Yesterday, I posted a link to my new column on self-serve commercial licensing, a "commercial commons" idea that would allow makers to commercially exploit your trademarks and copyrights in return for a fixed percentage of the money they earn off those products. I've gotten a ton of email about this, and there's an interesting thread of people with ideas for a logo to put on products licensed under self-serve. The logo above comes from the excellent Skennedy.
Here's another interesting proposal from Grant Robertson:
I don't know if you have a logo in mind for this license but how about this one:
It is very simple and can be typed on a regular keyboard. The asterics represents a gear which represents making things. It simply says, "If you make stuff from my work then you have to send me money." It could be made fancier with nice graphics for printing or posting on a web site. But by basing the fancy logo on something that can be easily typed on a keyboard, it will make it easier for people to discuss and adopt.
Perhaps it could be modified to indicate how much a crafter should pay:
means, "If you make stuff from my work you have to pay me 15%."
I like the * as gear and * as wildcard crossover!
Do you have any good ideas for logos and license text? Hit the comments.
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