[WikiEN-l] Fair use issues; we need serious help

Zoney zoney.ie at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 20:11:12 UTC 2007

Of course, the simple option would simply be not to use images on en
Wikipedia under a fair use rationale. That rationale (excusing the publisher
from copyright/licence violation) is not valid everywhere, nor are the
parameters the same.

If Wikipedia is supposed to be a free encyclopaedia, freely usable not just
in the USA and other places with similar fair use rationale, why complicate
matters with fair use images? Sure they can be stripped out prior to
publishing elsewhere in another medium, but the problem is that with fair
use images being allowed, plenty of article content will depend on such


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