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December 15, 2005

Preparations for Class Action Against Wikipedia

By nat

Preparations for a class action law suit against the owners and operators of Wikipedia are underway. I can't figure out whether this is a chilling shot across the bow of any site with user-generated content, or whether it's a timely reminder of the obligations to society that technologists must observe as they invent within that society. Or, possibly--and I only throw this out as a remote and wild conjecture, a hypothesis (if you will) to be tested against available datum, a brainstorming session "throw it at the wall and see what sticks" flag to be run up the pole so it may be seen who salutes it--that it's a case of greedy opportunist whiners out to make any quick buck they can from whatever makes the headlines in the last slow news week. Ahem. Update: the lawsuit web page has the same whois data as QuakeAID, a site whose authenticity Wikipedia questions--see this summary of what happened for why the site may just be a Google Ad-revenue trick. Thanks, alert readers Nathan de Vries and Matt! Update 2: The people behind the class action site deny the connection and explain why the whois data is the same. Check the comments in the blog entry for details.

Posted by dymaxion at December 15, 2005 04:20 PM


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