[cc-licenses] derivatives and source
adam at xs4all.nl
Fri Apr 6 12:11:19 EDT 2012
With the new licenses is it possible to ask for the source to be
provided in works that are licensed to allow derivatives? I know this
issue mainly from the field of books. Now that open publishing (etc) is
gaining enormous popularity I see more and more 'open books' made
available in PDF only or mobi only formats etc.
GPL requires source as a pre-condition for 3 of its 4 freedoms I believe
and I think that is for good reason. Derivatives require source. Without
source derivatives are not realistic possibilities and PDF or other
releases are nothing more than a 'mechanical' form of copyright protection.
I would actually like to see a source requirement in ND as well since it
is impossible to transcode/transform into other formats sometimes
without it. I am guessing that would be a less popular position however.
I also understand source doesnt apply to all media equally. However a
'where applicable the source must be provided in a standardised and
reusable format' would help matters a lot...
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