[Foundation-l] Texts deleted on French Wikisource

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 22:49:41 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:04 PM, Mike Godwin <mnemonic at gmail.com> wrote:
> Gerard writes:
> Hoi,
>> When I read:  "Wikisource content in the French language targets the French
>> public, and therefore, under French conflict of laws principles, the
>> copyright law of France applies to this content." I do read the French
>> public. Wikisource does not target the French public per se.
> I agree with you about this. Unfortunately, that turns out to be an
> inadequate argument when it comes to justifying noncompliance with a
> takedown notice.
> We consulted with French counsel on the question of compliance, and neither
> they nor we believed there was a strong probability that French court would
> invalidate the takedown notice on the grounds that Wikisource does not
> target the French public in particular.

The appropriate response to this might be a Quebec Wikisource project
(or, pick another French-speaking location, with a very non-French
copyright policy which is more friendly to us in this circumstance).

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

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