question about a project licensed under CC NC claiming to be open source

Joseph Bell josephabell at
Wed Jun 23 16:21:36 UTC 2010

Creative Commons on source code... frown.

From the website it looks like they simply want to generate revenue from corporate use, anyone else can use it freely - so it's really a dual licensing question.

I haven't read CC NC 2.5 but you should review it carefully depending on what you want to do with this code - if they are in a position of dual licensing they probably don't want you taking the code, extending it, relicensing it, etc.  What do you want to do with it? 


On Jun 23, 2010, at 11:14 AM, Thomas Riboulet wrote:

> hello,
> I don't know if it's the right place but, I didn't find any better suited mailing list for that.
> Following some links I found a gallery made in JS :
> the website is claiming that it's open source, yet the licence is Creative Commons non commercial 2.5 and I didn't find any link to the code except the actual js lib.
> I don't mind the commercial part but the "you need approval for commercial use" sounds more like the old shareware thing ...
> the CC NC license is not listed in the open source licenses, what is the stand of in such a case ?
> and what action is possible towards this project to have them clarify the status of their software ?
> regards,
> -- 
> Thomas

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