On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 7:18 PM, David Goodman <dgoodmanny(a)gmail.com> wrote:
My view is that any restriction of distribution that
is not absolutely
and unquestionably legally necessary is a violation of the moral
rights of the contributors. We contributed to a free encyclopedia, in
the sense that the material could be used freely--and widely. We all
explicitly agreed there could be commercial use, and most of us did
not particularly concern ourselves with how other commercial or
noncommercial sites would use or license the material, as long as what
we put on Wikipedia could be used by anyone.
David, I think there are many people (myself included) who think that
goes too far.
Personally, I care whether or not reusers attempt to follow the spirit
of the copyleft and make their changes and contributions available for
future reuse. If we wanted to be truly free, we would all license our
work into the public domain, but instead we work under a copyleft and
I consider honoring that distinction to be important.