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19 January 2006 @ 11:53 am
The internet? Getting scarier every day...  
Just learned that the German Wikipedia's usual URL http://www.wikipedia.de has been temporarily disabled for legal reasons. While the German site itself still remains online and accessible via Wikipedia.org, anyone using the old address is greeted by the following message:



Domain wikipedia.de derzeit außer Betrieb

Liebe Freunde Freien Wissens,

durch eine vor dem Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg am 17. Januar 2006 erwirkte einstweilige Verfügung wurde dem Verein Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. untersagt, von dieser Domain auf die deutschsprachige Ausgabe der freien Enzyklopädie Wikipedia (wikipedia.org) weiterzuleiten.

Wir lassen derzeit durch unsere Rechtsanwälte alle möglichen Schritte prüfen, um Ihnen schnellstmöglich wieder einen unkomplizierten Zugang zur freien Enzyklopädie Wikipedia zu bieten. Bitte haben Sie dafür Verständnis, dass wir aus rechtlichen Gründen bis auf Weiteres keine weiteren Stellungnahmen in dieser Sache abgeben werden.

Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Berlin, 18. Januar 2006



A statement posted at the German Wikinews.org http://de.wikinews.org/wiki/Hauptseite is linking these measures to Wikipedia's refusal to remove a prominent German hacker's birth name from an article dealing with said hacker's life and achievements.

http://de.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikipedia.de_au%C3%9Fer_Betrieb

Well, we are living in interesting times, aren't we?
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Virgers!  How are we doing with those explosives?tree_and_leaf on January 19th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
The whole thing is completely crazy, particularly the detail that the hacker's parents admitted in the Sueddeutsche that they launched the case against Wikipedia because the (somwehat trashy) publishers Bastei Lübbe are bringing out a thriller in which a character has the same name as Boris F., the hacker.

I don't get the impression that the German courts are taking this particularly seriously, though, and the legal case is distinctly shaky.
Bimobimo on January 19th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info, especially that bit about the Sueddeutsche :-)
Cavendishcavendish on January 19th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)

Long live wisdom!

Long live freedom of speech!

Long live anarchy! (the philosophical and peacful varietry)

& Thank God, there is no way to take "The Internet" to court ;-)

;-))

Frank
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on January 19th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank God, there is no way to take "The Internet" to court ;-)

I'm sure they'll find a way...someday. And probably it will be one involving "copyright infringement" in one form or the other ;-)
Cavendishcavendish on January 19th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
>And probably it will be one involving "copyright infringement" in one form or the other ;-)

it would invlove qiute a lot of things, I reckon. Let us enjoy the time today, while the net is still, more or less, an anarchical society. (Can an anarchical society exist or is this a paradox? )

I really should be working, btw ;-)

F.