[Foundation-l] Politico: "Wikimedia foundation hires lobbyists on sopa, pipa"

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen cimonavaro at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 23:50:21 UTC 2012

The simple option that will just blow all this talk fo lobbying away,
is to migrate outside US jurisdiction entirely. It does entail some
costs, and may well not be optimal, on many fronts.

A medium option is to do a plan on the lines of the actions that
Google has already put into  force, of diversifying datacenters that
have our non-fungible assets, so that for enforcement they would
have to invade sovreign territory. But for a non-profit, our best line
would be to say that we are making those plans, but actually want
to keep the US have the PR benefit of being able to say that WMF
like entities find the US best to be incorporated in. And then grin
very hard, so they know we mean business. Follow up with saying
the very real contingency plans can not wait on their realizing they
have the wrong end of the stick, so we have to act now.

So we will put a few fallback datacenters elsewhere, just so our
various communities and chapters realize we aren't going to be
bullied by US jurisdiction. But we have a much more expansive
plan which we tell we will eventually realize. But the legislators
in the US have to understand we are doing this all so they realize
what they are working on is harmful to prosperity around the globe.

And if they play ball, (we won't give a cent of tribute, sorry) we will
not accelerate the rate at which we realize the full international
nature of the Wikimedia Foundation.

That is pretty much the line of "education" that might be effective,
without costing the Foundation a single backhander.

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen, ~ [[User:Cimon Avaro]]

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