Hi @wolftune, thanks for the feedback!
Firstly, in terms of a session about how to deal with complex topics, I think that would be a wonderful discussion to have. My feeling here is that the key focus is all about setting expectations, having an effective discussion, and reaching conclusions. A key point here is an understanding that you can’t make everyone happy…that is the nature of contentious discussions.
As you used Dealing With Disrespect as an example, I wanted to reply to this specifically:
I agree. I did not make a valid case for a NC license because…to be honest…I didn’t feel that that I had to. Let me explain.
When communities work together on a shared work it is important to have a discussion between those doing the work to decide on licensing and distribution. The key thing here is the discussion. Not everyone will get their way as some may be unhappy with the final decision, but every contributor has earned the right to be involved in the discussion as it is a collaborative community project.
Dealing With Disrespect was different. This wasn’t a community project. I prepped, planned, wrote, produced, and released the book entirely by myself. I had seen a problem in our communities and I wrote the book as something I hope is useful to others. I never planned for it to be a collaborative work…mainly because I just don’t have time.
As such, with the book being a personal work, I felt quite comfortable just making a unilateral decision about licensing. I know from experience that some people won’t like that decision, and that is fine. I felt my primary goal here was to ensure the content is freely available. And it is…you can download a PDF, read it online, and share it with friends.
The reason I chose to not allow commercial distribution without permission is simple. I went to a lot of effort to write that book, and I paid to create it…tools, infrastructure, domain, themes, hosting etc. It doesn’t cost a lot of money, but it does cost money, so I felt that any commercial revenue raised should go back to the guy who created it.
Again, I appreciate this is not in the purist sense Free Culture, but I didn’t write this book to be a Free Culture work; I wrote the book to provide guidance for how to deal with disrespect, and Free Culture was a great way to license it.
Now, to be clear, in terms of quoting content and sharing it in other works, I don’t think there is an issue there. All of that comes under Fair Use. As such, I feel the content is super-flexible in how it can be used - you can download, read, and share it freely, and cite it in other works freely. The only real limitation is if you want to sell it and keep the money for yourself.
Sorry for the long reply. I hope it helped bring some clarity to the decision.