[Foundation-l] Mission & Vision statement updated

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Thu Apr 26 00:50:54 UTC 2007

On 4/26/07, Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com> wrote:
> However the version of the mission statement linked from that post,
> which you suggest adopting "without objection", is definitely _not_
> the one you have now adopted officially.

True - more edits happened after that announcement & we did some final
tweaking on the Board-level (e.g. we had a brief discussion about
whether we want "neutral" in there or not, and decided in favor).

> It still has the language "free licence" which I personally would think would
> implicitly (if not explicitly) mean "free content available in formats under free
> licences"

There are plenty of open source decoders for patented file formats, so
that wouldn't necessarily be clear enough. One can always make up
phrases such as "unfettered file formats" and explain them elsewhere.
I'm generally supportive of incorporating a free&open format clause,
as I think the issue is becoming very hot with Windows Vista's
built-in DRM malware, the MP3 lawsuit, and so on.
Peace & Love,

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