Evergreen Documentation Licensing Terms

The Evergreen Documentation Interest Group (DIG) has voted to accept the following proposals for Evergreen Documentation Licensing. The vote took place December 21, 2009 – January 4, 2010 on the Documentation Interest Group Mailing List. There were 18 yes votes and 0 no votes, for a unanimous decision.

Since these licensing terms affect the entire Evergreen community, and particularly anyone who has contributed to the Documentation Wiki, we wanted to keep everyone informed. Please take a moment to read the licensing terms below (also available on the wiki at http://evergreen-ils.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=evergreen-docs:documentation_licensing_terms). If you have previously contributed documentation to the Documentation Wiki and do NOT want your contributions to be licensed under these terms, please contact the DIG facilitators or the DIG mailing list and let us know that by Friday, January 29th.

I am crossposting this to several Evergreen related mailing lists and blogs, as well as sending an email about this to anyone with a DokuWiki account, so I apologize for duplicate messages. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the DIG facilitators at docs@evergreen-ils.org.

I hope you’ll agree that this is a positive step forward for the Evergreen community. And, if you find some free time, that you might consider joining the Documentation Interest Group in producing some community-wide documentation.

Karen Collier
Documentation Interest Group Co-Facilitator

1 – Official Evergreen Documentation produced by the Documentation Interest Group should be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/).

2 – Any code included in the official documentation produced by the Documentation Interest Group should also be made available under the GNU GPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html).

3 – Official Evergreen Documentation may be made available under another copy-left (http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/copyleft.html) open source (http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd) license in the future with a majority vote on the Evergreen Documentation List (open-ils-documentation@list.georgialibraries.org) or comparable indication of the Evergreen community’s wishes.

4 – These same licensing terms should be applied to the Documentation Wiki. Past contributors to the Documentation Wiki should be notified by emails sent to Evergreen community mailing lists and to the email address associated with their docuwiki account of the new licensing terms and given a reasonable amount of time to request that their contributions not be included under those licensing terms.

5 – By submitting documentation to the Documentation wiki or to the Evergreen Documentation List after licensing terms have been decided and publicized, contributors indicate that they (a) agree to these licensing terms, and (b) to the best of their knowledge have the right to do so through copyright ownership, permission from the copyright owner(s), and/or the licensing terms of any documents that were modified or incorporated into their submission.