[WikiEN-l] Baidupedia (the downside to free content?)
matt_crypto at yahoo.co.uk
Tue May 16 19:57:48 UTC 2006
> That makes copyleft licences useless. Wikipedia as a whole has shown
> great (some would say excessive) dilligence in avoiding copyvios. It
> also maintains copious data to trace the origins of anything in an
> article. This makes the likelihood of such a suit remote. It means
> that there is no realistic protection whatsoever for copyleft material.
> It means that any downstream user, particularly a commercial one, can
> take anything from Wikipedia, and republish it under his own copyright
> without any fear that it will be seriously challenged. I accept the
> GFDL position to allow the material to be re-used by commercial
> interests, but any commercial interest that uses it needs to acknowledge
> its viral nature. Who defends that? Who defends it 20 years from now?
Baidupedia is a public website: that is, if they improve our GFDL-licensed work, then anyone can use those derived works under the GFDL; whether or not they acknowledge it or advertise it doesn't change that fact. Therefore, I don't see copyleft being useless in this instance.
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