It seems to me that your have a formal problem that requires a formal
response. Am I correct that you require the Wikimedia Foundation to
express publicly that the Wikimedia Foundation accepts the use of
Wikipedia TM to links back to the original Wikipedia content in order to
comply with the requirements of the GPL?
If this is what is required, it seems to me that the WMF needs to decide
if it can make a blanket pronouncement allowing this specific use of the
Wikipedia TM, Wiktionary TM WikiEtc TM.
Jeffrey V. Merkey schreef:
OK Dominic, lt's g through it. Couple of points I
must make first.
1. I do not ever use Wikipedia logos, trademarks, or other materials as
these violate US Trademark laws. I don't care
if Wikipedia says "Please link back to us with attribution", it is
irrelevant. I have received no permission from the foundation
to use its trademarks in such a way. Whether or not the Wikipedia
community says this is ok and should be done for
GFDL compliance, the FOUNDATION has given no such consent to anyone, and
any sites doing it are subject to legal
action from the Foundation. The Wikipedia Community has **NO** authority
to release third party sites from
claims and causes of action from the Foundation for trademark misuse, on
the **FOUNDATION** has such
authority. Before I post any attribution back to the Foundation (which
would make the foundationliable for the
content) I need the Foundation to grat permission for use of its
trademarks in this manner.
points to the GFDL.
This statement is apprently not
3. The date the articles were uploaded and the last author is already
listed in kanohesdi (history) for each article,
so this statement is inaccurate.
I request persmission from the Foundation to use its trademarks solely
for the purpose attribution as required by the GFDL. Email of such
this list is acceptable as a reply to this email. The foundation must
release WMG and Wikigadugi from any and all liability, claims, and causes
of action for the use of its trademarks and names SOLELY for the purpose
of GFDL compliance. I ca find no page on the wikimedia.org
that grants such a release. I will not use or misuse Foundation
trademarks without such permission.
Dominic McDevitt-Parks wrote:
There are a few problems with the site currently.
In order to be in
compliance, you must also credit Wikipedia as your source. I'm clicking
"random page" and not seeing any articles that do this. They are just
direct copies with no reference to Wikipedia. You should have a note,
perhaps at the bottom of the page, like:
This article is licensed under the <a href="gfdl.html">
GNU Free Documentation License</a>. It uses material from the
Also, your content does not appear to be licensed under the GFDL; it
says on each page: "Content is available under Wikigadugi Public License
<http://www.wikigadugi.org/index.php/License>." And the link to that
license is broken. Your disclaimer and about pages linked at the bottom
are also blank, so I'm not sure where the GFDL is posted to your site.
In order to comply: You must link to a local copy
of the GFDL, you must
make it clear that the content from Wikipedia is available under the
GFDL license, your materials in turn have to be licensed under GFDL, you
must credit Wikipedia and link back to the source article.
> We also
> recommend that you include the date of the version copied, so that one
> is able to clearly figure out the authors by checking the history tab
> (it will likely have changed since you copied the content, and the
> authorship will have changed, too).
> Jeffrey V. Merkey wrote:
>> Wikigadugi is listed here at:
>> " ...Either more research is needed, or it is disputed Fail in a very
>> significant way such as claiming their own copyright without including a
>> GFDL <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GFDL> notice ..."
>> Pardon me folks, but if someone feels we are not in compliance with the
>> GFDL, can please someone point out where this is the case? All of our
>> is GFDL compliant and we do not offer any license other than the GFDL
>> and post the GFDL to our site.
>> I am happy to address and correct any issues with use of the Foundations
>> content if anyone feels it is not adequately spelled out as GFDL.