POV-Ray : Newsgroups : povray.object-collection : Welcome : Re: Welcome Server Time
29 May 2023 21:23:14 EDT (-0400)
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From: Gilles Tran
Date: 9 Oct 2007 15:47:00
Message: <470bdab4$1@news.povray.org>

> Although I'm not a legal expert I believe that work can be distributed by 
> the owner under multiple licenses and conditions. I believe that anything 
> you've done that is already in the public domain could also be distributed 
> under the CC-LGPL. The site allows you to incorporate comments or 
> documentation alongside the contribution in which you can clarify that 
> it's in the public domain or that it's also available under other 
> licenses. If there are elements of your work currently licensed under 
> CC-Attribution that you wished to also make available on this site under 
> CC-LGPL,  then I think you can do so (and they'd certainly be very much 
> appreciated :o))

Thanks Chris for your answer.
I participated (briefly) in that discussion and my opinion hasn't really 
changed, i.e. that the LGPL is more suited to programming than to the 
dissemination of artwork, where attribution is important (or can be waived 
if the author wants it). I chose the CC-BY license years ago for that 
About a multiple license, I see on wikipedia that it's possible in certain 
cases. However, in the present case, it would be quite confusing for users 
since CC-BY and LPGL have different (and contradictory) conditions. 
Particularly, I really don't want to force users to use the GPL if they want 
to redistribute my work and the CC-BY is extremely lax about redistribution. 
For instance, as I'm often releasing objects with bitmaps, I want people to 
be able to use (and possibly redistribute) the bitmaps without thinking 
twice about it. Likewise, when I put something in the public domain, it is 
my wish to waive all my rights and it would be strange to disseminate the 
work separately under a more restrictive license!

Wikimedia Commons offers, IMHO, a friendlier and more adaptative way to deal 
with the license problem, which is to allow users to choose among several 
free licenses (including Public Domain). Perhaps that would be something to 
consider at a later stage for the POV-Ray object collection.



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