[Foundation-l] Fwd: [cc-licenses] The FSF On FDL Derivatives

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Wed May 9 12:57:50 UTC 2007


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From: rob at robmyers.org <rob at robmyers.org>
Date: May 9, 2007 1:34 PM
Subject: [cc-licenses] The FSF On FDL Derivatives
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(I'm posting this here because of the recent debate about photography.)

The FSF have blogged about their interpretation of the scope of the FDL:


They support the position that Ben Mako Hill described, where use of
an image to illustrate a text creates a derivative. It's well worth a

I was particularly interested by this statement:

"In cases like these where the materials complement each other, we
believe that the end result is a derivative work."

This contains two useful distinctions. The materials have been chosen
to complement each other to form a unit of presumably increased value
or greater use rather than just being aggregated. And *the end result*
is the derivative work, not the text or the photo, so legal causality
isn't broken.

What I am curious about is what exactly this "end result" is
(collective work, new multimedia work, or ...?) and how far-reaching
this effect is (particularly with regard to e.g. contextual

- Rob.

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