[cc-community] "CC-GNU GPL" & GFDL

Jon Phillips jon at creativecommons.org
Tue Mar 11 22:56:04 EDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-02-28 at 22:20 -0600, Terry Hancock wrote:
> Chris Watkins wrote:
> > The CC-GNU <tr_1204163091589>GPL
> > <http://creativecommons.org/license/cc-gpl>mark is a CC tool for
> > marking GFDL content - a great tool that gives a
> > highly visible mark, and presumably it will allow for searching when
> > specifying a free license.
> > 
> > But there is no such tool for the GFDL license - is this correct? Why is
> > this?
> That's easy, it's competition. ;-)

Or rather, no one did the work to set it up like the cc-gpl above...

> CC acknowledged early on that the CC licenses were not good for
> software, so it is a specific CC recommendation to use GPL (or LGPL) for
> software. Thus CC needed deeds for those licenses.
> But the GFDL is a content license, which competes with CC-By-SA and
> therefore CC doesn't recommend it (neither do I for that matter, GFDL is
> needlessly complicated and can be "non-free" if you use the invariant
> sections parts).
> There's also about a dozen semi-common non-CC content licenses out there
> that also compete with various CC licenses. Must CC give them all "equal
> time"? I don't think it makes sense to.
> Presumeably, the sponsoring organizations for those licenses could
> provide a similar "deed" if they wanted to. Alternatively, a neutral
> organization like http://freedomdefined.org might decide to take it on.
> Cheers,
> Terry

What? freedomdefined is more neutral than CC ;)

I've often said that the three expressions of a license, along with the
metadata for expressing licenses is uber important for licensing into
the future and is what our liblicense project supports in a large scope
enough to encompass more than just CC licenses:



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