[WikiEN-l] Re: Evil Copyvio Lists
morven at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 07:37:00 UTC 2006
In my opinion, such lists should go. I intend to investigate your Evil
List later on tonight.
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:
> 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.
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