[Juriwiki-l] Re: [Foundation-l] Copyright complaints

Patrick, Brad bpatrick at fowlerwhite.com
Thu Feb 9 17:23:34 UTC 2006

Not everything that is on Wikipedia is by virtue of it simply being
there, magically transformed into GFDL, as you indicate.  That is the
essential problem, and the fallacy (some) users erroneously believe.  So
long as there are uploads, there will be copyvio.  It must be dealt with

To editors on en.wp in particular, don't hesitate to take action on
copyvio.  It is better to err on the side of caution and aggressively
delete.  The license problem is as much an educational problem as an
actual systemic copyvio problem.


-----Original Message-----
From: juriwiki-l-bounces at wikimedia.org
[mailto:juriwiki-l-bounces at wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Gerard Meijssen
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 12:03 PM
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
Cc: juriwiki-l at mail.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Juriwiki-l] Re: [Foundation-l] Copyright complaints

The great thing of juriwiki-l is that it is in essence a big black hole.

Things get in there and it is not seen that something comes out. When it
comes to issues with licenses and issues to do with the implementation
of the rules many projects *choose* how to implement them. This results
in content that is inconsistent with the GFDL. This in turn results in
people telling organisations that use Wikipedia content that they cannot
use the content as is.

In my opinion, and I am not a lawyer, the license of the Wikimedia
project (GFDL) states that everything that is included in the projects
needs to be available under this license. When people license things
under a license that is more Free, that is fine, but it needs to allow
for GFDL publication.

My question to the nice people that are also on the juriwiki-l am I
correct in what I just said.


Patrick, Brad wrote:
> You would be mistaken to conclude that the Foundation does not regard 
> copyvio as significant.  Rather, your choice of venue for discussion, 
> i.e., Foundation-L, is not the most productive.  Juriwiki-L is the 
> place where hot copyvio action may be found more readily.
> Please contact me offline to discuss particulars.
> -Brad
> Bradford A. Patrick, Esq.
> Fowler White Boggs Banker
> 501 E. Kennedy Blvd.
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> bpatrick at fowlerwhite.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: foundation-l-bounces at wikimedia.org
> [mailto:foundation-l-bounces at wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Kim Bruning
> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 11:34 AM
> To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Copyright complaints
> On Thu, Feb 02, 2006 at 06:12:04PM +0100, Kim Bruning wrote:
>> This is important for wikipolitical reasons on en.wikipedia. If I 
>> lose, my right honerable opposition shall likely successfully 
>> endeavour to severely reduce copyright checks on the english
> wikipedia.
> The lack of response is deafening! :-P
> I guess I was mistaken. :-( I take it that copyright issues and 
> incorrect use of fair use provisions are NOT a concern for the 
> foundation at this moment in time?
> Due to the fact that copyright and fairuse checking is seen as 
> disruptive on en.wikipedia, I suppose that priority must then be given

> to the community. I shall concede this point to my opposition, and 
> request for copyright checks on en.wikipedia to be curtailed.
> sincerely,
> 	Kim Bruning

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