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Defining â€œNoncommercialâ€: A Study of How the Online Population Understands â€œNoncommercial Useâ€
Friday, September 18, 2009
This report details the results of a research study launched in September 2008 to explore differences between commercial and noncommercial uses of content found online, as those uses are understood by various communities and in connection with a wide variety of content. Generous support for the study was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The study investigated understandings of noncommercial use and the Creative Commons â€œNCâ€ license term through online surveys of content creators and users in the U.S., open access polls of global â€œCreative Commons Friends and Family,â€ interviews with thought leaders, and focus groups with participants from around the world who create and use a wide variety of online content and media. The research behind Defining â€œNoncommercialâ€ was conducted by Netpop Research, under advisement from academics and a working group consisting of several Creative Commons jurisdiction project members as well as Creative Commons staff and board members.