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Re: [Fsfe-uk] suitable 2-line license for webpages?

From: MgtDee
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] suitable 2-line license for webpages?
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 06:02:05 EST

I can think of three ways in which someone might want to use someone else's content;
  • to copy it (in entirety or selected sections) either verbatim or in translation
  • to adapt it (or parts of it) for use in a different context
  • to quote short extracts from it to review, discuss or comment.
Is is possible to request that they state which they have done, reference and acknowledge the original source and allow others to do the same?
Margaret Derrington
In a message dated 15/02/2006 20:31:44 GMT Standard Time, address@hidden writes:

I'm trying to write a license notice for webpages.  My first criteria is
that the text be so short, and so simple, that it can included on every page
that uses it, and it can be read and understood quickly by anyone who wants
to copy and publish a modified or unmodified copy.

Take for example, the transcript of the GPLv3 launch event:

Currently it uses the "verbatim only" license, taken from gnu.org:

  Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in
  any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

But I would like the notice to allow translations, and partial translations,
so I'd decided that it's not possible to allow these things without allowing
all modifications.  (at least not while maintaining the simplicity I want.)

So I came up with this:

  Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in
  any medium, provided this notice is preserved. Copying and distribution of
  works based on this article are permitted, provided that such works carry
  three things: (1) this copyright notice, (2) prominent notices stating the
  that it has been changed, and (3) information for how to obtain the
  original (such as a URL).

Which means that people might do things with the page that I don't like, but
at least there will always be a link to the original, and it should be clear
that modified versions are not the original.

Surely this issue has crossed other people's minds.  Any comments?

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