[WikiEN-l] Baidupedia (the downside to free content?)

Joe Anderson computerjoe.mailinglist at googlemail.com
Fri May 12 18:10:16 UTC 2006

It is legal, sadfully, IMO. If it was in North Korea, it wouldn't be, per US
export law.

On 5/12/06, Anthony DiPierro <wikilegal at inbox.org> wrote:
> On 5/12/06, Matt R <matt_crypto at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> > Steve Block <steve.block at myrealbox.com> wrote:
> >  > Anthony DiPierro wrote:
> >  >
> > > Anyone know if they use the actual content from Wikipedia or not?
> >  >
> >  > If they are and they aren't citing authors, aren't they in breach of
> the
> >  > GFDL.  And if that's the case, can we sue?  Please?
> >
> > Please, let's not. I see it as a good thing that people can access and
> read Wikipedia articles in some way, whether or not the site is
> GFDL-compliant. Isn't that why we contribute our time here, to have people
> read our articles? The most basic freedom for information is the freedom to
> access and read it. Baidupedia is better than nothing for
> technically-unsavvy people in mainland China.
> >
> > -- Matt
> First of all, I'm not the one who wrote those sentences your email
> client attributed to me.
> Secondly, I tend to agree with you that suing over a breach of the
> GFDL is not a good idea.  And frankly, I doubt it would work.
> Whether or not a grossly censored Baidupedia is better than nothing, I
> don't know.  Depends, I suppose, how censored it is, but I get the
> impression that the censorship is much tighter than say the censorship
> of Google.  From what I know of the situation I'd guess a censored
> version of Wikipedia is worse than nothing, because at least with
> nothing more people will go through the technical hoops to get around
> the firewall.
> If anyone has any ideas as to what we can do to help get the real
> Wikipedia to the masses in China (no client-side setup required), I'd
> love to help.  Maybe some sort of network of distributed servers
> providing https access through dynamically rotating IP addresses.
> Anthony
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