[Foundation-l] Programs & how to pay for them (was: A modest proposal: ads on wikipedia.com)

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen cimonavaro at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 07:50:09 UTC 2007

On 4/23/07, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> == 1) The Copyright Liberators ==
> OUTCOME: Acquiring copyrighted materials that would be useful to our
> projects (see [[m:copyright wishlist]] on meta which followed Jimmy's
> $100M brainstorming question).
> HOW TO GET THE MONEY: This seems like a task ideally suited for an
> organization exclusively dedicated to it, rather than WMF. I'm only
> aware of a few disjointed efforts by individuals in this direction
> right now. I could imagine some billionaire philanthropist might be
> willing to endow such an effort. Grants for liberation would be
> difficult, but a [[Blender (software)]]-style fundraiser for the
> community-driven liberation of specific works might be doable (WMF
> could potentially direct some broad attention to such an effort).
> RISKS: You can essentially sink infinite amounts of money into this
> that might be better spent elsewhere. My key question would be whether
> we could not benefit much more if we invested much smaller amounts of
> money in a joined copyright reform strategy, together with various
> other organizations of the broadly defined "Free Culture" movement.
> MY CONCLUSION: I'd support allocating some funds to develop a good
> software platform for this and then spin it off into a separate
> organization that partners with ours. I'm also interested in
> sustainable resourcing strategies that do not require spending
> incoming revenue that is needed elsewhere.


> *locating and scanning old PD materials
> Sounds like something that can be ideally done by interns, students,
> and volunteers if provided with a physical space & equipment to do it.

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Jussi-Ville Heiskanen, ~ [[User:Cimon Avaro]]

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