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Some open content Wiki sites use the [ Gnu Free Documentation License] for their work. For Wikitravel, this license doesn't meet our [[Wikitravel:goals and non-goals|goals]], so we've chosen a different one instead.
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The GFDL is specifically oriented towards software manuals and other textbook-sized references. For Wikitravel, we really want to have each article redistributable on its own. Specific requirements of the GFDL -- such as requiring that all copies of the work be distributed with a copy of the GFDL and a changelog, as well as "transparent" (i.e. source) versions if you distribute over 100 copies -- make that harder.
It's easy to imagine some small "publishers" who might want to have simple photocopied printouts of Wikitravel articles:
*Local tourist offices
*Hotels or guesthouses
*Helpful travellers
*Exchange student programs
*Wedding or event planners
For an article of 1-2 printed pages, it just doesn't make sense to require people to pass out another 10 pages of legalese text, as well as floppy disks or CDs full of [[Wikitravel:Wiki markup|Wiki markup]].
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The license we've chosen, the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0, is much easier and more lightweight. We think that using the Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license meets our goal of having  [[Wikitravel:copyleft|copyleft]] protection on Wikitravel content, without putting an excessive burden on small publishers. All that needs to be included are copyright notices and the URL of the license; this can be done in a short paragraph at the end of the article.
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The big downside of not using the GFDL is that GFDL content -- like Wikipedia articles -- '''cannot''' be included in Wikitravel articles. This is a restriction of the GFDL -- you're not allowed to change the license for the content, unless you're the original copyright holder. This is kind of a pain for contributors, but we figured it was better to make it easy for users and distributors to comply with our license.
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