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  • This page refers to features only available on ccHost 5.1

Managing Licenses

As of ccHost 5.1, administrators have total control over which licenses are available during the upload process. The licenses are shown to the user on the submit forms.

Please note that with ccHost you are only managing references to licenses, not the actual license itself. For example, if you want to present a custom commercial license to the user, you would create the actual license with other tools and then use the ccHost facilities described below to reference that license.

Choose License For Submit Forms

You can edit which licenses are available for the user during upload of original material. While logged in administrator:

  • Click on "Manage Site" then "Submit Forms" (or browse to admin/submit)
  • You can create a new submit form type by clicking on 'Add New Submit Form' button or click on Edit next to one of the existing type to bring up the submit form editor.
  • At the section called Licenses you can select which licenses or legal tools are available for type submission to your site. (They will appear as a radio button choice in the submit form.)
  • Click Submit button when you're done.

Repeat these steps for each submit form type.

If you only pick one license or legal tool, then no options will be available for the user during submit. You could, for example, have one submit form for just Public Domain submissions and another form for CC Attribution.

If the Enable Remix Search is enabled then no explicit license choices are available to the user during submit, since the ccHost code will pick the "strictest" license based on the sources of the upload. See below if you would like to offer users even stricter licenses during the uploading of derived works.

Editing the Licenses in the System

If you would like change some of the properties of the licenses (e.g. their graphical logos) or offer more licenses than the ccHost defaults, (e.g. different jurisdictions) you can edit them in the following way:

  • Click on "Global Settings" then "Licenses" (or browser to admin/license note there is 's' at the end of 'license')
  • Click on the Add New License button to create a new license in the system, or click Edit next to the license you wish to edit.

License Properties

The License ID is only editable for the new licenses and must be unique across the system. You can put a number at the end if you like: attribution_4 for the a future version of the CC-BY license.

As of this writing the Jurisdiction field is not used in ccHost.

The Description field can have HTML in it and will be displayed directly in the submit form to the user.

The Permits/Requires/Prohibits section are used by CC-aware search engines such as Google(tm) and Yahoo!(tm).

Allowing Stricter Licenses for Derived Works

The default behavior during the upload of a derived work (a.k.a. remix) is to use the strictest license of the sources chosen.

However, some users may want to enforce an even stricter license during the upload. For example if the strictest license of all sources is Attribution, you might want to give the choice to the user to select a NonCommercial license. Another example is if the sources are all waived through Public Domain or CC0 (CC Zero) you might want to give the choice to the user to select a CC license for the derived work.

If order to allow this follow these steps:

  • Click on Global Settings then License (or browse to admin/license)
  • At the bottom of that screen, click on the Configure Upgrade Alternatives button.

You are now presented with a form with two sets of all the licenses in the system. From the top half, select the licenses of the source, (i.e. the "incoming" license that is the strictest of the combined sources). From the bottom half select what licenses you'd like to offer if any of the incoming licenses are seen.

For example, if the incoming license is CC0 and you want offer CC Attribution, check the CC0 box in the top half, and Attribution in the bottom half. (You don't have to select CC0 in the bottom half, the incoming license will always be a choice.)

These choices are offered dynamically as the user is selecting sources in the the remix submit form and also when they are changing the sources of an existing upload.

You do you not wish to offer any stricter licenses, leave all of the check boxes in the entire screen blank.

Please be very careful with this screen, as it is very easy to create illegal combination of 'upgrades'.