I noticed the official website of Monero (GetMonero.org) is copyrighted with a Creative Commons BY 3.0 license. Why did Monero choose this license, or choose to use this instead of Creative Commons BY 4.0?

  • Or other creative commons option. Also, what non-creative-commons options are there for written works? Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 13:44
  • Standard copyright license
    – user4
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 14:55
  • Hmm? Which one is that? Do you mean no license? Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 14:55
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    Because it is? Why else? It takes effort to update the license, etc. Further, this seems like a question not suitable for Stack Exchange -- there's likely no good answer to this question other than the one I gave, which makes it opinion based. And, does this even relate to Monero enough to be on-topic in the first place?
    – hichris123
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 2:53
  • I'm also curious about the answer, but I tend to agree with @hichris123. Maybe better suited for reddit or getmonero.org forum.
    – JollyMort
    Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 6:39

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Because the CC BY 4.0 didn't exist when we created the site. Changing the license requires an agreement from all those that have submitted a PR, so unless there's something specific in 4.0 that we want it's simply too much effort to change.

The reason we chose CC BY 3.0 is because it seemed the most appropriate to the written material, images, and logo. It allows people to share it in any way, remix it, build on top of it, modify it, even for commercial purposes. The only thing they have to do is provide proper attribution to the site, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

Why would we want to restrict the ways in which people can use and benefit from the material on the site?

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