In a message dated 2/24/2008 12:17:23 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
How exactly would you defend that under the doctrine of fair use? I
really can't see a way to do it.>>
That might be because you don't have a fair grasp of what the doctrine
Our copyright policy was for the most part put together by people who
have at least a passing knowledge of copyright law. So fair you have
failed to show that you do.>>
This is a fallacy. The copyright policy, like all others, was put together
by us all. The copyright policy does not restrict fair use photographs
except as far as copyright law does as well.
The removal of all fair use photographs does nothing
useful for the
The project is to make a free encyclopedia.>>
Fair Use can be used inside a free project. Essentially you are repeating
what I've already been saying. No fair use photographs are being allowed, at
all. None. All fair use photographs are being removed, because certain
people feel that any fair use photographs cannot be used within a free
It does however harm it, by removing useful
illustrations from articles
that could use them,
So far for your chosen example this does not appear to be true.>>>
Yes it's true in that the article would then have no photograph of Patti
Smith at all. That is not user-friendly. In general we support the addition of
photographs to enhance the value of the project.
replacing their removal with a vacancy filled by
That isn't progress.
Experience suggests that nothing is more likely to be replaced by a
free image than an image with a really really weak fair use claim.
And I have never protested *when* a free use photograph is put into an
article. The problem is not however this. But it is when a bot removes all fair
use photographs and there *are* no free use photographs. Please address the
problem which actually exists, instead of one which does not.
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