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

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sat May 15 01:46:25 CEST 2004

A CC By license is pretty much exactly like the original BSD license  
with the credit clause.  That was well established as non-free.  But CC  
doesn't claim all of their licenses are free.  Most of them aren't at  


On May 12, 2004, at 2:26 PM, Frank Barknecht wrote:

> Hallo,
> I just stumbled accros this:
> http://www.debian.org/legal/licenses/dls-006-ccby
> It's interesting why debian-legal sees CC-By as "non-free". Quote:
>   Summary:
>       non-free Restricts modification
>   Justification:
>   * 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
>     §3).
>   * 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
>     grants.
>     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.
> Ciao
> --  
>  Frank Barknecht                               _ ______footils.org__
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