[Foundation-l] Non-commercial images

effe iets anders effeietsanders at gmail.com
Tue Dec 19 08:23:03 UTC 2006

The idea is that Wikipedia is licensed under the GFDL license. And that
license states that you may only use texts with that license in environments
witht the same, a similar or more free license. GFDL allows the commercial
use of images, so NC-images are actually incompatible with GFDL, and so with
Wikipedia. They conflict with the content. IANAL, but I am told that this is
a potential danger to the status of our content.


2006/12/19, luke brandt <shojokid at gmail.com>:
> Sam Korn wrote:
> > On 12/15/06, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> >> On issues such as whether we should allow NC images I, as member of
> >> the current Board, definitely don't think there should be any project
> >> level autonomy at all. If we want to keep our content compatible
> >> across languages and projects, we need to apply a consistent standard
> >> of freedom.
> >
> > Is that really necessary?  Yes, a defined *minimum* level of freedom
> > is necessary for cross-project compatibility, but that doesn't have to
> > preclude allowing projects from being *more* strict than the
> > Foundation-defined minimum.
> >
> Hi - I'd be interested to know the thinking behind the exclusion of
> non-commercial images please. Anyone care to explain?
> --
> luke
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