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Wikipedia Drops GNU in Favor of Creative Commons License

Wikipedia Drops GNU in Favor of Creative Commons License

The Wikimedia Foundation will change the terms under which it licenses the content in Wikipedia, the organization said Thursday.

By adopting the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License (CC-BY-SA), Wikimedia expects to make it easier for others to re-use the content on Wikipedia and its other sites.

The decision was approved by Wikimedia’s Board of Trustees. Previously, Wikimedia had held a vote in which 88 percent of about 17,000 of its members favored the change. The current license, the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL), will continue to be supported in certain cases, but all Wikimedia sites, including Wikipedia, will make the CC-BY-SA license their primary one for content.

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