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From English Copyleft discussion: [1]

GFDL and Creative Commons[edit]

[swept in from the pub]

There's a Slashdot item pointing to an announcement that Wikipedia and FSF are changing GFDL to make it compatible with the Creative Commons license. [2] This would mean we could use material from Wikipedia and other GFDL sites. We probably would not want much of their text since our goals are different,but it could be really good for maps and photos.Unsigned comment by Pashley (talkcontribs) .

Yup. It will also mean skipping the hassle of periodically explaining to newcomers why they can't do the seemingly harmless thing of copying info about history and geography from WP to WT. - Todd VerBeek 20:56, 1 December 2007 (EST)
yes, yes, yes. That would be an unbelievably huge step. OpenStreetMaps and wikipedia content would suddenly all be available --NJR_ZA 04:03, 2 December 2007 (EST)

Can someone who can read the official Wikimedia Foundation statement (link on page pointed to above, but it does not work for me, probably because of the Great Firewall) please look at the details? There may be limitations I'm not aware of. Once you have details, please track the process and make appropriate announcements and policy changes here when their new license is in place. Methinks this is important enough to be well worth doing, but I cannot do it. Volunteers? Pashley 06:07, 2 December 2007 (EST)

The key bits of the Wikimedia Foundation's statement are:
  • The Foundation requests that the GNU Free Documentation License be modified in the fashion proposed by the FSF to allow migration by mass collaborative projects to the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license;
  • Upon the announcement of that relicensing, the Foundation will initiate a process of community discussion and voting before making a final decision on relicensing.
The Foundation can't just "relicense" Wikipedia, but they can use a clause in the GFDL to allow the use of "any later version" of the license, by making GFDL 2.0 say "Oh, and if this is a wiki, you can also relicense it under the terms of CC-By-SA if you want". FSF was already working a revision of GFDL to allow relicensing under a "GNU Wiki License" which was going to fix some of the problems of applying GFDL 1.x to wikis; I'm guessing they've just agreed to substitute CC-By-SA for that. The "migration" of Wikipedia isn't a done deal yet (that whole discussion-and-vote formality), and there are already some partisans wailing and gnashing teeth over this, but they're a very small number of people, and if Jimbo, RMS, and Lessig all want this to happen with WP, it will. Note: It will be up to every other project currently using GFDL 1.x whether they want to upgrade their license to the CC-By-SA-compatible one. Most presumably will, but there's probably a WikiCreativeCommonsSux out there that won't, and we won't be able to accept content from them. -Todd VerBeek 10:48, 2 December 2007 (EST)

Meanwhile, Citizendium — a new project from one of the wikipedia founders with no anon edits and more control by experts — have just chosen a CC-by-SA license. See en:Wikitravel_talk:Cooperating_with_Citizendium. Pashley 04:12, 22 December 2007 (EST)

But it's CC-by-SA 3.0, and CC-by-SA 1.0 isn't "any later version" compliant - correct? ~ 05:37, 22 December 2007 (EST)
Answering my own question - says: "version 1.0 licenses required that derivative be published under the exact same license only". ~ 06:43, 22 December 2007 (EST)
Good grief! That appears to mean that — even if Wikipedia goes to a CC license and even though Citizendium already uses 3.0 and OpenStreetMaps uses 2.0 and various other sites do or will — we cannot share content with any of them! We can neither re-license our stuff to their later licenses nor import theirs and use it under our CC-by-SA 1.0. I don't think this was the intent of anyone involved; all players want to share, but we seem to have painted ourselves into a corner legally. How can we fix this? Pashley 07:52, 23 December 2007 (EST)
We already have the problem. Several images have been nominated for deletion because they are CC-by-SA 2.0 or later rather than 1.0. en:Wikitravel:Votes_for_deletion#Image:Viking_ship_in_Stockholms_strom.jpg and following. I'd say we are headed for disaster here; this needs an urgent fix. Pashley 15:33, 24 December 2007 (EST)
I don't think there is any reason to delete non–CC-by-SA 1.0 images, since we provide image specific licensing information. But we do not provide text-specific licensing (since that's not feasible); our strict incompatibility is a big problem and does not serve the interests of Wikitravel. We would benefit in a pretty huge way by allowing compatibility with all CC attribution/share-alike licenses, without incurring any negative changes to how the site works and to the promises of the copyleft.
The one obstacle to changing our copyleft from "CC-by-SA 1.0" to "any CC-by-SA" is that we have promised everyone who has, up to such a change, contributed to Wikitravel that their work would be licensed specifically as CC-by-SA 1.0. What we would need to do is ask everyone who has ever written anything on the site to agree to such a change.
So we have a problem of needing a micro change that has big benefits, but requires macro support. Other sites have done this, right? World66 did, and they're owned by the same people who own our servers—in all likelihood they have some knowledge of the technical details of such a change. I say we open a feature request on shared and move this discussion to the talk page of that tech page. --Peter Talk 18:32, 10 January 2008 (EST)

FYI, I've asked Creative Commons for guidance on how to do a migration. Stay tuned. Jpatokal 07:50, 13 January 2008 (EST)

Thanks for checking with CC, Jpatokal. I've had our legal group look into this as well. We want to abide by whatever is viewed by all as appropriate, so please comment on the following suggestion. Can we post prominently on all pages of the site for a period of time (perhaps 30 or 60 days) that the site is going to switch to "any CC-by-SA", and invite anyone who does not accept this change to remove or revert any contributions they have made? I imagine most Wikitravellers will be enthused about the change. Thoughts on this? Thanks. Redondo 16:34, 30 January 2008 (EST)
If it were possible to switch the licence in this way, then it would also be possible in the future to post prominently on all pages of the site for a period of time (perhaps 30 or 60 days) that the site is going to switch to a commercial licence, and invite anyone who does not accept the change to remove or revert any contributions they have made - correct? ~ 21:43, 30 January 2008 (EST)

Hi John, we can use the MediaWiki:Sitenotice (Do you see the text that says "Wikitravel - the world's best travel guide" at the top of the page?) to display messages, but I'm still curious is there a black and white answer that any migration is kosher? -- Sapphire(Talk) • 17:54, 30 January 2008 (EST)

You know, why do we need to migrate the site? It'd be easier for the CC Foundation to update and improve the CC-by-SA 1.0 license than for us to get screwed over by attempting to do it. Nothing in the license forbids improvements to the license and CC could add an extra clause allowing for people to use "any later". Why don't we ask them to do that, which would streamline the process? -- Sapphire(Talk) • 18:22, 30 January 2008 (EST)
If they alter the original version of the licence, then surely the altered version is a later version? ~ 21:43, 30 January 2008 (EST)
As points out, you can't possibly do what Redondo is suggesting (or what Sapphire is suggesting). That would mean that you can, at any time, change the license to anything you like by either using a different version number (Redondo) or just modifying the original license (sapphire). Not only is that in bad faith, it is also probably not legal unless the original license explicitly allows it (which wouldn't make sense).--Wandering 22:28, 30 January 2008 (EST)
It is also not practical to expect users to remove their contributions. Images may be easy, but text?--Wandering 22:28, 30 January 2008 (EST)
It's not really correct to simply say "...can't possibly do what Redondo is suggesting..." because it's already been done on the Russian Wikitravel - see en:Wikitravel talk:Copyleft#Compatibility on :ru ~ 22:48, 30 January 2008 (EST)
Well, I guess "can't" was the wrong word. While I doubt if there are any practical implications to Peter's move, I do think it is questionable of questionable morality and not in violation of the spirit of copyleft (not to mention - whatever happened to consensus?). People are busily contributing to wikitravel without expectation of material or other reward and the least they should get in return is to not have the basic terms under which they've contributed changed, without due deliberation, from under them, however trivial the change may be, rather than loose talk of the 'so sue him' nature. Very disappointing. I hope someone will at least take the trouble to explain how wikitravel will be grievously harmed if we stick to 1.0. --Wandering 11:22, 31 January 2008 (EST)

There's' no reason to be concerned about my "suggestion", especially because I don't think it's viable, but if by all means it is.... I think I have consistently objected to the idea of migrating the site away from CC-by-SA 1.0. Evan explained to me the logic of how it could be pulled off without much trouble and I sort of believe him, but the problem I see is that some people hate Wikitravel and the people who purchase the domain and servers and will refuse to allow their edits to be included. Now, if someone refuses to let their edits stay in an article that has been edited by many people since, then we must remove all edits since that person's edit, because his edit will still be in the article history (I know this, because I did a lot of tinkering on de:), or what happens if I say 'Screw off, Wikitravel' and demand that my edits be removed? That essentially requires that Cincinnati and (now) Warsaw articles be reverted to their infant stages. There's really a lot of pointless debating about this when I really don't see a problem. We are able to ask people to relicense their works under CC-by-SA 1.0 (which I have done on occasion) and they'll likely agree, because of the open source principle. Yeah, we lose out on a lot of good materials, but what can we do? OpenStreetMaps can update its site license at no problem and when CC produces a new license saying 'any later or any earlier' we'll finally get our hands on stuff. Lastly, changing the license would make it easier for us than migrating the site away from CC-by-SA 1.0, because we would still be following the license verbatim. And if there was a change in the license that allowed us to update the license I would go with Jani's thinking that anyone who had a problem with that would need to show that they were harmed by the change to the CC license. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 06:02, 31 January 2008 (EST)

