[Wiki Loves Monuments] Photos with watermarks

Vicenç Riullop vriullop at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 7 10:14:23 UTC 2012

I don't like watermarks either, but following the KISS principle I would say that any image accepted on Commons is acceptable on WLM although watermarks are discouraged and the jury probably will disqualify them.


From: samat78 at gmail.com
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:08:17 +0200
To: wikilovesmonuments at lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wiki Loves Monuments] Photos with watermarks

The Hungarian national contest prohibited watermarks for images last year (and personally I don't like pictures with watermark).
In Wikimedia Commons:
* https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Watermarks#Reasons_not_to_upload_watermarked_images

* https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Image_guidelines#Image_page_requirements


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



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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