Wikipedia:Media copyright questions

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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.

How to add a copyright tag to an existing image
  1. On the description page of the image (the one whose name starts File:), click Edit this page.
  2. From the page Wikipedia:File copyright tags, choose the appropriate tag:
    • For work you created yourself, use one of the ones listed under the heading "For image creators".
    • For a work downloaded from the internet, please understand that the vast majority of images from the internet are not appropriate for use on Wikipedia. Exceptions include images from flickr that have an acceptable license, images that are in the public domain because of their age or because they were created by the United States federal government, or images used under a claim of fair use. If you do not know what you are doing, please post a link to the image here and ask BEFORE uploading it.
    • For an image created by someone else who has licensed their image under the GFDL, an acceptable Creative Commons license, or has released their image into the public domain, this permission must be documented. Please see Requesting copyright permission for more information.
  3. Type the name of the tag (e.g.; {{GFDL-self}}), not forgetting {{ before and }} after, in the edit box on the image's description page.
  4. Remove any existing tag complaining that the image has no tag (for example, {{untagged}})
  5. Hit Publish changes.
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How to get pictures available to insert after permission is granted

Hello, I was on a page 3 or 4 days ago and found how to ask permission to use copyrighted pictures. I requested as recommended in Wiki and was granted permission by the owner. I have the email. I know the page talked about where I need to send the email so the pictures can be pulled into Wiki images. I just can't find the page that tells me who to send it to.

I assume the pictures and permission are reviewed and then added so I can use them. If you can tell me the Teahouse pages I need to read, please let me know, I'd like to get the page I've been working on updated.

Thanks, Wkraft33 (talk) 17:26, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Wkraft33: The copyright holder is normally the photographer and it is their permission that is required. Ownership of an image gives no right over the copyright unless it was transferred in a contract, such as "work for hire". Nowadays forwarded email are not generally acceptable, they need direct contact with the copyright holder. These image will be freely licensed so they should be uploaded to the commons. Ask the copyright holder to use the "Interactive Release Generator" found on this page: c:COM:OTRS#Declaration of consent for all enquiries but warn them there is quite a delay, up to 150 days, so they should be patient. That page gives you all the info you need to verify permission for an image. Good luck. ww2censor (talk) 22:06, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
The email I have is from the photographer, the pictures have his name on them. The request I sent was copied directly from one that was recommeneded on Wiki. Can you tell me where I need to forward the granted permission email to and then where to send the pictures to get uploaded to Commons? Wkraft33 (talk) 00:10, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Wkraft33: All the info you need is on the page I linked to above; email address, how to tag an image once you/they receive a ticket number, etc. Maybe you need to review the whole page Commons OTRS page not just the section I linked to. ww2censor (talk) 10:12, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

CSPAN files

I uploaded some files (e.g. File:Steven G. Bradbury 2013-07-27.png) some years ago under what I now believe was an incorrect understanding of the CSPAN PD template. Re-reading the CSPAN Copyright & Licensing page, it seems that because some of these hearings took place at the Rayburn House Office Building (as opposed to the capitol building) it is not eligible for Commons licensing because CSPAN doesn't offer blanket permissions for commercial use of committee hearings. Is this correct? Would the material be suitable on a local Wikipedia instead of Commons? Also affected would be File:Virginia A. Seitz 2014.png, File:Dawn Johnsen 2007.png, File:DanielLevin2008.png, File:Robert baer.png, File:Colleen kiko.png, File:Gina Haspel confirmation.png, File:Steven A. Engel 2017-05-10.png, File:Caroline Krass Confirmation.jpg, and File:David J Barron 2013.PNG. As it is, the pictures aren't terribly high-quality, but they often are the only picture in the article. Bradbury, Engel, Kiko, and Haspel all have far better images in their articles, so I'd support removing the CSPAN screenshots regardless of copyright status. Sorry for the trouble; I can only offer a mea culpa.-Ich (talk) 19:58, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Deleted photo reinstatement

