Dear members,
Came across this post by V R Vinayaraj at Facebook.
Sharing with you for your information pl.
"We know Sri. Dinesh Valke is an ardent nature lover. He has been taking
photos of plants for the last 12 years. Once he finds the correct
identification he uploads it to Flickr. He is on a mission to find out the
local name of the species in various languages. A continuous effort
spanning all these years. As we know Flickr is a private company owned by
Yahoo. It can decide the fate of images stored in its servers. Due to
license restrictions nobody would be saving it to other places. Now Sri.
Valke ji has decided that all his life long efforts are not a thing to be
decided by a company's policy in the US. He has changed the licenses and
ALL his plant photos, more than 20000, and ALL of them are now available at
Wikimedia Commons which will eventually be used in Wikipedia articles in
around 300 languages. Since Wikipedia is free anyone can download and store
the images which means scores of Universities and Scholars will be storing
them, in effect they are safe and nothing can destroy them.
V R Vinayaraj "
With regards,

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