Why is everyone so hung up on changing the license? cc-by-sa-1.0 has worked fine all these years. All the text is properly licensed. Some, possibly many, images will have to be removed but that's not the end of the world. The incompatibility with GFDL is not new and the goals of the two wikis are different so sharing wikipedia text and images should not be an issue. What am I missing? --Wandering 06:38, 31 January 2008 (EST)
To answer your question, Wandering, I'd say there are three reasons to change the license. 1. The incompatibility with the GFDL has been a problem for ever since I've been contributing to Wikitravel; see the explanation at [Wikipedians#Licensing], and imagine if we didn't have to explain about that obstacle. 2. The brave words about Wikipedia and Wikitravel having different goals notwithstanding, there is some Wikipedia text which I would love to be able to bring into Wikitravel. Many wikitravel destinations have corresponding articles on Wikipedia which would serve our Understand sections well. 3. There are other free data sources which we could benefit from, for instance (which is CC By-SA 2.0). On all these fronts, I think WikiTravel would be better served by using a later CC-By-SA license than 1.0 JimDeLaHunt 23:47, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
Or, to turn Sapphire point about harm around. How is wikitravel (or, I suppose, IB) being harmed by the license switch? If anything, a change like this will harm wikitravel's reputation more than any harm arising out of the loss of images.--Wandering 09:43, 31 January 2008 (EST)
IB's legal team, which unlike us actually has background in intellectual property right law, has given this idea the go-ahead. It harms no one to make this change, because it preserves attribution & share-alike—the essential promise of our copyleft. I suppose it could give an impression that Wikitravel may not "keep its promises" to contributors, but I think that fear is overblown. We wouldn't be keeping to the letter of our terms of use in the very strictest & narrowest sense, but we'd clearly be maintaining the exact same purpose and spirit of our governing copyleft. I can predict one or two specific loonies who do, as Andrew points out, have an irrational hatred of this site, will claim their rights have been violated and will want their contributions removed. I think we can reasonably satisfy that request by going through their contribution histories and removing any text they contributed, rather than delete all contributions since they modified the page (that seems unreasonable, and I don't seen any compelling reason to do it).
This issue arose because of a simple oversight when people were plowing new terrain with these types of open licenses. Wikitravel's founders adopted the CC-by-SA 1.0 license in order to facilitate collaboration with other open projects devoted to our common purpose of building up freely-reusable bases of useful knowledge. Presumably those who have contributed did so because they believe in this purpose, rather than a fetishistic worship of the 1.0 license or something of that sort. So I don't understand why anyone would object to this practical move. In my view, the harm to Wikitravel's reputation born of inconsistency on the strict letter of our terms of use would be far outweighed by the benefits of preserving compatibility with existing and future collaborative projects that share our basic goals, as well as the benefits to our reputation for being a pragmatic site that isn't so risk-averse (and I think that not doing this would be extreme risk aversion) that it avoids doing what makes sense for the project.
And well, lest I draw more attacks on my personal morality and integrity from fellow administrators, I'll let that stand as my final comment on the matter. --Peter Talk 15:03, 1 February 2008 (EST)
As I see it, changing the license to CC-by-SA 2.0 or 3.0 — assumimg we can, which question we can mostly leave to IB's lawyers — should make little difference to most users; it is still CC-by-SA. The basic objective of creating freely re-usable content is unchanged.
The benefit is that it makes us compatible with other projects — Wikipedia, Citizendium, OpenStreetMaps, ... This lets us re-use text and maps from them, a significant benefit. In the process, it ends the prolonged, complex and rather acrimonious debate on the English vfd page about whether images with licenses CC > 1 need to be deleted. I'd say it is worth doing for that alone.
On the negative side, it is clearly going to be a lot of work. We do need to handle the case where a user — for whatever reason — does not allow his/her contributions to be re-licensed. This will probably include a few fairly prolific old contributors who left because of objections to the IB buyout. How do you take out dozens of contributions buried that deep in the history without losing other peoples' later work? This clearly has to be automated, but since it has legal implications and at least some players may be actively hostile, the scripts have to be auditable. Writing Perl or whatever code that both handles a complex problem and can, if necessary, be clearly explained to a judge is definitely not an easy problem.
On balance, I'd say it is worth doing. Pashley 20:21, 3 March 2008 (EST)

Yes yes yes! I support moving forward to a newer CC-By-SA license which better coordinates with GFDL and other free data / free authorship licenses. JimDeLaHunt 23:47, 9 March 2008 (EDT)

Bump! Nothing new here in months. What is current status? (Pashley) 06:36, 4 November 2008 (EST)
Yeah! This would be super nice – cacahuate talk 12:27, 4 November 2008 (EST)

Bump Pashley 21:36, 4 January 2009 (EST)

I fully support this license upgrade. LtPowers 14:08, 14 April 2009 (EDT)
I fully support this license upgrade as well. Gorilla Jones 16:52, 19 April 2009 (EDT)

What is current status? 21:35, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

Not enough benefits to contributors[edit]

I've been living in Mongolia for 3 years (plus one before) and have plenty of photos. I had the idea to put the photos related to my province and the North-West provinces in WikiTravel, as a way to help people, to attract them in this region and to my company, which has a renting activity. I purposely chose WikiTravel rather than Wikipedia. I just put the company's signature on one photo corner, upload it and explain a bit my town, then wait and saw. What happened is that a guy from Wikipedia copied the photo, deleted the signature and put it in Wikimedia. I protested, saying that the CC3 license says the signature shouldn't be deleted, but the conflict resolution guy said I was wrong. As a result, we didn't deliver any other picture under the CC3 license. If we want companies to participate, I think we need a more protective license, saying more explicitly than the signatures, even on the recto, have to be reproduced and that the photos can only be cut, not more modified than that (if not, they are not photos any more, but art works). And contributors would choose their license among CC3 and such a more protective one. --Henri de Solages 01:22, 17 December 2009 (EST)

Sorry, but we're trying to create a free travel guide. That means free as in speech, not free as in beer. We want other people to take the stuff we do and modify it however they like, and that includes photos. If you are not comfortable with that for whatever reason, then this is not the project for you. LtPowers 09:05, 17 December 2009 (EST)

Wikimedia & Creative Commons[edit]

Wikipedia is currently holding a referendum on dual licensing content, including wikipedia, to CC-by-sa 3.0. For those of you who are also Wikipedians, I'd encourage you to head over and vote ( This also raises some questions I believe. We could start taking a crack at this now, or wait till we have the outcome, where we most certainly will need to discuss this. I've also been looking a bit at Travellers point who also license their content CC-by-sa 3.0.

  1. If this goes through, can users copy 3.0 licensed content to WT, since we use 1.0?
  2. Do we want WP content? (I can think if many cases where we do want it, but also see the pitfalls)
  3. What about attribution? If we are to welcome WP content, how do we deal with this?

Comments appreciated :) --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 00:56, 14 April 2009 (EDT)

