[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Request for Comments: Legal Fees Assistance Program

Tilman Bayer tbayer at wikimedia.org
Fri Aug 31 21:39:13 UTC 2012

Forwarding, as this doesn't yet seem to have made it through from the
Announce list (possibly because of the HTML content; but trying anyway).

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From: Geoff Brigham <gbrigham at wikimedia.org>
To: wikimediaannounce-l at lists.wikimedia.org
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:35:39 +0200
Subject: Request for Comments: Legal Fees Assistance Program
*Note:  You may also read this announcement in

Many Wikimedians take on key support roles that help ensure that the
community’s projects run smoothly and effectively. The Wikimedia Foundation
-- under the lead of the Finance Department and the Legal and Community
Advocacy Department -- is proposing the Legal Fees Assistance Program. This
program is intended to help find qualified lawyers or pay for the legal
defense fees of eligible users in specified support
The assistance would be available in the unlikely event those users were
ever named in a legal complaint as a defendant because of their support
roles on any Wikimedia project. The program would apply to all projects and

We have started a request for
see what the community thinks of this proposed initiative, and we
like those who are interested to look at the proposed program
let us know your thoughts. If you have further questions, we have
prepared an FAQ<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal_and_Community_Advocacy/Legal_Fees_Assistance_Program/FAQ>,
and we will be available to discuss via the talk pages.

Many thanks,

Geoff <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Gbrigham>

Geoff Brigham
General Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation

Garfield <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Gbyrd>
Garfield Byrd
Chief of Finance and Administration
Wikimedia Foundation

Tilman Bayer
Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
Wikimedia Foundation
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