I am reading the Creative Commons license BY-NC-ND 4.0 and I have to translate and modify it.

Unfortunately, I dont fully understand the 2b1 section:

Moral rights, such as the right of integrity, are not licensed under this Public License, nor are publicity, privacy, and/or other similar personality rights; however, to the extent possible, the Licensor waives and/or agrees not to assert any such rights held by the Licensor to the limited extent necessary to allow You to exercise the Licensed Rights, but not otherwise.

The "not otherwise" part is misleading to me, what does it refer to?

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Short Answer:

In this context, "but not otherwise" means "but not in any other way"

Long Answer

Taken from wikipedia:

Moral rights are rights of creators of copyrighted works generally recognized in civil law jurisdictions and, to a lesser extent, in some common law jurisdictions. They include the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work

With respect to the section of the Creative Commons license you are referring to, this means that if you use a work published under the license, you don't get moral rights over the work as if you were the original author. It further states in the section that the author of the work (the one who put the CCv4 license on the work) agrees not to invoke those rights onto you - the user of the work - in order to not interfere with your ability to use/publish it, but that's it.

In essence it's saying that moral rights stay with the original creator, but will never be enforced on you in a way that prevents you from using the work in the way that you want (which in theory can be any way, depending on what variant of the CC you are using (CC0/Public Domain, Attribution only, share alike, non-commercial or no derivatives)).


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