[Foundation-l] Wikibooks NL is changing License

Kim Bruning kim at bruning.xs4all.nl
Fri Mar 23 01:55:27 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 03:52:57PM -0600, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> Kim Bruning wrote:
> >On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 03:41:49PM -0600, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> >
> >As a license, the GFDL applies to a licensee. The copyright holder is
> >not a licensee.
> >
> The copyright holder is the editor. The website is a distributor. Look 
> again.

Exactly right. 

The GFDL does not apply to the first person to add a particular piece of
content, insofar as that content is concerned. He/She sets the terms
under which the information may be propagated. 

The editor can certainly choose to do so under two different sets of
mutually exclusive terms, and simply declare that people may choose to
use either or both. In fact, as the copyright holder, the editor can set
whatever terms they like [1].

Note that on the long term, this particular situation will go away, as
future revisions of CC-BY-SA and GFDL will likely be made compatible.

read you soon,
	Kim Bruning.

[1] In theory, an editor can even set terms that are not acceptable to the
community (such as CC-NC or CC-ND, or some proprietary license). When
such a case comes up in practice, the content is typically refused by
the community, and deleted from the wiki.

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