Resource Use (Copyright and CC licensing topics)
WikiEducator subscribes to the free cultural works definition.
In practice this means that we cannot use content which carries a non-commercial (NC) or non-derivatives (ND) restriction.
We can use:
- Content in the public domain
- Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)
- Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike (CC-BY-SA) or
- Gnu Free Documentation License (GFDL)
provided we attribute in accordance with the requirements of these licenses.
What to do if you find content you would like to use, but cannot due to license restrictions:
1. Provide an external link to the relevant content (not ideal because then our resources are dependent on non-free content) 2. e-Mail the copyright holder for permission to release an instance of the content on WikiEducator under a CC-BY or CC-BY-SA license. Upload a copy of the permission release on the relevant image page or create a link to the copyright release permission. 3. Source alternate content that uses a free content license 4. If possible -- create your own version and release this under a license that meets the requirements of the free cultural works definition :-).
You can find out more about our interpretation of the meaning of free content in this tutorial. Our community values are rooted in the essential freedoms derived from the free software movement.
Thank you very much Wayne,
A very claryfying comment. Guess I should read once more the tutorials :).
Cheers Gladys--chela5808 19:21, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
Wayne, Thanks for clarifying -- I had read the definitions of free content and understand and agree with the mission, but was feeling unsure of myself. The 4 options under "what to do if..." really help. I'm going to pursue #2, if I can find a way to contact the owners. Maybe Statistics Canada will release the Canadian dollar example.
If not, I'll settle for reusing just the "idea."
--Alison Snieckus 00:25, 13 February 2009 (UTC)