We’ve been doing a lot of backend improvements on Fan History. In the course of fixing things up, we’ve been looking at other fundamental issues to our going forward and excelling at our mission. One of the things that we realized was that we needed to make a switch in our copyright policy. We’ve chosen to go with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (“CC 3.0″). We feel that this will help us in several areas:
- Be able to use text contributions from other CC 2.0+ licensed projects. This includes Wikipedia, Wikia, and many, many more.
- Have a more secure legal position. The enforceability and legality of our current copyright is a big potential issue. This would solve that problem by using a recognized, legal copyright.
- Become future compatible. CC 3.0 will automatically upgrade to the latest version.
- Help attract new contributors from other projects. People expect a certain license type if they want to be involved. Our current one is discouraging to some people in the wiki community.
If you have any questions about what this switch will mean, please read the rational for this. If you made any contributions and object to this change, please comment on the page with refuse and we’ll work with you to reach some sort of resolution. If you have yet still more questions, comment here or on the talk page for the license upgrade switch.