[Foundation-l] [Wikinews-l] Proposal for the creation of a Wikinews foundation

Ted (Hsiang-Tai) Chien hsiangtai.chien at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 03:58:55 UTC 2007

Generally I like the idea because:

* It means we are serious about WikiNews and mean it to make it an official
news agency.
* If you are not credited by a well-known organization or an organization
people heard about, people in Asia would not believe you are really a
journalist or a reporter and will not allow you to get to the press
conference (or crime scene) for a news story.

BTW, it's not easy to found a non-profit organization in Asia (or in
Taiwan). Is it OK the proposed WikiNews Foundation to support Wikimedia
Chapters in Asia for crediting and not to found another WikiNews local

Best regards,
H.T. (Ted)

Think Different, Do Smarter, Work for Joy!!

> From: Craig Spurrier
> Christophe Henner wrote:
> > On 22/08/07, Craig Spurrier <craig at craigweb.net> wrote:
> >
> >> Freedom of press is of course the biggest one. The US also has a
> >> copyright system, which far from ideal is decent and well tested.
> >>
> >
> > Is the Wikinews Foundation going to publish anything ?
> >
> Probably not, however a court could well say otherwise, so us being
> probably ok on copyright is always a plus.
> >
> >> The US also has relatively easy rules for establishing a non profit
> >> establishment it can get complicated but is very well documented and
> >> there is no shortage of experts).
> >>
> >
> > Do you know what are the procedures to establish a non profit
> > organisation in the other countries? Just to have a quick look on what
> > are the advantages of being in US.
> >
> I have looked a little at a few other countries procedures to start a
> nonprofit. The UK looks rather tricky as does New Zealand. Canada would
> be ok, but we lack a Wikinewsie in Canada to found it.
> >
> >> The US also has very reporter friendly fair use and libel laws.
> >>
> >
> > Didn't you planned the Wikinews Foundation to be an international
> foundation?
> >
> >
> The Wikinews Foundation will be an international foundation. There are
> still always the possibility of a court finding us to be the publisher,
> so we want as friendly laws as possible if this occurs.
> I think we are getting rather caught up in what is a rather small part
> of the proposal. For 99% of the foundations actions where it is
> registered is irrelevant. For the other one percent the US and SC is as
> good or bad as any place and it has the benifit of someone willing to do
> the paper work :).
> -Craig Spurrier
> [[n:Craig Spurrier]]
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