[Foundation-l] Commons and The Year of the Picture

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 14:10:35 UTC 2009

The French chapter is a non profit organisation and France is not confined
to a single language or a single project. When the French chapter aims to
support the Wiki community and does this in France by doing similar things
to the Germans, I can only applaud them. By opening up the French cultural
heritage to us, all our project will benefit. By running projects locally,
the WMF organisation does not need to be involved the Germans brought us the
Tool server, I will happy to learn how the French will make a difference.

Consequently the notion that we will not all benefit from the work of the
French chapter is hard to support.

2009/1/22 Yaroslav M. Blanter <putevod at mccme.ru>

> > i dont think the argument here is that people can make money from commons
> > and the pictures etc, its the fact (as i see it) that a commercial site
> > has
> > a link from the french wikipedia side bar to their site to make a profit.
> > what is the difference between this and link spamming and advertising.
> >
> Well, this is one point. Another point is, as far as I know, Wikimedia.fr,
> which benefits from the commercial use, does not transfer money to support
> other projects. I would not object to commercial use of MY pictures if I
> knew that the profit is in a transparent (like donations) way invested in
> the infrastructure of the whole foundation. So far, I have not seen any
> evidence that this is the case. On the contrary, the main argument in the
> discussion was "We have decided to do it in French Wikipedia, and Meta has
> nothing to say about this".
> >I disagree that 800x600 is perfectly fine
> >> because,
> >> it may be fine for online content but it is not fine when printed.
> Not really, I can print it out and it works fine. But not as a poster of
> course.
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
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