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Wiki Copywright Public DOmain

 12:02 am on Nov 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am starting my own wiki on a smaller niche topic of a popular video game.

I want to copy information from a public wiki to my wiki. This seems a little underhanded however, I will be adding my own content as well.


The terms of use above does not appear to state a copyright on hosted material.

I would think Wiki content is public domain. What can you guys tell me about republishing Wiki content on different Wiki's?



 5:44 am on Nov 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

I also wanted to mention that under the terms of the GFDL it appears that copying and republishing data is not a problem.


I am not a lawyer so I was hoping someone could help me understand the liability.


 6:11 am on Nov 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

If you have to ask it's usually not allowed. Why not just rewrite the material in your own words?


 1:35 pm on Nov 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Put the shoe on the other foot. YOU write a bunch of neat stuff and somebody else reproduces it elsewhere?

I'm not talking about "feel good", I'm talking about copyright infringement/theft. The telescope can be viewed from either lens...

Write your own content. Where you quote (cut and paste) from another source provide attribution. This puts you in "fair use", and give links, too...this also helps SEO wise.


 6:44 pm on Nov 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

it is illegal, you can not reproduce wiki content, as mostly the contents are picked from the various popular websites. It is copywriting infrignement or you can say an open theft :)


 3:49 pm on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Even where reproduction is permitted (such as Wikipedia [en.wikipedia.org]), why would one desire to post nothing more than copies of other people's works?

For instance, whenever I notice that an article is a Wikipedia re-post, I don't bother with the rest of the site, since it is saying (to me) that it has nothing original (and thus potentially useful) to offer. Granted, this conclusion may not in all cases be accurate, but the general impression seems reasonable.

Is this an impression that one would want to provide to one's visitors?



 4:38 am on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Follow the terms and conditions in the license and you'll probably be just fine. Good luck.


 5:01 pm on Nov 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I say re-write the wiki entry. Get the good info that they have, and then put your own spin on it.


 9:05 am on Dec 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

I heard somewhere few months ago that from public sites like WIKI you can take content.... but in my personal opinion... It is much better that you use only original content or if you really need that then you can rewrite that.


 12:30 pm on Dec 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

To move a way from opinion on whether reproducing Wiki content is good or bad - which is not the matter at hand - and to address the copyright issues, here's a crucial section of text from Wiki's Copyright page [wikia.com]:

Wikia copyrights. Except where otherwise specified, the text of all wikis on Wikia.com is freely licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Reusers of the content must retain it under the same licence, ensuring it remains free.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License [GFDL], Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation...

The GFDL is a copyleft license, meaning the content can be copied, modified, and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges the authors of the Wikia page. Wikia content will, therefore, will remain free forever and can be used by anybody subject to certain restrictions, most of which serve to ensure that freedom.

The text goes on to state that they use the same licensing structures as Wikipedia.

So, to answer the original question: yes, you may freely and legally reproduce the texts. The only consideration is that you do so within the bounds and spirit of the licence, which you should make a point of reading if you haven't done so already.


[edited by: Syzygy at 12:33 pm (utc) on Dec. 20, 2008]

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