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Re: migration of wiki material: suggested licence and legal issues

On Mon, 03 Oct 2005, MJ Ray wrote:
> Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:
> > We're in the process of migrating the wiki content now. How long to
> > you expect it will take you to identify all of the copyright holders
> > for each of the couple thousand pages in the wiki and process the
> > messages from the copyright holders? [Have you even started?]
> Obviously, it will take an infinite length of time, because no-one
> has asked Francesco Poli to do that work. Also, I wouldn't blame
> anyone not taking up the work if they don't like pseudo-wikis like
> mediawiki with its non-wiki syntax and complicated interface.

People who see that it is a problem have to take up the gauntlet;[1]
I'm willing to assist in a licensing effort along the lines of what I
have already indicated, but I'm not interested in stalling the
migration process until the authors for all of the pages in question
have been contacted.

> Less than a thousand pages have no obvious identifiable copyright
> holders so it looks possible to automate the relicensing process a
> bit. Would it be as easy to do if content is migrated for now?

Considering the fact that none of the revision history or authorship
information is being lost, it should be just as easy[2] if not easier.

Don Armstrong

1: Indeed, one could ask what the contributors to this thread have
been doing to speed this process along...

2: If you doubt, see: http://wiki.wolffelaar.nl/DebConf6?action=info
to see what it will look like when it has migrated.
There is no mechanical problem so difficult that it cannot be solved
by brute strength and ignorance.
 -- William's Law

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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