[Bioperl-l] HOWTO copyright policy vs FDL on wiki

Brian Osborne bosborne11 at verizon.net
Mon Nov 30 10:15:32 EST 2009


I have no objection to a more restrictive copyright, and I also have  
no objection to using FDL, or things like it.

Brian O.

On Nov 30, 2009, at 9:31 AM, Mark A. Jensen wrote:

> Well, it has a history, Jason's point. So the question could
> be: "is this still a valid issue"? A while back, a user on the wiki,
> with natural and good intentions, removed the authorship and revision
> info from a couple of the HOWTOs; it is more wiki-like,
> after all. But Chris had some objections to that, which I
> seconded, mainly on the basis of the special status that
> seems implied by the copyright note on the HOWTO
> page. I also think that the nature of the howto is somewhat
> different from other info on the site -- that developers themselves
> put a lot of time in to explaining how to use their modules, and
> that in this world where devs get paid by recognition, it is a  
> reasonable
> thing to allow this extra horn-tooting. Now, that is a policy
> that could be completely separable from the issue of copyright.
> However, devs may also get paid by using their materials in teaching
> seminars. The dilemma would be that people who like to use the
> wiki are people who like to share, and so it feels unnatural to
> withhold from the community the materials they develop,  but
> people who like to share also like to eat and wear shoes...
> so I'm interested in everyone's thoughts about it.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Osborne" <bosborne11 at verizon.net 
> >
> To: "Mark A. Jensen" <maj at fortinbras.us>
> Cc: "Chris Fields" <cjfields at illinois.edu>; "Jason Stajich" <jason.stajich at ucr.edu 
> >; "bioperl List" <bioperl-l at bioperl.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 9:16 AM
> Subject: Re: [Bioperl-l] HOWTO copyright policy vs FDL on wiki
>> Mark,
>> Let me ask you a question, and don't take this question as an  
>> implicit criticism of your suggestion, it is not. Why would you  
>> want this more restrictive copyright?
>> Brian O.
>> On Nov 28, 2009, at 10:32 PM, Mark A. Jensen wrote:
>>> The HOWTOs appear to have a more restrictive copyright
>>> than FDL-- in particular, the blurb at the bottom of the
>>> HOWTO page asks users to use the documents for personal
>>> use only. I'm for this; I think we should therefore have some
>>> explicit license for these that specifies this kind of restriction,
>>> and then express that on each howto and in BioPerl:Copyright.
>>> Any thoughts on the right license and whether this is a good plan?
>>> MAJ
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