[Foundation-l] Wikimedia/Wikipedia trademarks?
nawrich at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 00:58:32 UTC 2007
I see that trademarks are listed as a 'future pending issue' on the
legal page... Ruh roh. ;-)
On Dec 17, 2007 7:52 PM, Nathan Awrich <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> I can see that, although I would think that there would be more issues
> relating to speech restrictions issued by various governments that are
> more restrictive than the US (specifically Southeast Asia, the Middle
> East, etc.).
> On Dec 17, 2007 7:46 PM, Andrew Gray <andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk> wrote:
> > On 18/12/2007, Nathan Awrich <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Admins with language proficiency who are also able to identify what is
> > > and what is not libel (or in violation of some other law) in a given
> > > state?
> > OTRS isn't primarily a legal assessment system; it's an alerting one -
> > once you've been pointed to a problematic article you can usually deal
> > with it independent of what the actual email said! If it's bad enough
> > to be [percieved as] libellous we shouldn't have it anyway, so really
> > what needs to be done is to bounce it to someone with experience of
> > dealing with bad content and let them solve the problem normally.
> > Common sense and the ability to say "yep, that's sucky content" is
> > what you and I do on-wiki all the time, after all, whether OTRS is
> > involved or not.
> > In the event that a) it was one of these odd language cases; and b) it
> > did look like a confusing legal minefield that they didn't feel up to
> > treading in, we'd probably encourage them to report back with notes on
> > WTF is going on, with any useful editorial commentary they can
> > provide, and we'd try to get some legal advice before continuing -
> > much the same as we would do for a problem in a language we do
> > routinely handle, like English or German.
> > [Legal problems are not very common overall, and complex legal
> > problems that aren't "oops, sorry, we've removed the thing saying you
> > screw goats, please don't sue" are rarer - especially on small
> > projects!]
> > --
> > - Andrew Gray
> > andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk
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