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Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

The Creative Commons has announced the availability of version 4.0 of its license suite. "We had ambitious goals in mind when we embarked on the versioning process coming out of the 2011 CC Global Summit in Warsaw. The new licenses achieve all of these goals, and more. The 4.0 licenses are extremely well-suited for use by governments and publishers of public sector information and other data, especially for those in the European Union. This is due to the expansion in license scope, which now covers sui generis database rights that exist there and in a handful of other countries."
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Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Nov 28, 2013 1:36 UTC (Thu) by pabs (subscriber, #43278) [Link]

Mike Linksvayer suggests upgrading to CC0 instead:

http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/2013/11/25/upgrade-to-0/

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Nov 28, 2013 11:49 UTC (Thu) by thumperward (guest, #34368) [Link]

I assume that piece is intended as a joke.

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Nov 30, 2013 18:44 UTC (Sat) by cowsandmilk (guest, #55475) [Link]

As someone who agrees with that piece, I wonder why you assume it is a joke. Creative Commons has the CC0 license for a reason.

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Dec 6, 2013 23:34 UTC (Fri) by pabs (subscriber, #43278) [Link]

I was chatting with the author on the Free as in Freedom (#faif) IRC channel when it was mentioned, I can assure you it isn't a joke.

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Dec 11, 2013 0:32 UTC (Wed) by mlinksva (subscriber, #38268) [Link]

Indeed, I wasn't joking. Perhaps cheeky, but serious. I have a followup that says more about the CC 4.0 licenses.

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Nov 28, 2013 8:52 UTC (Thu) by gmaxwell (guest, #30048) [Link]

The explicit disclaimer of a patent license is a bummer. The CC licenses weren't great for software, but they generally weren't actively bad. Even the BSD licenses arguably have an implied patent license— after all, how are you supposed to make use of the rights granted to you in the license without one— but the CC-4 family has changed to explicitly say that it doesn't include a patent grant.

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Nov 28, 2013 9:57 UTC (Thu) by epa (subscriber, #39769) [Link]

Yes, a software licence such as the Apache licence or GPLv3 is better suited for software than the CC licences. However there is nothing to stop you granting a CC licence for copyright and a separate patent licence.

Creative Commons 4.0 licenses released

Posted Nov 30, 2013 22:13 UTC (Sat) by Wol (guest, #4433) [Link]

Given that software is not (legally) eligible patent matter - and is explicitly excluded from patentability in Europe anyway - this SHOULD not be a problem.

Seeing as lawyers especially in America are trying to rewrite the rulebook, however ...

As a European, I'd simply add a rider saying that "this is software explicitly excluded from patentability as per the European treaty and UK law".

Plus, of course, CC isn't really meant for software, anyway. It's meant for works of art such as photographs (I use CC-BY-NC-ND for mine) or literature.

Cheers,
Wol


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