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Two line standalone couplet[edit]

The late Robert Conquest, known for many high-brow things, was also devoted to science fiction from the days when it was considered lowest-of-the-low-brow. Amongst other things he was a poet, and in 1962 published a famous two-line couplet that ends "that's not SF!" The couplet is entirely standalone. It is not part of a larger poem. Is quoting it in its entirety acceptable in his article, as part of discussing his contributions to science fiction? Is this acceptable more generally in discussing science fiction culture? Is this acceptable on Wikiquote? Choor monster (talk) 12:44, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Image of Kingdom Centre in Saudi Arabia[edit]

I'm not sure if this is the place to enquire about this issue. This file on Commons: shouldn't be there as there is no FOP in Saudi Arabia. Can I request it be moved to the English Wikipedia with the following tag: {{FoP-USonly}} -- Nirinsanity 14:12, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Unfortunately there is no bot or tool that automates this process, you'll have have to do it by hand (the closest is Commons fair use upload bot, but it doesn't support this particular case). Basically, upload the file yourself to English Wikipedia under a different name (making sure to provide attribution to original uploader and a link to original upload location) with the original uploader's license and {{FoP-USonly}}. Change English Wikipedia articles using the Commons file to use the local file. Nominate the original for deletion on Commons. I'm happy to help if you get stuck anywhere in this process. —RP88 (talk) 20:51, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for replying. I couldn't upload the file on the English Wikipedia. It doesn't allow me to as it says that the file is a duplicate even if I upload it under a different name and description. So, I'll request speedy deletion of the original file on Commons and then upload it here. Nirinsanity 01:26, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
Actually, never mind. I've managed to upload it :) -- Nirinsanity 01:52, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

The correct tag for File:HarryMarkPetrakis.jpg[edit]


My name is Lambrini Papangelis and I am the author of the Harry Mark Petrakis article on English Wikipedia. I received a message that I have not tagged the photo I mounted there. The photo is a family photo that I got from Harry Mark Petrakis's son. It was never published in any of HMP's books. What is the correct tag to use, please? Lambrini Papangelis (talk) 12:16, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Without more information we cannot tell you what copyright tag to use. Is this really a family-taken photo or just a photo the family have but taken by someone else? If it is a family photo, inherited by the family they can licence it freely and you would be best to upload it to the commons and use the c:Template:PD-heirs template so long as the family agree to licencing it in that way. There is no equivalent template here. If it was taken by someone else you would need that photographer to verify their consent by following the procedure found at WP:CONSENT. In fact even if it is family photo it would be best to verify their permission with the OTRS Team. In general it is always the copyright holder who determines and decides the licence unless it is known to be freely licenced. ww2censor (talk) 13:51, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Can a file with the "CC BY-NC-ND 3.0" license be uploaded on Wikipedia?[edit]

Can a file, an logo for a software, be uploaded with the CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 be uploaded on Wikipedia?

This license is "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs" which I understand is not acceptable for Commons, but wanted to confirm that it is for Wikipedia.


dorfsmay (talk) 02:02, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

It would be acceptable only if it would meet the nonfree content use requirements. If it does, you could upload it as a nonfree image. Seraphimblade Talk to me 03:43, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
I checked those criteria, and I believe it does meet them, I'll explain in the description of the image. Thanks for the pointer.--dorfsmay (talk) 13:26, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
Just to add to that, in general no images with commercial NC and derivative ND restrictions are allowed to be uploaded. What image do you have in mind so we can tell you if it will pass the non-free policy guidelines. ww2censor (talk) 09:46, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
It's a logo for a free software, my intention is to link it from the page with about said software. The author gave me permission to upload it via email, I do not believe there is a free equivalent available.--dorfsmay (talk) 13:26, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
I have added the image File:Bottle-logo.svg. Is the "Permission" description sufficient? Should I create a new page in Wikipedia for the CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license, or is the license I selected there sufficient? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dorfsmay (talkcontribs) 14:12, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
@Dorfsmay: You'll need to include a nonfree use rationale. You should easily be able to do that. Generally, the primary logo of a subject that has one is allowable in the article about that particular subject. Seraphimblade Talk to me 16:05, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
And because it's a logo for identification at the top of the page (as it seems) you can use {{Non-free use rationale logo}} as the rationale basis to make it easy to do this, filling in the right parts. --MASEM (t) 16:31, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
Added. Thanks.--dorfsmay (talk) 17:19, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
Or you could have the author of the software relicense the logo under an acceptable free license and pass through the OTRS process, if you'd like. Longbyte1 (talk) 23:38, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

