- The website should keep the uploaded images, and provide visitors with as much as what the copyright laws allow (for instance only metadata and a fair-use thumbnail)
- The website should upload images to Wikimedia Commons as soon as they become public domain (the website should make calculations and keep track of that)
- The website should allow visitors to provide metadata, such as title, author, year, description. This metadata should be semantic/searchable, for instance one could query all paintings painted in 1925. Ideally it would use the same classification as Wikimedia Commons
- Users should not have to worry about licenses or copyright expiry dates. Users should just be asked the author's name/country/etc. From that information, the website should calculate the copyright expiry date and current rights.
- Pictures that are reusable except for commercial use (like pictures of sculptures in Japan) should be available for download with a specific license excluding commercial use.
Illustration: Thumbnail of my picture of a 1925 painting realized in France by Catalan painter Joan Miró (1893-1983), owned by MOMAT and kept in Japan, will become public domain in 2053 if my calculations are correct and if laws do not change:
My goal is that:
- Wikimedia Commons receives the images as soon as legally possible.
- Copyright length calculations are double-checked and organized, I don't have to keep track of all laws by myself.
- If the painting is bought by a collector and kept private forever, at least we have a picture that will eventually be released.
- If the museum burns, at least we know that a picture exists.
- Have my pictures go to the greater good even if I die before 2053. And even if my backup disks fail before 2053, which is probable as well.
This "open-input dark archive" would prove vital to preserve:
- My pictures of copyrighted public murals in Syria, where they have probably been destroyed by war
- My pictures of modern art installations at a annual event after which installations are discarded
- My rare picture of a stadium that has been demolished while still protected by France's architecture copyright law
- My pictures of copyrighted election leaflets and transient propaganda material