[Foundation-l] Citizendium License (Was: [EWW]Edit WikipediaWeek)

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Wed Nov 21 12:33:35 UTC 2007

It is probably not as well worked out as it should be, there likely should
be a template for imported pages and there are a few people point out issues
with this from time to time. I'm sure we have something on at least a couple
of policy pages saying they were imported from Wikipedia where the license
is GFDL.

Were someone to take issue with a page having been copied over that would be
the response, it would get a note on it that parts were GFDL. I suspect that
this issue has not come to prominence because the issue is not in the main
namespace but the project namespace.

Brian McNeil

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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Citizendium License (Was: [EWW]Edit

Brian McNeil ha scritto:
> The license change that was carried out to take Wikinews to CC-BY-2.5 was
> only possible because we aren't continually updating articles. Articles
> published on Wikinews and become fixed shortly thereafter. In a case like
> that you can have a cut-off and changeover, which we did.
> Were you, for example, to want to go that way with Wikibooks you'd need to
> say, okay cut-off is <date-A>, and every book started before that gets a
> template added saying it was started before <date-A>, thus remains under
> I can't see any way to do that on Wikipedia where virtually every article
> treated as a work in progress.
> Brian McNeil
What about importing policy pages from, say, Wikipedia? Does Wikinews 
rewrite them from scratch or license them under GFDL? They're also 
licensed under GFDL in the other projects. By the way, this was a real 
discussion I had on IRC with some Wikinewsie, I'd say we shouldn't 
bother too much but what if some author of a policy page on Wikipedia 
complains that Wikinews violated his/her copyright by importing the 
policy page and licensing it with something different from GFDL?


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