Hi Tinu:

Thanks for posting this - yes, legal counsel and a risk assessment is something we are actively looking at doing - a question, would the community know if this has ever happened or threatened to happen earlier or is this the first example? 

Thank you.



On 26 February 2011 08:44, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucherian@gmail.com> wrote:
Here you go ! The first legal threaten against Wikipedia India ! 

To set the context to those who were not  reading the thread of WikimediaIndia facebook page,
Basavaraj Itnal [1] is a senior journalist from Bangalore. He is in a campaign against an alleged land-grabbing and scam by a popular mall owner in Bangalore. He did write articles on this in the publications he is associated with. He even added information earlier to Wikipedia article of Garuda Mall [2] and apparently was blocked once ( by an Indian admin with a pseudo name ? ) . 
He also attended one of the Bangalore Wiki-meetups recently. After that he shifted to focus to fight his POV to Wikimedia India Facebook recently. [3] and also pushing it on the article [4] . Of late he is threatening to sue Wikipedia and Wikimedia admins. Knowing his aggressiveness, i don't think he can be taken lightly. 

I am not sure whether he is intending to sue against the Wikimedia Foundation, ( office in India ) or India chapter or individuals from India who are admins ( OMG, that includes me :) )

Time for a legal contact in India ? 


Tinu Cherian

P.S.I couldn't find the contact mail id of Geoffrey Brigham, the new legal counsel of the Foundation. 

[1] http://twitter.com/#!/basavarajitnal 
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garuda_Mall
[3] http://www.facebook.com/WikimediaIndia?sk=wall&filter=12 
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Garuda_Mall&action=historysubmit&diff=410530901&oldid=410529958 

On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 12:24 AM, Facebook <update+mh17p3hd@facebookmail.com> wrote:
Hi Cherian,
Basavaraj Itnal commented on WikimediaIndia's wall post.
Basavaraj wrote: "anyways, while i respect what you guys are doing, i am actively looking for a legal recourse to make wiki admins accountable and available to legal action. as for Garuda issue is concerned after doubting the veracity of my documents without verifying them and without again cross checking with the govt, they just made a small correction saying Garuda Mall land is owned by bruhat bengaluru mahanagar palike. :)"

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