I am of the often non-unanimous opinions that the Foundation should, in
complete yet indirect accordance with its mission, take at least pro forma
and ideally active stances in favor of social issues such as free public
education through college, universal preventative health care, income
equality, gender wage equity, and greenhouse gas mitigation. Would anyone
object to a discussion of these questions?
Also, a more specific legal advocacy question: If Harald Bischoff has
defrauded Commons reusers by requiring stricter attribution than the
community requires, does the Foundation have standing in Germany to require
him to return the money to his victims in proportion to the extent that
their attribution was improper?
We have now confirmed the venue for the #npbmex this Friday. We'll be
meeting at the Calcino Almeda pub/restaurant that is just across the Hilton
next to the park (Calle Doctor Mora 9).
A NetPoliticsBeerX (#nbpx) is an informal meet-up of people involved or
interested in the different fields of internet politics and activism (e.g.
copyright, privacy, surveillance, open data, telecoms regulation).
The goal of this NetPoliticsBeerMexico (#npbmex) is to meet with local
digital rights and activist groups and get to know more about the digital
rights situation on a more global level.
Some info about the meet-up here:
My social media timelines are overflowing with posts about packing, flying
and eating tacos and cats in suitcases, which can only mean Wikimania is
just around the corner.
As last year, we have a pretty generous amount of public policy events set
up. Here are some (but not all) of them. Conveniently ordered
- Wikimedia Conference Follow-Up Day
Wednesday, July 15, 13:00hrs, Conference venue
Inform people about the movement goals we want to set, get the
conversation going and people thinking so they have some time to reflect
ahead of the talks.
- The Twilight of EU Copyright Reform, or, How to reform with a hammer,
Friday, July 17, 15:00hrs
Once again we're looking at how crowd-sourced advocacy works, but this
time expect concrete examples of what Wikimedia did in Europe to try and
influence the copyright reform to include text that supports free
knowledge. You will see legislative texts proposed and by us and also get
an explanation why certain parts didn't make it to the final version. We'll
also discuss the question of how an international public policy structure
should look like.
- #npbmex <https://wikimania2015.wikimedia.org/wiki/npbmex>, Friday July
17, 20:00, Gathering at the lobby of the One Almeda Hotel (Av. Juárez
- Informal and social meet-up of all people interested in net politics
(copyright, network infrastructure, data protection, telecoms regulation,
etc.). Will mingle Wikimaniacs with local net activists.
- Public Policy Meetup
Saturday, July 18, 10:30, Conference venue (Chapters' village)
Wikimedians interested in public policy are invited to get to know each
other, discuss the issues, plans and solutions at Wikimania.
- Amplify Free Knowledge with Public Policy
Sunday, July 19, 11:00hrs, Conference venue
The WMF legal team will discuss the core policy issues lay out some
initial next steps that to better articulate our positions and make it
easier for volunteers to work locally to build better public policy for the
- Copyright reform in the EU - What you can expect to happen
Sunday, July 19, 11:30hrs, Conference venue
The inside scoop by Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament and
rapporteur on the copyright implementation report. What are the European
Parliament and the European Commission likely to propose?
- Panel Discussion on regional policy, politics and freedom of
expression Sunday, July 19, 16:30hrs, Conference venue
with Katitza Rodriguez (EFF), Paz Peña (Derechos Digitales from Chile),
Renata Avila (Web We Want), Article 19, R3DMX
More information about the discussion regarding our public policy goals and
up-to-date events changes at:
See you all very soon!
The vote on July 9 went our way – resulting in the deletion of the
proposal to limit FoP rights in Europe – thanks to a lot of hard work by
Wikimedians and with the much appreciated help from a number of MEPs.
Let's make sure that each of these MEPs gets a thank-you note so that
they know we value their effort to reverse the JURI Committee's decision.
If you live in one of the countries listed below and would like to send
a few thank-you messages to MEPs in your country, send me an email. I
will give you a list of MEPs who have supported us either by signing the
Schaake amendment, by speaking up in the parliament, by spreading the
message in the media, by voting with us or by doing all the this.
Also, if you have already sent out messages of appreciation to certain
MEPs, that is information that would be useful to me.
(If you know of helpful MEPs from countries not listed here, please let
(Sweden is not on the list since I'm taking care of that myself.)
+32 487 94 76 30
Rue du Trone 51
I've updated the Irish
subpages of the Commons FoP page.
- I've listed all the MEPs from the two countries
- I've marked how they voted on deleting the Cavada-amended §46
- I've highlighted with an icon the 23 MEPs who did not vote on
deleting §46 (Ireland: 1 Ind/ECR, 1 Ind/S&D; UK: 10 UKIP/EFDD, 2 Lab/S&D, 6
Con/ECR, 1 SNP/G-EFA, 1 UUP/ECR, 1 Ind/ENF). These are all names absent
from the voting record on page 205–6 of that big PDF, rather than
Some of those non-voters were presumably just not in Strasbourg for some
reason; once we know why, it's worth removing the icon and adding an
explanation, if the reason is anything other than objecting to FoP, I'd
The vote on FoP just passed.
The negative text by Cavada was dropped by 502 to 40.
The positive text by Schaake didn't pass by 228 to 303.
The report as a whole was accepted with 445 to 65 with 32 abstentions.
The question we need to discuss in Mexico is how we will tackle the
Commission to propose something on FoP and what other points from the
report we should focus on.
Thanks everyone, we almost manage to achieve a full swing, which is a very
tough feat to get done in 3 weeks.
Thanks so much for your engagement on this list and your hard work on a
host of issues. I probably follow this list the closest, and really respect
your insights and judgment as we navigate through a number of tricky or
If I may, I have some good news to report from WMF. Yana Welinder
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:YWelinder_(WMF)> on the legal
team has just been named as a 2015-2016 affiliate scholar/researcher for
Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society
<https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/>. (Yana is also a Fellow
<http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/about/people/yana-welinder> with the Stanford
Center for Internet & Society <http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/>.)
As a Berkman Center Affiliate, Yana will have the opportunity to further
engage with the Internet law and policy community and continue her research
on issues that support Wikimedia movement values. Yana’s previous work in
this space has included a research paper
Wikimedia’s trademark policy process (co-written with her legal
LaPorte <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Slaporte_(WMF)>) and
CollabMark <http://collabmark.org/index.html>, an open source guide to
trademark policies (also co-created by Stephen).
Congrats to Yana, and thanks again to all those on this list for your hard
work and dedication to issues of shared interest.
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Thank you and everyone working on this indeed! I've seen the media coverage and press release rate on FoP skyrocketing in those past weeks. Just a month ago no one knew about the issue, now all Brussels talked about it. Great work!
Sent from cell phone. Apologies for typos and brevity.
Am 09.07.2015 13:26 schrieb Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov <dimitar.parvanov.dimitrov(a)gmail.com>:
> Hi all,
> The vote on FoP just passed.
> The negative text by Cavada was dropped by 502 to 40.
> The positive text by Schaake didn't pass by 228 to 303.
> The report as a whole was accepted with 445 to 65 with 32 abstentions.
> The question we need to discuss in Mexico is how we will tackle the Commission to propose something on FoP and what other points from the report we should focus on.
> Thanks everyone, we almost manage to achieve a full swing, which is a very tough feat to get done in 3 weeks.