[cc-licenses] choosing a new license at freesound, please help

Evan Prodromou evan at prodromou.name
Wed Oct 25 22:02:30 EDT 2006

On Wed, 2006-25-10 at 23:43 +0200, freesound at iua.upf.edu wrote:

> ... which is quite scary. By the way, why seem there to be no lawyers on
> this mailing list?

There are lawyers on this mailing list, but they are not foolish enough
to give free legal advice over email.

Choosing a license has very little to do with the law. It has a lot to
do with your community's dynamics, your plan for business or a
non-profit, the context in which you're working, the "market" for your
type of information, and what the point of your project is.

If you need real legal advice, talk to a lawyer. Your local bar
association (look in the phone book under "Bar association") will almost
definitely have a legal referral service and may have a free or low-cost
consultation service. It's unlikely that they'll know much about Free
Software or Free Content licenses, but you may be able to find a
so-called "IP" lawyer who would be willing to study up on the matter on
your dime.

There are some rare organizations that do Free Software legal
consulting, for example, the Software Freedom Law Center
(http://www.softwarefreedom.org/ ). I have no idea whether they'll spend
any time helping you choose a license; my guess is probably not.


Evan Prodromou <evan at prodromou.name>
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