Definition of Free Cultural Works

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The Definition of Free Cultural Works is a definition of free content put forth by Erik Möller[1] and published on the website freedomdefined.org.

The first draft of the Definition of Free Cultural Works was published 3 April 2006.[2] Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Angela Beesley[3] and others helped the project. The 1.0 and 1.1 versions were published in English and translated into some languages.[4]

The Definition of Free Cultural Works is used by the Wikimedia Foundation.[5] In 2008, the Attribution and Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons licenses were marked as "Approved for Free Cultural Works".[6]

Following in June 2009, Wikipedia migrated to use two licenses: the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike as main license, additionally to the previously used GNU Free Documentation License (which was made compatible[7]).[8] An improved license compatibility with the greater free content ecosystem was given as reason for the license change.[9][10]

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  1. "History - Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. "Revision history of "Definition" - Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  3. "History - Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  4. "Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  5. "Resolution:Licensing policy". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  6. "Approved for Free Cultural Works". Creative Commons. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  7. "FDL 1.3 FAQ". Gnu.org. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  8. Wikimedia license update approval
  9. Wikipedia + CC BY-SA = Free Culture Win! on creativecommons.org by Mike Linksvayer, June 22nd, 2009
  10. Licensing update rolled out in all Wikimedia wikis on wikimedia.org by Erik Moeller on June 30th, 2009 "Perhaps the most significant reason to choose CC-BY-SA as our primary content license was to be compatible with many of the other admirable endeavors out there to share and develop free knowledge"

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