[Foundation-l] At least 500 images will have to be deleted from the National Portrait Gallery

Magnus Manske magnusmanske at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 24 07:48:00 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:21 AM, Jimmy Wales <jwales at wikia.com> wrote:
> 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.

Yes! Now if the Foundation could set up a page clarifying the official
position on this, we could just point to it in the future.


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