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How do I tag an image?[edit]

How do I tag a photo that was sent to me to add to a Biographical page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Madegray (talkcontribs) 22:37, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

The chances are that you cannot use it. If the person who sent it owns the copyright, and gave written permission to release it freely then use the procedure at WP:Permit. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 23:24, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Can someone fix up File:Ecovative design company logo.png tagging[edit]

Folks, can someone help me by fixing up the copyright and licencing tags on File:Ecovative design company logo.png (and anything else that is obviously wrong)? I am sure it is easy, but I don't understand it, and I don't upload images often enough to get it right. To be clear this is a copyright logo for a business in the USA used solely on the company article page which I understand comes under fair-use. I thought I had added the correct information yesterday in response to a bot speedy delete alert, but today find another speedy delete alert highlighting another issues. I have run around a few pages looking for how to add the required tags (copyright and licence) without success. It would make me very happy if someone would just fix it! Thanks. PeterEastern (talk) 07:16, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for User:Salavat, who fixed this for me with this edit. PeterEastern (talk) 11:08, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
No problems. Salavat (talk) 13:34, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Book cover question - Detroit: An American Autopsy[edit]

I posted a small image of a book cover for an article (from Amazon I think) and received a notice staying that it was "non-free" content and it would be deleted if I did not provide further explanation or justification for its use. I remember seeing (someplace) a comment about creating articles about books that it was permissible to place small images of book covers as part of the article. I do not recall exactly where I read that (someplace in Wikipedia instructions pages). Can you guide me at all as to how to find that advice or how to otherwise satisfy the copyright police bot? The article I am talking about is here: Detroit: An American Autopsy

many thanks.

Mdukas (talk) 00:11, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

I was thinking that it was easier to include a non-free use rationale than it is to explain how to do it. Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline talks about it and {{Non-free use rationale book cover}} is one way to do it. Then I saw Salavat has already done this, seemingly before you had even posted your question.[1] Thincat (talk) 15:52, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Question about Creative Commons license[edit]

Only options given under the upload wizard are CC 3.0 and above. However, I have a SpaceX photo of a satellite deployment which is licensed under CC 2.0 Attribution Generic (CC BY 2.0). Is this considered acceptable? If it is, what should I put as the license information? Appable (talk) 03:40, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

This CC licence is acceptable.[2] I suggest you upload the photo as 3.0 and then edit the file description to change the template from {{Cc-by-3.0}} to {{Cc-by-2.0}}. Thincat (talk) 15:39, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Image from A news papers website[edit]

What would be the copyright tag for an image taken from a news papers site do not say about its copyright policy? like (http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/one-more-sp-leader-quits/article78701.ece/ ) ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ejaz92 (talkcontribs) 09:53, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Did you overlook the copyright notice at the bottom left of the page? Generally the vast majority of images found on the internet, especially news and newspaper websites, are copyright, unless they are specifially noted to be freely licenced. The big image on that page is actually attributed to a photographer and they may well own the copyright. Other images don't have that but are still most likely copyright, so unless you have their verified permission we cannot use them. You may find also it useful to read my image copyright information page. Good luck ww2censor (talk) 14:55, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Copyright issue[edit]

Dear Colleagues, Today I have created an article Center for Jewish Art, of which I am a deputy director. It is a 36-years-old research institute, which documents Jewish art all around the globe. In the article I put 15 images, which were rapidly removed by Wiki editors since I incorrectly described their copyright. In short, the copyright of all photographs belongs to the Center for Jewish Art and their were made with explicit consent of the owners of the objects. All of them are shown in our Index of Jewish Art http://cja.huji.ac.il/browser.php. How should I define the copyright in this case in order to allow those images to appear in Wikipedia? Thank you in advance, Vlalevin (talk) 21:58, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

