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

Mike Godwin mgodwin at wikimedia.org
Thu Jan 8 23:26:40 UTC 2009

Anthony writes:

> Which part is unclear?  The dumps contain my copyrighted work.  You  
> have no
> license to distribute them (you might have once had a license under  
> the
> GFDL, but I explicitly and permanently terminated those rights over  
> 30 days
> ago in an email to you).

It was unclear to me that you believe you have the right to revoke the  
GFDL license you freely granted under copyright law.  I'm unclear as  
to what legal theory could be relied upon to revoke a free license.

What may have confused you, counselor, is that I expressed a  
willingness to tolerate, to the degree it's not unduly disruptive,  
those few editors who want to remove all content they have generated,  
no matter how teensy.  But this was not based on a perception that  
GFDL is revocable. It was simply a political judgment that WMF might  
not choose to challenge someone who decided to take all his (freely  
licensed) marbles and go home.  We have larger goals than that.


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