Multimedia:Licensing tutorial/Phase 2 feedback

From Wikimedia Usability Initiative
Main questions
  • Does the tutorial convey all the important messages we want to fit in this limited space?
  • Which character do you prefer? What would you change about it?
  • What would you change about the graphics?
  • What should be the exact wording of each box?
  • Do you agree with the existing comments below?

See also the feedback on phase 1 designs.

General comments

  • Remove the checkboxes (in the phase 1 designs, they made sense because the tutorial read as a checklist, but now it's more educational, so they're not really needed any more.)
  • Make the connections between the boxes more visible to suggest the reading flow more explicitly.
  • The Russian boxes give a bit of a busy feeling and constrain us more than necessary. Maybe remove some of them to lighten the document a bit, without altering the meaning (at least around the section headers)

Stop / ok icons

  • Remove the icons distributed in all the boxes, and only use some of them in select places:
    • The "OK" sign in the header of the "own work" and "exceptions" sections, aligned right
    • The "STOP" sign in the header of the "not own work" section, aligned right
  • Keep them in the conclusion.


  • Almost everyone liked the puzzle-piece character, and preferred it over the other options.

Content, wording and graphics

Own work

  • "You may share works that you created entirely yourself.": replace by "You may upload works that you created entirely yourself."
  • "People that are public figures or are photographed at public events.": replace by "Public figures and people photographed in public places".
  • "Graphs, maps, diagrams and audio you created entirely yourself.": replace by "Original graphs, maps, diagrams and audio".

What you're committing to

  • Have one or two of the "copies" look slightly different (to convey the message that the artwork may be altered). Maybe include, for one copy, a few golden coins, to convey the "it can be sold" message.
  • Add the little icons there too, on each copy (if we keep the icons elsewhere)
  • "Remember: By uploading your work to Wikimedia Commons, you grant others permission to copy, modify, re-use, or sell it without notifying you.": replace by "Remember: By sharing your work on Wikimedia Commons, you grant anyone permission to use, copy, modify and sell it without notifying you."

Not my own work

  • "You may not share works that others created or that you created based on others' material or artwork": replace by "We can't accept works created or inspired by others"
  • Add a "By default, you can't upload someone else's work" box as the first one, illustrated by the Stop sign.
  • The two boxes in the middle are fine: they're good examples of common clear-cut cases of materials we can't accept at Commons. Remove the mention of "fair use" (it's US-specific) and replace it by "This includes:" after the "by default you can't" box.
  • The graphic for the "logo/CD/promotional photos" needs to be more meaningful. Perhaps replace it by the character holding CDs and DVDs?
  • If there's enough space, add another box of examples, namely: "Most pictures published on the Internet", with the character in front of a computer with the cross on the screen.
  • Remove the four corner boxes:
    • "Any copyrighted material": Any material under a free license is technically still copyrighted, so this is misleading.
    • "Photographs of art, statues, and buildings": Photographs of artwork may be allowed in certain countries ("freedom of panorama"), so it's better not to bring it up (we're addressing what is generally accepted with the public domain box in exceptions)
    • "NC licenses": It's better to avoid mentioning "licenses" altogether, and the "by default you can't" should cover this.
    • "unspecified usage rights": Sometimes PD works can fall into this category, so it's misleading. The "by default you can't" should cover the non-legit cases.


  • "with two exceptions": replace with "with two main exceptions" (there are others)
  • "You may share someone else’s work if the author granted others permission to copy, to modify, to re-use, or to sell it.": replace with "You can upload someone else’s work if the author granted permission for anyone to use, copy, modify and sell it.". As for the graphic, reuse a graphic similar to that of the "What you're committing to" section, except in that case, the user should relate to character receiving the artwork, instead of sharing it (i.e. in this case, we would only show the hand of the left character sharing the work, we would still have the copies, but we would have a whole character getting one of the copies)
  • "You may share photographs of art, statues, and buildings if the works are over 150 years old.": replace with "You can upload your photographs of old art, statues, and buildings (usually over 150 years old).".


  • "If your stuff is described by the stop sign, sorry, but we can’t accept it.": replace by "We can't accept works from others without their explicit permission".
  • "If your stuff is described by the OK ribbon, you’re clear to post!": replace by: "You can upload your original works".
  • "Thanks for your cooperation - we take these policies seriously!": replace by: "Thank you for cooperation; this is important."

Still unsure

  • Keep the "confused character" from page 1.


"people that are public figures or are photographed at public events" thats not a copyright issue.

"everyday objects not considered artwork." false. The legal standard is useful article. It's quite possible for an everyday object (whatever that means) to be protected by copyright.

The stuff about buildings is not reflective of the actual situation in the real world. (buildings can be protected by copyright but an aweful lot are not).Geni 21:41, 28 October 2010 (UTC)