[cc-licenses] Subject Matter: Semiconductor Masks and Design Rights
sarah at creativecommons.org
Thu Apr 12 13:15:34 EDT 2012
Thanks very much for this concrete proposal, Christopher. We have added it
to the 4.0 wiki<http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0/License_subject_matter#Considerations_regarding_scope_of_license.3B_other_copyright-like_rights>.
Defining the scope of the license is the most challenging aspect of the 4.0
drafting process. We continue to struggle with the tension between wanting
the license to be as comprehensive as possible to give licensees all of the
rights they need to truly exercise the rights granted, and on the other
hand, preventing it from being so broad it includes rights that are not
likely to be held by a single licensor.
Note there is also a second question as to whether these rights beyond
copyright should be licensed and subject to all of the license conditions,
or whether they should simply be waived or not asserted by the licensor
(and if so, which rights should fall into which category). The initial
draft of 4.0 includes a waiver of "ancillary rights" to the extent possible
and necessary for the licensee to exercise the rights granted under the
license. We are very curious to hear thoughts on whether this dual approach
is practical and useful.
All of these issues are extremely important for receiving community
feedback. Any input would be much appreciated.
On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 3:59 AM, Christopher Covington <cov at vt.edu> wrote:
> With the expansion of rights licensed expanding to include database
> rights, I'd like to propose also adding other sui generis rights,
> specifically semiconductor mask rights and design rights. These were
> both recently added to a modified version of the Apache license to come
> up with the Solderpad Open License .
> 1. http://solderpad.org/licenses/SHL-0.51/
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