Legal

  1. Canadian Supreme Court rules against Google in favor of worldwide court orders

    The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that Google must remove search results worldwide, dismissing concerns that this may impede freedom of expression for people outside of Canada or inspire other countries to censor speech.... Read more

  2. Yale Law School and the Wikimedia Foundation create new research initiative to help preserve and protect the free exchange of information online

    The Wikimedia Foundation and the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School recently expanded their longstanding collaboration to focus on raising awareness and conducting research related to threats against intermediary liability protections. Those protections are necessary if online platforms are to remain neutral third parties hosting user-generated content.... Read more

  3. It’s time to protect the public domain!

    The public domain is an important pillar of free knowledge, creativity and innovation and an indispensable counterweight to exclusive rights on intellectual property. Yet, unlike exclusive rights, it is not adequately protected.... Read more

  4. Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA: Why we’re here and where we’re going

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s mission is to support the communities of readers and contributors who share and consume information on Wikipedia and the other free-knowledge projects. Privacy and anonymity are crucial to the free sharing of knowledge. Mass surveillance erodes our privacy and individualism, and undermines our expressive and associational freedoms. ... Read more

  5. Discussing fake news and the NSA lawsuit at Yale

    As part of our ongoing affiliation and collaboration with Yale Law School, members of the Foundation’s legal team recently participated in two events focused on the issue of fake news and the Wikimedia v. NSA lawsuit. ... Read more

  6. Sacrificing freedom of expression and collaboration online to enforce copyright in Europe?

    The European Union’s proposed new copyright directive threatens freedom of expression, collaboration, and diversity online. We urge the European Parliament and the Council to oppose mandatory upload filters that would impair free knowledge and innovation on the internet.... Read more

  7. Victory at the Fourth Circuit: Court of Appeals allows Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA to proceed

    The decision marks an important victory for the privacy and free expression rights of Wikimedia users.... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Eileen Hershenov as General Counsel

    Eileen Hershenov is an experienced general counsel with nearly three decades of leadership in media, intellectual property, civil liberties, and not-for-profit law.... Read more

  9. Wikimedia Foundation urges Turkish authorities to restore access to Wikipedia

    On Saturday, April 29, Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey. If it remains, this block will result in millions of people in Turkey losing access to free knowledge about their country and the world around them. We believe knowledge is a fundamental human right and urge the Turkish government to remove this block.... Read more

  10. Wikimedia Foundation signs amicus brief supporting temporary restraining order against revised U.S. travel restrictions

    Planned restrictions on international travel will impact the Wikimedia Foundation’s ability to collaborate across borders in service of our mission. ... Read more