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

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Wed Jan 4 05:19:10 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 03, 2012 at 11:13:41AM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Chad Perrin (perrin at apotheon.com):
> > 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
> > understanding.
> You're entitled to your opinion, but in my own experience, CC's 'This is
> a human-readable summary, and here's a direct link to the literal
> licence terms' approach has been a roaring success, enabling multiple
> audiences to understand as much as they want to know.  It's not as if
> the 'legal code' is difficult to find.  Also providing a 'human-readable
> summary' takes away nothing.

Have you actually tried finding the CC0 text by following links from the
front page of the Creative Commons site?  Last I checked (not today,
admittedly), what you just described was not how it worked.

> It helps that the summaries are written by sharp-eyed and fair-minded,
> literate people with legal knowledge, and that the licences themselves
> are well drafted.

The summaries, unfortunately, tend to leave out some terms that might
potentially prove significant.

> And I suspect you'll find far fewer people who misunderstand the likely
> legal effects of CC licences than those of most others, though that's
> just my hunch.

I don't know about "most", but certainly some.

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

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