[Foundation-l] Fwd: Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA

Bastien Guerry 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

> 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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