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This page is an overview for choosing a new license for wiki.debian.org.
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## [[TableOfContents(2)]]  [[TableOfContents(2)]]

== wiki specific constraints ==
 * As opposed to usual documents, wiki pages are usually made of lots of tiny contribution. Therefore the traditional notion of ''author'' probably doesn't apply as usually.
 * Content should be moved to official material (website, packages, etc..). Preserving the history of contribution (Attributing the work) on the new repository isn't (always) possible.
 * Right to delete stuffs (actually, this is more an internal rule issue than a license issue).

== Desired features ==

''This table summarize the desired features for the new license.''

|| ||<-4:> License ||
|| ||[#PD] ||[#BSD]||[#MIT]||[#GFDL]||
||[#Redistribution] || (./) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
||[#Allow_Modification] || (./) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
||[#Allow Derivative] || (./) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
||[#Allow commercial] || (./) || (./) || (./) || (./) ||
||Attribution || ?? || Y || :-) || :-( ||
||[#Share_Alike] || || (./) || (./) || (./) ||

[[Anchor(Redistribution)]]
 Redistribution :: Allow to redistribute the content in various forms (raw, html, pdf, encrypted...) and on various media (packages, cd). This feature is '''Required'''.

[[Anchor(Allow_Modification)]]
 Allow Modification :: Allow modification by others (add and remove). This feature is '''Required'''.

[[Anchor(Allow_Derivative)]]
 Allow derivative works :: Allow Debian derivative distribution to use the document. Allow to reuse content in package Documentation, etc. This feature is '''Required'''.

[[Anchor(Share_Alike)]]
 * Preserve the license on copies : '''Yes'''.

[[Anchor(Allow_Commercial)]]
 Allow commercial use :: Allow commercial Debian derivative to reuse the material.

 * Mix / Merge with other documents (with same or compatible license) : '''Yes'''.
 * Attribution : '''_not_ wanted''' (Even thought we actually want to attribute the work to their original author, I believe it isn't possible to __guarantee__ that all work attribution will be preserved over time. Furthermore, the actual name of the author isn't always known)
 * Allow commercial uses of your work '''???''' (probably yes : Debian has commercial derivatives. We don't want to prevent those derivatives from providing a package that contains a copy of the wiki).
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Here are some proposed WikiPedia:Free_software_licence for the wiki. Here are some proposed licenses for the wiki.
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 * [http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/fdl.html GFDL] - [wiki:Self:DFSGLicenses#gfdl GFDL] - [wiki:WikiPedia:GNU_Free_Documentation_License Wikipedia] === GFDL 1.2 ===
[http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/fdl.html GFDL] 1.2 License ([wiki:Self:DFSGLicenses#gfdl Debian DFSG], [wiki:WikiPedia:GNU_Free_Documentation_License Wikipedia])

 Attribution : :: The GFDL really focus on attribution, which is a feature we don't want that much.
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 * [http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php MIT] - [DFSGLicenses#mit-license BSD] - [wiki:WikiPedia:MIT_License Wikipedia] === MIT ===
[http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php MIT] License ([wiki:Self:DFSGLicenses#mit-license Debian DFSG], [wiki:WikiPedia:MIT_License Wikipedia])
 Attribution enforced : :: ''Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders> [..] The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies'' However it also says ''or substantial portions of the Software''.
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 * BSD ([http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-doc-license.html FreeBSD], [http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php OSI]) - [DFSGLicenses##3clause-bsd BSD] - [wiki:WikiPedia:BSD_licenses Wikipedia] === BSD ===
[http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php BSD] License ([http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-doc-license.html FreeBSD] copy, [wiki:Self:DFSGLicenses##3clause-bsd Debian DFSG], [wiki:WikiPedia:BSD_licenses Wikipedia]).
 Attribution enforced : :: ''Copyright (c) <YEAR>, <OWNER> ; All rights reserved. [..] Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.''
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See also:
 * Licenses For Documentation ~-[[BR]] http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/index_html#DocumentationLicenses -~
 * OSI Licenses ~-[[BR]] http://www.opensource.org/licenses/category-~
== Title 2 ==
[[Anchor(public-domain)]]
=== Public Domain ===
Public domain interpretation : [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ Creative Commons], [wiki:WikiPedia:Public_domain Wikipedia].


 Implicit public domain don't allow duplication : :: [..] The distribution of many types of Internet postings (particularly Usenet articles and messages sent to electronic mailing lists) inherently involves duplication. The act of posting such a work can therefore be taken to imply consent to a certain amount of copying, as dictated by the technical details of the manner of distribution. However, __it does not imply total waiver of copyright__.([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain#.28Almost.29_everything_written_down_is_copyrighted wikipedia]).

