Commons talk:WikiProject Heraldry

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Question About Copyrights[edit]

Do I have the right to make a digital version of a coat of arms of a Canadian city granted by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and upload it on Wikimedia?

--Plvs-Vltra (talk) 18:15, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

Apparently municipal arms of Canada are not in the public domain by default so you cannot just copy any existing depiction. But since the blazon, i.e. the description of the coat of arms, is generally not copyrighted, you can redraw the arms in a slightly different style based on the blazon. So you can either use your own graphical representation for the elements depicted in the arms, or for an SVG file you may also take the SVG elements from any of the coats of arms on Commons and arrange them accordingly. In the latter case please remember though to attribute the authors of the various elements when you upload your own file. De728631 (talk) 00:17, 18 September 2016 (UTC)