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What TPP missed: meaningful transparency

Lack of transparency plagues trade negotiations, particularly when they have copyright implications, and regularly leaves the public domain in the lurch. Transparency is not just an ideal, it’s a necessary tool for building a more democratic society.

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Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

Today, in a tragic example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of Anne Frank from Wikisource.

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What’s TPP? The problematic partnership

At the Wikimedia Foundation, we believe that shorter copyright terms make it possible for more people to create and share free knowledge.

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Notice of appeal filed in Wikimedia v. NSA

Today, on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation and our eight co-plaintiffs, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a notice of appeal in Wikimedia v. NSA.

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Live a year in 4 minutes: Introducing #Edit2015, Wikipedia’s year-in-review video

#Edit2015 captures a tiny portion of the millions of edits that the world made to Wikipedia in 2015.

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Wikimedia Foundation to begin annual year-end contribution campaign

Today, Giving Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation kicks off its annual contribution campaign on the English Wikipedia to support Wikipedia and its sister projects. Wikipedia is supported predominantly by small individual donations averaging $15. Ahead of Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary, we are asking readers who value Wikipedia to help keep it growing for years to come.

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Victory in Germany: court rules in favor of the Wikimedia Foundation

We are happy to announce that the court of Munich has ruled in favor of the Wikimedia Foundation in Dr. Evelyn Schels v. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc..

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Wikimedia’s Funds Dissemination Committee—how to fairly distribute money around the world

This week, the Funds Dissemination Committee recommended the distribution of almost $3.8 million to 11 independent affiliate organisations around the world.

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Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland urge Reiss Engelhorn Museum to reconsider suit over public domain works of art

Photo by jelm6, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0. On October 28, the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, served a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation and later against Wikimedia Deutschland, the local German chapter of the global Wikimedia movement. The suit concerns copyright claims related to 17 images of…

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Internal security incident identified and resolved at the Wikimedia Foundation

A security incident with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Mailman mailing list system was identified and addressed today. Photo by Petar Milošević, freely licensed under CC by-SA 4.0. On November 12, the Wikimedia Operations team identified a security incident on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Mailman mailing list system that resulted in the breach…

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