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copycan_licenses

by Jörg Baach last modified Sep 16, 2006 01:24 AM
Public domain or gpl or ...?

What licenses should we offer for copycan <http://copycan.org>?

According to the gnu, there are four freedoms
<http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html>:

* The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your
needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for
this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
(freedom 2).
* The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements
to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3).
Access to the source code is a precondition for this.


For content it means in my understanding:

* You can use the content
* You can modify the content
* You can share the content
* You can share the modified content

Now if I give content to you under a license allowing these four
freedoms, do I require you to share
under the same conditions or not? Also, should it apply do all form of
derivative works?

GPL does respect those freedoms, requires you to pass on the freedoms,
and applies to derivate works.
Public domains also respects those freedoms, but does not require you to
pass on (and therefore does not care about derivative works)

What would be best to do?

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Ok, while listening to Lessig on cc at the WOS4, it seems to me that my
license would look like this:

With this content you have to follow the following rights and
obligations (rules):

1. You can use the content
2. You can modify the content
3. You can share the content
4. You can share the modified content
5. When passed on the full meaning of the 7 rules have to apply to
the received content
6. The 7 rules expand to all content this content is included in
7. The 7 rules are set irrevocably

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