So there is a slick new interface on the Creative Commons Choose a License page. Nice work. One of its features is informing the user whether or not the selected license is a “free culture” license.
Let’s ignore that as of now we still lack a clear definition of what “non-commercial” means (I understand the pending 4.0 versions attempt to clarify that). And I won’t get into the not-so-subtle value judgment that is applied when people select an NC license (see image above). Though I will note here that I think Heather Morrison, in her wonderfully named Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics has forwarded rationales (examples here, here and here) in favour of NC licensing that strike me as worth addressing.
It listed the following among its list of restrictions:
– No DRM or TPM [DRM - Digital Rights Management, TPM - Technological Protection Measures] – You must not restrict access to the work using technical measures, or otherwise attempt to impose limitations on the freedoms above.
So, to finally get to the point stated in the title of my post, if you were to take a “free culture” resource, and stick it in a lesson in a password-protected Learning Management System, would you be violating that license? Seeing that CC BY and BY-SA licenses forbid access control prohibition – is it possible that CC licensed resources cannot be used in password-protected spaces at all?