UCNISS/Sport Wiki Academy/Copyright licenses

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When dealing with wikis and other content related to your sport organization on the web, always consider the copyright implications. Ask yourself:

  • Who owns the content I post?
  • Who has a right to repost content I share?
  • Who has a right to modify, remix or make derivatives of content I publish?

Different wikis and websites have different policies regarding copyright. You want to make sure that the content you share complies with copyright policies inside your sport organization.


What are free licenses?[edit]

The following table was created on Freedom Defined [1] and gives an idea as to what several free licenses allow:

License Intended scope Copyleft Practical modifiability Attribution Related rights Access control prohibition Worldwide applicability
Against DRM [2] Works of art Normal No Copyright notice Granted Licensor & Licensee Exact translations
Creative Commons Attribution [3] Generic No No Copyright notice No Yes National adaptations
Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike [4] Generic Normal No Copyright notice No Yes National adaptations
Design Science License [5] Generic, optimally science data Normal Yes Copyright notice No No Same license (English version)
Free Art License [6] Works of art Normal Yes Yes Yes Yes Exact translations (French law)
FreeBSD Documentation License [7] Documentation No Yes Copyright notice Yes Yes Same license (English version)
GNU Free Documentation License [8] Documentation Normal Yes Yes Yes Yes Same license (English version)
GNU Lesser General Public License [9] Generic, optimally Software Weak Yes Copyright notice Yes Yes Same license (English version)
GNU General Public License [10] Generic, optimally Software Strong Yes Copyright notice Yes Version 3 prohibits "Tivoisation" in certain cases Same license (English version)
Lizenz für Freie Inhalte [11] Generic Normal Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown (license text is German)
MirOS Licence [12] Generic (software, content, …) Copycenter Yes Copyright notice Yes Not desired, as that would be an additional restriction Same licence (English version)
MIT License [13] Software No Yes Copyright notice Yes Yes Same license (English version)

What copyright does Wikipedia use?[edit]

Wikipedia uses the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License copyright. This means that any contributions you make to Wikipedia, others are allowed to:

  • to Share—to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and [14]
  • to Remix—to adapt the work [15]

Anyone doing that must do so under the following conditions:

  • Attribution—You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work.) [16]
  • Share Alike—If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license. [17]