Licensing and the choices have been discussed on Commons
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Requests_for_comment/AppropriatelyLicensed
 is well worth a read to understand the issue

On 4 March 2017 at 17:44, rupert THURNER <rupert.thur...@gmail.com> wrote:

> that i find not acceptable to be honest, james. is there a list of
> such books which can be passed on? i contacted amazon asking them why
> they sell such books. their support is very welcoming - but its easier
> for them with links.
>
> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 3:47 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > We have a publisher who have created a few hundred thousand books based
> on
> > Wikipedia text. Here is an example of one of many
> > https://books.google.ca/books?id=aQPMAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT100
> >
> > They do not attribute Wikipedia and they do not release the content
> under a
> > CC BY SA 3.0 license. They claim copyright to the material themselves and
> > are selling it / misleading the people who by the books. I have reached
> out
> > to them and they refuse to comply with our license even after being
> asked.
> >
> > Should we take legal action against them? IMO yes we should. While we
> > should ask people to follow our license before taking action, if they
> > refuse than we should follow through with enforcement.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 5:50 AM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> The CC-BY-SA license asks for a basic courtesy: You give an
> acknowledgement
> >> to the person who graciously let you use their work totally free.
> >>
> >> It takes all of five seconds to add "Photo by ___________" to a
> caption. It
> >> takes very little more to add a note that the photo is CC licensed. I
> can
> >> see why people are a bit put out when someone won't do these very
> minimal
> >> things in exchange for a rich library of free (as in speech and beer)
> >> material.
> >>
> >> Todd
> >>
> >> On Mar 1, 2017 10:44 PM, "rupert THURNER" <rupert.thur...@gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> > on the german wikipedia there was a poll to ban images of users who
> >> > send cease and desist letters, triggered by a recent case of thomas
> >> > wolf trying to charge 1200 euro out of a tiny non-profit which
> >> > improperly reused one of his images [1]. thomas article work includs
> >> > "improving text deserts, and changing bad images to (often his own)
> >> > better quality images"[2]. there is a broad majority against people
> >> > who use cease and desist letters as a business model. anyway a small
> >> > number of persons do have such a business model, some of them even
> >> > administrators on commons, like alexander savin [3][4].
> >> >
> >> > but the topic of course is much more subtle than described above, the
> >> > discussion was heated, and the result close - as always in the last 10
> >> > years. a digital divide between persons supporting the original
> >> > mindset of wikipedia which sees every additional reuse, unrestricted,
> >> > as success, and the ones who think it is not desired to incorrectly
> >> > reference, or feel that others should not make money out of their
> >> > work.
> >> >
> >> > as both are viable opinions would it be possible to split commons in
> >> > two, for every opinion? the new commons would include safe licenses
> >> > like cc-4.0 and users who are friendly to update their licenses to
> >> > better ones in future. the old commons would just stay as it is. a
> >> > user of wikipedia can easy distinguish if she wants to include both
> >> > sources, or only one of them? there is only one goal: make cease and
> >> > desist letters as business model not interesting any more,
> >> > technically, while keeping the morale of contributors high, both
> >> > sides.
> >> >
> >> > [1] https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meinungsbilder/
> >> > keine_Bilder_in_Artikelnamensraum_von_direkt_abmahnenden_Fotografen
> >> > [2] https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spezial:Beitr%C3%A4ge/Der_
> Wolf_im_Wald
> >> > [3] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:A.Savin
> >> > [4] https://tarnkappe.info/ausgesprochen-peinlich-
> abmahnfalle-wikipedia-
> >> > interview-mit-simplicius/
> >> >
> >> > best
> >> > rupert
> >> >
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