Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wikipedia vs. Rorschach?

The New York Times reports that Rorschach psychologists are furious that Wikipedia has all ten of the original images along with common responses to each -- something that the Times calls "the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT." Because they are more than 90 years old the plates have lost their copyright status in the U.S. Is this a serious ethical breach? Or is keeping them private "restricting information" as the doctor who posted the images claims?

The Wikipedia images are copied from a Geocities site with much more information and is far more like a cheat sheet than the Wikipedia site

And interestingly, there is not a word about the criticisms of using the Rorschach in the first place. Here's a nice analysis from Scientific American (2001) on the subject (PDF only).

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