Infogalactic:Open project copyrights

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This Infogalactic:Open project copyrights article aims to clarify some InfoGalactic copyright distinctions.

This article does not intend to play rules lawyer (Canon Six) nor use "weasel" words, but to clarify some fundamental concepts in order to secure confidence and attract more projects, users, and contributors.

From the beginning

InfoGalactic is primarily a wiki-based encyclopedia and the first lines of the Infogalactic:Introduction states:

CC-BY-SA icon
CC-BY-SA icon for Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Specifically, the Free content article lists under a "Legal matters" section the various types of content ownerships: Copyright, Public domain, Copyleft and/or Share-alike, and Copyfree - Permissive free software licences, with further breakdowns, as well as a "Usage" section with breakdowns of Media, Software, Engineering and technology, Academia, and Legislation.

As indicated by the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) button on all InfoGalactic wiki-pages (at the bottom-right corner next to "Powered By MediaWiki"), in the case of the InfoGalactic encyclopedia we may assume all content, except where noted, falls under this category. Thus non-encyclopedia wiki pages should declare their projects' licences.

Understanding these foundation concepts are necessary before reclaiming or declaring other rights in non-encyclopedia open projects or sub-projects shared on the InfoGalactic wiki.

Wiki projects beyond the encyclopedia

The necessity to reserve some rights on some wiki project pages must be emphasized now that Other Wiki Projects On Infogalactic are starting. Whether any projects flourish or not, it's a good idea to formally declare the rights and intentions available within the InfoGalactic as a wiki and/or encyclopedia, as well as each project independently declaring its position(s).

For example, these are known InfoGalactic projects (add yours):

Project Description Note Naming Aims License Icon
The InfoGalactic encyclopedia is an open free-content internet-based wiki encyclopedia, forked from Wikipedia, largely alt-right and/or free speech oriented this is the main body of work on the InfoGalactic wiki N/A not applicable free and openly editable content CC0 CC0 icon
The Audio & Video Samples Database project is an open free-content list of lists with images, metadata, and links, as a resource of source-information about copyrighted pop-culture mainstream media for audio and video editing into new audio, video, or other media projects including music (remixes, mashups, etc), radio shows, documentaries, art, etc., allowed under fair use policies These listed lists "nested within" the InfoGalactic wiki won't likely be linked "into" by encyclopedia articles but will reference "out" to articles (ie. TV or movie titles). strict list titles required free and openly editable content CC0 CC0 icon
The Truther Top 20s project is an open free-content list series to clearly provide the basic top 20 (give or take) assertions and/or rationales, rightly and/or wrongly, why truthers, historical revisionists, skeptics, conspirophiles, etc, believe what they believe, hopefully with evidence, criticisms, refutations, and clarifications These listed lists "nested within" the InfoGalactic wiki may freely link with articles where applicable. It may be better to think of these education basic Top 20 lists as a new article format that can be applied to any dogma (religion, politics, scientism, etc) or other complex topics requiring simple introductions. strict list titles required free and openly editable content CC0 CC0 icon
The Trutherism 101 project is an open source anti-propaganda animated series development and production management wiki project This project in the InfoGalactic wiki won't likely be linked to much by encyclopedia articles but will reference articles. strict article titles required It would be nice if I could force everyone who uses this content to pay me and I'd give InfoGalactic a cut, the practical reality is that this project might have greater success and exposure by allowing others to freely capitalize on my/our work and hope they kick back, with the caveat that they always attribute and share alike. Naturally I'll also try to capitalize on my own work too, and will have my own "official branding" that they may not use, like a seal of quality, authenticity, and how/where to support. BY-SA CC-BY-SA icon
The Open Screenwriting Projects is an open source concept, story, and screenwriting development wiki project This project in the InfoGalactic wiki won't likely be linked to much by encyclopedia articles but will reference articles. strict article titles required Strict rights definitions should be applied. Some writers may simply like to share their ideas freely, while others may wish to openly develop their projects with some rights reserved. This is necessary to attract some legitimate talent and usage. various N/A
Open Screenwriting Project: "''Foiled Again''" is an open source sub-project to wiki-develop a feature screenplay / storyboard / graphic novel by User:JasonCarswell This project in the InfoGalactic wiki won't be linked to by encyclopedia articles but will reference articles. strict article titles required I intend to openly develop this project with some rights reserved. I will attribution/credit for all the good ideas, used or not, with non-commercial share-alike restrictions. In addition to this standard BY-NC-SA license, I also intend to allow derivative non-commercial works, as well as my right (as primary author in this instance) to negotiate commercialization of my work (and/or derivative work, with those contributors joining negotiations). (For over 15 years I've wondered why this isn't a standard when it should.) BY-NC-SA CC-BY-NC-SA icon

