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Sun Feb 24 07:52:16 UTC 2008
In a message dated 2/23/2008 9:43:03 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
tonysidaway at gmail.com writes:
A book cover is not free unless it's specifically licensed as such by
the copyright owner. If that's what you think of as tendentious, it's
hardly going to surprise anyone if you describe a lot of the tagging
as tendentious. "Free" does NOT mean "we can probably get away with
using this here under fair use", >>
And no one has ever implied that a book cover is free use. However, imho,
it is *fair use*.
However, some editors want to eliminate any fair use entirely from the
That to me is not in the best interests of the project.
If, in a biography of Patti Smith, we have no free images of Patti Smith,
but we have a book cover of her biography writen by John Brown or whatever, and
that book cover, is in fact, a photograph of Patti Smith, we can and should
use it in the article. That photograph enhances the project, harms no one,
and is fair use. Rejecting it for bureaucratic reasons, making the *rule* more
important than the participants, is not in the best interests of the
project. I'm not suggesting we have a rule for not using book covers. I'm
suggesting that those people who interpret our policy to state that, are harming the
Some editors place the rules as gods over the community, without realizing
that it is the community which made the rules. Some editors place such a high
reliance in their personal interpretations of general policy, to fit
specific situations, that they cannot comprehend how harmful their actions are to
the project, when they create such a level of internal discord, and when the
end-result denigrates the project without creating any enhanced value.
The removal of all fair use photographs does nothing useful for the project.
It does however harm it, by removing useful illustrations from articles
that could use them, replacing their removal with a vacancy filled by nothing.
That isn't progress.
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