I emailed CC about this recently. The reply I got was:
"There is no problem in continuing to use an older license. The license
should never go away, and should always remain available on the CC site,
so your links will not break, even as new version come out.
You're right, you would need to get the permission of the copyright
holder to release it under a newer version of the license. One possible
solution could be to get permission in advance from the copyright holder
to be able to re-license the work under a newer version of the same
New license version would be announced at http://creativecommons.org on
the blog. But the old licenses will also display a notice that a new
version of the license exists. For example, see this license (Commons
We're also looking at how to handle this (whether to seek permission at
deposit to apply subsequent versions of the CClicense & whether updating
the license is worth the effort) but haven't resolved it yet.
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From: UK discussion list for electronic theses and dissertations
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Janet Aucock
Sent: 18 November 2008 14:08
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Subject: Electronic theses, Creative Commons licences and publisher
A couple of questions for you all:
We make a recommendation to postgraduates submitting etheses in our
digital repository that they consider using a Creative Commons licence,
and we recommend a fairly restrictive licence. Users are able to opt
out of this if they wish to, or choose a less restrictive licence.
We have recently had queries from postgraduates and academics re. the
longevity of Creative Commons licences and whether they can be future
proofed to keep pace with, as yet, unanticipated developments. If
important changes are made to the licences, how are "outdated" licences
kept up to date. So for example if a thesis is deposited in 2008 with
the current version of a licence, what will the situation be in several
years time when that licence may have been superceded.
We wanted to ask if other sites are using CC licences for etheses and
whether they have considered or addressed these issues. Would you
consider trying to keep licences up to date and how would you go about
this? Do you think this is a major problem, or do you think that the
spirit of CC licences will remain pretty constant, despite the fact that
specific licences will be renamed?
A second question is with regard to publisher policies when they
consider publication of material which has previously been presented in
a public and electronically available thesis. Our institution takes
this into consideration when considering restrictions for electronic and
We are interested in any current information with regard to publisher
I am assuming that the most obvious route is to query this with
individual publishers and seek information on their websites. But does
anyone know of any consolidated source of information about publisher
policies? Are there any recent summaries or presentations on typical
policies which are available? We would be interested in using recent
presentations/case studies as potential training material for postgrads.
so that they could become acquainted with these issues.
Thanks in advance for your answers
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