Somebody Needs to Warn Wikipedia.org

Somebody Needs to Warn Wikipedia.org
I attended a WikiPedia.org convention in Frankfurt, Germany a couple of years ago and left concerned about legal issues of copyright and violation of rights of people and companies.

Today I read an article about a German court temporarily taking down WikiPedia.org for a few days.

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I want Wikipedia.org to prosper, continue to be a great resource of knowledge for the world. Presently their non-profit status protects them in a clouded way from mass copyright violations, as it is often legal to use copyrighted information for learning without a problem.

However, I was in one meeting in Frankfurt where they was discussing how to take photos of museum painitngs without being caught, this was could be interpreted as conspiracy to break a contract. There are many photos of mine that end up on Wikipedia.org and slowly over time, they put them in the wash cycle of the internet.

The young of the planet often fail to understand the true power of the world’s legal systems, whether it is music downloads, pirated software, or just stealing a photo from a site, there are limits to this behavior.

I do hope that Wikipedia.org implements a better oversight on legal procedures, one day this non-profit aspect of the site will not protect them. There member sent thousands of emails to intimidate the German legal system, this is not the way to do business. Just because you can do something, does not mean it the just and right thing to do, just because you feel to be on superior ground, does not give you the right. (hmmm Germany?)

The site has this “We are too big to fail Mentality,” and if anything history it telling us right now, even the big dogs can fail.

Somebody Needs to Warn Wikipedia.org

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