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Add license to site #1889
Cool! Thanks for putting this PR together.
Do you think we need a whole new page just for the license, though? Seems like we could just say "The contents of this website are © 2013 Tom Preston-Werner under the terms of the MIT License." in the footer and that would be that.
I agree that it would be nice, but we can't modify the license's copyright holder once copyright has been claimed. At least according to U.S. law that I know. We'd need consent of every person who's contributed to this project over the last 5 years to do so. @benbalter would know more, though.
True (although it can be assigned), but here, we don't actually care about copyright, but rather license. The original contributor retains the copyright in any case, and licenses it to the world, here under an MIT license.
Yes and no. It depends on the license you're moving to. The copyright holders have already granted certain rights. If we're moving to a license that provides end users with fewer rights, e.g., CC-BY-SA-NC, we could sublicense the contribution under more restrictive terms. We couldn't however, release under less restrictive terms (e.g grant additional rights we don't have).
Think of it as the author has ten "rights'. He retains one, and says to the world, you can have these nine. We as project contributors then take those rights, and bundle them with all the other contributors granted rights, and distribute them as Jekyll. We can distribute all nine, or two or three, but can't distribute all ten, because we don't have that tenth right. The original author retains it.
So it depends on what license we're moving to, but it may be possible to do so without having to reach out to contributors. In any case, it'd just be contributors to the Docs, not the whole project, but again, may not be worth the effort, unless there's a specific reason to make the move.