[okfn-discuss] Open Buttons

Mike Linksvayer ml at gondwanaland.com
Thu Apr 9 21:14:46 UTC 2015

On 04/09/2015 03:22 AM, Stephen Welburn wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just looked at the Open Buttons page as I was wondering how they
> were licensed.
> The page appears to be "CC-BY 4.0", but the instructions for the buttons
> themselves just show the images without any attribution required.
> So… how are the buttons licensed ?
> http://opendefinition.org/buttons/

Speaking from no authority, but CC-BY 4.0 allows satisfying the
attribution requirement by linking to a resource with the correct info
-- see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode#s3a2 -- and
it would seem that a link to opendefinition.org does that for the
buttons, which I assume to be under CC-BY 4.0. I would also assume an
implied license, given that the site provides HTML to include the
buttons, and encourages downloading and serving yourself.

> Also, the "HTML snippets" render as the buttons on Firefox on my Mac.
> Maybe a lack of <pre> tags on the snippets ?

Apologies, this must have been lost when I migrated the site from
WordPress to Jekyll (static site). Fixed in


p.s. opendefinition.org links to https://okfn.org/ip-policy/ which is
still inconsistent with the okfn.org site footer (BY vs BY-SA). It'd be
really nice to correct this. If OK can't make licensing unambiguous, how
can others be expected to? Issue open for almost a year

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