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Archived discussions[edit]

Seven 2006/2007 discussions organized as subpages, ignoringincl. comments added in 2014:

Template protection after review[edit]

There are many country specific copyright templates on commons that need review and should be protected thereafter. Many images on commons use these templates and changing something in the template like accidentally adding a hot cat category would affect all of these and would require mass purging for all images. We should have a review department reviewing each available template and after discussion protecting it. We should discuss the layout of PD templates: Should they include why they are PD in the USA or should this be handled in another template like {{PD-Egypt}} and {{PD-Egypt-1996}}. With the URAA laws the copyright laws of a country doesn't mean that much without an explanation on why they are PD in USA. Something like {{PD-China}} doesn't work for commons because it doesn't specify why it's PD USA. And should there be templates for country specific templates for each case like found in Category:Egypt-related tags? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Diaa abdelmoneim (talk • contribs) 14:06, 2009 April 23 (UTC)

நான் சொந்தமாக எடுத்து இணைக்கும் படங்கள் எந்த வகையில் Copyright violations ஆகிறது?[edit]

நான் சொந்தமாக எடுத்து இணைக்கும் படங்களை ஏன் நீங்கள் நீக்குகிறீர்கள். அவை எந்த வகையில் Copyright violations ஆகிறது. புதிதாக யாரும் கட்டுரையோ படங்களையோ இணைக்கூடாது என்று நினைக்கிறீர்களா? எங்களுக்கு வேறு வேலை வெட்டி இல்லை என்றா நினைத்துக்கொண்டு இருக்கிறீர்கள்.... நீங்கள் அனுப்பிய இந்த செய்திக்கு என்ன பொருள். எதற்க்காக last warning. உடன் பதிலை சொல்லுங்கள் திரு. ஆலன்O.

"Hello Velu66. It has come to our attention that you have uploaded several files that are copyright violations. You have done so despite requests from editors not to do so, and despite their instructions. See Commons:Licensing for the copyright policy on Wikimedia Commons. You may also find Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter useful.

This is your last warning. Continuing to upload copyright violations will result in your account being blocked. Please leave me a message if you have further questions."

User contributions to the National Heritage List for England[edit]

The National Heritage List for England recently introduced a feature to its website to allow users to "enrich the list" by adding additional information and photographs. The terms for submitting photos to the list can be found here. The section dealing with licensing of the photos states:

"By submitting your Contribution (which for the avoidance of doubt includes photographs submitted by you) you grant to Historic England a non-exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable word-wide licence together with the right to grant sub-licences, to publish and use your Contribution (or any part of it) on or in connection with the List, the Website, and on or in other Historic England websites and publications, in any media, in any context and at any time for commercial gain or otherwise.

You (or the copyright owner) remain the owner of copyright in your Contribution but in addition to clause 5.3 (see paragraph above) you agree that users of the Website may copy, modify, edit, reproduce, display, publish or otherwise make use of all or part of your Contribution on a royalty free basis.

This seems to me to be a free enough license for the content to be re-used here. If that is agreed to be the case, which license should we use? An existing one, or should we create a custom template for photos from this source? Kelly (talk) 23:25, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

It is a pity no one has replied here. I think that is "free" for our purposes. I suppose a custom template would be desirable but not essential. Thincat (talk) 19:20, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Additional licensing replacement[edit]

It is possible to replace simple my additional license for my own uploaded photos from CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0 to CC-BY-NC-ND-4.0 without problem? Or is it better to add the new license? --Alchemist-hp (talk) 14:34, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

I assume you are talking about files like File:Prof. Dr. Dieter Jahn HP 22818e.jpg where you are using multi-licensing to license a photo in at least one Commons-comptabible license (in this case {{FAL}}) and one or more non-compliant licenses (in this case CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0). Removing the license from your custom license template at {{User:Alchemist-hp/CC-BY-NC-ND}} would be very unfriendly, as existing reusers of your photos may be linking to the file pages on Commons as evidence that they are permitted to resuse your photos under the terms of the CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0. Updating your template will break that evidence trail (this is why custom user license templates are discouraged, updating them leaves no evidence on file pages of the change). Even if you did remove it, Creative Commons licenses are not revokable, so the CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 license will remain valid even if you were to remove the license tag from these older files. You, however, are free to add licenses to files you've already uploaded if you like. You could add CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 to your template {{User:Alchemist-hp/CC-BY-NC-ND}} so your old photos have both 3.0 and 4.0 and create a new template, say {{User:Alchemist-hp/CC-BY-NC-ND-4.0}} that only includes 4.0, and switch to using this new template on any new upload. —RP88 (talk)
Thanks for the answer, I understand. My decision: I'd like to add this new license: CC-BY-NC-ND-4.0 --Alchemist-hp (talk) 15:28, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Cut-off date for Public Domain files[edit]

Relevant discussion currently going on here: Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Cut-off date for .7B.7BPD-old.7D.7D. Sebari – aka Srittau (talk) 17:25, 11 February 2017 (UTC)