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

Heather Morrison hgmorris at sfu.ca
Fri Dec 23 13:19:02 EST 2011

For the avoidance of doubt - what I mean to suggest is for works to enter the public domain after a particular period of time. This is not a suggestion of compromise on NC or ND, but rather an option that could apply to any CC-licensed work if the author desires. To avoid making things too complicated, perhaps this could be presented under an "other options" rather than on the license main screen.

If people did not use "Founders Copyright", this may not be out of lack of support for more limited copyright terms, but perhaps had to do with the term (is this a U.S. thing?)  or how it worked. If you had to choose Founders Copyright, or the other CC options, this may have meant just that the other options were more attractive, and would not tell us whether people would want both the other options and limited term. 

Micaela Gallerini makes an excellent point that authors might want to indicate a more limited copyright for all of their works rather than on a one-off basis. This may not be for the CC license, but perhaps for a related initiative such as open ID?


Heather Morrison, MLIS
Doctoral Candidate, Simon Fraser University School of Communication
The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics

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