February 4, 2003

Best license for open content?

Mikael Pawlo writes: What is the best license for open content - if you want your readers to participate and more or less do anything with the content, as long as they do not violate on other readers' rights? We (Gnuheter) tried a Creative Commons approach, but it would be interesting to hear of other initiatives and strategies.

Swedish Gnuheter is - starting today - distributed under the Creative Commons

Gnuheter is the leading Swedish open source and free software forum,
providing information, news, gossip and discussions in a Slashdot.org

Systems engineer Patrik Wallstrom and lawyer Mikael Pawlo founded Gnuheter
in year 2000. Gnuheter was distributed "copyleft" from the start. Some
users complained that the license was ambiguous. Gnuheter's editors have
always wanted the content to be as open as possible and Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike-license helps Gnuheter maintain the balance between
openness and the Swedish copyright law's moral and distribution rights.

Gnuheter has some 64,000 visitors a month.

The key license terms of the Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike-license are:

1. The licensor permits others to copy, distribute, display, and perform
the work. In return, licensees must give the original author credit.

2. The licensor permits others to distribute derivative works under a
license identical to the one that governs the licensor's work.

Visit Gnuheter's website and Creative Commons"

Link: Gnuheter


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