Posts Tagged ‘Creative Commons’

How to upload flickr photos on Wikimedia Commons

September 19, 2012

1.  Make sure you are logged in to Wikimedia Commons.
2.  Go to Flickr Upload Bot.  Enter your Wikipedia username and URL of the flickr image.
3.  Click Next.
4.  You will be redirected to Wikimedia Commons.  Save the page and look for “click this link” to complete the upload, and click.
5.  You will be again redirected to the Flickr Upload Bot.  You are done.  Your image is now on Wikimedia Commons.

Note:  You can upload any image, your’s or others’, that has Commons compatible license, i.e. CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, and there are millions of such.  Give it a try.  Do tell me your experience 🙂

Letter to Nagpurpulse for copyright violation

August 20, 2012

Online copyright violation is quite widespread.  Some do it in ignorance of law; the others with just a callous attitude of “no one’s gonna sue you back!”  But is it fair to use someone else’s work as your own?  Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if you just attribute the work to its original creator, not because it is legally mandatory, but because it is their moral right to have an attribution?  It’s an age of Creative Commons.  People are open enough to let others use their work for free; isn’t it the responsibility of the media users to give the attribution at minimum?  It takes nothing, but people don’t even do that little thing!

Nag River reflecting urban polutionA local news site “Nagpurpulse” has used one of my Wikipedia photos on their site without any attribution.  I asked them in a comment to attribute the photo to me; they didn’t.  They didn’t even reply the comment.  I tweeted them; no reply.  Then, I wrote a mail; no reply again!  It has been 15 days now I have gotten no reply from them.  Now, I am free to work in my way.  Though I am not going to play dirty, I have no respect remained for those who “do not care!”, and now I do not need to care about their “online reputation.”

Here, I am releasing the mail to public:

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Why donate images to Wikipedia?

December 11, 2011

Have you ever noticed the images in Wikipedia articles, the images that help us to understand the topic better?  If you’re a blogger and need a free image for your latest post, you often turn to Wikipedia.  Or if you use Zemanta, you get images suggested that are often via Wikipedia.  Have you ever wondered from where does Wikipedia get these images?  These images are donated by common people, like you and me, to Wikipedia in order to illustrate the most comprehensive encyclopedia ever!

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