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Portions of this policy were based on the MeatballWikiCopyrightDiscussion and the OpenPublicationLicense Draft v. 1.0 (8 June 1999). In no way does that imply that the material on this site is under the OpenPublicationLicense.
This part is not part of the policy.
Essentially, the policy says you own what you say, but people will make edits in the wiki fashion. Totally altering someone's statement around would not be allowed (of course!), because that allows for stuffing words into people's mouths.
Also, the site maintains control over its structure to prevent wholesale mirroring of the content here. Note, while anonymous contributions have no known authors, they are still protected by the law. However, it would be difficult to prove authorship of anything anyway as there is universal editing.
We'd additionally like to be able to redistribute How Tos and FAQs written here communally, not to mention taking back ups of the database. Hence the timestamped snapshots.
Finally, we'd like to avoid being sued frivolously. If we are, we prefer a jurisdiction fitting the circumstances of our lives.
Any party may reproduce and modify this copyright policy for his or her own purposes provided they disavow any legal responsibility from either Meatball, MeatballWiki, or Sunir Shah and that they remove any reference inside the policy to either Meatball, MeatballWiki, or Sunir Shah. This exclusion does not include acknowledgments that are not part of the policy. If you copy this license, you understand that no accredited legal representative has approved this license. Sunir Shah is not a lawyer. You accept full responsibility if you use this license. You agree not to hold Meatball, MeatballWiki, nor Sunir Shah responsible.
NEITHER MEATBALL NOR MEATBALLWIKI ARE A LAW FIRM AND NEITHER PROVIDES LEGAL SERVICES. SUNIR SHAH IS NOT A LAWYER. DISTRIBUTION OF THIS LICENSE DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. MEATBALL PROVIDES THIS INFORMATION ON AN "AS-IS" BASIS. MEATBALL DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS REGARDING THE INFORMATION PROVIDED, AND DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ITS USE.
An example of an acceptable way to copy the license is done on [AndStuff:AndStuffCopyright].
Sunir, could you please explain the meaning of "Permission is granted to reference (link to), but not copy, content on this site unless within the bounds of "fair use." I ask this question, because some people might misinterpret this as: no author can ever reuse their own texts elsewhere in public. I suppose that this is a special case of what you understand under "fair use" in combination with "The site does not claim ownership of the content you contribute to Meatball."
You own your own words and can do anything you want with them. For other people wondering what they can do with text you wrote here, that is an expression of what their rights are by default. You have to make these things clear because most people don't understand how copyright works.