Creative Commons Licenses for software - just say "NO"

Two point before I start:

  1. I'm not a lawyer, so this blog post does not constitute legal advice. If you need help, contact a lawyer who specializes in software and content licensing. I accept no liability...
  2. I'm absolutely not against Creative Commons Licenses, for content. Indeed on recent projects I've made extensive use of CC licensed text, images and so on, and this blog is CC licensed. Just not for software...

So, you've written some software and decided to share it with others - congratulations! You may be contemplating licensing it with one of the range of Creative Commons Licenses... Hold on! In this blog post, I'll explain why this is a really bad idea, both for you and the community. And I'll hopefully dispel some myths and point you to other sources of information.