Legal

  1. Announcing a new informational resource on Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA and government surveillance

    "Photo" by Tim Evanson, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    We have released a new landing page for Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA, and the government has filed their response to our opening appeal brief.... Read more

  2. Save the safe harbors that power the open web

    Photo by Slaunger, CC BY-SA-3.0

    The Wikimedia Foundation advocates to the U.S. Copyright Office for the preservation of protections from copyright liability for intermediaries, and against turning intermediaries into copyright police.... Read more

  3. A strike against freedom of panorama: Swedish court rules against Wikimedia Sverige

    Sunset over Lake Mälaren with 1854 statue of Carl XIV John of Sweden removed. Statue is in the public domain. Original image by Jacob Truedson Demitz is in the public domain, derivative work by Kevin Jacobsen licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

    The Swedish Supreme Court ruled against Wikimedia Sweden this week, deciding that Swedish copyright law does not allow the chapter to post images in its online database without permission from the artist. The Wikimedia Foundation respectfully disagrees with this ruling.... Read more

  4. Delivering knowledge globally: Discussions about online censorship at Yale

    Photo by Sage Ross, public domain/CC0.

    In late 2015, members of the Foundation’s legal team participated in talks at Yale Law School that provided more information on how individuals, governments, and websites are responding to the issue of censorship.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Foundation and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry co-host privacy event

    Legal Internet Law Policy Foundry privacy event

    A privacy panel earlier this month touched on consumer privacy, the EU-US privacy shield, and “big data,” among other topics.... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Foundation details requests to alter or remove content in new Transparency Report

    Photo by Abrget47j, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

    The latest Transparency Report covers the time period from July to December 2015, during which we received 220 alteration or takedown requests, none of which were granted. We also received 25 user data requests, only one of which was granted.... Read more

  7. Fairer than Fair: a history of fair use on Wikipedia

    Print copyrighted by the M.C. Escher Company B.V, used here under fair use.

    In recognition of Fair Use Week, which runs from February 22nd–26th, we’ve highlighted how fair use works on the Wikimedia projects, and how those policies were developed and the unique way that the Wikimedia communities develop guidelines to support the values of the free culture movement.... Read more

  8. Appeal filed in Wikimedia v. NSA

    Photo by Phil Roeder, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    Today, our attorneys at the ACLU filed the opening brief in our appeal of Wikimedia v. NSA, which challenges the National Security Agency’s “Upstream” mass surveillance practices. Our complaint was dismissed last fall on the grounds of standing, and the newly filed brief details the many reasons why we have the right to bring these claims. We expect the government’s response in March, and ... Read more

  9. Wikimedia Foundation signs on to new amicus brief in support of Twitter

    Photo by TheBrockenInaGlory, edited by Alvesgaspar, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation continues to support Twitter’s fight for transparency. On February 5, 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation joined Automattic, CloudFlare, CREDO Mobile, Mapbox, Medium, Reddit, and Wickr in filing a new amicus brief against the U.S. Department of Justice to permit meaningful reporting of the number of national security requests received by such organizations.... Read more

  10. What TPP missed: Meaningful transparency

    Photo by LeeChangmin, public domain.

    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.... Read more