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

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Thu Jan 8 23:40:38 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 6:36 PM, Mike Godwin <mgodwin at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Section 9 doesn't provide for a licensor to revoke, willynilly, the
> GFDL licenses for a particular user.  What it does do is provide for
> automatic termination in the event that the licensed material is
> (inter alia) distributed in some way other provided for by the GFDL,
> as well as further providing for the copyright holder to expressly
> terminate the license if the copyrighted work continues to be
> distributed in ways not allowed for under the GFDL

> So, in what ways are the dumps inherently violative of the GFDL?

Geez, in what way do they even come close to complying with them?  Where's
the section entitled history?  Where's the title page?

> And did this violation only just now come to your attention?

No, the requirement for me to inform you of the violation was just
introduced in GFDL 1.3.

> And, if so,
> what does it matter whether license harmonization occurs or not, since
> even if it doesn't occur the dumps will continue to be distributing
> GFDL content?

I believe that switching from GFDL to CC-BY-SA will serve to increase the
distribution of my copyrighted content without attribution.

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