[Foundation-l] GFDL-only + OTRS

Robert Rohde rarohde at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 21:04:21 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM, Michael Snow <wikipedia at verizon.net> wrote:

> Pedro Sanchez wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:09 PM, Pharos <pharosofalexandria at gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Of course, there are and always have been a wide range of free content
> >> licenses used for images on Commons, not just GFDL and CC.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Pharos
> >>
> >  OTRS doesn't handle only commons.
> >
> > This meant wikipedia's text
> >
> Text may not be GFDL-only at this point.

Actually, there is an important added point that OTRS-ers may help with.

Text originally published under GFDL-only somewhere outside of the Wikimedia
projects can only be relicensed if it was included in one of the WMF
projects before Nov. 1st, 2008.  (Or if the original publisher decides to
change the license.)

So, anyone that has handled OTRS requests associated with the inclusion of
GFDL-only text since last November should look at those as potential
copyright violations at this point.  This applies specifically to works
published elsewhere under the GFDL.  It does not apply if the work was
published elsewhere, but the first GFDL publication was in a WMF site.

-Robert Rohde

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