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I run social media for the BBC's speech and classical radio stations and for some of
the BBC's classical brands (orchestras, Proms etc.).
We have a constant need for images. We use the usual mixed bag of sources: commercial
picture libraries, the BBC archive, commissioned photos, some public domain and cc
We have a pretty cast-iron rule forbidding the use of Wikimedia Commons images.
Historically, we've felt that there was sufficient uncertainty about the ownership of
some Commons images that it would be safest for us to steer clear all together (sometimes,
for instance, we find images in commercial libraries like Hulton Getty that are also in
the Commons and this creates the kind of doubt about ownership that stops us from using
So, in the interests of updating my knowledge (and possibly our policy), is there any
up-to-date advice for organisations like the BBC about the safe usage of content from the
Wikimedia Commons? Should we rely on Commons images more often? Is there any guidance for
how to judge the ownership of a Commons image reliably? And what's Wikipedia's
policy about the use of these images in entries?
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