[cc-community] Creative Commons and Wiki's

Dave Verwer dave at dvhome.co.uk
Sun May 7 07:42:39 EDT 2006


Thankyou for the very comprehensive answer... That answers everything
I needed to know.

On 5/7/06, Peter Brink <peter.brink at brinkdata.se> wrote:
> Dave Verwer skrev:
>  >
>  > Ok, first question. With a wiki under that license, who owns the
>  > content?
>
> The contributors retain their copyrights to their content. They have
> only licensed the content under the terms of the CCPL to the wiki. The
> contributors are all licensors – the wiki is a licensee.
>
>  > The original contributors have not necessarily agreed to
>  > share their information under the same license that the rest of the
>  > site is under, or is the fact that the license is displayed on every
>  > page and the submitter is free to choose whether to contribute the
>  > information enough of an agreement?
>
> I would advice you to make sure that the contributors explicitly agree
> to license the content under the terms of CCPL to the wiki. This can be
> done in many ways, for example by inserting a text string in the edit
> form that informs the contributor that when he adds content to the wiki
> he is also agreeing to publish the content under CCPL.
>
>  > Also, who retains copyright on the
>  > information
>
> Facts cannot be copyrighted. The expressions, that the contributors have
> contributed, are however copyrighted by their individual authors.
>
>  > and is it legal for that information to be republished
>  > using the license of my choosing?
>
> Yes, as I said, facts are not copyrighted. The expressions contributed
> cannot, however, be made available under a license of *your* choosing.
> You must ask for permission from the licensor to be able to do that.
>
>  > Second question, as I read the license, it is certainly a
>  > non-commercial license for derivative works and copies of the
>  > information but is it a non-commercial license for the original
>  > content? For example, if I need to support the hosting of the site
>  > through some revenue generation (donations, adverts, etc) am I free to
>  > do so under this license?
>
> No. The wiki is a licensor. It is bound by the terms of the license.
> Only the copyright holders may make their works available under other
> terms than by the CCPL you have chosen.
>
> /Peter Brink
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