  1. No. IB's legal team has ok'd a move to a cc-by-sa any license for all text on site, but the move never happened due to community opposition. I'd be happy if we revisited that to allow newer interested users to comment. See shared:Tech:License upgrade.
  2. Sometimes. Dealing with WP dumps would be a headache, but we'd also gain a lot in being able to mishmash together ready-made history sections from their site. We'd probably have to create a new policy page to figure out how to deal with dumped text, since for the most part we still will want original, travel-oriented writing.
  3. We follow WP's lead, since they will need to deal with that as well. My guess is that they'll play looser with the attribution requirement than we would (by, for example, declaring the page history to provide due attribution). In that case, we could do something like use a template at the bottom of the page, linking to the history of the appropriate WP article(s).
This is all purely moot, however, until/if we move to an updated CC license. Our current license has terrible incompatibility issues, which owe their origins to the fact that the CC 1.0 was basically CC's first draft, and which have been corrected in all later versions. As of now, our text license pretty much restricts us from cooperating with any other sites that use the CC-by-SA license. --Peter Talk 01:19, 14 April 2009 (EDT)
Yeah, I saw that today too. With regards to #2, I think sections like history and climate would do well copied from WP (but only sections if it's too long). It might also help for lots of travel topics and phrasebooks (namely the usage/history & phonetics sections). For #3, is it possible to mess with the wiki software for this site to include a checkbox (like "this is a minor edit" & "Watch this page") labeled "Copied from Wikipedia" which would require the editor to insert the name/address of the WP article used and automatically place a link to the history of that WP page after the edit's listing on the WT article. The license at the bottom of the WT article could then include "Parts of this page may be the original work of contirbuters to the Wikipedia articles: [ Wikitravel], etc."? It sounds complicated, but it's the best method I can think of right now to solve the problem of attribution. AHeneen 01:24, 14 April 2009 (EDT)
The community opposition to the upgrade was quite minimal (only 2 users, though they repeated their arguments several times)... I don't think we were toooo far off from building a consensus to upgrade... it would just be nice to have a bit more legal input from someone in the know – cacahuate talk 14:33, 14 April 2009 (EDT)
I would certainly be one of the two who opposes an upgrade. No upgrade should or could be undertaken in just a matter of weeks or a few months. It would have to be a process that would be drawn out over at least a year to cover our asses in the legal issues. World 66, which I see has been taken offline, upgraded from the GNUFDL to CC by-SA 1.0 several years ago. In the process, they supposedly allowed any user who had ever contributed to World66, or whatever its predecessor's name was to opt-out and have all their previous content removed and all other content contributed by others was re-licensed. But, as the CC ShareAlike license ensures derivative work is also open source that means that derivative content produced with the content of the contributor who opts-out could be a possible source of legal messiness.
If this can or worms is going to be re-opened, I would want Internet Brands to conference call admins and other community members to allow a Q and A, because we will be fielding questions about a change over. Not to mention, I'd want to hear that I am protected from any legal issues and that IB would be the ones held responsible if some fiasco did arise.
That aside, I really don't see much benefit from a license "upgrade." First of all, the only real content that we are missing out on as a result of the CC-by-SA 1.0 license are a few maps, some photos, and historical information from WP and the like. That's not so bad, because a contributor could send an email to someone and simply ask a photographer to dual license a photo under CC-by-SA 1.0 and whatever other license the photographer wanted to use. Secondly, our content is still open source even with the CC-by-SA 1.0 license. Maybe it's not as "open" as I would like it to be or others would like it to be, but a whole other issues can be opened up if the community says: Hey, let's change the license from CC-by-SA 1.0, to include all CC-by-SA licenses like I did for Wikimmigrant. The problem that I have with Wikimmigrant is that the content on Wikimmigrant could be used by Wikitravel and anyone else who uses a CC-by-SA license (including 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0), but with a multi-licensed site, Wikimmigrant cannot take content from other sources even if the other content is licensed as CC-by-SA 3.0, because the other content has to be licensed under CC-by-SA 1.0, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 (possibly even later versions). All in all, I just think that an upgrade is not worth the hassle. We missed out on the 2.0 license years ago and that did not cause Wikitravel to fail. Be honest, but an upgrade is not so essential to Wikitravel. If it were, we wouldn't have amassed a collection of 20K+ articles, or been awarded a Webby, or named as one of Time's 50 Best Websites. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 23:50, 18 April 2009 (EDT)
Thanks for the legal advice, but you appear to be very confused on a number of these issues. Rather obvious among which is our ability to use images and other files with a different CC-by-SA license—we already do this. In any rate, you are commenting in the wrong place, if you wish to continue this discussion, please do so in the original thread. --Peter Talk 14:57, 19 April 2009 (EDT)
I think Sapphire is right on reusing content on Wikimmigrant, but that's because Wikimmigrant is multilicensed. A site that was singly-licensed CC-by-sa-3.0 wouldn't have that problem (because any CC license after 1.0 can be freely upgraded to a later version; not so going backwards). (Also, note Sapphire said "content"; images are a special case for a couple of reasons that I won't go into here.) LtPowers 15:58, 19 April 2009 (EDT)
I'm not very confused at all. I've been lurching around long enough to know about the license debates. I offer an opinion and that's it. I usually take a strict interpretation of these sorts of things, which has caused us to disagree, but there's no need to assert that I'm confused on these matters. It seems that whenever this gets brought up people are all bubbly about changing licenses overnight. The first time I ever heard publicly from a major player in the open source world about WP/MWF switching over to a CC-by-SA compatible license was in 2005. There was probably some serious discussion about that months before, which would place WP/WMF's transition at about 5 years in the making and its beyond naive for us to 'voice support' without thinking things through in a manner that would tackle the major issues that I and one or two others have raised in the past. And, I want people to actually consider the possibility of legal wording of the license and not some what I supposed to be some fairy-tale 'spirit of the license.' I know exactly what the spirit of the license is, but how difficult does the wording of the license make an upgrade? -- Sapphire(Talk) • 20:27, 19 April 2009 (EDT)

Some random observations;

