Authorship in Wikipedia – Legal Requirements, Community Opinions, and Technical Boundaries

Thomas Roessing


One aim of the Wikipedia project is to provide mankind with free knowledge. This goal requires a set of licensing models for text and images. Community opinions differ on how free content should be, what the best licensing model is to achieve the objective of free content and on how Wikipedia should deal with commercial use of its contents. This paper explains the licensing problem and discusses community opinions on the 2009 license migration of the online encyclopedia project.

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