Licensing

Wikipedia articles are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).  The general idea is anyone can take a Wikipedia article and build on it providing the new work is licensed in the same way.  The new work is called a derived work.

Copyright law has special cases for music and performances.  Our understanding of the situation is that when you take a Wikipedia article and tweak the words and add chords, that is a composition.  That composition is a derived work of the original article so must be licensed under the GFDL.  The recording of you singing it is a performance, which is different. You own the copyright to your performance, but you technically have to pay royalties to the copyright owners of the composition. This is where we’re a bit stuck.  We’d encourage you to license your performance under the Creative Commons Attribution license and kind of hope for the best :)

We’re not lawyers so you submit your performances at your own risk :)  If you are a lawyer, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject. Please contact us.

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