Submissions/Shining Light on Legal Threats to Free Knowledge

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. 4018 - LE2
Title of the submission
Shining Light on Legal Threats to Free Knowledge
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
Jacob Rogers, Aeryn Palmer, and Zhou Zhou (WMF legal)
Language of presentation
E-mail address,,
Jrogers (WMF), APalmer (WMF), ZZhou (WMF)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
This presentation will review trends and specific cases that the WMF legal department has handled over the past year. We will cover specific litigation involving the Wikimedia Foundation and unveil our new transparency report, which provides overall statistics on types of legal requests we received, including requests for user information, requests to remove content from the projects, and Digital Millennium Copyright Act removal requests. This year’s presentation will discuss results on freedom of panorama in Europe, new cases affecting writing about criminal history in Switzerland, and attempts by individuals to change official state records in order to alter the Wikipedia entry about them, among other topics.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will gain a better understanding of the legal demands and cases that affect the Wikimedia projects, how the Foundation legal team addresses these issues, and better knowledge of legal developments that may affect the projects for the coming year.
Theme of presentation
Legal & Free Culture
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Beginning. Any attendees interested in the law around the Wikimedia projects and understanding how the Foundation addresses these legal issues. Any experience level is appropriate.
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
55 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?


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