I haven't seen any mention on this list of this recent news:
This year The Diary of Anne Frank entered into the public domain in the
Netherlands, allowing millions of people around the world to read it for
However, under U.S. law the book remains copyrighted, which prompted the
The situation concerning the copyright on Anne Frank's writings is quite
complex - and it is not just US copyright which is causing problems.
There appears to be some consensus that the Dutch text of the diary as
first published in 1947 is now in the public domain in the Netherlands. But
On 09.02.2016 16:40, Gerard Meijssen wrote:
> When you cap Wikimania, who is not to come?
Employees of the WMF and the chapters, other than WMF's community
engagement team and maybe - just maybe - selected speakers as speakers,
not as general participants.
Wikimania is not for and about
Your comments are inaccurate, not useful, and completely antithetical to
On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 8:48 AM, Henning Schlottmann
> On 09.02.2016 16:40, Gerard Meijssen wrote:
> > When you cap Wikimania, who is not to come?
> Employees of the WMF
When you have been to as many Wikimania's as I have been, you will know
that it is exactly the interaction with staff that enables a lot of things.
They have the consistency (in time) to make a difference, they are embedded
in an organisation that has always cared about what it is that is
Thank you, Sandra.
So long as a court has not ruled, it is important to not give up without a
On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM, Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia Nederland <
> The situation concerning the copyright on Anne Frank's writings is quite
Excellent results, and thanks for updating it, Anthere!
On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 1:02 PM, Florence Devouard
> Good evening everyone !
> Results of the contest are published !
> At the end of the contest,
> 15 Anglophone teams (27 participants)
On 16 February 2016 at 14:43, Michael Maggs wrote:
> It's worth noting, if only to increase awareness of the excessive length
> (95 years) of some US copyright terms.
Thats hardly a US only thing though. The Leni Riefenstahl (yes that one)
film The Blue Light will have a
I may have an unpopular view here, but when an author has been murdered,
especially one so young, I find it distasteful to try to make that a test case
re copyright. If Anne Frank hadn't been murdered she might well still be alive
today, and presumably her work would still be in copyright.
I think you raise a very good point, Jonathan. Anne Frank's diary is not
just any book.
Paradoxically, the very fact that this is a special book by a special
author is also the reason why many people - especially in the Netherlands -
are uncomfortable about the recent and unexpected introduction
We all realize how sensitive a subject this is. Not only because of the
reasons you give, but also for the obvious reason that this is a highly
influential and well known work we're talking about.
If we were publishers trying to make a buck out of selling the work, I
This is also a major work that a lot of people in the global Jewish
community would feel is an important part of the public domain, and
enhancing of public education on these topics.
Lightning talks start in about 5 minutes. Public link at
Optional IRC participation in #wikimedia-tech. (Note, not #wikimedia-office)
Just a reminder that the February Lightning Talks
Well.. I don't think if it is good point. I mean - I have rather feeling
that if only she could, she would probably decide to release her diary to
public domain. Or in other words - this text is so important to the entire
humankind that its publishing should not be blocked by copyright law just
If she'd lived, her book _wouldn't be so important to the entirety of
You have a feeling about what she'd do about it? You're putting words
in a Holocaust victim's mouth. For shame.
On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 11:08 AM, Tomasz Ganicz wrote:
> Well.. I don't think if
As promised, here is the blog post we published earlier today:
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/02/16/wikimedia-search-future/ . We are also
having internal conversations on how we can improve communication and
transparency to increase collaboration on ideation with all of you going
> I may have an unpopular view here, but when an author has been
> murdered, especially one so young, I find it distasteful to try to
> make that a test case re copyright. If Anne Frank hadn't been murdered
> she might well still be alive
Thank you for the update and the pointer.
As you probably noted, there have been several 'incidents' quickly
following each other, which worry me, and probably you too. You're saying
that you welcome feedback and discussion, and that you're having internal
conversations on how to
Thank you for this suggestion. I drafted a proposal about a month ago for
something like this, as a community-initiated project; however, I agree
that something with explicit buy-in from the Board would be much better.
Still, perhaps this draft will be useful; it is Proposal #1 (of two)
Asaf, and everyone else, really, I guess the time for silence is over.
I think that, just because Siko feels this way, now, about this wmf, and about
this moment, doesn't mean that the next moment will maintain, integral, this
same truth. It is the rest of us that get to craft the next moment.
On 16/02/2016 18:39, Lodewijk wrote:
If we were publishers trying to make a buck out of selling the work, I
would agree with you, and move on. However, that is not what we want to do
as a movement. We don't try to take advantage, but we want to build upon
works. We want to collaborate and stand
On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM, Dan Andreescu
> Because we are not a tree, we are part of an ancient Aspen Grove.
I hope this thread ends on this forward-looking note.
Well said, Dan.
Community Liaison, Product
These are difficult and confusing times. Many of you are puzzled or
receiving partial and possibly contradictory bits and pieces of news.
As a service to the community, I feel I must point out that significantly
more conversation is taking place -- for whatever reason -- on the
Thanks for the note! Fwiw, I can't read that without a login. Feel free
to urge the owners to make the thread public, if base crook even supports
such a thing.
On Feb 16, 2016 4:47 PM, "Asaf Bartov" wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> These are difficult and confusing times.
Good evening everyone
Another day... another announcement :)
We closed yesterday the last vote session for winning pictures of Wiki
Loves Africa 2015.
We are happy to announce our winners
First picture is a very
The grant application to the Knight Foundation says that the "Search Engine
by Wikipedia" budget for 2015–2016 is $2.4 million, and that this was
approved by the Board of Trustees. 
I can't find any reference to this in the minutes. Could one of the
trustees tell us which meeting approved it
On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 1:01 AM, Lilburne
> On 16/02/2016 18:39, Lodewijk wrote:
>> If we were publishers trying to make a buck out of selling the work, I
>> would agree with you, and move on. However, that is not what we want to do
>> as a movement. We
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