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New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

dragons_flight Re:This isn't a Robin Hood story (345 comments)

As they say [citation needed].

According to their 07-08 annual report the NPG had an annual revenue of 16.6M pounds, liquid assets of 7.5M pounds, and total assets of 69M pounds.

Relevant bits start around page 40.

more than 4 years ago
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New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

dragons_flight Re:Stealing hi-res versions (345 comments)

"Hacked" is rather misleading.

The NPG made high res images viewable online as a series of tiles, i.e. you might deliver the full image as twenty smaller images each showing a portion of the total.

His "hack" was to download each of these tiles individually and reassemble them into a coherent whole.

Nothing was done to gain unauthorize access or compromise their systems in any way.

more than 4 years ago
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New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

dragons_flight Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (345 comments)

No, no, no.

Berne requires that the US protect foreign copyright holders if and only if equivalent works published in the US by US citizens would be protected.

If a work is intrinsically ineligible for copyright in the US then the US does not and will not honor any foreign laws that say otherwise.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Family 'Sues Creative Commons'

dragons_flight Re:Flickr is not a stock photo repository. (524 comments)

If one really buys into that argument then it evicerates the CC licenses. If CC licenses really "make no representations" about how it is okay to use the image then you could never use any CC images without running the risk that someone other than the person offering the license had a copyright or other claim against it. It would be like offering a gift of "free" imagery only to later find out that it had been stolen. It defeats the whole spirit of calling it "free".

more than 6 years ago

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GFDL 1.3 Published; Wikipedia Considers Migration

dragons_flight dragons_flight writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dragons_flight writes "The Free Software Foundation has published version 1.3 of their GNU Free Documentation License (new license FAQ). The primary change in version 1.3 is the addition of new provisions that it make it possible for certain sites, dubbed "Massive Multiauthor Collaboration Sites", to relicense their content under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license. This relicensing capacity was requested last year by the Board of the Wikimedia Foundation that runs Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the most prominent user of the GNU Free Documentation License, and now intends to seek the approval of their editing community for a migration to a Creative Commons license."
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