[cc-licenses] Version 4:0:Rebranding "noncommercial" to "commercial rights reserved"

Mathias Schindler mathias.schindler at wikimedia.de
Fri Apr 13 09:49:56 EDT 2012

2012/4/13 Gregor Hagedorn <g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com>:
> We tried to analyze whether we can safely use NC-licenses and the

> There are valid uses of NC, like private fan-dom sites, so I am not
> arguing that the NC license is worthless.

I agree with your initial assessment. Any remaining value that is left
for NC is greatly diminished by a rather large grey area that "might"
be legal but lives under certain risks that a copyright holder might
see this as a license violation and act accordingly.

> I proposed to rename it to "commercial rights reserved" license and
> believe this captures the action much better.
> The renaming would have no detrimental effects, since the actual legal
> texts could remain almost unchanged, and the NC-3.0 license and the
> CRR-4.0 license would remain compatible.
> Any better proposals?

I think it is a sensible proposal that heavily relies on the ability
to find a suitable term that is as convenient as "nc" and
"noncommercial" with the desired attribute of not sounding positive.


Mathias Schindler
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