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The European Union is discussing important issues that can impact Wikimedia projects, such as net neutrality regulation, a new data protection law and a major copyright reform. Wikimedia Sweden has created an overview of relevant proposals. European Parliament photo by JLogan, public domain.

Wikimedians in Brussels map out key issues about the European Union’s digital future

The European Union is discussing important issues that can impact Wikimedia projects: net neutrality, data protection and copyright reform. Wikimedia Sweden has created an overview of relevant proposals and invites you to help prioritize them.

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Map by Quibik, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

European copyright laws are very complex, making it hard to share free knowledge. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

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

Wikimedia Foundation releases latest transparency report

In the second half of 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation received hundreds of requests from governments, individuals, and organizations to disclose nonpublic user data and remove content from the Wikimedia Projects. Only three requests were granted.

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An image from a 1973 London School of Economics appeal for funds for its library. Photo by London School of Economics and Political Science's Library, free licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge

The Wikimedia Foundation announces a new policy to make all research it directly supports freely available to the public under open licenses.

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Justice presides with her scale and sword at Frankfurt am Main. Photo by  Roland Meinecke, licensed under a Free Art license.

Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program. (..)

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Wikipedian Lukas Mezger (center), with free knowledge advocates Karl Sigfrid (left) and Dimitar Dimitrov, standing in front of the European commission in Brussels. Photo by Gnom, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Taking a stand for free knowledge in the European Union

When the European Commission held an official hearing on copyright reform, a representative of the European Wikimedia chapters participated (…)

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The Wikimedia Foundation joined Twitter and others to file this amicus brief against the Department of Justice regarding national security requests. Public domain.

Wikimedia Foundation supports Twitter’s fight for transparency

On Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation joined Twitter and others to file an amicus brief against the Department of Justice regarding national security requests. (…)

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Wikimedia sites can only show this picture of Weimar's Nietzsche Archive because German's 'Freedom of Panorama' law authorizes it. If the building was located in Belgium or France, this would be a copyright infringement.

The Twilight of Copyright, or, How to reform with a hammer

The new European Commission is working on a copyright reform proposal this year. Here’s a report on what this could mean for the Wikimedia movement. (…)

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Harkness Tower photo by Hilary Richardson, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0[/caption]

When free speech conflicts with public health objectives: Yale ISP Conference

The Yale Information Society Project’s Conference on Public Health & the First Amendment brought together public health advocates, medical professionals and First Amendment scholars to discuss the implications of recent controversial First Amendment case law. (…)

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<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cappadocia_Balloon_Inflating_Wikimedia_Commons.JPG">"Cappadocia Balloon Inflating Wikimedia Commons"</a>, by <a href="Benh">Benh LIEU SONG</a>, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>

Using Licenses in an easy (and legal) way

[…] “Open Content – A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences” is a publication by the German Commission for UNESCO, the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre and Wikimedia Deutschland. […]

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