I voted for it and have been licencing all my Commons uploads as CC-BY-SA-3.0 for quite a while now, so am very happy about this. CC is just so much easier to explain to subjects of articles and copyright holders than is GFDL, that's the main reason I like it.
2009/5/22 Jessica Coates <j2.coa...@qut.edu.au> > I'm sure you've all heard by now, cause the internet's abuzz, but just in > case - the Wikimedia <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home> community > has officially > voted<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Licensing_update/Result>to add a > Creative Commons licence to all their wikis. The > Attribution-ShareAlike > <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(BY-SA) licence, to be exact. > > This is possibly the biggest Creative Commons development since it launched > in 2002, and great boon to the free culture community. As I pointed out in > my previous post <http://creativecommons.org.au/node/231> on the vote, > what this means is that the Wikimedia wikis will now be dual licensed under > both BY-SA and the GNU Free Documentation > Licence<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Free_Documentation_License>(GFDL - > which Wikimedia currently uses), giving people moving material to > and from the wikis the ability choose which licence they want to use. This > means that the 6 million+ articles available on > Wikipedia<http://www.wikipedia.org/>and Wikimedia's other wikis (including > Wiktionary <http://wiktionary.org/>, Wikinews <http://www.wikinews.org/>, > and Wikiquote <http://www.wikiquote.org/>) will be able to be more easily > combined with the 160 million+ works that use Creative Commons licences. > > This is the result of a lot of effort by Wikimedia, the Free Software > Foundation <http://www.fsf.org/> (who manage the GFDL) and Creative > Commons, which involved amending licences, public consultation, and finally > a vote by the Wikimedia community about whether they wanted the change. This > vote <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Licensing_update/Result> ended > yesterday and came up heavily in Creative Commons' favour, with 88% of > people with an opinion voting to add the BY-SA licence (10% of voters said > they didn't have an opinion). The vote's decision was then approved by the > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and confirmed in a press > release<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Dual_license_vote_May_2009>last > night, which quote CC's founder, Lawrence Lessig, as saying: > > [Free Software Foundation President] Richard Stallman’s commitment to the > cause of free culture has been an inspiration to us all. Assuring the > interoperability of free culture is a critical step towards making this > freedom work. The Wikipedia community is to be congratulated for its > decision, and the Free Software Foundation thanked for its help. I am > enormously happy about this decision. > > Hear hear from CCau! > > Jessica Coates > Project Manager > Creative Commons Clinic > Queensland University of Technology > > ph: 07 3138 8301 > fax: 07 3138 9395 > email: j2.coa...@qut.edu.au > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaau-l mailing list > Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l > >
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