[cc-licenses] New Generic and ports

Andres Guadamuz a.guadamuz at ed.ac.uk
Sat Oct 7 18:30:51 EDT 2006

drew Roberts wrote:
> While I can understand this, can someone talk to the issue of a long train of 
> derivative works with the various generations being released under different 
> county specific versions of the "same" license?
> all the best,
> drew
Peter has answered this really well, but let me add that I believe long 
chains of derivatives as those that can be found in software are less 
common in creative works. Firstly, we must consider that there are a lot 
of No Derivatives licensed material out there. Secondly, in my short and 
limited experience looking at CC content and licences, I haven't 
encountered a lot of actual inter-jurisdiction licence incompatibility 
in existing licences. There have to be local differences, but these can 
actually help in local interpretation even if the user is employing a 
generic licence. It is my opinion that in many countries courts can look 
at the local version of the licence even if the user is using a generic 
version. It may shock some people to learn that not all judges in the 
world speak English.


Andres Guadamuz
AHRC Research Centre for Studies in
Intellectual Property and Technology Law 
Old College, South Bridge 
Edinburgh EH8 9YL 

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