Open project copyright usage examples

Open project copyright usage examples - WORK IN PROGRESS - coming soon
  • TO DO: FIX: The first three projects above are NOT CC0.
  • TO DO: MAKE: sidebar template examples below
  • TO DO: WRITE: sidebar template disclaimer content
  • TO DO: MAKE: sidebar templates
  • TO DO: MAKE: table of sidebar template examples

Example of default

CC0 icon
CC0 icon for Public Domain
CC-BY-SA icon
CC-BY-SA icon for Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
CC-BY-NC-SA icon
CC-BY-NC-SA icon for Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

As indicated by the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) button on all InfoGalactic wiki-pages (at the bottom-right corner next to "Powered By MediaWiki"), in the case of the InfoGalactic encyclopedia we may assume all content, except where noted, falls under this category.

For the sake of clarity and perhaps restating the obvious to some, as well as to form the good habit of open declarations, all non-enclyclopedia projects should include a template side declaration indicating the type of project licencing desired, in order to supersede and reclaim rights back from the wiki-wide default.

The first four projects above are actually BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)) - NOT CC0 (Public Domain).

fixed soon

Example of uncertainty

The fifth project above is variable, and not ideal as a clear example, yet a circumstance that may occur from time to time. (unless all sidebar template combinations are presented in a table, negating the need for these 3 examples).

perhaps eventually

Example of certainty

The sixth project above is BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)).

make sidebar template

For the sake of clarity and to form the good habit of open declarations, this non-enclyclopedia project includes the sidebar template declaration indicating the type of project licencing desired to supersede and reclaim rights back from the wiki-wide default.

Creative Commons

Rights can be very confusing, especially since now there are so many variations, options, and loopholes. For the sake of simplicity, only some of the Creative Commons license are listed here for quick reference.

Types of Creative Commons licenses

Icon Right Description
Attribution Attribution (BY) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.
Share-alike Share-alike (SA) Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work. (See also copyleft.)
Non-commercial Non-commercial (NC) Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for non-commercial purposes.
Non-derivative No Derivative Works (ND) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based on it.
Source:[2]

Adaptation

A license compatibility chart for combining or mixing two CC licensed works.

Rights in an adaptation can be expressed by a CC license that is compatible with the status or licensing of the original work or works on which the adaptation is based.[3]

Seven regularly used licenses

Icon Description Acronym Free/Libre
CC0 icon Freeing content globally without restrictions CC0 Yes
CC-BY icon Attribution alone BY Yes
CC-BY-SA icon Attribution + ShareAlike BY-SA Yes
CC-by-NC icon Attribution + Noncommercial BY-NC No
CC-BY-ND icon Attribution + NoDerivatives BY-ND No
CC-BY-NC-SA icon Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike BY-NC-SA No
CC-BY-NC-ND icon Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives BY-NC-ND No
Sources:[4][5]

See also

All links below copied from the articles and hastily organized.

Free content

Copyright

Treaties and international agreements

Alternate views

Fair use

Public domain

Copyleft

Derivative work

Copyright symbol

Copyfree

GNU General Public License

Apache License

Permissive free software licence aka "Copycenter"

Creative Commons

Creative Commons license

Digital library & media repositories

Copying aka Duplication

Copyright activism

References

  1. "Downloads". Creative Commons. 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2015-12-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "What are Creative Commons licenses?". Frequently Asked Questions - Creative Commons. Retrieved July 26, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Frequently Asked Questions". CC Wiki. Retrieved March 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "About The Licenses - Creative Commons". Creative Commons. Retrieved July 26, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "CC0". Creative Commons. Retrieved February 22, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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