It seems that some of our ship text has been copied from websites using the
Crown Copyright which reads in part;
"....may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research,
private study or for internal circulation within an organisation."
That may cover Wikipedia itself but not downstream users of our text.
"This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a
Having this text on a wiki leads to a very real possibility that the text will
be modified to be something it wasn't before. It is also a very subjective
"Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or
copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the
copyright status acknowledged."
In other words the Crown Copyright is viral. This IMO is wholly incompatible
with the GNU FDL.
What say you?
-- Daniel Mayer (aka mav)