Today I’ve had my second challenging conversation around Creative Commons licencing.*
The training I mentioned yesterday has three models that will be useful to take back to my workplace and use to frame my thinking around discussing performance (of any quality). One in particular hits a lot of the issues I need to consider for my work, and was shared as a useful work-sheet to facilitate that thinking. However, the sheet was presented to us as something that should be used and discarded within the class, or used only as a guide in future.
To fix this, I suggested to the teacher that an email copy would be useful. She was unconvinced. The model is a key part of what their company has to sell, and they keep close control over their models and handouts to make sure other training companies don’t undermine their market. However, a longer discussion** turned up a few interesting points, which we’re planning to meet and discuss another time:
- The company is planning to expand to a new, distant market where sharing their model may help to raise their profile.
- Sending attendees away with copies (including electronic copies) of the material makes it more likely they will share information and skills from the course, raising the company’s profile and number of potential customers.
- The model could easily have been copied by an attendee, meaning that the company’s IP protection is (to my entirely non-legally trained perception of the situation) only protected by copyright law. A licence that supports appropriate sharing could provide similar protection.
While this was only an early discussion, the quote on the company’s website makes me think we have common ground to start from: “Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.” – Albert Einstein.
*The first conversation was with my mother-out-law just before we published her first book. She was skeptical, but we’re talking about extreme measures for book number two: an ebook licenced with Creative Commons!
** This longer discussion was only possible because the trainer, Yvonne, was in every way approachable and open to discussion. She came from People and Strategy in Canberra, and I would absolutely encourage people to look into their training courses if management/staff interaction is something you want to work on.