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

Thomas Riboulet riboulet at
Wed Jun 23 16:29:43 UTC 2010

On Jun 23, 2010, at 6:21 PM, John Cowan wrote:

> Thomas Riboulet scripsit:
>> 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.
>> the CC NC license is not listed in the open source licenses, what is
>> the stand of in such a case ?
> It's not listed because it's not open source; it violates clause 6
> of the Open Source Definition, which prohibits discrimination against
> commercial use.
>> and what action is possible towards this project to have them clarify
>> the status of their software ?
> We can ask politely, and I have just done so using the contact form on
> the site.  Nobody owns the term "open source", so no punitive action is
> possible, but there is a clear public understanding of the term.
> -- 
> John Cowan   cowan at
> If a soldier is asked why he kills people who have done him no harm, or a
> terrorist why he kills innocent people with his bombs, they can always
> reply that war has been declared, and there are no innocent people in an
> enemy country in wartime.  The answer is psychotic, but it is the answer
> that humanity has given to every act of aggression in history.  --Northrop Frye

ok thanks,

please keep me informed if you receive any answer from them.



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