[Foundation-l] Wikipedia articles based on Wikileaks material

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 20:13:33 UTC 2010

On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yes, raw data is a primary source and therefore likely unsuitable for en:wp.
> The raw data is, however, US government public domain and therefore
> suitable for Wikisource as an important historical text (which it is).
> Possibly when the whole collection has been released and there is
> context to give. Particularly notable cables might be worth curating
> for their importance.

I'm not so sure about that. These materials are coming from the US
government, but they have not been published by the US government. It
depends on the exact text of the law, but I do think it's likely that
the government PD is about material both created and published by the
government rather than just created. Even if not, there might still be
a restriction that it only holds for work that has been legally

André Engels, andreengels at gmail.com

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