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I now have my old rough draft and a modified version of the Meatball Wiki policy -- need to decide which to use or how to merge them.


My Rough Draft from 12 May 2001

(From my home TWiki)

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Meatball Wiki Policy

<A draft (copied from Meatball wiki, with permission granted on the web site, but I may write to Sunir(?) to get explicit permission.>


The copyrights of material on WikiLearn (the web site) are copyright WikiLearn, the authors, the authors' employers, or the current copyright holder. The site does not claim ownership of the content you contribute to WikiLearn. Works are contributed with permission. By submitting content to WikiLearn for inclusion in its site, you grant WikiLearn the world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the content for the purpose of displaying and distributing such content through WikiLearn's systems.

Permissions are extended to reasonable use on the world wide web. Permission is granted to reference (link to), but not copy, content on this site unless within the bounds of "fair use."

Additionally, you grant WikiLearn a non-exclusive perpetual royalty-free universal license to distribute the content in its archives, or distribute the content in a compilation of selected WikiLearn content. The redistributed material will be timestamped to the extent supported by the TWiki system.

The collection and structure of WikiLearn are copyright R.H.Kramer.

The site reserves the right to make technical edits to the contributed material, but not so as to change the original meaning or intent. This is in the spirit of a letter to the editor of a newspaper.

The site or its owners take no responsibility in determining or verifying authorship of material.


SEVERABILITY. If any part of this license is found to be unenforceable in any jurisdiction, the remaining portions of the license remain in force.

NO WARRANTY. WikiLearn works are licensed and provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or a warranty of non-infringement.

LIMITATION OF EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITY. The site nor WikiLearn does not pre-screen any works or material submitted by third parties. The site reserves the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or remove any works or material that are available via the site's systems. The site and WikiLearn absolve themselves of all editorial responsibility over the works and material on the site.


This material was derived largely from MeatBall:MeatballWikiCopyright, with permission.


This part is not part of the policy.

Essentially, the policy says you own what you say, but people will make edits in the wiki fashion. Totally altering someone's statement around would not be allowed (of course!), because that allows for stuffing words into people's mouths.

Also, the site maintains control over its structure to prevent wholesale mirroring of the content here. Note, while anonymous contributions have no known authors, they are still protected by the law. However, it would be difficult to prove authorship of anything anyway as there is universal editing.

Finally, I'd like to be able to redistribute How Tos and FAQs written here communally, not to mention taking backups of the database. Hence the timestamp snapshots.

Many thanks to SunirShah for granting permission to copy this material from MeatBall:MeatballWikiCopyright, and to AndStuff and Scott Moonen from where this was most directly copied.

Discussion of the WikiLearnCopyright will take place on WikiLearnCopyrightDiscussion.


  • RandyKramer - 29 Nov 2001
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