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Re: [webdesign-396] CWSA 2008 and Beyond (Copyrights and Licensing)

From: Aoirthoir An B.
Sent on: Thursday, February 7, 2008 9:34 AM
Mr. Ken,

Exactly. The creator of the work, from the moment it is created, retains all rights, except those they explicitly license. So what we are saying as part of the CWSA, is that we need to have an explicit license from presenters and contributors that allow us to use the work in any manner in the future. If we had a non-commercial work for instance, we would not be able to include that work on the site if we ever chose to allow advertising to help fund CWSA events. Thus the reason we need a Free License of some sort. A copyleft license though ensures that, if someone takes the work and modifies it, that we can use their modified form as well. So we are not saying any of your work has to have a free license. But logically, if someone wants to put information on our site, we really need that licensing. This is the same thing as on the Wikipedia site. By posting, you agree that your work is released under the GNU Free Documentation License. I believe now they also allow for a Creative Commons Attribution, Share Alike License. But don't quote me on that just yet. The license does not have to be copyleft though.

So we are not declaring that no one has copyrights to their work. Intellectual property is another subject entirely which generally entails copyrights, trademarks and patents. However, the laws governing all three are different, and so we are careful not to lump the three together under the same terminology. In our case we are mostly dealing with copyright law. A free license uses existing copyright laws to assure a copyright holder that they do not lose their rights. At the same time it allows the CWSA as an organization, and its membership, to confidently put the work on our sites, printed materials, electronic media, or other formats that the future might bring, without the added complications of having each time to again acquire permission from the copyright holder. This is most important as our situations are always changing. If someone contributes a work, to our site, and then we lose contact with them, without a Free License, we would be frozen. Further, if inheritance ever comes into play, the family could remove the rights offered by the original copyright holder. So a free license ensures our use in perpetuity.

Our only real option is to simply not accept works that are restricted. In this case someone is welcome to not be a presenter. Or if they have a work of interest, to post their work on another site, and link to it from the CWSA. But in all cases the copyright holder continues to be the owner of their work.

Many kind regards,
Joseph James Frantz

----- Original Message ----
From: ken <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, February 7,[masked]:36:53 AM
Subject: Re: [webdesign-396] CWSA 2008 and Beyond

On 02/06/2008 09:42 AM Joseph James Frantz wrote:
> ....
> One note here, we have to have an understanding that content is
> contributed under a Free License such as the GNU Free Documentation
> License, or the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License. This
> will allow us to distribute the content in the future without
> restrictions, so we do not have to constantly ask permission each time
> we want to re-purpose your contributions.
> ....

Yeah, nobody can simply declare this and make it so, except, of course,
for their own work.  That is, you can't just declare that no one here
has any intellectual property rights and expect it to have any effect on
established law.

Just don't want anyone getting the wrong idea.

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