[Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia goes on strike

Nikola Smolenski smolensk at eunet.rs
Tue Jul 10 08:30:56 UTC 2012

On 10/07/12 07:58, Keegan Peterzell wrote:
> When we black-out one of our projects, we remove our ideal and the
> fundamental principle that we support the freedom of knowledge.  What we do

How come? It is exactly the black-out that supported the freedom of 

> it move the idea into the human realm, where we care about things like
> regulations and how it relates to "what is ours."  None of it is ours.  We
> release it under free license.

Everything was still released under free license during the blackout.

> To claim that we have a responsibility for what we write is contrary to the
> notion of fully submitting it for reuse and/or modification, unless what

Not at all. Are you writing on Wikipedia? Do you not feel responsible to 
diligently check your sources?

> knowledge.  We may have copyright, but we don't own a thing that we have
> done.  It is not ours to take away.

We haven't removed the knowledge or the freedom. We only removed a 
medium for its transfer.

> When we use our websites for political protest, we are a level below our
> idea.  Our idea is above politics.  To put our idea into politics

Unfortunately, politics is not below using force to stop the idea.

I have to say, your comment reads like empty philosophizing. You are 
like a person who doesn't have children because he is worried about 
overpopulation - when it is exactly the people who are intelligent and 
responsible enough to realize the dangers of overpopulation who should 
have more children. If taking away freedoms for one day is necessary in 
order to prevent them from being taken for one year, it should be done.

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