[Foundation-l] Projects without >FDL1.2 migration clause

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 06:26:54 UTC 2008

While I am able to read a very basic French [1] (text of GFDL with
mentioning of terms of use at the beginning), it looks to me that
there is an explicitly written that texts may be used under GFDLv1.2,
nothing else. However, at the other place [2] (article about Wikipedia
copyrights) there is no mentioning of the version.

According to my amateur knowledge of law, it seems that there are
serious problems with the clause "... or any later version..." in the
continental law system.

[1] - http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Licence_de_documentation_libre_GNU
[2] - http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Droit_d%27auteur

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 3:27 AM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> I'm breaking this out under a new subject because it merits some attention
>  On 4/6/08, Milos Rancic <millosh at gmail.com> wrote:
>  >  - Some projects (I think all francophone, but I am not sure) are using
>  >  strictly GFDL 1.2. It is not because they are generally not willing to
>  >  switch to CC-BY-SA, but because of legal implications of "... or any
>  >  later version..." in their countries.
>  That's a very relevant claim that I haven't heard before. If this is
>  true, it would obviously pose problems for those projects no matter
>  what future changes we'd like to see to our licensing structure.
>  Can someone confirm? If there is more than one project/language, we
>  should begin building a list.
>  If this is true, we could probably use the "protest if you object"
>  process proposed by Mike a while ago for these projects. It would be
>  painful if there's a substantial number of users who object to a
>  license change, but may become necessary.
>  --
>  Erik Möller
>  Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
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