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This is a draft, please discuss changes on Talk:License upgrade.


Wikitravel plans to upgrade its license from the present Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 (CC 1.0) to Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC 3.0). Statements indicating consent and refusal to relicense your own content are accepted until insert date; if there is a broad consensus (exact percentage?) in favor, the license upgrade will take place on date plus one month?.

Rationale

By upgrading from the older CC-BY-SA 1.0 to the latest CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikitravel will be able to...

  • Use text contributions from CC 3.0-licensed projects. This includes Wikipedia, World66, HitchWiki and many, many more.
  • Simplify reuse. Currently, Wikitravel text is CC 1.0, but many images are CC 3.0, creating a licensing headache. After the upgrade, the entire site will be CC 3.0.
  • Become more international. CC 1.0 is limited to American copyright law. CC 3.0 is available in jurisdiction-specific versions, giving you extra protection for reuse outside the United States.
  • Have a more secure legal position. Creative Commons has worked hard on patching loopholes in the original CC 1.0, and will continue to do so in the future.

Your Attribution and ShareAlike rights as a contributor are protected as well as or better by CC 3.0 than by CC 1.0. A detailed discussion of the differences is available at Creative Commons:

CC-BY-SA 1.0 and does not have provisions for automatic updating. It was originally chosen only because there were no other practical options when Wikitravel was launched, and Wikitravel is now the only open content project of any size still using it.

So what should I do?

You have three options:

  1. Consent by signing the Consent section below. This means you consent to relicense all your contributions to all Wikitravel versions under CC 3.0.
  2. Refuse by signing the Refuse section below. This means that you do not consent to relicense your written work. If community consensus is to proceed with the migration, your contributions may be removed from Wikitravel.
  3. Do nothing. Your contributions may be either kept or deleted at the discretion of the site's other users.

Consent

I, the undersigned, hereby agree to release all my past, present and future text and image contributions on all language versions of Wikitravel under Version 3.0 of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License.

To sign, login to the site, edit this page and enter * ~~~~.

Refuse

I, the undersigned, hereby state that I do not wish to relicense my Wikitravel contributions under Version 3.0 of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License, and hereby require their removal from this site.'

To sign, login to the site, edit this page and enter * ~~~~.

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