Legal

  1. Victory in Brazil as court rules in favor of Wikimedia Foundation

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    We are happy to announce that the 6th Civil Court of Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has ruled in favor of the Wikimedia Foundation in an injunction claim filed by Brazilian musician Rosanah Fienngo. ... Read more

  2. In an attempt to modernize copyright laws, the European Commission forgets about users

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    The European Commission’s leaked plans for EU copyright reform show that their primary concern is rightsholder revenue, with the public’s interest in accessing and sharing knowledge taking a back seat.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Foundation files letter encouraging California Supreme Court review of key intermediary liability case

    The Earl Warren Building and Courthouse, where the Supreme Court of California sits. Photo by Coolcaesar, CC-BY-SA 3.0.

    Hassell v. Bird could affect intermediary liability law and freedom of speech online. The Wikimedia Foundation has encouraged the California Supreme Court to review this important case.... Read more

  4. Victory in Germany (part two): German court unanimously dismisses appeal

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    The German courts sided with the Wikimedia Foundation and dismissed Dr. Evelyn Schels’ appeal. The proceeding is now officially over, marking a victory for public knowledge.... Read more

  5. Wikimedia Foundation releases fifth transparency report

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    In our latest Transparency Report, the Wikimedia Foundation provides information about requests to alter or remove content or obtain nonpublic information about users. ... Read more

  6. Wikimedia Foundation intervenes in Canada to protect online free expression

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    The Wikimedia Foundation has filed a motion to intervene in the upcoming Canadian Supreme Court case Equustek v. Google. The Foundation’s filing challenges overly broad global content removal orders that threaten online free expression and access to information. If the motion is granted, the Foundation will have eight weeks to submit a formal brief. ... Read more

  7. Let European copyright catch up with reality

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    A harmonized panorama exception for Europe will make it easier for people to share images of the places where they live and collaborate with others. We urge the European Commission to introduce strong Freedom of Panorama to give all European citizens the opportunity to share images of the buildings and art in public places over the Internet.... Read more

  8. Victory in France: Court rules in favor of the Wikimedia Foundation

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    The Paris Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Wikimedia Foundation in a right of response suit, defending the Foundation’s status as a hosting provider. ... Read more

  9. Wikimedia to US: Don’t fix what isn’t broken in copyright law

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    At a discussion held by the US Copyright Office, the Wikimedia Foundation defended against attempts to further burden online platforms with preventing copyright infringement.... Read more

  10. Keep it free: public domain for California government works under threat

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    We are urging the California legislature to reject AB 2880, a 2016 bill that would allow the state to use copyright to restrict the public’s access to information.... Read more