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

David Strauss david at fourkitchens.com
Mon Jan 15 07:11:39 UTC 2007

teun spaans wrote:
>> The biggest error I see here is that people are trying to limit language
>> versions of Wikipedia so that they comply with the laws of the country
>> where the language is primarily spoken. But that's fruitless. The
>> Italian Wikipedia (hosted in Florida) isn't under Italian law just
>> because it's in Italian. Nor are Italian citizens liable for something
>> on the Italian Wikipedia just because the page is in Italian.
> I politely disagree. When the person doing something has the Italian
> nationality, and the person commits the act from italian territory,
> and the claiment is italian, an italian judge might well decide to
> consider the claim, despite the servers being in the us.

Please read the following two paragraphs from that post; they directly
address your objection:

"There seems to be a plausible argument that Italian citizens cannot
upload normally copyrighted material under the fair use exception. But
there's a huge difference between what the Italian Wikipedia can host
and what Italian citizens may post to it.

"And if you think that you can fix the problem by making the Italian
Wikipedia have policies that fit within Italian law, what about Italians
who edit the English or other Wikipedias? They're not suddenly exempt
from Italian law because they're working in another language."

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