[Web Comm] GNU FDL -> CC & Mail to Wiki contributors

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at ccgis.de
Thu Jun 22 14:50:03 EDT 2006

Jo Walsh wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 22, 2006 at 11:10:48AM -0700, Jason Birch wrote:
>> I do have a question though:  Is it ethical/legal to arbitrarily change
>> a license without first gaining the acceptance of the contributors who
>> submitted under a different license?  If you need the agreement of all
>> code-contributors to change the license for a project, does this not
>> also apply to a collaborative work of non-code?
> Nod, I thought We were going to contact contributors first and wait
> some tactful amount of time for screams before changing the rubric on
> the wiki (GFDL was the default, rather than the results of a decision,
> whereas the CC licensing of the CN site was more of a decision?)

Both of you are correct. Problem is that thinking alone does not make 
things happen. I brought this up first on March 18th, then again to no 
avail, then again and then at last Frank answered, followed by Markus 
who said he couldn't do it because he is no sysadmin. That was June 5th. 
I resent it to WebCom, noticed that both (WebCom and the Copyright 
issue) were dead by then and just exchanged the logo (the text was 
already changed during the f2f meeting).

> Say we wrote to 500 people who've contributed a slight change to the
> wiki. Is it justified to accept "silence after a period of time T" as
> implicit agreement to a license change? 

Luckily the list is not long, it is less than 100 real email addresses.

Jo, can you please add two more sentences and soothing words to your 
intro and send them back to me. I will forward them to Auke so that he 
can distribute them to the Wiki list using the OGSeo webmaster account.

Does anybody foresee any other issues?


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