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Media copyright questions
Welcome to the Media Copyright Questions page, a place for help with image copyrights, tagging, non-free content, and related questions. For all other questions please see Wikipedia:Questions.
How to add a copyright tag to an existing image
  1. On the description page of the image (the one whose name starts File:), click Edit this page.
  2. From the page Wikipedia:File copyright tags, choose the appropriate tag:
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    • For a work downloaded from the internet, please understand that the vast majority of images from the internet are not appropriate for use on Wikipedia. Exceptions include images from flickr that have an acceptable license, images that are in the public domain because of their age or because they were created by the United States federal government, or images used under a claim of fair use. If you do not know what you are doing, please post a link to the image here and ask BEFORE uploading it.
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  3. Type the name of the tag (e.g.; {{Cc-by-4.0}}), not forgetting {{ before and }} after, in the edit box on the image's description page.
  4. Remove any existing tag complaining that the image has no tag (for example, {{untagged}})
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Photo Upload
I am creating a wiki page on an audio engineer and I have permission from him to use a picture from his facebook page. How should I upload and is this. ok. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yodeddy (talkcontribs) 20:49, 6 July 2021 (UTC)
Yodeddy: Probably not, unless the copyright holder, who is normally the photographer, releases the image under a free licence we accept. And because as a previously published image, it needs to be verified. Details of how they can do that are on the Volunteer Response Team page. ww2censor (talk) 21:57, 6 July 2021 (UTC)
I added the Creative Commons copyright?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Yodeddy (talkcontribs) 17:51, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
Yodeddy: So who released the image under that CC licence you added? ww2censor (talk) 21:56, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
File:Whistl logo.png
This file was uploaded to Commons as c:File:Whistl logo.png, but it was deleted per c:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Whistl post logo.png. The comment left by the deleting Commons admin was that the file could be uploaded to Wikipedia if deemed necessary, which is what seems to have been done. However, the file was uploaded under a {{PD-textlogo}} license which cannot be used if the file is not PD in both the US and it's country of origin the UK. If the file is really "PD-textlogo", it probably shouldn't have been deleted from Commons. The question I have is whether this would be OK to convert to {{​PD-ineligible-USonly​}} for local use on Wikipedia. It does seem for the most part to be OK as "PD-logo" per c:COM:TOO US with the only possible "creative" element being the "smiley face" dot for the letter "i". Even that, however, seems too simple to be eligible per US copyright law. If the opinion is that the png version is OK to license as "PD-ineligible-US only", then File:Whistl logo.svg should also be OK to be licensed the same way. There's no real difference between the two files other than the file format, and there's no real justification per WP:FREER for the svg to be non-free just based upon that alone. Anyone have any opinions on this? -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:09, 14 July 2021 (UTC)
Update: File's licensing was converted to {{​PD-ineligible-USonly​}} by JJMC89. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:59, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
3 days to fix file "missing information on its copyright and licensing status"
Hello. A bot recently sent me this talk page alert User talk:Remando#File copyright problem with File:Recordings-of-prototypical-breathing-patterns-for-each-basic-emotion.png and now the image page File:Recordings-of-prototypical-breathing-patterns-for-each-basic-emotion.png has a warning saying that the image will be removed after Sunday July 18 2021 if not fixed. Only I am not clear on what information is lacking. Can someone please help clarify? In the meantime I will try to contact the owner of the file in person and make sure they are on board with the upload. Thanks. Remando (talk) 21:53, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
Remando (talk) 21:53, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
Remando: So, the image has no copyright license details and there must be one that copyright holder released the file under. Also the image will need a permission statement from the copyright holder of that license or evidence of the copyright has been transferred by legal means and then we require verification for the current copyright holder. ww2censor (talk) 23:19, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
Thanks @Ww2censor. I guess I had wrongly assumed giving credit was enough. I have tried to contact the most recent author but will probably have to let this lapse. Will be more careful in future! Remando (talk) 12:58, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
Since the image was published, there is also the possibility that the copyright was transferred to the publisher. CapitalSasha ~ talk 17:31, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
That might apply if they were an employee of the publisher or it was a work-for-hire so long as they complied with the legal work-for-hire contract requirements. Neither seems likely to me but the country of origin may also affect that. ww2censor (talk) 21:42, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
It is common in academic publishing for the author to transfer the copyright to the publisher as part of (often as a condition of) the publication process. CapitalSasha ~ talk 22:49, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
File says non-commercial but also CC-BY-SA, which is correct?
