[Foundation-l] GFDL and relicensing

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 23 15:16:12 UTC 2007

Andrew Whitworth wrote:
>> Either follow the terms of the GFDL or
>> don't.  If you don't follow the GFDL, that means all of my contributions
>> revert to ordinary copyright law with all rights reserved, and I do not
>> give permission to use this content under any other license.
>> -- Robert Horning
> Let me ask you, what exactly does the GFDL have that another license
> might not, and why be such a stickler for the GFDL? If you are looking
> to protect your rights over your contributions, most importantly the
> right of attribution, why wouldn't a license like CC-BY-SA be
> acceptable? A license like CC-BY-SA affords nearly all the same rights
> and protections as GFDL, but doesn't require the work to be
> accompanied by a lengthy copy of the license document.
> I think what most people want is (a) that their works are made freely
> available, and (b) their rights are protected. Given these points,
> what would be a rationale for opposing such a license switch, besides
> wanting to be a pain in the ass?
> --Andrew Whitworth

Let me second that request (without the part about the pain in the ass 
tough). I really would like to understand better why you would consider 
a cc-by-sa license not acceptable.


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