Wikipedias have long had the problem that their media files were only stored locally, so they had to store local copies of every image that they displayed.
This changed when Commons was created, as Commons could provide a file that it was hosting to all Wikimedia wikis. While most files were migrated to Commons, some files still had to be held locally for copyright reasons.
Now, we're encountering the problem of local files shadowing Commons files. A solution for this would be to create a new namespace for locally stored files. Would this be feasible?