Is there anything other affiliates can learn from this? So we are mindful.
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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
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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 <
I have to inform you that Wikimedia Sverige yesterday received the
from the Swedish Patent and Market Court in our case
(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
respect to the communication to the public of the
(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
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
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