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migration of wiki material: suggested licence and legal issues

Dear d-l,

As you may know, a new official wiki service has been installed and is
in the process of being set up.  This is intended to replace the older
wiki which Michael Ivey has been kind enough to maintain up until now.

I feel it is important to have a clear indication of copyright and
licencing terms for wiki material and that it is desirable for the
debian wiki material to be DFSG-compatible.

In order for material to be migrated from the old wiki to the new, the
copyright/licence situation needs to be clarified. The old wiki's
copyright statement[1] suggests that ownership is held by the respective
authors, and grants "Fair Use" reproduction. Would providing a data-dump
for migration be covered under "Fair Use", and does this copyright
preclude the adoption of a DFSG-licence?

The new wiki has no definitive statement as of yet but I have requested
one to be added and the matter now rests with the system

It has been suggested to me that debian-legal would be the appropriate
place to request advice on how legal issues regarding migration of
material might be addressed and what terms wiki material should be
available under. As such, if you have any opinions or advice that you
can offer I would be very grateful to hear them :-)

[1] http://wiki.debian.net/copyright.html
[2] http://wiki.debian.org/WikiLicencingTerms


Jon Dowland

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