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Bug 4213 - Copyright information location
Copyright information location
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2005-12-08 01:49 UTC by Brian Jason Drake
Modified: 2005-12-20 04:56 UTC (History)
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Description Brian Jason Drake 2005-12-08 01:49:21 UTC

The source has this line:

  <link rel="copyright" href="" />

The page has this line:

  Please note that all contributions to Meta are considered to be released under the 
GNU Free Documentation License (see Meta:Copyrights for details).

"Meta:Copyrights" is a link to the article of the same name.

Where are we supposed to refer people for copyright information - or 
Comment 1 Rob Church 2005-12-08 08:00:41 UTC
Individual projects have individual copyright quirks. This isn't a bug report,
please ask on the wiki's end-user support pages or equivalent.
Comment 2 Brian Jason Drake 2005-12-09 01:36:50 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> Individual projects have individual copyright quirks.

This problem, exactly as described above, exists on:

* Commons
* Meta-Wiki
* English Wiktionary
* English Wikibooks
* Wikisource
* English Wikisource
* English Wikiquote
* Wikispecies
* MediaWiki (

In addition, the English Wikipedia's source has the reference to and 
there is no such link on the page (there is no link to Project:Copyrights either).

The English Wikinews has a <link rel="copyright"... line that matches the link on 
the page.

The similarities between the copyright warnings could mislead users into thinking 
that they are the same across all Wikimedia projects. Certainly the problem 
described here seems to be basically Wikimedia-wide.
Comment 3 Rob Church 2005-12-09 07:49:42 UTC
How's that a development problem? It's not an issue with the software, is it?
Wikis can change their own MediaWiki namespaces, allowing them to change their
own system messages and so their own copyright messages.
Comment 4 Brian Jason Drake 2005-12-20 04:36:09 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)

"Wikimedia web sites: Configuration and other issues specific to Wikipedia, 
Wiktionary, Commons, and other Wikimedia projects, this includes issues with 
MediaZilla (this bugtracker)." (Enter new bug page)

> It's not an issue with the software, is it?

Where does it say it has to be an issue with the software?

Maybe it's only a coincidence that many of the messages are similar but it 
doesn't look like it! Can't we standardise some things to make them easier to 
maintain and to create less confusion?
Comment 5 Brian Jason Drake 2005-12-20 04:56:12 UTC
See also bug 4318.

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