  • Isn't it legally IB ass on the line, not ours? not to say we shouldn't deal with this thoroughly, fairly, and transparently - we most definitely should, but as far as any legal side of things - I can't imagine US law being that much different from Danish law in this regard.
  • The CC licenses have been upgraded for a reason; to counter impracticalities encountered in the real world, not saying this is specifically a reason for upgrading, just saying...
  • For better or worse (not really sure what I think about this one) one of the major differences between 1.0 and later versions, is that the later versions have a group attribution clause - namely that you can legally just attribute wikitravel, rather than all the individual contributors - while I would like being attributed for my work, reality is that most re-users barely bother to attribute even wikitravel (see SF sample guide f.x.), making it simpler, could potentially ensure that at least wikitravel gets attribution.
  • WV has embarked on a similar quest, but as far as I understand it, gone with some sort of dual licensing - my German abilities fails me here, but maybe someone with better grasp of language could look into their discussions - especially since the content is forked from WT. Sertmann 21:18, 19 April 2009 (EDT)
Yes — the only lawyers involved in or relevant to this discussion, those retained by IB, have OK'd this move. I'd suggest we treat legal advice from non-lawyers with about the same consideration as we would surgical advice from non-surgeons. Gorilla Jones 13:26, 20 April 2009 (EDT)
I am also curious whether individual contributors could be held responsible were a lawsuit to arise... we do our best to remind everyone that we contributors own Wikitravel, not IB... who's to say they wouldn't use that argument against us in the event of an incredibly unlikely lawsuit? Certainly not withdrawing my support for moving forward on this, but just playing devil's advocate for a moment  :)
Re Pepsi, it looks like they are planning to phase into cc-by-sa-any, with new articles and contributions... but not upgrading existing text. Not sure how they're planning to do that exactly... possibly by plagiarizing the Obama campaign and using a similar typeface for by-sa-2.0 and higher ;) – cacahuate talk 02:49, 21 April 2009 (EDT)
I said I wouldn't comment further, but perhaps enough time has past where we can have a civil discussion about this.
Actually, I'm not sure whether anyone could be held responsible. A license upgrade would be essentially be carried out by the entire Wikitravel community, since our policy decisions are made by en:Wikitravel:Consensus. Good luck to a plaintiff suing a community of ~50,000 contributors of just about every nationality, plus an even larger number of anonymous users. To emphasize the inclusiveness of this decision, we could put up a MediaWiki sitenotice on :en, :shared, and any other interested language versions announcing that this discussion is going on. Tying users to actual people would also be problematic. The only plausible single target of a suit is IB, the trademark owner, especially since they gave the go-ahead, and their lawyers have decided that this is not a significant worry. And Sapphire, the fact that you consider the spirit of the CC licensing to be a "fairy-tale" irrelevant to legal considerations makes it increasingly apparent that you are very much confused about these legal issues, and would be better served by deferring to the expert legal positions of both IB and the Wikimedia Foundation.
To remind newer entrants to this long-running discussion why an upgrade would be important. Staying at 1.0 makes our site content incompatible with pretty much the entirety of the open source movement, forever. That not only means that we won't be able to make use of text from any other like-minded projects, it also means that no other like-minded projects will be able to use our content. This violates a core goal of Wikitravel, and the principal goal of using a CC license to begin with. The omission of inter-version compatibility was an oversight, a mistake, made by CC, and we should not trap ourselves in this incompatibility dilemma out of some extreme, over-conservative, misguided litigious culture. This would be an especially extreme position given the background that all sorts of other major projects (including other IB projects) are also upgrading (or already have upgraded) their licenses to ensure greater compatibility throughout the open source community. If a civil suit is coming (and I seriously doubt it is), it's going to target Wikipedia before IB, and the precedent set will put an end to the question. --Peter Talk 03:27, 21 April 2009 (EDT)
I'll tackle this point by point.
  • I agree that the CC-by-SA 1.0 license puts at a disadvantage in disseminating Wikitravel content, but I still argue that wording, in strict interpretation, does not allow this. Erik Moeller wrote in reference to Wikipedia's proposal: "However, because [the GDFL] was developed specifically for (typically printed) documentation, the GFDL contains many passages that aren’t relevant to an online work like Wikipedia, and it also contains obligations that, when taken literally, are quite onerous. For example, it requires that the full text of the license accompany every copy of the work, and it also requires that the section entitled “history” be included with each copy. (For Wikipedia, a massively edited work, this history of changes is often much larger than the work itself.) While Wikipedia has developed a long practice of interpreting this language to facilitate easy re-use, the literal text of the license has baffled many re-users and confused them about what they can and cannot do." So, Wikipedia acknowledge this for some time. In fact, WM made this proposal "1. to make all content currently distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License (with “later version” clause) additionally available under CC-BY-SA 3.0, as explicitly allowed through the latest version of the GFDL" But, look at that last clause: as explicitly allowed through the latest version of the GFDL. To me, that seems to mean that WM held off on this until GDFL finally improved the license to allow this type of upgrade to WP's copyleft. To really clarify my opinion on this, the whole fairy tale spirit thing is more about the actualization of the site upgrade than it is as an indictment of why we should/shouldn't upgrade. If need be, I'll change the license of Wikimmigrant and sue the shit out myself to get an answer.
  • As far as I can deduce, IB could not be held responsible for any legal issues that are brought about as the result of a license upgrade, especially if that is solely undertaken by the Community. There seems to be an argument from some content providers that they are not responsible for content posted by its users. That's what Google was arguing about You Tube, but they seem to have struck deals in that case, so I can't tell if there's a precedent there or not. By the way, I don't really see an official OK from IB's lawyers on the matter, but something that passes at it, but I don't think that's a clear go-ahead, or at least not yet. As I've stated in the past, I believe any discussion on the matter should fully involve IB and it's legal assets.
  • Stating that I have disagreed with this, solely on my very own (and certainly not legally professional) opinion and interpretation, what do ye who support an upgrade propose? What kind of license(s) would be used? How would it be approached? Regarding deferring to the WM's expert legal opinions, WM is in a far more fortunate position than we are. Personally, I don't think it's necessary to try to subvert my, Wandering's, and 203.Thailand's concerns. I am trying to bring forth concerns that I have and even though as Gorilla says, don't take surgical advice from a surgeon, listen and consider the concerns to the husband who thinks a podiatrist shouldn't be treating his wife's subarachnoid hemorrhage. Not to mention, it does seem somewhat naive to me to rule out litigation, because the world is a very litigious place. All of this said, I'm sending an email to Poland's CC people and ask them they're thoughts, though a major week of holidays is coming up and that could take time to get a response. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 14:04, 23 April 2009 (EDT)
You know, I'm still trying to figure out where in the CC-by-SA 1.0 license it says we can't upgrade to a later version. It says "If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one." The legal text doesn't define "similar", though. LtPowers 17:14, 23 April 2009 (EDT)
Which is the only issue I'm concerned with. Minus, of course, what I already brought up about Wikimmigrant's problem of multi-licensing. In the actual legal code it says: "You may distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, or publicly digitally perform a Derivative Work only under the terms of this License, and You must include a copy of, or the Uniform Resource Identifier for, this License with every copy or phonorecord of each Derivative Work You distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, or publicly digitally perform." If that weren't there, I wouldn't be playing devil's advocate and would be only raising the concern that we wouldn't be able to use content from sources that were not multi-licensed, if we went that route. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 18:34, 23 April 2009 (EDT)
You realize you could just change the Wikimmigrant license to CC-by-SA 3.0, right? Unless you think I or one of the three other contributors are going to sue you. In the strictest, most conservative possible interpretation, CC 1.0 has compatibility problems with all other versions, save CC-any, which it can re-use. CC-any cannot re-use content under any of these licenses. These are rather obvious unintentional results of the license, and this is why it has been altered in later versions, and why other sites have upgraded to those later versions.
The open-source community is not a legally conservative group of people. We are paving new ground, and are open to legal challenges anyway, which would operate in legal gray areas, simply for lack of precedents. Stubbornly clinging to 1.0 out of this sort of risk-aversion violates not only the spirit of the CC license, the purpose of our choosing a CC license, and the basic goal of being a part of the open-source community—it violates the very ethos of that community, from which the very idea of Wikitravel emerged.
As we operate under consensus, we do tend to move slowly, and can be held up from making even clearly majority-favored decisions. (This is why Wikipedia simply gave up on the consensus principle.) I would urge you to not let the holding up of this sensible change and the permanent exclusion of Wikitravel from the rest of the open-source community be your lasting legacy on Wikitravel. --Peter Talk 22:30, 23 April 2009 (EDT)
I agree, please consider all my contributions to Wikitravel also as CC-by-sa 3.0 (and GFDL, etc). -- 10:32, 25 May 2009 (EDT)
So, where does this leave us? Peter summed it up pretty well here in his last post. IMO there seems to be plenty enough support to move forward and ask IB to go ahead with an upgrade. Is this going to cause any ugliness? Why don't we give it another while, until say, June 15th, in case anyone has something to say.... but unless some new fresh arguments are brought to this, shall we move forward then? – cacahuate talk 17:31, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

[3] -- Sapphire(Talk) • 20:47, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

Yes, we are perfectly well aware that the letter of the license doesn't allow this — but there's pretty damn near unanimous concensus that the spirit does. Jpatokal 21:41, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

Wikipedia moves to CC by-sa 3.0[edit]

As Jani pointed out in the pub, the Wikimedia foundation has now decided to move to CC-by-sa 3.0, which I at the very least feel should prompt us to make a decision. Personally I would be most comfortable with a procedure where we try to gain unanimous (or near unanimous) support among the active admins across all language versions, and then left a site notice for 3 months warning users about the change before implementing this. Sertmann 12:10, 16 June 2009 (EDT)

As a refresher, while this solved half the "can't copy Wikipedia into Wikitravel" problem, the other half is still unsolved: Wikitravel is stuck on CC by-sa 1.0, because unlike GFDL, that license provides no upgrade path at all. (CC 2.0 and up do, but that doesn't help.)
My present feeling is that Wikitravel should just finally take the plunge and unilaterally migrate to CC by-sa 3.0 already. Yes, technically, this is a license breach -- so if an author (copyright holder) serves notice, we can remove their contributions and resolve that license breach. Since 99.99% of the people who've contributed to WT won't mind, this shouldn't really be a problem. Jpatokal 07:59, 16 June 2009 (EDT)
I agree with Jani, there's such a tiny chance that anyone will care, and if someone raises a ruckus, we'll allow them to remove their contributions. I think this is incredibly minor and once upgraded, will be long forgotten in no time – cacahuate talk 19:21, 16 June 2009 (EDT)
You may be able to remove their contributions from easily enough, but what about the derivative versions? --Inas 19:55, 16 June 2009 (EDT)
Is that a Wikitravel problem? Is anyone truly worried about getting sued by someone who contributed a description of the Eiffel Tower, solely because they had a crush on ccbysa 1.0, but is bitter enemies with ccbysa 3.0? Do you think people will be able to prove that they were in some way damaged by this license upgrade, enough so that a judge would award them a sum of money? And convince a judge that they wouldn't have contributed that info in the first place if our license had been 3.0 way back when?
I think, had this conversation never started, and had we just upgraded quietly, that pretty much nobody would even have noticed.... and that nobody would have been able to tell the difference between 1.0 and 3.0. And that Judge Judy would look them in the eye and tell them to get a life. And that we've played devil's advocate long enough, and the worries that have been voiced are well meaning, but incredibly unlikely to manifest – cacahuate talk 21:17, 16 June 2009 (EDT)
Old derivative versions were created under 1.0 and continue to be 1.0. The fact that we cease to provide new copies under 1.0 makes no difference at all. Jpatokal 22:44, 16 June 2009 (EDT)
I don't really want to play armchair lawyer, but no amount of statements that we or IB make can actually change the licence of something that was licenced under CC-BY-SA 1.0. We can say it has changed, update the licence pages, etc, but it makes no difference unless the person who licenced it either implicitly or explicitly makes the change. As for damages, people can always find potential for damages when there is money being made. As for who would care, well there certainly have been people leave wanting to remove all their contributions in the past.
And as an aside, what was the benefit of CC-BY-SA 3.0 again? Sharing data with WP? Who needs it - best off without the encyclopaedic content. OSM? They are about to change licences anyway, where hopefully ODbL will make WT maps Produced Works, so there is little issue there. Where else is this volume of CC-BY-SA data we want to consume? --Inas 23:46, 17 June 2009 (EDT)
So is that an official objection? Or just devil's advocate? – cacahuate talk 20:47, 21 June 2009 (EDT)

It goes both ways: being stuck on CC 1.0 complicates correct reuse as well. For example, at Wikitravel Press, there's a significant amount of tedious work in sorting out what content is CC 1.0 and what is CC-2.0-or-greater, because we can't claim CC 1.0 works as 2.0 or higher. If WT itself was CC 3.0, we could just say "Everything licensed under CC 2.0 or greater" and be done with it.
Also, if any version of the CC license is found to be invalid or impractical in a court of law for some reason (and the whole reason CC 2+ exist is that they fix various loopholes), CC can fix it by releasing a newer version... but WT will forever be stuck with the broken license. Jpatokal 05:38, 22 June 2009 (EDT)

Well, one point that Peter has also raised above, is if we want to be a part of the open source/content community. We may or may not want encyclopædic content from WP, but what about content from Travellers point for instance. Or more importantly re sharing of our content which is one of the main goals of the site - I can see a few cases where WP could benefit from our content. Besides it's my understanding that a portion of the subsequent CC license text, is not exactly trivial in terms of legal protection of the content, but IANAL.
I would like some dialogue with WV, before any change though, some of them have a huge beef with us and the amount of content many of those guys have contributed is not trivial. Sertmann 05:47, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
Interestingly, it looks like WV upgraded their own license on April 1, 2009 -- but only for new contributions, with a "license upgrade" mechanism for old users to relicense their old content. See WV. Jpatokal 06:10, 22 June 2009 (EDT)

Thanks to Jani and Sertmann for inviting us to this discussion.

