[asterisk-dev] Asterisk Documentation Update

Malcolm C. Davenport malcolmd at digium.com
Thu Sep 1 16:09:24 CDT 2011



"Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)."

The actual requirement, I believe, comes from section 4.c of the full license:


"If You Distribute, or Publicly Perform the Work or any Adaptations or Collections, You must, unless a request has been made pursuant to Section 4(a), keep intact all copyright notices for the Work and provide, reasonable to the medium or means You are utilizing: (i) the name of the Original Author (or pseudonym, if applicable) if supplied, and/or if the Original Author and/or Licensor designate another party or parties (e.g., a sponsor institute, publishing entity, journal) for attribution ("Attribution Parties") in Licensor's copyright notice, terms of service or by other reasonable means, the name of such party or parties; (ii) the title of the Work if supplied; (iii) to the extent reasonably practicable, the URI, if any, that Licensor specifies to be associated with the Work, unless such URI does not refer to the copyright notice or licensing information for the Work; and (iv) , consistent with Ssection 3(b), in the case of an Adaptation, a credit identifying the use of the Work in the Adaptation (e.g., "French translation of the Work by Original Author," or "Screenplay based on original Work by Original Author"). The credit required by this Section 4(c) may be implemented in any reasonable manner; provided, however, that in the case of a Adaptation or Collection, at a minimum such credit will appear, if a credit for all contributing authors of the Adaptation or Collection appears, then as part of these credits and in a manner at least as prominent as the credits for the other contributing authors. For the avoidance of doubt, You may only use the credit required by this Section for the purpose of attribution in the manner set out above and, by exercising Your rights under this License, You may not implicitly or explicitly assert or imply any connection with, sponsorship or endorsement by the Original Author, Licensor and/or Attribution Parties, as appropriate, of You or Your use of the Work, without the separate, express prior written permission of the Original Author, Licensor and/or Attribution Parties."


I don't believe there was any intent to modify the license on the part of the party that proposed that.

I think that portion of the proposal, then, does not hold merit; in the face of the full text of the license, where "the manner" should be interpreted according to section 4.c.

----- Original Message -----
> Hi,
> Good to see some progress here.
> However I must speak up,
> On Thu, Sep 01, 2011 at 03:16:36PM -0500, Malcolm C. Davenport wrote:
> > It has also been proposed that the following statement be adopted
> > for acceptable attributions: "Attribution should be made on the
> > title
> > page of physical books or in the footer of web content."
> IANAL, but that sounds dangerously close to the advertisement clause
> of
> the original BSD license. The CC licenses are carefully phrased. If
> you
> modify them, you may break things.
> Such a requirement has rendered the original BSD license and other
> licenses to become GPL incompatible, as it adds a restriction. It's
> also
> impractical in some cases, I believe.
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