I have looked at the Wikipedia traffic for the places associated with some
of these images, and it is clear that they drive in the order of thousands
of hits per day.

I haven't been able to find a definitive list, from which more
comprehensive stats could be generated.

I think that using Commons images might provide an attribution problem.  It
might also take bread from the mouth of babes  (or at least photographers).
I think Microsoft can afford to pay for these images and fund creation of
more, even if that is mainly going to be commercial, it is not inimical to
free images.


On 21 Aug 2017 18:20, "Michael Maggs" <mich...@maggs.name> wrote:

> Rogol
>
> Why the randomly-chosen names beginning with R?
>
> Michael
>
>
> Rogol Domedonfors wrote:
>
>> Perhaps a randomly chosen image every time the user logs in?
>>
>> Rudigerd
>>
>> On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 12:18 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak<dar...@alk.edu.pl>
>> wrote:
>>
>> it does not hurt to ask - Microsoft does some CSR, after all, and using
>>> beautiful images under an open license is in their interest, too anyway.
>>> I
>>> would not be overly optimistic though.
>>>
>>> dj
>>>
>>> On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 12:07 PM, Tomasz Ganicz<polime...@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> In some geographies this feature is used as an advertising tool - I guess
>>>> promoting of Commons via this feature could be quite costly.
>>>>
>>>> 2017-08-20 1:08 GMT+02:00 Andy Mabbett<a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>:
>>>>
>>>> Those of you running Windows 10 will be familiar with the
>>>>> regularly-changing "lockscreen" images showing things like beautiful
>>>>> scenery and scenes from nature:
>>>>>
>>>>>      https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/find-windows-spotlight-lock-
>>>>> screen-images-windows-10/
>>>>>
>>>>> The last one I just saw was labelled "copyright [photographer name]
>>>>> and Shutterstock"
>>>>>
>>>>> Is there someone at WMF, with contacts at Microsoft, who could
>>>>> persuade them to use some featured images from Commons, with a small
>>>>> piece of text explaining that people may upload their own images?
>>>>>
>>>>> That would seem to be a simple way to do a massive piece of outreach,
>>>>> to a new audience.
>>>>>
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