Jani is right: We have decided to switch our standard license for new contributions to "every existing and future version of the CC-by-sa". Furthermore, each of our contributors has the possiblility to upgrade his/her old contributions to our new standard license. Due to our history (we have imported about 3,000 articles from de: and some hundrets from it:), we also have introduced a way for upgrading the license of contributions "made on an other wiki" (we mean Wikitravel, of course). Many of our important de: authors that also have contributed to Wikitravel (preferably de:) have put a license upgrade template on their Wikitravel user pages. See WV for more details. Our Italian authors did not yet do so, but I assume this is mainly because they don't like to bother too much with judical questions. Saying this, I would not expect any objections from Wikivoyaguers that used to contribute to Wikitravel. However, it's still everyone's own decision to agree to a license upgrade or not.

On WV, we have gone a rather complicated, but save way. By default, we only apply our new standard license to new contributions. We ask for explicit agreement of the authors before we upgrade the license of old contributions. If Wikitravel would find some way to manage a license upgrade, this also would help WV. As already mentioned several times above, the future on wikis is CC-by-sa 2.0+. This was an important point for our decision. However, we have not been brave enough to upgrade the license without agreement of any contributor to an article, although we are sure that most of them could not even tell you what the actual differences between the versions are.

-- Hansm 10:21, 22 June 2009 (EDT)

Thanks to Hansm who has said everything already. I have one supplemental thought. @cacahuate: your words: "Is anyone truly worried about getting sued by someone who contributed a..." It's easy to say that cause you are always on the safe side when somebody is sueing - not you, of course - just the owner of the website i think. Wikitravel and WV have lost contributors in the past due to differences in policies, decisions and whatever. Both projects have to live with that circumstances that the contributors that we lost are upset. And if one of these people wakes up in the morning with a very very bad mood..... Suing somebody is a way to get money, of course. So I think that a well considered plan should be mapped out, how to upgrade the license. And besides all that. It is my duty as the chairman of the board of WV to protect the community. And so I think that simply switching the whole project over to cc-by-sa 3.0 is not a good option. The way just shown by Hansm is clear and suitable i think. -- Der Fussi 13:21, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
Fussi, sorry to contradict you, but just one thing: Upgrading the license of contributions made on Wikitravel is an issue that only concerns the site owner and the contributors. I think this does not affect WV in any way, so no reason to protect anybody. All the rest: full agreement. -- Hansm 13:32, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
Oops! My words haven't been clear enough. A foreign language can be tricky. Protecting the WV community is the reason for my opinion that the way we found on WV way is suitable and a good option, and its my duty there. I used it to back my arguments. Of course the conclusions of these discussions here affect only Wikitravel. I recommend to include our points into these considerations. And to point it out again: I think if someone sues the project, its too late already. Removing the contributions from the history afterwards is not an option any longer then, cause the suit is lodged already. -- Der Fussi 13:59, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
Well, that's right. Sorry for the misunderstanding. -- Hansm 15:05, 22 June 2009 (EDT)

The manner in which World 66 (another site from which we would benefit in switching to CC-by-SA 3.0) took care of concerns was to make the proposed change very visible, for a significant period of time (3 months, I believe) before making the switch. Wikipedia followed a similar path. I propose that, instead of hand-wringing over possible future objections (which I think very unlikely), we could put up this sitenotice for a while to get an idea if anyone in actuality does care.

I understand the rationale behind the WV decision to provide only new contributions under the 3.0 version, but I think this is ultimately a poor solution, as re-use of this content in derivative works would be a licensing muddle—this including articles on WV that include updated text, as this content is a derivative work of the pre-existing 1.0 content.

Yes, we cannot legally "change" the license of existing text. We can, however, provide it under CC-by-SA 3.0—in technical breach of the 1.0 wording. But there is an obvious legal rationale supporting this move: the two versions of this one license are in all practical matters the same with the one exception of 1.0's lack of a clause explicitly allowing forwards compatibility with future versions. Moreover, the lack of a forwards-compatibility clause in the original 1.0 version was just a blooper on CC's part. I have no idea how an irate contributor could prove damages, and simply asserting that "when money is involved, someone will sue" is unconvincing. Money is not in favor of a suit if a successful lawsuit would be near impossible (and the real legal fees inevitable). Which also brings up the point (again) that even finding someone to sue would be very difficult. My assumption is that a complainant would have little practical option than to sue IB, whose legal team already ok'd the option, and has already gone the exact same route on World66.

We are already exposed to far more serious licensing/copyright violations, particularly in the inclusion on our site of all-rights-reserved copyrighted materials. Images and text added to Wikitravel that do not have a free license are established legal violations. Yes, we cover ourselves by trying to keep them off the site, and yes, the contributors who upload them are the ones to blame. But that has hardly stopped lawsuits against entities like Youtube. (And Youtube copyright violations are in a small way less serious, since we put up the claim that anyone else is free to use our content under the ShareAlike license, leading to a ripple effect). This problem is intrinsic in our open-content, anyone-can-edit model. We were founded to be part of the open-source community, and to preserve that founding goal, we do expose ourself to copyright violation already, and we will need to take the far less controversial step of switching our licensing text to 3.0, a virtually identical license to what we already have.

As to what beneficial content this change would allow us to use? The obvious one is the giant Wikipedia. We can use policy to prevent wholesale and detrimental copying of WP content to here. But I very often find a nice sentence to add to a listing or paragraph here, and it's a pain to have to rewrite it entirely. Wikia is another enormous site for which we could use the same policy. Other much tinier sites have good content that we could use here—Hitchwiki and the now defunct WikiOutdoors come to mind. Small, failed wikis are especially good sources for use to mine, as we will bring back those good contributions into the public light on our big, well-ranked site. Moreover, the future of the open-source community is huge and we cannot predict exactly what content will later become available. But it's safe to assume that we will miss out on using a lot of good content in the future—and all other members of the open-source community will miss out on using ours.

Wikimedia's legal team ok'd the change, and GFDL → CC is a far greater one than what we'd make. Our legal team has ok'd this change (as they did for World66). I think it's time to put up that sitenotice. --Peter Talk 19:49, 22 June 2009 (EDT)

Word – cacahuate talk 20:42, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
My point isn't an "official objection" as it is no skin off my nose, really. I don't care how any of my contributions are used, and I'm not likely to ever be a downstream user. I also can't see WT losing that many contributors or contributions. People with something at stake I see as being IB, and downstream users, and they seem to be satisfied so far. My point just was regardless how loudly we shout it from the rooftops, the contributions are individually licenced, and in all likelihood the licence on those contributions won't change just by us deciding anything here. The example of Wikitravel Press not having to sort out different version of images and text being the real essence of the issue here. Wikitravel Press could just say everything is CC-BY-SA 3.0 unless there is an objection, the same as WT could, right now. Just because WT makes an announcement, I can't see how that relieves Wikitravel Press of managing the various licences that the works were originally licenced under. --Inas 02:49, 23 June 2009 (EDT)

First draft[edit]

OK, let's get this show on the road. I've written a first draft at License upgrade, fire away.

Pulling numbers out of a hat, I would suggest publicizing this on July 1st, giving a three month comment period ending Oct 1st, and upgrading on Nov 1st.

