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    Welcome to the Media Copyright Questions page, a place for help with image copyrights, tagging, non-free content, and related questions. For all other questions please see Wikipedia:Questions.

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    1. On the description page of the image (the one whose name starts File:), click Edit this page.
    2. From the page Wikipedia:File copyright tags, choose the appropriate tag:
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    3. Type the name of the tag (e.g.; {{Cc-by-4.0}}), not forgetting {{ before and }} after, in the edit box on the image's description page.
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    File:LouisTikas.jpg public domain?[edit]

    This file is marked as nonfree. However, as Tikas died on 20 April 1914, and this photo depicts him alive, it must clearly have been taken on or before that date. While its exact source is not known, would anyone see a reason not to mark this as {{PD-old}} due to its obvious age? Seraphimblade Talk to me 07:27, 18 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    1. It can't be stated that the photographer has been dead for more than 100 years if the photographer is not known.
    2. The photo doesn't look like a selfie.
    3. It fails PD-old-assumed.
    4. The publication history is not known.
    -- Asclepias (talk) 14:13, 18 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    The image was uploaded here in May 2014, with the unhelpful attribution "Immediate source: web". The earliest version I can find online is [1], where it is less tightly cropped (it shows two people), and is attributed "courtesy of the Denver Public Library, Western History/Geneology Digital Collection". An even looser crop (amber in tone, and showing three people) is at, for example, [2]. TinEye finds additional versions of each. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:54, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Thanks! If that's from the Denver Public Library, I can stop in next time I'm down that way and see if they have any information on where it came from and if and when it was published or who took it. Seraphimblade Talk to me 17:11, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    The question came up at the FAC for George Griffith a few months ago. Both File:H.G. Wells by Beresford.jpg and the cropped version File:H.G. Wells by Beresford (cropped).jpg are tagged as being public domain due to the author George Charles Beresford having died in 1938 and the photograph being published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) prior to 1929. I have been unable to track down the publication history. The cropped version used to appear on the George Griffith article; the FAC issue was resolved by simply removing it from the article. Nevertheless, the uncropped version is used rather heavily across various Wikimedia projects, so we should probably try to get this resolved. TompaDompa (talk) 10:16, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    The image is hosted on Commons, so any resolution will need to be done there. I suggest you raise this issue at c:Commons:Village pump/Copyright. -- Whpq (talk) 19:22, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    For future reference, I did. See here. TompaDompa (talk) 17:31, 24 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply] bio[edit]

    I'm curious on the copyright status of a biography pubished at here. There is no copyright statement on the document, and it is unclear as to the author. Should I assume that it is copyrighted, or assume that it is a Federal US document? Bilby (talk) 11:40, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    What is the page (URL) on the web site where you found this? I suspect it's PD, but it is useful to be able to look at the page where it came from for any additional information. -- Whpq (talk) 19:24, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks, but sadly I don't have a separate page. I'm asking because I came acorss David Halperin (political advocate), which is a straight copy and paste of the bio on My initial reaction was to be safe and assume copyvio, but given that US Government material is often PD I thought I'd dig further. - Bilby (talk) 02:11, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    The original source seems to be Footnote 1 of his witness statement, which suggests that despite being written in the third person, it was contributed by him rather than written up by Congress staff. This would suggest that it may well be under copyright. Felix QW (talk) 23:07, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    NVDA logo copyright question[edit]

    I'd like to add NVDA's logo to the NonVisual Desktop Access article's infobox, but I'm unsure of the copyright restrictions. The logo can be found on this page.

