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I noticed you left a message on my talk page. A few things to say: 1. I used the visual editor, and the image was in the library. 2. Why are you saying that I violated the rules? That is the job of admins. (talk) 03:09, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi IP Thank you for the message.
  1. I mistook the file you added (File:Bharatiya Janata Party (icon).jpg) for a different one (File:Bharatiya Janata Party logo.svg) added by another IP editor the day before. The file you added is from Commons uploaded under a free license; the one the other editor added was uploaded locally to Wikipedia as non-free content. So, I apologize if the {{uw-nonfree}} I mistakenly posted on your user talk page caused any confusion or ill will. Anyway, the Commons file you added has been nominated for deletion as a possible copyright violation; if it's deleted, which I think there's a fair chance of happening, then the non-free file of the BJP logo would still not be able to be used in List of largest political parties per Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. I'm not sure which files can be found in the visual library, but not all files uploaded to Wikipedia and Commons are licensed the same way. How a file is licensed pretty much determines how it can be used on Wikipedia, i.e. which policy/guideline its use falls under, and Wikipedia's non-free content use policy is quite restrictive.
  2. Any editor may remove a file or flag a file as a possible policy/guideline violation; moreover, any editor may notify/warn another editor of any possible violations related to file use or file uploads by posting something on their user talk page. Only an administrator, however, can block another editor, or delete a file.
Once again, please accept my apologies for mistaking the file you added for being a violation of Wikipedia policy. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:07, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Vebjørn Sand imagesEdit

HI there -- Wanted to reply to a message you posted on my talk page. Your original message was:

“Hi Taylorengstrom91. You've uploaded quite a number of non-free images for use in the article Vebjørn Sand. Non-free content use on Wikipedia can be quite tricky because Wikipedia's non-free content use policy tends to be quite restrictive in how such files may be used. While this policy generally allows non-free content to be used to support article content, the emphasis tends to be placed minimal and exceptional cases where there are really no other alternatives to using such files; this includes using text instead or images in cases where actually seeing the image is not really essential to the reader's understanding of the relevant article content. Anyway, there's a discussion about the images used in that article taking place at WT:NFCC#Vebjørn Sand; so, perhaps you could clarify a few things about the images. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:22, 5 April 2019 (UTC)”

To which I'd like to reply with:

This is a famous painter, it’s hard to talk about his historically charged motifs without showing his paintings - and since paintings are copyright protected from "the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device." Would you recommend going the route of a free license like the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic or something else? It sounds like Fair Use won't work for us. Let me know!

--Taylorengstrom91 (talk) 16:21, 24 May 2019 (UTC)Taylorengstrom91

Hi Taylorengstrom91. The files were discussed at Wikipedia talk:Non-free content/Archive 69#Vebjørn Sand. An administrator named JJMC89 tagged some of the files for deletion because their usage didn't comply with relevant Wikipedia policy on non-free content use. They were subsequently deleted by another administrator named Explicit who felt the same way. You can ask either of the two for more specific details if you like.
For visual artists, one or two non-free examples of an artist's work might be allowed as representative examples of a particular style technique in support of sourced critical commentary about such things, or when the works themselves are things which have received critical coverage (e.g. some kind of controversy about a particular aspect of the work) in support of sourced article content about such a thing; however, simply mentioning a work by name or as part of a list of works in and of itself is generally not going to be considered sufficient. Moreover, if a free-equivalent image is deemed reasonably possible to obtain or create, then a non-free image is most likely not going to be allowed. This doesn't necessarily apply to paintings by an artist, but it may apply to a picture of the artist themselves (if they are still living per WP:FREER) or to any publicly displayed works of art depending upon whether the country where they are located allows freedom of panorama for publicly displayed artistic works: some countries do and some don't.
You should only license the works under a free license like Creative Commons if the original copyright holder is willing to give their WP:CONSENT to do so. You can find out a little more about this at c:Commons:OTRS and c:Commons:Licensing. Releasing content under a free license like Creative Commons doesn't not mean the copyright holder is transfering copyright ownership to another person or organization (e.g. Wikipedia); it just means that the copyright holder is making available a free version of their work to make it easier for others to use in some way. Neither Wikimedia Commons nor Wikipedia, however, will accept any fee license which places any restrictions on commercial or derivative re-use, which is one of the reasons why many commercial artists do not agree to have their work uploaded to under such licenses. In addition, the free licenses accepted by Wikipedia and Commons are non-revocable, which means the copyright holder cannot take it back at a later date. For these reasons, verification of the artist's consent by Wikimedia OTRS is often required by email.
If I didn't really answer your question or you now have more questions, you can also try asking for help at Wikipedia:Media copyright questions or c:Commons:Village pump/copyright. Finally, you posted above It sounds like Fair Use won't work for us. Who's "us"? Are you connected to Sand in some personal or professional way? -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:51, 25 May 2019 (UTC)
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