Mike Linksvayer

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Plagiarism and probable CC-BY-SA violation by Oxford University Press, but hey, Wikipedian text passes their editorial process, must be for the money text, no?
"all over the world, doing important ebola work" is going to be my new default /away message.

Mark Holmquist at 2015-02-28T16:12:37Z

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Oh, god, let the pretend lawyers' comments begin.

"it isn't the WMF legal team who could sue because WMF do not own the text" I guess so.

"at most the chapter by those authors would be released under a free licence" OK, sure.

"they could just offer those two authors $100 to waive their licence terms" nope. Thanks for playing.

I mean, yes, it's technically *possible* that the editors have a copy of the article on their hard drive, and can re-license it to OUP for this purpose. But most likely, they are getting it from Wikipedia, receiving it under CC-BY-SA, and then trying to re-license in a manner incompatible with that license. I'm guessing most editors don't store their work locally just in case some closed publishing house wants to come back later and ask for a re-licensed version.

Mark Holmquist at 2015-02-28T16:26:37Z

Is your "pretend lawyers'" comment a self-critique? What does storing work locally have to do with anything?

Mike Linksvayer at 2015-02-28T18:19:52Z