Thanks for the clarification, Michelle and for the follow-up Pranav.

- Sundar
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture

 From: Pranav Curumsey <>
To: Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia. 
Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2013 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Licence violation


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From: Michelle Paulson <>
Date: Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Licence violation

Yes, we actually cracked down on them 2 years ago from not making it clear that 
the content was from Wikipedia.  They have since changed their ways and have it 
clearly stated in the "Overview" section and properly attributed the Wikipedia 
contributors involved in the book.  We looked into how they could change the 
"Authors" section, but the online sellers' platforms they were using (such as 
Barnes and Noble) don't permit more than a few names, which makes listing all 
of the contributors impossible and we didn't want them to say that Wikipedia 
was the author because that erroneously makes people think that they books were 
sponsored or introduced by WMF or the contributors involved, neither of which 
is true.  

Additionally, we do not believe that not listing the contributors under the 
"Author" section online is necessarily a violation of the license.  However, 
not listing them in the book, where the content actually is reproduced, was and 
they have since corrected that to the best of my knowledge.

Hope that helps clear things up!



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