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Please add * to the wgCopyUploadsDomains whitelist of Wikimedia Commons
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A lot of images from Voice of America are in the public domain under {{PD-USGov-VOA}}, so uploading photos directly from their website would be very convenient.

A lot of low-quality VOA photos with watermarks are uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, though I've figured out that I can upload the original photos from (see the file history of this example).

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Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptMay 11 2018, 1:06 AM

The important majority of pictures present in articles I opened are watermarked AP or Reuters. Only a few of them are marked as created by VOA. So the majority of the pictures are not under free license. I think it's risky to put the whole domain in the whitelist.
Note also that the link to term of use policy in the template is dead.

I can't speak to ratio of copyrighted to public domain photos on VOA. However, I think we should keep in mind that uploading files from a URL (the upload_by_url user right) is only available to Extended Uploaders, GWToolset users, Admins, and Image Reviewers; users who are already trusted to be familiar with Commons' copyright policy. Anyone who abuses their rights by uploading copyrighted images can have those rights revoked.

Vvjjkkii renamed this task from Please add * to the wgCopyUploadsDomains whitelist of Wikimedia Commons to 15caaaaaaa.Jul 1 2018, 1:10 AM
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Restricted Application added a subscriber: Dereckson. · View Herald TranscriptJul 1 2018, 1:10 AM
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Ammarpad changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Mar 1 2019, 8:41 PM
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If this is still needed, it can be discussed on Commons.