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Revised Default Copyright
There are a couple of problems with this arrangement, not least that it in incompatible with (and thus violates the terms of) the [ GNU Free Documentation License] (GFDL) used by Wikipedia. This causes complications because a number of our articles began as Wikipedia imports.
Because of [ other concerns], we don’t want to simply adopt the GFDL.  So, we are planning to move have moved to a dual license. Every edit that is made will be by default licensed under the GFDL and/or a revised Creative Commons license ([ Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5]). Naturally, this will not apply to material that was previously released under a different license (unless we have explicit permission otherwise), such as the content taken from Wikipedia or edits made before November 22, 2005. This will also not apply to any material that is submitted to OrthodoxWiki under other copyright terms, such as most of our images and some of our articles. '''If you would like to apply this license retroactively to include all of your edits, please add the [[Template:Acceptrevised|acceptrevised]] template to your user page.''' (You can do this simply by adding "<nowiki>{{acceptrevised}}</nowiki>" to your page.)
The main change as far as the Creative Commons license is concerned, is that the new license allows restricted commercial use of the material. The GFDL already allows this, and we see no reason to make the CC license more restrictive. Furthermore, we do not anticipate anybody making big money off of OrthodoxWiki content. If someone can earn something by publishing it commercially according to the terms of one of these licenses, we will simply be happy that the content is being used and that OrthodoxWiki is being publicized. Furthermore, we are still requiring authors of derivative works to "Share-Alike", which means they cannot restrict similar copying of the edits they make from OrthodoxWiki articles.
To this end, the "click-through language" (what is agreed to every time a user clicks "Save Page" in an edit box) will be revised to say that, unless explicitly stated otherwise, the author of the edits is granting to OrthodoxWiki and its operator(s) the perpetual and royalty-free right to make use of, reformat, republish, change, edit, etc., the content of the contributed work in any form or medium, and that further permission need not be sought from the contributor to make such derivative uses of the contributed work, and that all requirements for attribution are met by citing collective authorship at OrthodoxWiki and a reference to the OrthodoxWiki site (, which will contain this copyright information as well as the edit history of each article, with links to each user’s page containing however much or little information they care to submit.
This is lawyer-speak for our protection. No one can claim any author’s work as their own and authors remain free to re-issue their own work under any other (non-exclusive) license they choose.
We are trying to be as conscientious as possible about copyright concerns. It is our policy to be proactive about copyright infringement. However, if you think you have seen any type of copyright infringement, please give us the benefit of the doubt and contact us so that we can clear up any issues. Please also let us know if you have any other comments or concerns.
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