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Copyright Violation by Reproducing Figure in Paper[edit]

I would like to produce a Wikipedia figure that will look nearly identical to one in a published scientific article (Figure 1 here). The figure itself is an unrooted phylogenetic tree which uses 143 public domain genetic sequences. There is an example of a similar figure here but in that case it was released by the paper authors under CC license. If I use the same 143 public domain genetic sequences as the original paper, the output image from a phylogenetic tree program will look very similar to the copyrighted image. Would using this image be a copyright violation to use? Of course the original authors would be cited, but I feel it's not that simple. Ceing (talk) 14:23, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

This does appear to be uncopyrightable data though their figure (how they present it) is copyrightable. You should be able to recreate the basic idea (the branching relations) in your own manner. You may want to look to the Graphics Lab not so much on the drawing advice but to get ideas how to make sure you aren't creating a derivative work of what their figure presentation looks like. --MASEM (t) 14:36, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! If I made an original figure that is sufficiently different. Would I still cite the original authors of that figure or would that no longer be necessary? Ceing (talk) 14:40, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Definitely cite the source of the data (assuming that the PD data is different from the paper), and I would recommend including the original paper as a source for the concept of the figure. --MASEM (t) 14:50, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

File:Metro freecitybus logo.png[edit]

Simple enough for {{PD-textlogo}}? Useddenim (talk) 00:25, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

I agree. Same as File:FreeCityBus.svg --Sreejith K (talk) 20:42, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
If not {{PD-textlogo}}, both may be better to be listed as {{PD-ineligible-USonly}}. The files were made in the United Kingdom and the UK has a much stricter level for the threshold of originality for copyright. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 22:32, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

premier chirsty clark[edit]

hi premier chirsty clark

there right to get marry down syndrome — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:26, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

It sounds like you are confused about where to ask a question. Here is for copyright questions. Perhaps you could ask at wikipedia:Reference desk/miscellaneous, but it does sound like a legal advice question whech we cannot deal with here. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 22:15, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
What is this for? Shabratha (talk) 13:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Shabratha This page is about image copyrights, image tagging, non-free content, and related media questions. ///EuroCarGT 17:34, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Earth Awakens Cover Help[edit]

Would the image from this site be acceptable to use for the "Earth Awakens" article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:23, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, it would appear to meet the allowance for cover art under WP:NFCI#1. --MASEM (t) 15:54,

Paul Nicholson ( Darts Player)[edit]

Can I upload a picture of him for his infobox.

Only if you own the copyright, or if the copyright holder releases it under a free license. (See WP:CONSENT). Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 20:28, 20 July 2014 (UTC)


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)