If you are the copyright owner, you can verify your permission by following the procedure found at WP:CONSENT, otherwise get that person to release the image under a free licence. Based on the article title I suspect these images were of artworks and such images are derivative works and the copyright of the work usually rests with the artists, so it will be their consent that is needed in addition to that of the photographer. However, depending on the country of the artist, the duration of copyright of older works will depend on that county's copyright laws. This commons page may be of use to you: copyright rules by territory. Please be aware that editing an article for an organisation for which you work means you will most likely have a conflict of interest and should read and understand WP:COI, so you need to edit with a neutral point of view. Good luck. ww2censor (talk) 23:38, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

File:HMHB-EditorsRecommendation.jpg[edit]

I recently uploaded the title file, trying to follow the instructions in Template:Infobox_album#Cover; and have had a message from User:ImageTaggingBot asking me to select the appropriate license tag by reference to Wikipedia:File copyright tags and Wikipedia:Image copyright tags/All. I have read those pages, and still have not the foggiest idea what to do next. FWIW I'm a retired IP lawyer, and so should know a bit about copyright law, it was part of my day job - but nevertheless I could make neither head nor tail out of those pages. Life is too short to follow up all the sublinks on the offchance of finding intelligible guidance. Help, please. Narky Blert (talk) 00:50, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I don't know if you used the Upload Wizard as this would help to fill in the right rationale and license fields. But as it is up, what you need are two templates: {{Non-free album cover}} which is the copyright license tag, and {{Non-free use rationale album cover}} which is the non-free rationale standard boilerplate for non-free album covers. You can just edit those into the current file page. --MASEM (t) 02:48, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Personal photos of commercial products.[edit]

Can personal photos taken of commercial products, such as this one of a bottle of hot sauce, be uploaded to Wikipedia using "Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication"? I'm not sure if simply taking the photo using one's own camera means that the trademark (or copyright) of the subject matter no longer needs to be taken into account. Would such photos be considered non-free images or derivative works instead? Thanks in advance. - Marchjuly (talk) 02:00, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Just for reference, I'm not sure if uploading such an image to Commons would be acceptable per c:COM:PACKAGING since the label appears to be an artistic work that is not incidental and not simple enough to exclude it from copyright protection. So, if this image is unacceptable for upload to as Public Domain then maybe that means it also shouldn't have been uploaded to Wikipedia as such. Not sure, which is why I am asking here. - Marchjuly (talk) 02:35, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
You have it basically right - the labeling on the package is copyrightable (the sun logo at minimum) so a photo of it, with the label clearly part of the focus of the picture, makes this photo a derivative work of the copyrighted art and is thus considered non-free. It would only be allowed to be uploaded here at en.wiki and would need to meet rigorous non-free requirements, which at first glance I doubt it would. A counterexample would be something like this File:Punched_beer_can.jpg where the wordmark logo is non-copyrightable (too simple) and thus the freely-taken photo can be licensed to the PD or a CC license. --MASEM (t) 02:44, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you Masem. Any suggestions on how best to proceed? The image is currently being only used in a draft and was uploaded by someone new to Wikipedia who probably is not too familiar with the relevant Wikipedia policy. - Marchjuly (talk) 02:50, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Checking the draft page, I'm not seeing where the indicated would fall within NFC - there's the logo of the company that makes that product which is used to identify the brand, which is fine per NFC, but the bottle becomes unnecessary, and thus fails NFC due to the nature of the copyright of the logo in the photo. The image should probably be deleted because it fails NFCC. --MASEM (t) 03:23, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Technically speaking, the image was uploaded as "public domain" and not as an NFCI . Does that mean it should be tagged for CSD per WP:F3 or is there another more appropriate way to proceed? - Marchjuly (talk) 03:33, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
If there was a question whether it was PD or not, Possibly unfree files would be the venue for that. What we are looking at here is an image that doesn't immediately fail any of the CSD rules, and should thus be send to WP:FFD for deletion that way, noting that the PD tag is incorrect for this image (per this discussion) and as non-free it fails NFCC (particularly NFCC#1/#3 with the brand logo already there). --MASEM (t) 05:28, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Masem. Does it make a difference who nominates it for FFD? Would you care to? - Marchjuly (talk) 05:43, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
I have nominated the file for deletion using WP:FFD. All are welcomed to comment at its entry page. - Marchjuly (talk) 01:30, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Please delete the file at your earliest convenience. The legal risk of including product shots in Wikipedia hot sauce articles far outweighs any utility they might have. --Xyzerb (talk) 03:54, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Image scanned from a vehicle brochure[edit]

Is it ok if I scan & post a vehicle image (Long-discontinued model/s from 1990s) from a brochure, as an accurate & instructive part of a post? Naturally, I would intend it to be for informative 'free content', relating to specific detailing of the vehicle/s. I do not see any copyright infringement in this respect, but need some confirmation / guidance.

