[License-discuss] Newbie post: Localisable open source software license

Luis Villa luis at lu.is
Mon Oct 21 14:34:52 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 6:29 AM, David Woolley
<forums at david-woolley.me.uk>wrote:

> On 21/10/13 07:39, Maxthon Chan wrote:
>> There is a project, Creative Commons, that focuses on providing free
>> license for art, music and works alike. They tackled the localisation
>> issue well, by providing localised licenses that is interchangeable with
> No they don't.  All the licences seem to be in English.

Max is correct; you are wrong. Deeds are translated in some cases, but
licenses also undergo what CC calls "porting": a combination of translation
and adaptation to local jurisdictions. You can see this, even if you're
only an English-speaker, by noting that CC has several different licenses
in English:

e.g., CC BY "England and Wales":
CC BY United States: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/legalcode
CC BY Scotland:

Max, it is important to know that CC *now believes they got this wrong*,
and will stop porting licenses starting in 4.0, focusing instead on
translations. Some discussion of that here:

>  each other, even in the copyleft variants.
Do not take for granted that the licenses (before 4.0) are interchangeable.
For example, some (but not all!) of the EU Share Alike licenses in 3.0 deal
with database rights.

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