[Cc-uk] Changing your mind and the young Bowie

Jonathan Mitchell website3 at jonathanmitchell.info
Mon Apr 25 05:26:24 EDT 2005

I think it has always been accepted that the logic of a CC licence is that
once a person has been given a right to use and redistribute a particular
piece of work that right cannot be withdrawn unless the user is in breach;
so the licence is irrevocable. This is spelt out in the current Scottish
draft at www.jonathanmitchell.info/cc/cc_sco_licence.html at clause 5.2, but
is implicit in other versions. Thus the generic  licence is stated to be
"perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright)"; the English
licence deletes "perpetual", the Canadian licence deletes the bracketed
words. I think that it is better to give explicit answers.

The practical answer may be that it is for this reason that it may be rash
to licence under a commercial licence. If what is licensed is
non-commercial, no derivatives, the young Bowie is in reality pretty fully

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> From: Damian.Rafferty at Culture.gsi.gov.uk
> Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 10:07:43 +0100
> To: cc-uk at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [Cc-uk] Changing your mind and the young Bowie
> One of the thorny 'yes buts...' I am hearing a lot in regard to CC is "what
> happens if young creators license their early work under CC and then rue the
> day forever more?"
> What response can you give to this?
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