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Media copyright questions

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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:
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    • 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}})
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upload an image to wikiEdit

Hi, I would like to upload the logo of our company to Wikipedia to use it in an article later (I also want to ask wiki members to edit my article after that, because the image is required for the article). I do not know in this case what is the License of my logo image because we have its proprietorship. Thanks for your help in advance! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farzaneh.mostafaei (talkcontribs) 20:25, 19 May 2020 (UTC)

If the logo is very simple, eg shapes and some text, then it could be public domain due to simplicity. An authorised person from the company could grant a license such as CC-BY-4.0, and this would allow use on Wikipedia and other places. The license could be placed on the web site of the company to prove it. You may be able to act on behalf of the company to grant such a license, but I don't know. Lastly it could be used under fair use, but an article on the company would already have to exist. So for that means only upload after an article is accepted in article space. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 07:39, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Question whether it is acceptable to use the Daisie App Logo ~ in the Maisie Williams articleEdit

Hi I am editing the article on Maisie Williams, who apart from being an actress has, also developed and launched a social media app for creators called Daisie, which has over 130,000 users in 2019. Would it be acceptable to put a non free image of the logo of her app on her article in the relevant section, to help re-enforce that is a real endeavour. I have not created a separate article for the app, as it is early days and I never feel confident to start articles. The Daisie logo can be viewed here @ ~ BOD ~ TALK 14:31, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

I have uploaded the file
[[File:Daisie Logo.png]]
to Wikipedia, but have not yet used it, being still unsure whether it is acceptable or whether I should use it.

Daisie Logo from the Daisie App Source: The Logo was designed Koto (London, UK)

The Logo might be above the threshold of originality in the UK and uncopyrightable in the US


Fair Use in the Maisie Williams article in the relevent section, this is the logo of her own company. (Currently the is not an article on the App itself.) The sole purpose of the use of the copyrighted image is to visually illustrate and educate readers about the existence of the Daisie App. The image is currently not replaceable with an uncopyrighted or freely copyrighted image of comparable educational value. ~ BOD ~ TALK 09:28, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Any advice or suggestions? :) ~ BOD ~ TALK 14:19, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

File:Hermann Julius Hoefle mug shot 1961.jpgEdit

A free equivalent image of this non-free one of Höfle exists as File:Hermann Julius Hoefle.jpg. Both files were uploaded by the same person, with the "free" image being uploaded in 2011 and this non-free one being uploaded in 2014. This non-free one seems to have originally been uploaded as "PD", but then converted to non-free shortly thereafter by the uploader. Assuming that the licensing of the "free" one is acceptable and this file does need to be licensed as non-free, then any non-free image of Höfle used primarily for visual identification purposes would fail WP:FREER and cannot be kept per WP:NFCCP. I was going to tag the file with {{rfu}}, but decided to ask about it here first. Please note that the uploader has been indefinitely block per WP:SOCK and the master is listed at WP:LTA; so asking them for clarification seems unlikely to yield any response, but I will post a {{Please see}} on Talk:Hermann Höfle for reference. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:47, 24 May 2020 (UTC)

Image removed for WP:NFCC violation even though "Non-free media information and use rationale" existsEdit

The image "File:Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award.png" was removed from Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award of the Order of the Arrow with the comment:

8:37, 24 May 2020‎ JJMC89 bot talk contribs‎ 24,979 bytes -59‎ Removed WP:NFCC violation(s). No valid non-free use rationale for this page. See WP:NFC#Implementation. Questions? Ask here. undo

However, the file description page does, in fact, contain a "Non-free media information and use rationale". I do no understand what else is required. Thanks.
 Delmont43 Talk 

That's because the rationale there is for Order of the Arrow honors and awards. Per WP:NFCC#10c each use has to be enumerated in the file page. Incidentally, I don't think it meets WP:NFCC#8 and WP:NFCC#3 on the recipient page - why does a photo of an award significantly enhance the understanding of the list of its recipients and why can't the use on Order of the Arrow honors and awards suffice? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 06:30, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
Delmont43: another point is that non-free images are generally not allowed in list type articles which Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award of the Order of the Arrow clearly is, per WP:NFLISTS. ww2censor (talk) 13:13, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Image contributions to the National Heritage List for EnglandEdit

Hi all. Am I correct in my reading of clause 5.4 of the National Heritage List for England's 'Enriching the List - Contribution Terms and Conditions' that any images submitted to them become public domain once published?

