I actually was thinking of this today when I was creating several "world
membership maps" and realized that the only way to indicate that I was
creating a derivative work of the previous blank map was to link to it - and
that the only way to check what derivative works have been made from a
Commons file is to use "what links here".
It seems to me a great first step to solving this problem is having an
option at [[Commons:Upload]] page like "It is a derivative work of a media
file already on the Commons" (perhaps also explaining what qualifies as a
derivative work). This would allow (1) automatically insert some kind of
template designed to indicate and keep track of derivative works, should one
be made and more importantly (2) automatically check that the newly uploaded
work is under the appropriate license - preventing someone from licensing a
derivative of a GFDL file as CC-BY-SA or PD, etc. I have no technical
knowledge in this area but that seems possible.
Just my two cents...first time poster.
On 25/10/2007, Andrew Gray <shimgray(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 25/10/2007, Nilfanion <nilfanion(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
It is easy to fix one image, but I suspect we
have deeper problems
throughout the project with a lack of respect for copyleft.
Establishing just how serious this issue is will be non-trivial, never
mind resolving it.
I don't think this is a lack of respect for copyleft, per se, so much
as a fundamental misunderstanding as to what a derivative work is -
people not realising that making a changed version of something
doesn't wipe the existing rights in it. We get this problem whether
the original works are free or unfree...
- Andrew Gray
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