On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Andrew Whitworth <wknight8111(a)gmail.com>wrote;wrote:
On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 3:20 PM, Anthony
Thus, forking under GFDL 1.2 only has two
distinct advantages: 1) it
people who consider "the benefits of the
CC-BY-SA-3.0 license" to
be detriments, to continue to contribute; and 2)
it disallows Wikipedia
incorporating these changes, thus reducing the
likelihood that third
will come along and use these changes without
1) I would suggest that the number of people who care strongly about
the particular license used and consider such a switch to be a
"detriment" is small indeed. This isn't to say that this group should
be ignored, only that they aren't going to represent a community with
enough viability to sustain a project the size of Wikipedia.
Come to think of it, forking under GFDL 1.3 would probably be the most
appropriate. Then, since Wikipedia intends to dual-license new content, new
Wikipedia content could be incorporated into the fork, but new forked
content couldn't be incorporated into Wikipedia.
I guess if you
think the legal case is cut and dry those 10% could get
together and initiate a class-action lawsuit, or something, but forking
probably easier and more effective.
Forking may certainly be easier, but it's hard for me to imagine that
a fork of Wikipedia with 10% of it's population (and I posit that to
be a high estimate) will be viable. A slogan of "knowledge is free,
but reusing it is more difficult because of our stringent attitudes
towards attribution" isn't going to inspire too many donors when
fundraising time rolls around.
"A free encyclopedia without the plagiarism" would be a better slogan,
though I'm sure a little thought could produce an even better one.
Plus, Wikipedia's database (I assume
you only want to fork Wikipedia, and maybe only the English one) is
non-negligible and will cost money to have hosted.
Depends on the traffic. Pure hard drive space is relatively cheap. More
traffic would lead to more expense, but it'd also likely lead to more
Fewer people will use the fork and it will grow more slowly, if it
grows at all, because of licensing problems with
content use and
What licensing problems?