Creative Commons Open Source License for the Documents

There have been a longer ‘think tank’ period about how to deal with the ‘open sourceness’ of this project. After several discussions and longer considerations it looks like we have come to the following solution.

It seems like we go for the Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/)’ for the script and all the related documents in the Google Docs Collection

Creative Commons

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

This is a human-readable summary of the Legal Code (the full license)Disclaimer.

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  • Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • The author’s moral rights;
    • Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such aspublicity or privacy rights.
  • Notice — For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.

This means that I for all practical reasons have to be the ‘copyright holder’ since the license requires one person/legal entity to be that. I am planning to start a non-profit in Sweden that can take over this role eventually, but for now it will be me personally. This in turn will mean that all script collaborators (including me) in reality is donating their contributions to this project and are thus further accepting the above mentioned license.

I will include this in the ‘contribution rules and guidelines’ so that there will be no misunderstandings. It looks like everyone are ok with this, but here’s a last chance to state your opinion. As long as there are no major objections, I will implement this after 5 days from now. February 17. 2012 will be the last date with ‘all rights reserved’.  :)

Harald Sandø