Webcor (talk) 18:36, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

That would still be a copyright infringement, as the photographer or brochure creator would own the copyright. Since someone could still take a photo of a 1990s car part it would not be fair use either. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 23:20, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
The problem being that the vehicles are rare. Therefore, finding one in original state and photographing particular 'detailing' of it would be difficult. I don't fancy touring the length of the country, or the world for that matter, to find one.
Obviously, an original brochure shows an unsullied model, in the 'best light' and as the manufacturer intended.
Perhaps I shall write to the manufacturer and ask permission. It would surely be beneficial to them that their past marque was given positive attention...? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webcor (talkcontribs) 13:54, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
We understand the problem with tracking down some things, but it does not matter how difficult it is to obtain a freely licenced image so long as it is possible, someday, somehow somewhere, then a non-free image will not be allowed. Sometimes getting a free image of a person is far more difficult then an object of which there are at least a few examples. Asking the manufacturer is certainly an option but don't hold out much hope they will freely licence the image, which means that anyone can use it for anything, but if you don't ask you can't be told yes. ww2censor (talk) 16:48, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Personal photo upload[edit]

I took a photo of a book cover ("Cartucho," by Nellie Campobello). Am I able to upload this image I took personally to a Wikipedia page? Or must I first submit it to a public domain database or elsewhere? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hrroyals (talkcontribs) 01:33, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

You can upload it here as long as it meets the fair use criteria unless the image on the book cover is out of copyright (it probably isn't). You don't have any rights to the image even though you took the photograph so you should not, for example, list yourself as the author. You must apply and fill in the fair use template otherwise the image will be deleted. QuiteUnusual (talk) 13:31, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Just for clarity, we do not actually accept images under the US legal term fair use but use a much stricter non-free content policy. So any copyright image you upload must comply with all 10 non-fee content policy guidelines. That being said, book covers are normally only allowable in an article about that specific book and not in the author's article, unless of course it is a freely licenced image. ww2censor (talk) 16:37, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Ah yes, of course. I shouldn't use "shorthand" in these circumstances. Thanks. QuiteUnusual (talk) 17:33, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

question about photos provided[edit]

I made an article about a living academic, Kevin Schürer. The university he works for released his photo along with other images in a press release ("Images of family trees and Professor Kevin Schürer are available here") Is it OK for fair use, just for his biography, so long as the university is credited? МандичкаYO 😜 02:38, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

@Wikimandia: If a person is living, it is assumed that a freely licensed photo of them can be reasonably obtained - so unfortunately, no, we can't claim fair use on that. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:41, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
That being said, assuming the university owns the images, it may be worth trying to reach out to the university and seeing if they'd be willing to donate a photo by freely licensing it. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:43, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks SuperHamster I'll do that! I'm sure they'd be willing. МандичкаYO 😜 02:48, 26 March 2015 (UTC)


Someone claiming that they own the copyright to an image uploaded here[edit]

I got an e-mail from someone I don't know saying that a company is claiming ownership of File:Herpetotheres_cachinnans2.jpg, an image that was uploaded here and I moved to Commons. The e-mail says the company is threatening legal action against people who use the image on their Web pages. Is there someone who addresses situations of this type? —JerryFriedman (Talk) 04:31, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

As the image is now on Commons I believe you need to address the issue there. The image is visually identical to this one, not that this proves copyright ownership as it could just as easily have been copied from Commons. QuiteUnusual (talk) 13:24, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
I've raised it as a deletion proposal at Commons so the experts can consider it rather than just a straight copyio. QuiteUnusual (talk) 13:29, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

What kind of tag/license do I need for a figure taken from American Psychologist?[edit]

Hi there,

May I please ask you: what kind of tag/license do I need for a figure taken from American Psychologist?

