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Wiki policy

Postby MIG29pilot » Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:47 pm

If stuff from Wikipedia is under the creative commons license, can I use it in the FG Wiki?
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Re: Wiki policy

Postby Johan G » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:36 am

First off, I am not a lawyer. :wink:

I would discourage copy-pasting, if that is what you are wondering about.

Also note that Wikipedia and the FlightGear wiki uses different licenses that are nearly but not fully 100% compatible, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported vs. GNU GPLv2 (if I recall correctly*).

I recommend, and will probably always recommend rewriting the text more or less using your own words, even if the source is Wikipedia. Rewriting, hopefully based on on more than one source, is also the way one should use works that are protected by a copyright but without a license that allows reuse under certain circumstances.**

* I can not look up the wiki license as it is down as of 00:15 UTC, which also stops me from reviewing the related pages.
** I would go as far as to say that is an essential part of the civilization.
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