We wanted to let you know that the customization team is going to add a simple new requirement to all mods and themes submitted to the simplemachines.org customization site. We're doing this to keep things simple -- to avoid confusion about what community members are and are not allowed to do with your mod or theme.
Did you know that, whenever you create a new mod or theme, you have an exclusive copyright to your own work? International copyright law says that
, when you create original work, nobody else has the right to redistribute your work or create a new version of it -- unless you say so.
Not everyone knows this, and this has led to some confusion about what to do with great mods and themes at the SimpleMachines.org customization site when their original authors are no longer able or willing to keep up with them. Frequently, someone requests permission to be listed as the new author of the mod or theme. But if the original author has not given permission, then it would be against international copyright law for someone else to put a modified version of the mod up on the customization site. And the SMF team does not want to help someone break the law.
On the other hand, we'd like to help the community maintain these great mods. We know that, many times, the original author really would not mind if someone took over an "old" mod. That's why we think adding this simple requirement will make things less confusing for everyone.
Starting January 1st we are requiring authors to do the following:
- Include a license statement in each of your files (see SMF files for an example). Include the name and link to the license you've chosen in the customization description.
- If you decide you wish to reserve all these rights to yourself, please include a copyright notice, a simple statement that no-one should edit or redistribute your work without your permission. This makes it clear to everyone that you didn't just "forget" to include some kind of permission for others to build upon your work.
You may know that Simple Machines and the SMF team, after a long debate, selected the Open Source
license (3-clause BSD License
) for SMF 2.0, and has committed to sticking with open-source licenses in the future. We encourage mod and theme authors to use Open Source
licenses for work they submit. There are several to choose from.
Among the most permissive are the
Licenses that require those using your code to also share their work have "copyleft" or "share alike" requirements:
For more information:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ http://www.gnu.org/licenses/licenses.htmlhttp://www.opensource.org/licenses/categoryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_free_software_licenseshttp://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/24/a-short-guide-to-open-source-and-similar-licenses/