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Subject: Re: Creative Commons licensing on themes

Re: Creative Commons licensing on themes

From: Paul Louden <paulthenerd_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 09 May 2009 02:51:30 -0500

> Just wondering what the group's stance is on using the other licenses
> offered by Creative Commons (other than CC-BY-SA). It would be great
> to allow themes to be submitted to the gallery with other CC licenses
> attached to the creatives, as some artists get a little nervous at
> seeing 'variations' of their work produced. Allowing other licenses
> would open the door to more submissions from more designers.
There's a couple reasons that go into the license choice for the themes.

1) Contributing a theme to the theme site is very much like contributing
code to Rockbox. Rockbox requires you allow people to share your code
under a specific license, the theme site is the same, it just has a
license appropriate for documents rather than code.

2) Having a single license means contributors can't easily accidentally
get it wrong about what their rights are regarding posted themes.
Instead of having to check each theme to see which license it's under
before learning from it, or adapting it to other players, or so on, they
can simply know that any theme posted to the theme site has the exact
same terms allowed for their use.

3) Modification means that if the WPS syntax ever changes again, if an
author has gone missing someone else already has explicit permission to
fix their themes. Without a license that allows modification, if the WPS
syntax changes a theme is simply unusable unless the original author is
around to perform the modification.
Received on 2009-05-09


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