[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to Release its images under a free license for public use
mathias.schindler at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 14:21:32 UTC 2012
The license will be at minimum free as in beer. It will be up to the
negotiation skills of WMIL to turn the actual license into a free one
that satisfies the Definitions from Freedom Defined.
On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga
<ezalvarenga at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> just a correction. This license is not free. Please, see
> I hope this was a step for in the near future this government
> contribute to the commons.
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Itzik Edri <itzik at infra.co.il> wrote:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Tomer Ashur <tomerashur at gmail.com>
>> Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM
>> Subject: [Internal-l] Israeli Government to Release its images under a free
>> license for public use
>> To: "Local Chapters, board and officers coordination (closed subscription)"
>> <internal-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
>> Hi all,
>> I am very proud to announce that Wikimedia Israel just won one of its main
>> struggles. The Israeli government has announced that all imaged in which
>> the state is the copyrights holder and that were uploaded to the
>> government's websites can be freely used with the following restrictions:
>> 1. The image will be attributed to the state of Israel (or the relevant
>> 2. The user cannot change the license (Share-alike)
>> 3. No derivative work.
>> 4. Each office will create a policy about commercial use (i.e., commercial
>> use is allowed, unless otherwise specified).
>> Wikimedia Israel has pushed for this change since 2010, when MK Meir
>> Sheetrit proposed an amendment for the Israeli copyright act. The chapter
>> pushed for the acceptance of this amendment by the Knesset (the Israeli
>> parliament). During this time, we were able to make a complete shift in the
>> paradigms employed by the government and government officials. From being
>> strong opposers to the bill, they become adopters of the changes, thus
>> making the bill itself, redundant.
>> Now, a new struggle begins - Wikimedia Israel will work to remove the ND
>> clause from the decision, and will make sure that all government offices
>> publish their policy as required. Nonetheless, this is still a huge
>> achievement, the government has accepted the importance of free culture in
>> modern world.
>> On a personal note, as the leader of this project, I wish to send my many
>> thanks to all of those who made this miracle happen. A special thanks is
>> due to the great people of the Israeli Internet society, the (just as
>> great) people of Creative commons Israel, Adv. Jonathan Klinger, Mathias
>> Schindler, the awsome volunteers of Wikimedia Israel and the editors of
>> Hebrew Wikipedia. If there's anyone I forgot by name - my apologies, I'm
>> still terribly excited of these news.
>> If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here or send me a private
>> Tomer Ashur
>> Wikimedia Israel
>>  http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2012/Pages/des5268.aspx
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> Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
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