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pulivoy village,uthiramerur taluk,kanchipuram district[edit]

change from non-free use to release under Creative Commons[edit]

Please can you advise how I change a non-free image I have uploaded to being in the 'release under a free licence category'. I took the photo myself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Encyclomath (talkcontribs) 20:42, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

@Encyclomath: Pick a license from WP:ICT/FL, and replace the {{Non-free historic image}} tag on the file page with the license you chose. Then replace the {{Non-free use rationale 2}} template with the {{Information}} template, and remove any parameters you don't need. -- AntiCompositeNumber (Leave a message) 21:37, 21 August 2016 (UTC)


I created a couple imaged from Google Images but the Authors couldn't produce a clear copyright title and I've allowed them to be deleted. One of the authors send me two new images and I uploaded them. After uploading them I replied to the email saying I uploaded them and did a CC to with a serial number provided by Wikipedia. I asked the author/professor to also email to making it 110% clear that these images that he said he created just for Wikipedia to be placed in the Public Domain were in fact so. I guess Dr. Willamson would like to focus on his Physics and may be trying to leave this to me. Unfortunately my impression is that the mail to must come from the author. How can I fix this?

  • File:Williamson Electron Spinnor Twisted Photon Strip.png - This file is missing evidence of permission.

Below it says "This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Dr. John Williamson. This applies worldwide." which is true.

The other picture that Dr. Williamson sent seems to be in better compliance:

Perhaps it my Other information:

Other information John Has released this file to be in the Public domain specifically for WikiPedia.

Email: Hello Piet and everyone,

The one from the eprint may have a SPIE copyright on it. Again not sure here.

Had a go at making a new one for you but my old (windows) machine will no longer boot. Need to spend a bit of time getting Povray working. Anyone got POVRAY working on a MAC?

Here is one I'm sure has never been used, so the copyright is mine. Is this the kind of thing you are looking for?

Regards to all, John.

I'll add this to the non-compliant image and ask John to send his copyright declaration to Maybe the mistake was my Cc:ing which appears to be for text, not images.--Pete.delaney (talk) 19:34, 21 August 2016 (UTC) is just fine since you uploaded the image directly at Wikipedia. And it would in fact be helpful if Dr. Williamson himself could confirm that he waived the copyright for these two images because this is not evident from the email text you posted here and in the file pages. If you got a ticket number from any previous emails to the permissions agents, please ask Dr. Williamson to include this number in his message so our email helpers can combine these tasks. De728631 (talk) 21:28, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Uploading an author photo at a book signing; I am the author[edit]

Hi, I read through a page of many questions already asked and didn't find an answer I feel confident addresses my current issue exactly.

I am an author, and have a page on Wikipedia. I am looking to upload an image of myself at a book signing for the main image. It is my photo, taken by a non-photographer/layman friend at my request. The (my) book cover (which I illustrated) is visible in the photo, as is a poster behind me of one of the other illustrations.

Which tag should I use to upload this image?

Thank you, Huicholo (talk) 21:16, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

@Huicholo: Greetings. I hate saying this but a non-photographer/layman friend at my request is a problem - they would be the copyright holder. You'll need to ask them to make an account and upload the file. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 08:50, 24 August 2016 (UTC)


Hi, I would like to request some assistance and guidance on uploading a certain company logo. For your information, I have written in to the company request for permission for uploading their logo image to Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thegreenspokeperson (talkcontribs) 07:28, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

@Thegreenspokesperson: Greetings. What company is the logo of? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 08:50, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Thegreenspokeperson: Normally we allow the use of non-free logos as an identifying image in the infobox of articles about the company though in some cases the logo is so simple it may not be copyrightable because it does not pass the Threshold of originality. We don't nee their permission but I should mention that Wikipedia use alone is not a good enough permission for images in general. It also looks like the article you are preparing is not really notable enough to have its own article based on the source you added. It is missing reliable independent third party sources. You seem to be preparing that article in your user space which is generally used to tell other editors about yourself, your interests and activities; the best place is to start a draft in your sandbox. Good luck. ww2censor (talk) 08:55, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

@Jo-Jo Eumerus: & @Ww2censor: It is one of the Malaysia companies. The company name is KEN Holdings Berhad. I believe you could easily search it on Google. As for the image, you can view it on this link as I couldn't upload or attach it on this chat space. Apart from that, it would be great if you could guide me how to upload the image to Wikipedia as I was creating general articles for it.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Thegreenspokesperon (talkcontribs)

Ah. In that case you should upload it on Wikipedia with the license tag {{PD-ineligible-USonly|Malaysia}}. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 09:11, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

@Jo-Jo Eumerus: Hi Jo-Jo, actually where should I enter the code provided by you? Appreciate it if you could provide me a link for uploading the image. Frankly speaking, this is going be my first time uploading image to Wikipedia. For your information, I tried to upload it to . Correct me if I'm wrong in the progress. Thanks again.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Thegreenspokeperson (talkcontribs) 09:27, 26 August 2016 (UTC+9) (UTC)

