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For Open Source Appropriate Technology, we strongly recommend either:

  • The CC-by-sa license (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike)

or public domain.

  • I.e. explicitly relinquishing all copyrights.

Note that saying "feel free to use this" does not have clear legal force - if you want to be part of the knowledge commons, choose one of these options.[1]

That's speaking on behalf of myself and the Appropedians I discuss this with, including Prof Joshua Pearce (see his paper...) Vinay Gupta (creator of the Hexayurt Project, which releases its work as public domain.

Friends who share this philosophy of sharing include:

Why this matters[edit]

Watch out for...[edit]

Please avoid using additional restrictions which reduce the free flow of knowledge - see

Don't mix up "public domain" with "open access" - just because something can be accessed without restriction or cost doesn't make it public domain in the true sense.

So what do I do?[edit]

Declare

CCWiki howtos

Footnotes[edit]

  1. The less common CC-by license serves just as well - it lies between CC-by-sa and public domain, requiring attribution but not requiring derivative works to follow the same license.
  2. License statement