[WikiEN-l] Evil Copyvio Lists

Fastfission fastfission at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 05:06:15 UTC 2006

Looks like a pretty clear case of something we don't need around: 1.
looks copyrighted, 2. doesn't seem to be very vital content at that.

Anybody see it otherwise?


On 2/2/06, DF <dragons_flight at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Whenever I try to deal with unusual copyright
> questions myself, I seem to get variously ignored,
> harassed, challenged with nonsense legal theories, and
> ad hominem'ed to death.  So, I have decided that I am
> just not going to do it any more.  The whole
> experience is simply way too unpleasant for the
> limited amount of good I am able to accomplish.
> Hence someone else is going to have to do it.
> I have created a list of evil lists:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dragons_flight/Evil_looking_lists
> These ~35 lists appear to be creative works copied
> from the likes of VH1, Rolling Stone, and Time
> Magazine.  Under US case law a list whose membership
> is determined by editorial opinion (rather than facts,
> statisics or polling) is subject to copyright
> protection, and simply copying such a list into
> Wikipedia will generally constitute a copyright
> infringment.  Most of the lists I have highlighted are
> of the "Best of" variety, and appear to consist solely
> of the editor's judgment about who the best are.  (I
> have tried to exclude lists which were based on votes
> or polling, as such are not subject to copyright
> protection, but it is possible that some lists based
> on polling slipped through without my noticing.)
> Such lists should be deleted or abbreviated to a
> length and purpose consistent with fair use.
> As per my initial comments, I don't intend to pursue
> this matter further.  I'm hoping that my list of evil
> will be looking quite red some time in the future, but
> I am not optimistic that it will happen.
> -DF
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