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File:Walter Breisky.jpg[edit]

Is there any way to figure out the date this photo was taken? Walter Breisky was the acting Austrian chancellor for a single day in January 22 and he would've been almost 51 years old at that time. If this is some kind of official photo taken of him at that time, then it might be at least {{PD-US-1923-abroad}} and not need to be non-free content on English Wikipedia. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:46, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

Not that it helps but this 1927 image http://www.bildarchivaustria.at/Bildarchiv//BA/907/B10449491T10449496.jpg he appears older. MilborneOne (talk) 07:43, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
Can't give you an answer, but this image(https://www.wien.gv.at/wiki/index.php/Walter_Breisky) shows him at about the same age. May open a new angle of attack; if you follow that image to it's upload page, and then go to the user who uploaded it, you'll find that it's someone who works at Wienbibliothek im Rathaus; I think it might be worth remembering those school German lessons. - X201 (talk) 07:57, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for taking a look X201. He does look much older in the 1927 image you found, but I'm not sure if we can say for sure it's 4 or more years older. The second image does seem closer in appearance, but I can find a date for that one. Anyway, I tried Tineye on the Wikipedia image, but came up empty. However, I did find this with a google image search. If this a really Getty photo, Wikipedia might not be able to keep it per WP:NFCC#2 and WP:F7. Getty also gives a date of a 1 January 1931 for the image, which means it's not old enough for PD as well. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:43, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Australian Defence Force Ensign[edit]

I see that the Australian Defence Force Ensign is not displaying on the Flag of Australia page and was recently taken down from the Flags of the Australian Defence Force page. Could somebody please explain to me what the issue with this image is and what I can do to help fix that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aussieflagfan (talkcontribs) 22:02, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Aussieflagfan. Assuming that File:Autriservice.gif is the file you're referring to, if you click on the file's page you'll see that it is licensed as non-free content. Non-free content can be uploaded and used on Wikipedia, but such usage is not considered to be automatic and each use of a non-free file must satisfy Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. This policy is quite restrictive and in some articles it might be considered acceptable to use a particular file, whereas in others it might not per WP:OTHERIMAGE. Try checking the page history of those two particular articles to look for edits which removed the flag. Perhaps the person doing the removing left an edit sum explaining why. In general, Wikipedia tries to minimize the usage of non-free content as much as possible, so an image such as this might be allowed for a specific stand-alone article about the flag itself like Australian Defence Force Ensign or even perhaps about the origanization it represents like Australian Defence Force, but it's not typically considered acceptable in more general articles where images are primarily displayed in galleries, tables or as part of a list like the two you've mentioned above. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:59, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
I've now uploaded the file Jsf.gif. At this stage do we know if that file is going to suit all our needs? I want to know so as I may with confidence start uploading some more files from that source. Aussieflagfan (talk) 03:56, 8 July 20
See c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Jsf.gif. — JJMC89(T·C) 04:40, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

Newspaper articles[edit]

I have some newspaper articles of my father's work at the Bureau of Mines that are from the 50's 60's and 70's How would I go about being able to upload them

Thank you Stephen Block — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mrtime49 (talkcontribs) 20:55, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Mrtime49. I'm not sure why the articles themselves would need to be uploaded. The articles themselves might still protected by copyright and uploading text as images is not something which is usually recommended per WP:TEXTASIMAGES. If the newspapers are considered to be reliable sources for Wikipedia's purposes and you want to use them to verify content found in a Wikipedia article, you can probably just cite them as a source instead. Finally, your account seems new and your contribution history doesn't show you as having made any edits to any articles. However, if there is a Wikipedia article written about your father, then Wikipedia would consider you to have a conflict of interest (COI) with respect to that particular article and anything else written about him on Wikipedia. Wikipedia doesn't expressly prohibit COI editing, but it is something which is highly discouraged. So, before you try to edit/create any content about your father on Wikipedia, you should take a look at Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide to familiarize yourself with the kinds of edits that Wikipedia feels are OK to be made by COI editors. -- Marchjuly (talk) 23:59, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

