Legal

  1. Wikipedia is built on the public domain

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    During Copyright Week, the Wikimedia Foundation Foundation and other organizations are discussing five principles for copyright. On Monday, we are starting with the most important part, the public domain. Wikipedia illustrates the importance of an abundant public domain, and provides some valuable guidance on where you can find more public domain resources yourself.... Read more

  2. Wikimedia Foundation joins EFF and others encouraging the California Court of Appeal to protect online free speech

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    The ruling of the trial court in Cross v. Facebook ignores settled principles of intermediary immunity and could threaten speech online. The Wikimedia Foundation joined an amicus brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Engine, GitHub, Snap, Yelp, and others encouraging the California Court of Appeal to review this decision.... Read more

  3. The end of ownership? Rethinking digital property to favor consumers at a Yale ISP talk

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    In November 2016, a member of the Foundation’s legal team visited Yale Law School’s Information Society Project for a presentation on issues with licensing schemes for digital products.... Read more

  4. Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA update: Hearing at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

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    We will continue advocating for the privacy and expression rights of the Wikimedia communities, which enable users to freely create and share knowledge.... Read more

  5. Freedom of expression includes the freedom to link

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    You have probably never worried that you could be sued for posting a hyperlink to a video or article. But under a ruling by Hungarian national courts, it could be possible. ... Read more

  6. Let’s judge copyright law by its contribution to learning and education

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    Opening our event series Free Open Shared, Mike Masnick of Techdirt gave an energetic talk about the need for copyright reform.... Read more

  7. Wikimedia Foundation files petition against decision to extend the ‘right to be forgotten’ globally

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    The Wikimedia Foundation has filed a petition with the French Supreme Court in support of access to knowledge.... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA update: appeal hearing scheduled

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    The next hearing in our case against the United States National Security Agency and others over the U.S. government’s Upstream surveillance practices will take place on December 8, 2016, at the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.... Read more

  9. Wikimedia Foundation supports anonymous online speech in letter to California Supreme Court

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    The Wikimedia Foundation has filed a letter supporting anonymous online speech, asking the California Supreme Court to review a case about unmasking online commenters.... Read more

  10. Wikimedia Foundation advises Canadian Supreme Court to support freedom of expression worldwide in intervention filing for Google v. Equustek

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    The Wikimedia Foundation has filed an intervention brief advising the Canadian Supreme Court of the importance of considering free expression and access to information before issuing court orders with worldwide impact.... Read more