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Is LEFT COPY a copyleft license?
Is LEFT COPY a proprietary license?
No. It’s based on a public domain type of license. This means it emphasizes public access over private rights as far as is legally possible. The main limitation is it explicitly proscribes a tiny slither of the business population based on the Organization Quality Criteria (OQC).
Is LEFT COPY an ‘Ethical’ license?
Is LEFT COPY legally enforceable?
This begs two more apt questions:
- In what circumstances would this license need to be enforced legally?
- Do you have a good attorney? (Because you will need one!)
If you are simply objecting to an organization using your work then your first action would probably be to contact the organization concerned and explain to them why you believe they are in breach of the license terms.
If they were to promptly desist using the work then no further legal enforcement action would seem to be required.
If you were unlucky enough to encounter an organization belligerent enough to argue against your grievance it is possible the LCPL could be ‘legally significant’ to plead for judgement against the organization and demand that the organization cease distributing and/or copying and/or making available to the public your work in a court.
If found in your favour, then it seems likely the court might make an award to cover your legal costs in bringing the claim.
If you believe you have suffered actual loss, it is likely the organization would dispute your claim.
The problem is proving the organization infringed upon your copyright. The LCPL is based on a public domain license which is designed to offer the widest access to as many people as possible.
If you anticipate making a claim for material loss as a result of an organization using your work in breach of the license terms then the LCPL may not be the right license for your work.
In the case of defending copyright infringement, a license like the Gnu Public License (GPL) may be better suited for that purpose, however if copyright infringement is you main concern, the GPL is likely not the best license to use either.
Copyleft and ‘open source’ licenses are generally considered enforceable even though there are few legal precedents to establish that.
If copyright really is that important to you, then it’s hard to make a case for anything other than a traditional, proprietary rights regime for your work.