Creative Commons style open source licenses?

Allison Randal allison at
Mon Apr 23 07:17:14 UTC 2007

John Cowan wrote:
> That worked for CC because it was a greenfield situation: there were
> no open licenses for general content, and they could create a license
> templating system from scratch (although drawing on the FLOSS licenses
> to tell them what options made sense).  Such was not the case when the
> OSI was founded.  Attempting to replace the existing dominant licenses
> with new ones at this point would be quixotic.

True enough, but given a 30-year view rather than an immediate-future 
view, it's a really good idea. It may ultimately be the best path out of 
the compatibility mess. I've been saying this for a couple of years now, 
and in the past year have seen it popping up independently on multiple 
different blogs, which is a good sign that it's not only an idea that's 
right for the time, but one with a good chance of adoption. I'm not sure 
OSI is the right organization to do it, though.


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