[Foundation-l] Proposed revised attribution language

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Wed Mar 11 05:03:05 UTC 2009

I'm not really clear on what a link is. You specify it as a URL, but a
URL alone does not constitute a link. A link is the rendering of this

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page">label</a>

But the proposed attribution guideline says absolutely nothing about
what the link label should be, and only specifies the href component
of the link.

On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:41 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Here's a first crack at revised attribution language. When the
> language is completely finalized, I'll send a separate note explaining
> some of our reasoning for this general approach in more detail. In the
> meantime, I'd appreciate it if you could point out any bugs in this
> specific language, given its intent which should be self-evident. To
> keep the discussion focused, please read it from the perspective of a
> "from scratch" attribution model, i.e., imagine that a new
> encyclopedia wiki that you'd contribute to had these terms. Which
> problems would they cause? Are there specific third party uses that
> would be significantly hampered by these terms?
> Thanks for any constructive feedback,
> Erik
> Attribution: To re-distribute an article page in any form, provide
> credit to the authors either by, at your choice, including a) a link
> (URL) to the article or articles you are re-using, b) a link to an
> alternative online copy which is freely accessible and conforms with
> the license and includes a list a list of all authors, or c) such a
> list of all authors. (Any list of authors may be filtered to exclude
> very small or irrelevant contributions.) Rich media (images, sound,
> video, etc.) that are the result of substantive collaborations between
> at least five people can be credited in the same fashion, but must
> otherwise be attributed in the manner specified by the uploader. These
> attribution requirements apply to content developed and uploaded by
> the Wikimedia community. Text and rich media contributions that come
> from external sources may attach additional attribution requirements
> to the work, which we will strive to indicate clearly to you on the
> article or the description page for the file(s) in question.
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> Erik Möller
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