[Foundation-l] GFDL and Relicensing

Tim 'avatar' Bartel wikipedia at computerkultur.org
Thu Nov 22 09:16:03 UTC 2007

David Gerard schrieb, am 22.11.2007 10:04:
> On 22/11/2007, Tim 'avatar' Bartel <wikipedia at computerkultur.org> wrote:
>> 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.
> OK. Are there cases where they sue for copyright violation and the
> defender took them at their word?

None that I'm aware of.

> What you're saying would imply that we have a problem having German
> contributors to Wikimedia projects at all and the country should be
> blocked. I urge you to seek a way around this.

Of course this won't be possible in practice.

Like I wrote in another post, the main problem is in my opinion that on 
one hand 'we' tell people, that the GFDL avoids or massively handicaps 
the commercial reuse in print (to convince them to 'give us' their 
content), while on the other hand we try to ease up reuse of our 
content. While our mission clearly strives to the latter, I'm pretty 
sure we will get problems with the people who believed in the further 

Bye, Tim.


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