[Foundation-l] Licensing update: Final steps

geni geniice at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 20:59:00 UTC 2009

2009/6/11 Jim Redmond <jim at scrubnugget.com>:
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 19:26, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The current English wikipedia copyright terms are "You irrevocably
>> agree to release your contributions under the GFDL" which clocks in at
>> ten words. There are another 13 words of editing guidance.
> The current terms are brief, yes, but only because the string "GFDL" in that
> sentence links to a footnote.  That footnote (located at the end of
> [[MediaWiki:Edittools]]) currently says "GNU Free Documentation License,
> Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
> with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no
> Back-Cover Texts.", with a link to the full license text.
> Given that, it'd be trivial to change that sentence to "You irrevocably
> agree to release your contributions under [link]our license[/link]" and
> update the footnote accordingly.

Not really. In the current notice the footnote stuff isn't technically
required. It's mostly there to provide something to point to if people
start trying to use the more annoying features of the GFDL. To the
average editor who wouldn't think of doing that it doesn't really

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