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Fwd: Allowing unfree licenses on the Norwegian Wikipedia

Ray Nicolette
Svar fra Jimmy Wales

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jimmy Wales <[hidden email]>
Date: Apr 1, 2006 3:49 AM
Subject: Re: Allowing unfree licenses on the Norwegian Wikipedia
To: Ray Nicolette <[hidden email]>
Cc: [hidden email]

It is a fundamental policy worldwide that all of our work needs to be
free.  Acceptable licenses would include GNU FDL and some of the
creative commons licenses (those which are free in the sense of GNU).

There can be some minor local variations due to local legal reasons.
For example, we do allow 'fair use' images in some limited circumstances
in English wikipedia, while the Germans do not allow them due to German
laws being more restrictive in that area.  For another examples, the
Germans get permission to show certain coats of arms which would be
considered fair use in English.

But, for the most part, we do not allow licenses restricting commercial
use anywhere, and we do not allow licenses which give Wikimedia or
Wikipedia special rights as against other reusers.

We are creating a free encyclopedia, free as in speech, and this is
fundamental. :)

Ray Nicolette wrote:

> Dear Mr. Wales
>
> On the Norwegian Wikipedia (no.wikipedia.org <http://no.wikipedia.org>)
> we are discussing the use of different image licenses in the project.
>
> Until now the Norwegian Wikipedia has accepted licenses restricting the
> use of images to Wikipedia only, and licenses restricting commercial
> use. This rule is now being debated, and during the debate a user has
> suggested we ask the board of the Wikimedia Foundation if there is an
> official policy regarding which licenses we may use. I have searched the
> Metawiki and the wiki of the Foundation, but I have not found official
> statements from you or from the board regarding this issue. I therfore
> ask you, may we allow unfree licenses on the Norwegian Wikipedia, or
> should all licenses be compatible with the GNU FDL?
>
> Yours sincerely,
>
> Ray Nicolette
>


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