[Foundation-l] Banning Fair Use

Kat Walsh mindspillage at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 17:27:57 UTC 2007

On 3/28/07, Andrew Whitworth <wknight8111 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> From: Robert Horning <robert_horning at netzero.net>

> >Because of the earlier discussion about fair use that was started by Kat
> >(before this policy was written), this same bureaucrat on Wikibooks also
> >deleted and rewrote the fair use policy to simply say that fair use was
> >banned, presuming authority on the part of the WMF.
> A mistake on my part, which I personally reverted when I learned of my
> errors. I had been under the impression that Kat's essay carried more weight
> then it actually did, and that the forthcoming WMF resolution would be
> significantly more restrictive about fair use then our previous policy on
> the matter was. I was right, and there are significant restrictions on it.

A bit of clarification... to call it "Kat's essay" is a bit
misleading. I did write the text -- some one had to -- but the message
was reviewed by and intended to be a communication from the whole
board; it's a general explanation of the reasoning behind the
resolution. Nothing in the message should be contradicted by anything
in the resolution, and vice versa.


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