[Wiki Loves Monuments] Photos with watermarks

Samat samat78 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 08:08:17 UTC 2012

The Hungarian national contest prohibited watermarks for images last year
(and personally I don't like pictures with watermark).
In Wikimedia Commons:


On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 7:38 AM, Nicu Buculei <nicubunu at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 09/07/2012 12:35 AM, Андрій Бондаренко wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Recently one of our participant asked me - could I upload photos with
>> watermarks? He argues that he loose original versions (without
>> watermarks) and  their removing demands to much time. What should I
>> answer him? Are photos with watermarks (as theese
>> <http://toolserver.org/~**magnus/catscan_rewrite.php?**
>> language=commons&project=**wikimedia&categories=Images_**
>> with_watermarks&negcats=**Images+from+Wiki+Loves+**
>> Monuments+2012&ns[6]=1&ext_**image_data=1&doit=1<http://toolserver.org/%7Emagnus/catscan_rewrite.php?language=commons&project=wikimedia&categories=Images_with_watermarks&negcats=Images+from+Wiki+Loves+Monuments+2012&ns[6]=1&ext_image_data=1&doit=1>
>> >)
>> allowed?
> I had a look at a few random images there and I can identify a few cases:
> - real watermarks (didn't find any in the examples) are when a big
> watermark covers a large and important part of the image, making it
> unusable (think at the preview images from stock photography sites). those
> CAN'T be allowed;
> - signatures, small watermarks in an unobtrusive part of the image (most
> of the time in a corner). I allow those but discourage them by explaining
> the uploaders that grace to our free license, anyone is allowed to remove
> them, so is useless;
> - some photos have the date watermarked in a corner, this probably
> happened most of the time in-camera and are unintentional. I feel them
> annoying but harmless;
> - i saw a few cases the name of an educational institution there. For
> those I would ask the uploader if the image is really free (it may be an
> internal policy to watermark everything at it may forbid derivatives).
> So in conclusion I do not like watermarks, would alow some, would forbid
> some, would question further some. Case by case.
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