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  • From: Michael Tiemann <tiemann AT>
  • To: peter.brink AT, Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] CC:BY ... lost in translation?
  • Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 11:57:44 -0500

On Tue, 2006-11-14 at 15:58 +0100, Peter Brink wrote:

> It's the legal code that constitutes the contract (licence, deal or
> whatever you want to call it), not the deed. If there's is a direct
> difference btw the deed and the code, the code takes precedence. If
> there's an ambiguity in the code then the deed can be used to support
> interpretations if the code.
> So, if you are uncertain about how to deal with attribution you have to
> turn to the legal code for guidance.

Yes, but the deed is sufficiently different from the code that the deed
should be fixed. The deed misleads what people can expect in terms of
attribution, leading people to write license codes that overreach what
attribution should entail. There are so-called attribution licenses
being presented in the open source community that some people feel
overreach, but not by the standard of the CC:BY deed.


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