[Foundation-l] Licenses, again

Brian McNeil brian.mcneil at wikinewsie.org
Wed Feb 13 09:14:52 UTC 2008

In the case of Wikinews it was possible to switch licenses because we are
constantly writing new articles and could set a cutoff point for the change.
I can't see how you'd do that on a Wikiversity project.

Brian McNeil

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[mailto:foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Milos Rancic
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Subject: [Foundation-l] Licenses, again

Beta Wikiversity started a discussion about switching license from
GFDL to CC-BY (?) [1] [2]. This initiative brought to my focus a fact
that German Wikiversity is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.5, which means
that Wikimedia projects are becoming intentionally incompatible. And
this incompatibility makes another question: What is Wikimedia? -- A
loosely related group of projects which are hosted by WMF servers or
we have something more in common? Is it possible that a group of
contributors decide to switch from one license to another on some
Wikimedian project? Do I have to think about license compatibility
whenever I want to copy or even translate (!) some content from one
project to another?

(BTW, I am not talking here about a fact that some projects need some
less restrictive license, like Wikinews and Wiktionary are. Also, I am
not talking here about Board's resolution.)

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