[cc-licenses] Disclaimers for works of opinion as an incentive to free licensing

"Carlos Solís" csolisr at riseup.net
Sun Apr 29 12:24:15 EDT 2012


Several authors in the free software movement (most particularly the
members of the FSF) are reluctant to use DFCW licensing (CC-BY-SA, or
CC-BY) because, in that way, their works of opinion could be freely
modified by others, which could be used to distort their opinions [1].
However, despite of the obvious reason for their decision, such a position
has been perceived as incongruent by free culture advocates [2]. A way to
be able to freely license a work, while guaranteeing that the integrity of
the authors of opinion works and their ideas is upheld, should be of great
concern for the following versions of CC-BY-SA licenses.

My idea to do it would be to add a mandatory disclaimer for derivative
CC-BY-SA works of opinion that states whether the derivative work has been
stated by the original author to be in the spirit of the original work or
not. In the negative case, the derivative work must clearly state that the
derivative work's ideas are solely from the author of the derivative work,
not necessarily from the original author.

[1]: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#OpinionLicenses
[2]: http://blog.ninapaley.com/2011/07/04/rantifesto/

- Carlos Solís



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