[PD-ot] Debian's stance on the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-by)

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Wed May 12 20:26:39 CEST 2004


I just stumbled accros this: 

It's interesting why debian-legal sees CC-By as "non-free". Quote:

      non-free Restricts modification 

  * It appears (though it's slightly unclear) that credit to
    original author(s) must be as prominently displayed, and in
    the same location, as credit to any other author. This
    restricts modification (DFSG §3).
  * When any Licensor asks, all references to their name(s) must
    be purged from the work. This restricts modification (DFSG
  * Use of the "Creative Commons" trademark (or related
    trademark or logo) appears to be a license violation, and thus grounds
    for a copyright holder to revoke the license. This violates the
    "Tentacles of Evil" test and can remove all freedoms the license

    This references the trademark notice on the license's
    website where it is not obvious if this notice is part of the license.

I think, especially the trademark issue is noteworthy.

 Frank Barknecht                               _ ______footils.org__

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