The advertisement of the Creative Archive has raised a bit of a stink amongst certain circles. There are some neutral reports, like this one in Wired, or the one in The Guardian. The CC-UK list has given the licence a lukewarm reception, with downright negative vibes coming from the Friends of the Creative Archive list. Others have concerns that the licence is not compatible with Creative Commons (one may want to ask “so what?”). Others have concerns about the No-Endorsement clause.
I am slightly concerned about the snipes from the Creative Commons orthodoxy about a new licence model. Why should the BBC follow the CC model if it doesn’t fit? To me it is much better to have loads of content released under an open licence, whatever that licence may be. I do not believe that all free and open source software should use the GPL, or the BSD licence; one of the great things about open source is that you can choose your licence. I am afraid that the open access and creative movement may be moving towards the monopoly of Creative Commons and the use (and abuse) of McLicences. Compatibility is nice, but complaining about breaking with CC orthodox belief is just silly.