On 2/12/07, David Strauss
That's absurd. How does one go from "not
changing to accommodate
restrictive laws from other countries is not U.S. centrism" to "we must
move our servers to Iran"?
You want minimum restrictions with regard to copyright that is the
correct course of action.
I'm arguing that we should weigh the
advantages of accommodating foreign
Try again this time try not to think so americano centric
(further reach) with the disadvantages of
content (esp. censorship). If we happen to decide that accommodating a
restriction isn't worth the changes to content, then we're still not
guilty of U.S. centrism. Accommodating Iran's requirements is clearly
out of the question.
So not copyright on items produced outside Iran doesn't appeal? Well
Ok then how about move commons to the UK? At least one type of item
enters the public domain there well before ti does in the US. Sure it
might be a good idea to win a Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp case
first but that should be doable.
U.S. centrism is borne of ignorance or willful
exclusion. Neither is the
Then try and think why when dealing with the option of moving the
foundation to somewhere with the most liberal copyright laws on an
international mailing list why using the term "foreign restrictions"
isn't exactly ideal phrasing.
There's simply no way I can discuss this issue with you unless you're
willing to adopt a more holistic consideration of Wikipedia's needs.
Your arguments are trapped in the consideration of the *one* idea you
seem to support, which is restricting Wikipedia content to what may be
republished in *your* country.
Nowhere in my post did I mention copyright, yet you framed my argument
as if copyright were its only consideration. You straw-manned my
argument by ignoring aspects of the balance I proposed -- most notably
ignoring censorship -- that didn't fit nearly within your pet issue.
Finally, you invoked a false slippery slope by stating my argument leads
to hosting Wikipedia in Iran. Only your imaginary, straw-manned version
of my argument has that flaw.