[Licom-l] Problem on it.wikipedia

Mike Godwin mnemonic at gmail.com
Fri Jul 10 02:00:18 UTC 2009

Erik's interpretation of the GFDL is the same as mine (and yours). It
shouldn't be a problem for the relicensing process, because we don't
normally deal with Invariant Sections.


On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Marco 27 <marco27.wiki at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Italian Wikipedia we have a problem that may compromise part of the
> license update process. We have {{GFDL-con-disclaimer<http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:GFDL-con-disclaimer>}}
> and {{GFDL-Utente-con-disclaimer<http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:GFDL-Utente-con-disclaimer>}}
> (on Wikimedia Commons: {{GFDL-it<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:GFDL-it>}}).
> During the license update process we have noticed that on 2004, with this
> good faith edit<http://it.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template%3AGFDL&diff=179779&oldid=177213>,
> a user removed part of text to make template shorter. Unfortunately, the
> removed part of text is "*senza alcuna sezione non modificabile, nessun
> testo di copertina, nessun testo di retro copertina*" ("with no Invariant
> Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts"). Now there arises
> a doubt: can we relicense files licensed under this copyright tag? Or the
> absence of that part of text prevents relicensing? About this, we see that
> in the GFDL license document<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License>,
> in the section entitled "1. APPLICABILITY AND DEFINITIONS", there this key
> passage: *The Document may contain zero Invariant Sections. If the
> Document does not identify any Invariant Sections then there are none.*(and this should be applicable also for cover texts: their presence must be
> explicit). So, we think that relicensing is possible. Thanks in advance.
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