Wikipedia:Media copyright questions

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Finnish presidential election, 2018 logos

Was wondering if File:Laura Huhtasaari 2018 logo.png, File:Merja2018.png, File:Sauli Niinistö 2018 logo.svg, File:Nils Torvalds 2018 logo.svg and File:VäyrynenLogo.png need to be licensed as non-free logo. If they do, then they should probably be removed from Finnish presidential election, 2018 per WP:NFTABLES, WP:NFCC#8 and MOS:LOGO. Even if they are not below the c:COM:TOO#Finland for {{PD-logo}}, then perhaps they can be converted to {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} instead. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:43, 15 February 2018 (UTC)

Images published in The Illustrated London News in 1955

In 1955, two issues of The Illustrated London News featured images of the Emesa helmet (full citations are in the article). The first included two photographs on the front page, with the line "Photograph Crown Copyright reserved, reproduced by permission of the Trustees of the British Museum." The second also included two photographs (which appear to have been colored by hand), and the line "Reproduced by courtesy of the General Directorate of Antiquities of Syria, world copyright reserved."

Would someone please give an indication of the copyright status of these photographs? If I'm reading the Crown copyright page correctly, the first images would have entered the public domain in 2005. The status of the second set of images—published in the UK by permission of a Syrian agency with "world copyright" invoked—is less clear. Thanks, --Usernameunique (talk) 21:59, 15 February 2018 (UTC)

Non-commercial File

I want to upload an image to Wikipedia and the owner has given me the permission but only for non-commercial use. How should I proceed? Gotitbro (talk) 03:03, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

  • Wikipedia accepts files either as non-free, in which case it must comply with our WP:NFCC policy, or as free license. For our purposes, an image that is not allowed to be used for commercial purposes falls under non-free. In most cases, we don't accept non-free images. So, it depends on what the image is and your intended use. Can you tell us the answers to those questions? --Hammersoft (talk) 03:10, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
    • The image is of Indian 10 rupee coins. There is widespread confusion regarding the appearance of the coins and I wanted to add the image to better illustrate what is written in the article. Gotitbro (talk) 04:11, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
      • This would be a non-free image. What does the image bring to the article that we don't already have on Indian 10-rupee coin? --Hammersoft (talk) 04:24, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
        • I believe it would better help illustrate the text that is written which describes the coins appearance via text. Gotitbro (talk) 04:33, 16 February 2018 (UTC)
          • There are already three images there. How would an additional image add to it? --Hammersoft (talk) 13:25, 16 February 2018 (UTC)


Does this need to be treated a non-free. If it does, then its non-free use can probably be justified only in the parent article ZM (radio station) and not in any of the individual station articles. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:37, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

  • I changed it to pd-text/trademark. It's just letters. --Hammersoft (talk) 03:43, 17 February 2018 (UTC)

Can I use image from English (en) Wikipedia to Malayalam (ml) wikipedia

I want to use images in English Wikipedia page to Malayalam Wikipedia pages which has already been created by someone else. How can I use this image. Does copyright allowed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jinoytommanjaly (talkcontribs) 05:48, 17 February 2018 (UTC)

Jinoytommanjaly, that depends on the image. There are roughly three possibilities: images used on the English Wikipedia but actually hosted on Wikimedia Commons are good to go; simply use them on Malayalam like you do here, no need to re-upload. Images used and hosted here on English Wikipedia with a free license can also be used, but you need to re-upload them, preferably to Wikimedia Commons so that all different language Wikipedias can use them easily. The third case is generally the only no-no: non-free content images can only be used here. Can you show us the specific image? – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 11:13, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
Finnusertop,the file is used in English Wikipedia only.Have a look to the file is --[File:Sakhavu.jpg] --Jin0y (talk) 11:45, 17 February 2018 (UTC)
Jinoytommanjaly, it's a non-free file (so case number three as described above). For how this works on ml.wikipedia, see ml:വിക്കിപീഡിയ:സ്വതന്ത്രമല്ലാത്ത ഉള്ളടക്കം. If the file passes those guidelines, you'll need to re-upload it on ml.wikipedia to use it there. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 11:49, 17 February 2018 (UTC)

Copyright expiration on photos - Australia and USA

Being new at this I would be grateful for opinion on the copyright of this photo of Maggie Dunne which I've just uploaded. The photo is of a family member of mine and I own the photo. I would like to use it as an example of raised embroidery. It was taken in 1909 in a photographic studio in Toowoomba in the State of Queensland in Australia. Australian copyright on photos expires after 70 years. Does this make the photo Public Domain for use in Wikipedia? Maryodel (talk) 00:57, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

File:TV5 (ABC5) Logo.png

File has been updated recently and I'm not sure if the latest version is still {{non-free logo}}. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:26, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

Education media

Hello! I was given explicit permission from the owners of a copyrighted photograph that the picture can be used for educational and editorial purposes. However I have been having a difficult time trying to actually publish the picture as the media rules on copyright are frankly confusing and unclear. How do I publish this correctly? UnknownM1 (talk) 03:12, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

  • It's likely that you don't. We do not accept media on Wikipedia under a 'permission to use' here. We accept two broad categories of images here; those licensed under a free license that allows commercial uses, and those that are non-free, and are used under our non-free content criteria. Your image falls between those two, and as licensed wouldn't be acceptable. We would have to treat it as non-free, and use it in accordance with the WP:NFCC policy. So, that said, what sort of image , precisely are we talking about and where do you intend on using it on the project? --Hammersoft (talk) 03:20, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
    • Honestly it is a picture of a rocket launching. Its just for an article about the rocket. Its amazing to me Wikipedia cannot allow for permission from copyright holders to not count as permission, because they do not allow for commercial use. UnknownM1 (talk) 03:25, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Respectfully, I'm sorry, but that's how it is. --Hammersoft (talk) 03:28, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Others may want to review this. The image in question is File:Electron Rocket on Liftoff.jpg, which the uploader here claims is not replaceable by free license content. It's been added to Electron (rocket). To my eyes, it's blatantly obvious that it is replaceable, as the presence of so many images of the launch facility and the rocket itself show that images can be taken of it. If someone sees something different, I'm all ears. --Hammersoft (talk) 04:50, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
I agree that this is replaceable fair use. While it might look nice, a non-free image of a rocket taking off is not essential from primary identification purposes; so, if there are freely licensed equivalents (neven not of this exact image) which can be used or possibly be created, NFCC#1 would not be met. Morevoer, although they can't be forced release the photo under a free licnese, it seems a bit unusual (suspicious) that the copyrightholder would not chose the release this one as such since it's does not (at least to me) seem to have much commerical potential. Perhaps this launch facility is different, but unless it's a totally top-secret type of military installation with tons of high-level security that nobody can get within miles of (all of which seems unlikely given the number of images online and the fact that the copyright holder wants to release a picture or Wikipedia use only), then it seems reasonable that someone with a decent camera and skills can get close enough to take a free image, even of a launch. Don't rocket launches (other than those of the top-secret variety) typically attract lots of people? This pdf even seems to be directed towards those wanting to come see this company's rockets launch. So, if they are giving people information on precautions, etc. to take when viewing one of their launches, then it's seems like someone can create a free equivalent. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:29, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
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