Regarding this file, currently on Commons: File:Brazil_Product_Export_Treemap.jpg​. The description says "R Haussmann, Cesar Hidalgo, et. al. Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license. 2012." but further down the page it says "This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.".
Is this a problem? I know some files can be dual-licensed, is that the case here? If not, how do we determine the correct license for this file?
RudolfRed (talk) 01:21, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: Since this is a Commons file, it might be better to ask about it at c:COM:VPC. However, the answer to this question might be found by looking at the file's edit history and also c:User talk:Doubleodd2#The Atlas of Economic Complexity. Non-commercial CC licenses are not compatible with c:COM:L as explained in c:COM:CC. In this file's case, it looks like the uploader originally uploaded to file as licensed, but it was tagged with c:Template:Npd by another editor a day later. The editor who tagged the file with npd, then removed that tag about a week later with the edit summary "Source site changed licence [sic] to one compatible with Commons". The source link atlas.media.mit.edu appears to now be for something else, but a March 2012 archived version can be found at here. If you scroll down to the bottom of that page, you'll see that it's released under a license that Commons accepts. Now, if you look at this February 2012 archived version, you'll see that the page was licensed under a ND-NC type of CC license which isn't acceptable for Commons; so, the licensing of the page was change somewhere between February 21, 2012 and March 18, 2012. My guess is that in the process of sorting this file's licensing out, everyone involved forgot to clean up the file's description by removing of at least clarifying the information about the NC license.-- Marchjuly (talk) 13:27, 17 July 2021 (UTC); [Note: Post edited by Marchjuly to strikethrough "[sic]" per comment left by Nthep below. -- 21:15, 17 July 2021 (UTC)]
@Marchjuly Complete aside but licence isn't a typo to British English speakers. Nthep (talk) 13:53, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
Thank you for catching this Nthep. I should've checked that better. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:15, 17 July 2021 (UTC)
@Marchjuly: Thanks for that great explanation. RudolfRed (talk) 18:03, 18 July 2021 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: This file seems to be being currently discussed over on c:COM:VPC; so, you probably will have better luck if you ask for assistance there. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:17, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
File:Logo of the New Democracy (Greece).svg
File:Logo of the New Democracy (Greece).svg and File:New Democracy Logo 2018.png are essentially the same logo with the only difference being the file format and a slight difference in the shade of blue. The png was uploaded to Commons in 2018 and the svg uploaded locally as non-free content back in May. I can't see any reason why these both shouldn't be licensed the same way; in other words, they should either both {{PD-textlogo}} or both be {{non-free logo}}, shouldn't they? If the only reason the svg version needs to be licensed as non-free is because it's svg, then that would fail WP:NFCC#1 since a non-vector PD version would work just as well as a vector non-free version. It possible the uploader of the svg version just picked a non-free license because they thought that what needed to be done. Is there really any copyright related reason why the svg needs to be non-free? --
For the interested
Wikipedia_talk:File_Upload_Wizard#Ensuring_compliance_with_wp:FUR Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 11:01, 19 July 2021 (UTC)
Officer's Choice logos
File:Officer's Choice logo.jpg and File:Officer's Choice Blue logo.jpg are both being used in the article Officer's Choice. The red script logo seems to be PD in the US, but I'm not so sure about c:COM:TOO India which means that {{PD-logo}} might not apply. Even if it's still protected in India, however, this seems to be certainly OK to convert to {{​PD-ineligible-USonly​}}. The blur logo, on the other hand, is a bit more complex though not by much. The only possible copyrightable element might be the "grain" imagery beneath the brand name. Is this bit enough to push it above c:COM:TOO United States or can this one be converted to "PD-ineligible-USonly" too? If the blue one needs to remain licensed as {{Non-free logo}}, then I don't think it can be kept because I'm not seeing how it meets WP:NFCC#8 or possibly even WP:NFC#cite_note-4; so, converting it to some sort of PD seems to be the only way to keep the file. -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:07, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
Discussion at Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2021 July 20 § Henry Kulka images
 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2021 July 20 § Henry Kulka images. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:07, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
Michael Cutter character photo for actor Linus Roache
Noticing there was no photo for the actor Linus Roache, I entered onto his page a link of the photo of the actor from the page for Law & Order character Michael Cutter, Roache's most famous role. However the "JJ89MC Bot" removed it from Roache's page due to "Removed WP:NFCC violation(s)", yet the photo remains in use on the Cutter page. Either the Cutter page should not have the photo as well or the bot's action should be corrected. Jyg (talk) 14:56, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