I had uploaded File:Harry Hudson Photo.jpg for the Harry Hudson (musician) page and the photographer turned in his permission. That info was Photog’s name: Justin Wilczynski Ticket#: 2018071010007875. I received a bot saying that the permission was never sent in. After 7 days of the notification the photo was deleted. I never knew this but just noticed yesterday. What do I need to do to reinstate the photo? I'm still very new at all this and always seem to have issues with photos I put up on the pages I create or edit. Thank you in advance for the guidance. EllenZoe (talk) 16:11, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

EllenZoe: This is not the page to ask about OTRS tickets. In future please use Wikipedia:OTRS noticeboard. You should be aware OTRS agents are all volunteers and the system is quite backlogged up to 33 days according to that page. I can tell you that a reply was sent but to date no one has responded to the questions asked. If they get a good permission, the image will be restored at that time. Good luck. ww2censor (talk) 22:04, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Uploading images of my artwork

Hello, I am the designer of several album covers for the following page:

When I upload my artwork, the covers are deleted for copyright reasons. Is there any way I can overcome this and publish my work? Should I publish to my flickr account with the appropriate license and link from there? What is the correct way to go about this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aaonadara (talkcontribs) 15:33, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi Aaonadara. If you are the creator/copyright holder of these album covers and are willing to release them (i.e., upload them) under the terms of c:Commons:Licensing, then please follow the instructions given in c:Commons:OTRS. If these album covers have been published anywhere else (in this context published means WP:PUBLISHED), then you may have to verify your copyright ownership and your WP:CONSENT by sending a permissions email to Wikimedia OTRS. Now, if by chance you share the copyright on these album covers (perhaps you were hired by a record label or band to create them), you'll need permission of all copyright holders to upload the file under a free license to Commons.
The requirement of original copyright holder permission is why most album covers are uploaded to Wikipedia as non-free content instead under item 1 of WP:NFCI. Non-free content use must be in accordance with Wikipedia's non-free content use policy though, and this policy is quite restrictive. For example, album cover art is generally allowed to be upload and used for primary identification purposes in the main infobox or at the top of a Wikipedia article about the album in question, but it tends to be much harder to justify non-free use in other articles or other parts of an article. Cities 97 Sampler looks like a long list of albums which are part of a series and while the series itself might be considered to be Wikipedia notable enough to support a stand-alone article, it's not clear whether each individual album is itself Wikipedia notable in it's own right per WP:NALBUM. So, while it might be possible to add a single album cover as a representative image for the entire series to the top of the article (perhaps there's a boxed set or something which can be used), it seems unlikely that an album cover for individual albums would be deemed to comply with Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:19, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Linking to Russian site

Can a copyright expert kindly give guidance in terms of Wikipedia:Copyrights#Linking to copyrighted works on whether we should link to a Russian fan site that offers extensive texts of works by P. G. Wodehouse and others that are in copyright in the UK? This is an article on the site that seems dubious in terms of copyright, as its author, George Orwell, died in 1950: George Orwell "In Defence of P.G. Wodehouse". A steer would be most welcome. Tim riley talk 20:34, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

I can see no justification for linking to sites which we know are violative of copyright. One need not have an internet link to an article such as Orwell's in order to use it as a reference; just cite the print publication properly. --Orange Mike | Talk 21:31, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Hi Tim riley. If you've read the source and it's been WP:PUBLISHED, then you can cite it per WP:SAYWHERE. Just make sure you don't use a citation template like {{cite web}} which needs the |url= parameter to be filled in to work properly; for example, you can use {{cite book}} without adding a url. In some cases, it might be OK to use a convenience link; however, you shouldn't do so if you suspect the source of being a copyright violation. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:26, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you both very much for this clear and helpful guidance. Tim riley talk 12:41, 20 October 2018 (UTC)
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