Not to mention a lost opportunity for the world.

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 1:30 PM James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I have been asking WHO to release COVID19 content (specially videos) under
> open licenses since since Feb 2020.
>
> I have spoke with Aleksandra Kuzmanovic who has been involved in their
> collaboration with Facebook and Twitter etc.
>
> They say maybe. But despite a bunch of follow up emails have not seemed too
> keen. It is really a lost opportunity for both of us :-(
>
> James
>
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 9:47 AM Alessandro Marchetti via Wikimedia-l <
> wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> >  Some of us sent an email when it was (only apparently) less serious but
> > we got no reply, as far as I know. It was sent by the UG of Washington DC
> > and I contacted WMCH doing that, because they might reach their central
> > office quickly in Geneva if necessary.
> > Changing some licenses was one of the things I hoped to discuss, but in
> > general we knew it was already serious and we were trying to gain some
> time.
> >
> > In the end, WHO changed their attitude only after the last week-end,
> > probably because people started finally to be worried in the USA, but the
> > pandemia should have been declared weeks ago or at least last week, IMHO,
> > when also the data of another "not small" country, that is Spain, started
> > to be quite out of control (if Italy was already not enough after China,
> > Iran and South Korea).
> >
> > They seem to have taken more slowly than necessary. Let's hope they
> > finally reach out.
> >
> > Regards.
> > Alessandro
> >
> >     Il giovedì 12 marzo 2020, 16:29:34 CET, Andy Mabbett <
> > a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk> ha scritto:
> >
> >  WHO have a great video on COVID-19 ("Coronavius"):
> >
> >   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APwq1df6Mw
> >
> > Now would be a good time for the WMF, local chapters, other
> > affiliates, and individual, to publicly call on them to open licence
> > such material, as I have done, here:
> >
> >   https://twitter.com/pigsonthewing/status/1238124060145483777
> >
> > [much of their published material is under NC restrictions -
> > https://www.who.int/publishing/copyright/en/ ]
> >
> > --
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> > @pigsonthewing
> > http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
> >
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