[Foundation-l] Foundation's position on non-free images

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Aug 17 03:39:27 UTC 2006

Tomek "Polimerek" Ganicz wrote:

>Tisza Gergo wrote:
>>There is an ongoing debate in the Hungarian Wikipedia community about 
>>image license policies. I didn't find anything about the Foundation's 
>>position on the issue (except for the rather vague [[m:Foundation 
>>issues]]), so I'll try to ask here:
>The same is on Polish :-) I think there should be an official Foundation 
>policy about it. When we were asking people from Foundation around 1 
>year ago, the answers where different from one person to another, and 
>then two groups of users (pro fair-use and anti fair-use) were using 
>these diffrent answers as a key argument. Finally, someone asked simple 
>  question: do we really want to make Polish Wikipedia to constantly 
>break Polish Law?
I very much disagree that there should be a single policy on this that 
affects all projects.  There is too much variation in the laws of 
different countries, and in the needs of different projects (not just 
Wikipedias).  It should be up to each project to find its own level of 
comfort in this, as long as it is carried on in a general atmosphere of 
copyright respect.  The question of whether or not someone is "breaking" 
the law is rarely very clear.


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