On the other hand, it could increase peoples' awareness of Commons. I
imagine lots of folks use Commons images all the time and never know they
are grabbing content from an Wikimedia wiki.
We might get some curious folks who start to poke around when they see
they're on a wiki-based image repository? Not that Commons, right now,
supports exploration or browsing particularly well. Still, it'll be
interesting to see if we see a change in our traffic statistics.
On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:51 AM, Deborah Tankersley <
> There is another change too - it now says 'Images may be subject to
> copyright' under each image. Fun times...
> Personally, I agree with Trey — not getting to get to the actual image for
> a better resolution is frustrating.
> deb tankersley
> Program Manager, Engineering
> Wikimedia Foundation
> On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM, Trey Jones <tjo...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> I'd recently noticed this change. It does make it harder for people to
>> steal images, as the Verge article put right in the headline. Given that
>> there are so few websites that encourage the use of pictures—Commons,
>> Pixabay, etc.—on net it's probably a good thing. Even on Commons people
>> should check out the licensing info and make sure a picture has the license
>> they need/expect. So many people assume everything on the internet is public
>> domain <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/public_domain>(1) just because it
>> is in the public domain(3).
>> On the other hand, some sites are so bad about making it hard to find
>> images on a page—huge Pinterest collections are like that—that "view image"
>> was the only practical way to see a higher resolution version of an image.
>> Still, I think having to go to Commons and see the context of the image
>> is good for helping people understand copyright and to learn about more
>> permissive licenses.
>> Trey Jones
>> Sr. Software Engineer, Search Platform
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 11:58 AM, Chris Koerner <ckoer...@wikimedia.org>
>>> Preemptive apology for the cross-post
>>> I haven't seen this noted anywhere in our community and thought it was
>>> worthy of discussion.
>>> Google has removed an easily accessible button that would take you
>>> directly to the image file in search results. I wonder what impact
>>> this may have, if any, on the discovery and use of images hosted on
>>> Wikimedia projects (most notably Commons) that appear in these Google
>>> search results.
>>> See also: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/15/17017864/google-removes-v
>>> Hat tip to Quim Gil for sharing.
>>> Chris Koerner
>>> Community Liaison
>>> Wikimedia Foundation
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