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This has been marked as a Withdrawn submission for Wikimania 2015 because it has been withdrawn by its submitter. The submitter is invited to consider trying again next year.

It is with great regret that I have withdrawn my submission today, 19 March 2015; unfortunately, other commitments prevent me from coming to Mexico in July :-( -- Toblu (talk) 11:55, 19 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Submission no.
Title of the submission
Wikipedia in International Law
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Tobias Lutzi, LL.M.
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Institute of Foreign Private and Private International Law of the University of Cologne
Personal homepage or blog
At last year's Wikimania, I made an attempt to answer the question Which Law Applies to Wikipedia?. Although this endeavour turned out to be considerably more complex than one might have initially suspected, the talk was generally considered as very helpful by those who attended it,[1] not least for the interesting insight into the complex field of the Conflict of Laws it provided. A part of it has later been published in the German Journal for the Law of International Commerce.[2]
The questions that were at the core of the talk evidently remain as relevant as ever. Very few internet projects are as international as Wikipedia with its over 250 language versions and countless sister projects, and even fewer raise that many questions of international law simultaneously. Violations of copyrights and trademarks, defamatory content of articles, infringements on privacy, and unfair commercial practices are just some examples for the numerous legal problems Wikipedia editors (and, ultimately, the Wikimedia Foundation) face virtually every day. With ongoing efforts of national and supra-national legislators (such as the European Union) to regulate some of the aforementioned issues in the context of the internet, these questions arguably still grow in importance.
In this year's talk, I would like to reiterate some of the main themes of last year's presentation in order to familiarize all attendants with the principal mechanisms that are at work in international law and especially private international law. In addition, I want to address some topics that fell outside the scope of last year's talk for being rather regulatory in nature and thus being subject to the considerably different rules of public international law. These will include the particularly prominent examples of the infamous “Right to be Forgotten” and the so-called “Google TaxGermany and Spain have recently enacted. The discussion of these topics will hopefully not only be helpful to Wikipedia editors and policy-makers that feel confused by these different and hardly reconcilable rules and their respective scope of application, but also give us a more complete vision of Wikipedia's position in the multifarious realm of international law.

tl;dr: A heavily amended version of last year's presentation Which Law Applies to Wikipedia? that will provide an overview over the different mechanisms of private and public international law to which Wikipedia (and its sister projects) are subject and discuss some particularly relevant new developments such as the infamous “Right to be Forgotten”.
  1. It was voted the 3rd best session of the conference in Effeietsanders' (totally unrepresentative) poll.
  2. Tobias Lutzi, 'Cross-border Defamation auf Wikipedia' (2014) 60 RIW 810.
Legal & Free Culture
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes (but only if scholarship application is successful)
Slides or further information (optional)
Link to prezi will be provided
Special requests
Projector is needed for prezi

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