[Foundation-l] GFDL and Relicensing

Tim 'avatar' Bartel wikipedia at computerkultur.org
Thu Nov 22 08:59:29 UTC 2007

David Gerard schrieb, am 22.11.2007 09:47:
> And if you (you, Robert) didn't mean "or later" as well ... what did
> you think you were doing  when you clicked "submit"?

This is no suitable legal argument (according to german law). Most 
probably we will never find out what all contributors were thinking.

If the GFDL has the clause '...and after submitting an article to 
Wikipedia I'll jump naked from the golden gate bridge with an umbrella' 
you (when you were a German) can still click "submit" and (almost) all 
other clauses are legal binding, while this won't be. But this is 
getting a little bit offtopic.

You can't argue legal arguments with common sense. But in the actual 
case the submitter can act perfectly in commons sense: There are a lot 
of cases where people (in Germany) notice an '...or later' clause and 
sign a contract anyhow because they know, that this clause is ineffective.

Bye, Tim.


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