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Things for Users To Know
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In other words, we give you practically every freedom within the boundaries of the law to use the information in Wikitravel, except the freedom to take that freedom away from others.
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Things for Contributors To Know
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In particular, your work can be ruthlessly modified, edited, or cut from Wikitravel altogether by other Wikitravellers. It can be photocopied thousands of times and passed around as flyers by itinerant backpackers. It can be used for commercial ventures, advertisements, or other purposes (with some restrictions -- see privacy rights and publicity rights) without your direct control.
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Now, the hard part: because of the Attribution, Share-Alike License, you are legally responsible not to put other people's copyrighted work into Wikitravel without permission.