1. Software
  2. Design
  3. Content
  4. Rationale
  5. Updates
  6. Complete license
    1. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License

Software

This site was generated with ikwiki, which is generally © 2006-2011 Joey Hess, under the GPL-2+ license. See the complete copyright file for more information.

Other software I produce is under an unrelated license, usually GPL or AGPL license, but each project usually has a specific license attached to it that supersedes this notice.

Design

The design of this site falls under a different license, see the source code for the ultimate reference. Right now, it is a modified bootstrap theme licensed under a MIT license and, like all bootstrap derived themes, is "© 2011-2015 Twitter, Inc", but also © 2009-2015 Julian Andres Klode for the Ikiwiki adaptation and © 2016-2017 Antoine Beaupré for my modifications.

Content

The content of this site is released under a Creative Commons license, as such.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Rationale

For content, I use the Creative Commons license because it is simple, well-known, and easy to use. It also does the basics I expect from a free license in that it allows attribution and forces users to also apply similar terms to the license, or, to put it another way, it is "viral".

I used to operate under the GFDL, but I disliked the incompatibility with the GPL and the lack of clarity of the license. Other criticism of the GFDL can be found on Wikipedia.

Some people recommend to use the GPL for documentation. It is specifically the case for Debian documentation. I do not think the GPL is a good license for documentation or written text. While the GNU project does say that the GPL can be used for non-software work, it does use the GFDL for its own manual as it believes it is better than the GPL because it contains too many un-necessary clauses and I agree with this analysis (although i disagree that the GFDL is a good license, because of the aforementioned incompatibilities).

Another concern that was expressed was incompatibilities between the CC licenses and other licenses. CC 4.0 is more broadly compatibly, including with the GPLv3, which is why I have upgraded to the latest 4.0 license, see the list of compatible licenses if you want to include my work in your project. CC 4.0 is also easier to read, more portable worldwide and relaxes some requirements to better fit current practices, see a summary of the changes in CC 4.0 and the history of changes in CC licenses for more details.

Finally, it was suggested CC 4.0 was problematic because it allows creators to force licensees to remove attribution on demand and forbids use of DRM to distribute the works. I actually agree with those provisions: I take a strong stance against DRM, and I am pleased that CC is doing the same. Regarding attribution, I also agree that attribution should be removed if my creative works are used to disseminate ideas I strongly disagree with. This is not just a tool, speech is political and attribution may mean, in a creative context, that I support the derived works, which I do not believe is the case with software use, where it is clearer that attribution does not necessarily imply I support the use of the works.

Updates

Complete license

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License

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  1. Adapted Material means material subject to Copyright and Similar Rights that is derived from or based upon the Licensed Material and in which the Licensed Material is translated, altered, arranged, transformed, or otherwise modified in a manner requiring permission under the Copyright and Similar Rights held by the Licensor. For purposes of this Public License, where the Licensed Material is a musical work, performance, or sound recording, Adapted Material is always produced where the Licensed Material is synched in timed relation with a moving image.
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  12. Sui Generis Database Rights means rights other than copyright resulting from Directive 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 1996 on the legal protection of databases, as amended and/or succeeded, as well as other essentially equivalent rights anywhere in the world.
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      1. reproduce and Share the Licensed Material, in whole or in part; and
      2. produce, reproduce, and Share Adapted Material.
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    3. Term. The term of this Public License is specified in Section 6(a).
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      3. indicate the Licensed Material is licensed under this Public License, and include the text of, or the URI or hyperlink to, this Public License.
    2. You may satisfy the conditions in Section 3(a)(1) in any reasonable manner based on the medium, means, and context in which You Share the Licensed Material. For example, it may be reasonable to satisfy the conditions by providing a URI or hyperlink to a resource that includes the required information.
    3. If requested by the Licensor, You must remove any of the information required by Section 3(a)(1)(A) to the extent reasonably practicable.
  2. ShareAlike.

    In addition to the conditions in Section 3(a), if You Share Adapted Material You produce, the following conditions also apply.

    1. The Adapter’s License You apply must be a Creative Commons license with the same License Elements, this version or later, or a BY-SA Compatible License.
    2. You must include the text of, or the URI or hyperlink to, the Adapter's License You apply. You may satisfy this condition in any reasonable manner based on the medium, means, and context in which You Share Adapted Material.
    3. You may not offer or impose any additional or different terms or conditions on, or apply any Effective Technological Measures to, Adapted Material that restrict exercise of the rights granted under the Adapter's License You apply.

Section 4 – Sui Generis Database Rights.

Where the Licensed Rights include Sui Generis Database Rights that apply to Your use of the Licensed Material:

  1. for the avoidance of doubt, Section 2(a)(1) grants You the right to extract, reuse, reproduce, and Share all or a substantial portion of the contents of the database;
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  3. You must comply with the conditions in Section 3(a) if You Share all or a substantial portion of the contents of the database.

For the avoidance of doubt, this Section 4 supplements and does not replace Your obligations under this Public License where the Licensed Rights include other Copyright and Similar Rights.

Section 5 – Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability.

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Section 6 – Term and Termination.

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  2. Where Your right to use the Licensed Material has terminated under Section 6(a), it reinstates:

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    For the avoidance of doubt, this Section 6(b) does not affect any right the Licensor may have to seek remedies for Your violations of this Public License.
  3. For the avoidance of doubt, the Licensor may also offer the Licensed Material under separate terms or conditions or stop distributing the Licensed Material at any time; however, doing so will not terminate this Public License.
  4. Sections 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 survive termination of this Public License.

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Section 8 – Interpretation.

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