Salamat Datang, Howzit, and Welcome
Welcome to my userspace. I'm Katangais, something of a hobby traveler and Southern Africa enthusiast. I edit mostly on the English Wikipedia.
I emigrated permanently to the United States in 2007, but grew up in Johor Bahru (Malaysia) and later Singapore. I've also lived briefly in Melbourne and Johannesburg. Any photographs of my travels uploaded to Commons are - unless otherwise noted - freely available under Creative Commons Attribution license version 3.0.
Currently I'm in the process of trying to expand the Commons database on the South African Border War and the former struggle against apartheid. There is an unimaginable treasure trove of media resources on obscure bush conflicts like this one, often fought in parts of the underdeveloped world, which can be used to educate an entire generation of future Wikipedians. All we have to do is find and compile it. To the many South African military vets out there: if you don't help us to tell your story, somebody else will tell it for you. Contribute to our WikiProject today!
During my time on Commons, I've encountered much confusion about the copyright status of photographs produced by state-owned agencies and national governments, particularly those outside the United States (and thus, their eligibility for upload here).
I would like to clarify that photographic works produced directly by the governments of the following five countries, including their respective ministries/public service departments, are in public domain and can be used for any purpose unless an overt statement of copyright is made: Indonesia, Ghana, the United States, Montenegro, and the Philippines.
Both South Korea and Serbia have made similar statements in their legislation but the situation concerning photographs is slightly unclear.
Somalia has no existing copyright legislation so it is generally understood photos taken by the Somali government (and those of Puntland and Somaliland) are in public domain.
Only those Brazilian government works produced prior to 1983 are in public domain.
Only those Iraqi government works produced prior to 1980 are in public domain (Iraq, however, is not a signatory of the Berne Convention so even government works published after 1980 are not protected by United States copyright law unless published outside Iraq within 30 days of release).