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The nonprofit organization Creative Commons routinely hosts photo challenges to encourage Wikimedia contributors to take and upload CC-licensed photographs to Wikimedia Commons and other projects. The monthly thematic competitions encourage users to try photographing new subjects, improving the Commons repository of freely licensed images. In August 2020, the Wikimedia Foundation received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request to remove some images that were uploaded to Commons as part of one of these photography campaigns. However, like other photos submitted as part of the challenges, the photos were uploaded using the correct license. We explained this to the photographer and rejected the takedown requests.