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The Issues on Wiki Licensing

Author Masayuki Hatta (Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo)
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Masayuki Hatta ( has been involved with the FLOSS movement since ca. 1997. He is a veteran Debian developer, a GNU hacker, and translated most of key FLOSS documents into Japanese, including GNU FDL. He is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Business Administration at the University of Tokyo. (Wiki username: mhatta)
Currently, Wikipedia adopts GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) as the license for its contents. Many people agree that GFDL works reasonably well at the present moment, for its designated purpose -- providing legal protection and nurturing (or at least not impeding) the growth of Wikipedia. However, there might be still some room for discussion and possible improvement.

In this session, we will discuss pros and cons of having GFDL as the default license for Wikipedia, and investigate several alternatives like some Creative Commons licenses. Hopefully, at the end of the session we might be able to compile the recommendation for the future direction of Wikipedia licensing.

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