Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
You will have seen an email recently from Patricio Lorente and Jan-Bart de
Vreede, the Board Reps to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), about
the FDC's new Letter of Intent process. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the
first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC
Framework.  This upcoming year (2013-2014) will be the first time we
institute the LOI process. As you heard from them, we anticipate the LOI
will be a helpful planning tool for the FDC as well as offering us a chance
to begin working with entities in advance of the FDC proposal deadline. We
hope it will allow us to work closely with applying entities and to address
questions and concerns (and clear up any misunderstandings) significantly
before the proposal deadline.
Interested entities must submit an Letter of Intent in order to apply for
FDC funding. For Round 1 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on June 8. The LOI
asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to
include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The
Letter of Intent
can be created on the FDC portal , and a sample is here for your
reference . The LOI is non-binding, but it is required in order to be
able to submit a proposal for Round 1.
In anticipation of the LOI's June 8 deadline, the FDC staff is holding
office hours twice to respond to questions. We welcome entities considering
applying for Round 1 funding to join us. Our two office hours will be held
on #wikimedia-office on:
* Tuesday, May 28 at 0:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 29 at 15:00 UTC
These two sessions will have the following agenda:
2. Brief explanation of the FDC
3. Explanation of the purpose of the Letter of Intent and general FDC
4. Q&A on the LOI
And finally, for your reference, here is the 2013-2014 Round 1 proposal
process  schedule:
- *Letter of Intent deadline for Round 1: 8 June 2013*
- Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 July 2013
- Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 September 2013
- Proposal submission deadline: 1 October 2013
- Community review period: 1 October - 31 October 2013
- Staff assessment deadline: 8 November 2013
- FDC recommendation due: 1 December 2013
- Board decision due: 1 January 2014
As always, contact us questions or requests for support:
Katy and the FDC support team
Peter Southwood, 04/06/2013 11:31:
> I am not an expert on copyright of logos, which is why I ask the question.
> Howevr, I would have thought that a logo is described by the image, not
> by words.
The premise is wrong; it's rather the opposite. (Personally I've only
registered one trademark, but I encourage you to read the how-tos and
forms to do so.)
> Images are recognised differently to words.
> If you put the two logos in question together they are not easy to
> confuse, except possibly that they use the same set of colors. What are
> the criteria for infringement claim? use of the same set of colours? a
> similar circular overall shape? Curved lines forming pointy wedge
> shapes? How does one prove difference? subjective? by testing on
> unbiased viewers? More expensive lawyers? Bribing the judge? I don't
> know, so I ask.
> If we have to choose a new logo it would help to know what might be
> acceptable, as I think I have made it clear that I don't consider the
> existing logo easily confused with the WTO logo, and I think they are
> just pushing their luck to get precedent on a whole range of
> possibilities that might be confused by a shortsighted person in a dark
> room on drugs.
> WTF, I no longer expect a useful relevant answer.
For practical purposes, I suggest you to adopt this definition: two
trademarks are too similar if a trademark owner considers the similarity
worth fighting legally.
Similarly, going into details of how our logo could be defended is
tricky and needs experts, so your question assumes that our logo is
worth defending. That's why you got replies on your premise rather than
to your question... the answer is, "they're similar because it would be
too hard to prove otherwise and it's not worth it". Ok?
My dear colleagues,
Recently on May 21 the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has announced
that they will amend the Copyright Act to demand local ISPs to block
illegal contents on foreign websites, just like the SOPA bill in USA last
year. For more information, you can read the following news reports:
Now there are many Taiwan netizens protesting the bill:
But today we just see an news that TIPO just ignored these protests and
insist that this bill will not harm the net freedom and rights of general
http://newtalk.tw/news/2013/05/28/36854.html (it's in Chinese, you may use
Google translate to read the news.)
Indeed we should protect the copyright, but to ask ISPs to block websites
is too over-reaction.
We Wikimedia Taiwan is now against the bill and has just released an
Chinese announcement on our official website to explain why we against the
bill and ask the government to stop the act:
We also started an discussion on zh.wp to ask the community if we could put
the announcement as an global site notice, we even think about blackout
zh.wp for 24 hours (the date is still in discussion):
This is because according to Alexa.com (http://Alexa.com), Wikipedia is now
the top 10 website in Taiwan. To blackout Wikipedia in Taiwan should get
the attention of TIPO and has some effects.
My questions are:
* Could we ask for blackout Wikipedia (not just zh.wp) ONLY for Taiwan IP?
(Some users from China hope this blackout will not effect them)
* If we could not blackout Wikipedia only for Taiwan IP, could we ask to
blackout zh.wp? (from what we have discussed on zh.wp, the Chinese
community has agreed on such blackout, but the date is still on discussion)
* If we could implement such blackout, how soon it can be done?
* What suggestions from you that we should do as an local Chapter?
Thanks and Regards,
Blog: htttp://htchien.tw (http://htchien.tw/)
Following this discussion up, I've proposed an exemption doctrine policy
for Meta: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Exemption_doctrine_policy
On 29 May 2013 17:24, Nathan <nawrich(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Crossed to Wikimedia-l, see Deryck's e-mail below.
> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM, Deryck Chan <deryckchan(a)gmail.com>
> > Dear Wikimania community,
> > There are currently two discussions on Meta which will have a fundamental
> > impact on the technical logistics of all future Wikimania bids.
> > As many of you would know, working documents of Wikimania bids, such as
> > letters of support and venue information, are conventionally uploaded to
> > Meta locally because they don't come with a Commons-compatible free
> > However, currently there's no explicit "exemption doctrine policy" on
> > so two discussions are ongoing, with the aim of deleting all
> > Wikimania-related non-free files which have been uploaded in the past
> > years, and to ban future uploads of non-free media to Meta including
> > Wikimedia events' working documents.
> > 
> > 
> > Since this would mean future Wikimania bids may not include copies of
> > third-party working documents on Meta, these proposals will change the
> > logistics of Wikimania bids completely. I therefore urge all of you to
> > scrutinise the proposed changes and comment as appropriate.
> > Deryck
> > WM2013 local team
> > PS. To those of you who also run chapters: the proposed changes will mean
> > that chapter financial statements may not be uploaded to / will be
> > from WMF-hosted wikis since they're have an implicit no-derivative
> > requirement.
> > _______________________________________________
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>From June 8, Wikimedia Mexico will co-produce "Möebius" a weekly radio
program in Ibero 90.9 FM , one of the trendsetter media in Mexico City. The
creative concept of the program is to find two topics allegedly disconnected
, but united by four or five Wikipedia articles, with a sound design that will
reinforce the concept.
It has been several months of planning the concept, which will serve to
further spread our mission in Mexico, thanks our GLAM partnering with the
Universidad Iberoamericana and their radio station, Ibero 90.9 FM.
This program will be conducted by Almendra Hernández, Carmen Alcázar and me. We
will upload the audios for those wishing to listen to them, so you can practice
your Spanish :)
Wikimedia México A.C.
Imagina un mundo en donde cada persona del planeta pueda tener acceso libre
a la suma total del conocimiento humano.
Eso es lo que estamos haciendo <http://es.wikipedia.org>. *