Michael L Torrie
torriem at chem.byu.edu
Tue May 8 09:09:00 MDT 2007
On Tue, 2007-05-08 at 09:13 -0400, Paul Matthews wrote:
> I don't think i've really thought that much about that stuff, i've just
> posted it for everyone to use, if you want to post something i've created
> on your website then I guess thats cool, but it'd be nice if you gave me
> some credit maybe a link back to OpenSourceHowTo.Org. As for what is
> submitted by others, they can edit it once it's been submit, but so can I,
> so if there is something there I don't like, I can remove it. But it's
> basically still there post. Much like on any website i'd Imagen.
Well copyright law doesn't allow anyone to take anything that's posted
on your site and put it elsewhere, unless it's quoting (fair use), or
you explicitly grant permission.
You'll likely get more public contributions if you do publicly clarify
your site's position on copyright and text licensing. Your site is
about documenting various open source things, after all.
> Is there something you want to ask if you can do? or some reason you were
> asked that?
Simply that licensing and copyright are very important to anything Open
Source (such an abused term these days, but that's beside the point).
I'm just trying to think of things in a holistic way, particularly in
how your documentation relates to other projects and sources. For
example, if the quality of your docs is quite good, primary projects
like openldap may want to integrate some of your work (if the license
allowed it) into their project docs. Certainly if I were to contribute
to your site I would want to be absolutely clear on all these points.
That's why for me the tldp.org is very important, albeit under-supported
and in pretty poor shape.
> > Michael
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