[WikiEN-l] Fair use redux; the second coming of hell; Are we a free content or aren't we?

geni geniice at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 16:19:12 UTC 2007

On 7/19/07, Magnus Manske <magnusmanske at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Some thoughts on the topic in general, and personal experiences:
> * On de.wikipedia, the second largest wikipedia, we only allow free
> images. One can easily see what effects a "no fair use" policy would
> have by comparing en and de articles. No album covers there, which is
> not really a loss IMHO. On the other hand, having next to no images on
> celebreties (living or deceased), compared to en, is a pity, but can
> encourage people taking such pictures and uploading them. I did that
> myself already.

Photos of living people on en are generally required to be under a free license.

> * IMHO awareness could be raised concerning the "fair use problem",
> and I'm not talking about this mailing list. Maybe an automatic, big
> red border around all fair use images? Along with a hovertext asking
> for help in replacing it with a free image?

Replaceable fair use is already a deletion criteria on en.

> * If this is not done already: A bot could flag all new fair use
> images for deletion if they are not used on an article say, three
> days, after upload? That would give time to flag it fair use and to
> put it into an article, or remove it if it's not appropriate there.


> * Attempts to get free replacements for fair use images should be more
> organized. The current single wiki page (or group of pages) on each
> wikipedia/commons is neither well-known nor particularly nice. There
> should be a central place for all wikimedia projects where images (or
> files in general) can be "requested". That place could then be
> advertised, for example, in the sitenotice. "Did you take pictures on
> a concert? Happen to catch that celebrity on film? Help improve
> wikipedia! Upload your photos under a free license on [[commons]]! See
> [here] for what images are wanted badly, or add some requests of your
> own!". Have an "image raiser" in between fundraisers :-)

Wikipedia does not need more banner ads. I prefer this approach:



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