=== See also: ===
 * Licenses For Documentation [[BR]]~-. [http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/index_html#DocumentationLicenses]-~
 * OSI Licenses~-[[BR]]. [http://www.opensource.org/licenses/category]-~
 * Wikipedia : WikiPedia:Free_software_licence
 * http://wikiangela.com/wiki/GNU_Wiki_License Wiki specific licenses.

== Sample wiki licenses ==
 * [http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Documentation#license wiki.creativecommons.org] is under [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License]
 * [http://gplv3.fsf.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#footer fsf.org wiki] is under [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html GFDL]

== Implementation ideas ==
 * The front page should state the default license.
 * On change-commit, the license should be displayed.
 * The [:DebianWiki/EditorGuide:EditorGuide] :
  * Should link to "default license page".
  * Should state that specific license are only accepted in specific, exceptional and justified cases. Otherwise, the content will removed from the wiki.

This page is an overview for choosing a new license for wiki.debian.org.

  • ?TableOfContents(2)

wiki specific constraints

  • As opposed to usual documents, wiki pages are usually made of lots of tiny contribution. Therefore the traditional notion of author probably doesn't apply as usually.

  • Content should be moved to official material (website, packages, etc..). Preserving the history of contribution (Attributing the work) on the new repository isn't (always) possible.
  • Right to delete stuffs (actually, this is more an internal rule issue than a license issue).

Desired features

This table summarize the desired features for the new license.

License

[#PD]

[#BSD]

[#MIT]

[#GFDL]

[#Redistribution]

(./)

(./)

(./)

(./)

[#Allow_Modification]

(./)

(./)

(./)

(./)

[#Allow Derivative]

(./)

(./)

(./)

(./)

[#Allow commercial]

(./)

(./)

(./)

(./)

Attribution

??

Y

:-)

:-(

[#Share_Alike]

(./)

(./)

(./)

?Anchor(Redistribution)

Redistribution

Allow to redistribute the content in various forms (raw, html, pdf, encrypted...) and on various media (packages, cd). This feature is Required.

?Anchor(Allow_Modification)

Allow Modification

Allow modification by others (add and remove). This feature is Required.

?Anchor(Allow_Derivative)

Allow derivative works

Allow Debian derivative distribution to use the document. Allow to reuse content in package Documentation, etc. This feature is Required.

?Anchor(Share_Alike)

  • Preserve the license on copies : Yes.

?Anchor(Allow_Commercial)

Allow commercial use
Allow commercial Debian derivative to reuse the material.
  • Mix / Merge with other documents (with same or compatible license) : Yes.

  • Attribution : _not_ wanted (Even thought we actually want to attribute the work to their original author, I believe it isn't possible to guarantee that all work attribution will be preserved over time. Furthermore, the actual name of the author isn't always known)

  • Allow commercial uses of your work ??? (probably yes : Debian has commercial derivatives. We don't want to prevent those derivatives from providing a package that contains a copy of the wiki).

  • Proposed licenses

    Here are some proposed licenses for the wiki.

    ?Anchor(GFDL)

    GFDL 1.2

    [http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/fdl.html GFDL] 1.2 License ([wiki:DFSGLicenses Debian DFSG], [wiki:GNU_Free_Documentation_License Wikipedia])

    Attribution :
    The GFDL really focus on attribution, which is a feature we don't want that much.

    ?Anchor(MIT)

    MIT

    [http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php MIT] License ([wiki:DFSGLicenses Debian DFSG], [wiki:MIT_License Wikipedia])

    Attribution enforced :

    Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders> [..] The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies However it also says or substantial portions of the Software.

    ?Anchor(BSD)

    BSD

    [http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php BSD] License ([http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-doc-license.html FreeBSD] copy, [wiki:?DFSGLicenses# Debian DFSG], [wiki:BSD_licenses Wikipedia]).

    Attribution enforced :

    Copyright (c) <YEAR>, <OWNER> ; All rights reserved. [..] Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

    ?Anchor(public-domain)

    Public Domain

    Public domain interpretation : [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ Creative Commons], [wiki:Public_domain Wikipedia].

    Implicit public domain don't allow duplication :

    [..] The distribution of many types of Internet postings (particularly Usenet articles and messages sent to electronic mailing lists) inherently involves duplication. The act of posting such a work can therefore be taken to imply consent to a certain amount of copying, as dictated by the technical details of the manner of distribution. However, it does not imply total waiver of copyright.([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain#.28Almost.29_everything_written_down_is_copyrighted wikipedia]).

    See also:

    Sample wiki licenses

    Implementation ideas

    • The front page should state the default license.
    • On change-commit, the license should be displayed.
    • The [:DebianWiki/EditorGuide:?EditorGuide] :

      • Should link to "default license page".
      • Should state that specific license are only accepted in specific, exceptional and justified cases. Otherwise, the content will removed from the wiki.