GFDL violation

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A GFDL vilation is a violation of the GNU Free Documentation License.

Many GFDL violations occur when GFDL corpus access providers fail to provide links to source materials. The licence requires users to "Preserve the network location, if any, given in the Document" if it is in fact given in the document, not in associated text added by a service.

When they republish GFDL text that has been published by other providers, such as Wikipedia, the largest and best known source of GFDL content on the net, some providers omit the link to the location where it can be edited, corrected or otherwise fixed.

Other types of GFDL violations include:

Wikipedia has complicated matters with its policy of forcing other GFDL corpus access providers to provide links to itself if any text is similar to any other GFDL text that has been published via Wikipedia (which legally and technically is only a user interface). While it is the largest and best known source, it is deliberately NOT the authoratitive or most quotable source for any particular topic. Accordingly it is seriously detrimental to the GFDL corpus to have all links on all topics lead to Wikipedia. The license implies that the best and most authoritative version be linked to, not just the first place where the material appeared.

The Inquirer ran an article on this which asked for email regarding violations.