Bug 6294 - Licensing issues
: Licensing issues
Status: NEW
Product: maemo.org Website
: unspecified
: All Linux
: Low normal (vote)
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Assigned To: Niels Breet
: general@maemo.org
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Reported: 2009-11-23 12:59 UTC by Julian Andres Klode
Modified: 2010-05-17 12:50 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Julian Andres Klode (reporter) 2009-11-23 12:59:15 UTC
There are some issues with regards to the website license. The bottom of the
website reads all content CC and refers to the CC BY-SA 3.0 license. In
contrast to this, the terms of use state: "You may refer to these pages from
other pages via Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). These pages may not be
permanently stored on any system other than www.maemo.org that is capable of
retrieving them via HTTP.". 

Going further, the licensing section states:
"The documentation made available for downloading on or through this site by
Nokia is primarily licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify such documentation
under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later
version published by the Free Software Foundation.
Please refer to the copyright notice in each piece of documentation for
Invariant Sections, Front-Cover Texts or Back-Cover Texts, if any, as defined
in the License. "

"The skins, icons and graphics (Graphics) made available for downloading on or
through this site are primarily licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
2.5 License. For other license arrangements please check the license

Both are licenses different to the CC-BY-SA 3.0. And can not be treated as
compatible to it. And the licensing section does not even mention CC-BY-SA 3.0.

My suggestion is to change the terms of use and the licensing page and remove
the "All Content CC" link from the footer.
Comment 1 Quim Gil nokia 2009-11-23 13:01:11 UTC
http://maemo.org/legal/terms_of_use/ is obsolete and could be probably deleted.
Comment 2 Andrew Flegg maemo.org 2010-05-17 10:05:40 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> http://maemo.org/legal/terms_of_use/ is obsolete and could be probably deleted.

If it is obsolete it must be deleted, or fixed. There seems to be a lot of
cruft around the top-layer of maemo.org where "oh, ignore that" is the reply
usually heard.
Comment 3 Dave Neary maemo.org 2010-05-17 12:50:51 UTC
    For information, I have requested that Maemo documentation be relicenced to
    licence compatible with that chosen for MeeGo:

    I did a comparison of GFDL and CC BY-SA for technical documentation in this
    context: http://wiki.meego.com/Documentation_license_comparison

    I also spoke to Ronan MacLafferty about the issue, and he did a quick
    round-trip which suggested that Nokia have no issues relicencing any
    documentation for which they own all rights (if there are any 3rd party
    contributions, we would have to collect a list of people & ask for
    to relicence).

    Since it is obviously a useful goal to be able to reuse relevant parts of
    documentation for MeeGo, the solution to this bug will undoubtedly be the
    relicencing of Maemo documentation.