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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 <
I have to inform you that Wikimedia Sverige yesterday received the judgment
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 penalty
of a fine of SEK 100 000, to - by communication to the public - make the
representations (pictures) in Exhibit 1-3 of the works available during the
remaining term of protection for the works.
- The Patent and Market Court declares that Wikimedia Sverige is obliged
to pay reasonable remuneration to Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige ek.för. with
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 the
- Wikimedia Sverige shall compensate Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige ek.för.
for litigation costs in an amount of SEK 647 759, whereof SEK 562 200 for
attorneys’ fees, together with interest in accordance with section 6 of the
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 still
remains, but have kept the images of art in public domain. The consequences
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 and
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 the
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 have
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/wikimedia-sverige/
The image shows the most famous statue in Gothenburg outside the Gothenburg
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
Chairman Wikimedia Sverige
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We would like to inform you that the Wiki Loves Africa 2017 grant
request has been accepted !
La demande de subvention pour WLAf 2017 a été acceptée
/*People at Work*/
*Competition scope:*The theme calls for photographs, videos and audio
files that document all manner of occupations undertake across the
continent - formal and informal, contemporary and ancient,
business-oriented and creative. There will be a special prize that will
be concentrated on visually capturing women working, and another that
illustrates rare, fading or threatened traditional craft, style or way
Les gens au travail (traduction à préciser)
Il y aura un prix spécial pour l'illustration des femmes au travail. Et
un spécial pour les métiers menacés d'extinction.
The contest will run October-November
There will be a dedicated drive after the event to better use and
Le concours se déroulera en Octobre et Novembre
Il y aura aussi un effort particulier après le concours pour mieux
intégrer et réutiliser les photos
A few things to note though...
1. This year, per request from WMF, only 13 countries will be allowed to
request funding to participate with local events. That list covers any
country which has already participated to WLAf at least once.
Moreover, amongst those 13 countries, some will be covered by the WLAf
Project Grant in the same way than in 2014-2015-2016, whilst some will
have to request a Rapid Grant to WMF.
This is the list of countries who should ask a Rapid Grant if they want
to join in
**O*f course, we would support those asking for the rapid grant as
needed. The main benefit is... that local budget can potentially
increase given that max budget for a Rapid Grant is 2000 dollars.
***We will reach out to all groups individually anyway to discuss this.
******This is the list of countries who should follow the same process
than last year if they want to join in
*2. The contest is moving towards incorporating more volunteer positions.
_So if you want to get involved in organiz__ing the contest at the
global level, please __get in touch with us asap so that we can
integrate you from the start_*_in the who__*le organization and
planning. *_*Project will start with evaluation planning, in
consultation with and supported by WMF, to improve documentation and
reporting of impact. *We will probably launch an easy going group list
to better coordinate this and involve people. So please, if you want to
be part of it... jump in (********<evil look>****we will contact some of
you privately anyway. The african developer group is on target for
I hope this is clear. Contact me if not.
**Contactez moi si ce qui est expli*qué ci dessus n'est pas clair.*
I would like to inform you that I have asked for a Rapid Grant to help me
produce 100 USB keys to be used for distributing Kiwix in Senegal and other
West African countries.
In my experience, USB keys are the most effective way of distributing Kiwix
in areas with little or no Internet access. For the moment I am using 32GB
usb 2.0 keys, as that it the biggest key that can be read by Windows XP
(which is used by over 60% of the computers in remote areas).
Please endorse the proposal. I welcome your comments and remarks on the
rapid grant proposal page.
Chers Toutes et Tous,
Je tiens à vous informer que j'ai fait une demande pour une subvention (un
"Rapid Grant") pour m'aider à produire 100 clefs USB qui seront utilisées
pour distribuer Kiwix au Sénégal et dans d'autres pays de l'Afrique de
Par expérience personnelle, les clefs USB sont la manière la plus efficace
de distribuer Kiwix dans le régions qui ont peu ou pas d'accès Internet.
Pour le moment j'utilise des clefs de 32 Go usb 2.0 car ce sont les clefs
avec la plus grande capacité qui puisse être lue par Windows XP (qui est
utilisé par plus de 60% des ordinateurs dans les zones éloignées).
Je vous remercie de soutenir la demande. Vos commentaires et remarques sont
les bienvenus sur la page de demande de Grant, en français ou en anglais.
Avec mes salutations les meilleures
Dear all Wikimedians in Africa;
I'm Ayoub a new wikimedian from Tunisia.I have submitted a communication
about Wikipedia education at e learning Africa 2017.
Also I have requested a TPS grant from WMF to attend this event.
I need your suggestions and Feedback about this request, you find below the
link for the grant request.
Dear fellow Wikimedians,
It has been a remarkable six months since WikiIndaba, and three months
since the Wikimedia Conference. I am so excited by what the African
community has accomplished during this period, and what we have yet to
I am so grateful for the L2K and how it has inspired the movement and
Foundation. We have referred back to it on so many occasions through the
global strategy process. And of course, it inspired the Latin American
community with their own post-Iberoconf letter, the Carta de Buenos Aires
In order to properly recognize the L2K, and the importance of the African
community, I would like to acknowledge both it and the Carta with a formal
response while we are at Wikimania. The response will be timed to accompany
the presentation that I intend to give along with Christophe Henner, our
Wikimedia Foundation Board Chair.
In the meantime, I know that you have been in close coordination with Jack
and other Foundation colleagues through the office hours and other
collaborations. Internally within the Foundation, the themes of the L2K
have been present in our conversations around strategy, program, and
I am so grateful for your voice, and the representation of Africa in the
community, and your continued work on behalf of our movement.
 Original in Spanish: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Iberocoop/
Carta_de_Buenos_Aires; English version: https://meta.
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Hi everyone, what the hell is L2K??? Or am I the only dumb person?
(Auntie Google tells me "License to Kill" - really???)
Cheers from Dar es Salaam Ingo - kipala
> 4. Update on the L2K ahead of Wikimania (Katherine Maher)
antonicmtavangu(a)gmail.com <mailto:email@example.com> Antoni
Mtavangu who coordinates a group of fresh wikipedians with whom I
trained at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania requested to get into the mailing
list but did not get a response. Kindly look into it.
Kipala - Ingo
Am 08.07.2017 um 15:50 schrieb
Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group is one of the user groups recognized by
the Affiliation Committee this week. I am happy because the number of
Wikipedia User Group in Africa has increased by one. This is a good news I
feel I should share with Wikimedian colleagues who are not on the
Once again, congratulations to the founding members and Wikimedians of
Especially from Africa, apologies that this has come in, really really
late, nevertheless, thought the list can know about the above OpenStreetMap
Conference happening in the next few hours in Kampala. Details at
It's a pity that we do not have a session about Wikipedia/Wikimedia
Projects, however, Wikimedia Usergroup members in Uganda and other African
countries are strongly involved in the organisation of the above
conference, and this is just a start, we highly hope to have more
involvement of Wikimedia in the future events.
*Executive Director (MapUganda)*
*OpenStreetMap Uganda *
*Building a network of Mappers in Uganda, creating capacity, Innovation and
*Skype: douglo.m | Twitter: @mapuganda
<https://twitter.com/douglaseru> | Mob: +256 772 422524*
*Hive Colab, 4th Floor Kanjokya House, Plot 90, Kanjokya Street,
Kampala - Uganda*