Here are the highlights from the Wikimedia blog in February 2016.
Recording romanticism and filling Wikimedia Commons with 19th century music
Photo by Rubén Ojeda, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
Wikimedia Spain collaborated with the country’s Museum of Romanticism to put on a series of classical music concerts for the Wikimedia Commons. The results are available now, free for anyone to use. The chapter invites all musicians to collaborate on Wikimedia projects and help disseminate free art and culture.
What’s TPP? The problematic partnership
Photo by Christopher Dombres, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Wikipedia and its power for the creation and sharing of free knowledge are directly driven by a strong and healthy public domain. Unfortunately, TPP would extend copyright terms at a minimum of the author’s life plus 70 years, eating into the public domain. This cements a lengthy copyright term in countries where it already exists like Australia, the US, and Chile.
TPP is a problematic treaty because it harms the public domain and our ability to create and share free knowledge. It is time for countries to partner for the policies and projects that benefit everyone, like the public domain, clear copyright exceptions and intermediaries empowered to stay out of content creation with good safe harbor protections.
#BlackLifeMatters edit-a-thon bolsters Wikipedia’s coverage of black history
Dozens of black history articles were created or improved at the #AfroCROWD Wikipedia editathon in Harlem. You can watch the video here, on Youtube, or Vimeo. Video by Victor Grigas, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Dozens of black history articles were created or improved at the #AfroCROWD Wikipedia editathon in Harlem, New York City. Building on events held this year and last, the event helped fill gaps in the English Wikipedia’s coverage, including on Edward Augustine Savoy.
Andrew Sherman, Digital Communications Intern, Wikimedia Foundation