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Media copyright questions

Welcome to the Media Copyright Questions page. A place for help with image copyrights, tagging, non-free content, and related questions. For all other questions please see Wikipedia:Questions.

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Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation pic on offer

Ye gods and little fishes, what a painful pile of hoops you guys make one jump through! All I wanted to do was offer an svg version of a rubbish jpg pic on Wikipedia. I was trying to be nice... but now I'm exhausted from reading insns, hopping around, trying this, that and the other...

Anyway: The file is the logo for this page: Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation I fell over the pic in a .pdf on ADNOC's website a little while ago, and schlurped it for my own use. I just noticed the W'pedia version is a truly dire jpg. I have no idea where the .pdf lives on the ADNOC site, I was poking around a fair bit. I truly doubt I could find it again.

I assume - because I don't know - that the logo is copyrighted, so fair use applies. But I note in the comments on the .jpg version that it says "... simple shapes... no copyright... " - can this be right? Apple's logo is pretty simple, but I bet it's copyrighted to the moon and back again.

Although I do edit W'pedia from time to time, I don't log in, far too much bother for the tiny edits I make. So my a/c is not confirmed, nor likely to be so anytime soon.

What to do?

GrayanOne (talk) 23:21, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

  • The image is on commons as a free license image under a pd-textlogo license. If you want to upload a better one there to replace it, feel free to do so. --Hammersoft (talk) 01:39, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
    • Heh. I would if I could, but that's my point - I'm not allowed to becos I'm "not authorised". Isn't there someone I can send it to? BTW how do you make the text indent more on each subsequent post? GrayanOne (talk) 03:56, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
      • You will find that you are authorized at Commons, go to commons: and fill in the boxes.
      • To indent more you can use more and more *'s or :'s at the front.Graeme Bartlett (talk) 04:40, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
      • (edit conflict) See WP:INDENT for information on how to indent posts. As for not being authorized, I believe your account will be WP:AUTOCONFIRMED globally once you obtain such a status on a single project. To get autoconfirmed you need to make at least ten edits and have an account for four days, but you can post a request a Wikipedia:Files for upload and perhaps someone will do it for you or you can try asking for help on the article's talk page. FWIW, you've already made seven edits to this thread alone, so you just need to make at least three more and then wait until the weekend. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:43, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Copyright information form doesn't provide for inherited family photos

There is a Wikipedia article on my grandfather, who died in 1930. My father, a keen amateur photographer, died in 1979, and I inherited his photos, which included photos of his father (my grandfather).

What is the correct way to declare that by inheritance I am now the copyright owner of a previously unpublished photo. The photo I am proposing to upload was taken in Scotland circa 1918. Should I invoke EU Publication Right?

I am happy for the photo to be freely available for non-commercial use. What licence is appropriate?

Jim Craigie (talk) 03:46, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Here at Wikipedia (and commons) we require the photo to also be available for commercial and any use. If you are willing to grant a free license see commons:Commons:Transfer of copyright#Transfer through inheritance. You can upload it yourself to commons and apply these templates, and request attribution. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 04:36, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
Hi Graeme Bartlett, thanks for this. I tried uploading File:James_Hoey_Craigie.jpg to english wikipedia, but the template c:Template:Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs doesn't seem to be recognised here, and I haven't found the way reference a commons template from there
Jim Craigie (talk) 06:45, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
You're trying to use a Commons template on a Wikipedia file. Wikipedia and Commons are two separate projects and all though there's some overlap when it comes to image licensing, you generally need to use Wikipedia templates for files uploaded to Wikipedia and Commons templates for files uploaded to Commons. I'm not sure if there's a Wikipedia equivalent template to the Commons one you're trying to use, but whatever that template is is the one you should be using. Another option would be to re-upload the file to Commons using c:COM:UPLOAD and then use the Commons template.
One more thing, "Evidence: Will be provided on request" is pretty much never going to be considered acceptable by either Wikpedia or Commons and it's probably just unnecessarily confusing in this case. You could leave that section blank and "See below" will be added by default. At the same time, if you're really concerned that someone might challenge your copyright owenership over the file, you could follow c:COM:OTRS#Licensing images: when do I contact OTRS? just to play it safe. In the latter case, send a WP:CONSENT email to Wikimedia OTRS and an OTRS volunteer will take care of the rest.
Finally, you do understand that uploading this photo, means that basically you're giving permission for anyone in the world to download it at anytime and use for any purpose, right? You mentioned non-commercial use in your original post, but you can't restrict that with this type of license. -- Marchjuly (talk) 07:04, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
The picture has been successfully uploaded to commons with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license which at the moment credits Jim Craigie. You can also add to the description, say the place it was taken, and what the clothing, helmet and sword are. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:07, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
Hi Jim Craigie. In addition to what Graeme posted above, you should also be aware of c:Commons:License revocation. Basically, once a file has been uploaded to Commons (or Wikipedia) under one of the free licenses acceptable per c:Commons:Licensing or Wikipedia:Copyrights#Contributors' rights and obligations that license cannot subsequently be revoked or cancelled if the copyright holder changes their mind at a latter date. Another thing to consider is that the uploading the file doesn't automatically mean that the file would be deemed appropriate by others for how you intend to use it. Wikipedia articles are not really intended to be image galleries so suddenly adding lots of personal images to your the Wikipedia article written about your grandfather my not be seen as an improvement by other editors; if that happens, you might have to establish a consensus to add the photo(s) to the article through article talk page discussion.
Finally, unrelated to image copyright, if you're going to edit a Wikipedia article written about a family member, you should take a look at WP:PSCOI and WP:COISELF and make sure your edits comply with the COI guidelines. Assuming your last name is the same as that of your grandfather, suddenly editing such an article might draw extra scrutiny for that reason alone; so, it's best to understand which types of edits are generally considered acceptable in such a case. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:00, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2018 December 4#File:Dril.jpg

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2018 December 4#File:Dril.jpg. -- Marchjuly (talk) 03:05, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

File:USS Coronado 1993 Change of Command.jpg

There's a couple of things about this file which seem odd. The first thing is that there's no source provided other than "US Navy Image"; I think that there's a good chance it is a {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}, but there's no certain way to know for sure without knowing more about the image itself. The next problems is the quality; this file's name seems to imply this photograph was taken in 1993. Most photos of this sort taken around that time would be color photos, wouldn't they? This, however, looks more like a scan of a photo which appeared in some publication (perhaps an official navy publication), so I'm not sure how the photo's copyright status might be affected if this didn't come from an official US Government publication. -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:03, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Photo by Doug Musolf, published in the Coronado Journal, 8 April 1993, page 14 (second photo). The newspaper is copyright Worrell Enterprises Inc. This photographer is credited for most photos published in this newspaper. He could be a staff photographer for the newspaper. The copyright on the photo could be owned by the photographer or the publishing company. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:24, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for digging that up Asclepias. That would seem to indicate that this might actually not PD. Perhaps the uploader EricCable can clarify this? -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:18, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Some deletionists recently removed all the pictures from the Ship's article so I don't care anymore. Go ahead and delete everything I've ever uploaded. Like I said. I just don't care anymore. Eric Cable  !  Talk  14:56, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
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