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Non-Wikipedia projects have grown more rapidly than Wikipedia over the past semester, with Wikicommons well ahead of all other projects. Here are some of the projects strengths and highlights, as well as our latest statistics.
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- Creative Commons -NC Licenses Considered Harmful - Erik Möller - September 2005
- Right or wrong use of intellectual property - Yann Forget, with the help of Teofilo-Folengo, Emmanuel Legrand, and Nataraja - april 2005
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A growing number of conferences were attended by Wikimedians this quarter, both as speakers and as booth-tenders. However, the most visible event of the last months was nevertheless the Wikimania conference, the first international Wikimedia conference, held in August 2005. The next Wikimania city has now been chosen and will be ... Boston !
Big events on the road ahead
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The whole Wikimedia Foundation and local chapters are now preparing themselves for the participation to the w:en:WSIS, which will take care med-november in Tunis.
caught up with the father of the wiki movement before breakfast on an early Oregon morning, while he was recovering from the recent Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP) conference held in Illinois. In between cans of Moxie, we picked his brain about the evolution of wiki, copyright, and the Wikipedia community. Afterward, he came onto IRC to hang out in #wikipedia for a while, where he was duly lauded. See our interview with Ward Cunningham
The Quarto also tracked down Lawrence Lessig, Stanford law professor, founder and chairman of Creative Commons, and free culturesmith, in a lull at the end of a long December day. In a whirlwind session, he talked to us about copyright, copyleft, barriers to free culture, legal pitfalls for Wikipedia, and fighting the good fight. read more.
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