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

ChanMaxthon xcvista at me.com
Mon Oct 21 15:25:45 UTC 2013

Problem: Chinese court generally require licenses be written in Chinese language. So still, I need some mechanism to make l10n work.

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> On 2013年10月21日, at 22:34, Luis Villa <luis at lu.is> wrote:
>> 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": http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/uk/legalcode
> CC BY United States: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/legalcode
> CC BY Scotland: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/scotland/legalcode
> 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: http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/cc-licenses/2013-September/007451.html
>>> 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.
> Luis
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