[Foundation-l] Copies of Wikipedia's articles found on Knol

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 17:53:30 UTC 2008

Before its pointed out by someone else - TOS 5 says Google takes no
"ownership or control" while TOS 8 requires you to grant them a license to
reuse the content, so that isn't an obvious textual conflict.

What are the practical repercussions, if any, of granting that particular
license to Google? It looks like it might be a violation of the GFDL, but
beyond the technical violation what undesirable outcomes occur for the
content and its creators?


On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 1:49 PM, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:

> So which is it? If its the second, then the portion of the content posted
> by users is licensed under whichever license they choose. Is item 8 intended
> to allow Google to publish the content through Knol or some other as yet
> undetermined service?
> The "stealing" language is a bit strong, by the way. If anything, reposting
> articles with attribution but with a license that grants Google unacceptable
> rights is simply allowing Google to steal Wikipedia content - or giving it
> an opening to do so, which I doubt it would take.
> Nathan

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