[License-discuss] License which requires watermarking? (Attribution Provision)
Clark C. Evans
cce at clarkevans.com
Thu Dec 27 20:39:15 UTC 2012
> Therefore should say on all interface screens
> "Foo, a project by Google" or, if a fork: "Bar, a
> fork of the Google project Foo" with a link back
> to its github repo.
This requirement is just too asymmetric. What about
credit to the database glue you use? What about the
language? What about the other free software library
you use? I believe it is unfair to shuffle those projects
under the carpet even if they don't have such a
requirement. Your license should be designed such
that you'd be very happy if everyone used the provision
you propose, and in particular, that your work would
comply with respect to others' work.
I do think that there's room for an otherwise permissive
license to require reasonable acknowledgement in a
manner compatible with GPLv3. It would require that any
derived work with an interactive interface have a prominent
way to display copyrights & other legal notices. Then,
it'd require that your software project be mentioned in
those notices, in a manner commensurate with other
components of the whole work.
There are two parts to this. First is community acceptance:
finding wording that is reasonably clear, effective, yet short
enough to satisfy those who are interested in a "permissive"
license isn't an easy task. Second, and perhaps more
importantly, compliance must be quite trivial -- this requires
somesort of registry with just about every commonly used
open source work included, as well as a convenient
mechanism to use this registry to build a compliant
legal notice and acknowledgement visual display.
So, the outcome of this would be some sort of visual
menu that can be easily accessed, where your work
would be one of dozens. I do hope to engage in a
project like this when I have some time and can find
collaborators who agree on an sensible vision.
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