Confirm attribution needs
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Confirm attribution requirements for anything that replaces OCG functionality.

Background:
Currently OCG lists all the users who have ever touched any of the articles included in a pdf. Common thinking is that linking to the history page is sufficient, but will have to check with legal.

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Hi @JKatzWMF. Please associate at least one project with this task to allow others to find this task when searching in the corresponding project(s). Thanks!

@cscott @faidon Hey folks, I am looking at identifying the actual requirements for attribution of a pdf. I am setting up some time to go over this with @ZhouZ in legal next week, but it was suggested that a link to the article history was probably sufficient. Do you know where the cause/source of this requirement in the current OCG product came from? Emails/wiki pages/humans, etc would be a great output here.

Our Terms of Use allows for attribution to text contributors via the following ways:

Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the article to which you contributed (since each article has a history page that lists all authors and editors);

Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or

Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).

As such a link to the article at issue is sufficient attribution under our Terms of Use. It might also be nice to also include a link to the history of the page as well.

Just as an updated reminder to this task.

Our Terms of Use allows for attribution to text contributors via the following ways:

Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the article to which you contributed (since each article has a history page that lists all authors and editors);
Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or
Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).
As such a link to the article at issue is sufficient attribution under our Terms of Use. It might also be nice to also include a link to the history of the page as well.

While text attribution is relatively easy, we still have to consider the case of image attribution which will be dependent on the output of the new render to pdf feature once the design is finalized.

My understanding is that the above that @ZhouZ wrote is insufficient for the 'book' use case. Is that true?

It turns out that there is a service for pulling all the contributors that I was unaware of that provides the attribution used in OCG. That might be what we want to continue with for both simplicity and ease of implementation.

Makes for a sub-par printed pdf for reading purposes (several additional pages for large articles), so we might want to limit it to books if my first statement of this comment is correct.

As already announced in Tech News, OfflineContentGenerator (OCG) will not be used anymore after October 1st, 2017 on Wikimedia sites. OCG will be replaced by Electron. You can read more on mediawiki.org.