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  • From: Kat Walsh <kat AT>
  • To: Development of Creative Commons licenses <cc-licenses AT>
  • Subject: [cc-licenses] Compatibility open issue #4: vanity licenses
  • Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:20:39 -0700

The minimum compatibility criteria currently do not preclude “vanity
licenses” from being named compatible. (A “vanity license” is a
license that is created even though no appreciable difference exists
between it and an existing, established license, and often includes
some reference to its creator.) In the interest of not needlessly
walling off the commons where compatibility of terms should exist, CC
may approve these licenses as compatible. However, CC as a general
matter does not recommend creation or use of these licenses. Because
CC believes license proliferation is harmful to the commons, we may
reconsider this policy if it increases license proliferation by
encouraging others to create vanity licenses that may be deemed

Kat Walsh, Counsel, Creative Commons
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California Registered In-House Counsel #801759
CC does not and cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice,
please consult your attorney.

  • [cc-licenses] Compatibility open issue #4: vanity licenses, Kat Walsh, 04/28/2014

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