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Media copyright questions

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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File:Growth of the Soil.jpg

This is simple book cover of black text on a plain background, so I don't think it needs to be licensed as non-free content (at least not per c:COM:TOO#United States and possibly not per c:COM:TOO#Norway. The book it's for was first published in 1917 according to Growth of the Soil, so it might also even be old enough to no longer be protected by copyright (assuming this is the cover used on the first edition). Can this be converted to WP:PD and if which license should be used? -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:57, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

File:Valley of Mo'ara mountains.jpg and File:Toy Story Land, WDW.jpg

These files are licensed as free works (taken by me), but they have both been marked as derivative works. Why exactly is that? Many similar pictures appear across Wikipedia related to these two subjects without any issues. What needs to be done to keep these images? ~ Jedi94 (Want to tell me something?) 03:15, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi Jedi94. You can find out more about derivative works at WP:Derivative work and c:COM:DW, but basically it has to do with using copyright-protected content created by someone else to create a new work which is also protected by copyright. If you create a derivative work using someone elses copyrighted work, you can claim copyright ownership over the derivative but not over the other person's work; this means you cannot release your creation under a free license without their permission. What I posted is a very general explanation, and things are often much more complicated depending upon the nature of the original work and where it's located. In some countries publicly displayed artwork/sculptures/architectural structures may be protected by copyright depending upon their age, installation location, and how the country interprets or applies the concept of freedom of panorama. Anyway, Ronhjones is the editor who tagged these files for review; so, maybe he can better explain exactly why he did so. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:39, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
There is no c:Commons:Freedom_of_panorama#United_States in the US for 3D artworks. In a lot of countries this would be fine as a permanent sculpture, but not the US. One might claim that the objects in File:Toy Story Land, WDW.jpg, are not that large - the test could one could one blur them all out and retain the subject c:COM:DM - since it's about Toy Story, I don't think that's valid - and how many articles does one need to blur - there is a lot of 3D items, which are directly related to Toy Story. The Valley of Mo'ara mountains in File:Valley of Mo'ara mountains.jpg have been created by people for the theme park based on a fictional story, since they are not natural, then they become sculptures. I found a similar file on commons - now up for deletion. Ronhjones  (Talk) 16:53, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Is there any way we could change the free license into one that states it as a copyrighted work so that we can retain the images for use? I think the Valley of Mo'ara mountains are crucial in providing supplemental scope and a visual aid for the Pandora – The World of Avatar article. ~ Jedi94 (Want to tell me something?) 18:01, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Files for upload

I figure the kind of folks who weigh in here are the types of folks who can weigh in there. I've been doing a lot of the clearing there for a while, but I feel like I work on something else for a little while and turn around and there's two dozen requests pending. So anyone who wants to watchlist and answer a request here or there would be much appreciated. GMGtalk 00:06, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Svenska Scoutrådet#Emblems

Any opinions on whether any or all of the files used in this image gallery need to be licensed as non-free? The Fleur-de-lis which is used in most scout logos is public domain; so I'm wondering if the four files using it might also be considered as such. The one not using it (File:Svenska Missionskyrkans Ungdom Scout.svg) appears to be simple enough to be PD at least in the United States. Anyway, if these need to be treated as non-free, they need to go per WP:NFG and WP:NFCC#8 since none of the individual organizations/chapters they represent appear to be notable enough for their own Wikipedia article. -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:01, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Image Copy rights

How will I get a copy rights for the image I created and want to use in my article? Please let me know. Thanks in advance! ~vijay

Hello, Vijaykumarreddyvoddi0322. If you have created an entirely original image, then you are automatically the copyright holder for that image. Upload the image to Wikimedia Commons and it can then be used freely in any language Wikipedia or anywhere else, with attribution. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 21:54, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

File:Dan_Oherliy_as_Macduff.JPG in Macduff_(Macbeth)

The file is non-free and will be for quite some time (Orson Welles died in 1985, so PMA+70=2055, and I am not even sure that film copyright rests entirely with the director). It would probably be OK to use in Macbeth_(1948_film), but I am not sure it satisfies the "minimal use" requirement to use in the Macduff page. A search for "Macduff Macbeth" in Commons turns up several possible free replacements, such as File:John_Langford_Pritchard_as_Macduff_in_'Macbeth'.jpg. TigraanClick here to contact me 17:14, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

File:NMCSD logo small.png

I'm not sure this needs to be licensed as non-free content since Naval Medical Center San Diego appears to be a US Navy facility. Can this logo be converted to {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}? -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:39, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

File:Kevin Lilliana MI17.jpg

Is anyone able to figure out what's going on here? It's possible {{Non-free fair use}} was added by mistake; however, if this needs to be non-free, it clearly would fail WP:FREER and needs to be deleted per WP:F7. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:38, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

It is not a free file, see id:File:Kevin Lilliana MI17.jpg. — JJMC89(T·C) 06:20, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for that. That means it can't be kept per NFCC#1. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:50, 20 November 2018 (UTC)