On Mon, 2002-11-25 at 14:59, Jimmy Wales wrote:
Oliver Pereira wrote:
I have a query about copyright, although not
directly related to the Bryce
Harrington thing. If an article is in breach of copyright, and someone
else replaces the text with original material, the copyrighted material is
still publically available on the Wikipedia to anyone who knows about the
revision history page. Doesn't this mean that there is still a breach of
copyright here? And if so, doesn't the entire article (along with its
history) have to be deleted, and not just rewritten?
Ideally, we should drop the specific revisions that are problematic, leaving
the rest of the history intact.
Actually, I think it's reasonable to state that we're only publishing
the latest version of the article. It's similar to the way that Google
etc. has archives of the pages they index, which are even publicly
viewable to a degree, but a clearly not intended to replace the original
document and are not presented as such.