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Greetings folks! Would like to have some opinions on 2 logos, the logos are: and File:Metrolinx logo.png do they meet TOO? I've read commons:Commons:Threshold_of_originality#Canada and Originality in Canadian copyright law (where these logos originate from), however they don't provide examples therefore not useful. ///EuroCarGT 03:17, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

@EuroCarGT: It is my understanding that Canadian copyright with respect to TOO is extremely similar to US copyright with respect to TOO. That being said, my only concerns would be the UP (not standardized and doesn't seem like a font) and the shape around the "M" which isn't made of simple shapes. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 19:51, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
@TLSuda: Thanks! I'll upload it locally then. ///EuroCarGT 20:11, 21 July 2014 (UTC)


How do I upload a photo that I took for private use and have not published anywhere?

If you took the photo and are the original copyright holder, you can upload the file under a free license at commons:Special:UploadWizard by going through the upload wizard. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 10:48, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Free to use images[edit]

I uploaded images to Wikimedia Commons. They are from a website that states: they are free to use them as long as you credit the photographer. Because the site doesn't state anything about making derivatives and spreading the files, the files are listed at deletion requests. (see here). But because it's allowed to use the images, can I upload them to Wikipedia? Sander.v.Ginkel (talk) 12:12, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

No, because they are free to use them as long as you credit the photographer is not a broad enough license to match our rather stringent licensing requirements. Sorry. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:35, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
If the photographer were the uploader, it would be OK, because then the copyright holder would be the person who put {{Attribution}} on the file. But since the copyright holder is two steps away from Commons, we need to make sure that the copyright holder really allows modifications and copying, even by commercial organizations. (People still have personality rights, so they can't be used personally to endorse a product or cause; but that doesn't affect Commons.) --Closeapple (talk) 17:38, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Even if the photographer was the uploader, we would need them to assure they have used a specific license (CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, PD, or a few other choices) to be allowed at Commons. --MASEM (t) 18:03, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I've sent the team an email with the question or to expand the sentence on the website or to give us approval for using the files in the 'commons way'. Sander.v.Ginkel (talk) 19:46, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
You may want to read over WP:CONSENT to show how to document the photographer's approval if this is the route that you end up taking. --MASEM (t) 17:04, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

copyright on image?[edit]

hi, can i use this image or is it copyrighted? thank you! (talk) 16:10, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi there - all images on the Wikimedia Commons allow for free re-use, though many do have the requirement of attribution and/or sharing the image under the exact same license if edited. You can see a file's licensing information by going to the file's description page and looking at the information beneath the "Licensing" section. This particular image is licensed under CC-BY 2.0, which basically means you're free to use the image, even commercially, as long as you attribute the author of the work (which in this case, is Anaroza at Flickr). Hope this helps, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 16:21, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Cee Ads[edit]

The Website for Cee Ads includes a logo at the top of the page, and a copyright claim at the bottom (“Copyright CeeAds Pvt. Ltd. All rights reserved”). That logo has been uploaded to Wikipedia at File:CEEADS Advertising Firm Logo.JPG and described as “own work”. Even if the individual editor who uploaded the image is the artist who produced the logo for the company (which is unverified), is there still a question of individual ownership vs. corporate ownership?  Unician   11:43, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

The article for which this was intended, CeeAds, has been deleted for lack of notability, so the image is now out of scope, so can be tagged for deletion no matter who owns the copyright. Normally we would expect this to be used under a non-free claim and not uploaded to the commons as this has been, so I have nominated it for deletion. ww2censor (talk) 13:52, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, that's what I suspected.  Unician   04:16, 28 July 2014 (UTC)