    I thought I'd ask here first rather than just doing it in case it's not classed as fair use or something. KaraLG84 (talk) 14:56, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    It's borderline, but my take is that it is too simple for copyright and could be tagged {{PD-textlogo}}. -- Whpq (talk) 19:50, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks. I take it I'd be ok to upload it to Wikimedia Commons? KaraLG84 (talk) 08:13, 24 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Yes, you can upload it to Commons. If they determine it is actually copyrightble, then you can upload it here as a non-free logo instead. -- Whpq (talk) 17:46, 24 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Kobe Bryant autobiograpy book cover[edit]

    I have attempted to add the official book cover to the The Mamba Mentality: How I Play article as other book pages have. It was removed by JJMC89 bot claiming "No valid non-free use rationale". Is there a way to properly upload this image? Kbill98(talk) 13:53, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Per WP:NFCC#10c, you need to provide the specific article on which the image is to be used. File:Cover of book Mamba Mentality.webp has a non-free usage rationale that claims it is to be used in the article Kobe Bryant. You need to change that to the book article. -- Whpq (talk) 19:54, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Kbill98: you also need a better source, your draft page is not where you got the image from. Nthep (talk) 20:45, 23 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Based on suggestions from @Whpq and @Nthep, I did the following, and I hope gets us out of the Catch-22:
    1. In the non-free rationale template I changed the source to the publisher's page.
    2. I changed the template's article field to the book-specific article instead of the target of the earlier redirect.
    3. I added the image back into the book article's infobox.
    3. I removed the orphan tags from the image's page. -Reagle (talk) 15:07, 26 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


    Birds of the World, an online database published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has a logo that is pretty clearly PD-textlogo (it's just the words Birds of the World) [3]. However the logo is seemingly never separated from the Cornell Lab logo, which can only be fair use because of the bird in the logo (File:Cornell_Lab_of_Ornithology_logo.svg). Can the text be separated out to make it public domain and usable in Birds of the World (currently in this draft)? Reconrabbit 17:25, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    If Cornell does not the use words only in any logo, then you should not separate out the text because that would be a misrepresentation of the logo. -- Whpq (talk) 17:57, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Book cover photo for Maid by Stephanie Land[edit]

    Hi, I am new, so I am sorry if I do not use correct terminology. I created a new page for Stephanie Land's book Maid. Here is the link: Maid (book)

    I uploaded the cover of the book following all instructions for using a copyrighted image under Fair Use. I provided the non-free book cover rationale when uploading the image. On Sunday, I received a bot message: User talk:Cyborgwriter#c-B-bot-20240225184000-Orphaned non-free image File:Maid Cover.webp

    Does this mean I should try to upload the cover again? Thank you for your help. Cyborgwriter (talk) 23:28, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    @Cyborgwriter I think the problem was that in this version [4] you didn't add the rationale in way the bot recognized (and it was a little short on detail). But afaict, in this version [5] you did, so everything should be ok now, image-wise. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 19:20, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Is "King Of Jazz" (1930) in the public domain?[edit]

    Someone from says so but I can't find that information anywhere else. Do you know any databases where I can check this? Kazachstanski nygus (talk) 19:23, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    @Kazachstanski nygus The copyright databases and renewal databases are mostly on (main page [6]) King of Jazz was registered in 1930 and looking in the 1958 catalog it was renewed which keeps it under copyright until 1 January 1926 (95 years after first registration). If my reading is correct then I'm not sure why the version you've linked to is marked as being public domain. Nthep (talk) 20:28, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Nthep Thank you very much for the answer. Kazachstanski nygus (talk) 21:23, 2 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Image of a warship that I took[edit]

    I was led here by a few fellow editors in the Help desk. Anyhow when I took a picture of the ex-USS Maricopa County laid up at the south of Vietnam, I considered posting it here yet my doubts got the better of me as it's technically a military ship still in service and would constitute a copyright violation as technically you're not really allowed to take images of military stuff in their home bases (from my common knowledge, that is).

    Six months onward, I am now considering posting said image again, yet I would have to confer to someone experienced in this area... So should I post it here?

    Kind regards, e (talk) 12:49, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    Whether or not you broke the law (of Vietnam) by taking that picture is not a matter of copyright. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:32, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks for the clarification. e (talk) 14:53, 3 March 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]