In message <200306201211.12188.maveric149(a)yahoo.com>om>, Daniel Mayer
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)
Hmm. You may have a point. I haven't found the quote on Crown Copyright
which you cite, but on the guidance page
) I've found:
"What is meant by waiver?
Waiver means that although copyright is asserted, Government wishes to
encourage the widespread use of the material. Users are permitted to
copy or publish the material in any medium without having to seek formal
permission or to pay a fee. We do, however, ask that users ensure that:
- the material is reproduced accurately and not in a misleading context;
- that the material is correctly acknowledged and that the source and
status of the material is identified. "
which I read as indicating that though my article on [[HMS Glasgow]] is
legal at the moment, there is certainly the possibility that at some
time in the future someone may come along and edit the article so that
it's no longer accurate, or becomes misleading. Perhaps some rewriting
is in order...