[Live-demo] Re: LiveDVD Copyright Ambiguity - speak up if you have issues

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri Jun 17 17:53:34 PDT 2011

I'm against using "Share Alike" for OSGeo-Live docs.
"Share Alike" is a viral license, which implies that any work which 
incorporates pages from OSGeo-Live will also need to be licensed CC-By-SA.

I think there are many legitimate situations where people will want to 
include sections of OSGeo-Live documentation in reports or similar, but 
will not be in a position to re-publish under a CC license.

For example,
Someone may be commissioned to do a report for a newspaper, or 
government, or similar, comparing different software packages and the 
standards they use. The  newspaper is not about to change their 
copyright policy over this one article.
I believe this is a very desirable use of OSGeo-Live documentation, and 
as such, we should allow people to publish derivative works without the 
viral component.

Ie, go for Creative Commons by Attribution. (no Share Alike).

On 18/06/11 08:31, Alex Mandel wrote:
> I wonder if we should also specify share alike. So it would be
> Attribution Share-Alike.
> If I recall the controversy was over if it should be Non-commercial and
> I can see how we need to leave that off in order to encourage
> contributions from companies to OSGeo live.
> Any objections to making it Attribution Share-Alike?
> Thanks,
> Alex
> On 06/17/2011 03:14 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> OSGeo-Live authors,
>> It has been picked up that we have not selected a specific CC license.
>> As such, I'm about to update all OSGeo-Live docs to be CC by
>> Attribution, as per below.
>> If you have any objections, please speak up before Monday 20 June.
>> On 15/06/11 08:37, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>> Which license?
>>> =========
>>> Firstly, in the RST source, the majority of our docs are licensed as
>>> "Creative Commons". As Simon points out, we need to be more specific.
>>> I suggest that we change our template to use the least restrictive of
>>> the Creative Commons licenses, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
>>> Unported License<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/>, and
>>> ask all authors to confirm that we can change their docs to this version.
>>> What reference?
>>> ===========
>>> I suggest that we add the following to our disclaimer.html page:
>>> The OSGeo-Live documentation  is licensed under a Creative Commons
>>> Attribution 3.0 Unported License
>>> <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/>  by the respective
>>> OSGeo-Live authors<http://live.osgeo.org/en/sponsors.html#contributors>.
>>> The software and data included with OSGeo-Live are licenced under
>>> their respective Open Source or other Open license.
>>> Derivative works?
>>> ===========
>>> I suggest we recommend the following text be included in derivative
>>> works:
>>> "If incorporating content from the OSGeo-Live project, please
>>> attribute using text similar to:
>>> [This document] incorporates OSGeo-Live documentation, which is owned
>>> by the respective OSGeo-Live authors."
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