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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 00:06:56 UTC 2007

When it is painful that things are not available in Wikipedia because we 
do not allow for fair use, it will stimulate the debate about the way 
copyright is an offence to bringing information and science to the 
people. By using fair use pictures you allow the status quo to maintain 
it self. The dearth of material about certain subjects makes them even 
less relevant. For the parties like the RIAA it is important to realise 
that without the availability of material like this, many of their 
artists will only be forgotten that much quicker. Not that they are 
likely to care because there is always the next boy band or girlie group 
to hype.

Delirium schreef:
> teun spaans wrote:
>> So the question is: what do we pursue: the dream of a free content, or a
>> compromise which add some chrome/culture but inhibits the free spreading of
>> knowledge?
> I'm not sure it really inhibits the free spread of knowledge in that 
> case, since a reuser who prefers not to or can't rely on fair use can 
> always distribute the same article with the fair-use pictures 
> removed---this can even be done automatically since we tag them as fair 
> use.  What *would* inhibit free knowledge in this case is if we used a 
> fair-use picture where a free one was available, since in that case we'd 
> be forcing this kind of user to remove a picture when we could've 
> provided one that they could have kept in.
> But if it's a choice between providing no picture at all, and providing 
> a picture that some large subset of users (but not all) can use while 
> the rest can automatically remove it, I don't see why it *hurts* free 
> knowledge to provide the optional image rather than none.
> -Mark

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