Matthew Brown wrote:
On 7/26/07, geni <geniice(a)gmail.com>
The money could be better spent elsewhere. That
type of battle is best
left to the EFF.
I'd personally say that that level of lawsuit paranoia needs to be
left elsewhere as well. Their lawsuit wouldn't get far without a
takedown notice first.
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Be that as it may, I'd oppose the use of most album-cover images even if
we got a letter tomorrow from every music label saying "You've got
permission to use any album cover you like on Wikipedia," removing any
fear of a lawsuit. Same old problem with Wikipedia-only or noncommercial
only content, same old reason we don't generally allow it. -It's not
free-. On the other hand, if we started generally disallowing it, I'd
imagine we could start getting GFDL releases for album covers,
especially from more notable independent bands who might just love the
idea of their album cover being used freely anywhere on Wikipedia it
might fit, and be disconcerted by such an album cover not being used
anywhere on the project. We're not meant to be "the encyclopedia with
some free content", we're meant to be "the free encyclopedia".
Todd, fundamentally, here's the policy:
Fair use is free, too.
-george william herbert