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Can we use social media and/or publicity images to update photographs on Wikipedia pages?

asked 2019-04-15 11:21:22 -0500

updated 2019-04-15 11:25:22 -0500

We noticed that some photographs on Wikipedia could be updated to reflect a more professional, recent image of the individuals. We observed that some photographs of minorities (gender, race, body size) are posed in demeaning, unflattering, and/or un-professional ways, and are not informative of what the person does/why they are important. How can we find images to replace the unflattering ones on Wikipedia, when there are no appropriate photos on Creative Commons/Flickr? Can we use images from other places and give photographer credit?

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yes you can

Jazzlover20 gravatar imageJazzlover20 ( 2020-01-25 23:51:42 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-04-15 11:48:55 -0500

No, you can't do this. The copyright owner (which may be the photographer, or it may be their employer or the agency they sold the rights to) needs to release it under an appropriate free license.

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answered 2020-01-25 23:53:32 -0500

this post is marked as community wiki

This post is a wiki. Anyone with karma >75 is welcome to improve it.

You can actually


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