Reputation management firm announces Wikipedia editing service
A reputation management and search engine optimisation firm has announced a professional service for creating, altering, monitoring, updating, and translating Wikipedia pages and has launched a corresponding Internet portal. In its communications, the firm assures potential clients that ownership of a Wikipedia article is a prominent asset, enhancing their online reputation.
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Photographer sues Getty for appropriation of donated images
Photographer Carol Highsmith(pictured, self-portrait) donated thousands of her photographs to the Library of Congress, only to see a commercial vendor claim copyright.
Beginning in 1988, photographer Carol M. Highsmith donated thousands of images to the Library of Congress for free use by the general public, only to see Getty Images, a stock photo company, appropriate them, in some cases without attribution, add their own watermark, and then accuse Highsmith of copyright infringement. Hyperallergicreports that Highsmith sued Getty and another stock photo business, Alamy, for copyright infringement, asking for $1 billion in damages, including compensation for over 18,755 images Getty appropriated as well as punitive damages because the company had been previously liable for the same violation against another photographer within the past three years. She learned that both agencies had been charging fees to customers for use of her images and sending threat letters to others who had used her free images. The complaint states, “The defendants have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people ... not only unlawfully charging licensing fees ... but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” Inspired by the example of Dorothea Lange, Highsmith wanted to document all 50 states, and these images now form the Carol M. Highsmith Collection at the LOC. (July 27) MTbw
Wikipedia as a crystal ball
(Tim Kaine) Perhaps WP:NOTCRYSTAL should be WP:ISCRYSTAL when an unexpected upsurge in article edits occurs prior to a vice-presidential candidate announcement.
As James Hare, president of Wikimedia DC, told the New York Times in 2015:
“The stereotype of a Wikipedia editor is a 30-year-old white man, and so most of the articles written are about stuff that interests 30-year-old white men. So a lot of black history is left out.”
... as well as the hostile reception new editors may receive. In the words of Merrilee Proffitt, one of the project leads, Wikipedia ...
can be a challenging environment. The thing that someone said to me that resonates is, “Wikipedians are very nice in person, but can be mean online.” You don’t get subtleties in online communication. These are all volunteers, they’re doing it on their spare time, they’re not getting paid, they’re very protective of that. They’re a little suspicious of new editors and what might be motivating them.”
Librarians in the United States have a gender bias that is almost the exact mirror opposite of Wikipedia's—83% are women—and hence it is hoped that getting librarians involved will provide a little balance:
It’s a lot to expect all librarians to get on board with this project. But if they did, you’d be talking about essentially closing Wikipedia’s gender gap in one fell swoop.
Librarians' racial bias, on the other hand, is much the same as in Wikipedia, so addressing racial bias “may be a bit trickier”:
“It’s safe to say that librarians are also disproportionately white, but the communities we serve are incredibly diverse,” Proffitt says. “What librarians can do by becoming Wikipedians is bring this out to their people. Public libraries are in every corner, and serve such a variety of audiences.”
Dulquer Salmaan has reportedly claimed his Wikipedia article makes him younger than he is.
PETA appeals in monkey selfie case: Firstpostreports that animal rights organisation PETA has filed an appeal to the US Court of Appeals in the monkey selfie copyright case. PETA wants the monkey to be declared the image's copyright owner. The Wikimedia Foundation has previously argued that the image is in the public domain, while nature photographer David J. Slater has argued that the image's copyright is rightfully his, as despite the fact that the monkey pressed the shutter release of his camera, he travelled to Indonesia at his own expense, befriended the monkeys over a period of days to create the situation in which the shot could occur, and set up the camera and tripod for the shot. (August 3) AK
Pokemon Go vs the Bible: Gizmodonotes that Wikipedia's article on Pokémon Go has a lot more footnotes than its article on the Bible. “The Bible, the most widely circulated book of all time, a text assembled and scrutinized and debated over the course of millennia, has 113 endnotes. There are 78 fewer points of citation on Wikipedia’s page about the Bible than there are on its page about Pokémon Go.” And the Bible didn't seem alone in being comparatively under-researched: “Baseball, America’s previous pastime, has 188 citations at the moment. It was tied with Pokémon Go this morning but has now fallen behind.” Gizmodo went on to list “some other Wikipedia entries that have fewer endnotes than Pokémon Go”: Tuberculosis (166), Imperialism (103), Charity (practice) (25), Masturbation (141), Space Invaders (132) and Pokémon (114). (August 1) AK
Dulquer Salmaan: Indian actor Dulquer Salmaan told a radio channel that his Wikipedia article makes him younger than he is, reports Indiaglitz. (July 29) AK