[Foundation-l] WMF/EFF and Copyright extension
philippebeaudette at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 05:12:20 UTC 2008
Whereas: The Wikimedia Foundation wishes to encourage freedom of content, a
goal endangered by the recent efforts of the European Union to extend
copyright for musical artists from 50 to 95 years and,
Whereas, The Wikimedia Foundation operates the largest collection of free
and copy-left content in the world, and,
Whereas, The Wikimedia Foundation has always encouraged the distribution and
creation of free content, and,
Whereas, the thousands of contributors to Wikimedia's contributions are a
vocal and committed body,
then, therefore, be it resolved that:
The Wikimedia Foundation publicly denounces the actions taken by the
European Union to extend the life of copyright, and calls for the Union to
immediately halt all discussions that endanger the expiration of or lengthen
the period of copyright standards.
From: "Chad" <innocentkiller at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 8:27 PM
To: "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List" <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] WMF/EFF and Copyright extension
> If you're looking for a proposed wording, here's one:
> The Wikimedia Foundation wishes to encourage freedom of content, a goal
> endangered by the recent efforts of the European Union to extend copyright
> for musical artists from 50 to 95 years.
> It is hereby resolved that the Wikimedia Foundation publicly denounces the
> actions taken by the European Union and call for them to immediately
> halt all discussions that endanger free content.
> I'm open to suggestions on wording. If this could be cleaned up, could the
> chair not push this quickly to a vote?
> On Feb 18, 2008 7:23 PM, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Brian McNeil wrote:
>> > I've put out a few feelers on getting people involved on this and made
>> > a
>> > start on an article for Wikinews - where I won't be putting the
>> > questions
>> > due to COI.
>> > http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Story_preparation/Wikinews_interviews_E
>> > rik_Josefsson_on_working_around_the_EU_and_proposed_copyright_changes
>> > That's just a working title, I'd welcome input from all on this issue.
>> > I've emailed Mike, Jay, and Florence on the issue - primarily with the
>> > goal
>> > of having a board resolution condemning the measure to deliver to the
>> > EFF on
>> > Friday (short notice, I know). I've Mike's comment on the issue (from
>> > ComCom) which he's said I can pass on, I'm assuming I can pass on a
>> > list of
>> > contact emails for this. Same three suspects as already mentioned, but
>> > I do
>> > want permission to pass those one.
>> > I trust my fellow Wikinewsie Michael to do a good job on interviewing
>> > and
>> > likely get us a few photos. If we can find out who all is attending we
>> > may
>> > get some bonus photos for Commons. In the interim, *please* stick
>> > questions
>> > on that page. Don't worry about formatting, that'll get sorted. I'll be
>> > taking notes to see what other press is there and if there are any
>> > packs
>> > being handed out I'll collect and scan one to mail on here. For my
>> > part, I'm
>> > there because I'm on ComCom and WMF should be talking to these guys.
>> I doubt we'll get a resolution on this on time... but we are morally
>> supporting you Brian ! Thank you for the hard work on this.
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