[Wiki Loves Monuments] WLM photos are deleted on Commons

Alexander Tsirlin altsirlin at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 04:25:17 UTC 2016

Dear Platonides,

I know about this option, but it is a horrible amount of work to add 
such "Undelete in XXXX" categories. Why would I do it if I can transfer 
files to other projects, where they are available immediately?

It could be possible to add "Undelete in XXXX" categories, sometimes 
even automatically, if the Commons community would be willing to find 
compromise regarding no-FOP images and the procedures for their 
deletion. But they are not willing to do that, and then obviously I will 
not help them with anything.


On 20.09.2016 02:09, Platonides wrote:
> On 14/09/16 21:31, Alexander Tsirlin wrote:
>>> By the way, such images would not qualify for WLM anyway, since they
>>> are copyvios.
>> Such files are not copyvios. They are distributed under free license,
>> and the only exception is that they should not be used commercially.
>> These photos are actively used outside Commons, as you can see from the
>> fact that we have transferred to other projects as many as 1280 photos
>> last year and already 300 photos this year. Most of these photos are of
>> very high quality, and we are really proud that we got them. The
>> copyright on art objects will expire in 5-10-20 years (fair-use rules
>> apply during this period). We will still have these photos when
>> copyright expires, while on Commons the files are lost forever.
> Note that on commons if you know when is the © going to expire, you 
> can list the images on the [[Category:Undelete in 20XX]] pages, so 
> that they can be undeleted (assuming the rest of the licensing is ok) 
> when the time comes.
> You could alternatively create an undelete request in 20 years, but 
> you might forget about those photos by then 😉
> Regards
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