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Re: File:Ashley Artus Wiki Profile pic.jpgEdit

Hi there

Really hope you can help with this...

The above named photo was uploaded back on 29.12.18...however, I am not sure what I need to do next - being a "newbie"...

see: File:Ashley Artus Wiki Profile pic.jpg

From what I can gather from the "notice" on the page it looks like all that needs doing is adding the correct "licence" type & filling any blank fields in...

An email containing details of the permission for this file has been sent in accordance with WP:OTRS. Note to uploaders: Please copy the URL of this image or article in the email to assist OTRS volunteers to find it. If an email cannot be found in the OTRS system, the content may be deleted for lack of valid licensing information. Note to OTRS volunteers: If the email contains sufficient confirmation of the validity of the license, please replace this template with OTRS permission|id=Ticket number and consider moving to Commons. Otherwise, nominate the file for deletion or delete it. Please be aware that there is currently a 49-day backlog processing messages sent to the permissions-en queue.

Would I be correct in saying that ?

The photo has been sat in this state since end of Dec 2018 and Mr Artus would really like to get the photo up on the Ashley Artus page:

Can someone take a look at this please & see if everything is there that needs to be there and if not please let me know ASAP so that I can either get the required info or add the appropriate tags & info etc ??

It says in the "notice" that there was a 49 day backlog - well...we are now the 12th April 2019 and that is now well over the 49 days !!

Would be really grateful if someone could look at this URGENTLY as all that needs to go up on the main page now is ONE photo !!

Many thanks,


AndycBtn (talk) 11:47, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi Andy. A couple of things before answering your question.
  1. Wikpipedia doesn't really have any deadlines; so, you sometimes have to just be patient and wait for a process to run its course. There are lots of emails to verify but only so many people to do the verifying.
  2. Wikipedia articles aren't for promoting the subject of an article, which means that photos aren't automatically added to an article just because the subject wants them added. You try adding the file to the article, but if someone removes it, then you may need to establish a consensus to use it on the article's talk page.
  3. This is no "Ashley Artus" page, but rather an article written about him. This is a subtle but important difference because the subjects of articles don't have any claim of ownership over article content; in fact, the subjects of articles and anyone connected to them or editing on their behalf are going to be considered to have a Wikipedia:Conflict of interest with respect to anything written about them on Wikipedia and thus should not be trying to directly add content or make changes to any concerned articles, except as explained in WP:COIADVICE.
Now about the image, whoever emailed Wikimedia OTRS should've gotten an automatic reply containing an OTRS ticket number. This ticket number will help an OTRS volunteer track down the email; so, if you were the one who sent the email it, you can then ask about the status of it at WP:OTRSN. OTRS volunteers can't go into details on Wikipedia, but they can send specific details to you via email (more specifically to the email address you originally used). Now, if you weren't the person who sent the email, you can still ask about the status of the email at OTRSN, but they won't discuss any details with you either on Wikipedia or via email. One thing about OTRS is that they typically don't accept forwarded emails; so, if Artus sent a consent email to you and you then forwarded that email to OTRS, then they can't accept that. It's better to have the copyright holder of the image send the email to OTRS. Finally, one last thing is that the copyright holder of a photo is considered to be the photographer who takes the photo, not the subject of the photo. So, if Artus is not the person who took the photo, he wouldn't be considered to be the copyright holder unless it was a work for hire or there was a copyright transfer agreement where the copyright of the photo was transferred to him. -- Marchjuly (talk) 14:07, 12 April 2019 (UTC)
AndycBtn, As Marchjuly said there are no deadlines for this but upon review, all I can tell you that a ticket number has been attached to the file, however previous tickets exist that were never followed up on, so then, as now, its copyright status is unverified. OTRS will require a permission statement directly from the copyright holder, not the subject, sent with the ticket number as listed on the file as reference. ww2censor (talk) 16:03, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

French Government LogosEdit

Okay, so I consulted our copyright page for France, and it seemed contradictory on the materials originating from the French Government and their website.
I want to upload the logo for Sécurité Civile, which is a part French Ministry of the Interior. I found the logo in this document, which I found here: Sécurité civile page over in the right sidebar. Is this a non-free logo or is there a free license I'm allowed to use with it.--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 02:09, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi The Navigators. For some reason the pdf file you linked to is downloading the file onto my computer, which just could be me, so I'm wondering if the logo you want to upload is the same one appearing at the upper left of the "Sécurité civile page". If it is, then I don't think that would be {{PD-logo}} per c:COM:TOO France and also probably (but it might be close) per c:COM:TOO United States. Mostly the logo would be fine as WP:NFC using {{Non-free logo}} and {{Non-free use rationale logo}} if you simply intend it to be used for primary identification purposes at the top of or in a main infobox for Sécurité Civile; other articles or purposes of use, however, might be a bit harder to justify per WP:NFCC. Whether the file is or some other type of PD because it comes from a government website, however, is not so clear per c:COM:FRANCE#Images from public web sites. Is there a separate license attached to the logo or the pdf file itself? Otherwise, it appears that someone (sorry I can't read French) is claiming copyright over the content hosted by that website, which might mean it's quite different from WP:PD#U.S. government works; so, once again it seems like non-free content might be the best way to go here.
There is a possibilty of using {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} if the logo is considered "PD-logo" in the US, but not France. The file, however, still cannot be uploaded to Commons in this case, and will be treated as sort of a "local PD file" for use on English Wikipedia. -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:28, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
marchjuly Okay, I've uploaded it as a NF-Logo, and placed it in the article. Here it is: File:Sécurité Civile - Logo.svg. I'm not great at determining where the line on 'too simple' with some of these logos. So, should we downgrade it to 'PD-Ineligable-USonly' or keep it as NFCC. The base of the logo uses the generic 'civil defense' logo specified by the UN, which is what's used on the page currently. I was a little baffled by the, since the template mentions a pretty narrow date range but our guidance page didn't mention anything about the date range, because our guidance warned against using any photographs, but it's a vector drawing of a logo, which isn't a photograph. *Shrugs*, I'm fine if we just want to leave it at one of the other licenses you suggested.--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 04:14, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
It seems I was looking at the wrong logo when I first posted. Anyway, see Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2019 March 28#File:Notre Dame College Crest.png for recent example of "PD-ineligible-USonly" being applied or Category:Public domain images ineligible for copyright in the United States but not in their source countries for some other examples. It's not really an exact science. The file is fine as non-free, but it's use is limited by WP:NFCC; as "PD-ineligible-USonly" it would be much easier to use in other Wikipedia articles and on other Wikipedia pages. I think the primary elements (the circle and triangle) are definitely "PD-logo" in the US, but the other elements might be borderline. Perhaps, others will comment one way or another. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:44, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Okay, I'll leave it for now and see if we get anymore input, either way on the matter. So, other editors, feel free to weight in on this file: File:Sécurité Civile - Logo.svg. Is it too simple to be copyrighted in the US and could be relicensed as {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} or remain as {{Non-free logo}}.--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 05:26, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

