[Ns-developers] copyright for wiki text
johnh at ISI.EDU
Mon Jan 2 20:38:46 PST 2006
On Mon, 02 Jan 2006 16:46:08 PST, Tom Henderson wrote:
>sam at meta.net.nz wrote:
>> We went through this process with the Waikato Linux Users Group wiki,
>> which has a large amount of content in it. The comittee members
>> eventually decided on a Creative Commons license. Have a look at:
>> For further information.
>Reviving this thread...
>It seems that there are two issues with the wiki (and perhaps the
>documentation in general): copyright and license.
>Regarding copyright, Lloyd suggested some kind of transfer to a
>foundation, but we don't have one in place. However, we do not require
>such copyright transfer for source code. I would like to propose,
>unless there is objection, that we sidestep this issue by assuming that
>wiki contributors implicitly own the copyright to anything that they
>generate. Will this cause potential hardship down the road?
>The licensing does need resolution. I originally suggested GFDL, but
>Mathieu and John pointed out the objections to them. Lloyd and Sam
>suggested Creative Commons, but Debian project seems also to consider
>that as a non-free documentation license.
>The Debian project seems to have considered this issue at length, and if
>we follow their lead:
>we can possibly use the same GPL-based license that we use for the
>for wiki text. Although I had previously proposed the FreeBSD
>documentation license as an alternative, I would be fine with GPL as
>well, for consistency.
>Any further thoughts on selecting the license for the wiki? If there
>are no objections or further discussion, I'd like to suggest that we
>post on the wiki that content contributed to the wiki be licensed, by
>default, under the same GPL license we are using for the source code
>(perhaps replacing the word "program" with "wiki text" in the language).
> If the contributor does not want to or cannot use GPL (example, he or
>she has written up some documentation for other use with other
>licensing, or is linking to someone else's documentation) the wiki
>should provide a hyperlink to that other material and not include it
IMHO (and IANAL!), the Debian complaints about CC seemed fairly minor.
I'm not opposed to GPLing the web site, though.
>p.s. I assume that we can migrate parts of the existing documentation
>and web pages to such a license (perhaps John H. can confirm).
Yes, you are welcome to port the existing web pages into the wiki
under either of these terms.
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