This message is directed to all our Translators at Crowdin. As mentioned at SOS XIII,
We want to re-license the SpongeDocs Translations.
License changes for the SpongeDocs have been proposed (see here).
We’ve had to ask every contributor to approve these license changes. This would protect the master documentation, and provide clear open licensing for anyone who wants to reproduce them. Basically, all that would be required to re-use the docs is attribution and the persistence of the Creative Commons Share-Alike (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. A copy is provided with the PR on GitHub, and also a link to the original on the web.
However, this re-licensing on GitHub does not necessarily extend to the translated Sponge documentation. We must therefore ask all of our translators to approve the same license, so the translated docs can also be future-proofed and share the CC BY-SA logo. This is a bit of a challenge, as we now have 342 translators (not counting me and Sponge).
Can the leaders and proofreaders of our Translation teams assist us in this enterprise?
It seems wise to pursue this on a per-language basis, where each team can see who has actually contributed and help collect approvals for our new license. If you think can help, please reply to this thread, or contact the Docs Editorial Staff on #spongedocs IRC or Discord.
Effectively, each translator (like a contributor) would have to make a declaration that they agree to the re-licensing of their contributions to CC BY-SA, and “sign” with the identity they used to do the translations. We used a template for the master Docs PR, you may wish to do the same.
We plan on sending a global announcement to the SpongePowered Crowdin translators very soon, referring to this Topic and stating the basics of our licensing needs and issues. We should be able to collect many of the approvals we need there, if this goes ahead. We also need to make sure new translators (and those inactive) are shown the license, probably in the text under the project banner on the main page.
Feedback, thoughts, ideas and quibbles would be appreciated. This is complicated, and may take a very long time.