User:ShakataGaNai/RCC 2008 Presentation
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- Provides a central media repository for free photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, etc
- Licenses is what sets commons apart
- Media must be "free" to be uploaded.
- What is "free"?
- Re-users are free to redistribute media, with or without modifications
- Must not forbid re-use for profit
- Licenses must not require notification of the authors
- Media must be both free in both the United States and, if different, the country of origin or publication
- Because of the licenses, anyone can use any media - and many do
- No fair use
- "Fair use", even within the relatively liberal United States law, is an extremely complex body of case law, and whether a re-use is illegal depends entirely on the context and the nature of the work; making a compilation of such images would be legally impossible, and reusability would be highly limited, as opposed to obeying the relatively simple restrictions of free licenses
- Fair use-type legal doctrines differ from country to country
- Active policing of copyright violations and non-free material
- Currently 51,120,743 files
- ~300,000 Users
- Commons:Press releases/1M
- 30 Nov '06
- Launched 04 Sep '04
- Commons:Press releases/2M
- 09 Oct '07
- en:Wikimedia Commons
- Project Scope
- Private image collections and the like are generally not wanted (private party photos, self-created artwork without educational purpose)
- The quality of files should be as high as possible and should only contain the relevant content.
- Like Wikipedia, Commons is not censored
- not to create a wiki - only uses a wiki in order to create a free media repository. don't stick to wiki purism.
- Commons:Ownership of pages and files
- No one user "controls" the content, though there are community traditions on this matter; for example, they frown upon overwriting someone else's upload unless it's an indisputable quality improvement
- Copyright (legal ownership) still belongs with the author, unless explicitly put into the public domain
- Legal ownership over derivative works is usually held by both the original author and the author of the derivative work
- The core community value of being mellow
- Wikipedia-style drama is frowned upon
- Rudeness and bombast is among the worst of vices
- Wikipedians coming into the community are called "mellowified"
- Less arguments on commons. Legal status & usability are the only care
- (2008-05-10 21:57:01) Dvortygirl: what got me started recording pronunciations was hearing a recording of a word in Dutch, and realizing that I would have had no chance of getting that sound out of those letters without actually hearing it.
- (2008-05-10 21:57:03) Dvortygirl: Image:Nl-zwaardvis.ogg
- (2008-05-10 21:57:31) Dvortygirl: Things other than pictures are also worth the proverbial thousand words.
- (2008-05-10 21:58:21) Dvortygirl: And if Dutch can be so foreign and hard to pronounce, surely English is worse: http://www.frivolity.com/teatime/Songs_and_Poems/english_is_tough_stuff.html