Closed Bug 473566 Opened 13 years ago Closed 10 years ago should use CC licenses instead of GNU FDL


(Websites ::, defect)

Not set


(Not tracked)



(Reporter: hecker, Unassigned)

Details currently states that content on the site is licensed under the GNU FDL:

In my opinion we should be following the same practices as and using Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike as the default license:

This would avoid potential problems when moving content from to

Reed, again please feel free to re-assign this as appropriate. Note also that IMO we should get Harvey Anderson involved because of the licensing issues. I think we have a route to just make this change and consider the current content relicensed under a CC license (basically follow what was done with Wikipedia), but this has some issues that need to be considered.
Assignee: reed → hecker
It's a wiki... ;)

Unless something needs to be done on the server-side, there's nothing that I can do that you can't do yourself.
However, I did find a few server-side settings for this one...

## For attaching licensing metadata to pages, and displaying an
## appropriate copyright notice / icon. GNU Free Documentation
## License and Creative Commons licenses are supported so far.
# $wgEnableCreativeCommonsRdf = true;
$wgRightsPage = ""; # Set to the title of a wiki page that describes your license/copyright
$wgRightsUrl = "";
$wgRightsText = "";
$wgRightsIcon = "";
# $wgRightsCode = ""; # Not yet used

I have no idea what the $wgRights* stuff is (check, but it looks like $wgEnableCreativeCommonsRdf might be useful.
I didn't want to change this myself because it's in effect a licensing policy change. We need to make a formal decision to establish CC-BY-SA as the new default, and we need a plan for what to do with the existing content.

I don't think we've ever established a formal module owner for licensing policy, so this may default to Mitchell.
GFDL 1.3 can allow this though without needing permission, but we have to make this decision by August.
MozillaWiki:Copyrights currently states:
> All contributions to MozillaWiki are under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license (CC-BY-SA) version 3.0 or any later version.

Thus, I am resolving this as WFM.
Assignee: hecker → nobody
Closed: 10 years ago
Component: →
QA Contact: other-mozilla-org → wiki-mozilla-org
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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