Also, while the draft is here on Shared, the actual License upgrade pages should be posted on each language version individually, so contributions can easily be checked and people don't need to futz around with creating accounts here. Jpatokal 22:32, 22 June 2009 (EDT)

Good draft and timeframe. Gorilla Jones 22:43, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
I made a couple changes to make it more explicit that this is the place to relicense or refuse to relicense your written work—not to approve or reject the proposal itself—since the point here is to understand whether anyone actually objects to their work being released under CC-by-SA 3.0. I also tried to emphasize that the licensing issue applies to written content, rather than anything else. --Peter Talk 23:43, 22 June 2009 (EDT)
I'm OK with the changes, but I'd also like to keep in focus that we are asking for community opinion here, not presenting a fait accompli: in the event that there are a substantial number of refusals by prominent contributors, the entire process may still be scrapped. Jpatokal 01:26, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
We don't need to reference current and future contributions do we? I've removed that, it is only past contributions we are interested in. Once the licence changes, people can choose to contribute or not.. --Inas 02:27, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
Actually we do, because people are making the pledge in advance, and may contribute new 1.0 stuff before the cutover date. I've restored it. Looks like you didn't delete it from the "Consent" bit after all... Jpatokal 05:35, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
Support the draft (revision as of 06:34, 23 June 2009) and the timeframe at the top of this section. -- Tatata 08:23, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
I made a little bit change to help to count signatures; "*" -> "#". -- Tatata 22:52, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
Hi, everyone. Thanks for pushing this much-needed change forward. I agree with Jpatokal 01:26, 23 June 2009 (EDT) that we should be trying to build a consensus for the change, not appearing to impose it. Thus there's a "support the change" or "oppose the change" aspect as well as consent or refuse to relicensing contributions. I've added wording to the options to make this clearer. 12:18, 24 June 2009 (EDT) en:User:JimDeLaHunt
I removed the "support the change" bit, since per the discussion immediately prior to the creation of this page, the poll is primarily for the purpose of finding out if anyone actually does have a problem with their work being provided under CC 3.0. Moreover, whether one supports the change is quite different than whether one doesn't mind their work being provided under CC 3.0. Therefore, if we want to include that information in our poll, the two questions need to be separated, with an additional question asking whether a user supports the license change. E.g., "Consent to have your own work being relicensed, but do not support the proposal."
Refusal to allow the "relicensing," however, can for practical purposes be assumed to be the same as a rejection of the proposal. --Peter Talk 00:09, 25 June 2009 (EDT)
Another important reason to not conflate the "support the proposal" and "consent to have my contributions provided under CC 3.0" is that this would bring us dangerously close to voting on a policy matter. I'd rather not see us make decisions in that manner. --Peter Talk 01:22, 25 June 2009 (EDT)
Fair enough, "support" is not the same as "consent". In that case I think we need to clarify how we will seek a consensus. Do people post their arguments pro & con there? Do they come to this Talk page? How do other language communities get involved? How will we make a decision? What are the time limits? Then, we should describe that process in a section on the License upgrade page itself. Right now this page says it is a discussion about a license upgrade, but all it's really asking people to do is consent or refuse to relicensing, not participate in the support/oppose discussion. (Unfortunately I won't be able to help much, I'm about to go travelling! 17:01, 25 June 2009 (EDT) en:User:JimDeLaHunt
I think a discussion after we finish the poll would be in order. If no one, or a very small percentage, refuses to accept the proposal, that will put us on more solid footing to gain a rough consensus, and to make a decision pro. A sitewide notice for at least two months was also a stipulation made by IB's legal team, and we should respect that. --Peter 20:24, 25 June 2009 (EDT)
Do you have the text of what IB's legal team said, and can we publish it here? Jpatokal 00:27, 26 June 2009 (EDT)
I could have sworn I read recently another message from Kevin, but the one I'm finding now is above, by Redondo:
Thanks for checking with CC, Jpatokal. I've had our legal group look into this as well. We want to abide by whatever is viewed by all as appropriate, so please comment on the following suggestion. Can we post prominently on all pages of the site for a period of time (perhaps 30 or 60 days) that the site is going to switch to "any CC-by-SA", and invite anyone who does not accept this change to remove or revert any contributions they have made? I imagine most Wikitravellers will be enthused about the change. Thoughts on this? Thanks.
--Peter 06:06, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

I'm asking that the proposal be postponed a few weeks until IB's team has time to review this. I've asked them to and we should expect an answer sometime after their meeting. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 21:23, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

Do you get any response from IB? -- Tatata 23:35, 30 June 2009 (EDT)
Not yet, but I just emailed John again to ask. I CC'd Jani. -- Sapphire

When do we notice our fellow wikitravelers on the language versions?[edit]

It is for now a draft version, but I wander, when we let all users vote? Within 2 or 4 weeks most of Europe and North America goes on vacation! --Rein N. 03:30, 23 June 2009 (EDT)

Once it stops being a draft, I suggested July 1st. And vacation is not a problem, we'll keep it open for at least three months. Jpatokal 05:37, 23 June 2009 (EDT)
Does it make sense to have the sitenotice up here and on :en, then? I presume all it will do is direct people here, who see it's not time to add their name, and then forget to do so in the future. -- 16:44, 23 June 2009 (EDT)


After the draft is finalized, how do we roll-out this document? To spread it over each language versions without omission, I think we had better recruit volunteers and list the names of them here. -- Tatata 21:10, 23 June 2009 (EDT)

  • Good idea. Sign below! Jpatokal 22:40, 24 June 2009 (EDT)
    • Isn't wts needed? Though I can't remember exactly, some users are using different account on Shared. -- Tatata 23:32, 24 June 2009 (EDT)
      • We can use English on wts, so that's not a problem. And I think we can post English versions (with a translation request) on other sites as well. Jpatokal 00:25, 26 June 2009 (EDT)
  1. ar: User:Tatata, posted in English at ar:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  2. ca: User:Tatata, posted in English at ca:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  3. de: User:Tatata, posted in English at de:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  4. en: en:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  5. eo: User:Tatata, posted in English at eo:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  6. es: User:Peterfitzgerald es:Wikitravel:Actualización de licencia
  7. fi: User:Jpatokal, fi:Wikitravel:Lisenssipäivitys
  8. fr: fr:Wikitravel:License upgrade in English Rein N., User:Joelf, posted in French at fr:Wikitravel:Actualisation de licence
  9. he: User:Tatata, posted in English at he:ויקיטיול:License upgrade.
  10. hi: will post in English, all previous users there speak it fluently – cacahuate talk 04:39, 25 June 2009 (EDT) hi:विकिट्रैवल:License upgrade
  11. hu: User:Tatata, posted in English at hu:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  12. it: User:Tatata, posted in English at it:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  13. ja: User:Tatata, ja:Wikitravel:ライセンス・アップグレード.
  14. ko: Already CC 3.0
  15. nl: Rein N., nl:Wikitravel:Licentie-upgrade.
  16. pl: User:Tatata, posted in English at pl:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  17. pt: User:Texugo - Posted in Portuguese at pt:Wikitravel:Actualização de licença
  18. ro: User:Tatata, posted in English at ro:Wikitravel:License upgrade.
  19. ru: Already CC 3.0
  20. sv: (I could probably almost pull this of, but I'd prefer it if the natives did it - User:Sertmann) This is now done by a native, except the "Consent" and "Support" sections. Most swedes are reasonably literate when it comes to english, so our version of the draft has a link to wts, where they are encouraged to state their opinion. Riggwelter 10:11, 5 July 2009 (EDT)
  21. zh: User:Tatata, posted in English at zh:Wikitravel:授權條款升級.(If anyone doesn't apply for zh:, I'll do it though native speakers of Chinese must feel that my translation is weird. ;-) -- User:Tatata)

Bizarre acronym redux[edit]

I would really prefer to keep the bizarre acronyms to an absolute minimum (and it's "CC by-sa" anyway, not "CC-BY-SA"). Repeating "by-sa" is unnecessary, because it's the only flavor of license at Wikitravel, and both "CC 1.0" and "CC 3.0" for the purposes of this document are defined right in the first sentence.

Also, it's redundant to say "2.0, 2.5, and 3.0-licensed project", because all 2.0-licensed content is also 3.0-compatible. Jpatokal 22:38, 24 June 2009 (EDT)

It's not redundant; the reason we'll be able to use content from 2.0-licensed projects is because it's compatible with 3.0. I was merely spelling that out for clarity. As for the abbreviations, I don't think "CC-by-sa" is any more of a "bizarre acronym" than "CC" alone, and it's much clearer and more correct to boot. "Creative Commons 3.0", which is what "CC 3.0" stands for, is meaningless. LtPowers 13:18, 26 June 2009 (EDT)

Rejection after implementation[edit]

We should probably make it clearer that users who have not made any declaration either way will still have the right to reject (or accept) the upgrade at any time, not just during the three-month comment period. Jpatokal 22:42, 24 June 2009 (EDT)

