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Re: External Sources of Copy

From: Sarah Forst <sarah.plowright@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:37:33 -0400
Message-ID: <CAKs_O5Ycs9Vkjn=JuqupwB-mAz5mL4D70my328LemsCwt+Q=3Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Ah okay, I missed that page when reading the instructions, checking
quickly, it looks like it does follow those guidelines, but I will double
check and rewrite the content where it makes sense.

Thank you,

On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM, Michael Champion (MS OPEN TECH) <
Michael.Champion@microsoft.com> wrote:

>  Microsoft contributed a substantial amount of text to Web Platform Docs
> on the understanding that the attribution would at the page level.
>  You can take content word for word from the text that Microsoft and
> other contributors explicitly offered to WPD. (Harvesting new material
> from MSDN, MSN, HTML5 Rocks, etc. is another discussion)  The whole point
> of WPD is to have a community mash up content from multiple sources, keep
> it up to date, and add value with code samples, implementation reports,
> etc.  That will inevitably change the original content to the point where
> it would be burdensome on the community to track where each nugget of
> information came from.
>  Michael Champion
> Sr. Program Manager
> Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
> A subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* Sarah Forst <sarah.plowright@gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:19 AM
> *To:* public-webplatform@w3.org
> *Subject:* External Sources of Copy
>  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 [image:
> cc-by-sa-small-wpd.svg]<http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/>
> : Article <https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/CSS/clear>
> Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: Windows
> Internet Explorer API reference Article<http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/hh828809%28v=vs.85%29.aspx>
> "
>  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?
>  Thanks,
> Sarah
Received on Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:38:02 UTC

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