[Wiki Loves Monuments] [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Monuments in Italy largely blocked by WMF fundraising

Romaine Wiki romaine.wiki at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 10:54:35 UTC 2015

Hi Jane,
Yes, Italy is one of those odd countries without freedom of panorama. The
copyright on photos of monuments is held by local governments. Wikimedia
Italy has as large task to get permission from these hundreds/thousands
local administrations for the photos uploaded. Therefore organising Wiki
Loves Monuments in Italy is a very very heavy and extensive task in
comparison with other countries. The Italian Wiki Loves Monuments team does
a great job in getting all the permissions.

You can't derive from the situation that there is no FoP, that thus the
impact won't be too great. Te kort door de bocht.


2015-08-24 12:19 GMT+02:00 Jane Darnell <jane023 at gmail.com>:

> Isn't Italy one of those odd European countries that won't allow freedom
> of panorama? Surely the impact won't be too great, considering that the
> type of people who can participate are at least savvy enough to understand
> the oddities of the Italian monuments situation & Commons. Italy was late
> to join the WLM party for this reason, and I understand it is only specific
> municipalities that take part now.
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Romaine Wiki <romaine.wiki at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Giving Wiki Loves Monuments the worst possible situation is certainly not
>> a compromise, but a situation in what users from the community are crushed
>> under the weight of the foundation. A compromise is, according to the
>> dictionary, a situation in what both parties concede something. In this
>> case, WLM concedes everything and WMF nothing.
>> I have seen already users asking if this will be the next big clash
>> between WMF and the community, after the VisualEditor, MediaViewer,
>> Superprotect and other issues. I personally hope not.
>> You are of course free to think how much negative impact it will have,
>> but I base my numbers on the statistics from the past years. We have seen
>> each time a big influence from conflicting banners or outage. We have
>> followed the statistics and the impact of past years and we have learned
>> from the past that it has a big impact we certainly should not
>> underestimate.
>> And I disagree with your statement that there always will be a clash
>> somewhere. There is no need for a clash if people work together on the
>> planning. September is not the only month in autumn, and not all countries
>> are occupied by Wiki Loves Monuments. Suggesting otherwise are fairy tales.
>> This is one of the strongest examples of bad planning I have seen in all
>> the years. Of every country that organises Wiki Loves Monuments, they have
>> picked the worst possible country.
>> You reduce this problem to just a "number of emotive emails", with what
>> you make clear you missed the essence of this case.
>> Romaine
>> 2015-08-24 10:53 GMT+02:00 Chris Keating <chriskeatingwiki at gmail.com>:
>>> Hi Romaine,
>>> > And the outcome is ridiculous. This is not a compromise. The Italian
>>> WLM
>>> > team has been crashed under the weight and preponderance of the
>>> Wikimedia
>>> > Foundation.
>>> Well - it *is* a compromise. It isn't what you want and I think I
>>> understand your reasons for thinking it will have a very big impact. I
>>> know
>>> from plenty of past experience of being a volunteer disagreeing with WMF
>>> staff  how frustrating this is (though actually I think the impact on WLM
>>> will be less than you expect in this case).
>>> But it is plainly not the case that the WMF has just blundered ahead with
>>> what it was going to do anyway. And even if WMF were not involved at all
>>> and there were some other method of allocating banner space, if Autumn
>>> has
>>> the peak fundraising potential and is when WLM happens, there will always
>>> be some kind of clash somewhere, and someone or other will not get what
>>> they want. No number of emotive emails will change that.
>>> Regards,
>>> Chris
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