[Foundation-l] unknown copyright status of images on meta

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 13:05:59 UTC 2007

Erik Moeller wrote:
> On 6/7/07, Pedro Sanchez wrote:
>> what's the copyright status for those?
> Back in the day, you had to tick a checkbox to agree to license the
> work under GFDL when uploading it. So, we can probably safely tag all
> those logos with GFDL.

Those logos participated in a logo contest for being THE logo. So almost 
surely they aren't GFDL, if they were, so would 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Ncwikicol.png :P

Either the authors have given their rights to the Foundation, or -not 
being elected- the rights reverted to the author again.

We surely have the right to keep them on a meta: gallery, as there the 
authors uploaded them, but reusing is more complicated. We probably need 
to ask each author individually.

The licenses of logo rejected submissions is quite obscure. As they can 
be a future logo, they can't get a free license. But if they're not 
elected, Foundation doesn't get it neither.
We could encourage submissions like "© WMF if accepted, GFDL if 
rejected", "Gets Cc-by status if no changes in a month..." but then we 
lose the ability of logo reusing on future contests.

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