Definition of Free Cultural Works

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The Definition of Free Cultural Works is a definition of free content put forth by Erik Möller[1] and published on the website freedomdefined.org.

The first draft of the Definition of Free Cultural Works was published 3 April 2006.[2] Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Angela Beesley[3] and others helped the project. The 1.0 and 1.1 versions were published in English and translated into some languages.[4]

The Definition of Free Cultural Works is used by the Wikimedia Foundation.[5] In 2008, the Attribution and Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons licenses were marked as "Approved for Free Cultural Works".[6]

Following in June 2009, Wikipedia migrated to use two licenses: the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike as main license, additionally to the previously used GNU Free Documentation License (which was made compatible[7]).[8] An improved license compatibility with the greater free content ecosystem was given as reason for the license change.[9][10]

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  1. ^ "History - Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Revision history of "Definition" - Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  3. ^ "History - Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Definition of Free Cultural Works". Freedomdefined.org. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Resolution:Licensing policy". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  6. ^ "Approved for Free Cultural Works". Creative Commons. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  7. ^ "FDL 1.3 FAQ". Gnu.org. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  8. ^ Wikimedia license update approval
  9. ^ Wikipedia + CC BY-SA = Free Culture Win! on creativecommons.org by Mike Linksvayer, June 22nd, 2009
  10. ^ Licensing update rolled out in all Wikimedia wikis on wikimedia.org by Erik Moeller on June 30th, 2009 "Perhaps the most significant reason to choose CC-BY-SA as our primary content license was to be compatible with many of the other admirable endeavors out there to share and develop free knowledge"

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