[Foundation-l] Back to basics

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Thu Jan 11 22:04:29 UTC 2007

On 11/01/07, Delirium <delirium at hackish.org> wrote:
> David Gerard wrote:

> >I'm using this message and quoting "It does not say 'share freely
> >unless the unfree content is better.'" when removing "fair use" pics
> >we have a free replacement for ;-D

> I'd say it depends on just how good the replacement it is.  Fair use is
> an integral portion of describing the "sum of human knowledge"---surely
> you wouldn't want to write an encyclopedia in which you could never
> include a single quote from any book ever published?  We could in theory
> paraphrase them all to avoid relying on fair use, but that's often a
> pretty poor replacement.  Fair-use for images is not fundamentally
> different, though the degree and judgment calls are often different.

I agree completely. But if you've never had an article someone removed
a free image from because they thought a copyright violation looked
better, then you've had a sheltered wiki life.

- d.

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