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  • From: Jordan S Hatcher <jordan AT>
  • To: Discussion on the Creative Commons license drafts <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] Lawsuit over Virgin Mobile's and Ethical Use
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 18:43:02 +0100

On 28 Sep 2007, at 18:32, paola.dimaio AT wrote:


how do you recommedn that can I use a cc license, and prevent usage of
my work in an unethical context? (whatever defintion of unethical a
licensor may have)

I appreciate your advice


I guess what I'm saying is that you _don't_ use a cc licence with the expectation that you stop 'unethical' uses.

So for example, if you don't want the military to use your work, don't use a CC licence.

You *may, depending on the context and the law in the jurisdiction where you are trying to enforce the licence, be able to rely on the right to object to derogatory treatment.

This is in the unported licence (which isn't tuned to ANY jurisdiction) in 4c.

"You must not distort, mutilate, modify or take other derogatory action in relation to the Work which would be prejudicial to the Original Author's honor or reputation."

Note however that this right is present in a wide variety of forms (from virtually non-existent to strongly enforced) throughout the world.



Mr. Jordan S Hatcher, JD, LLM

jordan at opencontentlawyer dot com
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