[Project_owners] Re: SmartSync Project and Mozdev Terms of Use

David Boswell davidwboswell at yahoo.com
Wed May 3 09:38:38 EDT 2006

Adding questions about licensing to the FAQ would be a good idea.  This
could serve as a short list of the main points that would be easier to

Would someone on the list be able to draft 3 or 4 questions that seem
to be most important about licensing for project owners and then I can
work with the lawyers on the board to get official answers to each?


> What about writing a short list of "what you can do and what you
> can't do"?
> The communication deficiency caused by too long text is very common.
> This is why I initially chose a Creative Commons license for my
> project.
> The Creative Commons team has made a great job in writing a brief
> description of what their licenses allow and deny. This helps people
> greatly, since in most cases it allow people to know quite instantly
> if
> the program is suitable for them. Plus, by specifying that such a
> short
> list doesn't free the user from reading the full license text, you'll
> make clear that the text has the only scope of "covering the most
> important concepts".
> I don't know if I expressed myself correctly, so I'll make an
> example:
> ---
> The license you'll have to adopt for your extension, will allow other
> users to:
> 1. use the extension
> 2. view the sourcecode
> 3. make derived projects, using your sourcecode as the base
> Plus, remember that this small list is not considering many important
> things. We recommend reading the full license text at the URL:
> <license url>
> ---
> This is short enough to be placed inside an e-mail without being
> ignored...
> Michael Johnston wrote:
> > too much text in an email will be skipped over as well.
> >
> > it's lose lose.
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