"You (or the copyright owner) remain the owner of copyright in your Contribution but in addition to clause 5.3 (see paragraph above) you agree that users of the Website may copy, modify, edit, reproduce, display, publish or otherwise make use of all or part of your Contribution on a royalty free basis." Source:

There is a wealth of image contributions on the List which would be very useful for illustrating articles. Adam Kehrle (talk) 14:16, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

I do not believe so. At this page it says "All copying is subject to the copyright status and physical condition of the original. To use copies for any purpose other than private study, you must ask for permission to do so."O-dog222 (talk) 21:51, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi O-dog222, thanks for looking at this. I think the page you linked to is referring to Historic England's Archive, while the images I'm suggesting we can use are 'Contributions' to the NHLE as part of the 'Enriching the List' scheme for the public. Clause 10.1 and 10.2 explicitly exclude contributions from being part of the official List (and therefore, I assume, Historic England's Archive too). Adam Kehrle (talk) 22:14, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
@Adam Kehrle: you might want to ask this question at c:Commons:Village pump/Copyright where you'll get wider opinions including how suitable, if at all, the images are to be hosted on Commons rather than just locally here on the English WP. Nthep (talk) 15:38, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
Thanks @Nthep:, I'll do that now. This question can be archived or removed etc - I'd do it myself but don't know how. Adam Kehrle (talk) 09:27, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Lorraine (TV programme)#Logo galleryEdit

The non-free former logos being used in this logo gallery seem like clear violation of both WP:NFG, WP:NFC#cite_note-4 and even possibly WP:NFCC#3a, but perhaps they are simple enough to re-license as {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} per c:COM:TOO United States (like File:Lorraine (TV series).svg) since they probably aren't {{PD-logo}} per c:COM:TOO United Kingdom; if not, then I think they may need to either be somehow better incorporated into the body of the article supported by sourced commentary about them or deleted. -- Marchjuly (talk) 12:36, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

Marchjuly: {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} would seen appropriate as the British threshold is very low, so for sure the one with the multicoloured orb and and drop shadow on the text, and the multiple circles with text will be copyright though the other 3 are likely PD even in the UK. ww2censor (talk) 18:20, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

what license do i give to this file, and how do i add it.Edit

Every element of this is either not copyright-able, or my work, or from wikipedia, or an open license, I put the full details in the summary.

Indiyā ꯏꯟꯗꯤꯌꯥ in Meitei script in the font Noto Sans Meetei Mayek
text added by User:Jismani to Names of India in its official languages
added to page version:
font license:

But i don't know what tag to pick or how to add it.
Irtapil (talk) 23:57, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

I took a guess and added public domain for now. {{cc-zero}} Is that appropriate for single letters or words? does it matter which font they are in? I've been trying to use open font license fonts, but i don't know if that's necessary, or how to show it if it is? Irtapil (talk) 00:04, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Album coverEdit

Hi, I've just uploaded the album cover for Ricky Martin's latest album, Pausa but it was removed due to copy-rights. There are thousands of articles that use single/album covers. I wanted to know what was the problem with "this" album?! What should I do?

J. R. R. Tolkien photographEdit

This photograph of Tolkien at military service from 1915 during WWI. According to The Tolkien Society website, this photograph taken from 1962, which is only used with permission. Hence, there is no way to find free equivalent images of Tolkien during his later life. --TheMuscovian (talk) 01:19, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

I've been already emailed for granting copyright permission, only for English Wikipedia. --TheMuscovian (talk) 01:38, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Thing is, Tolkien wasn't a public figure , so there's no pressing need for a non-free of him because there's no public figure image people normally associate with him. If you can get them to grant a free license use, great, but we'd likely not allow a non-free replacement. --Masem (t) 01:43, 1 June 2020 (UTC)