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[Savannah-hackers-public] [ #250073] wikimedia, make a fork and t

From: Dave Turner via RT
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] [ #250073] wikimedia, make a fork and the GPL
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:25:16 -0400

> [sebastian - Mon Aug 22 15:03:21 2005]:
> Hello Dave(?). :-)
> Another problem:
> wikimedia (powered by was released under the GNU GPL, but
> lacks any information about license + copyright.
> The project has got a COPYING file, but any source file lacks
> these notices.
> Now oklahoma
> (
> wants to make a "fork" (or at least something like that -> "derivative
> work").
> But if he wants to copy /all/ files from wikimedia and then work on
> this, he had to insert license/copyright/permission-to-copy 
> statements.
> But he also had to protect the rights of the original author(s).
> Here we have got a problem.
> Because of the insert GPL in COPYING we can assume that *all* files
> were published
> under the GPL? So he can insert GPL license stuff at top of each file
> of source code?


> Can we also assume that the pictures were published under the GPL?


> And what about the copyright stuff? How does he know where the
> original author is of a file? Or can we assign all copyright per 
> default to the Wikimedia project?

You could check CVS logs, or just leave that blank.

-Dave "Novalis" Turner
GPL Compliance Engineer
Free Software Foundation

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