[NetBehaviour] Wikipedia challenges "Wikipedia Art"

james morris james at jwm-art.net
Fri Apr 24 11:09:45 CEST 2009


Despite my xxxcriticismxxx jokes about Wikipedia Art, I hope you win.
Wikipedia seem to be stabbing themselves in the foot and cutting off
their nose at the same time.

James.


On 23/4/2009, "Scott Kildall" <lucky at kildall.com> wrote:

>Hi everyone,
>
>I have been keeping quiet about this development until today.
>
>A brief history: On February 14th, 2009, Nathaniel Stern and I
>launched the Wikipedia Art intervention on Wikipedia, which generated
>knots of discussion on what was deemed encyclopedia-worthy. The full
>archive of this project is at www.wikipediaart.org.
>
>A few weeks ago, I was sent a letter from the Wikimedia legal counsel
>(they run Wikipedia) which challenged the Wikipedia Art project
>(specifically the domain name, which I was the registrant of) on the
>grounds of trademark infringement since we were using the "Wikipedia"
>name in the project. This is despite the fact that the project is a
>non-commercial commentary of Wikipedia.
>
>Here is an article written by Corynne McSherry from the Electronic
>Frontier Foundation on the Wikimedia action, in support of the
>Wikipedia Art project:
>http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/wikipedia-threatens-
>
>And this is a brief legal history along with a personal statement that
>we put up on the site:
>http://wikipediaart.org/legal-history/
>
>It certainly has been an interesting few weeks and in my various
>consultations with lawyers, I have learned a *lot* about intellectual
>property and cyberlegal issues.
>
>Best wishes,
>Scott Kildall
>www.kildall.com
>
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