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Media Rights and Usage in Wikimedia Commons


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A brief review of media rights and usage on Wikimedia Commons and related websites.

Originally intended for a galleries, libraries, archives and museum oriented audience, this PowerPoint provides a great starting point to become comfortable with copyright and Wikipedia.

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Media Rights and Usage in Wikimedia Commons

  1. 1. Media Rights and Usage<br />Sarah StierchWikipedian In Residence – Archives of American Art, 2011<br />@sarah_stierch<br /><br />
  2. 2. Provides a media repository that: <br /><ul><li>Makes available public domain & freely licensed educational media to all
  3. 3. Acts as a common repository for projects related to the Wikimedia Foundation (i.e. Wikipedia)</li></li></ul><li>What can be included on Wikimedia Commons?<br /><ul><li>Must be a media file
  4. 4. Photographs, scanned images, diagrams, animations, audio (music, interviews) , videos
  5. 5. Must be an allowable free file format
  6. 6. .jpg, .tiff, .png, .gif., .ogg, .pdf (no mp3, wma)
  7. 7. See full list of allowable filetypes
  8. 8. Must be freely licensed or public domain
  9. 9. No restrictions on commercial or derivative works
  10. 10. Must realistically be able to be used for an educational purpose
  11. 11. No holiday family photos, self-created art with no educational purpose, advertising, etc.</li></li></ul><li>Acceptable Licensing<br />We accept only free content.<br />That includes PUBLIC DOMAIN<br />and freely licensed media<br />
  12. 12. What does freely licensed mean?<br />People have the freedom to:<br /><ul><li>Use or modify the content
  13. 13. Distribute copies of the content
  14. 14. Distribute works derived from the content</li></li></ul><li>Wikimedia Commons has a vast network of volunteers who monitor copyright violations. <br /><ul><li>We delete it if it’s missing the correct license tag (i.e. PD, CC-BY-A)
  15. 15. We delete it if permissions are not granted after 7 days (i.e. from a photographer or artist who isn’t the uploader)</li></ul>….just examples<br />
  16. 16. Examples of Wikimedia Commons donations from institutions<br /><ul><li> National Archives & Records Administration (USA)
  17. 17. NationaalArchief (Netherlands)
  18. 18. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (USA)
  19. 19. Brooklyn Museum (USA)
  20. 20. Palace of Versailles (France)
  21. 21. Bundesarchiv (Germany)</li></ul>More examples: see list of Wikimedia/institutional partnerships<br />
  22. 22. Wikipedia ≠ Wikimedia CommonsFair Use of copyrighted images IS permitted on Wikipedia, only if:<br /><ul><li>No free equivalent is available
  23. 23. It is only used in only one article
  24. 24. Must be significant to the article – i.e. to show what someone or something looks like</li></li></ul><li>Wikimedia vs. Flickr Commons<br />WIKIMEDIA<br /><ul><li>Almost endless disk space
  25. 25. No ads, no corporation, no commercial motivation
  26. 26. Intended to have media used on Encyclopedia (mainly)
  27. 27. You can see where your images are used on Wikimedia
  28. 28. We have tools to show you how entire categories (i.e. Archives of American Art) are being used
  29. 29. Multiple languages
  30. 30. Free</li></ul>FLICKR<br /><ul><li>Primarily for photographs & photographers
  31. 31. User-friendly for registered users to comment and tag
  32. 32. Ran out of space in 2010
  33. 33. Must be “no known copyright”
  34. 34. Analytics for views & comments
  35. 35. Most of these images are already in Wikimedia Commons
  36. 36. $30/year</li></li></ul><li>