[cc-licenses] Parallel Distribution Statement
james at grimmelmann.net
Tue Nov 28 16:46:06 EST 2006
Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts wrote:
> James wrote:
>> That said, the current profusion of licenses has been generating
>> confusion, and this is not a propitious time to be splitting off new
>> license variants.
> I suspect that most of the confusion is because:
> * The specific terms are not defined within the license;
> * The meaning of the licenses are vague in critical places;
Part of the problem is that knowledge of what places are critical only
develops over time. If the key places to be precise had been clear up
front, the licenses would have been clear in them. It's only the
groping process by which creators look to see whether CC licenses fit
their needs -- and complain if they don't -- that has shaken out many of
the ambiguities fixed in the 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 revisions. I don't feel
confident enough about there not being serious remaining ambiguities to
want to split even further.
> I'd suggest that creating more variants now will be much better -- both
> short term and long term --- than doing so in the future.
More licenses also creates more incompatible pools of CC-licensed
material. This problem is bad enough when each attribute linked to SA
creates its own pool that can't be combined with the other SA pools.
Doubling or tripling the number of such pools -- especially without a
good sense of which ones would attract significant use -- scares me.
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