Below is part of your answer, the statements are old and may be more
statements that official policy of the board. If you want a direct
answer for the Foundation's existing policy, then I would suggest
writing to ***@wikimedia.org and ask for them to direct you to the
Although Wikisource itself does not make commercial use of works, its
license does allow redistributors to make such commercial use.
Therefore, works with non-commercial licenses are prohibited from
Such licenses are prohibited by decision of the President of the
Wikimedia Foundation, as indicated by the 2004 message by Jimbo Wales
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimbo_Wales> entitled "WikiEN-l, Use of
In 2006, Jimbo Wales explicitly confirmed in #wikimedia
<irc://irc.freenode.net/#wikimedia> that this decision applied to
Wikisource, declaring that "Noncommercial-only licenses are basically
the same thing as torturing kittens." Angela
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Angela>, board member, has also
explicitly stated noncommercial licenses are unacceptable; see
"Foundation-l, Juriwiki-l, Re: Copyright complaints
------ Original Message ------
From: "Jayanta Nath" <***@gmail.com>
To: "discussion list for Wikisource, the free library"
Sent: 4/02/2018 11:35:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikisource-l] Can any local language Wikisource release
their few books in CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
>I have met few Bengali Writer and family member of writer who had died.
>Few of them ready to give us for permission to us. But they are not to
>agree to release it Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
>Their main concern about commercial use of their text, if derivative in
>translation, it will be not any issue of them. They have no issue for
>published at Wikisource. So what should be the licence and how we
>published in Bengali Wikisource?
>But they are ready to release all their book at
>Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).
><https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/> or any equal
>On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 5:59 PM, Nicolas VIGNERON
>>(quickly as I'm not on my computer)
>>Indeed, local projects can have an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) :
>><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Non-free_content> but this is not
>>something really encouraged.
>>Can you maybe provide some context, why do you need CC BY-NC-ND?
>>2018-02-04 11:31 GMT+01:00 Jayanta Nath <***@gmail.com>:
>>>I need some clarification. I know that Wikisource release our content
>>>CC BY-SA 3.0. Can any local language Wikisource release their few
>>>books in CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. ( Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0
>>>Unported) by approving by the local policy?? OR We have to approved
>>>Wikisource-l mailing list
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