[cc-licenses] Unbundling the GPL
evan at prodromou.name
Wed Apr 25 08:17:43 EDT 2007
On Wed, 2007-25-04 at 12:15 +0200, Björn Terelius wrote:
> I think it is unfortunate that CC does not extend this help to
> programmers, and I see no reason (other than the practical) why it
> hasn't been done.
If you want to use Creative Commons licenses for software, you should.
They work fine.
The licenses don't have terms specific for software, most notably
requiring the availability of source code. If you wanted to use CC
licenses for Free software, this would be a problem. But since you
don't, they should probably work OK. Other people already do it.
If you want Creative Commons to endorse and promote the use of CC
licenses for software, well... that's an unlikely outcome. Arguing with
people on this mailing list is not the way to achieve that goal.
An easier path would be to start another group that promotes the use of
CC licenses for software. It will take a while for that group to gain
recognition, but I think it'll be easier than changing Creative Commons.
Because the text of the CC licenses are in the public domain, you can
also modify the CC licenses to include software-specific provisions, but
they wouldn't be "Creative Commons" licenses any more, and you'd need to
come up with a new name.
Evan Prodromou <evan at prodromou.name>
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