[cc-br] guidelines for discussion

Glenn Otis Brown glenn at creativecommons.org
Tue Aug 5 00:47:08 EDT 2003

1) Bookmark important emails for review later.

For example:

a) http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/cc-br/2003-August/000018.html  -->

is the first draft of the translation/adaptation by FGV and Mr. Lemos  
da Silva. You will likely return to it often, as it is the centerpiece  
of discussion, so please bookmark it now for efficiency later.


b) http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/cc-br/2003-August/000019.html -->

is the re-translation of the license plus the explanation of what  
substantive legal changes were made. As I said before, I thank Mr.  
Lemos da Silva many times over for this document. It really is a model  
that every other iCommons discussion list should follow. (Beginning  
with Japan and Finland, whom i'll send a copy to very soon.)


2) Keep your emails  a) relatively short


b) limited to one subject per email.

This will help other not be overwhelmed by mail, leaving it in small,  
digestible amounts of text. This approach provides the additional  
benefit of being able to link back to previous emails by subject very  
easily (as I've demonstrated above).

3)  Please limit your suggested changes to things that will better help  
the license fit into Brazilian law.

The role of the discussion is not to second-guess either a) Creative  
Commons general policy, b) the philosophy reflected in the license, or  
b) decisions of Mr. Lemos da Silva's that, if made otherwise, would not  
substantively have changed how the license operates in Brazil.

In other words, the goal is to change the license the least amount  
possible to make it concord with Brazilian law. Suggestions that go  
beyond this goal will most likely not affect the final license.

The first line of judgment on what changes are made is Mr. Lemos da  
Silva's. The final judgement of what changes are accepted is Creative  
Commons' -- mine and iCommons coordinator Christiane Asschenfeldt --  
with Mr. Lemos da Silva's help

4) Please feel free to ask us questions about our laws, and to tell us  
what you like better (or, heaven forbid, worse) about how yours work.

Part of the fun of this discussion will be, I hope, that we get to  
compare the quirks and eccentricities of our respective nation's  
copyright laws. I know that I'm most interested in seeing how the U.S.,  
where I'm from, can learn from the rest of the world in these matters.  
I expect the archived discussion, when it's finished, will serve as a  
history of this experience that will be useful to anyone from any  
country interested in these issues.

So despite my comments in section 3) above, I hope you'll let the  
discussion be free and healthy, but also focus suggested changes to the  
text to the smallest necessary to make the license work within  
Brazilian law.

Thanks very much. It's now Mr. Lemos da Silva's discussion to lead.


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