Subject: Re: OSL 2.1 for textbooks
From: Sanjoy Mahajan <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 05:23:36 +0100

> The creative commons licences are a little egregious in that they
> permit purpose based restrictions (ie the non commercial
> characteristic).

One can choose a CC license without that restriction and require
ShareAlike, so that downstream users cannot impose a non-commercial

Another issue with CC licenses is that they do not regulate source
code.  From the CC FAQ:

  Can I use a Creative Commons license for software?

  Unlike our licenses -- which do not make mention of source or object
  code -- [FSF and OSI] licenses were designed specifically for use with

Licensees can make derivative works, but without the TeX files, making
revisions requires needless extra work: scissors, masking tape, and
whiteout, or perhaps worse rekeying a manuscript.