wiki_tomos at inter7.jp
Mon Apr 4 01:35:44 EDT 2005
(Please be aware that I am not a lawyer or legal expert, and my opinions are
Hi. I think the answer is no. But I think it is not as bad or inconvenient as you
1) Can I take a CC-by'd work and change its license to CC-by for a different jurisdiction?
No, I am afraid.
I checked CC-by Canada and CC-by generic, and both seem to say that
when you -
(i) simply distribute or reproduce the work, you cannot change the license.
(ii) create derivative work and distribute it, you are free to license it
in any way for the part you have done, but the original work remains under
the same license. You have to clearly disclose that.
These two types of license restrictions are stated in 4a & 4b of CC-by Canada
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ca/legalcode.en and CC-by generic
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode . (See also section 8b of the license).
2) So all CC licenses are simply incompatible?
Some CC licenses are compatible. CC-by-sa 2.0 of many (if not all) jurisdictions
allow derivative works to be released under another CC-by-sa license. More specifically,
you can take a work licensed under CC-by-sa generic, create a derivative work of it,
and release it under CC-by-sa 2.0 France or CC-by-sa 2.0 Canada, etc.
This is stated in the 4b of the CC-by-sa 2.0 generic.
Note that you cannot do the same with CC-by-sa 1.0 generic. 4b of the CC-by-sa 1.0 generic
(which is written and released when no CC-by-sa Japan and other jurisdictions' licenses
did not exist yet) says the derivative works have to be under the exact same license terms.
3) Can I use CC-by'd work to create a derivative work, and release it under CC-by-sa?
If so, what happens to the work?
I think the answer is yes. Let's take an example of an Blog entry originally released under the
CC-by 2.0 generic, written in English. Now a person wants to translate the article into French
and distribute under CC-by-sa 2.0 France.
The actions - translating the text, distributing the translated text, and releasing CC-by-sa
do not go against license restrictions specified in 4b.
However, only a part of the resulting work (a blog entry translated into French) is under
CC-by-sa French in this case. The act of translation gives the translator some copyrights in
the texts (such as choice of words and expressions), but the original English text is still
copyrighted by the original blogger. The original work is still available under CC-by 2.0
Does this cause any inconvenience? I imagine not much, but I would be interested to know if any
----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel Carrera <dcarrera at math.umd.edu>
To: cc-licenses at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 17:06:18 -0500
Subject: Re: License compatibility.
>I wonder if the CC licenses are compatible accross different languages.
>For example, can I take something in the English BY license:
>And release it under the French BY license? :
>And from here I could hope over to French BY-SA :
>Is that right?
>I figure it must be. Otherwise the exercise of multiple language licenses
>would seem kind of pointless. But I would like to ask. There is someone who
>is interested in taking the user guide we're writing (under English BY),
>translate it to French, and release it under French BY-SA.
>Thank you for your help.
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