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22 January 2009, 09:16

Wikimedia drafts licensing change

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The Wikimedia Foundation have published a draft plan for the process of switching from the GNU Free Documentaion Licence (GFDL) over to the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Licence (CC-BY-SA) for Wikipedia. The change in licensing was made possible by the publication of the GFDL 1.3, which was itself prompted by an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The aim is to finalise the plan by the beginning of February and then hold a month long election amongst all Wikipedia contributers who have made at least ten edits before January 12, 2009. If over half of the voters express a preference for the change, then the proposal will move forward to the Wikimedia Board of Trustees for their approval.

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