[Foundation-l] Fwd: Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA
bzg at altern.org
Fri Jan 13 15:00:16 UTC 2012
Liam Wyatt <liamwyatt at gmail.com> writes:
> Well if it's a public cultural institution I would certainly hope
> that they're not giving us the only copy of the file!
Not the only copy... but perhaps the "only freely licensed one".
> That would be a terrible use of their role as guardians of their
> country/region/city heritage to outsource their hosting costs to us
> and not have an in-house database!
Compare these two pictures:
Same pictures. The first one is free. The second one is advertized as
"Tous droits réservés DIRECTION DES ARCHIVES MUNICIPALES DE TOULOUSE".
> Any cultural organisation that is proactively donating multimedia to
> Wikimedia knows that we're not "merely" a host like Flickr Commons or
> YouTube etc. They know that there is a statement of principles, of
> cultural free-access, that comes with working with us. Whilst
> Wikipedia might have an editorial policy of Neutrality, GLAM
> organisations especially understand that fighting for cultural access
> is a non-neutral activity and requires people to take a stand. So I
> am not pessimistic about this potentially negatively affecting our
> reputation with GLAMs.
I agree with you here. And I was only half ironic in my previous post:
I hope that GLAMs will understand the strong need to host their content
on their website under a free license. And a copy on Wikipedia if they
want to reach the free encyclopedia.
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