Copyright and the website/wiki. adheres to current rules of attribution and respects copyright, according to Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike License. Content and comments posted to the website was deleted by an unscrupulous host in June 2013. We are slowly rebuilding this research site as, but all reader comments, and many posts links have been lost, or are unavailable unless the former site host decides to transfer the information. Lesson learned: Host your own domain name and website. Period.

Going forward, the new site will continue to adhere to Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution rules. Every work that can be attributed to a particular author or creator will be attributed. As a wiki, this site will also adhere to the same general rules set forth in Wikipedia regarding copyright as set forth in  Wikipedia Citation Standards. You must be able to verify the origin of your content. Content posted by users that is found to violate any copyright will be deleted.

Copyright and Traditional Knowledge: Much of what is and soon will be contained in this site will have its basis in “traditional knowledge” –considered to be part of the underlying culture of a people. Folklore, myths and legends and works created by a past society are part of traditional knowledge. Much of traditional culture is passed down from one generation to the next. It is “owned” collectively by a particular group or community. Often traditional culture and folklore has no known origin and is not “owned” in the same sense as copyrighted works have an owner and then pass into the public domain.

The Menehune people have disappeared into the past, and have no one to protect their rights. However, new works created by a known person, even if based on or inspired by traditional culture or folklore is considered a new expression. These “contemporary” works even if part of a pre-existing cultural heritage that is in the public domain, is considered to be protected under existing copyright law. Once the property rights given to these works by copyright law expire, they too will fall into the public domain.

This site is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike License. By posting to this site, you agree that a hyperlink or URL is sufficient attribution under the Creative Commons 3.0 license. See this Creative Commons 3.0 Deed for details.

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