Last modified: 2010-05-17 12:17:44 UTC

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Bug 18963 - Improvments needed for Mediawiki licensing options during setup
Improvments needed for Mediawiki licensing options during setup
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Installer (Other open bugs)
All All
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2009-05-27 21:58 UTC by Robert Rohde
Modified: 2010-05-17 12:17 UTC (History)
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Description Robert Rohde 2009-05-27 21:58:55 UTC
The initial setup screen currently provides the following licensing options:

* No license metadata
* Public domain
* GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 (Wikipedia-compatible)
* GNU Free Documentation License 1.3
* A Creative Commons license <with a selection script for which variant>

These options are not very complete and in light of the relicensing resolution are going to be inaccurate as well.

The problems I would point out:

1) No option for "GFDL" without version number (which legally translates to "any version" if no version is specified)

2) No option for GFDL with an "or later versions" clause.  By specifying a particular version without using the "or later" clause, the user is largely locking themselves into that specific version indefinitely.  Generally not good.

2) No option is available for dual licensing, e.g. GFDL / CC-BY-SA like Wikipedia will be.

3) "Wikipedia-compatible" will not be a fitting description once we move to CC-BY-SA as our primary license and no longer allow the import of GFDL-only text.
Comment 1 Chad H. 2010-05-17 12:17:44 UTC
Done in r66559.

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