Template talk:PD-because

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link problems[edit]

This template doesn't work with external links. Does anyone know why? --Flominator 22:35, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Try use {{PD-because|1=reason}}. The weblink you wanted to add probably contained a "=" so it didn't work. --Matt314 22:42, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

"In case this is not legally possible"[edit]

I have added the "In case this is not legally possible" provision which is present in PD-self, PD-author, etc.

I've found that it was needed in the case of a contributor who managed to obtain a PD-like licence from the copyright holders of images whose authors were deceased, in a country where putting a work in the Public Domain is not straightforwards . In plain text: the author dies, his heirs become copyright holders and grant authorisations to a Wikipedia contributor, and this happens in France.

PD-because was the best template we've found, but the provision was lacking, so I took the liberty of adding it. I hope that it's all right. Rama 22:02, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

@Rama: As I had to using this template here, I noticed the "In case this is not legally possible" provision and I think it doesn't really fit many cases. In most cases, "PD-because" will not be used when a PD-like license is obtained (wouldn't Template:Copyrighted free use better fit your case?), but when we at Commons consider a file to be in the public domain for some specific reason we don't have an individual template for (for example, because it's such a specific reason that it doesn't seem reasonable to create a template just for a few instances). In such cases, as in the Forssmann X-ray, the wording "the right to use this work is granted to anyone for any purpose" is misleading, because there is no one granting any rights. Maybe you could switch to Template:Copyrighted free use for the files you uploaded in 2007, which seems to perfectly fit your case? Then we could remove the "In case this is not legally possible" provision here. I will also ask for input at COM:VPC. Gestumblindi (talk) 10:45, 16 September 2016 (UTC)