View Full Version : Can I copy legal pages from Wikipedia

Hans Tanza
07-07-2008, 08:12 AM
Hello everyone,

I'm starting a wiki site that works in exactly the same way as Wikipedia, with all the content posted by users. Wikipedia contains a wealth of legal information concerning what can and cannot be posted, and what the site is and is not responsible for. Can I copy legal pages such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Copyright or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:General_disclaimer and just insert my site name and make any other small alterations required for the text to make complete sense in the context of my site?

I suspect I probably can, given that all pages on Wikipedia are subject to the GNU Free Documentation License, but could do with some reassurance! Do I need to make it clear that I've sourced the content of these pages from Wikipedia, for example?

Step forward Wikipedia experts!

Many thanks,


11-05-2008, 07:49 AM
It is an open source website, you can use open source material unless it is specifically copy righted.

11-05-2008, 03:58 PM
Wikipedia's licensing tends to require attribution though.

12-02-2008, 04:40 PM
Hi, the safest thing to do is to make your own. Just make the Wikipedia resources as your guide.