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My bladecenter pics on Wikimedia

I was approached by a contributer of the Wikimedia group, if they could use some of the pictures I had uploaded of Bladecenters, for the official Wikipedia article on them.

I of course said it was oke, and now 3 of my pictures have become part of the Wikimedia archive as offical resources under the GNU FDL licence.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:IBM_HS20_blade_server.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Pile_of_IBM_HS20s.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:IBM_bladecenter_%28front%29.jpg

I was very very impressed with the way I was approached and this was handled.
They now seem to use ‘official’ standard emails for request of usage of pictures and other media, and the email exchange was very well and professionally handled. 

Here is a copy paste of the original mail I recieved.

Hi Jeminus,

my name is G.P. and I’m writing to ask you a permission to include some of your blade server images in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia you may browse at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/

I think these three images would be a great addition to our blade server article:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jemimus/66531212/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jemimus/66530803/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jemimus/74452762/

I have listed them in order of personal preference. As you might know, Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that is collaboratively edited by volunteers from around the world.

Our goal is to create a comprehensive knowledge base that may be freely distributed and available at no charge.

Normally we ask permission for material to be used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. This means that although you retain the copyright and authorship of your own work, you are granting permission for all others (not just Wikipedia) to use, copy, and share your materials freely — and even potentially use them commercially — so long as they do not try to claim the copyright themselves, nor prevent others from using or copying them freely.

You can read this license in full at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_the_GFDL

This license expressly protects creators from being considered responsible for modifications made by others, while ensuring that creators are credited for their work.

There is more information on our copyright policy at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Copyrights

We choose the GFDL because we consider it the best available tool for ensuring our encyclopedia can remain free for all to use, while providing credit to everyone who donates text and images. This may or may not be compatible with your goals in creating the materials available on your website. Please be assured that if permission is not granted, your materials will not be used at Wikipedia — we have a very strict policy against copyright violations.

With your permission, we will credit you for your work in the image’s permanent description page, noting that it is your work and is used with your permission, and we will provide a link back to your website.

We invite your collaboration in writing and editing articles on this subject and any others that might interest you. Please see the following article for more information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Welcome,_newcomers

Thank you for your time.

Kindly,

G.


May 28th, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments