[Foundation-l] Attribution survey and licensing next steps

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Sun Mar 8 03:59:53 UTC 2009

2009/3/7 Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu>:
> Ultimately it does not seem reasonable to force the printing of a URL
> on non-hypertext mediums.

I still believe we ought to avoid explicit distinction between media
forms because I think these distinctions are inherently fragile. When
you take the printed book and read it on the Kindle, or you have the
DVD and a net connection, suddenly the link _can_ be clickable and
meaningful. I think we can recommend a link to the article, and rely
to the "reasonable to the medium or means" clause in CC-BY-SA to
provide some flexibility for edge cases.

As per earlier discussions, the link clause should probably be phrased
so that reference to any transparent copy that includes the same
licensing and authorship information as the Wikipedia.org copy is
sufficient credit, allowing for forks that retain authorship
information while separating themselves from Wikipedia fully.

Erik Möller
Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation

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