Hi thegreenspokesperson. Please try to remember to sign your posts. This will make it much easier for others to see who posted what and when they posted it. Also, certain notification templates, such as "ping", only work when your post is properly signed the first time around. They will not work when you save an unsigned post and the signature is added after the fact by you, User:SignBot, or another editor like I did above.
As for your question, you can find out more about uploading files at Wikipedia:Uploading images. The easiest thing to do is use to use Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard. You will need to have a copy of the file on your computer, however, so you should download a version of the logo from the source webpage to your computer. The Wizard will take you through the process step-by-step, you just need to fill in the relevant information. Since the file is "PD-ineligible-USonly", you should check "This is a free work." in "Step 3: Provide source and copyright information". You should then select "It is too simple to be eligible for copyright." in "Copyright status". After you complete all of the relevant fields, you will be able to use the "Upload" button near the bottom of the screen. If you're satisfied all of the information has been added correctly then click "Upload" to upload the file, but don't click "Upload on Commons". Now, that you've uploaded the file, go to it's page (this will be "File:Name.extension" where "name" refer to the name you've given the file and the extension is the format the file is in (e.g., png, jpeg, etc.)). There should be a link to the file's page on your screen after you upload it. Go to the "Licensing" section on the file's page and click "edit". Delete the copyright license added by the upload wizard and replace it with {{PD-ineligible-USonly|Malaysia}} (you need to add the brackets). Then right below that template, add {{Trademark}} and then click "Show preview" to verify. If everything looks OK, click "Save page" and the process will be complete. @Jo-Jo Eumerus: Please feel free to correct any mistakes I've made above. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:20, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

@Jo-Jo Eumerus: Hi JoJo, I uploaded it as per advice so does it's mean it been approved or I have to wait for a certain period of time? Thanks for the advice. Thegreenspokeperson (talk) 02:59, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Just for reference, the file can now be found at File:Logo, Ken Holdings Berhad, Aug 2016.png, but there is a duplicate on Commons as File:Ken-Holdings-Logo-vector.png tagged with c:Template:OTRS pending. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:20, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
@Thegreenspokeperson: Did you upload the file to Commons as well and did you send a permissions email for it to Commons OTRS? The copyright licensing {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} is not acceptable for Commons, but if Commons OTRS verifies the permission email you sent it, then there would be no need for the Wikipedia version. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:47, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
@Marchjuly: Hi Marchiuly, ya i accidently uploaded it to the Commons before i received advice from Jo-Jo. However, i have already edit format to delete and nominate the duplicate on Commons to be deleted. Thegreenspokeperson (talk) 04:51, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
No worries Thegreenspokeperson. The Commons file has been tagged for speedy deletion by JJMC89. For future reference, you yourself can tag files you have mistakenly uploaded to Commons within 7 days from uploading it with c:Template:SDG7 per c:COM:CSD#G7. Anything older than 7 days, however, needs to be deleted per c:COM:DR. Finally for reference, I was the one who posted this so if it turns out to be bad advice, then just let me know and I'll see what I can do to help resolve any issues that arise. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:22, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
@Marchjuly:. Actually, your advice did work out pretty good. It is because I don’t have the experience uploading the image to Wikipedia. Frankly speaking, I believe I wouldn’t able to work it out without the advice and guidance provided by you. In addition, it was great getting to know you. Last but not least, thanks again March. Thegreenspokeperson (talk) 06:35, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

A photograph of a standard plush bear - Is it a "Derivative work"?[edit]

I received a copyright notice related to File:BellaireHSTexasBears.JPG stating that it could be a derivative work. I took the photograph, but the question is that whether photographing standard plush bears dressed in high school regalia (meant to represent Bellaire High School (Texas)) would count as a derivative work WhisperToMe (talk) 13:51, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

The design of the stuffed bear is definitely copyrightable (it is not like a "utilitarian object" like a car or piece of furniture which cannot be copyrighted). So unless you know that the designer or owner of the copyright of the bear has licensed it as CC-BY or similar, it should be considered a derivative work. --MASEM (t) 14:17, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
All I can tell is that the bear came from "Hometown Products" which seems to be a small company based in Magnolia, Texas. WhisperToMe (talk) 14:25, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
Then the design of the bear is still likely copyrighted, so this is a derivative work to be treated as non-free. --MASEM (t) 14:28, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
It's just an ordinary plush bear, isn't that too simple to be copyrighted?--Prisencolin (talk) 05:32, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
No, a plush bear involves a lot of creative choices. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 09:45, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Yemeni Government Emblems[edit]

I'm inquiring as to the copyright of emblems/insignias produced by the Government of Yemen. I had created an svg of the Yemeni Air Force insignia, however this was deleted from wikicommons on the grounds that I do not own the copyright. As such I have uploaded it under a fair-use tag on wikipedia here in the mean time. Yemen has notoriously poor copyright/intellectual property regulations, however I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge of the copyright status of items produced by the government. Many thanks MrPenguin20 (talk) 12:43, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

I had a quick glance at this WIPO page Intelletual Property Law (Presidential Law Decree No. 19 of 1994 in respect of Intellectual Property) but it needs to be carefully reviewed before making any suggestions. ww2censor (talk) 13:12, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Resemblance to copyrighted character[edit]

This lantern (File:Teemo lantern.jpg, file will be restored soon), is supposed to resemble the copyrighted character, Teemo, (some pictures) from the game League of Legends. The image was originally uploaded to commons, but was deleted, because supposedly a 3d recreation is not covered by Freedom of panorama under Republic of China (Taiwan) law. I re-upped it locally on, but it was again deleted under the premise that licensing wasn't properly indicated. However it seems like rules allowing for Costumes and cosplay may permit the image to be hosted. Also, in my personal opinion, the depiction doesn't even closely resemble the source at all, so even if it weren't eligible for fair use criteria, it shouldn't matter. Sorry but I'm not sure how to clearly describe the situation and use the proper legal terminology.--Prisencolin (talk) 21:49, 25 August 2016 (UTC)