[Foundation-l] content ownership in different projects

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Sun Jun 19 10:26:13 UTC 2011

On 17 June 2011 16:08, Marco Chiesa <chiesa.marco at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.

Indeed. "No ownership of articles" does not follow from the licence -
it's just the way things happen to be done on Wikipedia.

For comparison, I understand that Wikibooks are considered somewhat
"owned" by the person starting the book.

- d.

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