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How free is free? 
17th-Jun-2008 01:04 pm
ketep, merapi
I like the Creative Commons By Attribution license - it's more free, letting people mix the content more easily and use it how they want, even mixing it with non-free content - as long as they give attribution.

The challenge is, if we decide to switch Appropedia to this license, much of our content will have to be clearly marked as being under a different license. (I'm thinking a template top and bottom, and some kind of box for content on pages where the content is from mixed licenses - we'll need to use a bot to put the notices on every page, to start with.) 

We'll want to contact as many editors as possible and ask them to release all their past contributions under the new less restrictive license, and begin a process of identifying which old content can have the "GFDL" mark removed, to bring it over to the new license.

I believe it will be worth the pain, and we're starting to discuss it within Appropedia now.

Which free license should you use?
17th-Jun-2008 02:03 am (UTC) - CC-By
When Wikinews switched TO CC-by we just put a little note at the bottom saying all text after blah date is under the cc-by 2.5 (Later we also tagged stuff, but initially we just changed the copyright notice).

18th-Jun-2008 06:08 am (UTC) - Sticking with GNU FDL until Wikipedia changes
Over at Akvo.org we have more or less decided that we are going to follow Wikipedia's lead. When they move to the GNU FDL 2.0 license we will too, and then hopefully it will be compatible with the CC-BY-SA license, and interchangeable. Mark Charmer from Akvo discussed this with Andrew Lamb of Appropedia the other day and wrote a blog post about it. --Bjelkeman 18 June 2008

Added this note on your wiki page with links.
18th-Jun-2008 06:37 am (UTC) - Re: Sticking with GNU FDL until Wikipedia changes
Actually it was the Akvo post that prompted this post, to put the ideas down and get feedback. And the feedback we received was very helpful, and has me now leaning towards CC-BY-SA. Thanks!
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