Licensing

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Fairer than Fair: a history of fair use on Wikipedia

    In recognition of Fair Use Week, which runs from February 22nd–26th, we’ve highlighted how fair use works on the Wikimedia projects, and how those policies were developed and the unique way that the Wikimedia communities develop guidelines to support the values of the free culture movement.... Read more

  4. Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

    Today, in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of Anne Frank from Wikisource.... Read more

  5. What’s TPP? The problematic partnership

    At the Wikimedia Foundation, we believe that shorter copyright terms make it possible for more people to create and share free knowledge.... Read more

  6. Supporting access to mass digitization collections

    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

  7. Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama

    Recently, the European Parliament amended recommendations that places restrictions across all European Union member states. The Wikimedia community has mobilized in response.... Read more

  8. The Wikimedia Foundation’s “Got Your Back” when it comes to user privacy

    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.... Read more

  9. A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

    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

  10. Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge

    The Wikimedia Foundation announces a new policy to make all research it directly supports freely available to the public under open licenses. ... Read more