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Why is The Bizarre Cathedral licence "non-free"?

Oct 26, 2008, 00:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Cartwright)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"The four freedoms cannot apply to creative works — particularly something like a strip cartoon. There is no source code for users to study and modify. Copyleft can apply to artwork though and the Creative Commons licences are the most common form of copyleft licence for artwork. The FSF (whom most of my correspondents seem to refer to in their arguments) states that Creative Commons licences are incompatible with the GNU GPL or GNU FDL.

"Every single person who has written to me about my choice of licence takes issue with the non-commercial (NC) part. Apparently it is “non-free” of me to tell user they may not sell my works. What I don’t get is how the share-alike and attribution clauses are somehow more free. When, in 2004, the — at the time ubiquitous — Xfree86 X-Window (GUI) server project added a new clause to their licence stating that an attribution comment in the code could not be removed, the free software community went into action. Outrage was a popular term I seem to recall. The (free) Xorg project forked the code and became the server of choice. So why is an attribution clause free in artwork but not in software?"

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