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This was the first release version of CCD CopyWrite. Its form was based on the Creative Commons Attribution License, with very brief verbal endorsement by telephone from a representative of Creative Commons. Unfortunately, I don't recall who it was, and I'm sure they didn't even bother to write anything down on a sticky note in relation to my call. Regardless, the CC Attribution License was the closest in form of any existing license to achieving what I wanted, legally speaking. Very (relatively) few alterations needed to be made to get the first release version off the ground, allowing me to start stamping emails, administration scripts, and online essays with a URL pointing at the CCD CopyWrite license.
Development of version 0.8 actually began as development of version 0.6, but 0.6 never materialized. The point, of course, was to alter the format of the CCD CopyWrite license to simplify the language of the license significantly from its 0.2 release version. Version 0.8 was put together by gutting the development version 0.5 and adding clear English language, inspired to some extent by other licenses like the BSD licenses and Apache License v2.0, some of the legal language of which might be clearly recognizable as inspiration for version 0.8 of CCD CopyWrite.