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Oct 2 2015, 6:50 PM (214 w, 6 d)
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CRoslof (WMF) [ Global Accounts ]

I'm a lawyer for the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm in charge of trademarks and domain name registrations and I do work related to affiliates, grantmaking, fundraising, partnerships, copyright, public policy, and the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Recent Activity

Jun 14 2019

CRoslof added a comment to T204056: Move wikimedia.ee under WM-EE.

Previously I didn't understand your desired solution because I didn't get what @CRoslof means by "retaining ownership of domain" but delegating "control of nameservers" at the same time. I even consulted colleagues about it who couldn't help either.

@tramm We can retain ownership of the domain name but change the nameservers to ones you control. What nameservers should we use?

Is giving us full control of wikimedia.ee domain the solution? That would be awesome!

Jun 14 2019, 10:29 PM · WMF-Legal, Patch-For-Review, Operations, Domains, Traffic

Jan 14 2019

CRoslof added a comment to T99531: [Task] move wikiba.se webhosting to wikimedia cluster.

Transferring the domain name from WMDE to the Foundation requires that WMDE complete an ownership change form. I emailed with @Abraham and the Foundation's domain name registrar about it a while back, but the paperwork was never completed. Let me know when WMDE is ready to move forward with the transfer.

Jan 14 2019, 8:58 PM · User-Addshore, serviceops, wikidata-tech-focus, Traffic, wikiba.se website, Operations, Wikidata-Sprint-2016-11-08, Wikidata

Dec 13 2018

CRoslof added a comment to T204056: Move wikimedia.ee under WM-EE.

@Dzahn Yes, we plan to renew all our current .ee domain registrations.

Dec 13 2018, 7:02 PM · WMF-Legal, Patch-For-Review, Operations, Domains, Traffic

Oct 9 2018

CRoslof added a comment to T204056: Move wikimedia.ee under WM-EE.

It sounds like adding a delegation for wikimediaeesti would just allow you to change the nameservers, but we can change the nameservers now without adding a delegation. Either way, there would need to be nameservers that you control that we could set as the nameservers for wikimedia.ee.

Oct 9 2018, 9:34 PM · WMF-Legal, Patch-For-Review, Operations, Domains, Traffic

Sep 14 2018

CRoslof added a comment to T204056: Move wikimedia.ee under WM-EE.

@tramm We can retain ownership of the domain name but change the nameservers to ones you control. What nameservers should we use?

Sep 14 2018, 8:03 PM · WMF-Legal, Patch-For-Review, Operations, Domains, Traffic

Feb 1 2018

Dzahn awarded T167060: en.wiki domain owned by us, but isn't hosted by us?? a Love token.
Feb 1 2018, 11:25 PM · WMF-Legal, Privacy, Domains, Operations, Traffic, DNS
CRoslof closed T167060: en.wiki domain owned by us, but isn't hosted by us?? as Resolved.

I've changed the domains we have with Porkbun to use our nameservers. (I didn't change anything about w.wiki.) It might take a little while for them all to update.

Feb 1 2018, 10:26 PM · WMF-Legal, Privacy, Domains, Operations, Traffic, DNS

Aug 23 2017

CRoslof added a comment to T173839: Trademark permission request form fails if the proposed use isn't "Other".

It would be fine with me to make the "other" field not required.

Aug 23 2017, 6:33 PM · MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-08-22 (1.30.0-wmf.15)), MediaWiki-HTMLForm, MediaWiki-extensions-ContactPage, WMF-Legal

Aug 22 2017

CRoslof added a comment to T173839: Trademark permission request form fails if the proposed use isn't "Other".

The form has worked in the past for requestors selecting one of the "proposed use" options other than "Other".

Aug 22 2017, 3:26 PM · MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-08-22 (1.30.0-wmf.15)), MediaWiki-HTMLForm, MediaWiki-extensions-ContactPage, WMF-Legal
CRoslof created T173839: Trademark permission request form fails if the proposed use isn't "Other".
Aug 22 2017, 2:58 PM · MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-08-22 (1.30.0-wmf.15)), MediaWiki-HTMLForm, MediaWiki-extensions-ContactPage, WMF-Legal

Mar 7 2017

CRoslof closed T154826: Donate wiktionary.pl to the Foundation as Resolved.

All good with me.

Mar 7 2017, 6:31 PM · Patch-For-Review, Domains, Traffic, DNS, Operations

Feb 21 2017

CRoslof added a comment to T158490: Consider mw.org being added as a redirect to mediawiki.org.

One- and two-character .org domain names aren't available for general registration. See, for example, this press release from Public Interest Registry (the registry for the .org TLD) when they made 94 of them available for the first time: https://pir.org/org-releases-94-never-before-registered-one-and-two-character-domain-names/

Feb 21 2017, 5:57 PM · Operations, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Domains, Traffic

Jan 6 2017

CRoslof claimed T154826: Donate wiktionary.pl to the Foundation.
Jan 6 2017, 11:41 PM · Patch-For-Review, Domains, Traffic, DNS, Operations
CRoslof added a comment to T154826: Donate wiktionary.pl to the Foundation.

Send me an email and I can help you get the process started:
croslof@wikimedia.org

Jan 6 2017, 11:40 PM · Patch-For-Review, Domains, Traffic, DNS, Operations

Nov 30 2016

CRoslof changed the status of T128968: Register nlwikipedia.org to prevent squatting from Invalid to Resolved.

