[Wiki Loves Monuments] FoP and monuments

Matthew Roth mroth at wikimedia.org
Thu Jul 19 20:06:35 UTC 2012

Hi all,
In Washington DC after Wikimania, I went on a monument photo walk and was
very happy with some of the photos I took of the Vietnam Veterans
Then I started looking at the FoP rules in the U.S. and realized I
don't think I can upload most of those photos to Commons, given the wall is
likely considered a statue and is therefore under copyright. Several

1. Is this accurate? Should I consider the photos as inadmissible?
2. Does anyone have experience in other countries with monuments that are
on the list but are still under copyright? Will we need to be clear that
some of the sites on the Register in the U.S. are not eligible for the
3. How does the primary
photo<http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TouchWall.jpg>on the EnWP
article qualify to be hosted on Commons? Is there a percentage
of a photo that can still contain a copyrighted monument and be acceptable
for upload to Commons? Or is it a resolution issue? It seems there are
various photos of the wall that are on Commons that similarly display the
wall without copyright notices or templates, like this

Any insight would be appreciated.



Matthew Roth
Global Communications
Wikimedia Foundation
+1.415.839.6885 ext 6635
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