The Italian Senate is debating the defamation bill that the Italian
Wikipedia community previously protested. The community is discussing their
Here is a Google translation of some proposed banner text:
once again the independence of Wikipedia is under threat.
In these hours, the Italian Senate is debating a bill on defamation ( DDL
n. 3491 ) which, if approved, would require each site (including Wikipedia)
the correction or deletion of your content on simple request those who
considered damaging to their image or their privacy, and provides for the
criminal conviction and fines of up to € 100,000 in the case of failure to
remove. Similar initiatives are not new , but this time their approval
Wikipedia recognizes the right to the protection of the reputation of each
and volunteers that contribute for free already strive daily to ensure it.
The approval of this standard, however, be obliged to alter the content
regardless of their veracity . Such a requirement would distort the
fundamental principles of Wikipedia, would be an unacceptable restriction
of its autonomy and a grave threat to the activity of its 15 million
volunteers around the world, who would be inclined to stop dealing with
specific topics or characters, even only "no problems."
Wikipedia is the largest collective work in the history of the human race
in 12 years has become part of the habits of millions of Internet users in
search of a knowledge-neutral, free and above all free. The Italian edition
has almost a million entries, receiving 16 million visits every day, but
this rule may obscure them forever.
The Encyclopedia is the heritage of all. We will not allow it disappears.
Below are some recent events that you may find interesting.
*Justice department calls Megaupload case a success despite catastrophic
Even as the US government's case against Kim Dotcom and the vast copyright
infringement conspiracy they allege he orchestrated crumbles in their
hands, the Justice Department has only nice things to say about their
take-down of Megaupload.
The Obama administration has all but thrown in the towel in the federal
copyright infringement suit against Megaupload.com, but Attorney General
Eric Holder is celebrating the seizure of the file storage site nearly a
year later even despite a steady series of setback both domestically and
abroad expected to heavily jeopardize the outcome of the case.
Speaking at the Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Grant Award Event in
Towson, Maryland on Wednesday, Attorney General Holder praised the DoJ’s
attempts at prosecuting Megaupload and its associates for copyright
infringement, calling the case yet another example in the courts’ “record
of success” when it comes to fighting and preventing IP crimes.
*US court to rule on ReDigi's MP3 digital music resales* (BBC)
A US court is to consider a case that could determine whether digital media
files can be resold.
One-year-old start-up ReDigi is battling music giant EMI over whether
digital music can be retraded after it has been legally purchased.
ReDigi says that its software is designed to comply with existing United
States copyright laws.
*Internet firms driving information technology industry growth, says
Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT
industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost
revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD
The OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 says that the top 250 ICT firms,
ranked by revenue, boosted employment by 4% in 2010 and 6% in 2011. Hiring
grew fastest among Internet firms who increased employment by 29% in 2011,
largely driven by Amazon.com and Google adding 50% more employees between
2010 and 2011.
*Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril* (MarketWatch)
Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known
case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your
grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.
At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in
copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like
electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without
getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.
Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you
can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had
control over the first sale.
Freedom House released the 2012 Freedom of the Net report, which assesses
threats to free speech online and in digital media. It is available here:
After an initial skim, I see that it discusses Wikipedia as a target of
censorship, the Italian Wikipedia community's protests, and a few specific
Wikipedia pages. If anyone has an opportunity to read the report in detail,
I would be interested to hear what you notice.
Below is an update on the Filipino editor community's discussions about the
Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10175).
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From: Paolo B. <titopao(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Yet Another Cybercrime Law (Philippines)
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc: Wikimedia Phillippines mailing list <wikimedia-ph(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
As far as Wikipedia is concerned, some members of the Filipino editors'
community (myself included) are trying to gather a consensus before
requesting for a blackout of the English Wikipedia for the Philippines
(that is, a 24-hour blackout that will only take effect here and not
including other countries). We might probably include other local
Philippine-language Wikipedias as well, but that's still under discussion,
I have only been able to participate in soliciting the input of other Pinoy
WIkipedians (through messages in their Talk pages) just now, as I was away
from my desktop computers recently. So I'm not sure how many other Filipino
Wikipedians are yet to hear of our proposal. (This proposal, by the way, is
an initiative of the local editing community and is not an official action
of the local chapter, Wikimedia Philippines.)
Outside Wikipedia, however, the rage against the bill is pretty s trong. A
lot of Filipinos have changes their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures
into a solid black square. Even a news website
its layout to a black background. There was a protest movement yesterday at
the Supreme Court, in support of the seven (7) petitions asking for a
temporary restraining order (TRO) of Republic Act 10175; however, no TRO
was issued yesterday as a number of judges were absent because of official
duties. Suffice it to say that, yes, there is a significant opposition to
the Cybercrime Law (specifically on the provisions on libel), and for sure
it will be in the news in the days to come....
Trustee, Wikimedia Philippines
(speaking on a personal capacity, not on behalf of Wikimedia Philippines)
On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 6:57 AM, Benjamin Lees <emufarmers(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I suppose this is old news by now, but I haven't seen it mentioned here
> yet. Are any projects taking action?
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My Fellow Wikimedians,
We would like to ask your feedback on the new law signed by our President
about Cybercrime whether it had a chilling effect on our local Wikipedia
Official text is available on this link:
Roman "Butch" Bustria Jr.
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Date: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
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I catch the occasion to mention the open list advocacy_advisors(a)lists.**
wikimedia.org <advocacy_advisors(a)lists.wikimedia.org> dedicated to this
type of news, associated with the Meta page https://meta.wikimedia.org/**
~ Seb35 [^_^]
Le Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:10:00 +0200, Amir E. Aharoni <
amir.aharoni(a)mail.huji.ac.il> a écrit:
Is there a reason to ask about this on the internal mailing list? You
> can get useful feedback from the open list, too.
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> “We're living in pieces,
> I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
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