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  • From: <robinp AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] Color-coding
  • Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 18:04:48 +1200

Why not blue for copyleft with next four colours pushed down a row so that
EULA can be "visible" too? After all, "All Rights Reserved" isn't a complete
full stop as at a red light - it's just a stern warning.

Small problem - how many people know what indigo looks like and can instantly
distinguish it from violet?

Bigger problem - lots of people are colour-blind in one way or another. At
traffic lights the light's position gives them the info; so "position" should
be part of this scheme.

Robin Patterson

-----Original Message-----
From: cc-licenses-bounces AT
[mailto:cc-licenses-bounces AT] On Behalf Of Greg London
Sent: Friday, 19 May 2006 11:55
To: Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts
Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] Color-coding, was Re: Getting to Version 3.0

if you took ROYGBIV, flipped it around
to reverse the order, then you'd have
something that is mneumonically memorable
*and* maps so that copyleft is physically
left of copyright.


Violet = Public Domain
Indigo = Attribution
Green = Copyleft
Yellow = NonCommercial
Orange = NoDerivative
Red = All Rights Reserved

EULA's and the like can be infrared

You could have vertical color bars
as the logo, and it would map the terms
to their context in several different ways.

I'm one license short to fill up the color
bars, though. Don't know what to put for blue.


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