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Standard text for asking permissions?

I was thinking it might be a good idea if there was a standard text one could use when mailing web-site (or authors) to ask for permissions on using their material for the Duolingo Immersion.

Maybe there is users who has already written such a text?

August 11, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Viaggiatore

Unfortunately, that leaves everything else.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saidaspen

That is the point. For asking permissions of authors of texts outside of the creative commons.

Anyway, where do I find text under creative commons? The only place I know is Wikipedia, and those don't work all that well under immersion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lieryan

Google search can limit searches to CC-licensed text, the feature is bit hidden in Google.com itself, but can be easily accessed from Creative Common Search http://search.creativecommons.org/ (note even if a page is found from a CC search engines, you still need to verify that it is actually licensed under CC).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Viaggiatore

Some Italian Wikipedia articles are good for Immersion, But still the total amount available under Creative Commons isn't especially interesting, in my experience. I understood that the original idea behind Duo is to translate the whole internet. If we're limited to Creative Commons we've come a long way from that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saidaspen

The search engine for CC-materials was not very impressive, still find it increadibly hard to find good material for translation :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lieryan

If a website's content is licensed under Creative Common, you do not need to ask permission (the CC license itself is already construed as an explicit permit).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saidaspen

lieryan, no. If the text is under CC then you do not need to ask permissions. But, as I have said. I have problem finding interesting texts which are under CC and would like to add content which is protected, and in order to do that I need to ask permissions. Thus, I am wondering if we could have a general text to send when asking for permissions instead of, as it is right now, each person writing a new mail each and every time we are asking permissions to use a text (describing what Duolingo is, why and for what we want to use the text for).

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