[Haskell] Re: haskell.org Public Domain

Ashley Yakeley ashley at semantic.org
Thu Jan 12 12:50:30 EST 2006

In article <43C64418.9030901 at microsoft.com>,
 Simon Marlow <simonmar at microsoft.com> wrote:

> Ashley has a point though - we couldn't quote from the Haskell report on 
> the wiki, or indeed quote source code from pretty much anywhere (most 
> code has a non-PD license) if the whole wiki is PD.  The wiki-wide 
> license should contain the words "unless explicitly stated otherwise in 
> the content" or somesuch, that way we can give attribution when we quote 
> code.
> I realise this contradicts some of what has already been said, but there 
> is a conflict: making it easy to use content from the wiki implies a 
> single license, but making it easy to use content from elsewhere on the 
> wiki implies multiple licenses.  A good compromise seems to be to have a 
> default license (PD as suggested), but allow it to be overriden, 
> sparingly, by explicit attribution in the content itself.

Let's start with a mandatory "public domain/all rights given away". If 
we find we need to include copyrighted material, it can be changed later 
without too much trouble. I don't want to keep the GFDL there any longer.

Ashley Yakeley, Seattle WA

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