[WikiEN-l] Changing fair use tags

Fastfission fastfission at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 19:30:36 UTC 2006

I'm not sure what you're getting at here. You seem to be saying that
1. there are instances of images with this template on them which are
mistagged and that 2. people might think the tags are correct when
they might not be. I'm not sure how this is different than any other
image tag, whether they have been changed or not.

A lot of fair use tags were changed around then to make their
definitions tighter, easier to understand, etc. I don't think that was
a bad thing, and it makes it easier to spot when they have been

Perhaps it would please you if "is known" is changed to something more
ambiguous? Is asserted by the person placing this tag?

Perhaps we should put a little disclaimer on all tagging templates
that they may in fact be incorrectly applied?


On 2/5/06, Anthony DiPierro <wikilegal at inbox.org> wrote:
> This is beginning to become somewhat of a significant problem...
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Promophoto&diff=25617866&oldid=25553321
> On October 15, someone changed [[Template:Promophoto]] quite
> significantly.  The old text read that "This work is a copyrighted
> promotional photo with a known source [...]"  The new text reads that
> "This work is a copyrighted promotional photograph of a person that is
> '''known''' to have come from a media kit or similar source."
> I can see the reasoning, that works which are not from a media kit or
> similar source are not acceptable.  But I think that changing the text
> of such a template is very dangerous.
> Looking at "what links here", there seem to be several instances of
> tagged images which probably did not come from a media kit or similar
> source.  That is to say, I can't really say for certain that they
> definitely didn't come from a media kit or similar source, but they
> give no indication that they were, and they were tagged before this
> came into play.
> This is bad for oh so many reasons.  I won't get into the legal ones,
> in part because I'm not sure who exactly is to blame, but it should be
> enough reason that someone might come along, see this image, and
> assume that it's part of a press kit, because, well, *it says it is*.
> Anthony
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