[Foundation-l] Simple solution to the GFDL/CC-by-SA issue

Yonatan Horan yonatanh at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 12:58:51 UTC 2007

But could removing the requirement to include the text of the license in a
future version of the GFDL be a violation of the "spirit" of the license?
Who decides what the spirit is anyway?

"Such new versions will be similar in spirit to the present version, but may
differ in detail to address new problems or concerns."

Some people agree to release images under the GFDL since they know
newspapers\books are unlikely to use them without contacting them first and
working something out, so essentially people use it as a semi-noncommercial
license. Those people  would probably argue a new version would not be in
the same spirit.

On Dec 5, 2007 10:30 AM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 05/12/2007, Lilewyn <lilewyn at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> > Silly question time. Just because a project, say, decides to migrate
> > from one license type to another, how can the project forcefully
> reassign
> > the older contributions under the new license? I'm familiar with the
> > and CC-BY-SA, but suppose someone (who is a stick-in-the-mud true
> > believer of the GFDL, for instance?) insists that their contributions
> are
> > only licensed under the GFDL and not a similar but less restrictive CC
> license?
> > What about all the contributors (aka copyright holders for Wikipedia's
> content)
> > who either disagree with such a move, or those who simply never give
> consent
> > to the changeover?
> > I'm hoping I'm missing something.
> "or later"
> Each time you press "submit", you're contributing your text under GFDL
> 1.2 *or later*.
> What WMF has done is formally ask the FSF to come up with a new
> official version of the GFDL that is compatible or identical with a
> present or future version of CC-by-sa. So the new licence text would
> be an already-agreed-to-licence for the GFDL 1.2 or later
> contributions.
> - d.
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