FWS Employee Portrait Domain Status[edit]

I'm currently working on the article for Lucille Farrier Stickel, who was a government worker for a national research lab and who died in 2007. The US Fish and Wildlife Service tribute to her, found here has a black and white portrait of her that is credited as USFWS. What is the domain status of this? Because I thought all government photos in the line of work for a US government employee went into the public domain. In addition, this photo would have to have been taken before 1982 when she retired and potentially much older than that, depending. I'm just not clear what the legalities are on the use of this image. SilverserenC 02:43, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

With the US Fish and Wildlife Service attribution you should upload this image to the commons using the template {{PD-USGov-FWS}}. You are correct that it is in the public domain. Provide as much details as you have in a completed {{information}} template with the image. ww2censor (talk) 09:43, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
Cool. Thanks for the help. SilverserenC 18:18, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Delete image[edit]

Hlo sir plz delete this image — Preceding unsigned comment added by TEJPAL BHADU (talkcontribs)

Tagged it as G7. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 10:03, 28 August 2015 (UTC)



If they were taken by your girlfriends, the girlfriend who took the photo is the copyright holder. In that case, she would have to be the one to agree to the release of the photo under a free license, you would lack the authority to do so. Additionally, Wikipedia's photo upload capacity is not for sharing photos you just happen to like; a site like Flickr or Instagram might suit you if that's what you want to do. Photo uploads here are for educational use, not personal use. And finally, YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY SEEMS STUCK. Typing in all caps is shouting, please don't do that. Seraphimblade Talk to me 03:46, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Town of Ajax Flag photo[edit]


I am pretty sure that this image is copyrighted but can someone check? Please ping me in your response. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 15:25, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

@Skyllfully: it would be copyright, both in the photography, and the flag design. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 23:28, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
@Graeme Bartlett: thanks for the help. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 23:30, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
Marking as Yes check.svg Resolved. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 23:30, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Delete it please[edit]

Delete the image please — Preceding unsigned comment added by MooseV98 (talkcontribs) 15:26, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

@MooseV98: Hi, this page is for copyright-related questions about media (usually images) uploaded to Wikipedia. For answers to your question try asking at the Reference Desk. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 15:30, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
Already done your image is scheduled for deletion because of a copyright violation. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 15:30, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Dubious copyright on Meme Run.png?[edit]

The Meme Run logo includes the Get Out Frog/MLG Frog/Frogout. I don't remember the copyright policy on memes, but in any case this means that he doesn't own more than 75% of the image. Not to mention that the font isn't his either (and can't be copyrighted by itself), so that makes this a totally original work that can be attributed to numerous people other than the developer of Meme Run. Longbyte1 (talk) 23:34, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

(This situation came up elsewhere recently) In terms of fair use law in US courts, WP's use of the image is judged on the fair use merits of our use regardless of how the original image came to us; it basically is not our fault if we are using an image that has some issues of copytaking as long as we can stand up to a fair use defense of the original material (with larger emphasis on commercial value and purpose). And as our NFCC rules are generally aimed to be stricter than fair use, we should be okay in using that as the leading image for the game. The developer is still on their own if they are going to get into trouble for that. I will note that while you can copyright font typefaces, you cannot copyright the resulting text made with a font (see {{PD-textlogo}} for example). --MASEM (t) 23:44, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

File:PC speaker audio sample.ogg – Must this file stay?[edit]

Hello. I have a question which concerns my file's dispute. The problem with my sound sample is whether or not it can be easily replaced with a free sound sample. I have a few reasons to stick with my uploaded file:

 • It is not easy for me to find appropriate programs for writing sound samples, but I have better reasons than this one.

