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

geni geniice at gmail.com
Sun Jan 14 10:08:56 UTC 2007

On 1/14/07, luke brandt <shojokid at gmail.com> wrote:
> My reply is that I asked (on 8 November 2006) whether the Wikimedia
> Foundation has a preferred license for its projects. The answer then
> appeared to be 'no.'

Not exactly:


> So we need to think these things through most carefully, and not rely on
> what the FSF says, or anyone else.

I suspect the FSF has more lawyers and a longer history oof dealing
with these issues than we do.

>I guess there are many contradictions
> in how each of the projects is run, but the best people to deal with
> them are surely those most familiar with all the circumstances i.e.
> those closest to the project concerned.

Um no. The people best able to deal with them would have an impressive
knowlage of international and national copyright law and an
understanding of the philosophy of the free content movement.

> The Foundation should only
> become involved in the case of mismanagement (for whatever reason,
> certainly) which may put the project in jeopardy.

The foundation has historicaly rejected this position.

> We have a template,
> that is all. But it's a wish to make knowledge freely available to all,
> and that is a most empowering ideal.

NC fails in that respect .As does  DN and ND. Dito founder's copyright
and at least some of CC's sampling licenses.


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