The image is taken from Jyotsna Vaid, Allan Paivio, Robert C. Gardner, and Fred Genesee. "Wallace E. Lambert (1922–2009)." American Psychologist. 65(4), (2010), 290-291, though it looks like it may belong to the Canadian Psychological Association: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/74373526/Dr-Wallace-Lambert-CPA-Gold-medal-Award-for-Distinguished

Reproduction is allowed under the guidelines of the American Psychological Association.

The following citation is taken from the APA website http://apa.org/about/contact/copyright/index.aspx#required:

"3. Permission is Not Required for the Following:

    [1] A maximum of three figures or tables from a journal article or book chapter, 
    [2] Single text extracts of less than 400 words, 
    [3] Series of text extracts that total less than 800 words

No formal requests to APA or the author are required for the items in this clause."

Please advise and thanks ever so much for your time!!

Montreal8888 (talk) 21:36, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Hello! That permission grant appears to be intended for re-use in other scholarly publications. They have a section #6 on permissions for electronic reproductions which includes "APA does not generally grant permission for any use of APA scholarly content on the public Internet or in electronic mailing list". Our license not only allows content to be used on Wikipedia, but further used and re-used by pretty much anyone anywhere for any purpose, which this prohibition would seem to preclude. CrowCaw 22:15, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Paper permission[edit]

I recently submitted a wikipedia article about a significant historical event -- this was a copy of an article that I had previously published in a college online newspaper. The editors of that paper have given me written permission to reuse the content in a wikipedia article, and confirmed that I retained the copyright to the material. I included that information in a note to the wikipedia address for donating copyright, sent the note from my gmail address associated with the original article, and included the appropriate tag in my article's talk file to indicate that I had sent the note. After hearing nothing in response for over a week, I want ahead and submitted my article for review, along with a few photos, and suddenly got hammer letters about copyright violations and pending deletion of my submissions. I would appreciate a note from someone, accepting my donation of the copyright so I can reuse my old material. I realize I should rewrite it to use the correct tone, and I can do that in the next week or so. As someone who has worked in the technical publishing industry for 30+ years, I was really surprised at the summary rejection of work by a new volunteer contributor, and the tags flagging me before that, for possible plagerism and self-promotion...

In the case of my two photos, if someone could just show me how to add the right tag to my file, I think the problems could be easily solved. I took both those photos myself, with my own camera - what tag and text do I need to insert to indicate that?

Thanks, Paul (Kor) Gorgen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gorgenkor (talkcontribs) 01:12, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

xThis is in the wrong place I think Paul---I think you have to ask a separate question. Right now you are in the answering field of my question, which is still awaiting a response. Click on "Click here to ask your question" which is toward the top of the page and include a subject heading Montreal8888 (talk) 01:48, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
I have added a section header to separate this section and the one above; if you'd like a different section title, Paul, you're free to change it. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 01:51, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi @Gorgenkor: Sorry for the frustration - dealing with copyright here can be a bit confusing. The problem here is that, while you did email Wikimedia with evidence showing that the content is freely licensed, the editor who reviewed your draft has no idea that the email was sent. An OTRS volunteer (i.e. someone who has access to Wikimedia's email system) has to mark the draft as having proper permission. For future reference, you'll need to mark texts or images with {{OTRS pending}} to show other editors that an OTRS volunteer has yet to get to it. I've gone ahead and done that for you.
I'm looking at your email right now (I have access) and it looks good; if you could, however, also forward the email you received from the paper giving you the copyright of the text, that'd be great. Thank you! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:01, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
P.S. As for the images, you'll need to add an acceptable free license to them (see this list for a few options). You should also add Template:Information, with the fields filled out. For the source field, simply put {{own}}. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:22, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Have permission to use image from owner, but want to make sure that I cover all requirements before uploading[edit]

I contacted the marketing representative of Yellowbird Sauce via email and she gave me permission to use the following image in the Yellowbird Habanero Condiment article (currently draft): https://yellowbirdsauce.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/19oz_yb_hab_front1.jpg

She also gave me permission to remove the white background if needed. I don't want to uploading it without satisfying all of the requirements for inclusion in an article.

