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  • From: Aaron Swartz <me AT>
  • To: Chris Croome <chris AT>
  • Cc: cc-licenses AT, Dave Turner via RT <licensing AT>
  • Subject: Re: [ #16904] Creative Commons Share Alike License and the GPL
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 13:03:49 -0600

Chris Croome wrote:
Thanks for the reply, I feared that the CC share alike license might
not be GPL-compatible :-(

It's hard to be GPL-compatible without being the GPL. I think even the FDL isn't GPL-compatible.

The more important question to me is whether the license is considered free.

You may not distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, or
publicly digitally perform the Work with any technological
measures that control access or use of the Work in a manner
inconsistent with the terms of this License Agreement.
I'm not actually sure that that provision is consistent with it
being a Free Software license.

I have a hard time believing it to be the position of the FSF that such a provision makes the license non-free. The point of the provision is to prevent a CC-licensed work from being provided with technological restrictions (DRM/copy protection) that prevent you from doing things you're legally permitted to. Seeing how the GPL, for example, takes a hard stance against adding more restrictions legally (thru patents and more restrictive copyright license), I don't see how you can object to taking a hard stance against adding more restrictions technically.

Aaron Swartz [] Speaking only for myself.

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