[cc-community] CC-BY-SA for Jailhouse Lawyers?

Jessica Coates jessica at creativecommons.org
Tue Nov 22 16:56:38 EST 2011

What you're talking about here is the difference between a collection and
an adaptation under the licences. And you're right in your understanding of

You can use SA works in a collection (eg a slideshow or a book) without
them being affected by the SA licensing requirement (ie you don't have to
license the collection under the same licence); but any adaptations (eg a
modified version of the photo, or a photo that's been incorporated into a
larger image) do attract the SA requirements.

You'll see the legal definitions of collection and adaptation at the top of
the legal code of the BY-SA and BY-NC-SA licences (eg

Have a look at the material on the FAQ page about adaptations and
collections - maybe that will help.

Jessica Coates

On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Paul Houle <paul at ontology2.com> wrote:

>  On 11/22/2011 2:06 PM, Rob Myers wrote:
> > On 21/11/11 21:58, Paul Houle wrote:
> >>        Every week I hear from people who are perplexed with what
> >> means.
> > If you can provide examples people can make or add to a FAQ.
> >
>     I'm specifically interested in the case of photographs and other
> images.
>     My understanding is that the use of a CC-BY-SA photo in a book does
> not make the book CC-BY-SA.  If you crop the photograph and use it in
> your book,  you've got to release the cropped photo as CC-BY-SA but
> there's no effect on the book.  An image made from the image is a
> derived work,  but if the image is simply used as-is in a different
> creative work,  there's no issue.
>     I'd like to see that stated in words that ordinary people (school
> teachers,  professors writing academic textbooks,  people writing
> blogs,  etc.) understand.
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