[Foundation-l] RfC: Draft licensing policy resolution

Kat Walsh kwalsh at wikimedia.org
Thu Feb 22 02:51:10 UTC 2007

On 2/21/07, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Well, our GC is not an all-knowing godlike entity, so the most we can
> expect from him is to make sure that there's a lawyer responsible for
> each country, and to coordinate the overall process. (The WMF, I
> believe, will financially assist in paying for expertise where
> necessary.) As to approval, yes, though this cannot be much more than
> a "smell test". If the process was followed, that should be
> sufficient.

Hm, are we agreed on this? I don't think of approval being simply a
"smell test" to see if process was followed... some communities
already have a well-thought-out policy in line with overall goals
(particularly the ones who have chosen not to allow any unfree content
at all!) and it will be just "this looks OK", others need more
direction and revision.

(I also don't think having the GC and a lawyer heavily involved is
necessarily the course we are set on taking; probably any sane lawyer
wouldn't want to touch it with a ten-foot pole.)

I am afraid of misconceptions and misinterpretations spreading too far
about what is to be allowed and what isn't, and I've been hearing
misinterpretations both on the too-inclusive and too-exclusive side...



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