The Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License was the most supported
license in the recent poll at
Many of the options had very few voters. Of the options with more than
12 voters, the GFDL had only 21% support, and the Wikinews License 0.2
had 60% support (or 64% from Wikinewsies). Fewer people voted on the
Wikinews License option than on the Creative Commons one, meaning 31
people in total supported CC-BY, compared to just 17 supporting WNL
With over 87% support from Wikinewsies in the poll, and 82% support
overall, CC-BY has now been agreed upon by the Wikimedia Foundation to
be the new license for all existing and future versions of Wikinews.
Any edits made previously remain public domain - it is only new edits
that will need to be under this Creative Commons License.
The license can be read at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
(that page links to other language versions of the license, and the
full legal code).
Brion has changed the site settings, so the meta data of the wikis
should state they are now CC-BY. However, manually created pages such
will need to be
updated. MediaWiki namespace pages may need changing if they had been
edited previously. Pages that might need changing include:
I would appreciate it if you could translate this message into the
language of your Wikinews so that all members of the community are
aware of the change.