Nadácia Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) navrhla zmenu licenčných podmienok na wiki lokalitách, ktoré prevádzkuje — vrátane Wikipédie — aby pridala licenciu Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) naviac k súčasnej GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). To ovplyvní všetok text a multimédiá (obrázky, zvuk, video atď.) momentálne licencované za podmienok „GFDL 1.2 alebo neskoršie verzie“. Táto zmena má posunúť plnenie misie WMF tým, že zvýši kompatibilitu a dostupnosť slobodného obsahu. Ďalšie podrobnosti a motivácia tejto zmeny sú vysvetlené na stránke návrhu aktualizácie licencovania a súvisiacej stránke FAQ.
Medzi 12. aprílom a 3. májom 2009 sa konalo hlasovanie v rozsahu všetkých projektov Wikimedia, ktoré malo zmerať podporu komunity voči tejto zmene. Hlasovanie viedli dobrovoľníci príslušiaci do komisie aktualizácie licencovania a konali sa na serveroch nezávislej neziskovej organizácie SPI.
|„Áno, súhlasím s touto zmenou“||13 242||75,8 %|
|„Nie, nesúhlasím s touto zmenou“||1 829||10,5 %|
|„Nemám názor na túto zmenu“||2 391||13,7 %|
|Celkom uznaných hlasov||17462|
Ak sa nerátajú hlasy „nemám názor“, podiel áno/nie je 87,9 %/12,1 % (15 071 hlasov).
As per prior agreement, the licensing update committee shared this result with WMF Board of Trustees a few days prior to the public release. The Board is responsible for giving final approval before any change to Wikimedia licensing is made.
Michael Snow, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, provided the following comment:
The volunteers who work on Wikimedia projects have very strongly supported making their contributions available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License (CC-BY-SA) in addition to the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Updating our license terms will support Wikimedia's charitable mission, by making our projects legally compatible with others that have chosen the CC-BY-SA license. Our free information and educational content can be shared more readily and will be easier for everyone to use.
The full Board of Trustees passed the following resolution on May 21, 2009:
To implement the change, the following events are expected:
The licensing update poll was conducted for three weeks (from April 12 to May 3, 2009) in 32 languages, and was announced via a site notice displayed to all logged-in editors. The poll was open to any individual who had a registered account on a WMF project with at least 25 edits prior to March 15, 2009, and who was neither blocked at that account nor flagged as a bot. Individuals not meeting these criteria were automatically prevented from submitting a ballot.
A total of 18692 ballots were submitted. After review, the licensing update committee certified 17462 of these as valid. Nearly all of the rejected ballots were due to individuals attempting to vote multiple times. In the case of a single individual voting multiple times, their most recent ballot is considered valid and any earlier ballots are rejected. This included 930 cases where a single account at a particular wiki was used to cast multiple votes. A further 256 votes were discounted due to individuals voting multiple times under the same account name from different wikis (confirmed as linked accounts via single user login or other technical evidence). The final 44 rejected ballots were eliminated for other reasons, including abusive sockpuppetry.
All vote review was conducted solely based on the voter's account identity and associated technical evidence. Ballot choices were encrypted and not released until after the collection of valid votes was certified. Rejected ballots were never opened.
193 Wikimedia projects were represented by at least one vote.
|397||2.3%||8 "Special" projects (includes Commons, [[:|Meta]], Wikispecies, etc.)|
|72||0.4%||18 Wikibooks projects|
|60||0.3%||17 Wikisource projects|
|30||0.2%||11 Wikinews projects|
|24||0.1%||7 Wikiversity projects|
|15||0.1%||8 Wikiquote projects|