[Foundation-l] Fair Use (again)

effe iets anders effeietsanders at gmail.com
Sun Jan 28 20:54:02 UTC 2007

I did not want to suggest we should do this, I just want to point out that
we have quite a risk when we really want fair use in the long run. Both from
the side of the authors of the picture as from the authors of the text of


2007/1/28, Robert Scott Horning <robert_horning op netzero.net>:
> effe iets anders wrote:
> >I think all it takes is one person writing the foundation that they are
> >breaching their copyright, as they do not follow the GFDL-license, under
> >which the person has given his/her texts free? And if Wikipedia is not
> >following GFDL, GFDL doesnt apply to those articles either i guess. In
> >thery, IANAL, it might even be that the foundation has to remove all that
> >persons contributions? :S
> >
> >Eia
> >
> >
> I've actually thought about doing a sort of mass-mailing to several
> prominent artists featured on Wikipedia, saying in effect "do you know
> that your art work is being used here without permission" and giving an
> address of the WMF to get it removed.
> I think that might get a reaction, but it may not be in the best
> interest of the WMF to go that far.  It does illustrate at least an
> avenue to force this issue.
> For myself, I would rather that the concept of fair use be legitmately
> reviewed, and that applications of fair use that might be objectionable
> would be removed well before there is any problem that might surface
> instead.  Unfortunately this is something that may have to come from
> "the top" on a WMF level and be forced down onto the project.  The only
> ones who are interested right now in setting fair use policy are those
> who want to see it extended even further rather than those who want to
> scale it back.
> --
> Robert Scott Horning

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