Fwd: [cc-licenses] Wikipedia and Creative Commons next steps

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Mon Dec 17 11:23:04 UTC 2007

For anyone interested in documentation licences and Wikipedia:

"Lawrence Lessig" <larry at creativecommons.org> writes:
> Last week the Wikimedia Foundation board took an important step[1]
> toward giving Wikipedia the right to choose to migrate to a Creative
> Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.  Credit goes to the Wikimedia
> Foundation and Free Software Foundation for having the wisdom and
> foresight to enable this progress.
> However, the real work has just begun. As Wikipedia founder Jimmy
> Wales put it[2]:
> 	Now, community, we have a lot to talk about. :)
> For Creative Commons, this means continuing[3] a discussion concerning
> how the CC Attribution-ShareAlike license can be improved so as to not
> only be the best available license for a massively collaborative
> content project, but the best such license feasible.
> To start with, Wikimedia board member Erik Moeller has posted[4] a
> list of issues that we want to address -- with input from across the
> CC community.
> One of these issues holds particular interest: Should the ShareAlike
> requirement be more precisely defined for "embedded" media, and if so,
> how? For example, if an image licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike is
> used to illustrate an article, must the article be similarly licensed?
> This has previously been discussed[5] on the cc-licenses list, and we
> welcome the opportunity to drive that discussion to a happy
> conclusion.
> Tentatively the eventual outcome of these discussions will be a new
> version of the CC licenses. We'll say version 3.5 for now -- a
> significant improvement, but still within the framework of version
> 3.0[6] and folding in the work done so far on proposed version
> 3.01[7], thanks again to the Wikipedia community.
> The primary venue for this discussion focused on improving CC licenses
> is the cc-licenses list[8]. We encourage you to subscribe and
> participate. Of course related discussion will and should continue on
> Wikimedia and other lists.
> Thanks again to the WMF and FSF, and thanks in advance to you, the
> community, for the work that is ongoing and about to begin!
> Lawrence Lessig
> Creative Commons
> [1] http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7876
> [2] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2007-December/035554.html
> [3] http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7718
> [4] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2007-December/035677.html
> [5] http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/cc-licenses/2007-February/thread.html#5142
> [6] http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Version_3
> [7] http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Version_301
> [8] http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/cc-licenses
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