[Foundation-l] Does "free content" exist in France?

Jerome Banal jerome.banal at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 18:21:01 UTC 2007

2007/4/20, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org>:
> On 4/20/07, Birgitte SB <birgitte_sb at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Based on the definition [1] promoted by WMF, I am
> > wondering if free content exists in France where moral
> > rights are inalienable, perpetual and inviolable.
> Hello,
> the licensing policy has been specifically formulated to avoid that
> problem. It requires content to be under a Free Content License, which
> is defined as "a license which meets the terms of the Definition of
> Free Cultural Works _specific to licenses_". It does not require the
> absence of impeding moral rights restrictions.
> That said, I have always found it highly problematic that these rights
> are inalienable in certain countries. Hopefully, future copyright
> reforms can address this problem.

I have raised the same issue a year ago on fr.wp. After much reading, I
found at that time that, at least in France, although you can break a
distribution agreement (license are a multi-party aggreement for me, I am
not sure the laws follow me on this -IANAL too ;-) - ), you have to pay
indemnity when doing so, so is unlikely to happen without a real harm to
trigger it.

Jerome (Eden2004)

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