Brandon Enright wrote:
The "rights" an inventor is willing to grant to the community is often far more complex than "allowed to use".
the rights i'm referring to are specifically 'copy and sell' rights, and would essentially be represented by a 'yes' or a 'no', just as Tony Fisher has done. this information is succinct, and easily added or changed.
and it would not be the burden of the curator to verify anything; only to maintain the museum as usual, with this small addition of a flag that, in concept, would require nothing more than a mouseclick to change. the burden would be entirely on the inventor.
links to related threads, while an excellent idea for learning something about the puzzle in general, may not provide useful information on the rights in question. and even if they do, that information would be potentially buried in unrelated text and easily missed.
checking with the inventor is the natural alternative, but is only possible while the inventor is a member of the forum, and is easily contactable. (there are members, for example, who disallow private messages.) all i'm suggesting is making their answers easily accessible.
This would be sort of useful to those who attend and abide by the TP community's rules, but would mean absolutely nothing to anyone else.
precisely: this proposal is a direct extension of the forum's Knockoff Policy. it's not intended to apply anywhere else, nor could it be.
like the KO Policy, this is an ethical consideration, not an enforceable legal issue.