Yep, they still have the copyright on their contribution if those are not dedicated to public domain. -- Tatata 23:46, 24 June 2009 (EDT)
What happens when some rejects the upgrade? -- Sapphire(Talk) • 20:45, 26 June 2009 (EDT)
If they're serious about it, then we delete their contributions on a best-effort basis, with exactly the same process as any other copyright violation. Jpatokal 21:43, 26 June 2009 (EDT)
To clarify, if you said "no," then would the Singapore guide look like this? That would remove all of your edits. While messing around on the review site, I noticed that even if we specifically delete all of the edits that a user contributed over a period we still cannot fully delete the edits from that user because of how a page's history works. -- Sapphire
Best-effort basis means that no, we would not remove every edit that occurred after someone else's edit. That would be ridiculous, and unnecessary. We simply do not, cannot follow every letter of our license. This goes for text on any and all pages that have ever been manually merged. Tellingly, no one has ever complained about that widespread practice, which is a real breach of license, since we fail the Attribution requirement (providing content under an upgraded CC-by-SA license does not). --Peter Talk 21:22, 27 June 2009 (EDT)
On the very off chance someone does end up caring, it would seem to me a better solution would be to make them responsible for removing their edits, if they care. I for one would not be spending the time and effort involved in combing an article for someone's edits. I think we should word this that "the contributor will be allowed to remove their previous edits" – cacahuate talk 12:45, 28 June 2009 (EDT)
No, I'm afraid that's not possible -- if somebody notifies us (post facto) that their contributions are not allowed, it's effectively the same as a copyright violation and it's the duty of the violating publisher (read: WT) to remove the infringing content. Now, I don't want to promise that we'll do this (hence the current ambiguous wording), but we can't just ignore it either... Jpatokal 21:37, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

Anon edits[edit]

Should we mention to contributions by anonymous users? Or, not to do so? I think they can claime on their contributions if they always use the same IP address. But, contribution through proxy server is a problem... -- Tatata 00:40, 25 June 2009 (EDT)

An anonymous user wishing to file for copyright infringement has the burden of proving that they really did contribute the anonymous content. This would be quite difficult indeed... Jpatokal 00:24, 26 June 2009 (EDT)
I would say no, don't mention it. If some one gets a crazy hair up their butt, proves the edits were theirs, and files notice against us, we can revisit it then – cacahuate talk 12:48, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

I don´t have a Shared Acount, can I vote?[edit]

Do not think that this applies to me, but I think thats is an question that I have to answer in the near future as an admin on nl: greetings --Rein N. 02:46, 29 June 2009 (EDT)

Based on this, I'll answer "Please vote at the license upgrade page on language versions where you contribute to". -- Tatata 05:55, 29 June 2009 (EDT)

Time to roll this out?[edit]

So it's the 2nd of July, and I'd like to see this conversation progress from the meta-conversation stage fairly soon. What still needs to be decided before we can finalize this draft? -- Mark 11:38, 2 July 2009 (EDT)

If I'm not mistaken, all that's left to do is to create the translations. -- 14:12, 2 July 2009 (EDT)
I've now translated the page for the Spanish version (and I'm sure it could stand to be proofread by a native speaker). But what to do about the language versions for which we apparently have no translators? Leave 'em in the lurch? --Peter Talk 16:27, 2 July 2009 (EDT)
Post English versions and ask for translations. Jpatokal 22:51, 2 July 2009 (EDT)

Re: roll-out, Sapphire apparently got a noncommittal reply from IB that their legal team would try to review this "this week". No harm in holding on for a few more days if you ask me. Jpatokal 22:51, 2 July 2009 (EDT)

Bump. It's been 11 more days now and I'm not seeing anything happen. Should we just plunge forward? Jpatokal 10:49, 13 July 2009 (EDT)
Waiting for IB in virtually any situation is a recipe only for sitting on your hands indefinitely. By putting this up, we're not even making a decision to change the copyleft, so why on earth should we wait? --Peter Talk 12:48, 13 July 2009 (EDT)
Let's do it – cacahuate talk 16:55, 13 July 2009 (EDT)
I don't know if you've seen the latest the Tour de France standings, but IB is trailing Godot by a pretty sizable margin. I'd say go ahead with the rollout. Gorilla Jones 18:45, 13 July 2009 (EDT)
There's still a notice saying "Please don't sign this until the text is finalized!"
The text looks good to me - it makes a good case and I don't see any problem with opening it up now. But if there's active reviewing going on, we can wait for that. --Chriswaterguy 06:14, 21 July 2009 (EDT)

Chris, The plan was to start 3 weeks ago, but we waited on a reaction from Internet Brands, see the discussion above.Rein N. 07:05, 21 July 2009 (EDT)
Couldn't we move forward with this, write IB that we have done so, and if they have any objections they must speak up before the deadline? If they decide to oppose this, it would pretty much be a dead fish anyway, just as if we fail to reach a general consensus with a number of other users. Sertmann 11:32, 21 July 2009 (EDT)

Hi My name is Brent Conver and I am the director of the Travel and Leisure sites at Internet Brands. I have spoken with our legal team and they are reviewing the current and proposed copies of the license. Initially they have identified a few conflicts that they are concerned about. As we have legal responsibility for the site we need to be quite certain we understand all of the implications surrounding a change in the licensing. Unfortunately our legal team manages several sites and turnaround, as noted above, requires more time than we would like. I should have a better idea of their response by the end of the week. I will post an update with current status later this week.. --Bconver 14:25, 21 July 2009 (EDT)

So lets wait to hear from IB before making a decision to change the site's licensing, but there's no reason to wait to roll out this "poll." --Peter Talk 00:42, 26 July 2009 (EDT)
Two and a half weeks gone, and no updates from IB. Sigh. Jpatokal 10:03, 10 August 2009 (EDT)
Any reason why we should wait? Can I convince you to start posting this across language versions? --Peter Talk 16:15, 10 August 2009 (EDT)
Thanks to everyone for your patience. I wanted to give an update on discussions ongoing internally in regards to this issue. To us it seems like the only cause for concern is the phrase in the current version that states 'You may not offer or impose any terms on the Derivative Works that alter or restrict the terms of this License or the...' We don't believe any terms are restricted by the new license but there are a few alterations. For example the ability to include or be included with Wikipedia content is a change to the license.
There has been much discussion about removing content on demand for contributors who wish to have it removed. From a letter of the law standpoint I am not sure that will suffice as anyone else who republished the content outside of WT would have to remove the content as well. However it seems like the original intent was to enable the integration of similar CC licenses and so the change would not alter the intent. We will continue to review the wording but so far we have not found any specific reason not to move forward.
I will update here if and when we find any other relevant points that need discussion.Bconver 21:00, 12 August 2009 (EDT)
I'm fairly sure you're incorrect on the reuse point. The copyright is not held by Wikitravel, it's held by the original contributor, who has licensed it to the entire world (not just WT) under CC 1.0. If that original contributor objects to Wikitravel migrating to 3.0, Wikitravel can remove their content so it does not become available under 3.0, but their content will still remain licensed under 1.0 and can be used under that license anywhere else. Jpatokal 04:24, 13 August 2009 (EDT)
Yes, the only reason we offer to remove their content is because we've moving to 3.0. Anyone still at 1.0 can reuse that 1.0-licensed content as much as they want. LtPowers 21:24, 13 August 2009 (EDT)
From a purely devil's advocate point of view, the only gap then is if we migrate to 3.0, and 3 months later someone objects, there's been a 3 month period where we are offering their contributions as 3.0, and possibly it was reused as 3.0 during that gap. But as I've said many times, I don't think we are going to face any issues here, it seems a real non-issue to me – cacahuate talk 15:29, 15 August 2009 (EDT)
D'oh! You're right; and that's why I'm not a lawyer. LtPowers 11:26, 17 August 2009 (EDT)
I still haven't received any response from IB, but, I guess Mr. Conver has left messages here. So, can someone give me a quick overview? Sorry for being offline so much, but my current employer doesn't like us using much of the internet. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 10:38, 16 August 2009 (EDT)

Going ahead without IB?[edit]

OK, so I think it's safe to assume, that we are not going to get any response from Internet Brands. So should we move forward without it, or drop the proposal? this discussion is on the site notice of a few of the language versions. If we decide the shelve the plans, they should be removed. Personally I'd like to push ahead, if nothing else it might force IB to react. sertmann 08:27, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

I vote for plunging forward. Start on October 1st? Jpatokal 11:03, 23 September 2009 (EDT)
Giving a three month comment period ending the end of Dec, and upgrading on Jan 1st 2010? -- Tatata 21:31, 23 September 2009 (EDT)
I don't think having a set date for the upgrade is a good idea—the voting here is not a referendum on the change, per se. It's just a poll to see if (establish that) noone objects to their contributions being offered under the upgraded license.
And yes, lets end the stalling, and roll out the poll on Oct 1st. --Peter Talk 21:47, 23 September 2009 (EDT)
I've updated the draft wording to say we accept consents and refusals until Dec 1st, have one more month to talk things out, and -- assuming broad consensus -- flick the switch on Jan 1st. Jpatokal 21:52, 23 September 2009 (EDT)
Sounds good to me. Gorilla Jones 22:28, 23 September 2009 (EDT)
I see. If brandnew language versions start before Jan 1st, do not forget to start them with cc-by-sa-3.0. :-) -- Tatata 22:39, 23 September 2009 (EDT)
Any news already about the progress on this topic, can we vote already?--Canshun 12:01, 2 October 2009 (EDT)
While we wait, I have tagged some articles as CC-by-sa 3 compliant, as they contain either only my own input, or no copyrightable input from other contributors, or very little and have asked the other contributors for permission. The intention is to make these articles ready for the changeover when it happens. I also suggest that the edit page notice about copyright/left be changed in the interim to get all new contributions compliant with CC-by-sa 3. Pbsouthwood 02:55, 12 October 2009 (EDT)

