"Attribution generator" at Monsters of Law
John Weitzmann, legal and policy advisor at WMDE event series "Monsters of Law", By Sarah Behrens(WMDE) [CC BY-SA 4.0]
Screenshot of the attribution generator, by David Gubler,[CC BY-SA 3.0]
Since February 2014, WMDE organises the event series "Monsters of Law", which discusses the legal framework for free knowledge. Experts from law offices or legal departments of cultural institutions give short insights into their topics and discuss them with the audience, community members and other interested people.
The events provide the opportunity for GLAM staff members to ask and discuss very specific questions concerning their own institutions. The broader idea of "Monsters of law" is not only to provide information on legal issues and free knowledge, but to gather volunteers, lawyers, GLAM staff and other people to make them discuss relevant questions concerning free knowledge together and publicly.
On May 19, lawyer Dr. Till Jaeger, John Weitzmann, new legal and policy advisor at WMDE and Jens Ohlig, communication software development at WMDE, presented a new tool that helps choosing the right licence for the reuse of pictures from Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons: "Der Lizenzhinweisgenerator" (engl.: "attribution generator"). Only the URL of a picture or a Wikipedia article is needed , then the tool guides you through some questions and in the end you can copy the right licence with links etc. WMDE is looking forward for the tool to be translated in many more languages, the code is open source. Were working on a Commons page with a step by step tutorial on how to translate the tool. We'ĺl make sure the news will be spread in the movement as soon as it is out.
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