Open Source Content License (OSCL) - Other/Miscellaneous licenses

Bruce Perens bruce at
Wed Apr 2 02:53:10 UTC 2008

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Thing is, Wikimedia doesn't own the Wikipedia content either.  I 
> agreed to license my contributions to Wikipedia under the GFDL, not 
> CC.  So unless a future version of the GFDL itself specifies CC, that 
> transition is not going to happen.

Many people think it is impossible for big projects to relicense because 
they would have to contact each and every copyright holder. But there 
are a number of ways around that.

In the case of the Wikipedia, the FSF generated a later version of the 
GFDL especially for them, and the Wikipedia switched the existing 
content to use that later version of the license, which is compatible 
with the Creative Commons license that they are using for new work.



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