[cc-licenses] Discussion Draft - Proposed License Amendment to Avoid Content Ghettos in the Commons
daniel.carrera at zmsl.com
Sat Nov 19 06:03:08 EST 2005
j lipszyc wrote:
> If comatibility cannot be reached soon CC should advice using GFDL for
> all educational works (textbooks, manuals, workbooks, dictionaries,
> encyclopaedias etc.) to keep compatibility with existing resources. Do
> you agree? This means adding one metatag and one question more on CC
> main page - and on Science Commons page too.
No, I disagree. No no no no.
* If there is a problem with the GFDL, it doesn't disappear if it's an
* It feels wrong to recommend a less free license to educational work.
* If the GFDL gets more used, that only worsens the problem of not being
able to share works.
* The GFDL is not as popular for documentation as you suggest.
- OpenOffice user guide - CC-BY
- Gentoo documentation - CC-BY-SA
- Mozilla documentation - CC-BY-SA
- Drupal handbook - CC-BY-SA
- Wikitravel (part of the WikiMedia project) - CC-BY-SA
Notice that the first one is BY instead of BY-SA. We wanted to use BY-SA
but the OpenOffice rules for posting works on the site required BY.
To my knowledge, the main GFDL work is Wikipedia. And that was an
unfortunate choice due simply to lack of good alternatives. They chose
GFDL before CC-BY-SA was around. Let's not make the problem even worse
by promoting GFDL for a portion of creative works.
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