Happy Sunday to everybody!
I have this idea about letting artists pictures that load from internet archive, showing up at the right side of their artists page, the same way cover art pictures loading from cover art archive show up at the right side of the release page.
How I came to this idea: Well, I learned here that only pictures loading from Wikimedia are allowed to show up at the right side of the page, because we do not want to take the risk that we are not allowed to show these pictures. So, in my full enthusiasm, I went to the Wikimedia, created there an account and uploaded some pictures and then let them display at the right side of my artist pages but later it became In short this happened: First they accused me of copyright violation of my own pictures that everybody can see at my official websites and removed the pictures from their Server, then finally after I looked for help at my national Wikimedia service, they put pictures back, then they removed some pictures again stating they are self-promotion and when I defended myself against that accusation they blocked my account and my IP address forever.
I have done some research on Wikipedia and found out, that many artists do not have a picture at Wikimedia, not even quite well known artists like Michael Franks. Then when digging into the “history” of Wikipedia pages, I discover many times, that the artists did have a picture but that the pictures were removed. Such a pity! Here as example Michael Franks at Wikipedia and because he has no picture from Wikimedia there, also his page here at Music Brainz Michael Franks cannot have a picture of him displaying at the right of the page. Such a pity! Because he has pictures of himself at his official website.
Must one be a Rolling Stone to have a picture display at Wikimedia?
I think it a pity, that for so many artists even for many quite well known artists, we cannot have pictures display at their pages. For visitors it can be nice and perhaps also of educational value to see a picture of the artist they are looking up. As a picture says so much more, than a text description alone!
Well, we could decide to allow pictures displaying from official websites of the artists, but what after the death of the artist? Many artist websites then probably will disappear because they are not paid for anymore.
So, I thought of the Internet Archive! Yes, the same organization that has our Cover Art Archive!
The Internet Archive keeps the website of the artist in its archive, also after the death of the artist.
Let’s as an example look up Michael Franks at Internet Archive and we see a cute picture of Michael with his dog (right-click “properties” on the picture on his page to find the picture-url at Internet Archive) and so I thought we could perhaps have display this Internet Archive picture at his artist page here?
And more in general is my suggestion: allow artists pictures loading from Internet Archive to display on their pages here, just like we allow to display cover art loading from Cover Art Archive.
Please what do you think of this? The archive says itself, that it is allowed to refer to them!
“The Wayback Machine
Can I link to old pages on the Wayback Machine?
Yes! The Wayback Machine is built so that it can be used and referenced. If you find an archived page that you would like to reference on your Web page or in an article, you can copy the URL. You can even use fuzzy URL matching and date specification… but that’s a bit more advanced.”