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An Inordinate Fondness for Eukaryotic Diversity

  • Luke J. Harmon mail

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, United States of America

  • Published: August 28, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001382

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Copyright license incompatibility

Posted by Mietchen on 28 Aug 2012 at 21:51 GMT

(Left) from Wikimedia commons, taken by user KeresH,;

It is nice to see images from Wikimedia Commons reused in scholarly contexts like this, but the image is licensed CC BY-SA, which does not allow for inclusion in a paper published under CC BY (the inverse is allowed).

For a more detailed discussion of the reuse of materials from Wikimedia Commons, see .

Competing interests declared: As Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science with the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, I am working on raising awareness of open licensing amongst scholars.

RE: Copyright license incompatibility

klortho replied to Mietchen on 15 Sep 2013 at 03:13 GMT

Daniel, that particular image is specified on its Wikimedia Commons page as having CC-BY license. Perhaps it was changed since you left this comment.

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RE: RE: Copyright license incompatibility

Mietchen replied to klortho on 16 Sep 2013 at 01:30 GMT

The image's license has been changed by the original author to CC BY on Nov 30, 2012:
https://commons.wikimedia... .

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RE: RE: RE: Copyright license incompatibility

plosbiology replied to Mietchen on 18 Sep 2013 at 23:50 GMT

We at PLOS Biology are grateful that this image can remain in our catalogue due to the change in license of this image to CC-BY on November 30th 2012. We apologise for the unusual licensing error in regard to this image prior to this date. PLOS also apologises to the Wikimedians who supplied the image and made us aware of this issue, Dr. Daniel Mietchen and Wikimedia User KeresH. PLOS Biology will continue to scrutinise every image for possible copyright issues and we will remain as vigilant as possible in ensuring our catalogue is full CC-BY.

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