A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

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European copyright laws are very complex, making it hard to share free knowledge. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

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Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance

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Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program. (..)

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Taking a stand for free knowledge in the European Union

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When the European Commission held an official hearing on copyright reform, a representative of the European Wikimedia chapters participated (...)

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Wikimedia supports the Lyon Declaration and Access to Knowledge

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The Wikimedia Foundation is proud to join the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development which calls for United Nations member states to provide all people the ability to access and share knowledge. After all, this speaks to the ambition of the Wikimedia movement: sharing the sum of all human knowledge to all people around the world. [...]

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European court decision punches holes in free knowledge

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A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision is undermining the world’s ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events. The impact on Wikipedia is direct and critical.

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Making a change to our Terms of Use: Requirements for disclosure

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This change will clarify and strengthen the prohibition against concealing paid editing on all Wikimedia projects.

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Opposing Mass Surveillance on the Internet

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We are pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation is signing the Necessary and Proportionate Principles on the application of human rights to surveillance. Privacy on the Internet is closely connected to our mission to disseminate free knowledge.[1] We strive to provide a platform for users from all over the world to exercise their free….

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Launching a Privacy Policy Built the Wiki Way

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We are happy to announce that on April 25, 2014, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved a new privacy policy. The new privacy policy explains how we collect, use and manage the information of over twenty million registered users and 490 million monthly unique visitors to the Wikimedia projects. But the policy wouldn’t have been….

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Wikipedia Shows the Value of a Vibrant Public Domain

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This post is part of Copyright Week held by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations in January 2014. While more commonly known as New Year’s Day, January 1 is also international Public Domain Day. It celebrates the day when creative works (such as books, images and songs) enter the public domain, which is the collective wealth of….

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Wikimedia Foundation signs letter requesting more transparency from NSA on PRISM

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A few weeks ago, the Wikimedia Foundation’s legal team published a blog post about the PRISM surveillance program. In particular, we made clear that the Foundation does not participate in PRISM, and that we wanted Wikimedia community feedback on what next steps you felt we should take. This post is an update for the broader….

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