Ubuntu Wiki to be re-licensed to CC BY-SA

sarvōdaya danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Tue Feb 15 22:18:59 UTC 2011

My shock from the realization that this wasn't always the case is outweighed
by the joy that it's now true! Thanks for this [=

Would it be possible to link to Freedom Defined on the wiki itself?

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 17:04, Elizabeth Krumbach <lyz at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> The license of content of the Ubuntu Wiki has always been publically
> listed as copyright Canonical Ltd. Working with the Ubuntu Community
> Council, Canonical has decided to transition the content in the Ubuntu
> Wiki to the the CC-BY-SA license[1]. This license is a free culture
> license[2] and is the same license used both by the Ubuntu
> Documentation wiki [3] since 2007 [4] and by Wikipedia.
> If you are happy with the idea of this transition for the content you
> have provided, you do not need to do anything. If you have problems or
> issues, please read the feedback section below and contact us.
> The rest of this message provides a rationale, details, and
> information on providing feedback.
> = Decision =
> After discussion among the Ubuntu Community Council, it has been
> decided that the material on the Ubuntu wiki should be licensed under
> a free license, CC-by-SA[1]. The Ubuntu wiki will be changed to make
> this clear to those creating or editing pages, and of course external
> links from the Wiki to material under other licences will continue to
> be welcome.
> This decision is not intended in any way to underestimate the value of
> contributions, but rather to ensure that the material on the wiki
> complies with the same standards of openness as the Ubuntu project as
> a whole.
> = Rationale =
> The Ubuntu wiki is a collaborative resource, and the product of the
> Ubuntu community as a whole. Its content, put together by many
> contributors with different knowledge and points of view, is immensely
> valuable to us all. Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no clear
> definition of what rights contributors to the content retain over the
> material that they post, or the extent to which other persons are
> entitled to copy or modify the material. For example, it would be very
> useful to ensure that community contributed content may be shared by
> many teams without complex licensing issues, ensuring that those
> working on content can concentrate on producing the best information
> possible rather than legal negotiations.
> Furthermore, consistent with Ubuntu's philosophy, it is important that
> material created for use on the Ubuntu wiki be available for other
> communities outside ours to benefit from. Using an open license on the
> Ubuntu wiki allows other communities to re-use material which may be
> useful to them under terms which are widely recognised in the free
> software community.
> = Feedback =
> We would again like to make a good-faith attempt to ensure that
> contributors of existing material are happy with this change. We
> invite any contributors who have any questions or concerns about this
> plan to contact us at <community-council at lists.ubuntu.com>. Given that
> the re-licensing of http://help.ubuntu.com/community was fairly
> uncontroversial and since the aim to re-license the Ubuntu wiki at
> some point later has not brought up any objections, we hope that
> contributors will welcome it.
> In the absence of a substantial number of objections, this change will
> be made to the Ubuntu wiki after approximately one month.
> More details can be found here:
>  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WikiLicensing
> Many thanks for your contributions to the Ubuntu Wiki, and we hope
> that you will continue to help!
> = Exceptions =
> If you want to license a code snippet on the wiki under another open
> source license [5], please specify the relevant license in the snippet
> itself. In the event that no license is specified, the license
> applicable to the code snippet would be the same as that applicable to
> any other material on the wiki.
> [1] See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
> [2] http://freedomdefined.org/Definition
> [3] http://help.ubuntu.com
> [4]
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2007-April/000275.html
> [5] http://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses
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> http://www.princessleia.com
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