Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I recently ran across two seemingly incompatible copyright notices on a website:
The Write Agenda by The Write Agenda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on all work at Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at

© The Write Agenda, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from The Write Agenda is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to The Write Agenda with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by The Write Agenda (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Please contact The Write Agenda for sample attributions.

Hmmm... Isn't the point of the CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license that it gives us permission to duplicate the work, as long is it is non-commercial, not modified, and attribution is given? The copyright notice says express written permission is needed. Which is it? I think The Write Agenda may need to re-think this a little bit, as they can't have it both ways, or is the CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license considered "express and written permission?