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From Dave Cottlehuber <>
Subject Re: Importing Documentation under CC-3.0 license into CouchDB project
Date Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:41:17 GMT
On 13 August 2012 06:06, Dennis E. Hamilton <> wrote:
> There appears to be some confusion about differences among Creative Commons licenses.
 The Creative Commons Attribution is what is known as CC/By and there is no problem with it.
 Creative Commons Non-Commercial and Creative Commons Share-Alike are the problems and the
discussion you found was about CC-SA.
> In addition, CC-0 is a quit claim -- it effectively makes a work public domain except
that the copyright owner can, I suppose, still provide derivatives under more-restrictive
licenses because the copyright does not disappear (in the US, at least).
> With regard to CC-By, it is the copyright holder who gets to say what is an acceptable
attribution, and even to require that there be no attribution in a particular case.  In my
experience, it is rare to find information about what an acceptable attribution might be.
> It seems to me that working with publisher-ready "sources" (i.e., DocBook) rather than
the published form does not relieve one of honoring the origin.
>  - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Davis []
> Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2012 15:56
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Importing Documentation under CC-3.0 license into CouchDB project
> On Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 2:54 AM, Dave Cottlehuber <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The CouchDB project received a donation of API docs [docs]
>> and build tools from company CouchBase [jan1][mc2],
>> with our PMC (Jan Lehnardt) OK to proceed [jan3].
>> 1. The licence of contribution is CC-3.0A [mc4][cc5]. Is this
>> compatible?
>> 2. As this is a substantial contribution, can you advise if there's
>> any special requirements prior to pushing this into the ASF
>> couchdb repo? Link on legal site [asf6] suggest this should
>> be OK with attribution [dch7].
>> Thanks, Dave
>> [docs]:
>> [jan1]:
>> [mc2]:
>> [jan3]:
>> [mc4]:
>> [cc5]:
>> [asf6]:
>> [dch7]:
> I'll point out that a reason that we're wondering about compatibility
> is that we found a section in the legal docs that mentions CC license
> and specifically mentions not altering the imported work at [1].
> The current plan in CouchDB to import these docs will be to pull the
> original XML (DocBook) sources that CouchBase created, translate them
> into a format for Sphinx (Python's plain text system) and then
> continue to edit/maintain them alongside the rest of CouchDB's
> sources.
> [1]

Thanks Dennis, Daniel,

I'll get the xml ip clearance paperwork underway & then it looks like
we are clear to go.


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