[cc-licenses] Attribution: accurate credit should not be forbidden

drew Roberts zotz at 100jamz.com
Tue Jan 24 17:40:37 EST 2012

On Saturday 21 January 2012 15:33:16 Francesco Poli wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:53:40 -0500 drew Roberts wrote:
> > On Friday 13 January 2012 18:18:25 Francesco Poli wrote:
> > > Many licenses require that *accurate* credits be kept. This seems to
> > > be fine and acceptable (that is to say it's DFSG-free). On the other
> > > hand, if a license required *inaccurate* credit, I think it would be
> > > considered non-free. If this is the case, how can forbidding
> > > *accurate* credit be considered acceptable?
> >
> > Why can't we look at it like this:
> >
> > "This work based on a work licensed BY-SA (or whatever) by a person who
> > has requested his/her name not be mentioned in connection with this
> > adaptation."
> >
> > Would that fulfill the requirements of accurate credits and the license?
> Maybe, but why should a license forbid me to state:

I can't tell you that. Perhaps someone else can. I was just giving an option 
for telling the truth while not mentioning those who do not want to be 
> "This adaptation was created by $MYSELF and is based on a work
> originally created by Oliver Originalauthor"
> as long as this is true and accurate?
> I still think that the reputation of Oliver is *not* being hurt, since
> it's clear that he is *not* the author of the *adaptation*, just of the
> *original* work, which was licensed giving me the permission to create
> the adaptation.

I certainly should not be being hurt. As I have said on a number of occasions, 
perhaps in different words, we need to adjust to our new technology when it 
comes to things like what affects someone's reputation.

Perhaps the license text can start / further this education process?

all the best,


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