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
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