[cc-licenses] honest mistake leading to termination

wiki_tomos at inter7.jp wiki_tomos at inter7.jp
Sat Aug 12 05:31:21 EDT 2006


This is not specific to the Generic 3.0 license. 

I have seen many people making use of others' 
license works, and came to believe that understanding 
and properly following a license is no easy task. 

And if "any breach," even an inadvertent mistake 
that is quickly retracted or corrected, will cause 
"atomatic termination," that is not quite user-friendly. 

The ongoing drafting of GPL v.3 includes a proposed 
change in its condition for termination. It tries to 
be less harsh on violations. 

See http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html (current version) 
http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl-draft-2006-07-27.html (draft for 
the upcoming version 3). 

Creative Commons encompass really a wide range of 
works and usage environments compared to a software 
license such as GPL, I think. In a new environment, 
there might be some uncertainty regarding what 
constitutes license compliance and what constitutes 
license violation, even for those who understand 
complex copyright and other laws, and read 
license word to word. An honest mistake, some of 
them corrected quickly, under that kind of uncertainty 
should be able to keep licensee status in my opinion. 


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