Hi all,

We would like to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
has approved an amendment to Section 4 of the Terms of Use to require
disclosure of paid editing. This follows the extensive discussion of the
amendment
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment>
on meta in February and March, which resulted in 320,000 words of
discussion in various languages. At the Board's meeting in April, they
reviewed issues raised in this discussion, and approved the proposed
amendment. This amendment is added to the Terms of Use effective
immediately.

The new section can be found here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms_of_Use#4._Refraining_from_Certain_Activities

For more information, please see the following links:

* A letter from the Board:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_letter_on_paid_contributions_without_disclosure

* A blog post summarizing the change and explaining the process:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/06/16/change-terms-of-use-requirements-for-disclosure/


* An FAQ explaining the amendment:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/FAQ_on_paid_contributions_without_disclosure

* You can leave comments on the Terms of Use on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use

-- 
Stephen LaPorte
Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation

*NOTICE:  As an attorney for the Wikimedia Foundation, for legal and
ethical reasons, I cannot give legal advice to, or serve as a lawyer for,
community members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal capacity.
For more on what this means, please see our legal disclaimer
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Legal_Disclaimer>.*
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