[cc-it] Creative Commons: "Version 4.0 – Public Discussion Launches"

J.C. DE MARTIN demartin a polito.it
Ven 9 Dic 2011 22:32:27 EST

  Version 4.0 – Public Discussion Launches

        Diane Peters, December 9th, 2011


We are pleased to announce the beginning of the public discussion 
process that we expect to result in version 4.0 of the Creative Commons 
license suite.

        Timeliness and Opportunity

The 4.0 discussions held at the2011 Global Summit 
<http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/29237>confirmed for CC the need 
to commence the 4.0 discussion process now if we wish to consider issues 
relevant to important would-be adopters in a timely manner. Asexplained 
following legal sessions at the Summit 
<http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/29639>, version 3.0 is working 
(and will continue to work) really well for many adopters, but the 
reality is different for others. The treatment of sui generis database 
rights in the 3.0 licenses continues to be a show-stopper for many, 
including governments in Europe. This fosters an environment in which 
custom licenses proliferate, inevitably resulting in silos of 
incompatibly-licensed content that cannot be maximally shared and 
remixed. But there exist still other reasons for pursuing 4.0 at this 
time, including the desire to adjust the licenses to more fully support 
adoption by intergovernmental organizations and those looking for a more 
internationally-oriented license suite.

CC BY, Version 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/>

The consequence of not addressing these challenges now is one of 
opportunity — bridging these differences sooner rather than later (where 
possible) is always advisable, especially if a more inclusive commons 
may result. For those fond of version 3.0, rest assured that CC will 
continue to support existing and future implementations and adopters 
that rely on those licenses. We will take pains not to create a 4.0 
suite that undermines or otherwise presents challenges for those 

        Process – Discussion Forum – 4.0 Wiki

Importantly, for the first time in CC’s history we begin the versioning 
process without publishing a draft of the new licenses for review. This 
is intentional, and it is designed to ensure we hear from the community 
first./*During this 2-3 month requirements gathering period, we urge 
everyone with a proposal, concern or other input to please put it forth, 
as our goal is to make the first draft as comprehensive as possible.*/We 
will alert the community when the requirements period draws to a close, 
expected to be mid-February 2012. As in the past, we will publish at 
least two drafts of the licenses before finalizing, which we anticipate 
will occur late 2012.

As with past versioning efforts, the central discussion forum will be 
CC’s license discuss list(subscribe now) 
<http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/cc-licenses>. New to the 4.0 
process, however, is a dedicated group of wiki pages (accessible through 
the main 4.0 wiki page <http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0>) where 
topics and proposals under discussion on that email list will be 
documented, annotated, and evaluated. We have pre-populated the wiki 
pages with several of the issues we expect to address during this 
process, framing key topics to help shape the discussion and including 
known and anticipated proposals related to each. Among others, we expect 
healthy debates regarding the treatment ofmoral rights 
<http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0/Moral_rights>, the definition 
ofNonCommercial <http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0/NonCommercial>, 
scope ofShareAlike <http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0/ShareAlike>, 
treatment ofsui generis database rights 
<http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0/License_subject_matter>, and much 
more. The issues are organized by topic with cross-references to related 
issues throughout the wiki, but there is also an open forum (theSandbox 
page <http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0/Sandbox>) where you should be 
encouraged to suggest other topics you feel are important to discuss for 
version 4.0 (a few placeholders already exist).

For a fuller description of CC’s objectives, the process and expected 
schedule, visit the4.0 wiki homepage <http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0>.

We encourage everyone who is interested in the future of Creative 
Commons, and open licensing generally, to participate in this process. 
The more voices that chime in to raise issues and debate the merits of 
various proposals, the stronger version 4.0 will be, helping us achieve 
our goal of creating a set of robust licenses that will endure long into 
the future. If you have an opinion about how to simplify CC’s 
attribution requirements, for example, or any of the other important 
issues we plan to examine during the process, please post your 
suggestion to the CC license discuss list(subscribe today) 
<http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/cc-licenses>and add it to 
our4.0 wiki <http://wiki.creativecommons.org/4.0>. We look forward to 
hearing from you.

        Support CC

The Version 4.0 process andmany other activities 
supported by contributions from our community. As a global nonprofit 
organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge 
through free legal tools, Creative Commons has always relied on the 
generosity of both individuals and organizations to fund its ongoing 
operations. Please considerdonating to our Annual Campaign 
<https://creativecommons.net/donate/>, going on now. Thank you.

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