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Incorrect GFDL re-use information in Media Viewer
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_emerald#/media/File:Tau_emerald_Dec10.jpg (make sure you have Media Viewer enabled)

When you click "Share or embed this file", pick Embed and HTML. It will return:

<p><a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tau_emerald_Dec10.jpg#/media/File:Tau_emerald_Dec10.jpg"><img src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Tau_emerald_Dec10.jpg" alt="Tau emerald Dec10.jpg" height="1067" width="1600"></a><br>By Taken by
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Fir0002" class="extiw" title="en:User:Fir0002">fir0002</a> | <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.flagstaffotos.com.au">flagstaffotos.com.au</a>
Canon 5D II + Canon 400mm f/5.6 L - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, <a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html" title="GNU Free Documentation License 1.2">GFDL 1.2</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19163391">Link</a></p>

Go back and select "Download this file" and click "You need to attribute the author (Show me how)". The "plain" option gives:

By Taken byfir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.auCanon 5D II + Canon 400mm f/5.6 L - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19163391

HTML:

By Taken by<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Fir0002" class="extiw" title="en:User:Fir0002">fir0002</a> | <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.flagstaffotos.com.au">flagstaffotos.com.au</a>Canon 5D II + Canon 400mm f/5.6 L - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, <a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html" title="GNU Free Documentation License 1.2">GFDL 1.2</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19163391">Link</a>

(who is By Taken anyway? I've heard of a Femme Taken, but probably not related..)

All these options should be disabled or heavily reworked. GFDL requires the re-user to reproduce the license text in every copy. Just linking to gnu.org won't do. At the very least you'll have to host the license text yourself, like Wikipedia and Commons do and I'm not even sure that is sufficient to comply with the license terms. But Media Viewer suggests GFDL is identical to Creative Commons Attribution.. and it really isn't. Linking the file page is okay, but embedding on external sites is a clear no-go.

Many (but not all!) of these files also have a GFDL 1.2 or Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. For re-users, the latter is actually more realistic.

For some background info, see No longer allow GFDL for some new uploads (proposal that was passed and will be effective starting 15 October) and GFDL deprecation concerns.

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