Wikipedia:Media copyright questions

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Trainload Freight logos

File:Railfreight Construction logo.svg, File:Railfreight Petroleum logo.svg, File:Railfreight Coal logo.svg and File:Railfreight Metals logo.svg being used in the main infobox are all being licensed as non-free. They might need to be non-free per c:COM:TOO#United Kingdom (based upon c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Railfreight sub sectors.svg), but maybe they can be converted to {{PD-ineligible-USonly}}. Otherwise, I'm not sure the non-free use of a user-created gallery can be justified per WP:NFG and WP:NFCC#3.

For reference, the same user-created gallery was also used in Railfreight along with File:Railfreight General logo.svg, but files' non-free uses didn't meet WP:NFCC#10c so I removed them per WP:NFCCE. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:27, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Yes I think that PD-ineligible-USonly would apply. Do not add non-free TEMPLATES. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 02:03, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Help With Album Artwork

Hello, I'm trying to include album artwork for an article currently in drafts. The image keeps getting pulled down even though I have used a proper template and provided reasoning for the non-free use. I have compared it to other album wikis and cannot tell why those are still up, and why mine is being pulled down. I would love to learn what I can do better to use this art correctly.

File in question: File:Tom_Morello_-_The_Atlas_Underground.jpg
Page (draft): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:The_Atlas_Underground

Thank you in advance. Peterstormer (talk) 16:15, 8 August 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Peterstormer (talkcontribs) 18:24, 6 August 2018‎

Peterstormer: Our strict non-free policy guidelines only allow the use of such image in mainspace, specifically #9, so placing it in a draft is against policy which is why it has been removed. Wait until the article is in good enough condition to be in mainspace and then add the image. ww2censor (talk) 19:40, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Got it, thank you! Peterstormer (talk) 16:15, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
@Peterstormer:. That's pretty much what I posted in the edit sum I left when I removed the file from the draft. When the "article" was moved back to the draft namespace, the non-free use rationale for the file became invalid and the file could no longer be used there. If the file is by chance deleted before the draft is re-added to the article namespace, don't panic and re-upload the file. Deleted files are not gone forever; they are only hidden from view and can often be restored at a later date per WP:REFUND or by discussing things with the deleting administrator once whatever issue(s) led to the their deletion have been resolved. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:04, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
@Marchjuly:. Didn't see the note about the draft namespace. I thought there was still an issue with the file itself. And I got the notice that it may be taken down in the meantime, so that is good to know about getting it back. Thank you for your help. Peterstormer (talk) 16:18, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

What are copyrights restrictions to images with text?

In the image http://www.ncsm.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/How_Long_Marijuana_Stay_in.gif (from article: http://www.ncsm.nl/english/thc-weed-detox) posted information about how long does marijuana stay in your system. I plan to add this image into article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_cannabis . What are copyrights restrictions to images with text? If I'm image owner should I proof it somehow? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marina Katz (talkcontribs) 12:45, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

I wouldn't bother to be honest. The spelling mistakes and lack of sources for the claims in it, mean it probably won't stay in the article. - X201 (talk) 13:12, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

File:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (logo).gif

Seems like the bird-like imagery might just push this above c:COM:TOO#United States, so I'm wondering if it might be best to convert this {{non-free logo}} just to play it safe. Can this be kept as {{PD-logo}}? -- Marchjuly (talk) 23:56, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Sounds like a good idea to be labelled non-free. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 00:16, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Benny Hill photo

Was wondering if anyone might be able to find out the original source for this photo? It looks like some kind of official service photo which might be a possible {{PD-UKGov}}. Benny Hill did serve in the British Army during WWII, so it might've been taken around that time. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:14, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Marchjuly: There is another military image here with more details about his service that may assist you. Remember that he also played a soldier in some of his shows, such as this or this, so such images could be misleading. ww2censor (talk) 09:05, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Because he looked quite young I thought it may be actual service photo. But that first eBay link looks awfully similar regarding age and uniform. Alexis Jazz (talk) 03:29, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
@Ww2censor and Alexis Jazz: Just adding a link to c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Benny Hill WWII.jpg for reference. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:20, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Track listing

Can Wikipedia (CC BY-SA) violate the copyright of the publisher when we publish the order (and column "number") for the track list? (Wikipedia:WikiProject_Albums/Album_article_style_advice#Track_listing, Spotify case: [1] [2]) --Sunpriat (talk) 21:49, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

If it is the track list of an album, it will be mere factual information that cannot claim copyright. Note that it is recommended to include the length of the track too. But the play list for a radio station for the day could be covered by copyright if someone published it. For something like Spotify there may be a terms-of-use that someone agreed to that may limit their actions. However I think I will agree with that article, in that the lawsuit sounds ridiculous. (for more reasons than they give). In the same kind of thing you are allowed to give full referencing information for a publication, even if it copies something that someone may have in a table of contents, or a website when you click the "cite" link. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 02:01, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
The inclusion of the track in the album - fact, but a copy of the order of tracks (order numbers) - non-trivial fact, it's a specially chosen order by the publisher. Wikipedia:Copyright in lists describes similar cases not in сс-licensing favor. In the case of albums, "table of contents" is almost the whole work (publication). --Sunpriat (talk) 11:14, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Mouse is too small

File:Mickey Mouse concept art.jpg

The resolution is too low to really serve "visual identification of the subject". I know there is {{non-free no reduce}}, but for an existing image I don't know how to handle this. Alexis Jazz (talk) 05:14, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Alexis Jazz: You can ask the deleting administrator to revert to the previous larger version though you may have to go through the undelete request process if they are not convinced by your justification. ww2censor (talk) 10:01, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Non-free Canadian military ensignia

I'm wondering whether File:Air Force slip-on Maj.png and some of the other non-free files used in in Major (Canada) really need to be licensed as non-free. The imagery seems fairly simple, so maybe it would be below c:COM:TOO#Canada, or at least below c:COM:TOO#United States. If the original imagery is not eligible for copyright protection, then there's no justification for keeping non-free files per WP:NFCC#1 simply because they are someone's original graphics. On the other hand, if the original imagery is still covered by Crown Copyright as the non-free use rationales claim, then it seems it would be better to find something from an official source as opposed to using someone's original work because the latter is basically a non-free creation of non-free content, which seems to imply two copyrights need to be considered. -- Marchjuly (talk) 07:39, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

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