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Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 1:53 pm
by paddybrown
I've been doing a bit of work trying to improve the coverage of Ulster Rugby on Wikipedia. It'd be nice to illustrate some of the articles with photos, but pretty much all the photos I've been able to find online are from commercial photographers and are not available for use on Wikipedia for copyright reasons. Is there anyone on the board who has any photos they'd be happy to be used on the site under a Creative Commons licence?

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 4:09 pm
by Dave
I could draw some stick men for you. Sorry maybe you're not allowed to say that. Stick persons.

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 9:07 pm
by BR
Dave wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 4:09 pm I could draw some stick men for you. Sorry maybe you're not allowed to say that. Stick persons.
I believe the accepted term is 'OIRA Volunteer' :terror:

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2022 10:43 pm
by solidarity
In a Google search, decent images with CC licences were available for Rory Best, Tommy Bowe (in Ospreys strip), Chris Henry, Nick Williams, Ruan Pienaar and... wait for it... yep, you guessed it... Paddy Jackson.

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 7:33 am
by paddybrown
Yeah, those guys already have photos on Wikipedia - probably the same ones you found. The only players in the current squad who have photos are Sam Carter (with Australia), Jordi Murphy (with Ireland), Duane Vermeulen (with the Boks), Billy Burns (in a coat on the sidelines, probably with Gloucester), Ian Madigan (with Ireland) and Jacob Stockdale (in civvies).

I emailed Ulster Rugby and asked if they had any photos I could use, and they said no. I messaged the Front Row Union, but I haven't got a reply. Any other ideas?

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 7:58 am
by mid ulster maestro
Get yourself a Trilby and a trench coat. Put a card with Press written on it in the headband. Sneak onto the pitch with your camera that has a flashgun the size of a satellite dish. Take photos of the players exiting the tunnel. Having said that you'll have to be quick changing the flashbulbs. Apart from that I'm out of ideas.

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 9:09 am
by Bobbievee
Write glowing fan letters to each of them ( or these days Twitterer or Facebook them) and ask for signed photos. You will be inundated!!

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 9:44 am
by big mervyn
Our former artist in residence Stan d'Up (any relation StanDup?) used to do some excellent work.

Where did he go?

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 10:15 am
by Dave
This is Stockdale wearing that purple kit that time.
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Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 10:17 am
by big mervyn
Dave wrote: Wed May 04, 2022 10:15 am This is Stockdale wearing that purple kit that time. Snapchat-1429413778.jpg
Shocking haircut

Re: Photos of players for Wikipedia?

Posted: Wed May 04, 2022 11:56 am
by Dave
big mervyn wrote:
Dave wrote: Wed May 04, 2022 10:15 am This is Stockdale wearing that purple kit that time. Snapchat-1429413778.jpg
Shocking haircut
Hence the concern on his face.