Open Content licenses

Rick Moen rick at
Tue Apr 27 18:41:17 UTC 2004

Quoting Evan Prodromou (evan at

> I note that there's no current list of licenses made primarily for
> non-software works that follow the principles and spirit of Open
> Source software -- so-called "Open Content". 

You probably meant " the OSI Web site", but the above is part of
what my site's PerlHoo1[1] knowledgebase page on aims to cover.  (Suggested
additions welcomed.)

> I believe there are a number of Open Content licenses that would
> satisfy the Open Source Definition. Of particular interest to me are
> the Creative Commons licenses -- a suite of 11+ licenses with
> mix-and-match license elements for various uses.

I've found this the most-useful entry point to the CC licence
smorgasbord, and link to it from my knowledgebase:

> I think that the following Creative Commons licenses could satisfy the
> Open Source Definition:
>      Attribution (BSD-like)
>      Attribution-ShareAlike (GPL-like)
>      ShareAlike (GPL-like)

Concur.  (You'll notice that I allow access to material subject to my
knowledgebase's compilation copyright using CC's Attribution-ShareAlike
1.0 licence.)

[1] Neat CGI thing.  |'ve improved it a bit, and released changes at

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