Under the edit field (e.g https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Josve05a&action=edit) it says " Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license and the GFDL. " but the link at the legal footer at the bottom of all pages links to cc-by-sa 4.0. I know that content licensed under 4.0 can't be relicensed to 3.0, but content under 3.0 can be relicensed to 4.0. If we change the legal footer bar to 3.0, will that have legal effects to content submitted while the legal footer had a link to 4.0? Or are we relicencing everything to 4.0?
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki%3AWikimedia-copyright&type=revision&diff=196560714&oldid=168231197 should probably be reverted ASAP...not sure why Riley made that edit.
I'd suggest holding off reverting until legal has commented...
Don't know the legal ramifications of impacts if we try and re-license material which may or not be 4.0 now (or which was "created" as 4.0) to 3.0...
Made by editors such as AWB, and edit fields not showing the message which is below the wikieditor-text field...all text made in the last month may be under 4.0...
Not everybody used the wikitext save form or is shown the "3.0/GFDL-text", and only sees their edit when saved, with the legal footer at the bottom. And if they had the lang. set as English, they would believe their material was licensed under 4.0. The legal footer takes precedence. IMO. IANAL.
This was an edit request related to how Commons has switched several mediawiki pages over to 4.0 as the preferred option, including the legal footer bar. It was run by legal previously, would have to dig back to find that.
Hi Riley, would it be possible to do the digging? I've tried looking on our end and have not been able to find a conversation from Legal approving the change.
More generally a couple thoughts. First, it's very easy to change the default license on individual uploads like photographs. That's because the upload tool for media files makes the user select the license, so if you make that default to 4.0, you're done. Second, it's very hard to change the license for the projects generally. The best way to do it is to update the terms of the use, which is why we plan to have a consultation on the topic in a couple months. I know there has been discussion for quite a while and what we're waiting on is the finishing of the CC 4.0 license translations into a few more languages so that more people can participate in the consultation.
This is a large mistake on my part, I made this edit in relation to a request at https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons_talk:Upload&oldid=196564207
Rereading the discussion, the "We have a go-ahead from the Wikimedia legal team to make 4.0 broadly available" was focused on uploading licenses (although the requester may not have realized that), and that I should have declined the additional request to update the footer.
That was my bad. I had gotten in touch with legal and felt encouraged from the discussion with them to suggest moving the footer forward to 4.0, since that seems to be where things are headed. Perhaps the move to do so was still premature. (How/ When will we know when that is no longer the case?).
Also, there is this from the Creative Commons website: "The latest version of the Creative Commons licenses is version 4.0. You should always use the latest version of the Creative Commons licenses in order to take advantage of the many improvements described on the license versions page. In particular, 4.0 is meant to be better suited to international use, and use in many different contexts, including sharing data." (https://creativecommons.org/faq/#why-should-i-use-the-latest-version-of-the-creative-commons-licenses).
I mentioned in my earlier post that we'd like to start that consultation in a couple months but are waiting on translations. That's still true, and if anyone is willing to volunteer and help with some of the outstanding translations, that's actually the the most helpful thing to speed the transition. See https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Legal_Tools_Translation