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
Recently, the European Parliament amended recommendations that places restrictions across all European Union member states. The Wikimedia community has mobilized in response.Read more
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.
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
The Wikimedia Foundation announces a new policy to make all research it directly supports freely available to the public under open licenses.Read more
[…] “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
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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….Read more