In December 2019, we received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown request from a professional model who appeared in some images on Wikimedia Commons. They claimed copyright over the pictures. However, upon thorough review, we found that the model uploaded the images to Commons in 2014, under a Creative Commons license. This license is irrevocable and makes the content freely reusable. Nevertheless, we explained to the writer that they could contact the community of Commons volunteers to inquire about having the photos removed from the projects. We encourage everyone who shares information on the projects to review our Terms of use and project guidelines like Commons’ licensing policy, to understand how Creative Commons licenses work and what they mean for your contributions. 

Photo credits

Silhouette

Andrea Belvedere

CC BY 2.0