[Foundation-l] Hungarian Wikinews licence

Bence Damokos bdamokos at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 18:36:00 UTC 2009

I would like to give a little update on the licencing status of the
Hungarian Wikinews as it has come up before on this list.

As some of you may know by following this mailing list that the Hungarian
Wikinews was set up -- probably by accident -- with the "WMF licensing
resolution for new wikis"  licence (GFDL with the possibility of switching
to CC-BY-SA 3.0). Although the error was noticed, the small wikinews
community at the time opted to accept the situation as-is.

Following the licence update voting, someone has updated the licence of the
Hungarian Wikinews to CC-BY 2.5 a couple of weeks ago (in the server
configurations, most probably), in effect retroactively relicensing the GFDL
content to CC-BY 2.5.

This event, and the deadlines set in GFDL 1.3 has prompted the community to
resolve the licensing issue by a vote[1] on the future copyright status of
the Hungarian Wikinews, with the result that the project should swich to CC
BY 3.0 on August 1st.

The content created before August 1 will in theory remain under the GFDL (or
the CC BY SA 3.0 if the WMF decides to switch) under the above mentioned
licensing resolution for new wikis.

I will create a bugzilla request but I hope that some dev might be reading
this list and updates the necessary server settings to reflect these results
faster than I learn to navigate Bugzilla. :)

Thank you,
Bence Damokos


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