Sweet and Simple License v0.1

Last Updated On December 30th 2011

Now I think I need to explore the free & open source licensing aspects of software and media-ware produced by raviiyer.org volunteer group.

Did some browsing.

I was very impressed with the little bit that I saw about http://creativecommons.org. Here is a fantastic video which explains their “shared culture” view: http://creativecommons.org/videos/a-shared-culture.

The Creative Commons vision: “Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.” I like it mannn…!!! Here is the link: http://creativecommons.org/about

Here are some organizations (big names) which use a Creative Commons license: http://creativecommons.org/who-uses-cc

Their license design and rationale: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/

They also have a “No Rights Reserved” CC0 [CCZero] license. Initially I thought this would be ideal for us (raviiyer.org volunteer group). Here is some info about CC0: http://creativecommons.org/about/cc0. Here is the FAQ: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CC0_FAQ. And the tool to create a CC0 license: http://creativecommons.org/choose/zero/

After some thought I felt that even CC0 is too complex for us.

Overall I feel that a Creative Commons license is required, perhaps, for guys who want their names to be associated with their work and decide the terms on which their work can be shared. CC0 may allow the work to be freely copied, freely modified etc. but with the guys who did the original work still being recognised as the creators of/contributors to it.

In the raviiyer.org effort I am clear that our names need not be attributed to our work by people who use it, copy it, modify it, redistribute it, make money from it … In Bharat/India we have a great, great tradition over millenia of sharing a lot of sacred scripture as well as teachings of Mahatmas & Mahapurushas (Saints & Great persons) freely amongst anybody who wants it (though some parts of sacred scripture were not freely shared in the past).

raviiyer.org will, in all probability, start having a list of volunteers possibly with details of their contribution. But we need not be concerned about whether those who will use, modify, redistribute etc. products of raviiyer.org will list these volunteer names or not.

I heard some holy man say, “Daan mein Shresta Daan hai – Gupt Daan” (In types of charity, the exalted form of charity is hidden (anonymous) charity). Let me take inspiration from that. So raviiyer.org effort being taken and redistributed by somebody else even for a profit without any credit being given to the raviiyer.org volunteer group just does not matter to me. If society is served then God is served and that is the goal of raviiyer.org – no matter who takes the ‘credit’ for it.

Of course, the ‘Karma’ credit is a different thing altogether but then that is under the eye of All-knowing God :-)! We don’t need to worry about any legal systems for that!

Here are some other links I had a quick look at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_free_software_licenses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_Free_License
http://khason.net/blog/open-source-licenses-comparison-table/
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html

Too complicated!!!

I feel I should go with some simple “No Rights Reserved” and “No Warranty” equivalent statements. It could be something like this below:

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[TEST/DRAFT License text and NOT ACTUAL license.]

All material, namely, software, media-ware, documentation, text etc. available at raviiyer.org website can be freely downloaded and used by anybody.

They are also free to modify it and redistribute it. They however cannot claim material they have taken/downloaded from raviiyer.org website as their own property (copyright) and thereby prevent raviiyer.org and others from working on and using that material.

There is no warranty whatsoever for any material, namely, software, media-ware, documentation, text etc. available at and/or downloaded from raviiyer.org website.

18th September 2011,

Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh,

India

[TEST/DRAFT License text and NOT ACTUAL license.]

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Sweet and simple! Anybody can understand it – don’t need some legal expert.

I don’t know whether this license is too simple for it to work. But I would like to go with this and see what happens.

I mean, if we run into copyright or other problems then I can worry about it and perhaps look at a Creative Commons type of license. Till that time I can go with the “Sweet and Simple” license :-)!

Dear Reader, I would be very glad to know your views on this.

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2 Responses to Sweet and Simple License v0.1

  1. vhhp says:

    Dear I found this very interesting. I am forwarding this blog address to my sons, who are both in IT field.
    All the best
    vhpmak@gmail.com

  2. Ravi says:

    Thank you vhhp.

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