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

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Jan 9 08:27:29 UTC 2009

That is a bit simplistic. It takes a huge effort to create dumps. The dump
of the English language Wikipedia is even notoriously difficult to create.
It is for this reason easy to argue that the WMF has the copyright on the
collection. Given that it is a composite of separately copyrighted material
and given that there is no selection involved, the WMF may be insulated from
people objecting to material that is of interest to them being included.
That is however a different issue.

2009/1/9 Nikola Smolenski <smolensk at eunet.yu>

> Brian wrote:
> > Who owns the copyright for the selection, coordination or arrangement of
> the
> > dumps?
> Given that no one selects, coordinates or arranges the dumps, no one
> owns the copyright on them.
> > On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:33 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >
> >> 2009/1/8 Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu>:
> >>> I was under the impression that the WMF does hold a copyright over the
> >>> entirety of a particular Wikipedia as they offer that collection for
> >>> download. And re-users often use these dumps as seeds for their
> "illegal"
> >>> re-use.
> >> IANAL, but I think you need to have had a creative input in the work
> >> to hold a copyright to it, what creative input has WMF had is
> >> combining all the articles into one dump?
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