Molly Crabapple's SHELL GAME, free and CC

Robbo sez, "Molly Crabapple's first major solo show, SHELL GAME, closed last Tuesday. Yesterday she released hi-res versions of the works under Creative Commons Share-Alike Non-Commercial. In her words:

"Without the support of hundreds of people online, Shell Game would never have happened. The internet believed in me, believed in the promise of my art, and showed that in concrete ways.

The internet gave me Shell Game.

I want to give them something back.

Today is May Day. The day of workers, immigrants, beautiful young girls, and rebellion. I'm releasing all the art from SHELL GAME on Creative Commons. Share. Remix. Make art. Wheatpaste the world."

Shell Game: CreativeCommons release (Thanks, Robbo)


  1. I hate to keep bringing this up but the license on the page doesn’t mesh with how Molly describes the wonderful work she’s put up. Unless I’m missing something this:

    “This work by Molly Crabapple is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.” 
    is a lot more restrictive than I the rest of the text on the page suggests it is supposed to be. If you can’t make derivatives how can you “remix” the art? I’m also missing the share-alike part that our fine host has mentioned, unless I’m reading the license wrong, which is pretty likely. Perhaps “unported” means that it must be share-alike? I’ve got no idea, please correct me if I’m wrong. 
    I’ll also admit to feeling like a jerk for even bringing this up and would love it if I’m the one who is wrong in reading the license.

    1. You’re not wrong.

      “Unported” just means it’s the international version of the license.

      ND means you can’t remix. Well you can, under Fair Use, but the license doesn’t guarantee your right to do that.
      NC means you can’t recover the costs you incur in promoting Crabapple’s work by downloading and displaying it unmodified.

      BY-SA would embody what is being said rather than done here.

    2. You’re completely right.

      No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

      That means she is explicitly forbidding what she says she wants: “Remix. Make art.”

      Normally I’d blame it on confusing legalese, but the short descriptions of the parts of the CC license are pretty much the clearest descriptions out there.

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