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A quick opinion about a non-free image[edit]

I am just a bit worried that it is not permitted. The thing is, it is from a an article with "...Posted by Mike Sivier in Uncategorized ≈ Leave a comment..." above it. I am not sure the website owns the copyright, and I think I saw the image elsewhere. Also, if they are using the image, and we do not know who owns it, then it might be AP or some news agency that provides images, in which case, not permitted.

Thoughts? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 01:48, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Anna, you'll probably get more input at WP:MCQ. — JJMC89(T·C) 03:29, 5 June 2018 (UTC)
Ah, okay. Thank you!! Anna Frodesiak (talk) 03:41, 5 June 2018 (UTC)


New post here. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 03:42, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Contribution Surveyor down?[edit]

I've haven't used the Contribution Surveyor for several weeks. It seems not to be working, and there's the word "table" in the error message which makes me think that's probably because of the recent "improvement" which removed some sort of table support. Is the Foundation working on fixing this, does anyone know? MusikAnimal (WMF), is this something you could take a look at? We are really up the creek without this tool when it comes to dealing with CCIs. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:57, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

Reported as phab:T198443 — JJMC89(T·C) 01:52, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Full poem quoted in biography of Bernard Binlin Dadié[edit]

Im not sure Bernard Binlin Dadié § "I Thank You God" is kosher ☆ Bri (talk) 18:48, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

It's not. GMGtalk 18:54, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Was about to remove it but someone else has already done so. I suspect it's not impossible that this is in the public domain but it probably isn't and we have no evidence that it is. Hut 8.5 18:55, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Works in the Ivory Coast don't fall into PD until 99 years after death. He ain't dead. GMGtalk 18:55, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Fair enough, Ivory Coast copyright law isn't exactly my strong point. (Assuming it was first published in the Ivory Coast.) Hut 8.5 19:11, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Always good to keep a link to c:COM:CRT handy. GMGtalk 19:12, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks all. Just a heads-up, this was the work of Les Classes Wikipedia, a project that is aiming to create 100 new articles about writers. Maybe the exemplar from the project, even; that's how it's appearing in the upcoming Signpost. They might need some education on copyright. ☆ Bri (talk) 20:23, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Umm...@African Hope: GMGtalk 21:21, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
The text of the poem has been in the article since 2008, when it was added by some IP. Another IP later replaced it with a different translation in the same year. I don't think that project is responsible. Hut 8.5 21:25, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
Hmm...Well I was going to say "no one took it out either", but then again, neither did a half dozen sysops who have edited the article. That's not encouraging. GMGtalk 21:53, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

What attribution for European law?[edit]

This has come up at Boerenkaas: some European law, sourced to eur-lex.europa.eu, was incorporated in the article. According to this clear statement of permission, all content on that site is available for use, commercial or not, provided that attribution is provided. But how do we provide that attribution, since no licence is specified? Do we consider it to be a CC BY release, or what? Is there an appropriate template to use in the article? Thanks for any advice, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 20:02, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

@Justlettersandnumbers: (edit conflict) It looks like they expect the attribution to be "© European Union, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/, 1998-2018", which would make it incompatible with Wikipedia - TNT 💖 20:14, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
AFAIK it's fine if they retain copyright of the text, as long as they permit reuse under a free licence. You still have the copyright to your Wikipedia contributions, you've just agreed to make them available under CC-BY-SA. Hut 8.5 20:42, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
You could use something like {{Free-content attribution}} or something else suitable in Category:Attribution templates. If it's a binding law then it's public domain in the US anyway though. Hut 8.5 20:13, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
Please check it out: c:Template:European Union Government and European Commission decision of 12 December 2011 on the reuse of Commission documents (2011/833/EU). --Holapaco77 (talk) 20:32, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

How are the main page and the "todays' section" page related?[edit]

First-time report and I found this terribly confusing: I added a report at the link given by the copyvio template, which was Wikipedia:Copyright_problems/2018 August 24, a new page. After I saved it, it showed up under August 23 (not 24) on the main page. Then I thought I should add more information, but I didn't know in which place to do it - edit the August 23 section of the main page, or go back to the "today" page. I tried the former, and when the edit window opened, everything but my entry was there, so I couldn't edit it. I then did the latter and added more info and saved it, but it didn't update on the main page. Could there please be some kind of explanation of all this? Thanks! --IamNotU (talk) 04:28, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Ok, it updated on the main page a while later. It's still confusing that it's listed under the previous day, and if you want to add a comment to it by clicking on "edit source", you can't because it's mysteriously missing. You have to guess that you should click where it says "put new article listings" in the Footer instead... --IamNotU (talk) 04:45, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
I've fixed it, the issue was just that the new page you created didn't have the header with that day's date on it, so it wasn't distinguished from the previous day's listings in the list. I've added that header now and it looks fine. Hut 8.5 06:37, 24 August 2018 (UTC)