[Wikimedia-l] UK.Gov passes Instagram Act

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Thu May 2 08:07:04 UTC 2013

Fae, 02/05/2013 09:20:
> On 2 May 2013 07:54, Federico Leva (Nemo) wrote:
> ...
>> If that's it, the law is completely useless, it just parrots general EU
>> regulations. The big question in Europe is what qualifies as a "diligent
>> search": I don't know if as usual UK wants to decide on its own, in any case
>> it would be useful for WMUK to ask a committee or whatever to assist the
>> Secretary of State in the decision and to be appointed/heard in such
>> committee. Usually they only listen to publishers and sometimes librarians.
>> Nemo
> Nemo, don't underestimate the power of us. :-)  [...]
> A couple of such example public reports would be highly likely to be
> adopted by government as an reference case studies of implementation.
> Shall we just do it?

A document describing best practices for diligent search in Wikimedia 
projects can be interesting, but for what Mathias says there is little 
use in it as part of this initiative, unless UK government wants to act 
in EU to find a common ground making the directive useful [hahahahah].

However, "diligent search" translates to "the state considers me a good 
guy and if the 25th grade cousin of the author suddenly pops up asking 
me money I can laugh at him". We only try to prove PD status, so we have 
little experience with this sort of risk balancing.


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