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Media copyright questions

Welcome to the Media Copyright Questions page, a place for help with image copyrights, tagging, non-free content, and related questions. For all other questions please see Wikipedia:Questions.

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}})
  5. Hit Publish changes.
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Are test card screenshots also a copyrighted television program?[edit]

Hello everyone, I'm from Korean Wikipedia. I almost tried to upload my KCTV photo but found out already that file I would like to upload is existed on English Wikipedia. It was File:Korean Central Television 16-9 Test Card.png that I watched. But, I felt strange because Licensing said it is a screenshot of a copyrighted television program. but when I visitted c:Category:Television test patterns in Wikimedia, there are so many screenshots / photos of test cards. Even I uploaded my KCTV test card there. another KCTV test card (SD version) is visible there, too. Anyway, I think test cards is not 'a copyrighted television program' and it should be the common file on Wikimedia. If that is true, how can I move that photo to Wikimedia? --Raccoon Dog (talk) 03:08, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

First, Wikimedia is the organisation which encompasses Wikipedia and a number of other projects. By "Wikimedia", I suspect that you mean Wikimedia Commons, a collection of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
Most test card patterns are electronically generated, and the image in general will be the property of the generator's manufacturer. Usually, they are customised by the TV station, to add the station name; but this will not affect the ownership. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 08:06, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Television logo typeface[edit]

Hello all, I just have a quick question. It looks like File:Game of Thrones 2011 logo.svg is in the public domain and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons due to it not meeting the threshold of originality. It does however have a file tag that it most likely is trademarked. The logo is supposed to be appear with on a today's featured list in mid-April, see Wikipedia:Today's featured list/April 17, 2020. I just want to make sure it is suitable to appear on the Main Page. Thank you. -- LuK3 (Talk) 19:56, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

There's a difference between trademark and copyright and Commons hosts lots of files of logos which are too simple to be considered eligible for copyright protection, but which are trademarked. Commons licensing isn't an exact science for sure in that there usually isn't a specific court case which states a particular file it's hosting is "too simple to be eligible for copyright protection"; it seems those who developed Commons's various policies and guidelines over the years tried to do so based upon whatever court cases or legal examples they could find that existed and then worked from there. Most others work from such examples and then try to correspondingly apply them to other files based upon their experience or other discussions related to other files. So, unless Wikipedia has somehow prohibited the use of trademarked content on its main page, it would seem that it should be OK to use there if it's considered OK to use on any other Wikipedia page. The main page might be where it gets the most attention in a short period of time, but it will continue to be used in various articles and hosted on Commons regardless of whether it shows up on the main page for a few days.
If you're asking whether the file is "too simple to be copyrighted" then that's a different question and is one that will most likely need to be resolved on Commons. c:COM:L requires that logos, etc. uploaded under a c:Template:PD-textlogo license like this file is be WP:PD in the United States and their country of origin. If the country of origin is also the US (as appears to be the case here), then that means c:COM:TOO United States is going to be how this file's threshold of originality is going to be assessed. The only way the file will be likely removed from Commons is if it's considered too complex to be public domain and is instead seen as c:COM:FAIR, but you might need to try c:COM:DR to establish that. If you want to play it safe and not use the file on the main page, you can I guess as long as others feel the same way; however, it might be hard to convince others of such a thing if you try and argue that the file is otherwise OK for Commons and OK for other Wikipedia pages, but just not OK for the main page. Isn't there a talk page for the main page where you can discuss such things? -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:02, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
Eg File:Red Dwarf logo.png is such a logo that is literally just a typeface + simple object, but because the work is UK, the arrangement is considered artistic enough that we cannot have it at Commons, but consider it fine under the US threshold of originality. --Masem (t) 23:42, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Logo for Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota removed and marked for deletion - Why?[edit]

The bot User:‎JJMC89 bot removed the logo (File:Cmsm logo.png) from the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota page, and then user User:‎JJMC89 has flagged the logo for deletion since it is copyrighted and not used on a page. What should I change in the fair use notice of the image to keep it from being automatically removed/deleted by bots? Am I misunderstanding something about the fair use policy? --Nirobbins (talk) 15:44, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

I have added the Non-free use rationale logo template. Am I ok to add it back to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota page? Nirobbins (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 15:50, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
It all looks OK to me. You should now be able to re-add the image back into the infobox. >>BEANS X2t 20:14, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
I readded it to the article. ww2censor (talk) 22:47, 4 April 2020 (UTC)