Bose Portable PA Encyclopedia FAQ & Wiki:Copyrights
Original Text found at mediawiki.org To be adapted to this site.
Licenses on Bose Portable PA Encyclopedia FAQ & Wiki
All textual content of MediaWiki.org is released under one of two licenses.
- The public domain help pages are, as the name implies, released into the public domain (PD)
- All other pages are released under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL)
Both licenses allow anyone to re-use the content in any way they choose. This includes charging money for access to the content, distributing it wherever and however they like, and modifying it in any way they see fit. The main differences between the two licenses are:
- If you alter GFDL content, your changes must also be released under the GFDL.
- Any use of GFDL content must include full credits of people who have contributed to it.
Note: that this is a very basic comparison to highlight the main points. There are other differences that have not been mentioned here. Please seek proper legal advice if you are in any doubt about what you are and are not allowed to do with material released under either license.
How to spot the license
The public domain help pages are all contained within the 'help' namespace. This means that their page titles will all begin Help: (for example Help:Contents). They have also been given a thick blue border to make them stand out (as you can see if you follow the above link).
Considerations for PD contributors
If you are going to contribute to the PD help pages, please ensure that all contributions come from public domain sources. This means that either you have written it yourself, or you have copied it from another source that is clearly and unambiguously released into the public domain.
Most importantly, do not contribute content released under the GFDL or any other 'open' license. It may appear that this is acceptable, because there is a certain amount of similarity between the licenses, but PD is not compatible with any other license.
- Do not copy or transfer content from meta.wikimedia.org, Wikipedia or any other WikiMedia projects into the Help: namespace as they are all released under the GFDL. You may of course copy it to other places on MediaWiki.org, however.
- Within the site, do not move pages from any other namespaces into the Help: namespace.
The exception to the above rules is if you are the sole author of content for a page, in which case you may relicense your own material by posting it to the Help: namespace as public domain. Note that this is a one way process - you cannot change your mind once it has been done!