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Re: [Bug-gnupedia] Public Domain Content

From: Jimmy Wales
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnupedia] Public Domain Content
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 21:19:03 -0600
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Project Gutenberg has done a heroic job of making available an astounding
amount of public domain content.  My hat is off to them.  We have considered
hosting some of their stuff at Nupedia, and we still might...

HOWEVER, this is a good place to point out that none of their stuff
(well, almost none, anyway) belongs in an _encyclopedia_ proper.  It
probably can and should be hosted or at least linked, whenever it is
discussed within the encyclopedia.

For example, an article on Aristotle could link to all of his works.
But all of his works don't belong *inside* an encyclopedia.  That's
not what an encyclopedia *is*.

It's like saying that we are going to create a free dictionary (not
a bad idea, by the way), but that we are going to include all of Aristotle's
work inside it.



Aaron Swartz wrote:

> I'm certain you're all aware of the work of Project Gutenberg. I was curious
> if anyone had given any thought to inclusion of that kind of thing into the
> GNUpedia. IANAL, but I'd think that public domain code would be acceptable
> under FDL-style licenses. (Is this correct?)
> If so, how do people suggest we deal with this kind of thing?
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