District Council of Coonalpyn DownsEdit

To whom it may concern,

The JJMC89 bot remove the following file from the above article presumably for valid reasons - Coonalpyn downs.jpg Can you please explain why the image is still on the article about the town and locality of Coonalpyn, South Australia? Please reply here as I am now watching this page.

Regards Cowdy001 (talk) 02:33, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi Cowdy001. You could ask JJMC89 on his user talk page, but basically the file was removed from the article about the district (as explained in the edit summary left by the bot) per WP:NFCCE. Each use of a non-free file is required to satisfy ten non-free content use criteria, and one of these criteria (WP:NFCC#10) states that a separate specific non-free use rationale needs to be provided for each use. File:Coonalpyn downs.jpg does have a non-free use rationale, but it's only for the use in the article about the town. Now, if you think the file's non-free use can also be justified in the article about the district, add a non-free use rationale for that particular use to the file's page and then re-add the file to the article. Be advised, however, that adding a non-free use rationale is just one of the aforementioned ten criteria, and another editor might still feel the other remaining criteria are not met and either tag the file with {{di-disputed fair use rationale}} or start a discussion about it at WP:FFD.
Now, my personal opinion is that it seems that the logo is more for identifying the district council than the town itself; so, the file's non-free use seems more justifiable for an article about the district than an article about the town, and should probably be removed from the latter. Also, I don't think the way the 1957 map has been added to the article about the district is really in accordance with WP:SANDWICH, or WP:IMAGESIZE, etc. That, however, is not really related to file copyright and probably should be discussed on the article's talk page. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:19, 16 April 2019 (UTC)


Hello, I'd like to add our company's logo on our page but for some reason I am unable to (I get a message saying I can only upload photos that I took myself). Can anyone assist me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jwelsouriau (talkcontribs) 12:57, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Hey Jwelsouriau. The French Wikipedia only allows non-free content under limited circumstances, although as far as I am aware, logos are one of these allowed categories. I know User:Racconish is a very experienced French editor. Maybe they can provide more details. GMGtalk 13:05, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
Jwelsouriau, GreenMeansGo : the logo can be uploaded without authorization on the French project since the trademark is registered in its graphic form. On the other hand, you have uploaded the logo on Commons where the rules are slightly different: you need to clarify the licence and send to OTRS a permission of the trademark owner if you wish to keep it there. Please note the admissibility of the article on the French project is questionable in the absence of centered secondary sources. Cheers, — Racconish💬 17:05, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Restoring deleted fileEdit

I asked for the deleting administrator to restore a file which no longer had a justification for non-free use when a bank stopped using it. I received no response, but on the person's talk page I was told this could only be done if a source could be found for information about the logo. I believe I have done that.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 14:59, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

@Vchimpanzee: if that or no other admin responds to you, you can file a request at Wikipedia:Requests for undeletion. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 02:11, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
@Vchimpanzee: Explicit might just be busy and hasn't gotten around to responding to you at User talk:Explicit#File:Bank of North Carolina logo.png. At the same time, you just posted I think I found what is needed which is a bit vague and doesn't really give Explicit anything to assess. So, maybe creating a non-free use rationale in your user sandbox and a "draft" of the content relative to the logo that you want to add to the article would better help Explicit or another admin see how you're planning to justify the file's non-free use and thus make it easier for them to decide whether it should be restored.
Finally, you asked Explict about File:Bank of North Carolina logo.png, not about File:BNC Logo small.jpg. Were these different files or the same file with different names? -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:28, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Seeing as Marchjuly made adequate responses to your messages before I could—all of your messages specifically were made between 23:43 and 02:59 KST—I felt no need to explain the exact same issues. Additionally, you only mentioned File:Bank of North Carolina logo.png in your messages, and not File:BNC Logo small.jpg, but I can guess that the issue is the same. WP:NFC#cite_note-4 clearly states that the use of historical logos in the body of the article if said logo itself isn't subject to sourced critical commentary is prohibited. xplicit 03:58, 18 April 2019 (UTC)