[Foundation-l] GFDL Q&A update and question

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Thu Jan 8 23:15:36 UTC 2009

The specific reason I would claim that the telephone directory case does not
apply is that the dumps are in a machine readable format that is intended to
be read by one, and only one, machine: MediaWiki. There must be another
domain of applicable case law.

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 4:08 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>wrote:

> 2009/1/8 Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu>:
> > http://download.wikimedia.org/enwiki/20081008/
> >
> > These subcollections obviously pass the threshold for creativity. A court
> > case on telephone directories, which is simply a two or three column
> output,
> > has very little applicability to the complex formats published by the
> WMF.
> >
> > I also recognize this to be a legal grey area, and my opinion unfounded.
> >
> > But I believe this would have significant consequences, no?
> That's not obvious to me at all. I think anyone putting together a
> collection of dumps of Wikipedia would do so in essentially the same
> way.
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