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Copyright, CC and Licensing

This is a bit disturbing, but not completely surprising. Some issues have arisen regarding the reuse of designs submitted to the CSS Zen Garden. These issues have not been brought to the fore by the designers (who are all, I believe, 100% behind Dave Shea on this project, its goals, and the particular issue at hand), but rather by an “individual” who decided to copy a few of the designs for his own distribution, and only thought to ask if it was OK after the fact.

I made quite a lengthy post in the comments of Dave’s entry, so rather than re-post my thoughts here, I’ll let you read them in context.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, September 10th, 2003.


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5 comments on “Copyright, CC and Licensing”

  1. Posted by Didier Hilhorst on Wednesday, September 10th, 2003.

    I think you made a very sensible statement. I do indeed agree that Dave is taking on more responsability than he has to. This of course is nice but I think we are ulimatly responsible — each designer individually.

    We (beforehand) agreed to the license he established by submitting our work and as such there is nothing much we can do. It remains nevertheless an interesting case and has generated much discussion.

  2. Posted by justin on Wednesday, September 10th, 2003.

    I too was undecided about attaching a CC to my site, but ultimately decided to do so with the hope that someone would actually notice the CC and read what it is about. With regards to the aforementioned statement…I couldn’t agree with it more. Kudos to all who have been involved in the CSS Zen Garden project and to Dave especially.

  3. Posted by Justin Goodlett on Thursday, September 11th, 2003.

    On another note regarding ISSN assignments, the ISSN Network is not giving out any more ISSN’s at the moment due the the large volume of requests. They are undecided as to wether or not they have the resources to maintain such a large database of blogs reguesting ISSN numbers. A committee will meet in late October to discuss the matter further.

  4. Posted by Dan on Friday, September 12th, 2003.

    Justin: That’s quite interesting indeed. I’m very glad that I registered SB (as well as my firm’s corporate blog, Power of Speech, which should launch shortly after webgraph.com, which is coming soon…)

    Of course, they could definitely do with an upgraded registration system — the HTML form on their site has been offline for ages, and I’m sure it was never tied into their database in the first place. They need a redesigned PDF form (which could also be interactive) and a new web-based registration system tied into their back-end systems, and then all they need to concern themselves with is verifying each submission. I need to find out who to speak with in their offices…

  5. Posted by Justin Goodlett on Friday, September 12th, 2003.

    Dan: I agree 100%. The registration process is outdated and very frustrating. A month after submitting my application I received two emails from two different persons…neither of which made anysense. I hope they have this issue resolved soon. If you make any headway please let me know. Thank you.