[WikiEN-l] Copyright?

Alphax (Wikipedia email) alphasigmax at gmail.com
Wed May 10 04:16:59 UTC 2006

Ray Saintonge wrote:
> Guettarda wrote:
>> On 5/3/06, Guy Chapman aka JzG <guy.chapman at spamcop.net> wrote:
>>> SPUI has repeatedly tagged http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sbekele
>>> as a copyvio of http://www.cbsintl.com/people.htm.  I refused to
>>> speedy it on that basis, so SPUI blanked it and added the copyvio
>>> template.  Sbekele self-identifies as Sophia Bekele, CEO of CBS
>>> International, and therefore presumably the copyright owner.  Since
>>> this is user space, and the content is an "about us" bio, not
>>> commercial content, I think that blanking and deletion are a bit
>>> excessive.  On the other hand, copyright is copyright I guess.  What
>>> does the panel think?
>> Yeah, it's a copyvio.  Since the user doesn't appear to have explicitly
>> released the material under a GFDL-compatible license, and since the user
>> has not provided an proof that they are who they say they are, it's correct
>> to consider it a copyvio.  Please note, the original says:
>> *Copyright (c) 1997-2005 CBS International All rights reserved.*
> Such notices are irrelevant to the determination of whether something is 
> copyright, except perhaps in establishing when the copyright will 
> expire, but that problem is moot until 2067.
> Release under GFDL is implicit whenever anyone saves an edit.  Why 
> should it be any more explicit in this case?
> Whether she is who she says she is is more problematic.  What kind of 
> proof are you looking for?  Can we ever be sure that anyone who posts 
> with his "real" name is identifying himself truthfully?  "Assume good 
> faith" favours keeping the material.  If you doubt the good faith, you 
> would do better by trying to contact the person through independant 
> channels.

"Assume good faith" ignores one important fact: people lie.

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