[Foundation-l] Board meeting in Rotterdam later this week

David Strauss david at fourkitchens.com
Sun Jan 14 10:17:40 UTC 2007

I would hate to see Wikipedia bend its content to the laws of countries
with dubious jurisdiction.

I'm also saddened to see certain language Wikipedias (like Italian)
adopt policies that cater to the laws of countries where the language is
predominant. If a citizen can't publish or view something because of
local laws, it's the citizen's responsibility not to do so, not
Wikipedia's. Fair use is no exception in my mind.

This wouldn't even be an argument here if the issue were nudity. Having
 nudity on Wikipedia represents a big problem for redistribution in
certain countries, but no one is posting to foundation-l that Wikipedia
should disallow such content when useful and necessary.

Regarding internationalism, one country that inarguably has legal
authority over Wikipedia is the United States, simply because of where
Wikipedia is hosted and where the Foundation has its offices. It's not
anti-international to recognize this fact.

Gatto Nero wrote:
>>> , fair use is a trick,
>> No it is an affirmative defense under US law.
> That's the matter.
> We *don't* live all in USA.
> And Wikipedia is not an USA products.
> We should think internationally.
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