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I'm glad that we're having this discussion, because there are internal issues
that need to be cleared up *before* they become issues elsewhere.
I hadn't previously noticed the biggest issue here, which is the hypothetical
situation where another group wants to re-use Fedora Docs material. If, for
example, Ubuntu wanted to re-release the Musicians' Guide, they would try to
write a CC-BY-SA attribution statement, and find the following text on the
front page of the Guide:
Fedora Documentation Project
Copyright (c) 2011 Red Hat, Inc. and others"
To whom would Ubuntu attribute the document? Reading a little further into the
Legal Notice, we see this:
"The original authors of this document, and Red Hat, designate the Fedora
Project as the "Attribution Party" for purposes of CC-BY-SA."
For me, this clears up the question of attribution. But what of the Red Hat
I agree that we need a copyright notice, and I suggest that every appearance
of "Red Hat" in the Legal Notice is replaced with something like "Author
Group" or "Authors of This Document," possibly with a hyperlink, but
with an Appendix titled "Author Group" or "Authors of This Document"
something like that. This allows us to attribute copyright to all contributors
to a document, while at the same time keeping a clean appearance on the front
page. In fact, I'd be happy with entirely removing the list of authors from
the front page.
As for attribution to the Fedora wiki, I wrote this CC-BY-SA attribution
notice into the Musicians' Guide after re-using documentation from elsewhere.
 Please feel free to use it as a template, or to ignore it, as desired. (As
an aside, I just noticed poor formatting on that page--shame on me!)
My scholarly "spider senses" suggest that we're actually talking about
of communal ownership in an individual-centric society. I'm going to briefly
research how other open-source organizations have solved similar problems,
then post my findings to this list.
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