Thanks for sharing this, Mike. Sounds like something we should discuss at
the upcoming WikiSalon next Wednesday evening. I have some friends (outside
the wiki world) who know California lawmaking fairly well, I will ask
around a bit beforehand.
On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 9:41 PM, Mike Linksvayer <m...@gondwanaland.com>
> On 05/15/2016 08:07 PM, John P. Sadowski wrote:
> > That is quite troubling, given that the committee approvals were
> > near-unanimous. Is it possible that the bill could be interpreted
> > to apply retroactively, meaning we'd have to remove those 1048 items?
> I don't see anything retroactive in the text, but I also don't see
> anything that would strictly prohibit state agencies and local
> governments from treating previous publications as subject to copyright.
> I see that User:Gazebo has posted at
> to no discussion yet.
> > Any idea when the bill comes up with a vote? Wikimedia DC could
> > possibly draft and send a letter giving Wikimedia-specific examples,
> > or we could work with the Foundation legal team to do so.
> I don't know when it can be expected to come up for a vote. I should
> know more about California lawmaking than I do, which is almost nothing.
> I've copied wikimedia-sf; maybe some local California government maven
> lurks there and could say.
> >> On May 15, 2016, at 9:47 PM, Mike Linksvayer <m...@gondwanaland.com>
> >> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/ab-2880 "California's Legislature
> >> Wants to Copyright All Government Works"
> >> More background at
> >> According to http://copyright.lib.harvard.edu/states/ California is one
> >> of the three most "open" regarding government works. Presumably it won't
> >> be anymore if AB 2880 becomes law.
> >> California is one of only two U.S. states with a category under
> >> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Public_domain_by_government
> >> -- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:PD_California (1048
> >> I haven't investigated whether and how many of those items would be
> >> subject to copyright had AB 2880 been California law at the times of
> >> their publication.
> >> Skimming the bill's changes to present law at
> >> it seems the one or two maybe dangerous additions are these:
> >>> A public entity may own, license, and, if it deems it appropriate,
> >>> formally register intellectual property it creates or otherwise
> >>> acquires.
> >> The assembly's analysis views this as a clarification, but it could open
> >> the door to widespread use (or copyright apologists would say, abuse) of
> >> copyright by local government, as the EFF says, "to chill speech, stifle
> >> open government, and harm the public domain."
> >>> (A) A state agency shall not enter into a contract under this
> >>> article that waives the state’s intellectual property rights unless
> >>> the state agency, prior to execution of the contract, obtains the
> >>> consent of the department to the waiver.
> >>> (B) An attempted waiver of the state’s intellectual property rights
> >>> by a state agency that violates subparagraph (A) shall be deemed
> >>> void as against public policy.
> >> It is not clear to me whether this addition might serve as a barrier to
> >> agencies deciding to publish material under open licenses. In the
> >> meantime, I assume it will foster such barriers in practice.
> >> https://twitter.com/mitchstoltz/status/731282363674562560 says
> >> probably issue an action alert, but meantime, call your state assembly
> >> member's office & ask them to oppose."
> >> If this is indeed a threat, I wonder if there's anything Wikimedians can
> >> do to oppose it, in addition to those of us in California calling our
> >> state assembly members?
> >> Mike
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