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From the frontpage (http://opencontent.org - links mine)

OpenContent's only excuse for existing is to "facilitate the prolific creation of freely available, high-quality, well-maintained Content." This Content can then be used in an infinity of ways, restricted only by the imagination of the user. One of the most significant uses may be supporting instruction and helping people learn. 'WhatIsContent?', you ask. Content is just about anything that isn't executable. [...]

OpenContent is freely available for modification, use, and redistribution under a license similar to those used by the Open Source / Free Software community. In plain English, the license relieves the author of any liability or implication of warranty, grants others permission to use the Content in whole or in part, and insures that the original author will be properly credited when Content is used. It also grants others permission to modify and redistribute the Content if they clearly mark what changes have been made, when they were made, and who made them. Finally, the license insures that if someone else bases a work on OpenContent, that the resultant work will be made available as OpenContent as well.

Contrast FreeDocumentationLicense.

From the frontpage (http://opencontent.org - dated Monday, June 30, 2003)

OpenContent is officially closed. And that's just fine.

I'm closing OpenContent because I think CreativeCommons is doing a better job of providing licensing options which will stand up in court. As I close OpenContent, I join CreativeCommons as Director of Educational Licenses. Now I can focus in on facilitating the kind of sharing most interesting to me - that which supports learning - with the pro bono support of really good IP lawyers. And I couldn't be happier.

The OpenContent License and Open Publication License will remain online for archival purposes in their current locations. However, no future development will occur on the licenses themselves. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of their better parts showing up in the Creative Commons licensing infrastructure soon, though.

OpenContent is dead. Long live OpenContent.



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