[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 07:38:07 PST 2023

I have been informed though that one change the default contribution of content GOING FORWARD, but you can't retroactively change the license of content ALREADY CONTRIBUTED without acknowledgment by the contributors of that change.

Do we plan to seek that from the contributors?


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

From: MapServer-dev <mapserver-dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> on behalf of Steve Lime <sdlime at gmail.com>
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 at 9:49 AM
To: Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
Cc: MapServer Dev Mailing List <mapserver-dev at lists.osgeo.org>
Subject: Re: [MapServer-dev] Motion: upgrade documentation license version from CC BY-SA 3.0 to 4.0

+1 - thanks Jeff!

On Mon, Feb 6, 2023 at 8:31 AM Jeff McKenna <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 
http://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: 
  - international translations of the license
  - improved readability
    - read more about "what's new" in the 4.0 series at 
    - read a short summary of the 4.0 license: 

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: 
   - read about the Fedora announcement of the CC BY-SA 4.0 default 

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

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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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