We require a separate rationale for each use of a non-free image, so likely the bot removed it from Roache's page as there's no rationale for it. Now, before you go adding it there, that for illustrating living persons, we do not allow the use of non-free imagery unless there's exceptional reason for it; this is a requirement from the WMF on the basis that as long as someone is living, we can likely get a photo of them. The image on the character page is appropriate since the article is only about the character, which will only be available in copyrighted images (from the show, etc.). --Masem (t) 15:05, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Masem, Thank you for explaining. After reading that and the notes on the photos itself, in short: the image of Roache is a screenshot from the show and therefore may only be used within articles directly associated with the show. . Jyg (talk) 16:49, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
File:Disney Frozen 2 promotion brands.jpg
Is File:Disney Frozen 2 promotion brands.jpg acceptable under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0? Or does it fall under fair use because of its incorporation on copyrighted promotional artwork? Wingwatchers (talk) 18:44, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Wingwatchers: The file you’re asking about is uploaded to Commons. You can ask about it at c:VPC if you want, but neither Commons nor English Wikipedia accept NC-ND types of licenses of any type; so, such a license wouldn’t be acceptable per either c:COM:L or WP:COPY#Guidelines for images and other media files. Moreover, Commons also doesn’t accept any type of fair use per c:COM:FAIR, and files uploaded under a claim of “fair use” usually end up being speedily deleted. Wikipedia, on the other, does accept certain types of copyrighted content as non-free content, but Wikipedia’s policy is much more restrictive than fair use as explained in WP:NFC#Background​. Do you want to know whether you can use this photo on English Wikipedia? That’s a bit tricky to answer because I personally think there are issue with the Commons file per c:COM:Packaging that need to be sorted out and that the file will likely need to be deleted if those issues can’t be resolved. — Marchjuly (talk) 20:21, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
@Marchjuly: Sorry for the type, the correct license is Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic, would that be ok to use? The image is from Flickr [1]. Wingwatchers (talk) 20:57, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
That particular license is typically OK for Commons and Wikipedia, but in this particular case I don't think it's sufficient on its own. As a posted I above, I think there is a problem with the file for the reasons given in c:COM:Packaging. This photo is, in my opinion, a derivative work which means there are two copyrights involved: the one for the photo itself and the one for the products being photographed. Both of these need to be taken into account for Commons to keep the file. The person who took the photo owns that copyright, but they don't own the copyright on the product packaging. So, the license they've released the photo under only applies to their photo. Now, they could probably claim they uploaded the photo to Flickr under a claim of fair use for the packaging if pressed on the matter or they could simply change the license to a NC-ND type and not get in any trouble, but that doesn't work for either Commons or Wikipedia; both require that freely licensed content be 100% free with respect to all possible copyrightable elements. So, Commons cannot, again in my opinion, keep this file unless it can be shown that the copyright holder of the product packaging has also given their c:COM:CONSENT. It might be possible to upload this photo to Wikipedia, but in that case it would be treated as non-free content because it's not 100% free. The current licensed used on Commons would be OK for the photo, but a non-free copyright license and non-free use rationale would also need to be provided. Figuring out the license is fairly straightforward (Template:Non-free product cover would probably work fine), but the tricky part is writing a valid non-free use rationale since a separate, specific and valid non-free use rationale needs to be provided for each use. It's the valid part that is tricky because there are ten specific criteria that need to be satisfied for a non-free use to be considered valid. Given the way the file is currently being used in Frozen II#Marketing, I think it would be hard to justify the file's non-free use; however, it would be OK to use such an image in a stand-alone article about either product itself if such an article could be written per WP:NPRODUCT. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:38, 20 July 2021 (UTC)
Removed. Wingwatchers (talk) 00:16, 21 July 2021 (UTC)
Is posting the copyright images on wikipedia talk pages forbidden and can we make people pay for copyright images?
To the Wikipedia staff.
I'm sorry for blindly posting copyright images on the talk pages earlier, it scared me to death and caused me to take a long break from Wikipedia to prevent getting me into further trouble. I'm an autistic man and I didn't know any better before the copyright strike.
Can I ask you something? Is there a better legal way to share copyright images on the wikipedia talk pages that won't get me suspended from Wikipedia editing? Are outside website links sources okay to post on talk pages?
