Thursday, May 13, 2021

Fedora's default license for content is now CC BY-SA 4.0

The Fedora Project Contributor Agreement (FPCA) [1], which all Fedora
contributors sign, exists to make sure that everything in the project is
licensed in accordance with our "Freedom" value. The FPCA includes a
provision which allows the Council to update the default license for either
"code" or "content":

The Fedora Council may, by public announcement, subsequently designate an
additional or alternative default license for a given category of
Contribution (a "Later Default License"). A Later Default License shall be
chosen from the appropriate categorical sublist of Acceptable Licenses For

The Fedora Council has approved [2] a change [3] from from the Creative
Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license to the
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) license for
material classified as "content". This message is the official public
announcement of that change, which is effective as of today, the 13th of May

This license applies to content (not code) submitted to Fedora that does not
have an explicit license attached. The FPCA is not a copyright assignment,
and does not override the explicit license choices of contributors or
upstream projects.


Matthew Miller
Fedora Project Leader
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