[Foundation-l] Third-party GFDL text irrevocably incompatible with Wikipedia as of August 1

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Wed May 27 12:54:27 UTC 2009

> Hello,
> The relicensing process is underway.  This means we have only 2 months
> to help GFDL wikis that want Wikipedia compatibility to follow suit.
> The clause that allows GFDL wikis to be relicensed to CC-BY-SA 3
> expires on August 1 of this year.
> I am crossposting this from the licensing thread on foundation-l
> because it is important and time sensitive.
> While the intent behind the August 1 sunset clause provision was to
> "offer[] all wiki maintainers ample time to make their decision", this
> has not yet worked out in practice.  Many GFDL-licensed wiki
> maintainers haven't looked at GFDL 1.3, aren't fully aware of
> Wikipedia's decision to relicense, and have no idea there are hard
> deadlines involved; nor have they though through the implications for
> their current contributions to / reuse of Wikipedia.    (I myself had
> plans to organize an import of Medpedia content into WP before
> realizing that this is not possible unless they choose to relicense --
> even though as of today both are GFDL wikis.)
> Please help add to the list and contact those that you know:
>   http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GFDL_relicensing

So what does another wiki which uses Wikipedia material or sometimes
imports material to Wikipedia have to do to accomplish relicensing?

Fred Bauder

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