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Re: Mozilla Proposal for HTML5 Spec Licence

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:24:23 +0200
Message-ID: <4DA37187.9020207@lachy.id.au>
To: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
CC: 'Gervase Markham' <gerv@mozilla.org>, 'HTML Working Group' <public-html@w3.org>
On 2011-04-11 23:15, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
>> So Mozilla wishes to propose the use of the Creative Commons CC0
>> License[2] for the HTML5 spec.
>
> I'm as supportive of the CC licenses as anyone else here, but I agree with the Creative Commons folks that their licenses are not intended for software. So please, Mozilla people, don't try to force the HTML5 spec into a non-software licensing regime. The CC licenses simply don't address any of the fundamental IP issues relating to software.
>
> Here's what the CC FAQ says:
>
>     Can I use a Creative Commons license for software?
>     We do not recommend it...

You copied from the general CC FAQ.  The CC0 FAQ explicitly says it may 
be used for software:

> May I apply CC0 to computer software? If so, is there a recommended
> implementation?
>
> Yes, CC0 is suitable for dedicating your copyright and related rights
> in computer software to the public domain, to the fullest extent
> possible under law. Unlike CC licenses, which should not be used for
> software, CC0 is compatible with many software licenses, including
> the GPL. CC and the Free Software Foundation suggest that if you
> choose to apply CC0 to software, you include the following notice at
> the top of each file:
>  ...

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CC0_FAQ

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