On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 3:44 PM, geni <geniice(a)gmail.com> wrote:
For businesses they seem
to prefer paid for images under terms that are fairly agreed.
A free content license is not what makes wikipedia
popular and it will
not be what makes commons popular.
I think this is an excellent point. Something that might make Commons
more attractive to contributors as well as potential users:
structuring the upload system, templates and page layouts to make it
easy to contact contributors (if they wish) to work out licensing
terms, or even faciltate some sort of for-pay rights system directly.
Of course, a free license would remain a requirement, but many print
publications are unwilling either to trust purportedly free content or
to abide by copyleft terms. If Commons made it easier to do
traditional stock photography-type transactions, this might be a great
benefit to other Wikimedia projects as well as to Commons on its own