world’s various copyright laws and/or the circumstances within which our licenses are applied and Creative Commons-licensed content is used. Please note, however, that our licenses contain “severability” clauses — meaning that, if a certain provision is found to be unenforeceable in a certain place, that provision and only that provision drops out of the license, leaving the rest of the agreement intact.


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