User talk:Wjhonson

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Hello, Wjhonson, welcome to Wikisource! Thanks for your interest in the project; we hope you'll enjoy the community and your work here. If you need help, see our help pages (especially Adding texts and Wikisource's style guide). You can discuss or ask questions from the community in general at the Scriptorium. The Community Portal lists tasks you can help with if you wish. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page.

- Politicaljunkie 20:48, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis[edit]

Hi, Wjhonson! I noticed you've been adding Diary of Miss Kitty May Ellis. I thank you for your interest in Wikisource, and for your desire to contribute to it. I have one quick question regarding the diary though, and I need to ask you sooner than later. My wonder is what the copyright status of this work is. As the section of her diary that you are adding is from 1957, the copyright regarding it is a bit fuzzy, and can be a bit difficult to determine. I was wondering if you knew whether or not it was in the public domain. Odds are it is public domain, but I must still ask. Thanks!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 01:56, 6 July 2006 (UTC)

Copyright also vests in the copyright holder themselves. I am the copyright holder as the caretaker of these gifted diaries. So the limitations do not apply in this sort of case. Any person can publish their own letters, and they can also publish the letters of their parents, if their parents are dead for example, or grant their own copyright. That is because the copy, right, descends just like property. In this case the copyright is in my hands.Wjhonson 02:05, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
Great! I'm very glad to hear it. Because of this, there is a second thing that must happen. By submitting the work here, you agree that anybody can take, download, modify, and publish for any reason whatsoever under the GFDL. Some copyright holders, while they want to share their work with other people, are not comfortable with this sort of idea. If you are okay with this, then I ask that you license your work under the GFDL or a compatible license. Please read up on what all is entailed by licensing the work you own the copyright to, though, as it cannot be revoked once licensed. If you are not okay with it, then WS will sadly have to delete it as we only allow works in the public domain or licensed under the GFDL or a compatible license. Read our copyright page for more information. Thanks!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 02:16, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
Thank you very much! This really clears stuff up! Enjoy!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 02:54, 6 July 2006 (UTC)


I reverted your recent changes to the policy. While I agree with you in prinsiple about hosting primary sources I do not think it is appropriate to change so many different sections of a policy with community consensus with detailed discussion on the particular points.--BirgitteSB 21:03, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

I left a message at the Scriptorium disscusion as that is the most central. The situation is clear in general opinion, but there is a reason people say "the devil is in the details".--BirgitteSB 21:13, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
I reverted your changes for two reasons: one, changes should not be made to existing policy unless the changes are merely typographical. Nothing on WS:WWI explicitly forbids the addition of letters. We've already got tons of letters on Wikisource: Zodiac Killer letters, for example, and many by Thomas Jefferson.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:20, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
This was discussed and noted that it's not clear on the talk page. However I have posted some wording here for your review. I hope you choose to participate in the discussion of how to clarify the policy. Thanks. Wjhonson 21:24, 14 July 2006 (UTC)


Hi, do you have access to Harper's? We are trying to acquire this article for Author:Margaret Oliphant. John Vandenberg (chat) 02:30, 29 January 2008 (UTC)