Talk:UN inaugurates rapid-response fund for future disasters

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This is a reworked press release from here, from which some portions were completely unmodified. irid:t 06:20, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Yes, that is correct. I copied the press release issued by the UN News Centre announcing the UN's new fund. I assumed that the UN wanted coverage to be as wide as possible, and that copying their press release was fine with them. However, I don't have much experience in this area. Is it considered acceptable or unacceptable to copy a press release in a news article? Thanks. Lwbaum 06:29, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Welcome back to Wikinews! Haven't seen you in a long, long time.
Unfortunately, we don't accept verbatim copyrighted material here. Press releases fall into this category. If, for whatever reason the UN became upset with Wikinews, they could sue the foundation for damages related to hosting their copyrighted materials. That's the nature of Copyright. Anyway.
We also have a policy of not accepting press releases in general, since they violate our standard of bias-free material. Considering the nature of press releases (authored by a single entity to promote the entity or its agenda) they tend to be heavily biased. That doesn't appear to be the case here, but it is still an important policy that we try to enfore across the board.
However, thank you for posting this article. The remaining material appears to be suitable for an article if expanded a bit. We just need to follow a proceedure to eliinate the copyrighted material from the history of the article. irid:t 06:41, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

It's good to talk to you again. It has been a long time, except for the article I posted a while ago on the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis.

Thank you very much for your helpful explanation. I understand. It is better to be safe than sorry! I will try to rewrite the material from the press release, integrating it with other sources and the excellent wikipedia article that was already posted on this topic. Lwbaum 06:52, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

It might be a good idea to rewrite the article in your userspace while the copyright violation is cleaned up. The article needs to be deleted from the server for the history of it to be purged. It can then be recreated. Try creating the article here and then moving it when the deletion is done. irid:t 06:56, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

OK, I have rewritten the article off-line and pasted it into my Temp space. How long should I wait to see if the original article has been deleted so that I can post the rewrite? Or can I purge the original article myself? Thanks.

Lwbaum 07:29, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

You'll need to wait for someone (namely, an administrator) to delete the article. You can move your article back in as soon as that's done. Or, you can create a new article with a different title in the mean time. Try clicking the "Real-time chat" link at the top of the page; you can communicate live with the admins as they discuss things like this. irid:t 07:31, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
There are several minor errors with this discussion. Due to changes in the 1.6x version of the MediaWiki software it is now possible to do partial undeletions. Thus a copyvio no longer requires the entire deletion of the article. Just edit out copyviolations, and ask an admin to selectively undelete the history so no copyvios are available in article history. The second is I cannot find the termporary article; I'm guessing the current version is it? Third, I believe UN news is released under the IRIN licensure, which specifically allows commercial and non-commercial republication and modification of content; this license I believe is one-way compatible with the CC-by 2.5 licensure that Wikinews uses, but I'm not 100% certain. - Amgine | talk en.WN 06:27, 25 March 2006 (UTC)