This Label Commons Public Licence is intended to give the public the permission to use a label under certain conditions. Labels are used in the sense of a sign, term or mark applied to digital media or tangible material. The usage of the label without this license may be very restricted by copyright and/or trademark registration procedures now or in future.

A typical use case is that a label which is used by a wider community can now be provided by a so-called watchdog organisation, which even may register the label as a trademark and at the same time grants usage rights with only a few restrictions to the extend necessary to prevent misleading usage.

The Label Commons Public Licence grants you the right to

  • reproduce and Share the Licensed Material, in whole or in part; and       
  • produce, reproduce, and Share Adapted Material

by respecting the following conditions

  • The reach may be limited to a trademark or design registration REGION(s). If none is defined, the license is valid world-wide.
  • The scope may be limited to one or more trademark or design registration CLASSes.
  • The Licensor may announce a MORAL restriction together with the LCPL notice, such as "No usage allowed in military context".

License Application

The label LABEL is offered as Label Commons (https://git.fairkom.net/legal/lcpl) [until DATE] [in REGIONs] [for CLASSes] without Warranty [by LICENSOR] [registered at Name of IPR Authority] [& Link to License Publishing Service] [under the following additional conditions: MORAL].

[brackets] are optional parameters

Here is the Legal Code of the license https://git.fairkom.net/legal/lcpl/blob/master/LC_by_sa.md
 

License Example 1

fairmove is offered as a generic label which may be used by sustainability initiatives. To prevent misleading usages (like we have seen with the term "sustainability") we apply a LCPL license as follows:

The label fairmove is offered as Label Commons (https://git.fairkom.net/legal/lcpl) without Warranty by fairkom association under the following additional conditions: The fairmove label may be used in spoken language and as a hashtag in social media to support and promote climate friendly and ethical behaviour and activities. Guiding values are the 17 UN SDGs, the Human Rights Declaration, the 9 Ethify Values or any of the guidelines listed in the MoU of wandelbuendnis.org. Commercial use is restricted to small companies investing their surplus in sustainable products and services only; others may request a special license.

License Example 2

PodcastForFuture is offered as a generic label which may be used by sustainability initiatives and journalists.

The label PodcastForFuture is offered as Label Commons (https://git.fairkom.net/legal/lcpl) without Warranty by Ökoligenta under the following additional conditions: The PodcastForFuture label may be used for radio shows that support and promote climate friendly and ethical behaviour and activities. Guiding values are the 17 UN SDGs, the Human Rights Declaration, the 9 Ethify Values or any of the guidelines listed in the MoU of wandelbuendnis.org. Commercial use is restricted to small companies investing their surplus in sustainable products and services only; others may request a special license.

(This is the result of a Makers4Humanity working group made on 23rd of August 2019 on providing a podcast channel, after several rounds of discussion on the brand and who may use it).

Feedback

Research and previous considerations of this license have been archived here https://board.net/p/BSL

Please send your comments to info [at] fairkom.eu - we are eager to know more about your use case. If you have a proposal how to improve the license or found a typo, please submit an issue in gitlab, where the latest version of the license is hosted.

Presentation and Workshop at Ars Electronica Festival Linz 2019-09-09 10 a.m.