[Foundation-l] Request for your input: biographies of living people

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 17:18:19 UTC 2009

I think we're sort of getting off topic - perhaps the issue of legal
responsibility can be forked into a different thread? My own pet concern
these days is the issue of model consent and age verification on projects
and Commons. It is related to BLPs, but perhaps it would be better not to
distract from the core issue with other separate but related problems.


On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 12:14 PM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2009/3/2 Michael Bimmler <mbimmler at gmail.com>:
> > Well, I could think of a couple people who might be subject to
> > persecutions (depending on how serious Polish prosecution authorities
> > are...) :
> > - Administrators who were made aware of this on-wiki but declined to
> > react by removing the data
> > - Polish volunteers of the info-pl-OTRS queue who were made aware of
> > this via email and rejected to intervene
> Is there likely a legal obligation to act?
> > Shall we exclude them all?  (Note, this is all speculation, but it's a
> > discussion worth having imho)
> If administrators are subject to legal danger for *not* performing
> given actions, their power to take those actions must be taken away,
> for the protection of the encyclopedia.
> I don't say that lightly, but I can't see any other way things could
> be. I have a pile of special superpowers on en:wp, but if I were being
> legally required to exercise them for reasons other than the good of
> the encyclopedia, I'd be fervently hoping someone would take them away
> without me actually asking them to.
> What is the realistic legal danger of people being forced to take
> actions on the encyclopedia just because they can, in Polish law?
> - d.
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