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  • From: "Pascal Muller" <pascalmuller AT>
  • To: "Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts" <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] CC:BY ... lost in translation?
  • Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 10:06:12 +0100

On 11/13/06, Michael Tiemann <tiemann AT> wrote:
The text of the CC:BY 2.5 license deed (simplified text) says:

        Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified
        by the author or licensor.

        [ From ]

This is much more broad than what the underlying legal code actually
says, permits, or requires.  For example: say I'm the CEO of FUBAR Inc.
I offer a software package under CC:BY, and the manner of attribution I
specify is "whenever you use this software, you must wear a FUBAR T-
shirt over your regular shirt.

That's not true. It says that work  based on the work licensed under CC:BY needs to be credited/attributed to the original creator.

I guess your example doesn't fit into that, because you can't force someone to do something while using the work, but only if someone makes a derivative version.

Pascal Muller

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