Nothing in the FAQ about giving credit for photos?

+18 votes

Was looking for something on permission and giving credit for photos, and cannot find anything in the Help pages. 

The FAQ still has nothing about copyright, permission, or crediting photos.  This was discussed on March 28, 2015, almost a year ago.

Proposal that we include the text suggested by Jillaine, as a minimum.

Suggested text   Elements:

Make sure you have permission to upload the photo:
* you took the photo yourself
* the person who took the photo gave you permission to share it on wikitree
* the photo is in the public domain [link to definition of public domain photos]

You may not have permission to upload the photo if:
* you downloaded it from a commercial site such as or check their user license agreements
* even non commercial sites may disallow public sharing of downloaded images;  for example Wisconsin Vital records;   Check their terms of use. 

Who is working on the Help pages right now, anyone know?  Is there a project for this - how is it done? 

I'm asking, not to be accusatory, but because I would be willing to help, and I bet lots of others would, too.  Just don't know how it works.

Thanks in advance!

in Policy and Style by Cynthia B G2G6 Pilot (128k points)
On behalf of photographers everywhere, thank you for bringing this back up!
And perhaps something about what generally constitutes copyright infringement for anything we upload? It would be very helpful to establish guidelines in our FAQ that we can consult whenever there is a dispute.
Thank you, CB! This has been driving me nuts for more than a year. I can't believe it's BEEN a year.

Alison, I'll have to find the semi-recent g2g thread where Chris already said they're not going to add any help pages about copyright.

1 Answer

+3 votes
I think it always asks you about permissions, copyright at the time you load a photo to wikitree.  You have to tell them where you got the image/photo.
by Debra Pate G2G6 Mach 1 (17.7k points)

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