[OSGeo-UK] Software documentation licensing

Jo Cook jocook at astuntechnology.com
Mon Jul 8 08:43:02 PDT 2019

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for the quick response- that's an interesting link. It does,
however seem to relate to the use of the software rather than the
documentation, unless I've misunderstood? Specifically what we're
interested here is licenses for documentation. Code samples within the
documentation will probably need to be handled differently as well...


On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 4:38 PM Jonathan Moules
<jonathan.moules at lightpear.com> wrote:
> Hi Jo,
> Personally I'd lean towards CC-0 but that's just because I prefer Public
> Domain and minimal bureaucracy.
> I know there are organisations that don't even like full Public Domain
> and require some sort of written license - for example SQLite is fully
> Public Domain but you can "buy" a license for a (hefty!) chunk of change
> if your organisation requires it. Here's the page where you can purchase
> a license+"Warranty of Title" - it includes possible reasons folks may
> wish to do this:
> https://www.hwaci.com/cgi-bin/license-step1
> Cheers,
> Jonathan
> On 2019-07-08 16:31, Jo Cook wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I'm after a wide spread of opinions about licensing of documentation
> > for the Google Season of Docs project that I'm working with OSGeo on.
> >
> > We're discussing which Creative Commons license we should use for
> > documentation templates. The general opinion is split between CC-0
> > (https://creativecommons.org/choose/zero/), which effectively equates
> > to Public Domain, and CC-By
> > (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/licensing-types-examples/licensing-examples/#by)
> > which requires Attribution.
> >
> > Hypothetically, can anyone think of any scenarios where a commercial
> > company would not want to use either of these, or would choose one or
> > the other?
> >
> > No need to reply-all on this if you don't want, but if anyone at all
> > has any opinion on the matter or has come across documentation
> > licensing issues before, I'd love to hear about it. The more specific
> > the better, please!
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Jo
> >

Jo Cook
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