In April, we received a request to delete a unique sort of family photograph. The family photograph was of a family tombstone, located in the most visited necropolis in the world, and was photographed as part of a large collective project documenting the cemetery on Wikimedia Commons in 2017. The image was also taken in a public place and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by the copyright holder, so there was no reason for the Wikimedia Foundation to intervene in this case. The law can be tricky as it relates to the rights of the living and the dead. We referred the requester to make a courtesy request to the volunteers of Wikimedia Commons who are best positioned to update photographs of monuments as needed.

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