What should my next steps be? Thank you. --Xyzerb (talk) 02:52, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

You should get the copyright holder to follow the procedure found at WP:CONSENT. ww2censor (talk) 14:20, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. --Xyzerb (talk) 10:58, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Guidance on artworks to illustrate modern and contemporary Arab art[edit]

Hi - I am hoping someone well versed in non-free use can advise me on using images of artworks in the Barjeel Art Foundation wikipedia page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barjeel_Art_Foundation The collection is specific to modern and contemporary Arab art (and is one of the best in the world!). My understanding is that it would be fair use to show artworks as they illustrate not a school of art but an equally relevant classification and one that is typically under-represented online so educational value is high. If someone has time I would really appreciate if you look at my fair use rationale and let me know what I am doing wrong or if it is even possible to allow these onto wikipedia. I think if the article were about modern and contemporary arab art rather than the foundation's collection of them it may be more simple? …or maybe not. Cmclean74 (talk) 06:45, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

I doubt whether the non-free use mavens will like all these! The first one File:Mahmoud Said painting-Recto-Village.jpg looks to me to be out of copyright (by a couple of months!) in Egypt because the artist died in 1964 and Copyright law of Egypt protects for 50 years after death. However, the USA will have restored copyright in the USA in 1996. See Uruguay Round Agreements Act. Number two, File:Standing Figure and Child painting by Khalil Gibran.jpg, is now free because its 50-year copyright expired in 1981[3] and so it will not have gone into extended copyright in the USA in 1996. If you remove the non-free rationales for ones that are actually free then there is a better chance for what is left. Thincat (talk) 15:58, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Question regarding a list article waiting for approval[edit]

Although I've been editing for some time I have rarely dealt with copyvio issues so let me give the background to my question. The article Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century used to include a list of the 100 horses with links to their wikiarticles. Then last June this thread on the talk page Talk:Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century#Copyright violation took place and the list was removed. Today I came across this new article The Great Movies and, to my eye, it looks to contain lists that were like the ones removed from the Blood-Horse article so I wanted to get input on it ASAP. If the lists are okay then that is great and my apologies for taking up your time but if they aren't I wanted Fireflyfanboy, who put in all of the work to create the article, to know about it as quickly as possible. Thanks for your time. MarnetteD|Talk 22:53, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

MarnetteD brings up a very good question. Just looking at the citations for the Great Movies list article, almost everyone of which is to a Roger Ebert source, I'd say that the list itself is most probably a copyright violation, as the assemblage of lists is' a sufficiently creative act to qualify for copyright under U.S. law. However, I would also say that it is not a copyright violation for any particular film article to note that the film has been listed by Ebert as a "Great Movie". So I would advise that the article be deleted, but that the information that Firefly has added to film articles can stay, but with the Wikilinks removed, of course. BMK (talk) 01:08, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
WP:OTHERTHINGSEXIST is not a reason to allow a copyright violation. I reviewed the history of Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century and its talk page and see that back in June 2014 Moonriddengirl removed the copyright notice and her summary stated: "copyright problem removed. PLEASE DO NOT RESTORE. See talk.". She is well versed in copyright and we have discussed some more difficult copyright situation previously. So her views are extremely solid. Such lists that are created specifically by a magazine have required creative input and copying such a list into an article is clearly a copyright violation. However, lists that are based on common knowledge cannot be copyrighted but I'm sorry to say that is not the case in this instance. ww2censor (talk) 10:25, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
I've removed the list. I really hate that we have to do this, but it's based on attorney advise. Wikipedia:Non-free_content#Text_2 notes that we cannot recreate or partially recreate top 100 or similar lists that are based on creative assessment, and while a "greats" list doesn't rank, it does choose. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 11:04, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you BMK, Ww2censor and Moonriddengirl for taking the time to look into this and for your responses. Your input is appreciated. MarnetteD|Talk 14:51, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Simple enough logo?[edit]

