[Foundation-l] PD in Israel

Luiz Augusto lugusto at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 16:23:20 UTC 2007

I'm on a similar problem at the Portuguese Wikisource due to the
[[:m:American non-acceptance of the rule of the shorter term]] (see on [1];
but the problem is on PD-old-70 and posthumous works).

I've proposed in a private e-mail to Anthere (not yet replied, I think that
she is busy in others subjects) to create a set of wikis <lang>.non-
us.wikisource.org hosted outside of the United States ({{derivative}} from
the Debian non-us software repository [2]) to host works PD-old worldwide
but copyrighted in the USA.

commons-l have a message sent today based on the same subject: [3]

[1] -

[2] - http://www.debian.org/mirror/list-non-US

[3] - http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/commons-l/2007-April/001690.html

On 4/27/07, Yoni Weiden <yonidebest at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> We (he.wiki community) have heard there is a problem with PD images which
> were created after 1946.
> According to Israeli law, pictures are released to public domain 50 years
> from the day the picture was taken. This means that images that any
> picture
> that was taken by an Israeli before 1957 is in PD in Isreal. I understand
> that because of some sort of convention between Israel and the US, this
> rule
> does not apply in the US (i.e. pictures that were taken between 1946 and
> 1957 are PD in Israel but not PD in the US.
> Thus:
> 1) Is this true? Can a copyright expert with expertise in Israeli law and
> US
> law confirm this?
> 2) If this is true, the commons template
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:PD-Israel should be fixed.
> 3) If this is true, I wonder why commons created PD templates for each
> country, is the coutry that count is only the US. If an picture need to be
> PD in US, what does it matter if it is PD in other coutries. And if it
> does
> matter - than Template:PD-Israel should *not* be changed.
> Thanks,
> Yoni
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