Can you remove the copyright strike on my Wikipedia talk page?
Is it possible to pay the Wikipedia staff gift card money like google gift card money for paying for copyright image rights for talk pages?
Also can I upload my own original artwork on my own Talk page?
Please let me know and I'll try harder to be of good faith and respectful to the wikipedia pages. CrosswalkX (talk) 16:41, 24 July 2021 (UTC)
Wikipedia editors like myself are volunteers; we do not ask, and will not accept, gifts for doing what we do. In any case, the only people whom you can pay for use of copyrighted material, are the owners of those rights, not the Wikimedia Foundation, its small staff or its myriad volunteers.
So unless copyright holders license their intellectual property for free public use, including commercial re-use: no. You can't use copyrighted content anywhere in Wikipedia or any other Wikimedia Foundation project.
And you could not upload your own original artwork here unless you're willing to license it for anybody in the world, now and in the future, to use it and re-use it, including altering it and exploiting it commercially. Many artists are more than a little reluctant to do that. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:54, 24 July 2021 (UTC)
Hi CrosswalkX. I'm just going to add a little bit to Orange Mike's answer above. Even if you're willing to release your own original artwork under a free license that Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons accepts per WP:COPY#Guidelines for images and other media files and c:Commons:Licensing​, adding such files to your any of user pages might still not be OK per this. If you just added one or maybe two such images, then probably nobody would give you a hard time; however, if you try to add lots of images or try to do so in a way that is as an attempt to promote yourself or your artwork, then you're probably going to run into problems per WP:NOT. So, before you start to upload any of your own artwork, you might want to look at this and figure out if you can use them in a way that would comply with relevant Wikipedia policies and guidelines. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:38, 24 July 2021 (UTC)
Belgium FA logo/badge: PD-ineligible-USonly?
Please see c:COM:VPC#Belgium TOO for more additional details, but I would like to know what some others think about File:Belgium national football team notext.png and File:Royal Belgian FA logo 2019.svg. Can this team logo/badge be treated as {{​PD-ineligible-USonly​}} for local use on English Wikipedia? The two files are essentially the same with the only real difference being the file format and the additional text added to svg version uploaded to English Wikipedia. c:COM:Belgium doesn't really provide much information on Belgium's WP:TOO, but it appears to be closer to the UK's TOO than it is to the US's TOO based upon this website. If it turns out that Commons can't keep the file, then non-free svg would also not be {{PD-logo}}; however, "PD-ineligible-USonly" might still be a possible alternative to non-free.
FWIW, the png file uploaded to Commons isn't being used anywhere on English Wikipedia and appears to have been superseded by the svg version; so, deleting it from Commons wouldn't impact any English Wikipedia articles. The svg, however, was asked about here because the file was removed from some articles by a bot for WP:NFCC#10c reasons. If the opinion is that the svg can be relicensed as "PD-ineligible-USonly", then it's use would no longer be subject to WP:NFCC; if not, then a discussion might need to take place regarding WP:NFC#UUI17 and the non-free use of the file to determine whether a valid non-free use rationale can be written for any additional uses of the file. The logo/badge looks like it would be PD in the US per c:COM:TOO United States, but it's the crown at the top which might make things close. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:25, 24 July 2021 (UTC)
Doodle Champion Island Games
I want to add this image to the https://www.google.com/doodles/doodle-champion-island-games-begin to the Doodle Champion Island Games. What Template should I put.--Nosecone33 (talk) 23:21, 26 July 2021 (UTC)
@Nosecone33: There are lots of images on the webpage that you've linked to; so, it's not exactly clear which one you're referring to. In most cases, the images on that page are likely going to be considered to be protected by copyright which means it might be possible to upload them as non-free content for use on Wikipedia. Wikipedia's non-free content use policy is, however, quite restrictive and there are ten specific criteria that need to be satisfied for each use of non-free content. Assuming you want to uploaded the main logo for the games for use in the main infobox of Wikipedia article about the games, it should be OK for you to do so per WP:LOGO under the license {{Non-free logo}} with {{Non-free use rationale logo}} being used for the required non-free use rationale. The use of other types of non-free content in that article might, however, be much harder to justify and thus not be OK to upload and use. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:36, 28 July 2021 (UTC)
Status of images of pages from PD domain books on Internet Archive
I've been thinking of adding an image with examples of the individual letters of a script. I thought I could make screenshots of letters from a public domain book on the Internet Archive. However, it occurred to me that while the book itself is PD, its scanning is akin to photographing, and by using the image and not just the content, I would be using the work of the 'photographer' who scanned it (and the organisation that stood behind that activity). Would that use be OK copyright-wise?--​Anonymous44 (talk) 15:08, 28 July 2021 (UTC)
