On 9 March 2016 at 14:26, Moushira Elamrawy <melamrawy@wikimedia.org> wrote:
The fair-use images issues I mentioned are tackled here https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T124225, it is a policy issue.

It's complicated, of course. www.wikipedia.org is not the English Wikipedia, so it is debatable whether the policy applies there, and both sides of that argument have legitimate points. It's also important to note that the non-free content exceptions now explicitly includes a note that non-free images are allowed in search results without an accompanying fair use rationale being needed on the file page of the image in question, so we're actually covered there even if the policy does apply.

Regardless, the fix for the broader PageImages issue which does unquestionably affect the English Wikipedia and other projects (as documented in T124225) will be rolled out tomorrow. All PageImages API consumers, such as the portal, but also mobile web, mobile apps, and VisualEditor, will start using the new images automatically. It may take a little bit of time for that to happen due to caching, and so on.


Dan Garry
Lead Product Manager, Discovery
Wikimedia Foundation