[cc-community] Fwd: [cc-licenses] A Free Content and Expression Definition

Mia Garlick mia at creativecommons.org
Mon May 1 13:21:07 EDT 2006

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> From: "Erik Moeller" <eloquence at gmail.com>
> Date: May 1, 2006 8:35:33 AM PDT
> To: "Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts" <cc- 
> licenses at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [cc-licenses] A Free Content and Expression Definition
> Reply-To: Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts <cc- 
> licenses at lists.ibiblio.org>
> The free culture movement is growing. Hackers have created a
> completely free operating system called GNU/Linux that can be used and
> shared by anyone for any purpose. A community of volunteers has built
> the largest encyclopedia in history, Wikipedia, which is used by more
> people every day than CNN.com or AOL.com. Thousands of individuals
> have chosen to upload photos to Flickr.com under free licenses. But -
> just a minute. What exactly is a "free license"?
> In the free software world, the two primary definitions - the Free
> Software Definition and the Open Source Definition - are both fairly
> clear about what uses must be allowed. Free software can be freely
> copied, modified, modified and copied, sold, taken apart and put back
> together. However, no similar standard exists in the sphere of free
> content and free expressions.
> We believe that the highest standard of freedom should be sought for
> as many works as possible. And we seek to define this standard of
> freedom clearly. We call this definition the "Free Content and
> Expression Definition", and we call works which are covered by this
> definition "free content" or "free expressions".
> Neither these names nor the text of the definition itself are final
> yet. In the spirit of free and open collaboration, we invite your
> feedback and changes. The definition is published in a wiki. You can
> find it at:
> http://freedomdefined.org/ or http://freecontentdefinition.org/
> Please use the URL <http://freedomdefined.org/static/> (including the
> trailing slash) when submitting this link to high-traffic websites.
> There is a stable and an unstable version of the definition. The
> stable version is protected, while the unstable one may be edited by
> anyone. Be bold and make changes to the unstable version, or make
> suggestions on the discussion page. Over time, we hope to reach a
> consensus. Four moderators will be assisting this process:
> * Erik Möller - co-initiator of the definition. Free software
> developer, author and long time Wikimedian, where he initiated two
> projects: Wikinews and the Wikimedia Commons.
> * Benjamin Mako Hill - co-initiator of the definition. Debian hacker
> and author of the Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible, board member of Software
> in the Public Interest, Software Freedom International, and the Ubuntu
> Foundation.
> * Mia Garlick. General Counsel at Creative Commons, and an expert on
> IP law. Creative Commons is, of course, the project which offers many
> easy-to-use licenses to authors and artists, some of which are free
> content licenses and some of which are not.
> * Angela Beesley. One of the two elected trustees of the Wikimedia
> Foundation. Co-founder and Vice President of Wikia, Inc.
> None of the moderators is acting here in an official capacity related
> to their affiliations. Please treat their comments as personal opinion
> unless otherwise noted. The Creative Commons project has welcomed the
> effort to clearly classify existing groups of licenses, and will work
> to supplement this definition with one which covers a larger class of
> licenses and works.
> In addition to changes to the definition itself, we invite you to
> submit logos that can be attached to works or licenses which are free
> under this definition:
> http://freedomdefined.org/Logo_contest
> One note on the choice of name. Not all people will be happy to label
> their works "content", as it is also a term that is heavily used in
> commerce. This is why the initiators of the definition compromised on
> the name "Free Content and Expression Definition" for the definition
> itself. We are suggesting "Free Expression" as an alternative term
> that may lend itself particularly to usage in the context of artistic
> works. However, we remain open on discussing the issue of naming, and
> invite your feedback in this regard.
> We encourage you to join the open editing phase, to take part in the
> logo contest, or to provide feedback. We aim to release a 1.0 version
> of this definition fairly soon.
> Please forward this announcement to other relevant message boards and
> mailing lists.
> Thanks for your time,
> Erik Möller and Benjamin Mako Hill
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