Licensing

<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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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…

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Celebrating women and change in IP

Picture of presenters and the audience at WIPLA’s IP Year in Review: Trends and Developments of 2013 conference. An official holiday in over 25 countries, International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8th with Wikipedia edit-a-thons focused on expanding articles on women, statements from United Nations organizations, conferences and even a Google…

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Wikimedia Participates In EU Copyright Consultation

European Commission flags In May of 2013, the European Commission asked the public to answer eighty questions about the future of copyright in the EU. Topics addressed ranged from copyright term length to limitations and exceptions for user-generated content. In each area, a variety of different questions were asked, but…

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Launching an Unconventional Trademark Policy for Open Collaboration

The Wikipedia puzzle globe and wordmark. On February 1, 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved an unconventional new trademark policy. The new policy is uniquely permissive, was developed in a massive online collaboration among the Wikimedia community, and contains cutting-edge information design principles to make it user-friendly….

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Announcing Wikimedia’s New Community-Centered Trademark Policy

The Wikimedia sites are built by a community of volunteers. Today, we finalized a new trademark policy that is specifically tailored to the innovative events and outreach that Wikimedia volunteers conduct to build sites like Wikipedia and its sister projects. The policy was developed through a seven month long consultation with…

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Wikimedia and Open Access — a rich history of interactions

This post is part of a week of action by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations in January 2014, to which the Wikimedia Foundation is invited to contribute, particularly on Wednesday January 15, when the topic of action is Open Access.   Open access is about freedom to read…

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The Wikipedia Library Strives for Open Access

Our editors are desperate for knowledge. They crave sources to use to build Wikipedia, to share with millions of readers around the globe. Many of the most authoritative sources, however, are locked behind paywalls. Birth of a partial solution We started The Wikipedia Library to address this. In 2010 research…

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Wikipedia Shows the Value of a Vibrant Public Domain

Beacon Towers from the beach 1920 This post is part of Copyright Week held by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations in January 2014. While more commonly known as New Year’s Day, January 1 is also international Public Domain Day. It celebrates the day when creative works (such as books, images and…

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November notes from Brussels

Assen Gert Sennema – Sisyphus 2 Fundamentally shifting the copyright narrative is not a weekend job. Since July 2013 Dimitar Dimitrov is Wikimedian in Brussels. In assorted blogposts he talks about his experiences vis-à-vis the EU. Fundamentally shifting the copyright narrative is not a weekend job. Still, the effort that…

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