https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=62231

Bawolff (Brian Wolff) <bawolff...@gmail.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
                 CC|                            |bawolff...@gmail.com,
                   |                            |jalexan...@wikimedia.org,
                   |                            |lvi...@wikimedia.org
         Resolution|---                         |WONTFIX

--- Comment #1 from Bawolff (Brian Wolff) <bawolff...@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Yuri from comment #0)
> Suggestion:
> Add the template GeoLimit that would allow or disallow particular parts of
> the article based on the geographical location, or country.
> The particular use may look lime this:
> {{GeoLimit|exlcude|country="XX"|country="YY"|region="EU"|Some content deemed
> dangerous by some government for the population they preside over and fear
> the rebellion from. Materials can be as mundane as some historical
> references.}}

Unlikely to happen. Can you imagine the flame wars. If you really want to
persue this, start an RFC on meta or at least a thread on wikimedia-l, and tell
us if you get consensus.

> 
> Motivation:
> This particular edit to ru-wikipedia
> http://ru.wikipedia.org/w/index.
> php?title=%D0%9C%D0%BE%D1%8F_%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8C%D0%B1%D0%B0&diff=617415
> 40&oldid=61315879 This edit removes the references to the Adolf Hitler book
> Mein Kampf. This removal is done because the court in one of the regions of
> Russia decided that the references violate Russian laws. Those laws are
> concerned with something called the "extremist materials". In this case
> court decided that this book is and "extremist material", even though it is
> a very well known and recognized book, written by a very well known person.

That's unfortunate.

[Unofficial comment (Actually all my comments are unofficial, since I'm just a
random person and not someone "important"), IANAL, etc]. The web servers are
physically located in the United States, the only laws that should be of
concern are that of the United states, regardless of which language edition of
Wikipedia we are talking about. If people are getting legal threats, they
should contact le...@wikimedia.org

> 
> My suggestion, if implemented, would allow to prevent such arbitrary
> court/government decisions from influencing the content of wikipedia for the
> users not living in that country/region, and who don't have to be affected
> by such rulings. Otherwise, wikipedia will have to keep deleting random
> content based on such arbitrary determinations of random local authorities.

I don't believe [IANAL, unofficial opinion, I'm just some guy on the internet,
etc] that we are bound by the laws of random countries that we don't operate
in. So the answer could be to just not delete said content.


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I'm marking this wontfix because I believe that anyone who tried to implement
this would get eaten by the larger Wikimedia community. Feel free to re-open if
you somehow manage to talk it over with the larger Wikimedia community and get
them to agree.

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