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

Ryan Kaldari rkaldari at wikimedia.org
Fri Jan 13 22:00:42 UTC 2012

I think Liam and Dominic are correct on this. Most cultural 
institutions, especially libraries, are very much on our side on 
copyright issues. For example, the American Library Association 
enthusiastically joined us in our amicus brief on Golan v. Holder last 
year. While there are a few art galleries that disagree with our PD-Art 
policy, I think that disagreement is an exception rather than the rule 
when it comes to copyright issues.

Ryan Kaldari

On 1/13/12 8:24 AM, Dominic McDevitt-Parks wrote:
> On 13 January 2012 09:45, Liam Wyatt<liamwyatt at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On 13 January 2012 14:22, Bastien Guerry<bzg at altern.org>  wrote:
>>> I still expect some of them to react in a way that will make them think
>>> twice before participating to an upload project.  But maybe that's just
>>> me being pessimistic.
>> ...
>> In fact, quite the contrary, I would not be surprised if many individuals
>> in GLAM (and other) organisations would privately be very supportive of us
>> making such a principled stand because we are at liberty to make such
>> statements in a way publicly funded organisations are not.
> Indeed, there isn't much of a question where most people who work for
> cultural institutions stand on the issue. Let's not forget that cultural
> institutions, and especially libraries, are major holders of copyrighted
> material, and they are put in the position of trying to make it available
> for research and use while staying within the bounds of the law. Back in
> November, the American Library Association, the Association of Research
> Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries, which
> collectively essentially represent the profession as a whole within the
> United States, issued a joint statement against SOPA, which you can read
> here:<http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/bm~doc/lca-sopa-8nov11.pdf>.
> They highlight the fact that libraries could be subject to felony criminal
> prosecution for unintended infringement for non-commercial purposes.
> Dominic
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