"Hmm," you say, "I thought I specified Non-Commercial in my Creative Commons License. Let me check on that."
And so the journey begins.
Log out of Instructables and find your own Instructable. Click on the "more info" link.
Step 1: Download That PDF
So while you're logged-out (as if you're an anonymous Interweb lurker), click on that PDF link.
What's this? I need to have a "Pro" membership to download PDF's? Okay ... and it's a modest (but not Non-Commercial) expense. Hmm ...
Update 2009-Aug-19: I should have read closer. In 7(d) it says, "you grant Instructables the world-wide, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, publicly perform and publicly display such Content solely for the purposes of providing and promoting Instructables." It's the "royalty-free" thing that implies they can collect money but they're under no obligation to pay you part of it.
Step 2: No, Really: Download the PDF
From my limited vantage point, it appears that any user who signed up before that whole "Pro" thing gets to download PDF's. Or maybe it's just our own. Regardless, I think anybody can download the PDF.
Update 2009-Aug-19: It's both. Users with accounts before Pro appeared get 3 months of Pro services and you can always download your own PDF.
Step 3: Edit Your Instructable You Just Acquired the PDF Of
Step 4: Save Your Instructable
Step 5: Check to Make Sure It Worked.
And this time, take a closer look. Didn't my license also say, "Share Alike"? Shouldn't it include the same Creative Commons license I specified in the first place? Curious and erroneous, but I don't feel like editing a PDF right now.
Step 6: What About Eric?
Whoa, there pardner: let's take a time-out for a minute first.
The guy's just trying to make a buck on his really clever idea. I mean, Instructables is a great tool. It's a nice sandbox for those of us rusty in the whole technical writing department. I have to say, my own ability to explain a process has expanded immensely. Plus, my photography skills have improved.