[Was: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to Release its
images under a free license for public use]
A number of possible freedom of panorama initiatives are being discussed
proposals are not being led by the WMF itself because there are
strict regulations on how a tax-exempt nonprofit organization may engage in
The Wikimedia community has many creative ideas. Here are the proposals
under discussion on Commons:
* Write a convincing rationale for why FoP is a good thing
* US chapters lobby Congress
* Set-up an umbrella lobbying organization
* Geotargeted CentralNotice banner
* Identify allies (was: "Talk to Google")
* Identify educational audience for these photos
* Sample offline Wikipedias with Kiwix offline reader that need photos
* Summary FoP law table
* Proposed wording
* Short and long term goals
* Baby step: state-level arts grants
* Identify violations
* Throw our toys out of the pram
* Lead by example
* Guerilla art campaign
Which do you think would be the most effective?
On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM, ENWP Pine <deyntestiss(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> To the WMF folks, is WMF doing any advocacy of its own regarding FOP in
> the US?
*For legal reasons, I may only serve as an attorney for the Wikimedia
Foundation. This means I may not give legal advice to or serve as a lawyer
for community members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal
We really miss in this list:
* EU chapters lobby European Parliament
On my way home from a Creative Commons meeting recently, I spoke with someone from Google. That person is active in Brussels to lobby for their interest. We really miss an office in Brussels.
And concerning FoP, we are currently working on founding a chapter in Belgium, and one of its goals is getting FoP in Belgium. Also Wikimedia France is very active that subject.
Greetings from Europe,
> Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:21:12 -0800
> From: Stephen LaPorte <slaporte(a)wikimedia.org>
> To: Advocacy Advisory Group for WMF LCA
> Subject: [Advocacy Advisors] Freedom of Panorama
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> [Was: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to
> Release its
> images under a free license for public use]
> Hello Pine,
> A number of possible freedom of panorama initiatives are
> being discussed
> here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Freedom_of_panorama_campaignThese
> proposals are not being led by the WMF itself because there
> strict regulations on how a tax-exempt nonprofit
> organization may engage in
> legislative activism.
> The Wikimedia community has many creative ideas. Here are
> the proposals
> under discussion on Commons:
> * Write a convincing rationale for why FoP is a good thing
> * Petition
> * US chapters lobby Congress
> * Set-up an umbrella lobbying organization
> * Geotargeted CentralNotice banner
> * Identify allies (was: "Talk to Google")
> * Identify educational audience for these photos
> * Sample offline Wikipedias with Kiwix offline reader that
> need photos
> * Summary FoP law table
> * Proposed wording
> * Short and long term goals
> * Baby step: state-level arts grants
> * Identify violations
> * Throw our toys out of the pram
> * Lead by example
> * Guerilla art campaign
> Which do you think would be the most effective?
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 1:39 PM, ENWP Pine <deyntestiss(a)hotmail.com>
> > Good!
> > To the WMF folks, is WMF doing any advocacy of its own
> regarding FOP in
> > the US?
> > Pine
> Stephen LaPorte
> Legal Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
> *For legal reasons, I may only serve as an attorney for the
> Foundation. This means I may not give legal advice to or
> serve as a lawyer
> for community members, volunteers, or staff members in their
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tomer Ashur <tomerashur(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM
Subject: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to Release its images under a free
license for public use
To: "Local Chapters, board and officers coordination (closed subscription)"
I am very proud to announce that Wikimedia Israel just won one of its main
struggles. The Israeli government has announced that all imaged in which
the state is the copyrights holder and that were uploaded to the
government's websites can be freely used with the following restrictions:
1. The image will be attributed to the state of Israel (or the relevant
2. The user cannot change the license (Share-alike)
3. No derivative work.
4. Each office will create a policy about commercial use (i.e., commercial
use is allowed, unless otherwise specified).
Wikimedia Israel has pushed for this change since 2010, when MK Meir
Sheetrit proposed an amendment for the Israeli copyright act. The chapter
pushed for the acceptance of this amendment by the Knesset (the Israeli
parliament). During this time, we were able to make a complete shift in the
paradigms employed by the government and government officials. From being
strong opposers to the bill, they become adopters of the changes, thus
making the bill itself, redundant.
Now, a new struggle begins - Wikimedia Israel will work to remove the ND
clause from the decision, and will make sure that all government offices
publish their policy as required. Nonetheless, this is still a huge
achievement, the government has accepted the importance of free culture in
On a personal note, as the leader of this project, I wish to send my many
thanks to all of those who made this miracle happen. A special thanks is
due to the great people of the Israeli Internet society, the (just as
great) people of Creative commons Israel, Adv. Jonathan Klinger, Mathias
Schindler, the awsome volunteers of Wikimedia Israel and the editors of
Hebrew Wikipedia. If there's anyone I forgot by name - my apologies, I'm
still terribly excited of these news.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here or send me a private
Internal-l mailing list
a while ago, Wikimedia Israel triggered legislative efforts regarding
the licencing of state works (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_text_copyright for international
>From what I heard from WMIL, the issue went back and forth in
committees and indeed copyright law was changed. Official works remain
subject to copyright but non-commercial usage is permitted with a few
Here is my question to you: Are there other chapters with similar
involvement in national copyright debates, especially when it comes to
Official Works, Public Sector Information, etc.?
Feel free to reply on the mailing lists or directly to
Pointers to blogs, briefs, laws, parliament databases are very much appreciated.
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu
der Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.
V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts
Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig
anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin,
Yesterday the commission published the long expected press release
(attached) announcing the launch of stakeholder dialogue to reform
The plan is to have discussions and positions reviewed and exchanged in
2013 and adopt new legislation in 2014. There will be three commissioners
working jointly on this project:
Michel Barnier (Internal Market)
Neelie Kroes (Digital)
Androulla Vassiliou (Culture)
I am today invited to a discussion with Michael Barnier and some MEPs from
the European People's Party (I am currently training in interest
representation in Brussels, but I am also a member of Wikimedia Austria
since I studied in Vienna). I will try to keep an eye on everything that is
going on in Brussels regarding these reform plans as I believe we
(Wikimedia) should be part of the dialogue. I am also proposing to WMAT to
register in the EU Transparency Register so we can get easier access to
first hand information and invitation to join discussions and meet with
decision makers. WMDE and WMI are already registered, but have nobody in
A report on today's discussion to come. A more interesting year to follow.