[cc-licenses] Canadian Rights?
peter.brink at brinkdata.se
Mon Mar 5 05:34:34 EST 2007
Donnie to Z skrev:
> I live in Canada, have a novel coming out soon, and am considering making it
> available as a free download. Does choosing a Canadian licence put my
> rights at risk in other countries (especially the US)?
Your rights as a creator are guaranteed in foreign countries by
international agreements, such as the Berne Convention (BC) and TRIPS.
Each member nation of the BC agrees to grant foreign copyright holders a
minimum set of rights which is laid out in the convention (it is in fact
possible to grant native copyright holders less rights than foreign
under the BC but I don't know of any such case). In fact the license
does not affect _your rights_ at all. You can, for example, license your
work in other ways as well if you wish.
What you do when you issue a CC license is to grant users of your works
some rights they would otherwise not have. As Dana pointed out the
license is meant to be enforceable worldwide. It might not have exactly
the same effect, i.e. the grants may work somewhat differently from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but it's (as far as we know) enforceable
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