Gar. IB keeps appearing and disappearing. The third time's the charm: rain or shine, we start this on November 1st, try to confirm the consensus on or around December 1st, and assuming all (enough) say "aye" we go 3.0 on Jan 1st. Jpatokal 09:11, 12 October 2009 (EDT)

Aye! sertmann 10:20, 12 October 2009 (EDT)
Aye! Tatata 14:12, 12 October 2009 (EDT)
Eye – cacahuate talk 16:00, 12 October 2009 (EDT)
Aye! Pbsouthwood 02:45, 21 October 2009 (EDT)

In Japan, it's 3 PM, November 1st. Can I start this? -- Tatata 01:01, 1 November 2009 (EST)

Banzaaaai! :) - yeah, come rain or shine as Jani said, let's get this show on the road! sertmann 01:47, 1 November 2009 (EST)
All that said, to be fair I think we should extend the deadline to the original 3 months. sertmann 02:06, 1 November 2009 (EST)
For me, 3 months is OK. To post this document to other language versions, I want new time-line asap. -- Tatata 03:57, 1 November 2009 (EST)
I don't see why we need three months of discussion. Consent can be registered until the end of Dec, which should be enough to show a more than comfortable consensus, and refusal can be registered at any time even after migration. Jpatokal 10:05, 1 November 2009 (EST)
It seems a good compromise that 2 months until the end of Dec and upgrade Jan 1st, 2010. Can we go with this? I'd like to toss the document into the language versions where admins cannot be seen, since I believe we should do this in whole site at the same time. Or those language versions will be difficult to upgrade. Thus, I want new time-line asap. -- Tatata 19:54, 1 November 2009 (EST)
Oops, looks like the page actually says "accepted until Dec 1st". I'll tweak the wording. Jpatokal 21:47, 1 November 2009 (EST)

Signing across language versions[edit]

Since in signing you consent to release your contributions across all language versions, it might seem silly to sign on more than one. Nonetheless I think it is worth doing, if only to demonstrate to users who don't use Shared that other regular users are consenting. On the Spanish version, por ejemplo, if Texugo and I sign only on Shared, I think it's likely that both the consent and refuse sections will just remain blank. So I'm proposing that users consent/reject on each language version where they have been contributing. --Peter Talk 01:04, 3 July 2009 (EDT)

Would somebody be so friendly to change the interwiki to the dutch version please ? The article on :nl is called Wikitravel:Licentie-upgrade. The translation from English to Dutch is almost finished for that article. --Canshun 02:59, 4 October 2009 (EDT)


I've just identified some "issues"

  1. We leave already uploaded images unaffected by this right? (and preferably remove options for CC1 (we still need CC2 for flickr) for future uploads.
  2. For users who refuse, we need to know the user name and which language versions the relevant edits are related to - so we need this incorporated in the refusal process somehow.
  3. What about anonymous IP's, It's a invitation for trolls could just come along and claim some widely used IP.

sertmann 16:12, 20 October 2009 (EDT)

  1. All image licensing is taken care of on the photo page, so it's OK for them to be left alone.
  2. Users should sign on each language version to which their position is relevant, including Shared.
  3. Anons cannot prove that they are the contributors, and have forgone their attribution rights anyway.
--Peter Talk 21:10, 20 October 2009 (EDT)

Is there some reason why the page is protected?[edit]

-- Mark 11:17, 1 November 2009 (EST)

The reasoning was that no anons should be signing, since it would be impossible to verify who is who. --Peter Talk 20:30, 1 November 2009 (EST)
I am registerd but I can't sign since the page is protected.--Canshun 04:47, 2 November 2009 (EST)
I could open and edit with my non-admin account.[4] Would you try again? -- Tatata7 (Tatata) 05:13, 2 November 2009 (EST)
This seems to be a rendering issue. The tab said 'view source', but when I activated it with my mouse it let me edit the page. Gam3 16:07, 10 December 2009 (EST)

Merge Shared to en?[edit]

User:DenisYurkin raised a very good point -- why are we duplicating this on Shared and English? I think we should just merge and redirect the list to English, which is the more popular of the two. Jpatokal 11:43, 3 November 2009 (EST)

Not everyone on Shared has an account on :en. LtPowers 12:02, 3 November 2009 (EST)
Of course, but I would presume that everybody using Shared has an account on some language version. Jpatokal 21:24, 3 November 2009 (EST)
sv:Wikitravel:Uppgradering av vår upphovsrättslicens has a problem, since it doesn't have consent section nor refuse section.
And, from system's point of view like user authentication, all versions are definitely different WIKIs. Including Shared, I'd like to sign each versions where I contribute to. -- Tatata 12:37, 3 November 2009 (EST)
The consent text says "on all language versions of Wikitravel", so I don't really see a need for that. Jpatokal 21:24, 3 November 2009 (EST)
I'd rather we didn't merge it there per #Signing_across_language_versions. I figure the more widely viewed this poll is, the better. And plenty of users on :shared are not users on :en. IMO it's good that they see that big quantities of respected users who might not be active on their language versions are supportive of the change. --Peter Talk 00:11, 4 November 2009 (EST)

New license?[edit]

We've now reached the end of the consent poll, with a pretty clear indication of user consent. On :en we have 167 consents & 2 refusals. Of the two refusals, one was somewhat incoherent, as it explicitly gave consent under the terms at the top of the page, and the other a misguided attempt to abuse the process to achieve another aim. On the other language versions, we have a total of 53 consents and 1 confused refusal by someone who has not made any edits other than the refusal... On Shared, 27 consents and 1 refusal by the aforementioned user attempting to abuse the process on :en.

P.S. I'm trying to direct discussion to here, but some has already taken place here. --Peter Talk 11:07, 1 January 2010 (EST)

You said on :en:
We can change the site licensing display by copying the following to MediaWiki:Copyright:
...which is true enough, but MediaWiki:Copyright is not the only place the global variables identifying the license are used. At least that's my impression from . It seems to me that to be really truly official, those variables would have to be changed. LtPowers 11:13, 1 January 2010 (EST)
I went ahead and changed the footers on shared and en as we said we would.... it's past due.... it took a while, but we finally did it! I personally think it's a good move forward :) There's other things that still need changing, feel free to pitch in until it's all tidied up, or I will in a few days when I'm back home with faster internet – cacahuate talk 20:52, 3 January 2010 (EST)
It still seems to me as if there must have been a reason the license was parametrized, rather than hard-coded as it is now. LtPowers 08:43, 4 January 2010 (EST)
The CC logo still points to the 1.0 text, any way to change that? sertmann 14:30, 4 January 2010 (EST)
It looks like that's a configuration setting. I think only IB can change that. LtPowers 16:38, 4 January 2010 (EST)
Can someone with more knowledge of mediawiki draw up a short list of things that IB should do to help in this upgrade, so they can knock it out quickly? Maybe that will increase our chances of getting help – cacahuate talk 16:55, 4 January 2010 (EST)
I have virtually no mediawiki knowledge, but it looks like LocalSettings.php needs to be edited on each language version to change several of the variables listed at . I can't view the file myself so I'm not sure exactly what they're supposed to look like. LtPowers 09:04, 5 January 2010 (EST)

As far as I see, IB still has to update the PHP variable $wgRightsUrl in LocalSettings.php. This variable controles the link where the CC-by-sa icon points to. $wgRightsText is already corectly set. Also, please tell them not to forget non-English versions. De:, for example, still shows the old license in the footer. -- Hansm 12:00, 6 January 2010 (EST)

It would be good to link to a local copy of the image as well. At the moment, the image link points to CC's own server, which is a discourteous use of their bandwidth and will cause problems in the (admittedly unlikely) event they change that image. - D. Guillaime 17:15, 6 January 2010 (EST)
I have written a bug report for this issue and listed it on Top bugs. Please add your vote for this bug if you also think it is urgent. -- Hansm 10:37, 8 January 2010 (EST)

Problems on other language versions?[edit]

On fi, attempts to edit either of fi:Järjestelmäviesti:Copyright or fi:Järjestelmäviesti:Copyrightwarning fail -- any changes I make are apparently not stored, neither article has a history, and attempts to restore a deleted version throw an SQL error about a duplicate DB key. Anybody else having problems on other languages? Jpatokal 04:25, 5 January 2010 (EST)

Yes, oddly enough. I was able to edit es:MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning, but not es:MediaWiki:Copyright. --Peter Talk 17:33, 5 January 2010 (EST)
I fixed this by removing the a href terms from the local spam blacklist. It sounds as though this was not the cause of your problem, though. --Peter Talk 15:38, 11 February 2010 (EST)