On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 1:34 PM, Jiri Hofman <hofmanj(a)aldebaran.cz> wrote:
As you probably know, some Wikipedias provide fair-use
content (as en)
which is not allowed in some other Wikipedias because they want to satisfy
also local laws not allowing fair-use, not just laws of the USA. Because
of that a lot of articles in these Wikipedias do not contain certain
images used in en as fair-use.
I don't believe the characterization of desiring to satisfy local laws
is all that accurate: Any industrialized nation without some kind of
legal provision for fair use would be paralysed without some
comparable notion to fair use— and in fact many of the language
Wikipedias which deny fair use have matching countries which very
clearly do have some analogue of fair use.
Rather, most deny fair use because they believe it brings them closer
to the princlples of free content underlying Wikipedia. (And it's
pretty indisputable that in many cases it has this effect, although at
Is it correct to provide direct inline (inside the
text of the article or
infobox) iterwiki links to these images (and generally files)? For
This is a question of local project policy, but I would suspect that
the answer is No, you're basically evading their content rules. These
projects want you to find or obtain freely licensed images, talk
people into releasing under a free license, etc.