2021:Submissions/Wikimedia Legal History: Past Practice and Future Trends
Speakers[edit | edit source]
Abstract[edit | edit source]
Early in the Wikimedia movement, the founding community identified that legal protections and structures would be critical for the movement’s long-term success. This has ranged from copyright licensing to allow for freely shareable knowledge, to defending contributors from harassment for their work, to advocating for laws that allow people globally to effectively determine what constitutes free knowledge and contribute to the movement safely.
The panel, consisting of long-term experts from the Wikimedia Foundation legal department, will review the history of the Wikimedia movement’s legal, advocacy, and Trust & Safety work to the present and discuss plans and expected trends going into the future of the movement.
Session Outcomes[edit | edit source]
- A general understanding of how the laws affecting online free knowledge projects have changed over time
- An understanding of how various laws and legal structures protect volunteers and their work in the movement
- An understanding of current trends in legislation affecting online user-created projects in the US, EU, and select other countries