they first published the letter on their website and sent us the letter (paper) after.
We want to answer that:
- Re-explain what is the WLM contest
- We will not change the conditions of Commons, the license of WLM is no exception
- Re-explain what is the CC-BY-SA
- remember that we are very committed to respect the authors photos
- Propose to discuss it with them.
But we do not have many illusions about their speech, they obviously do not want to make the effort to accept the way we do.
Le 28 octobre 2011 16:25, Sylvain Boissel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
a écrit :
Photographers (at last in France, I don't know if it is the same in other countries) are facing a serious profesionnal crisis due to several factors, one of them being the massive usage by the media of "Royalty Free" photographs. As several companies built their royalty free photographs databases through photo contests, the "Union des Photographes Professionnels" (an association of pro photographers) has established a blacklist of photo contests where participants abandon their copyright & royalties to the organizers of the contest.
So, as the CC-By-SA used on Commons allows commercial usage, they referenced WLM in this blacklist.
However, this had very little impact : no mentions in the press, very few on Twitter or other social networks. We prepared an answer for them but it is currently awaiting final rereading before sending.
-- Sylvain Boissel
Chargé de mission communauté et technologie de Wikimédia France
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