2022:Submissions/Copyright and the Wikis roundtable: know your rights when using copyrighted material for the public good

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Session Notes (etherpad)


  • Language: English
  • Status: Live

Speaker(s)[edit source]

Douglas Scott
Sean Flynn

Abstract[edit source]

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Copyright related concepts that provide for copyright exceptions for public benefit, such as Fair Use and Freedom of Panorama, are important to both Wikipedia editors and contributors to Wikimedia Commons. Many of these concepts remain poorly understood within the Wiki Community creating confusion and uncertainly which hurts our ability to edit the Wikis for the public good. This round table event intends to discuss and clarify copyright exceptions when editing Wikipedia.

Learning Outcomes[edit source]

  • Increase community understanding of copyright exceptions when editing the Wikis
  • Discuss community copyright concerns
  • Update the community on copyright exceptions concerning Wikipedia in different countries.
  • Inform people of who they can contact when they have specific Wikipedia related copyright questions in the future.

Biography[edit source]

Douglas Scott: heads Wikimedia South Africa's advocacy efforts to promote the adoption of copyright law that is friendly to Wikipedia editors such as Fair Use and Freedom of Panorama. He has been a Wikipedia editor since 2006, is a board member of Wikimedia South Africa, and was the organising leader of Wikimania 2018. In his day job he is a criminologist.
Prof Sean Flynn: Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington Collage of Law at American University in Washington DC. <https://www.wcl.american.edu/community/faculty/profile/flynn/bio/>