[MapServer-dev] Motion: upgrade documentation license version from CC BY-SA 3.0 to 4.0

Michael Smith michael.smith.erdc at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 06:45:35 PST 2023

+1 for moving to CC BY-SA 4.0


Michael Smith 
US Army Corps of Engineers 
Remote Sensing/GIS Center 

On 2/6/23, 9:31 AM, "MapServer-dev on behalf of Jeff McKenna" <mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org <mailto:mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com <mailto:jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>> wrote:

Dear PSC,


Through recent clarifications made for the MapServer-documentation 
GitHub repository, as well as the visible 'copyright' page on 
mapserver.org, it was pointed out that the documentation uses an old CC 
BY-SA version, 3.0, that was released in 2007, whereas a more complete 
license version 4.0 has been available since 2013.

The CC BY-SA 4.0 license was released to tackle some issues such as:
- international law / global scope
- prevent copyleft trolls
- to prevent: 
https://doctorow.medium.com/a-bug-in-early-creative-commons-licenses-has-enabled-a-new-breed-of-superpredator-5f6360713299 <https://doctorow.medium.com/a-bug-in-early-creative-commons-licenses-has-enabled-a-new-breed-of-superpredator-5f6360713299>
- international translations of the license
- improved readability
- read more about "what's new" in the 4.0 series at 
https://creativecommons.org/version4/ <https://creativecommons.org/version4/>
- read a short summary of the 4.0 license: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/>

I believe that this is a good time to upgrade the 
MapServer-documentation license to version 4.0

The Fedora project also recently upgraded from CC BY-SA 3.0 to 4.0 :
- read about the benefits of upgrading, for the Fedora project: 
https://communityblog.fedoraproject.org/policy-proposal-update-default-content-license-to-cc-by-sa-4-0/ <https://communityblog.fedoraproject.org/policy-proposal-update-default-content-license-to-cc-by-sa-4-0/>
- read about the Fedora announcement of the CC BY-SA 4.0 default 
https://communityblog.fedoraproject.org/fedoras-default-license-for-content-is-now-cc-by-sa-4-0/ <https://communityblog.fedoraproject.org/fedoras-default-license-for-content-is-now-cc-by-sa-4-0/>

Motion to the PSC

I therefore motion to the MapServer PSC that the MapServer-documentation 
license should be upgraded from CC BY-SA 3.0 to CC BY-SA 4.0

Motion voting window

Will give 5 business days for responses.

Related Pull Request

https://github.com/MapServer/MapServer-documentation/pull/796 <https://github.com/MapServer/MapServer-documentation/pull/796>


I believe this is good timing, to review the original documentation 
license, before the imminent MapServer 8.0.1 release.

Thank-you for your passion, to share,


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