On 2/23/07, daniwo59(a)aol.com <daniwo59(a)aol.com> wrote:
Today we got a nice new image on the English Wikipedia--see [[Dennis
Johnson]], a star of the NBA, who died recently. The image has a story, and
the story has a moral. I want to tell it.
The creator is an established sports photographer who has worked for the NBA
professional as a photographer. He is also one of the many thousands of
uknown (to us) fans of Wikipedia who visit teh site regularly. When Johnson
died, he went to the article, and noticed there was no picture, so he
decided to donate one that he took. He called the office to ask how to do
After speaking with him briefly, I realized that we have a potential
treasure trove of FREE images here, which he was willing and eager to share
with us, from the NBA and many other areas. I asked Greg Maxwell to speak
with him about licensing, and the rest is history. He selected an image and
released it under the GFDL license. Hopefully, there will be more to come.
As for the moral of the story: we were missing an image, and someone decided
to release one of his own--a high quality professional image at that. As for
now, I can only wonder at the argument that we keep fairuse images until we
find free ones. The fact that we did not have an image encouraged someone to
"fix the problem" and provide a free one. There will likely be many more to
So, I just want to say thank you to the photographer, who understood the
value in what we are doing, and to Greg Maxwell, for spending time with him
and explaining the free license philosophy. And I also want to thank all the
contributors who did NOT rush to post a fairuse image. Because of that, a
magnificent image is now free.
I would also like to thank Jkelly's excellent customer service in
dealing with this gentleman fairly and politely when he had second
thoughts initially about contributing (working with him to delete the
unintended contribution until Greg could take the time to fully and
fairly explain to him what he was being asked to agree to) and Cary
Bass (Bastique) for some behind-the-scenes OTRS work to make sure
everyone was on the same page.
Good work, everyone!