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February 25 Tuesday

What Happens When IP and Free Culture Don’t Play Well Together, Chuck Roslof, Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 12:05PM - 1:30PM
  • SLB Room 127
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Description

Free culture projects like Wikipedia are built on the principles of sharing and collaboration, but trademark and copyright law decidedly are not. This presentation will discuss how free culture projects navigate that tension, with a focus on the Wikimedia projects. How can a collaborative work driven by a desire to create something for the whole world to share in use, adapt, or ignore legal doctrines that assume individual (or at least limited and identifiable) ownership and control of rights? Topics covered will include the use of free and open source licensing, how to properly steward resources on behalf of a broad community, challenges for collective projects under copyright and trademark doctrine, and explaining to lawmakers that there's more to the Internet than the offerings of giant tech companies.

Chuck Roslof is Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts and supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects. Chuck oversees the Wikimedia trademark portfolio, including registration, enforcement, and licensing, and he manages the Wikimedia domain name portfolio. He also provides legal support for the Foundation's fundraising, grantmaking, and partnerships work, as well as to the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees and to the global Wikimedia affiliate system. In addition, Chuck handles occasional copyright licencing and public policy issues.

 

Sponsoring Organization(s)

ISP, WIII, TechSoc