[OSGeo-UK] Software documentation licensing

Joseph Leach Joseph.Leach at london.gov.uk
Mon Jul 8 09:12:17 PDT 2019

attribution makes the information linked. for example, someone in an organisation finds an issue whilst reading a copy; they could check the original for answers. this becomes especially useful if the source was improved subsequently to the copy being made.

From: UK <uk-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Ian Turton <ijturton at gmail.com>
Sent: 08 July 2019 16:51:59
To: Jo Cook
Cc: OSGeo UK
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-UK] Software documentation licensing

I would go with CC-BY as it seems to be a basic courtesy to reference who wrote the docs you are using.  GeoServer currently uses that for it's docs with no issues (other than users refusing to read them), GeoTools seems not mention a licence for the docs but the code samples are explicitly PD so people can cut and paste them into their code with no issues, but to be honest I can't see why CC-BY would be an issue there (I always add a comment about where I grabbed a code snippet from).


On Mon, 8 Jul 2019 at 16:32, Jo Cook <jocook at astuntechnology.com<mailto:jocook at astuntechnology.com>> 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
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!



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