[Foundation-l] GFDL Q&A update and question

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Thu Jan 8 22:17:37 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> 2009/1/8 Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org>:
> > This switch to CC-BY-SA is clearly going to open the door for offline
> > reusers to use Wikipedia content without attributing authors beyond
> listing
> > one or more URLs.  In fact, it's quite clear from discussions which have
> > taken place on this list that this is the main point of making the
> switch.
> That is incorrect and an assumption of bad faith. If you read the
> actual Q&A the reasons for re-licensing are very clearly and correctly
> stated.

I've read your FAQ.  I've already read your "declaration of bias" and your
"ideology".  I'm not assuming bad faith.  I've concluded it.

> My question for anyone opposed to this approach is this: Do you
> acknowledge that there is a problem with GFDL-licensing in terms of
> compatibility and ease of re-use, and if so, how do you propose to
> solve it?

I don't think there's a problem with GFDL-licensing.  I think there's a
problem with the fact that the WMF (and before that, Wikia) have refused to
facilitate the application of it.

> As far as I am concerned, if there is any moral case to be
> made here, it's a clear and strong moral case for maximizing
> information freedom through license compatibility and clear,
> consistent usage guidelines.

Sure, you're strongly opposed to all types of "intellectual property".  Of
course, I can't really figure out why.  You say you're not a libertarian,
and you say you're not a socialist.  What's your problem with intellectual

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