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Midsummer Dance, Anders Zorn

About me: I've been using WikiCommons since its inception in 2004. Eventually I nominated myself and became administrator. Back in the days of old all images who lacked source or license had to be individually nominated at Commons:Deletion requests. I nominated something like 1400 images before the rules changed and images could, under some conditions, be deleted at sight.

I still keep an eye on Commons:Deletion requests although I don't nominate a lot anymore.

I must have tagged thousands of images for missing some vital information. My modus operandi is simple: I tag, contact the author and check back again a few weeks later. In a few cases I delete at sight, album covers for example. So if you happen to own a record company you should probably try to present some undisputable evidence that you own the copyright or show that you are a credible WikiCommons user.

Generally, I trust uploaders to get things straight from the start. A few things I've learned is that:

  • Photos of US politicians are possibly public domain
  • Photos of NASA-related space photos are probably public domain
  • Photos of paintings may be public domain but this depends on who the painter is
  • Images sized 1600x1200 probably comes from a digital camera and may have been taken by the uploader
  • Images sized 300x200 probably comes from a web page somewhere and were probably not taken by the uploader
  • All alarm bells go off when I see Template:Copyrighted free use