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From "Justin Erenkrantz" <jus...@erenkrantz.com>
Subject Re: Wikipedia content, GNU Free Documentation License and Apache
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2007 04:23:26 GMT
On 4/24/07, Grant Ingersoll <gsingers@apache.org> wrote:
> We on Lucene Java are _considering_ mirroring a specific version of
> Wikipedia's collection for testing and benchmarking purposes on our
> zones account for people to download to run specific tests related to
> search performance and quality.  It is important that we use a
> specific version so that it is repeatable. WikiMedia doesn't archive
> for long enough for their links to be reliable, therefore we cannot
> just grab the latest version from Wikipedia.  See [1] for more
> details if interested.
> The content, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
> Wikipedia:Text_of_the_GFDL, is licensed under the GNU Free
> Documentation License.  More details can be found at [2].
> I guess the question is, is this all right?  http://en.wikipedia.org/
> wiki/Wikipedia:Copyrights seems to say this would be OK, but IANAL
> and all that stuff.  Anyone have experience with how ASF deals with
> the GFDL in this kind of situation?  I suppose we could look into
> hosting off site, too, but would rather it be controlled by us.

As long as you do not distribute the Wikipedia database in a Lucene
release and just have a copy hosted on your Lucene zone or something
similar so that committers can get at it easily, I don't see a
particular problem here.  If you make changes to the documentation or
whatever, you would just need to follow the rules of GFDL

BTW, would you need to commit the database to Subversion?  (I'd
certainly hope not.)

HTH.  -- justin

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