Both SJ and Anthere are right that images should not be deleted haphazardly
or without due process.
There is, however, the eternal risk of serious copyright infringement.
Brand new users are able to upload files they have saved from a webpage
onto their hard drive. However beautiful the Wuerzburg panorama, if the
copyright is owned by a third party then Jimbo, Mav or Angela find their
mailboxes full with threatening messages from lawyers (as has happened
several times in the past few months).
The image sleuthing team has a *tremendous* backlog, and we cannot expect
them to work harder. Perhaps images should be quarantained while their
status is being investigated. These will be available on the [[Image:]]
page, but cannot be inserted into articles unless a tag has been inserted,
preferably by the uploader, to the effect that it can be used without legal
Perhaps the image uploading page should have a dropdown box that lets the
uploader select a copyright format. "Possibly unfree" is NOT an option.
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