It is nice to see impressive terms used like "cost benefit analysis"
only to find that there has been no such thing. It is also nice to
know that we all can individually sue them bastards.
It is also nice to know that the WMF does not need to care when the
Freedom is taken away from what used to be Free content. If anything
it is easy to argue that the WMF in order to achieve its goals has to
protect the Freedoms that are clearly written as being part of the
aims of the Foundation. You might consider it "only" a test case. But
you forget that by establishing jurisprudence it prevents people
taking increasingly more liberties from the Freedom that the GFDL aims
to protect. When this jurisprudence becomes anchored in the Chinese
legal system it is only the country with the highest number of
people.. apparantly that is not really relevant.
Please do not use big terms that have meaning next time.
On 6/3/06, Anthony DiPierro <wikilegal(a)inbox.org> wrote:
On 6/3/06, Gerard Meijssen
Anthony DiPierro wrote:
But I don't think it's worth the
Wikimedia Foundation spending its
time or money on, from a cost/benefit analysis. In fact, I think it's
questionable whether or not it would be beneficial at all to sue Baidu
over this. The only thing I see them doing *really* harmful is that
they're censoring content, and this is perfectly legal under the terms
of the GFDL anyway (I suppose Wikipedia could add an invariant section
ranting about Chinese censorship, but it's not going to happen).
Please tell me how you arrive at your conclusion. What do you consider
the costs, how did you quantify them.
The costs are mostly legal fees or the time spent by volunteers giving
legal advice (which could be used elsewhere). Just to quantify them
more exactly would require enough cost to me that it isn't worth it.
If you've know a lawyer willing to give an estimate as to how much
it'd cost to successfully win a copyright infringement lawsuit against
Baidu, I for one would love to hear it.
Hell, if you're one of those thousands of people whose copyright is
being infringed, you're free to enter into a lawsuit yourself.
What are the expected benefits,
are they economical, political or of another nature, how did you
As I've said, I don't really see much of any benefit in suing Baidu.
I suppose it'd be a test case for the GFDL. But if that's all you
want there are plenty of other companies which would be a lot easier
The purpose of the Wikimedia Foundation is to write and distribute
free content, not to stop other people from distributing mostly free
content with a copyright notice attached to it.
How did you compare the one with the other and
did you come to this conclusion..
Something > 0.
PS Did you consider the long term costs of doing
I can't think of any.
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