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10-16-2005, 04:18 PM
Hi All

I spend some time on a site called Wikipedia which is a free internet encyclopedia. This encyclopedia is a joint effort open to all who wish to contribute. The biggest problem is the quality of the photo that are with each of the topics.

When you come to TREK Sites there are thousands of photo here that would be very useful on this site. Maybe you could put some of your photos up there as well. Also your knowledge of what you have taken photos of could also be added to the topics.

*** CAUTION ***

BE AWARE all photos that you post on wikipedia require you to release copyright so if you have photo's that you want to keep copyright of then dont post them.


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10-16-2005, 05:14 PM
Wikipedia is really a good site; I often search there info for my photos in TE. I agree with you, the quality of the most photos is not too good. Unfortunately, I don’t agree with the release copyright, so I don’t upload there my images. In my opinion a good idea is putting a link in Wikipedia to the Trekearth site. We don’t lose our right and people can see photos of interesting place. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krak%C3%B3w#External_links">See the example</a>
Sorry for my English.

10-16-2005, 05:38 PM
what do we get for releasing our copyright? I would release it to a proper organization, not to something like Wikipedia. Thare is absolutely no return on such an act.

10-16-2005, 08:18 PM
I don't think there's really meant to be a return... Are we taking photos and putting them on TE because we want to make money out of them, or because we enjoy the kudos of having other people look at and appreciate them?

In my case, very definitely the latter. Photography is a hobby for me, not a career. I have no hope or expectation of finanial gain, and anyone who asks for any of my images can have them for whatever purpose they like, so long as I get a credit.

The whole point of Wikipedia is that all the information on that site is Public Domain; I like the idea, maybe it's just my socialist leanings???!

10-16-2005, 11:22 PM
it's true, and you're right, but why release copyright? don't make any sense either, does it?

BTW, i don't have such a good impression of wikipedia, found some mistakes already about places and things from Lisbon... it's a nice site but...


10-17-2005, 04:43 AM
I dont give up my cpyright on TE.

Also, on TE I get feedback from other people regarding my photos, and I use that feedback to improve my photos. THATS the return. Putting them on Wikipedia accomplishes absolutely nothing. No feedback. No return of any kind.

10-17-2005, 04:47 AM
I suppose it comes from fact that they want to be free on anybody claims towards Wikipedia. If Wikipedia was owned in part by many different people, it would soon be very difficult to manage. And this way they are sure it will remain free and open for everyone, since there is no owner of any part of it.

10-17-2005, 07:58 AM
... Other than using your photograph to help other people in their search for information on whatever your photograph is of.

10-17-2005, 08:56 AM
I use wikipedia for information on some photographic subjects, my kids use it as a reference site for school work it cost us nothing, we dont even have to contribute.

I did find minor discrepencies on the site but I correct them thats the beauty of wikipedia. If you have found a fault in the information then fix it or point it out so someelse can. I choose to contribute because I have benefitted from others contributions.

Its the same here I contribute my thoughts because I benefit from other peoples

its your choice I just wanted to make people aware of the site.

10-17-2005, 09:19 AM
I guess Im not that helpful.

10-17-2005, 09:49 AM
Jinju you are helpful, your photos are great

10-17-2005, 10:15 AM
thanx:) I guess I should say altruistic:) Im not giving up copyright unless it involves money or acclaim...preferrably both:)