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 December 1, 2009; if there is a broad consensus in favor, the license upgrade will take place on January 1, 2010.
By upgrading from the older CC 1.0 to the latest CC 3.0, Wikitravel will...
- Be able to use text contributions from other CC 2.0+ licensed projects. This includes Wikipedia, World66, HitchWiki, Travellerspoint 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.
- Become future compatible. CC 1.0 does not have provisions for automatic updating (which is why this process is necessary), but CC 3.0 will automatically upgrade to the latest version.
Your Attribution and ShareAlike rights as a contributor are protected as well as or better by CC 3.0 than by CC 1.0. CC 1.0 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. A detailed discussion of the differences is available at Creative Commons:
So what should I do?
You have three options:
- Consent by signing the Consent section below. This means you consent to relicense all your contributions to all Wikitravel versions under CC 3.0.
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- Do nothing. If the community proceeds with the migration, your contributions may be either kept or deleted at the discretion of the site's other users. If you want to discuss your support or opposition to the license change, add a comment to shared:Talk:License upgrade or Discussioni Wikitravel:License upgrade. You can later return and sign under Consent or Refuse.
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