Re: Prefered License for forums content
Wouter Vanden Hove <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> "When any Licensor asks, all references to their name(s) must be purged
> from the work. This restricts modification (DFSG 3)."
> This is an unalienable moral right in most of Europe. If this is DFSG
> non-free, then Debian has a serious problem, because then is it
> logically impossible to have a license that is compatible with the
> DFSG and European Law at the same time.
Avoiding misrepresentation isn't the same as purging an author's name.
I certainly don't know the details of European moral rights (I assume
this is what you're referring to), but I suspect it's a lot more nuanced
than the clause in the cc-by. For example, the cc-by does not
distinguish between legitimate uses of the author's name (e.g.,
biographical, or criticism of the author's position) and those the
license seeks to restrict (presumably, just mis-attribution).
But regardless, the fact that something is enshrined in some country's
law does not necessarily make that thing desirable, or DFSG free when
encoded into a license. What about a license with US DMCA-style
anti-circumvention provisions, for example? That would be non-free,
even if in the US it would be a null-op.
>> The by-sa license is likely to be non-free as well for the same
> If people think that, we don't they express their opinion about it on
> the relevant mailinglist, namely email@example.com?
This is probably a good idea. But I don't know that it would resolve
the DFSG issues with the license, as there are other non-free provisions
that I suspect CC would be reluctant to "fix".
Jeremy Hankins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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