I hope this email finds you well.
As resolved from the recent Wiki Indaba 2017 in Accra, Ghana please find
attached the L2K.
This letter consists of the feedback collected from participants on two
sets of questions (explained further in the letter). The organizers of
Indaba analysed this data on behalf of the African conference participants.
We would also like to take the opportunity to appreciate Wikimedia
Foundation support including Asaf Bartov and Kacie Harold from Community
Engagement, Jack Rabah from the Global Reach Team, and Zack McCune from the
See you soon at our next Wiki Indaba in Tunisia.
- Felix Nartey
I hope you are well. I’m reaching out because, as we finish the last cycle
of the Movement Strategy process, I wanted to ask how you feel about having
a check-in meeting this Sunday, August 6th (similar to our previous Global
Reach Office Hours) for us to get together and talk.
I know this is a busy time for us all, but I want to make sure your voice
continues to be heard, represented, and to for you to know you have an open
line of communication through me into the strategy team if you want it. Please
let me know if you are OK with having a meeting this *Sunday, August 6th at
**17:30 UTC (20:30 Amman, 19:30 Joburg, 18:30 Lagos).*
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any
Is there anything other affiliates can learn from this? So we are mindful.
New Media+Journalism | Wikipedia | Purple People
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From: OneMore Daniel <danencyclopedia(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 10:41 PM
Subject: Re: [African Wikimedians] [Wikimedia-ng] Fwd: [WM-Chairpersons]
Judgment i BUS v. Wikimedia Sverige case
To: reachout2isaac(a)gmail.com, wikimedia-ng(a)lists.wikimedia.org
Cc: Mailing list for African Wikimedians <
This is so nearly unbelievable. In digitally advanced days as these, a
nonprofit organization like Wikimedia sharing knowledge that has even
helped Swedish education and government richly, still gets muddled.
Maybe it's the latent function of piracy and patent laws. This is not just
On 7/7/17, Isaac Olatunde <reachout2isaac(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I am forwarding this here.
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> From: Mattias Blomgren <mattias.blomgren(a)wikimedia.se>
> Date: Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 7:41 PM
> Subject: [WM-Chairpersons] Judgment i BUS v. Wikimedia Sverige case
> To: Internal mailing list for the Wikimedia's affiliations chairpersons <
> Dear all,
> I have to inform you that Wikimedia Sverige yesterday received the
> from the Swedish Patent and Market Court in our case against BUS
> (Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige), an organisation representing artists. We
> unfortunately lost the case and the court order reads as follows:
> - The Patent and Market Court enjoins Wikimedia Sverige, under a
> of a fine of SEK 100 000, to - by communication to the public - make
> representations (pictures) in Exhibit 1-3 of the works available during
> remaining term of protection for the works.
> - The Patent and Market Court declares that Wikimedia Sverige is
> to pay reasonable remuneration to Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige ek.för.
> respect to the communication to the public of the representations
> (pictures) in Exhibit 1-3 via the website offentligkonst.se from
> December 19, 2013 and compensation for any additional damage caused by
> - Wikimedia Sverige shall compensate Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige ek.för.
> for litigation costs in an amount of SEK 647 759, whereof SEK 562 200
> attorneys’ fees, together with interest in accordance with section 6 of
> Swedish interest act (1975:635) from today until payment is made.
> The case has last since 2014, when we were sued by BUS, and in April 2016
> the Swedish Supreme Court decided not in our favour, but the case was then
> handed back to the Patent and Market Court for final court order. Our
> lawyers have argued that the images don’t reside on our server
> offentligkonst.se, but are linked from Wikimedia Commons. This is not
> acceptable, according to the court.
> We have now removed all links to images of public art where copyright
> remains, but have kept the images of art in public domain. The
> for Wikimedia Commons is not yet clear, and we have contact with Wikimedia
> Foundation’s legal team, who are now awaiting a translation of the court’s
> judgment (26 pages).
> We have sent out a press release via various channels. We have started a
> crowdfunding campaign in order to get money to pay the litigation costs
> remuneration to BUS according to the court order.
> In the press release, we state that the problem with the judgment is that
> it is not allowed to share images of public art, art which is placed in
> public space, in parks, squares and paid by the tax payers’ money. The
> outcome is tragic, as the art is no longer as accessible and public as it
> used to be. Our goal has been to give the art the visibility it deserves.
> It is very strange that in a digitalized world it is not allowed to share
> images digitally, if a public art can be seen on the image. Our opinion is
> that the law must be changed.
> We don’t see that the judgment will impact Wikimedia Sverige’s ordinary
> projects, as they are funded via special project funding. As we have been
> aware that the outcome of the case could be what we now have faced, we
> saved some money during the last years, but of course we need money from
> our supporters for this case.
> Link to our press release: https://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/
> The image shows the most famous statue in Gothenburg outside the
> museum of fine art, but now hidden in black. The original image can be
> found on Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/
> Link to the website offentligkonst.se
> Kind regards
> Mattias Blomgren
> Chairman Wikimedia Sverige
> Chairpersons mailing list
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