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Default license of content?

I think it makes sense to pick a default license like CC-BY-SA for all the questions and answers in the forum. So when a user is asking a question or posting comments, the footer below the text box should indicate that posting implies agreement to share the content under this license. Without this, the forum content cannot be aggregated or used in other places to building a knowledge commons if necessary. For example, following wikipedia style:

"By posting here, you agree to the Terms of Use, and you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 License. You agree that a hyperlink or URL is sufficient attribution under the Creative Commons license."

Hyperlinks for terms of use and CC-BY-SA of course. In addition to that, the footer of this website says

"Copyright ASKBOT, 2010. Some rights reserved under creative commons license."

This is vague as it doesn't link to the specific creative commons license and there are many variants. Please be more explicit.

mether's avatar
updated 2011-06-26 23:01:58 -0500, asked 2011-06-26 10:56:56 -0500
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Ok, well I guess for the lawyers out there there should be some message of some sort.

Probably it should be optional somehow - because askbot is a white label software, nobody is bound by any content license, the site owner should decide which license to use.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-06-27 00:51:47 -0500
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Right but you need a default license for this website that is more explicit and picking a good default makes it easier to deploy as well. Definitely should be modifiable easily
mether's avatar mether (2011-06-27 04:47:48 -0500) edit
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