[Foundation-l] Clearing up Wikimedia's media licensing policies (some important points)

Conrad Dunkerson conrad.dunkerson at att.net
Fri Feb 9 00:48:07 UTC 2007

Kat, would you PLEASE put something like your comments below into a nice 
neat package specifically clarifying that you were not seeking to spell 
out detailed new 'rules' on fair use... because the usual suspects are now 
'interpreting' your original statement to mean anything from '90% of all 
fair use must be deleted immediately and without discussion' to 'any 
reasonable fair use rationale is now valid for all of Wikimedia'. With 
resulting deletion purges, cries of 'admin abuse', et cetera breaking out 
as the 'jihadists' on all sides arm themselves with this latest excuse to 
treat each other badly.

* Kat Walsh wrote:
> I'm afraid you may be disappointed if you are expecting something
> quite so specific; there are so many individual cases and
> circumstances that it would simply be impossible to say in detail
> "this kind is allowed, this kind is not" in such a way that everyone
> would know. For the most part it is up to the informed and reasonable
> members of the community to come to these decisions for their
> projects.

> (Side note, as I think from previous experience that I need to make
> this clear: this is not license to be a jerk when deleting images, and
> on the flip side you do not have license to accuse someone deleting
> these images of doing so to be a jerk. Treat each other with courtesy
> and understanding, darn it.)

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