There’s a lovely rant from Gerard on foundation-l. Apparently the NPG has used some Wikipedia material without permission so (mindful of the legal threat the NPG made to them last year) the wiki-warriors have the pitchforks out.
*Surely* the NPG should be able to figure out that by doing this,
they're leaving themselves wide open to copyright suits from all the
hundreds of thousands of smart, motivated geeks who HIT THE GODDAMN
ROOF when they sent that legal threat. They've so far scraped through
on other people not being the sort of arseholes they were, but I find
it difficult to picture how they've considered that a safe policy
Absolutely, a non-apocalyptic response is desirable.
However, they're still being blitheringly stupid and obnoxious, and
leaving themselves wide-open. However nice the individual
representatives of the NPG may be, the organisation's behaviour
demonstrates that they don't give a damn.
Would polite but firm notices from those whose personal contributions
have been appropriated by the NPG in violation of copyright help