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Re: External Sources of Copy

From: Chris Mills <cmills@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:32:51 +0100
Cc: public-webplatform@w3.org
Message-Id: <116B003E-78FF-4DC7-A525-86D5F3EE03D8@w3.org>
To: Sarah Forst <sarah.plowright@gmail.com>

On 18 Jul 2013, at 16:19, Sarah Forst <sarah.plowright@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi - 
> 
> Apologies for all of the questions, but I had some concerns about content reuse on the page I'm editing: http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/css/properties/clear which I signed up for last web platform wednesday but discovered someone else had already filled out the content.
> 
> A large portion of the content from: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/clear, and I think some of the other content is from Microsoft.
> 
> It's my understanding that since web platform is associated with the w3c, reusing content from there is okay, but it seems somewhat dubious to me to take content word for word from mozilla and microsoft. There is an attribution at the bottom: 
> 
> "This article contains content originally from external sources.
> Portions of this content come from the Mozilla Developer Network : Article
> 
> Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: Windows Internet Explorer API reference Article" 
> 
> But to me, attributions like that should only be used for quoted sections, not the majority of a documents copy. What is the policy on this for web platform?

A large number of pages were donated to the project by Mozilla and Microsoft. To fulfil the conditions, we merely had to acknowledge the original source, and specify the license, if it differs from the WPD global license.

So, it's ok.

I have removed the attributions on a number of pages, where I rewrote the content to a sufficient level that it didn't really bear much resemblance to the original source anymore.
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