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The reason for this stipulation is so that A Voice for Men is not obliged to contact (if that were even possible) every contributor individually should there be an unforeseen need to change (for example) the licensing conditions associated with content.


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The terms of the CC-BY-SA licence do not prohibit commercial use, but we request any for-profit publishers to do us the courtesy of asking us for consent before they use our content. Consent will almost certainly be given (where we have the right to consent).

There are two reasons for our choice not to use CC-BY-NC-SA. The practical reason is that this licence is not compatible with Wikipedia's content licence and therefore complicates the re-use of Wikipedia content here. Wikipedia is likely to be used as a source, both by us and our contributors, so it is in everybody's interests to make that as pain-free as possible.

The technical reason for not using CC-BY-NC-SA is that it is unclear to what extent the NC condition is meaningful[1] (esr points out that there is no legal bright-line test for what constitutes commercial use) and, if so, how. We feel that it is better to have clarity and avoid ambiguity where it comes to legal rights and obligations.

Notwithstanding, we ask commercial publishers to respect our request that they obtain consent before using content from AVfM Reference Wiki.


  1. ^ Raymond, E. S., NC Considered Harmful, http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=4559