On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM, .mau. (maurizio codogno) <
wiki....@gmail.com> wrote:

The new edition of Wikimedia Italia bulletin has just been issued. It
contains the news about the agreement between Wikimedia Italia and Italian
Ministry for Artistic and Cultural Heritage about the permissions relative
to Wiki Loves Monuments. Text follows below.

ciao, .mau.

==Success for Wiki Loves Monuments - MiBAC gives its ok ==

=== Italian monuments may be photographed and posted on Wikipedia Commons

The Italian Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Ministry for
Cultural Heritage and Activities, MiBac in short) and Wikimedia Italia join
their forces to raise awareness among owners of Italian cultural heritage,
asking them to offer the opportunity to the participants in the Wiki Loves
Monuments competition to see their images depicting the Italian cultural
heritage published on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. The photo taken in
Italy for the contest Wiki Loves Monuments must in fact follow the "Code
Urbani" <ref>The Italia Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape, which
states that to publish a photograph of any Italian monument, even those
whose copyright has expired, you must obtain permission from the
"legitimate owner"; the permission usually requires the payment of a fee if
the pictures are not for personal use</ref>. In order to publish pictures
of Italian cultural heritage and landscape, people must therefore knock on
the door of all the entities involved (Ministry, curators, regions,
provinces, metropolitan cities, municipalities and private entities) to
discover the legitimate owners. A massive undertaking, but the team of
Wikimedia Italy, organizer of the Italian branch of Wiki Loves Monuments,
did not give up: with the important support and help of SeLiLi<ref>
http://www.selili.it/</ref> - Service for Free Licenses and Nexa <ref>
http://nexa.polito.it/</ref> - Center for Internet and Society, we were
able to contact the Ministry and involve it in our project.

"Thanks to the support of the law firm of the attorney Deborah De Angelis -
said Frieda Brioschi, President of Wikimedia Italy - we were able to
contact MiBac and get its valuable support to the initiative, creating a
true collaboration with a precise meaning: the highest Italian authorities
in terms of protection of cultural heritage agrees that the sights of our
beautiful country may be photographed and published on Wikipedia." And
there's more to it. Through the framework agreement, the Ministry commits
itself to ask all the peripheral bodies to indicate the "lesser-known
cultural heritage, for which the right of taking photographs is granted
without request for a monetary compensation", for images to be published on
Wikipedia.org (in all its languages) and Wikimedia Commons, the photo
database of Wikipedia.

"We chose to join Wiki Loves Monuments project with enthusiasm - says the
Directorate General for Development of the Cultural Heritage of the
Ministry of Culture - because we believe it is a great way to involve
actively the people in our country in the discovery and sharing of our
historical and artistic heritage. In particular, we wanted to direct the
project to all the places of culture which are less known outside the major
tourist routes, but are no less beautiful and charming. Nowadays the
development of cultural heritage must also pass through social media, like
Wikipedia, through which we can reach groups of users different from the
usual frequenters of museums."

This is a very significant advance in order to provide the community the
wonderful cultural heritage of Italy.
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