Commercial use of Commons Images
- "I never understand anyway why WP only wants to present pictures that can be used commercially, but that's a different story."
Here's my reasoning -- as a repository for images for WMF projects, Commons has a certain value. But it's broad value and recognition comes from its use as a repository for images for all purposes. In my own case, three different off-WMF users have used my images taken from Commons, all for commercial use.
As another example, Business Week -- a major US weekly magazine, circulation around one million -- needed images of fifty USA cities to illustrate a web-article. Most, maybe all, came from Commons.
I think that Commons is much richer because those of us who provide images like the thought that they may see wide use, use that requires the commercial tag. And that's what has made it
- "a database of 7,960,466 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute."
- Hi Jim, thanks for your comment - before replying, shouldn't we find a place where others can join the discussion? I asked the same question already here: Commons_talk:Licensing#Why_must_pictures_be_commercially_usable? - At least I'd move this discussion over there, ok? --Bernd.Brincken (talk) 14:53, 25 December 2010 (UTC)
- So why not have "a database of 7,960,466 freely usable plus 2,465,664 non-commercially usable media files to which anyone can contribute"? The latter sounds like the favourable option to me. --Bernd.Brincken (talk) 19:12, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
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