[coreboot] Coreboot wiki: what license is the content under?
tpearson at raptorengineering.com
Fri Mar 31 18:44:48 CEST 2017
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On 03/31/2017 11:17 AM, Sam Kuper wrote:
> On 30/03/2017, Patrick Georgi via coreboot <coreboot at coreboot.org> wrote:
>> I'd go with CC-BY for the simple reason that documentation acts as
>> marketing material which should see the widest distribution possible.
> This does not make sense to me. CC BY-SA would not hinder distribution
> of documentation.
For what it's worth we generally require attribution for public release
of both source and documentation.
Source can generally be handled in a "weaker" manner via GIT and the
copyright lines in the file headers, since the consumers of the source
code generally understand how to determine authorship of a file (this is
especially useful to determine who is to blame for sloppy coding /
outright bugs, and work toward a fix). Plus, there is an intrinsic
motivation to keep working on the source code itself; it is inherently
rewarding to improve a software project and to be able to make it work
better for your specific need.
Documentation, on the other hand, is designed for public consumption and
is generally a thankless chore for developers who would much rather be
adding new features to the software than writing things they already
know down. Perhaps the knowledge that someone's name will be attached
in perpetuity to the documentation they write might just motivate
creation of more material?
Just my $0.02.
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