[Foundation-l] Diversity and NC images - Board meet

luke brandt shojokid at gmail.com
Sat Jan 13 09:28:22 UTC 2007

On Friday 15 Dec 2006 Erik Moeller wrote:
> On 12/15/06, luke brandt wrote:
>> From what I understand (but please someone correct me if I
>> misunderstood the reports) the Wikimedia Board didn't vote last time
>> these matters were raised because it prefers to allow autonomy.

> On issues such as whether we should allow NC images I, as member of
> the current Board, definitely don't think there should be any project
> level autonomy at all. If we want to keep our content compatible
> across languages and projects, we need to apply a consistent standard
> of freedom.

> I think this will have to be discussed with the current Board.
> Unfortunately we're very taken up by fundraising preparations and
> other critical planning issues at the moment; I do hope to bring it up
> at the next face-to-face meeting in Janaury.

> At this time, I would strongly, strongly ask anyone advocating the use
> of NC content in a project to reconsider. It would hurt Wikikimedia
> tremendously.

It seems to me that the opposition to NC is based on a most curious and
imperfect interpretation of the word 'free,' one that seeks to encompass
the freedom to make a profit from other people's efforts. I therefore
hope that the Foundation won't have any truck with the idea of diluting
its previous attitude to autonomy - luke

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