Hi Yann,

Following on this, do you have some specific examples of Gandhi work (images, text or whatever) that is in the public domain in India but had a problem being put on to Commons or Wikisource because of copyright issues in the US? I suspect that a list of specific cases would be quite useful in thinking this through.


Cheers,
Achal

On Sunday 12 May 2013 02:42 PM, Yann Forget wrote:
Hello,

Yes, this is a huge problem for Indian content hosted on Wikimedia
servers, and not only for Wikisource, but also for pictures, movies,
sounds, etc. hosted on Wikimedia Commons.

There were quite a few famous images of Mahatma Gandhi deleted for this reason.

Regards,

Yann


2013/5/9 Balasankar Chelamattath <c.balasan...@gmail.com>:
Hi all,
As most of you know, the Indian copyright law says that a book gets relieved
of copyright after 60 years from the author's death. But this is not the
case with US Law. As given here , of all the works published outside US,
only those published before 1923 are directly in the public domain. The ones
published between 1923 and 1977 without compliance to the US formalities
will be in the public domain only if they are in the public domain in their
source country as of 1 January 1996. Almost all the other categories of
published works will not be in the public domain until 95 years after
publishing.

This induces a confusion and when looked in a legal perspective, most of the
books in Indian Wikisources, are still not in public domain and hence must
be removed. This makes a huge negative impact on the hard work done by
contributors. Their contributions are wasted which may cause them to stop
contributing. In short, this may be a negative impact on Wikimedia's image
in the society.

The only solution to this problem is to host the servers of Indian Wikimedia
services in India, so that the data we upload is stored under Indian Laws.
Can Wikimedia India Chapter do anything on this? We can plan and conduct a
fundraiser in India to raise money for the hosting expenses.

Please consider this issue with maximum priority as it involves legal
procedures and related headaches.

Regards,
Balasankar C
https://ml.wikisource.org/wiki/User:Balasankarc
Regards,
Balasankar C


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