This new license chosen by Wikipedia is a variant of the Creative Commons Attribution
License (CC-BY), which is used by BioMed Central and many other open access
publishers. The difference between the two is that the version used by Wikipedia requires that any derived work that includes the
material must be similarly licensed.
What this means in practice is that it is now
straightforward, from a licensing perspective, for any organization whether
commercial or non-commercial to create derivative works incorporating both open
access research articles and Wikipedia content, and to distribute these combined
works under the CC-BY-SA license. ...
Gavin Baker at 6/15/2009 05:34:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.