I am building a website with my business partner. This website is going to contain information that we do not want to be reused. To do this I am going to release it under a creative commons license.


In the event someone uses our content without our permission, would I be able to take action against this person?

  • If yes, to what extent?
  • If no, why not?
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    You "do not want [the information] to be reused", but you "release it under a creative commons license"? Aren’t you enabling reuse by that in the first place?
    – unor
    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:29
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    Do you mean "reused commercially" or "reused in a derived form" instead of "reused"? You're enabling reuse with a CC license. Compare, "I do not want my relatives to visit me, so I sent them a letter with my home address and an open invitation to visit any time they like." Your stated objective and your actual behavior are completely at odds; are you sure your wording is correct here?
    – apsillers
    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:36

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Yes, there have been several cases where violations of a CC licence have been taken to court, and the rights holders have won. Wikipedia lists just a few.

Note that the Creative Commons organisation would not be a legal party if this happened to you, and you would have to cover all of your own legal costs.

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