Wikipedia Votes For Creative Commons License

Filed as News on April 14, 2009 2:40 pm

There is a vote underway on wether or not Wikimedia should adapt the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license or not. The reason is that there are some possible issues with the current GNU Free Documentation License, which would be retained as well. Naturally, Creative Commons are thrilled about the prospect:

This migration would be a huge boost for the free culture movement, and for Wikipedia and Creative Commons — until the migration happens there is an unnecessary licensing barrier between the most important free culture project (Wikipedia of course, currently under the Free Documentation License, intended for software documentation) and most other free culture projects and individual creators, which use the aforementioned CC BY-SA license.

To vote you need to have at least 25 Wikipedia edits before March 15. The vote will be open until May 3, 2009.

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  1. By Michael Leung posted on April 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm
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    I like this idea. The Creative Commons would get such a boost if Wikimedia would move to the CC. Sure, it is mostly psychological (there really isn’t much to do when it comes to moving licenses), but I’m not sure how it will go down with the people who don’t like the CC (yes, these people exist).

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  2. By David Gerard posted on April 15, 2009 at 2:22 am
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    It’s worth noting also that Richard M. Stallman, author of the GFDL, also thinks the change is a good idea:

    http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/2008-12-fdl-open-letter

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  3. By Orc posted on April 23, 2009 at 11:03 am
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    It is a nice idea anyways…

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