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Alice created a work and died without publishing it. Bob and Charlie jointly inherited the copyright. Bob wants to release it under a Creative Commons license without involving Charlie. Can he do this? If so, how?

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    I'll wait a bit for the community to express an opinion. If it starts attracting downvotes or close votes, I'll think about throwing it across the fence.
    – MadHatter
    Mar 15 at 16:11
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    My rule of thumb is that if the answer would remain unchanged if you replace every instance of an open source specific term in a question with a non-open source term, then the question is probably off-topic here because it's not really about open source; hence I’m voting to close this question because I could replace "Creative Commons" with "Proprietary License 13". Mar 15 at 20:18
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    I think it is clearly off topic here, this question is about inheritance law, which is likely specific to the jurisdiction governing Alice's copyright, and about copyright law (jurisdiction specific) w.r.t. governance of joint/shared ownership of copyright by Bob and Charlie.
    – Martin_in_AUT
    Mar 16 at 10:34
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    @Someone I can't agree that it's a "substantially different question". If Bob has the right to unilaterally license the code, he may do so under any licence he wants. If he doesn't, there is nothing special about CC licences that will let him do it without that right. The choice of licence is not material to the question, which is about whether Bob has the right to unilaterally licence the code. If what you wanted to ask is "how does Bob licence code under CC when he has the rights to do so", that would be on-topic for OS.SE, but the inheritance stuff needs to be removed.
    – MadHatter
    Mar 16 at 17:15
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    "Alice created a work and died without publishing it. Bob and Charlie jointly inherited the copyright." This, Bob, under US law, has the right to license the software. "Bob wants to release it under a Creative Commons license without involving Charlie. Can he do this?" I know he can license it, but I want to make sure there's not something specific to Creative Commons that's an issue, such as a clause in the license that requires the agreement of all copyright holders. "If so, how?" Since the copyright and license notice is what puts a work under CC, this is asking how to write the notice.
    – Someone
    Mar 16 at 18:09

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