[cc-licenses] Time limited CC licenses for version 4.0?

Greg London email at greglondon.com
Fri Dec 23 12:16:36 EST 2011

That's why I was suggesting embed the year the work enters the public
domain into the license alphabet soup, such as CC-BY-NC-ND-YR2020

This means that anyone who grabs a copy of the work will have a copy of
the license and the license will contain which year the work enters CC-BY
status or Public Domain status or whatever status CC would decide would be

In the above example, the work is CC-BY-NC-ND until Dec 31, 2019.
On Jan 1, 2020, and later, the work becomes CC-BY.


> hi all,
>     I follow this mailing list from some years, but I never wrote. This
> discussion is very interesting for many authors. I would like to put some
> thoughts like authors. I don't use techinical language deliberately, I'm
> not a lawyer and I apologize with you for my bad english.
> It's a couple of years I ask myself if there is a possibility to leave all
> my work to public domain after my death.
> One of the problem that I would like to raise is the expiration date, this
> is fine if you have published a few things, if you published a book, or at
> most ten or ten articles , an author is able to handle the expiration
> date.
> When the publications are starting to be over 20 or 330, we think of the
> song writers or designers, manage due dates for both single song or
> pitcure
> become almost impossible to remember the exact date of each product
> published. Regardless of wheter the rest of the world's interests or not
> the work performed by that particular author.
> The second problem is, as mentioned by some of you, you would create the
> discrepancy between the previous license and the future. Let me explain, I
> as author decide that a product I want is not commercial and can not be
> changed, this affects the moral of the author who thinks that his product
> is to be made that way to the public domain. Once the license is moving
> into the public domain, to compel an author to edit his work also editable
> by anyone, for example, in my opinion become a brutal imposition invades
> the sphere of the author himself, then something immoral and bordering on
> the violation of human rights.
> I've put a copyright license for my own reason and I want to remain so
> even
> if in the public domain. After all how many of us would change Plato or
> Aristotle? Can I write something that enhances their initial work from
> what
> they have written making it much, but change a piece of any of their
> writings for any other author would be an abomination.
> Now, it is tru that not all authors will become newly Plato or Aristotle,
> but I think everyone has the same right to write whatever they want and
> has
> the same right as the rich and famous authors to be able to see his work
> run with the correct license and to remain so as he thought of it.
> At this point I can suggest one thing, instead of creating a license with
> an expiration date, you could create a public domain license of death
> (PUD,
> for my underwritten example naturally).
> In this way the author has no logistics problems of all his works and does
> not even have to create databases or files of any kind. It is known that
> the death of all that he wrote or produced, was also the day before his
> death, becomes public domain.
> You could combine with other licenses, for example, by-nc-PUD, or
> by-sa-PUD, etcetera, in this way, the author may select the license of his
> moral and the type of work that has created more suited to its needs
> withour frustrating for anyone.
> I hope to  be able to properly explain.
> --
> Micaela
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