[Foundation-l] Re: [Juriwiki-l] Re: Copyright complaints

David Newton davidp.newton at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 21:04:12 UTC 2006

>No, you are not allowed to do that. The text under the edit box states
>"Please note that all contributions to Wikisource are considered to be
>released under the GNU Free Documentation License". CC-BY-NC-ND is not
>compatible with the GFDL, and is also not a free license, so wouldn't
>be acceptable on any Wikimedia project.


Funny, I was trying to find out whether that was the case a few months
ago with respect to Wikisource. What happened back then suggested that
it was NOT the case. Have a look at the mailing list archives for
November and December 2005 and you will see what I mean.

I posted about the Wikisource copyright licence ambiguity to
foundation-l and the Wikisource Scriptorium and got very unhelpful
answers. I therefore went ahead and started and consultation about
what the terms of the Wikisource copyright page should be. The
conclusion of that consultation was that it was not only free licences
that people wanted on Wikisource. Free licences are certainly
prefereable, but there are things that are not available under free
licences. We also have a serious problem with "fair use" at Wikisource
where people are posting copyvios and then claiming "fair use".
Personally I'm in favour of banning "fair use" contributions to
Wikisource given that Wikisource reproduces the whole of a work.

You've come in months after I was trying to sort this out and
completely contradicted what was thrashed out then. It really would
have been helpful if you had actually participated in things months
back. There are going to be more than a few rather annoyed Wikisource
users at this news.

David Newton

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