[License-review] [PROPOSAL] Invite Creative Commons to submit CC0 Dedication.

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Tue Jan 3 18:31:27 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 03, 2012 at 10:09:18AM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Does anyone here on the license review committee think that inviting
> Creative Commons to submit the CC0 Dedication for OSI approval is a bad
> idea, and if so, why?
> Let's try to uncover any obvious objections before approaching CC.  We
> don't necessarily need unanimity, or even consensus, but we should at
> least take a preliminary look at the specific text before inviting CC to
> do anything.  Here's the text:
>   http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/legalcode
>   http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

It looks to me perfectly consistent with the OSD, and it has been
certified as compliant with the copyfree standard definition -- which
should essentially be consistent with a subset of licenses that meet the
requirements of the OSD.

> By the way, note that CC doesn't have a direct link path to the legal
> text from their front page.  Instead, they guide the rightsholder
> through an interactive Q&A, I suppose in order to make sure the holder
> understands what they're doing.  That process starts here:
>   http://creativecommons.org/choose/zero/

I find that an awfully misguided approach, and think that the CC guys
(presumably in service to an attempt to help people who aren't lawyers)
end up obscuring a lot of the likely actual legal effects of their
licenses by way of the "user friendly" interface to license selection and

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]

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