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

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.

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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 an unfortunate 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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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 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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District court grants government’s motion to dismiss Wikimedia v. NSA, appeal expected

Today, a federal district court granted the government’s motion to dismiss Wikimedia v. NSA, our lawsuit challenging the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) use of “Upstream” mass surveillance.

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Supporting access to mass digitization collections

The Wikimedia Foundation, in coordination with Creative Commons and the Internet Archive, urges the U.S. Copyright Office not to propose a pilot program that inhibits fair use or undermines freely accessible mass digitization projects.

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