[Wikimedia-l] images deletedfrom WikiCommons

Michael Maggs Michael at maggs.name
Tue Dec 31 17:37:25 UTC 2013

Hi Michal

I have picked up on your initiative, and have made a proposal on Commons:


Could you take a look at it?


Michael Maggs
Chair, WMUK.

On 29 Dec 2013, at 05:19, Michal Lester <mlester at wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> Hi,
> As some of you know, images are been deleted in the past month from
> WikiCommons due to a change in the ruling of the United States Supreme
> Court. (The case of Golan v. Holder, confirming the legality of the URAA,
> has restored copyright status to foreign works that were placed in the
> public domain after January 1, 1996).  Court ruling brought WikiCommons
> volunteers to delete images that do not meet the new guideline.
> Consequently, Israeli images were deleted even though the Israeli law
> releases them into the public domain.
> We wrote to the legal department of the Foundation to alert about the
> situation. The department has posted a legal
> opinion<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikilegal/Use_of_Foreign_Works_Restored_under_the_URAA_on_Commons>
> on
> the subject following our inquiry.
> WMIL is going to turn to the Minister of Justice and seek for written
> statement that confirm that images released by the State of Israel to the
> public domain may be used freely around the world. We hope that WikiCommons
> operators rely on the letter and will not delete more images.
> It will be great if other chapters will update if they encountered the
> problem and what you intend to do.
> All the best
> Michal
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> Michal Lester
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> Wikimedia Israel
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