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This template is used to convey useful information to new users who have recently created an article about an organization using copyrighted material. It explains why copyrighted material cannot be used, and how to instead request usage of the material or donate it if they are the copyright holder.

The message can be expanded to include information on notability and conflict of interest, common issues with new articles on organizations.

It should be used as a single-notice warning, placed on the talk page after the article has been flagged for deletion under CSD#G12.


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