[Foundation-l] WMF/EFF and Copyright extension

effe iets anders effeietsanders at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 13:58:50 UTC 2008

halt all discussions? Hmmm, doesn't sound very wiki to halt
discussions :) I'd rather say decision making process or something in
that line.

But something tells me that this is not the main question here that
will cost time, but also whether the WMF should make a poliotical
statement at all? Quickly browsing, I can't find any precedent on

Although i think myself that the WMF should be able to make political
statements of this kind, I can imagine that others disagree.

BR, Eia

2008/2/19, Brian McNeil <brian.mcneil op wikinewsie.org>:
> Philippe Beaudette wrote:
> > Modified:
> And again...It's performer's rights, musicians/composers are already life+
> 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 performers 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 terms of copyright, and calls for the Union to
> immediately halt all discussions that endanger the expiration of or lengthen
> the period of copyright standards.
> Brian McNeil
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