Looking for a second opinion on this: would this logo be simple enough to qualify for {{PD-logo}} ? Nikkimaria (talk) 20:22, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

In the US I think the answer is yes. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 21:20, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Response to SuperHamster's request for a copy of my copyright permission note - sent it to permissions-en@wikipedia.org[edit]

I just forwarded the note I'd received from the publisher of my original article, saying that I maintained the copyright and that they had no problem with me duplicating the material in a Wikipedia article. Sent it to permissions-en@wikipedia.org just now to permissions-en@wikipedia.org. Thanks, Paul Kor Gorgen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gorgenkor (talkcontribs) 22:29, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

@Gorgenkor: Received; I've updated your draft according, thanks! For future reference, no need to start a new section. You may either respond in the original section above, or leave me a message on my talk page. Cheers, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 23:03, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Question about posting a photo[edit]

Hello there, I have some pictures of very old monuments. Now, I want to post them on Wikimedia Commons but the very big thing this now the place from where I took pictures say-'Taking pictures are forbidden' but I got them when there was no message. So, should have these pictures with my self or post them? I have asked in Teahouse but they suggested me to go here! Thank You Komchi 12:26, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

A clear cut answer depends on a number of factors. What country are the monuments in and when did the artist die? Some countries have no freedom of panorama (also see WP:FOP) exception while countries like the USA allow such use so long as the artist has been dead for a sufficent time, which in most instances is usually 70 years pma but even that depends (see commons:COM:FOP and commons:COM:CRT). In general terms your photos are considered derivative works of the original artistic monumnent which is why the artist's death date may be important. I may be wrong but from your edits you are possibly talking about India in which case there is an FoP exception and the appropriate commons template is at commons:Template:FoP-India. The issue of being permitted to take photos or not is a contractual situation between you and the location and has no bearing on the issue of copyright. As you indicate, at the time your photos were taken there was not even a notice, so the point is moot. Please provide some more details then we can better help you. ww2censor (talk) 14:47, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
@Ww2censor:Yes, I am talking about monuments of India. It is the City Palace, Jaipur which has a small museum. These pictures(which I have taken) are a month old. I took photos of kings and emperors from time periods of 17th-18th century and some photos of the British India (whose publishers/painters are also probably not alive). I have already read Wikimedia guidelines but because of forbidden thing I am a bit confused if I should upload or not? Komchi 14:56, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
I think from the details provided it sounds like they are safe to upload. Once they are uploaded we can check the template to see if anything needs to be tweaked in the licensing. DreamGuy (talk) 15:19, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a lot guys!Komchi 15:25, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Ancient monuments will not be under copyright. For monuments, if they are on permanent display in a public place (even if you have been charged to go in) I believe your photos will not infringe the copyright of the sculptor even if the work is recent. See commons:Commons:Freedom of panorama#India. "Photos of British India" are a completely different matter. If you have taken photographs of photos or paintings the museum has on display and these are 20th century photos/paintings, they may still be under copyright and there is no freedom of panorama. This is a much more difficult matter. See Copyright law of India. Thincat (talk) 15:27, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
I have put down the photos please check them out-
File:CityPalace,Jaipur ScenefromDurbar.JPG,
File:CityPalace,Jaipur Meeting.JPG,
File:CityPalace Jaipur ElephantProcession.JPG,
File:CityPalace,Jaipur MaharajaSawaiManSingh2withOtherRulersDuringTheSilverJubilee.JPG,
File:CityPalace,Jaipur CelebrationOfDurbar.JPG,

Komchi 16:17, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

I doubt anyone here will be able to tell you when they were first published (photos) or when the artist died (artworks). All we could do is add 60 years! Thincat (talk) 16:51, 29 March 2015 (UTC)