File:WFBY-FM 2016.png[edit]

Does this need to be non-free or can be converted to {{PD-logo}}? If it needs to be non-free, then the way it's being used in WBTQ#Previous logo fails WP:NFG and WP:NFCC#8. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:29, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Same thing for File:WVBX-FM 2014.png as well. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:48, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
The first one looks too complicated with cloud-like distressing over the whole logo while the second looks simple enough to use {{PD-logo}}. ww2censor (talk) 11:29, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
I would agree with ww2censor as well, Marchjuly. The distressed pattern would probably meet TOO. So that one should probably stay non-free. Since it is a "previous logo" and not actually being used to identify the subject anymore I would send that to FFD. --Majora (talk) 23:28, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Ww2censor and Majora. The "WVBX-FM 2014" logo was converted and moved to Commons by another editor. As for the "WFBY-FM" one, I think discussing it further at FFD is probably a good idea. -- Marchjuly (talk) 23:55, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

Which tag to use when permission is granted[edit]

Hi, I have the written pemission of a copyright holder to use a picture he owns in an article, but I am confused as to which tag should be used for the file and how to specify I have the owner's permission for use. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pkurzweil (talkcontribs) 11:44, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Permission from the copyright holder is generally insufficient to allow the use of a nonfree image. If the holder has issued an appropriate license, however, allowing, inter alia, anyone to use the work for any purpose, the image should be uploaded to Commons and a licensing statement sent by the holder to OTRS. Permission from the holder is otherwise generally relevant only when there are issues regarding WP:NFCC #2, "Respect for commercial opportunities". The Big Bad Wolfowitz (aka Hullaballoo). Treated like dirt by many administrators since 2006. (talk) 16:09, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Deleted image[edit]

Why you a delee a INLA a image a? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Offey123 (talkcontribs) 13:58, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

@Offey123: which image are you referring to? Nthep (talk) 14:05, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens‎[edit]

If the lead singer of a band is dead, and the are no other images available, is it OK to use an old image from an album cover under Wikipedia:Non-free content#Guideline examples point 10 ~ Pictures of deceased persons, in articles about that person, provided that ever obtaining a free close substitute is not reasonably likely. The picture it is a low resolution, significantly reduced 1/4 sized, fair use photograph of the deceased Simon 'Mahlathini' Nkabinde, lead singer of Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens taken from inlay of 1990 album Rhythm & Art. The image provides the reader with an idea of the singer's usual stage outfit and his physical appearance -- BOD -- 09:54, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

image in question https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mahlathini_and_the_Mahotella_Queens&oldid=849401334#/media/File:Mahlathini_1986.jpg -- BOD -- 23:38, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
I think File:Mahlathini 1986.jpg is probably OK to use for primary identifiction purposes in Mahlathini, but I don't think its non-free use can also be justified in Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens or Mahotella Queens per WP:NFCC#1, WP:NFCC#3, WP:NFCC#8 and item 6 of WP:NFC#UUI. Similarly, I think that File:Mahlathini Mahotella Queens.jpg can probably be justified for primary identification purposes in Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, but non-free use cannot be justified not in Mahlathini or Mahotella Queens. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:01, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

French or Spanish terms apply?[edit]

The artist is Spanish, but did a lot of their work in France: File:Marià Pidelaserra - A Mountain. Montseny. Sunset - Google Art Project.jpg, Spain until 1987 had longer copyright terms. Which apply?

ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 09:55, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

It would depend on where the work was published - ie put on public exhibition or reproduced in a book. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 00:56, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Film poster removed from Cultural legacy of Mazeppa[edit]

This image was removed from Cultural legacy of Mazeppa. I wrote the article, and copied the image from Mazeppa (film). I'm no expert, but the "Non-free media rationale" given on the image page seems reasonable enough. Could you please re-instate the image, or tell me why exactly it's unsuitable? Thank you. Carbon Caryatid (talk) 13:21, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Carbon Caryatid: In general non-free images can only be used to identify the topic in question, i.e, the film and not as an image in a more general article. It must comply with all 10 non-free policy requirements, which it does for Mazeppa (film). Besides which each and every use of a non-free image must have it own non-free rational justifying its use in that article. The fact that a film was made on this topic is already well made in prose in the article Cultural legacy of Mazeppa and the lack of an image will not detract from the reader's understanding of the topic. See: WP:NFCC#8. You may find it useful to read my image copyright information page. Sorry to not have better news for you. ww2censor (talk) 13:48, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Updating logo and photograph of Boston Conservatory[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Conservatory_at_Berklee I'd like to update the logo shown in their infobox to their newest version, and add a nicer image of their main building. Are these fair use, or non-free content? I don't want to mess up being in the gray area: These are likely not public domain or anything. Thank you, I've never uploaded an image before but have kind of taken to improving this page for the Conservatory. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Benitag (talkcontribs)

Buildings in the United States can be photographed and placed in the public domain, so if you are able to take a newer photo of the facility, you can upload those to commons under a free license. As for the logo, that will remain non-free but you can just upload the newer logo as a newer version of the same file, and then make sure to update the necessary details there. --Masem (t) 04:48, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

File:Ryukyu independence flag.svg[edit]

It seems as if this file probably can be licensed as {{PD-logo}} or {{PD-simple}}, or at the very least as {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} even if by chance it's above c:COM:TOO#Japan. Is there any reason this needs to stay non-free? If there is, then it cannot be used in Template:Country data Ryukyu per WP:NFCC#9. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:32, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

PD-simple would apply to the graphics. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 00:54, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

How to satisfy copyright status of the derivative work?[edit]

I received a Di-no license-notice notification for https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St_George_Bank-Building_Society_Passbook.jpg

The image is of a bank passbook from a now-defunct company.

The instruction say I need to add a "copyright status of each incorporated work", but I can't find any tags specifically relating to incorporated work. Do I just need to add a normal PD-self type of tag? The instructions are very confusing. John Rotenstein (talk) 23:19, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

Assuming you took the picture of the bankbook, keep your PD tag, but add in Template:Non-free 2D art and make to add a non-free rationale. The image can't be free until that character designs falls out of copyright, but once it does, the 2D art template goes away, and your PD stays. (that's probably decades from now...) --Masem (t) 23:24, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Hi John Rotenstein. If, as Masem suggests, the artwork in the passbook needs to be treated as non-free content, I'm not sure you'll be able to justify the non-free use of this file in St.George Bank#History per WP:NFCC#8 and WP:JUSTONE even if you provide a non-free use rationale. There are really only two mentions of the passbooks used by the bank in the article: once in the file's caption and once in the sentence "Shortly after, the black light signature system for passbooks was introduced, a system which had been adopted by the banks in the late 1960s." I don't think the reader really needs to see this particular image to understand that sentence and the bank's logo/mascot character is already shown in the main infobox. So, unless there's more added about this particular image itself or a stronger contextual connection between image and article content is provided, I don't think its use will meet Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:15, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Image of a historical building in the Philippines[edit]

A few years back, the user added this template to the file, rationalizing that "There is no Freedom of Panorama for architectural works in the Philippines, so not Commons compatible unless the depicted structure is itself in the public domain". However, the reported architect of the building depicted died in 1964 and based on the reckoning used under Section 214 of the Philippine Intellectual Property Code, it would enter the public domain after 2014. It is okay then to replace the "Do not move to Commons" template with the "Copy to Wikimedia Commons" template on the said file? -Ian Lopez @ 03:41, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

how to i can uplod my new wikiipedia[edit]

hi sir/medam i can interest uploding process of my information in wikipedia plese give me suggetion — Preceding unsigned comment added by 103.61.135.232 (talk) 13:46, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

You need to create an account to upload images. Once you do, take a look at this page. — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 12:23, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Besides a registered account you also need to be an autoconfirmed user. ww2censor (talk) 19:22, 15 July 2018 (UTC)