Dear WCC members,
The wiki discussion on third party media is getting more and more confused. I am wondering where to comment now. For example, the disapproval I gave is for the amendment or for the motion is not clear, as both were on table. While I intend to disapprove the amendment, and voted for the motion, I think we only have to go slow on this issue, as it is as free culture is a matter of passion for all of us. The difference is probably on the implementation: whether immediate without checks and balance, and we develop as we progress or develop the policies and appropriate technology for checks, and implement after a trial period. Personally, I will go with the later, and request all to frame a motion to that effect with a timeline so that this functionality is available soon.
I personally think there is a need to educate users on use of third party media, particularly why of it and how not to violate rules and follow open formats. For example, the use of MP3 in wikieducator, I am not sure of the legal issues of its use in WikiEd. As it is a proprietary format, who is responsible for uploading of the MP3 file. Can we pass this to the user? If so, doe it come under violation, as the user is not gaining any financial benefits? The issues involved are more of education first...
Please take appropriate decision quickly as time is short, and I understand we can't prolong this discussion further.
with regards, Sanjaya
Sanjaya Mishra, PhD
Reader in Distance Education
Staff Training and Research
Institute of Distance Education
Indira Gandhi National Open University
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068
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