Proposal to Amend WeRelate's Licensing
The latest version of the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) provides an option to license GFDL content also under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License (CC-BY-SA 3.0). The Wikimedia Foundation (runs Wikipedia) recently voted to amend their licensing to include the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. We propose to do the same with the content at WeRelate.org and are calling for a vote. The voting period is from July 6 - July 27, 2009.
Currently, content at WeRelate.org is licensed under the GFDL, and content on Person and Family pages is dual-licensed also under CC-BY-SA 2.5. An exception is that content on some Source pages was originally imported from the DMOZ Open Directory Project and is therefore licensed under the Open Directory License. This material includes 1-2 sentence descriptions of some genealogical websites, which could be re-written or removed.
The board of directors of the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy invite the WeRelate community to vote on this proposal to license WeRelate material so it is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC-BY-SA), while retaining dual licensing with the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). The board has evaluated possible licensing options for WeRelate material, and believes that this proposal is the best available path towards achieving our collective goal to collect, develop and disseminate genealogical and family history material, and make it available to people everywhere, free of charge, in perpetuity.
As is consistent with established policy and practice, and as is consistent with the CC-BY-SA license model, authors and editors will also be required to consent to being credited by re-users; at minimum, this will be done through a hyperlink or URL to the article they are contributing to.
Since the Wikimedia Foundation recently completed a voting process on this same proposal (except that since none of their content was DMOZ-licensed, their proposal omitted item 4), there are some good background pages at their website:
The core motivations for this proposed change are as follows:
Reasons against the change:
The voting period is from July 6 - July 27, 2009. The GFDL license specifies that if the CC-BY-SA license is to be adopted, it must happen by August 1, 2009.
Anyone who has contributed more than 25 edits to WeRelate.org prior to July 6, 2009 may vote.
To cast your vote, edit the voting page, add your signature under either the FOR or AGAINST sections, and please be sure to enter FOR or AGAINST in the edit summary. We're will count the votes in the edit summaries since edit summaries cannot be changed.
You may import any text from other sources that is available under the CC-BY-SA license, even if it is not available under the GNU Free Documentation License. You are under no obligation whatsoever to obtain such content also under the GFDL. However, you may not import text that is only available under the GFDL. If you import text under the CC-BY-SA license, you must abide by the terms of the license; specifically, you must, in a reasonable fashion, credit the author(s). Where such credit is commonly given through page histories (such as wiki-to-wiki copying), it is sufficient to give attribution in the edit summary, which is recorded in the page history, when importing the content.
If you want to re-use pages under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, you must verify, for every page you re-use, that it does not include information that is exclusively licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. This should be noted in the page history, the footer, or the discussion page. If such information is included, you cannot re-use the page under the GFDL. Revisions created prior to ((date of license update)) can be reasonably expected to not include any CC-BY-SA-only text.
The wording of these terms may be reasonably modified in the future by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy for purposes of clarity and elaboration.
Finally, we will encourage the community to identify media files that are presently licensed under GFDL (but not those which are licensed under "GFDL 1.2 only") as being additionally available under CC-BY-SA.
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The vote to amend WeRelate's licensing according to this proposal has been unanimous. WeRelate's licensing will be changed in accordance with this proposal as of midnight, US Eastern Daylight Time, 29 July 2009.--Dallan 23:55, 29 July 2009 (EDT)