[Foundation-l] Google knol launches with CC BY default

Sean Whitton sean at silentflame.com
Fri Jul 25 17:44:42 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 04:09, shi zhao <shizhao at gmail.com> wrote:
> Google Knol  is live. It launches with CC BY default.
> Mike Linksvayer say, s prior to its launch Knol was often speculatively
> compared to Wikipedia, it should be noted that the default Knol license (CC
> BY) could permit using Knol content in Wikipedia (with attribution of
> course), but knols under more restrictive options could not be incorporated
> into Wikipedia. On the other hand Wikipedia content could not be
> incorporated into knols (except in the case of fair use of course), even in
> the case Wikipedia migrates to CC
> BY-SA<http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/8213>— Knol doesn't
> offer a copyleft license.
> see
> http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/8506
> http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-07-23-n20.html

It's been pointed out on another list that there is a clause somewhere
that says you give Google a load of rights allowing them to relicense
your content as they please. So it's not quite as free and open as we
might like.

Sean Whitton <sean at silentflame.com>
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