[cc-it] Lessig: "Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation"
J.C. De Martin
demartin a polito.it
Lun 3 Nov 2008 15:54:52 EST
Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation
November 3, 2008 4:24 PM - comments (0)
The Free Software Foundation has released the GNU Free Document License
version 1.3. Section 11 of that license now (essentially) permits
certain wikis to be relicensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike (v3.0) license, so long as the relicensing is
completed by August 1, 2009. That means, the Wikipedia community now has
the choice to relicense Wikipedia under a Creative Commons license.
(Here's the FAQ for the amendment.)
It would be hard to overstate the importance of this change to the Free
Culture community. A fundamental flaw in the Free Culture Movement to
date is that its most important element -- Wikipedia -- is licensed in a
way that makes it incompatible with an enormous range of other content
in the Free Culture Movement. One solution to this, of course, would be
for everything to move to the FDL. But that license was crafted
initially for manuals, and there were a number of technical reasons why
it would not work well (and in some cases, at all) for certain important
kinds of culture.
This change would now permit interoperability among Free Culture
projects, just as the dominance of the GNU GPL enables interoperability
among Free Software projects. It thus eliminates an unnecessary and
unproductive hinderance to the spread and growth of Free Culture.
Richard Stallman deserves enormous credit for enabling this change to
occur. There were some who said RMS would never permit Wikipedia to be
relicensed, as it is one of the crown jewels in his movement for
freedom. And so it is: like the GNU/Linux operation system, which his
movement made possible, Wikipedia was made possible by the architecture
of freedom the FDL enabled. One could well understand a lesser man
finding any number of excuses for blocking the change.
But here's what Richard said in 2002 in a different context:
"If we don’t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We
must start sending the message that a good citizen is one who cooperates
Add "good citizen" to the list of praise for this founder of
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