[My comments are my own, and don’t reflect or suggest any official position from WMF]
The NBC story linked below come out about a year ago. Around the same time, when I was CEO
at Creative Commons, we published a statement and updated FAQs that attempted to respond
to questions being asked about permitted uses and attribution related to the licenses.
CC’s statement (March 2019) is here:
The FAQs are here:
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On Jan 18, 2020, at 2:14 PM, John Erling Blad
There are several reports of face recognition going mainstream, often
in less than optimum circumstances, and often violating copyright and
In my opinion building a model for face recognition is a derived work,
and as such must credit the photographers. That pose a real problem
when the photographers counts in the millions and billions. Even a 1px
fine print would be troublesome!
What is the official stance on this? Is it a copyright infringement or
not, does the license(s) cover the case or not?
John Erling Blad
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