[OSM-legal-talk] Using description from wikipedia text (Tom Gregorovic)

Luis Villa lvilla at wikimedia.org
Sun Oct 19 22:18:26 UTC 2014

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> Now the WMF has consistently supported that facts are not copyrightable,


> so there should not be any danger there

Note that WMF is not the copyright holder in Wikipedia's content, so you of
course have to take WMF's position with a grain of salt when using
Wikipedia's content. But I'd be surprised if this was a problem, especially
in a situation like this one where it is particularly clear that what is
being used is the underlying fact rather than a copy of a specific
expression of the fact.

Luis Villa
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