Creative Commons style open source licenses?
allison at perl.org
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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