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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)

Image copyright violations on[edit]

On this commercial site many images used seemly without regarding the rules and rights: On its first (landing) page grabbed photographs from wikipedia and also from other community sites are in use. (eg.: which is published originally on,_Bankpalota_SF.jpg) I think this behaviour is unacceptable and against the rules of wikipedia and also against international and Hungarian laws. How can we inform the owners of the photographers?

You can inform the uploaders (which is often the same as the photographer) on their talk pages. The image in question was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by User:Pataki Márta, who might be interested in this image use. You can also inform the Web site that what they are doing might be against the law, they will often not be aware of that. Many people don't understand the difference between a free license and public domain. Of course, the site might have gotten permission to use the images without attribution, only the copyright holders would know for sure. --rimshottalk 22:17, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

A quick but not entirely accurate introduction[edit]

This edit caught my eye.

If a newbie cannot use the graphic safely it needs to go.

Yes- it is fine, to remove the gory detail and legal shenanigans for a panel designed for the unsure, and nervous. But it must err on the side of safety- so if it is wrong, what is wrong. Newbies are put off by thinking they have done it all correctly then having their work zapped.

Does the graphic need to be redrawn?

A little discussion please?ClemRutter (talk) 22:05, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Ecxel's screenshots[edit]

Hello, can u help me? I want to upload some images from another project, can u check this page. Images from the page are ok for commons or not? Iniquity (talk) 16:35, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Please read the instructions on top of this talk page. Your question belongs here. --Nenntmichruhigip (talk) 17:33, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
Thx. Iniquity (talk) 17:38, 2 February 2016 (UTC)