[Wikimedia-l] Real identifies when dealing with copyright issues

Newyorkbrad newyorkbrad at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 16:54:17 UTC 2012

One possible approach would be to contact the author directly.


On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM, James Heilman <jmh649 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Someone has posted a question about WP:OUTING. We are currently dealing
> with a copyright issue ( a textbook has copied liberally from Wikipedia
> without proper attribution and the author claiming the work as their own ).
> Before we inform the publisher however we need to make sure that the author
> of the book is not a Wikipedia editor who wrote the original content and
> than released it under a different license. In this instance this was not
> the case.
> However is the simply fact of attempting to verify that an author is not a
> Wikipedian considered WP:OUTING? Not attempting to verify it before
> informing the publisher and amazon however would be unethical as we may
> harm someones career and need to make sure we are correct. Other peoples
> thoughts?
> --
> James Heilman
> MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
> The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
> www.opentextbookofmedicine.com
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