[Foundation-l] Czech Wikipedia's EDP and WMF's licensing policy

Marco Chiesa chiesa.marco at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 15:37:46 UTC 2007

Michal Zlatkovsky ha scritto:
> Hello,
> after the Board approved the licensing policy 
> (http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Licensing_policy in case 
> anyone forgot :) ), we have written an EDP on Czech Wikipedia that 
> allows us to use things like company logos under certain conditions 
> (okay with US and Czech laws, ie. explicit permission needed; okay with 
> GFDL, ie. can be nonderivative; no free image available; fair use-like 
> rationale) and we've been using it for a while. However, I talked to 
> pfctdayelise about our EDP today and her opinion is that the 
> Foundation's licensing policy was targeted to "legal loopholes" like 
> fair use or fair dealing - and as we don't have any such thing in the 
> Czech Republic (and I'm pretty confident we don't, there have been 
> numerous discussions about that), our EDP is invalid and we can't make 
> any exception policy at all.
> I think her interpretation is correct and we at Czech Wikipedia should 
> revoke out EDP, but I'd like to hear more opinions, and as I don't 
> expect any official reply, I'm trying this mailing list. So, what do you 
> think? :)
the EDP on the Italian Wikipedia has more or less the same idea, 
expilicit permission is needed in many cases, since Italian law does not 
have fair use or dealing at the moment (something's changing); or, at 
least, the copyright exemption in Italy does not apply to Wikipedia at 
the moment.


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