Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 8:57AM
I recently submitted 3 editorial images of a company's logo on a bronze plaque on the outside of one of its stores. Because the intent was about the company rather than the sign, I went to Wiki as my resource for a brief description on the company. I copied the part of Wiki's content and referenced Wiki as the source by writing "Source: Wikipedia".
The rejection I got back stated - Caption/description : Please do not copy partial or complete text from Wikipedia or any other websites since it is not permitted under their licenses.
I have issues galore with this, especially when Wiki itself has as it's tag line, "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" and when this appears for fundraising solicitations on the site,
"When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but decided to do something different. Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia.
— Wikipedia Founder, Jimmy Wales"
On a more factual basis, Wiki says, under their Creative Commons Deed that I am free to:
to Share—to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and
to Remix—to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution—You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work.)
Share Alike—If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license.
I copied the work from Wiki verbatim and attributed my source as Wiki and, given that the photo is editorial, the description was a factual statement of what the company was rather than any endorsement to support or not support the company.
I don't see, therefore, how this violates their Creative Commons Deed.
(Edited on 2012-12-06 08:57:41 by cbarnesphotography)