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The Wikimedia projects make up one of the world's largest repositories of human knowledge. With that much information, someone is bound to get upset by some of the content from time to time. While the vast majority of content disputes are resolved by users themselves, in some extreme cases the Wikimedia Foundation may receive a legal demand to override our users.

The Wikimedia projects are yours, not ours. People just like you from around the world write, upload, edit, and curate all of the content. Therefore, we believe users should decide what belongs on Wikimedia projects whenever legally possible.

Below, you will find more information about the number of requests we receive, where they come from, and how they could impact free knowledge. You can also learn more about how we fight for freedom of speech through our user assistance programs in the FAQ.

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But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

Khaled Hosseini, Author, (2003).

JUL – DEC 2015
Toplam Talep Sayısı
JUL – DEC 2015
Cevap Verilen Taleplerin Yüzdesi


JUL – DEC 2015
Government requests breakdown
Canada Politicians, Candidates, & Political Parties 1
France Government Agency 1
South Korea Military 1
Russia Government Agency 1
Turkey Government Agency 1
United Kingdom Former Government Official 1
Government Agency 1
JUL – DEC 2015
Bu talepler nereden geldi?
Ülke Received Granted
Flag of United States United States 84 0
Flag of France France 18 0
Flag of Germany Germany 18 0
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 14 0
Flag of South Korea South Korea 7 0
Flag of India India 6 0
Flag of Japan Japan 5 0
Flag of Italy Italy 4 0
Flag of Canada Canada 3 0
Flag of Poland Poland 3 0
Flag of Austria Austria 2 0
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 2 0
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia 2 0
Flag of Norway Norway 2 0
Flag of Sweden Sweden 2 0
Flag of Argentina Argentina 1 0
Flag of Belgium Belgium 1 0
Flag of Brazil Brazil 1 0
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 1 0
Flag of Israel Israel 1 0
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 1 0
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 1 0
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 1 0
Flag of Philippines Philippines 1 0
Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1 0
Flag of Serbia Serbia 1 0
Flag of South Africa South Africa 1 0
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 1 0
Flag of Tanzania Tanzania 1 0
Flag of Turkey Turkey 1 0
Unknown 26 0
JUL – DEC 2015
Which Wikimedia projects were targeted?
Project Received Granted
English Wikipedia 93 0
No Project Named 21 0
Wikimedia Commons 21 0
German Wikipedia 16 0
French Wikipedia 12 0
Multiple 9 0
Not a WMF site 9 0
Korean Wikipedia 5 0
Japanese Wikipedia 4 0
Russian Wikipedia 4 0
Spanish Wikipedia 4 0
Italian Wikipedia 3 0
Arabic Wikipedia 2 0
Czech Wikipedia 2 0
Polish Wikipedia 2 0
Swedish Wikipedia 2 0
Basque Wikipedia 1 0
Bulgarian Wikipedia 1 0
Dutch Wikipedia 1 0
Finnish Wikipedia 1 0
French Wiktionary 1 0
Indonesian Wikipedia 1 0
Norwegian Wikipedia 1 0
Persian Wikipedia 1 0
Portuguese Wikipedia 1 0
Serbian Wikipedia 1 0
Türkçe Vikipedi 1 0


Dance Off

  • Time Period: November 2015
  • Story: It’s not uncommon for bands to break up or change members. It is uncommon for previous band members to contact us about what other members are writing on Wikipedia. We received an email from purported former members of a dance group, seeking to control the English Wikipedia article about the group. They argued that edits made by other members infringed their trademark. We explained that writing an article about a notable topic is not infringement, and suggested that they work with the Wikipedia editor community if they’d like to improve the article.


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  • Time Period: October 2015
  • Story: Owning a copy of a photograph is not the same thing as owning the copyright to that photograph. This is an important principle of copyright law. We received a handful of requests to remove photos from the projects in which the requesting parties argued that because they owned a photo, they owned the copyright. For example, one request concerned a photo of an American author. Since that picture is in the public domain, it could be freely posted. We explained this to the requester, and the image remains on the Wikimedia projects.

Hello, My Name Is...

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  • Time Period: October 2015
  • Story: An online rights agent representing an international pop star contacted us regarding the Romanian Wikipedia article about their client. They claimed that a reporter had published inaccurate information about the musician’s birth name, which had made its way into reputable secondary sources, and eventually onto Wikipedia. The agent asked us to change the article directly. We told them that the Foundation does not write or edit the projects, and explained they could provide our volunteer editors with reliable sources that included the correct name.