Update: The Wikimedia Foundation has acquired nlwikipedia.org

Nov 30 2016, 9:24 PM · WMF-Legal, Traffic, Domains, Operations

Nov 10 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T144508: Point wikipedia.in to 205.147.101.160 instead of URL forward.

So, as I understand it, there is no problem with the current state of affairs that the requested change would fix. Also, I have not seen any argument that the requested change would actually benefit anyone. We shouldn't change our DNS templates if there is no clear reason to do so.

Nov 10 2016, 9:51 PM · Domains, WMF-Legal, DNS, Traffic, Operations

Nov 9 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T95007: Improve trademark code in MobileFrontend.

It would be better for office.wikimedia.org to display

Nov 9 2016, 5:05 PM · Patch-For-Review, Mobile-Web-Sprint-46-Taken:-The-Dan-Garry-Story, Readers-Web-Backlog

Nov 2 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T144508: Point wikipedia.in to 205.147.101.160 instead of URL forward.

@Aklapper Can you please change title to.... add new IP address ? We have changed to new server for better performance.

Nov 2 2016, 5:09 PM · Domains, WMF-Legal, DNS, Traffic, Operations

Oct 24 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T144508: Point wikipedia.in to 205.147.101.160 instead of URL forward.

If @Naveenpf or Operations is still interested in pursuing this task's specific request, I'd appreciate an answer to my clarifying question above so I can better understand the request's brand/trademark implications. Otherwise, I suggest we resolve the task.

Oct 24 2016, 9:13 PM · Domains, WMF-Legal, DNS, Traffic, Operations

Sep 16 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T144508: Point wikipedia.in to 205.147.101.160 instead of URL forward.

I'm not sure I understand this task's specific request. Is it that:

  1. wikipedia.in be changed to redirect to an IP address rather than a URL,
  2. wikipedia.in be changed to redirect to wikimedia.in/index.html instead of wikimedia.in/wikipedia.html, or
  3. both?
Sep 16 2016, 9:04 PM · Domains, WMF-Legal, DNS, Traffic, Operations

Aug 29 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T144182: http://www.wikishia.net/ states that it is "a Wikimedia project".

We'll look into it and contact the site owners as appropriate.

Aug 29 2016, 9:43 PM · WMF-Legal

Jun 7 2016

CRoslof added a watcher for Domains: CRoslof.
Jun 7 2016, 6:46 PM

Apr 20 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T128968: Register nlwikipedia.org to prevent squatting .

Thanks for flagging this domain. We have internal tracking documents on the legal team, and I'll make sure nlwikipedia.org is on them. Since it seems that it's currently being used maliciously, it'll be at the top of our list for domain enforcement. If you encounter other domains that are misusing Wikimedia trademarks, please email legal-tm-vio@wikimedia.org.

Apr 20 2016, 6:35 PM · WMF-Legal, Traffic, Domains, Operations

Apr 5 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T127791: Allow the non-official app "Upload To Commons" to use the Wikimedia Commons logo.

We're in touch with @Nicolas_Raoul about this app. We're making sure it meets the criteria for becoming an official app, and we're working out a trademark license. Hopefully it won't be too much longer!

Apr 5 2016, 4:41 PM · WMF-Legal, Commons-App-Android-Upload

Mar 24 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T130790: Add Charles Roslof to dns-admin alias.

Office-IT directed me here to ask Operations

Mar 24 2016, 4:41 PM · Domains, Traffic, Mail, Operations

Mar 23 2016

Jaylee10811 awarded T130792: Add CRoslof to WMF-NDA a Doubloon token.
Mar 23 2016, 11:17 PM · WMF-NDA-Requests
CRoslof created T130792: Add CRoslof to WMF-NDA.
Mar 23 2016, 11:10 PM · WMF-NDA-Requests
CRoslof created T130790: Add Charles Roslof to dns-admin alias.
Mar 23 2016, 10:59 PM · Domains, Traffic, Mail, Operations

Feb 17 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T126418: Fair Use need for rationale on Wikiversity.

Those experiences with keeping up content that you believe to be public domain do indeed sound frustrating. Thank you for providing more specific examples.

Feb 17 2016, 10:13 PM · WMF-Legal

Feb 16 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T126418: Fair Use need for rationale on Wikiversity.

One often frustrating aspect of U.S. fair use law is that it is very difficult to make categorical conclusions about what is or is not a fair use. The statute lists four factors, but those factors are not necessarily exhaustive, nor do they provide clear guidance in all situations. Courts have subjected each factor to much discussion and further analysis, creating additional tests and sub-factors and so forth. As a result, I can't say with certainty that, for example, a strong argument against fair use based on one factor will never outweigh a strong case for fair use based on the other three.

Feb 16 2016, 12:43 AM · WMF-Legal

Feb 11 2016

CRoslof added a comment to T126418: Fair Use need for rationale on Wikiversity.

Thanks for reaching out to WMF-Legal on this!

Feb 11 2016, 6:00 PM · WMF-Legal

Oct 2 2015

CRoslof added a comment to T111079: Re-enabling local file uploading system on or.wiki.

The Wikimedia Foundation is protected by U.S. law, including fair use. Individual users outside the U.S. do not necessarily have the same protections. So, though it may be legal for WMF to host non-free content on a project, it may not be legal for that project's users to upload or reuse the non-free content.

Oct 2 2015, 6:58 PM · Wikimedia-Site-requests