MeritBadgeDotOrg talk:Copyright policy
"Materials found at the MeritBadge.com, MeritBadge.net, and MeritBadge.org web sites are copyright ©1995-2007 by the owner and other copyright holders." What about if someone posts some text that was taken from Wikipedia? Is that info then not under the GFDL? Scouterdennis 07:45, February 28, 2008 (EST)
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If someone was to copy content from Wikipedia to the meritbadge.org wiki, how would that work, legally? Wikipedia content is automatically under the GFDL, which means that to copy it to this wiki, it would need to remain GFDL. I remember seeing a copyright on the Policy page here that was not in line with the GFDL. Under what license are we allowed to use the so-called "copyrighted information" on this site? The Goodwill of the BSA? Wikipedia has a blanket exemption from the BSA to use their copyrighted imagery in educational articles; do we have/need the same here? The solution might be messy. The wording on the Policy page could be changed, and a footer template used for those articles that contain Wikipedia content. This might cause a problem for articles that have mixed content. My personal opinion would be to do what is necessary to allow both types (GFDL and non-GFDL) on meritbadge.org, because that would give us access to a large amount of already written content, which we could then tweak to *our* needs. Wikipedia editors love to remove stuff that they consider "non-significant". How does the meritbadge.org community feel about that? How would the "owners" of meritbadge.org feel? There is already some content on this wiki that was copied from wikipedia (admittedly I did some of it), so I believe that this needs to be addressed sooner rather that later (too late). Scouterdennis 17:57, March 7, 2008 (EST)
- Wikipedia has a blanket exemption from the BSA to use their copyrighted imagery in educational articles; do we have/need the same here? Yes.
- Regarding, GFDL and non-GFDL... The more we have had the need to pull information from wikipedia.org sites, e.g. images, tempplates, etc., the more of a concern this issue has come to my mind? If anyone has any "successful wording" we could change it to, please post your ideas at MeritBadgeDotOrg talk:Copyright policy. Thanks, —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 00:11, March 22, 2008 (EDT)