[Foundation-l] content ownership in different projects

Apostolis Xekoukoulotakis xekoukou at gmail.com
Sat Jun 18 00:01:15 UTC 2011

I am a bit biased since I have a project to add a trust metric on mediawiki
but I think that content ownership is important. It lets us evaluate the
content without reading it which is important to most of us who are only
experts on one subject. Of course that poses the question why Knol didnt
succeed as much as Wikimedia. I am in favor of forking articles, maybe
though knol didnt have a good trust metric to help people choose between
forked articles. In any case, if someone doesnt want other to change their
articles, the best thing that could be done is forking the article. That of
course is against the way Wikimedia works.

2011/6/17 Marco Chiesa <chiesa.marco at gmail.com>

> On 6/17/11, Strainu <strainu10 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I think that such a policy could not be fundamentally different in
> > other languages, since they all have the same license. However, the
> > wording could be improved, for instance by explaining WHY one cannot
> > consider himself as the owner of an article: by accepting the CC-BY-SA
> > license, one gives up a significant amount of the rights and control
> > offered by copyright laws. And this is not only from a legal POV, this
> > is also true from a common sense perspective: more people approaching
> > a problem often lead to better result than a single individual trying
> > to solve that problem.
> To be honest, when you release your work under cc-by-sa you grant a
> third party the right to reuse a (small or large) part of your work to
> make a derivative work. The license in itself is not what determines
> that the live version of a Wikipedia article is the last one, this
> happens because of Wikipedia policies. And of course, your (old)
> version is not deleted from the article history apart from a few
> cases. The point is: Wikipedia is a collaborative encyclopedia, if
> people don't accept this they can always publish somewhere else.
> Cruccone
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