 • I have disputed over whether the sounds really belonged to IBM, PC speaker's manufacturer, because they were able to make PC speaker and its sounds. Am I missing something important over here?

 • I understand that it is important to use possible free files in places of non-free ones, but the need to do that and being notable are important from my point of view. I think that it is good to do free media, but I find my uploaded file notable because the game was very important for PCs during the 1990s, so this file may be a better illustration than other examples.

Perhaps, I am missing the point here. Does notability matter, or is it just about replacing every non-free files regardless of their notability? Gamingforfun365 (talk) 6:39 pm, 18 August 2015, Tuesday (10 days ago) (UTC−5)

Bump. Nobody has answered my question. Gamingforfun365 (talk) 02:13, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
Greetings. WP:Notability only applies to articles, not to files or media. It is not a consideration here at all. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 08:26, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Tag added[edit]

File:Team from Thabong in yellow and gold kit.jpeg. This file may be used to write an article about Paseka Sekese from Wits. Please help.

Ras Benjih/RasTalk 08:44, 31 Jul 10:23, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

@Ras Benjih:, if this image is from a newspaper as you have captioned it, then the copyright of the image belongs to the photographer and you cannot licence it under a Creative Commons licence. Unless it is impossible to obtain a free image of the team then it will not be possible to retain the image under the non-free use criteria either. Nthep (talk) 20:49, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

I am the photographer of this picture, I took this pic in the Liberty Center Park near Matshabeng Municipality building. And I myself took it to the Media, in order to shows our community the work that our boys did. Vista Newspaper is our local newspaper. And I still have a that photo in my album book. Ras Benjih/RasTalk 08:44, 31 Jul 21:01, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Fair use rationale[edit]

I have been asked to provide a fair use rationale for an image, but I cannot see where to write it! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sparrowcottage (talkcontribs) 20:17, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

@Sparrowcottage: Normally you'd fill in a {{Non-free use rationale}} or something like this and put it on the file page, but in this case I must ask: Is a non-free image really necessary? Can one not make a free image there? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 20:28, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
@Sparrowcottage:, I have to agree with Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk · contribs). if you add a non free use rationale, all that is likely to happen is that that the deletion proposal will be changed to WP:CSD#F7 on the grounds that a free image could be found or created. A better course of action would be to ask the photographer to release the file under a free licence - see WP:CONSENT for the process. Nthep (talk) 20:36, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
Assuming you are talking about File:Clare Wilkinson (2) small.jpg which is your only upload, that image is attributed to Marco Borggreve and the matadata gives the same attribution plus has the copyright noted as all rights reserved. In the majority of cases the photographer is the copyright holder and we must have their permission to use the image. We do not accept non-free images of living people because a freely licenced image can be made by someone else. As mentioned above, get the copyright holder to follow the procedure found at WP:CONSENT to verify their permission. Good luck. ww2censor (talk) 21:39, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks all! I will use a different image. Sparrowcottage (talk) 22:55, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Film poster from 1925[edit]

I would like to use the following poster to illustrate this article:

It would seem to fall under the same pre-1978 copyright rules as this file and this file] but this is my first time uploading an image to Wikipedia and I want to be sure. I suppose even if it is currently copyrighted, being the official release poster for the film, it could also fall under fair-use. Please let me know what you think. MargotThe (talk) 04:14, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

File:Godhra Train Burning Image.jpg[edit]

The image is taken from a committee report placed before a state legislature which would typically make it PD. However, the report itself sources the image to a person -- Minaxi Devi and in addition, the report uses images and clippings from newspapers too. Given the circumstances, would this image be considered PD as the tag suggests? —SpacemanSpiff 08:50, 31 August 2015 (UTC)


If I were to use the logo at the top of this page on Wikipedia, how would I license it? Are there any exceptions that qualify it to be in CC0? —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 14:06, 1 September 2015 (UTC) Please ping me in your response. —Skyllfully (talk | contribs) 14:06, 1 September 2015 (UTC)