Medium announced on Wednesday that it has added explicit licensing for the Creative Commons.
Today, in conjunction with Creative Commons, we’re happy to announce support for explicit post licensing on Medium.
As Lawrence Lessig explains, the early web was characterised by a network of independent creators drawing inspiration from each others’ work. We are proud to play a part in this creative, collaborative tradition.
Bloggers have long had the option of releasing their work under a CC license simply by adding a mention in the sidebar or footer of their posts, but now Medium is offering the option (including CC0, effectively a declaration of a release to the public domain) as a checkbox in a blogger’s admin pages:
Color me unimpressed.
While I like the concept of the creative commons license, I find myself puzzled by how this story merits coverage in The Verge, Boing Boing, and on other sites. It’s nice that Medium is saving bloggers the effort of adding a short string of text to their bio or the signature of a post, but that is really all that was accomplished here.
Today’s news is another example of why I’ve come to wonder why Medium gets all this attention. They are just one blogging platform out of dozens, and yet they are getting about half of all of the media coverage.
I can’t see why Medium should get all the attention, which is why I think this mostly comes from good marketing. Medium has set itself up as the the leading light of blogging.
I don’t see why Medium deserves that label more than any other blogging platform, but they have pulled it off. They’ve made themselves the poster child of The New School of Blogging, and now that I understand what they are I plan to write about them less.
Or am I crazy?