[Foundation-l] a new free image!

Casey Brown cbrown1023 at comcast.net
Sat Feb 24 00:20:58 UTC 2007

Is your point that we should remove all "fair use images", causing the
articles to be without an image making someone donate a free one?


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Subject: [Foundation-l] a new free image!

Today we got a nice new image on the English Wikipedia--see [[Dennis  
Johnson]], a star of the NBA, who died recently. The image has a story, and
story has a moral. I want to tell it.
The creator is an established sports photographer who has worked for the
professional as a photographer. He is also one of the many thousands of  
uknown (to us) fans of Wikipedia who visit teh site regularly. When Johnson
he went to the article, and noticed there was no picture, so he decided to  
donate one that he took. He called the office to ask how to do it. 
After speaking with him briefly, I realized that we have a potential  
treasure trove of FREE images here, which he was willing and eager to share
with  us, 
from the NBA and many other areas. I asked Greg Maxwell to speak with him  
about licensing, and the rest is history. He selected an image and released
under the GFDL license. Hopefully, there will be more to come. 
As for the moral of the story: we were missing an image, and someone
to release one of his own--a high quality professional image at that. As
now, I can only wonder at the argument that we keep fairuse images until we

find free ones. The fact that we did not have an image encouraged someone to

"fix the problem" and provide a free one. There will likely be many more to

So, I just want to say thank you to the photographer, who understood the  
value in what we are doing, and to Greg Maxwell, for spending time with him
explaining the free license philosophy. And I also want to thank all the  
contributors who did NOT rush to post a fairuse image. Because of that, a  
magnificent image is now free. 
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