[cc-community] Trying to pinpoint conflicts between CC-BY[-SA] and GPL

Maciej Pendolski beholder0x100 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 17 12:26:47 EST 2011


Here is FSF's stance on the subject (from
http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html).
I have found it through http://opengameart.org/content/faq (Q: Aren't
CC-BY and CC-BY-SA incompatible with the GPL?):

"Non-functional Data
Data that isn't functional, that doesn't do a practical job, is more
of an adornment to the system's software than a part of it. Thus, we
don't insist on the free license criteria for non-functional data. It
can be included in a free system distribution as long as its license
gives you permission to copy and redistribute, both for commercial and
non-commercial purposes. For example, some game engines released under
the GNU GPL have accompanying game information—a fictional world map,
game graphics, and so on—released under such a verbatim-distribution
license. This kind of data can be part of a free system distribution,
even though its license does not qualify as free, because it is
non-functional."


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