Submissions/Copyright for Dummies

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 4005 Subject - LE2
Title of the submission
Copyright for Dummies
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Lecture
Author of the submission
BU Rob13
Language of presentation
English
E-mail address
burob13@gmail.com
Username
BU Rob13
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
N/A
Personal homepage or blog
Enwiki user page
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
For most editors, copyright law is perplexing. Copyright is a property right granted to the creator of an original work which allows them to control how their work is used. Both copyright law and local policies require most content reproduced on Wikimedia projects to either be free of copyright or offered under a suitable free license.
In this presentation, I will discuss the policies regarding copyright on the English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. I will focus primarily on images. Topics will include which free licenses are appropriate for use on Wikimedia projects and how to tell whether a work is in the public domain (meaning free of copyright restrictions in a particular country). Time permitting, I will also briefly cover more advanced topics including derivative works, freedom of panorama, threshold of originality, and de minimis. Attendees will be directed toward a variety of resources on the English Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons which will assist them in determining the copyright status of a particular work.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will leave with an understanding of what copyright is and how it affects the Wikimedia projects. They should be able to identify suitable and unsuitable licenses for images as well as whether an image is in the public domain. Time permitting, attendees will learn to identify when they should be concerned with issues such as derivative works, freedom of panorama, threshold of originality, and de minimis, although they may not be fully able to deal with more advanced copyright issues themselves. They should also know where to seek help relating to copyright on certain Wikimedia projects.
Theme of presentation
  • Legal & Free Culture
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Intermediate, but no prior knowledge of copyright required.
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes
Slides or further information (optional)
Available at c:File:Copyright for dummies slides.pdf
Special requests
None.
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?
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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. Cameron11598 (talk) 06:06, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
  2. Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 06:44, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
  3. I would like to attend. I would also insist the presenter (as well as other interested persons) to attend this free course (under CC-BY-SA-4) and to make use of the information and resources mentioned in this course. I am certain that it would enhance your understanding about the copyright issues. Diptanshu.D (talk) 08:59, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  4. --Sphilbrick (talk) 15:26, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
  5. Mkdw (talk) 03:46, 5 May 2017 (UTC)