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Out of date Copyright permission[edit]

Just notices that "File:Bank Of England10.png" has an out of date copyright permission. Is there any way to flag this or anything so that someone in the know can apply for renewel? Thanks WillDow (Talk) 16:29, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

How do i make the table under the image[edit]

How do i make the table under the image on the top right of the article

[[Image:image.jpg|thumb|300px|]] like if i wanted to put Established and a date, or Born and a date

Arian19 (talk) 22:30, 10 December 2008 (UTC)


How do I tag a picture I took personally so it is accepted by you? I work for the Town that the building is in and have a beautiful picture I am trying to add to its article (The Joseph T. St. Lawrence Center)? Your bot has taken beautifultorneValley.jpg down because I tagged it incorrectly. After reading further into the issue I am still confused, but tried again anyway. Looking for some help. Thanks!Saintstaff (talk) 21:21, 29 December 2008 (UTC)


Fair Use Image[edit]

hello, I wanted to take a picture from this pdf file and use it for the Hobart Airport article, I just wanted to know if i can do that, as the fair use page didn't really clarify it for me. I wish to use Figure 1 on page 3 of the pdf file to demonstrate what the airport might look like in a few years time. Can anyone help me out? Wiki ian 04:03, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

1) One might argue that wikipedia is not a WP:CRYSTAL ball. The reason for this rule is preciselly found in your example. This is because you have a company that has created a piece of art based on something which doesn't not technically exist yet. They have made a map "proposal". The subject mater of the image you are trying to upload is not really the Airport's land but the up-comming "future" plans. This violates wikipedia rule WP:Crystal because it extrapolates into the future history. As stated in section 3 of the afformentioned rule "Articles that present extrapolation, speculation, and "future history" are original research and therefore inappropriate." There is of course an exception to this which is highlighted in section 1 of the rule. Whereas "expected future events should only be included if the event is notable and almost certain to take place." The event must be well on it's way or well documented. If this was the case, I would assume that you should be able to obtain a better source then the original proposal. Perhaps a news paper, and a picture of the construction taking place. The company that has created this image, owns the rights to this proposal and it's ideas. The fair use of this image, I believe would be inapropriate unless we can clearly meet Wikipedia's WP:CRYSTAL rule. What I mean by that is prior to discussing whether this meets fair use or not, we should see if it's notable and meets Wikipedia's rule WP:CRYSTAL. I believe these rules must be considered in the fair use evaluation. Please allow me to explain: 2) As for fair use: Yes, you might consider adding the picture if you consider Wikipedia:Fair_use#Counterexamples (Image #3) which talks about territory. In fact, I've successfully applied this acception with the following image, [[1]]. However, this is an image of something that is of the past (not the up-comming future). Most importantly it is of a dispute territory. When I say disputed territory I mean this from the POV of a wikipedia editor who has to deal with the evolution and change of territorial names throughout history. A good way to show this change is, I believe, through a map. But, again, this example is documented history and not "future history". I believe the picture you want to add is of a map with the imposition of lines of something that could be considered a type of disputed territory. (And I say that losely because up above I believe I just indicated the subject mater is more upon "up-comming "future" plans") Which, is why again, I say this is of "future history". Hence, if you want to add documentation of this disputed "territory", you would need to substantiated that it is something that is not only happening (ie.: see WP:CRYSTAL) but that it really pertains to the territory. "City council meetings" or other source material (news papers) could be appropriate. However, again, this image is only existant within a "proposal". The subject mater is a proposal and it must be proven noteworthy, per WP:NOTABILITY and not violate Wikipedia's WP:CRYSTAL ball rule, before even continuing to elaborate on the afformentioned "fairuse counterexamples rules." For these reasons, and my assumption that they have not been met, I do not believe that the image should be republished within the article. --CyclePat (talk) 17:04, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Images from State Archives of Florida[edit]

I found several photographs that I wanted to use for an article in the State Archives of Florida, and sent this question to that agency: "I want to use one or more of the photos on Wikipedia, and need to know their copyright status for that purpose. Are they copyright, public domain, or something else?"

This was the response I received from Joanna Norman, Archives Supervisor:

I wish I had a simple answer to your question, but I do not. First, let me say that photographs from the Archives collections are used by thousands of media outlets (including Wikipedia submissions) annually. But all photographs in the State Archives of Florida are not public record; some are from individual donations or loans and are not covered by Florida’s public records law.
With each accession, the State Archives of Florida obtains a “deed of gift” form (private donations) or transfer form (state records/public domain) releasing the copyright to the Archives. Though the appropriate paperwork is signed by the donor, there is no way to be certain that all info submitted with the donated images is 100% is true and accurate every time. To our knowledge none of the images posted on the Florida Memory Project website have any copyright issues, and to date the State Archives has never been challenged, but you should be aware of the disclaimer posted by the Department of State legal counsel on the Florida Memory website, http://floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/disclaimer.cfm.
So the answer is not clear cut – I can inform you of two things: 1) despite consistent use by HBO, Oprah, Discovery Channel, Public TV, and every publisher I can think of… no image from the State Archives has been challenged regarding copyright; and, 2) in the event of a challenge, the Florida Dept. of State has posted disclaimer on the website that basically says “use these images at your own risk.”

Do you have any advice as to what I should do? Can I use this sort of material? How should I list it in terms of status? Thanks. Tim Ross (talk) 14:43, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

This is at least as good as our own OTRS. We can never be 100% sure that images in the commons, even with signed OTRS releases, really are free, and yet we are free to use them without limit. So why should this be any different? -- Zsero (talk) 16:25, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Image of deforestation in Borneo[edit]

I modified an map image found on the Web. I want to know whether this is now my own image. The easiest way seemed to be to upload it with a detailed summary. Could you have a look: File:Borneo deforestation map.jpg ? Thanks --Annielogue (talk) 20:52, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

That's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Borneo_deforestation_map.jpg --Annielogue (talk) 20:56, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Image available for non-commercial use from the British Museum[edit]

I am working on an article (still a work in progress) on Burna-Buriash II, a rare example of a Kassite King with ‘’primary’’ source material. I would like to use an image available from the British Museum of one of his letters to his Egyptian counterpart which is apparently available for non-commercial uses for education, etc., here: - http://www.britishmuseum.org/join_in/using_digital_images/using_digital_images.aspx?image=ps344733.jpg The terms and conditions are indicated here: - http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_this_site/terms_of_use.aspx

Can you advise me whether this is acceptable? I would prefer to have your opinion before attempting to obtain it and upload it. Thanks.BigEars42 (talk) 00:20, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

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