[cc-community] Creative Commons and Wiki's
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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