Question about free licenses

David Gerard dgerard at
Sat Apr 12 15:22:32 UTC 2014

On 12 April 2014 15:58, Carsten Agger <agger at> wrote:

> I wrote Digitaliseringsstyrelsen, or rather the civil servant in charge
> of open data and this license, and she has answered that this is really
> a bug in the license.
> What they had *wanted* to say is that the license does not release the
> recipient from obligations to fulfill other legal requirements, and that
> the authority cannot be held responsible for unlawful use of the data.
> I've been told that since they had wanted to make a clear and
> unambiguous license, they now intend to replace the "ensure data are
> used in accordance with the law" clause with a disclaimer as outlined
> above - which wouldn't be a problem, since it can't be read as a further
> restriction.
> Basically, they answered that this is a bug in the license and they hope
> to be able to fix it in the next version. This is good news, especially
> if they make the change soon.

Excellent news! \o/ Good work!

BTW, this is why the Creative Commons 3.0.1 licenses exist - because a
mention of "moral rights" looked a bit much like a condition rather
than a disclaimer, so they released a clarified version.

- d.

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