Anthony DiPierro wrote:
As it is,
it is easy for a company with
a huge legal staff to shut down small "fair users" with the threat of
endless, if futile, litigation. Lessig talks about a number of
instances where this happened in his book, _Free Culture_.
Only if the fair users roll over and die, like Wikimedia is doing.
Since you seem completely unaware of the occasions where the Wikimedia
Foundation has received complaints from copyright owners and told them,
"Fair use, so buzz off" (couched in more polite terms, of course),
perhaps you're not in a position to make informed comments on what
Wikimedia is doing.
I really don't see what Wikimedia has done on other occassions has to
do with what they are doing on this occassion.