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I. PreambleEdit

The Wikinews License is designed to ensure that Wikinews articles and other works are free to be copied and redistributed, with or without modification or as part of a collective work, while still preserving credit for their origination to the community from which they originate.

II. Applicability and definitionsEdit

The Work (as defined below) is provided under the terms of this WIKINEWS LICENSE ("WNL" or "License"). The Work is protected by copyright and/or other applicable law. Any use of the work other than as authorized under this license or copyright law is prohibited.

By excercising any rights to the work provided in this license, you accept and agree to be bound by the terms of this license. The Licensor grants you the rights contained here in consideration of your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Nothing in this license is intended to reduce, limit, or restrict any rights of the copyright owner(s) under copyright law or other applicable laws.

II.A DefinitionsEdit

  1. "Work" means the copyrightable work of text or other medium offered under the terms of this License.
  2. "Licensor" means the Wikinews project of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Licensor Designate of the copyright owners.
  3. "You" means an individual or entity exercising rights under this License who has not previously violated the terms of this License.
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III. License grantEdit

The Licensor hereby grants You a license to:

  1. reproduce the Work in whole or in part, to incorporate it into a Collective Work, and to use the Work in a Derivative Work
  2. distribute copies of, publicly perform, or otherwise make available the Work or any Collective Work or Derivative Work in which it is incorporated.
  3. To avoid possible doubt:
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These rights may be excercised in all media and formats, current or future. They also include the right to make modifications that are technically required to excercise the rights in other media and formats. All rights not expressly granted by this License are reserved.

IV. RestrictionsEdit

The license granted in section III, above, is expressly subject to and limited by the following restrictions:

  1. License, access.
    1. You may copy, distribute, and publicly perform the Work only under the terms of this License, and you must include a copy of, or provide access to, this license in whole with every copy of the Work or a Deriative work You distribute, perform or display.
    2. You may not offer or impose any terms on the Work that alter or restrict the terms of this License or the recipients' exercise of the rights granted by it.
    3. You may not sublicense the Work. You must keep intact all notices that refer to this License.
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  2. Credit
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    2. If You create a Collective Work, upon notice from the Licensor You must, to the extent practicable, remove from the Collective Work any credit as required by clause IV(2.a), as requested.
    3. If You create a Derivative Work, upon notice from any Licensor You must, to the extent practicable, remove from the Derivative Work any credit as required by clause IV(2.a), as requested.

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VI. Limitations on LiabilityEdit

Except to the extent required by applicable law, in no event will Licensor be liable to You on any legal theory for any special, incidental, consequential, punitive or exemplary damages arising out of this License or the use of the Work, even if the Licensor has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

VII. TerminationEdit

  1. This License and the rights it grants will terminate automatically upon any breach by You of the terms of this License. Individuals or entities who have received Derivative Works or Collective Works from You under this License, however, will not have their licenses terminated provided such individuals or entities remain in full compliance with those licenses. Sections II, V, VI, VII, and VIII will survive any termination of this License.
  2. Subject to the License terms and conditions, the License granted here is perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright in the Work). However, Licensor reserves the right to release the Work under different license terms or to stop distributing the Work at any time. Any such election will not serve to withdraw this License (or any other license that has been, or is required to be, granted under the terms of this License), and this License will continue in full force and effect unless terminated by Section VII.A.

VIII. MiscellaneousEdit

  1. Each time You distribute, publicly perform or otherwise make available the Work or a Collective Work, the Licensor offers to the recipient a license to the Work on the same terms and conditions as the license granted to You under this License.
  2. If any provision of this License is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, it will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of the terms of this License, and without further action by the parties to this agreement such provision will be reformed to the minimum extent necessary to make such provision valid and enforceable.
  3. No term or provision of this License will be considered waived and no breach consented to unless the waiver or consent is in writing and signed by all parties.
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