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Advocating for freer content is actually relevant to Wikimedia, unlike the political advocacy for a green agenda or net neutrality or what have you. But the Foundation could set the example by not running like scared rabbits every time the slightest deviation from a full legal paragraph is associated with released material. If it says "for public use" or "available for media use" then OK the community to use it with discretion! Instead the Foundation blocks it as a blanket policy regardless of case-by-case consensus. Open up Wikimedia and act consistently with the advocacy.Bdell555 07:12, 21 January 2010 (UTC) Thank you for your comment. What do you mean by released material? You might want to give an example of the incidents you refer to. I assume that your remarks relate to the English Wikipedia. In other languages the discussion about the Exemption Doctrine Policy is mandated to the chapters. What risks can be taken, depends on the applicable legislation. Would you be in favour of a U.S. and/or U.K. chapter to adress these issues? Esther H 15:49, 26 January 2010 (UTC)


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Chapters, EDP008:13, 16 August 2010
Free first publication rights001:09, 1 February 2010
Wikipedia more "green" by reduction of energy usage122:56, 29 January 2010
The Public Domain Manifesto007:59, 28 January 2010

Chapters, EDP

«not many chapters take the risk of accepting an EDP»: EDPs are accepted by projects, not by chapters. Chapters don't have any influence on projects' governance. Instead, chapters already do advocacy, see e.g. m:Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, WM-IL Knesset effective work, WM-DE work with Communia, WM-IT continous participation in several Italian campaigns.

Also, above chapters are under "community" and "Wikimedia" is used as a synonim for WMF. :-/

08:13, 16 August 2010

Free first publication rights

I think copyright length was extended because of taxes. When government pays for things by taxes instead of coining money, it can't afford to provide state aid, subsidy and welfare. When a business is not subdidized, it needs to make a profit. I guess Wikimedia couldn't afford to buy articles for it's free encyclopedia, so it asked people to "edit." Trying to get sooner public domain probably won't work because of the ecomomy the way it is today. More practical might be trying to get free first publication rights. Real experts might be willing to write just for a byline. There does seem to be something going wrong if an article's editing history has hundreds or thousands of edits, and nobody knows who actually wrote it. --Chuck Marean 01:09, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

01:09, 1 February 2010

Wikipedia more "green" by reduction of energy usage

Switch screens to black baseline instead of white. Black displays on computer monitors uses less energy than white screens. Even a 50% reduction in white/light/colored area in the Wiki displays would have an impact.

21:52, 29 January 2010

There seems to be some disagreement on this issue: [1]

22:56, 29 January 2010

The Public Domain Manifesto

From the EDRi newsletter:

A new public manifest called the Public Domain Manifesto was launched on 25 January 2010, as a document developed within COMMUNIA, the European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain, during the last two years.

According to the network, The Public Domain ensures that the principles of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ("Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits") can be fully enjoyed by everyone across the world.

The document outlines a series of general principles (opening with: the Public Domain is the rule, copyright protection is the exception) along with various issues relevant to today's Public Domain, and provides some recommendations aimed at protecting the Public Domain and ensuring that it can continue to function in a meaningful way - with particular relevance to education, cultural heritage and scientific research.

The Manifesto also includes a number of issues relevant to the Public Domain that must be addressed immediately. The recommendations refer to reducing the copyright term, taking into account the effects on public domain when changing the scope of copyright protection and suggest to legally punish any false or misleading attempt to misappropriate Public Domain material.

The authors of the Manifesto hope that the new document can be embraced by the civil society at large as a tool to maintain and promote this precious common good for citizens across the world and for future generations to come.

The document already includes a list of individuals and organizations that have signed the Manifesto, but the list is also open to anyone for new endorsements.

The Public Domain Manifesto

Press release: The Public Domain Manifesto launches today (25.01.2010)

Translations of the Manifesto

I would like to recommend that the European chapters of the Wikimedia Foundation endorse this manifesto.

07:58, 28 January 2010