[Foundation-l] GFDL and relicensing
mnemonic at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 13:51:29 UTC 2007
On Nov 21, 2007, at 7:00 AM, foundation-l-request at lists.wikimedia.org
> Wikipedia itself is doomed by inertia to remain GFDL. WMF
> doesn't hold any of the rights and thus doesn't have the power to deem
> things relicensed; you'd need the copyright holders to do that.
I don't think the problem is quite as intractable as all that,
although I will grant it is a tricky problem. In my (possibly
misinformed) view, FSF is the custodian of the meaning and terms of
the GFDL, which allows for migration to later versions of GFDL, which
creates the possibility of an approved GFDL that is essentially an
equivalent to an updated CC-BY-SA license. FSF is currently in dialog
with Creative Commons about harmonizing GFDL with CC-BY-SA.
WMF doesn't have to "deem things relicensed." Instead, it could say,
with full notice to the community, and after plenty of public
discussion, that its view is that the content in Wikipedia should
migrate to the harmonized GFDL/CC-BY-SA license (version 3.x for both,
most likely), and offer community members plenty of latitude to opt
out by removing content (I'd be inclined to give GFDL licensors that
option indefinitely). We might lose some content that way, but I
personally doubt we'd lose much. So I don't think we're stuck with the
awful choice of having to stick with GFDL or start a new project.
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