[Foundation-l] At least 500 images will have to be deleted from the National Portrait Gallery
jwales at wikia.com
Wed Jul 23 23:21:49 UTC 2008
Speaking only for myself, not the Board, and speaking only in my
traditional capacity, I can say that I very strongly support keeping
these images. Public domain paintings are public domain. This is not
about borderline cases around exact dates. This is OLD stuff.
I call on the National Portrait Gallery to release these images under a
free license. Barring that, I propose that we ignore any illegitimate
and unjust false claims to copyright in these things, unless and until
they are willing to take us to court.
Mike Godwin and the Wikimedia Foundation have the final say, of course,
and I respect that. But I hope we encourage courage in this area.
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