[OSM-legal-talk] Creative-Commons 4.0 (first draft)

Michael Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Tue Apr 3 17:20:02 BST 2012

On 03/04/2012 06:35, Kai Krueger wrote:
> I have just seen that Creative-Commons has released a first draft of their
> new 4.0 license suit and thought it might be of interest to others on this
> list. ( http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/32157 )
> The draft for 4.0 now explicitly licenses database rights and addresses
> licensing of databases. However, it does not extend restrictions through
> contract where copyright and database rights do not restrict usage in the
> first place. It also does not have the concept of produced works.
> The new draft furthermore addresses attribution in massive collaboration
> projects more flexibly than previous licenses by not having to attribute all
> authors if the project wishes so.
and I received a nice mail from Diane Peters, Creative Commons General 
Counsel. She has given me permission to copy it below.

With the license and CTs change-over now almost a reality, I look 
forward to engaging in this and sharing our experiences. Do share your 
thoughts here over the next few months so that we can make a collective 
response in addition to any comments you want to make individually.  So 
far the only contribution I have made is an earlier draft of this 
document on attributing (geo)data: 


On 02/04/2012 21:59, Diane Peters wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> You may find this announcement re publication of Draft 1 of 4.0 of 
> interest.
> http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/32157
> As anticipated, we've shifted gears on database rights in 4.0, fully 
> licensing those rights on par with copyright as a neighboring right. 
>  There are other improvements as well, among them a concerted push to 
> make the license terms and conditions more easily understandable, and 
> simplifying attribution.
> We'd definitely appreciate hearing from you and others in the OSM 
> community on the license draft given your experiences with ODbL and CC 
> in the past.  You have all become experts where licensing of data, 
> databases and massive collaboration projects are concerned.  I know 
> the license draft would benefit from any comments offered.
> Kind regards,
> Diane
> -- 
> Diane M. Peters, General Counsel
> Creative Commons
> cell: +1 503-803-8338 <tel:%2B1%20503-803-8338>
> skype:  peterspdx
> email:diane at creativecommons.org <mailto:email%3Adiane at creativecommons.org>
> http://creativecommons.org/staff#dianepeters
> ______________________________________
> Please note: the contents of this email are not intended to be legal
> advice nor should they be relied upon as, or represented to be legal
> advice.  Creative Commons cannot and does not give legal advice. You
> need to assess the suitability of Creative Commons tools for your
> particular situation, which may include obtaining appropriate legal
> advice from a licensed attorney.

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