[Foundation-l] What's wrong with CC-BY-SA?

John McC sb_johnny at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 2 00:57:48 UTC 2007

This is all deeply disturbing, and perhaps even more
so that so few voices are raised outside of the
groupthink. I don't mean to sound unkind, but I really
am disgusted.

GFDL is a strong copyleft license: fully viral (any
work including work under the GFDL must be GFDL), and
fully free (rinse, lather, repeat). 

If the issue is invariant sections, why not just make
a minor change to the license saying that if a
document starts without them, it shall remain without

If the issue is the 7 pages of ugly license attached
to works you are selling (that other people actually
wrote), just print it on pretty paper. Infuse it with
perfume. Put it on microfilm. Whatever.

I don't imagine my wife would be too happy if I
converted to some odd religion tomorrow and let her
know that she's going to have a few sister wives next
week. Changing the rules in the middle of the game --
even if a bunch of you think it's a peachy idea -- is
disrespectful, shameful, and completely discrediting
to the idea of contributing free content with the
confidence of knowing your content will always be free
like you intended it to be. 

I'm afraid I'm with Greg here: please make sure that
those of us who disagree with this have the
opportunity to remove our contributions, as well as
all derivatives of our contributions. I'm not saying
I'd do it, but I deserve the option. So does anyone
who contributes and cares about how their
contributions affect the world.


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