[Foundation-l] Board meeting in Rotterdam later this week
delirium at hackish.org
Fri Jan 19 20:36:12 UTC 2007
Ray Saintonge wrote:
> Gerard Meijssen wrote:
>> The biggest error that I see is that people with not enough knowledge
>> about the law make the policy.
While true, it's worth recalling the reason for the general anti-lawyer
backlash among communities of this sort: That in normal
corporate/foundation/business practice, when left to the legal
department things almost never get approved because of the legal risk.
Wikipedia as a project would never have been approved at all by any
reasonable corporation's legal department, because the legal issues are
far too risky to countenance. We recklessly went ahead and started
building it anyway, and figured we'd tackle the legal issues as they arose.
That doesn't mean we shouldn't defer to lawyers where useful and
necessary, but the general "ecology" is one of tension between legal
caution on the one hand and a desire to produce a useful encyclopedia on
the other hand.
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