Public Domain, YouTube and DMCA

In January I uploaded a silent film video which I found on Wikimedia Commons to YouTube. This said film has fallen under the public domain, due to age. Less than one week later I recived a DMCA takedown notice from Milestone FIlms, via YouTube.

This was quite shocking for me, since the video is clearly old and should be in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

I had to go looking on multiple different help guides and forums to understand how I could refute the takedown notice. It took about one week, if not more, to have the file restored.

In January I uploaded a silent film video which I found on Wikimedia Commons to YouTube. This said film has fallen under the public domain, due to age. Less than one week later I received a DMCA takedown notice from Milestone FIlms, via YouTube.

Anyways, now the video has been restored – finally. So go watch it!

DMCA’s – Copyrights best friend

In August 2013, the Wikimedia Foundation recived a DMCA takedown notice of some content on the “Sport in Australia“-article on the English Wikipedia. That’s because the sending party claimed that they own the copyrights for the following information table, which is included below. Continue reading DMCA’s – Copyrights best friend

What is a “Dead link”?

As the internet keeps growing at an exponential rate, it is also imploding in on itself at an even faster one. Companies go out of business, their servers closed and with them websites, important history and part of the internet, dies.

We have all seen them. The horrible walls. The end of the internet. A hole. A page which says “404“.

That beautiful image of your family your took on your trip to Gran Canaria last year and uploaded to that file sharing website, can be gone in an instance. Poof.

How can we prevent such important parts of our life’s and history from disappearing in front of our eyes? By archiving these websites and creating mirror-websites. Websites such as The Wayback Machine run by the non-profit organization the Internet Archive is just one example how we can make copies of the internet. However, we need to do this at a much higher rate.

Websites close down at such a high rate, and are archived at such an infrequent rate that it is impossible to archive all websites as it is today, without missing a whole bunch which just…disappeared.

Please donate to organizations such as the Internet Archive to help their work to archive the web of information. For everyone.

Outreach – What is it good for?

A few months agoI stared transferring images of species form Flickr to Wikimedia Commons which had an acceptable license. However rewarding this might be for the grand scheme of free knowledge and information, it feels terrible to see images which has more restrictive licenses.

I took it upon myself to contact a few of these Flickr-photographers and asked them nicely if they could agree to change their licenses to a more open and free license (of course I used the ‘can be used in Wikipedia‘-aspect), and one of them actually responded to me and agreed to change their licenses on all their ~11 000 images of species.

These images can now be found in Category:Photographs by Bernard Dupont.

This only goes to show that outreach is the best way to help the free knowledge movement. People want to help out and have their material shared and used, all it takes it a push in the right direction.

Wikipedia – Daily Update July 5, 2015

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This is my first daily update about my time on Wikipedia, so I apologize if it is not that appealing to read. This update is more of a rant than a diary, so please read it with a grain of salt or something.

Today started of with me noticing a malfunctioning bot.
The bot in question is run by an editor by the name of Cyberpower678, and the bot is named Cyberbot II. The editor is currently up for adminship, but not for needing administrative tools, or to perform any administrative actions. The editor is about to receive these tools for one reason alone. No, it’s not what you think, that the editor writes a lot of articles, since that seems to please voters, no. This editor is about to be sysops’ed for being great at programming bots and tools. Tools and bot which seems to be malfunctioning very often.

This time the bot repeatedly added a message on hundreds of talk pages about it having removed a spam link-tempate from the article. Normally this would be great however, this time it didn’t remove anything. It just kept on adding the message on talk page every hour or so, spamming hundreds of talk pages. Kinda ironical, if you think about it.

xTools, maintained by this user is also constantly broken, almost every single time you want to use them. Consistently demanding the tools be written in a terrible language, PHP, especially if it is used in shared environments. That is one of the reasons the tools never work, because maintainers do not want to work with this language, and therefore noone fixes problems. Still, the user keeps on using it.

Anyway, my point is that the operator of the bot and editor doesn’t seem to have any reasons for being granted adminship more than what I’ve just disproved.

Please for the love of – not God, since there are non – but for the love of Jimbo,  please look at the user with a grain of salt. The user might do a lot, but not anything good. He doesn’t need the mop, what he needs is a wake up call.

Exactly what is this ‘Freedom of Panorama’?

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It is exactly what it sounds like, a freedom. A freedom to be allowed to take photographs in public, such as panorama photos of ones surrounding.

If you want to snap a photo of a building or a nice statue permanently placed in public, you are allowed to do so, and share it however you want. Nobody, such as the architect or artist of said statue, can sue you for intellectual property infringement, nor can they claim copyright of the images which you have taken. Those are yours alone, free to do what you want with.

Some countries, such as the UK and Sweden allow such freedoms, while a few such as Itally disallows it, limiting ones freedoms. Which side of history do you want to be on? The one which forbids photography, or allow it?

European Parliament: “You like photography? Jokes on you!”

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For a long time now photography has been one of the biggest art form out there. Everybody photographs. For private use, Instagram, Facebook, or other usage. Now imagine if there were a law forbidding you from photographing outside of your home. Forbidding you to photograph buildings and forbidding you to shares such images. That is the reality in some countries, such as in Italy today.

One politician in the European Parliament wanted to help people in countries such Italy in the EU, however this got some nasty backlash. Instead of making photography in the European Union less restrictive, now a motion to make it even harsher in the entire European Union has been filed.

This will forbid you and I to photograph buildings and structures such as the London Eye in London and The Little Mermaid in Denmark.

Please help out and tell the politicians in your country to do something to stop this, and remember to sign the petition! Links are below.