Licensing

  1. 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

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

    Photo by Collectie Anne Frank Stichting Amsterdam, public domain.

    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.... Read more

  3. What’s TPP? The problematic partnership

    Photo by Christopher Dombres, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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

  4. Supporting access to mass digitization collections

    "LOC Main Reading Room Highsmith" by Carol M. Highsmith, under public domain

    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.... Read more

  5. Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama

    Photo by Kham Tran, CC BY-SA 3.0

    Recently, the European Parliament amended recommendations that places restrictions across all European Union member states. The Wikimedia community has mobilized in response.... Read more

  6. The Wikimedia Foundation’s “Got Your Back” when it comes to user privacy

    Privacy is a core tenant of the Wikimedia movement. Photo by Owen Moore, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    The Wikimedia Foundation was recently recognized in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) “Who’s Got Your Back?” report.
    We are proud to say that we received perfect marks across all five categories.... Read more

  7. A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

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

    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.... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge

    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

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

  9. Using Licenses in an easy (and legal) way

    <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>

    […] “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. […]... Read more

  10. Supporting innovation beyond the traditional IP regime: Using Wikipedia as a model

    Michigan State College of Law Professor Sean Paper responds to comments on his presentation during the “Cultural Production Without IP” panel. Intellectual property (IP) rights like copyrights, patents and trademarks are given to scientists and authors to reward them for their contributions to the arts and sciences. These exclusive rights allow them to monetize their work. But piracy a... Read more