[Haskell] Re: haskell.org Public Domain
Malcolm.Wallace at cs.york.ac.uk
Thu Jan 12 11:37:57 EST 2006
Wolfgang Jeltsch <wolfgang at jeltsch.net> writes:
> > "I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without
> > any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law,
> > or explicitly claimed in the work for some clearly identifiable
> > portion of the work. No warranty of accuracy or fitness-for-purpose
> > is implied for this work."
> Does this mean that you have to adhere to the licenses of cited material?
I don't know. In the absence of information to the contrary, I
suppose yes. One cannot assume free rights over other people's works.
However, if you have legal certainty that you do not need to adhere
to a licence in certain situations, that is up to you.
> What if you have just a short citation. In Germany, for example, you have
> "the right to cite" so that you don't have to accept any licenses for small
> portions of copyrighted work. (I suppose that this is similar in other
Even if you have the right to cite small portions of copyrighted works,
I expect the law might require some form of attribution for those
quotations? I don't know. But these are the kind of conditions that
cannot be waived by a general grant of unconditional usage. However,
my suggested text is meant to imply that if you add a quotation to the
wiki, you are the one who is responsible to attribute it correctly,
and to identify if it has a more restrictive license, or alternatively
that the quotation is sufficiently small that no attribution/license
The idea is that the /reader/ can be as free as possible to do what
they like with the text, because anything non-free will be clearly
identified for them. Thus the burden of identifying non-free material
falls on the /author/.
> Longer parts of other work should better not included but linked to,
> shouldn't it?
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