[Foundation-l] Celebrity pictures

James Hare messedrocker at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 23:53:49 UTC 2006

Generally speaking, I am a weak defender of the use of copyrighted pictures
of living people (except when there's a freebie available) because I don't
think they have the time to have a picture of themselves taken so it can be
used on Wikipedia. (Don't hit me back with semantics -- I know it would be
usable for more than Wikipedia.)

However, I do believe we should be persuing an active effort to obtain
free-use photographs of living people wherever possible. I'm talking about
an effort at the Foundation level.

On 8/25/06, Garion96 <garion96 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/9/06, Garion96 <garion96 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >  Regarding Jimmy Wales's comment here
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk%3APublicity_photos&diff=66922063&oldid=58823881
> >  concerning fair use.
> >
> > To quote "In general, ordinary publicity photos of celebrities should
> not
> > be used in Wikipedia unless they are released under a free license. We
> are
> > powerful enough now that we can insist on this, and get it, from just
> about
> > any celebrity, or we can get a free photo in a number of different ways.
> > Using fair use in such cases discourages us from creatively looking for
> a
> > way to enlarge the commons."
> >
> > Would it be a good idea if the foundation would ask for 'free' images
> from
> > big record companies (like Sony music entertainment), actor agencies
> etc. I
> > know any editor can do this, but it would definitely have a greater
> > chance of success if it is coming from the foundation.
> >
> > Garion96
> >
> Anymore comments on this? Ixnays, supports and the like? :)
> Garion
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