Opened 11 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#765 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Make default license "Free culture" friendly

Reported by: spaetz Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone:
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Defaults matter! Most users will pick whatever is the default. Right now "all rights reserved" is the default license choice for all users in a stock install.

Let us use a "freeer" license that this. I think this is a pretty important issue.

Change History (3)

comment:1 by Simon Fondrie-Teitler, 11 years ago

Component: infrastructureprogramming

comment:2 by Ben Sturmfels, 9 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

Thanks for this suggestion spaetz.

I agree that most people will just use the default option and I also agree that freely licensed works are, all things equal, preferable to "all rights reserved" works.

That said, I think that any licensing decisions should be made with informed consent. Since "all rights reserved" is the default in many parts of the world, users could reasonably expect that media they publish will also default to "all rights reserved" unless they choose otherwise. It would be unfortunate (and probably not legally sound) if they were to unknowingly publish their work under a free culture license just because they didn't read the page properly.

Perhaps being able to customize the default license for your particular installation could be a useful feature, but I don't think changing the default globally would serve the best interests of MediaGoblin users.

I'm going to be bold and close this ticket, but I'm certainly happy to discuss if you have further thoughts.

comment:3 by Ben Sturmfels, 9 years ago

I also just noticed that in Account Settings, you can choose a per-user default license.

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