[Mediawiki-l] Google Offers to Host Wikipedia

Brion Vibber brion at pobox.com
Tue Feb 15 01:07:50 UTC 2005

Paul Youlten wrote:
> Am I right in thinking that under the GNU FDL Google could take all the
> content out of the wikipedia servers and run it as Geepedia without
> asking the foundation's permission?

They sure could, as can everyone else. Permission to reuse and republish
under the terms of the GNU FDL is given by the providers of the content
(that's you and me and the horde of contributors out there) when they
submit it to the project. The foundation's permission would only be
needed per se for issues of trademarks -- using the names 'Wikipedia',
'Wikimedia' etc.

That of course is unrelated to providing hosting support for the project.

> - but that would almost certainly count as being evil.

Certainly not; making the material redistributable and republishable is
the whole *point* of what we're doing.

Please see:

-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
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