I'm not sure that the scanning of something is generally going to be considered a creative act eligible for its own copyright (at least not under US copyright law) per c:COM:2D copying; the person doing the scanning might try to claim it is, but doing so might be seen as a type of copyfraud by some. If the original source material is within the PD, then the act of "converting" it to some other (perhaps more easily accessible format) is probably insufficient to establish a new copyright as a WP:Derivative work. The scanner in such a case might try to place other restrictions on the re-use of the material, but these would most likely be considered non-copyrightable restrictions that would be a matter to be resolved between the scanner and the uploader of the content to Wikipedia or Commons. I think what a person needs to be careful with in cases like this is to make sure to not enter (even unintentionally) into any sort of contract with the provider of the content that's more related to the "service" being provided than the copyright of the content. It might not be a copyright violation to upload the images per se, but it might be a violation of the "Terms of use" established by the provider of the content. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:26, 28 July 2021 (UTC)
The thing that I can imagine being a possible restriction in the Internet Archive's terms of use is the initial statement that 'Access to the Archive’s Collections is provided at no cost to you and is granted for scholarship and research purposes only.' Does encylopedic work such as the provision of an illustration for Wikipedia qualify as scholarship, in your opinion? In addition, I now see that the Internet Archive page says that the 1868 book, which is 'in the collections of Oxford University', was originally digitised by Google and uploaded to Google Books, then just reuploaded to the Internet Archive. In principle, I could have made the same screenshots from Google Books, too. Google Books has Terms of Service, but they only seem to apply to 'digital content you purchase through the Google Books service'. The terms of service of Google itself don't seem to include any relevant restriction. --Anonymous44 (talk) 06:19, 29 July 2021 (UTC)
Wikipedia would probably be considered "educational" as the term applies to fair use#U.S. fair use factors, but whether it would be considered a form of "scholarship" by the people at the Internet Archive is anybody's guess. Even so, Wikipedia doesn't accept any types of free licenses which say "for scholarship or research use only" and Commons is the same way. Basically, the only type of free licenses that Wikipedia and Commons accept are ones that pretty much allow anyone anywhere in the world to reuse its content for any purpose at anytime. FWIW, I'm not a copyright lawyer and nobody on Wikipedia really can or should be giving you any type of legal advice. All I can say is that I don't believe the digitalization of a work within the public domain creates a new copyright in and of itself, and I don't think claiming you own the copyright of something automatically means you do. However, there are lots of businesses who make lots of money off claiming they own the copyright over works that are in the public domain and there's no way to tell how they will respond if they start finding images they believe they "own" being uploaded to Wikipedia or Commons. If you want to read what happened in one particular case, then take a look at National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute. Then, there's also Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp. which seems to be the case law that most people on Wikipedia or Commons quote when discussing this type of thing. Since PD images are generally recommended to be uploaded to Commons, you might want to ask about this at c:COM:VPC; in the end, however, I guess it might come down to how much of risk you're willing to assume by uploading the content since you're likely going to be on your own if anything happens as well as where you live since the courts in Germany at least seem to feel differently about digitalization per Reiss Engelhorn Museum and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute (see this and this as well). -- Marchjuly (talk) 13:07, 29 July 2021 (UTC)
OK, thanks, I suppose I'll ask at the Village pump then. Apart from that - I understand that Wikipedia does not allow such restrictions in free licenses, but the Terms of Use of a site don't per se imply a license and create restrictions for images on Commons, do they? It's as if I were to steal a camera and used it to make a photo, which I then released into the PD - it wouldn't stop being PD and permissible on Wikipedia because I've used illegal means to create it, would it? It would just be a problem between me and the authorities. And it would surprise me if Internet Archive were to sue either me or Wikipedia over this, given their stated purpose of 'universal access to all knowledge' and 'a free and open internet'. The problem is what you said about Germany, b/c I'm in the EU, the images could be claimed to be copyrighted by Google, and I wouldn't trust Google 'not to be evil'.--Anonymous44 (talk) 15:21, 29 July 2021 (UTC)
Peru Olympic Committee Logo
The Peru Olympic football team (a.k.a. Peru under-23 football team) uses the same logo of the Peruvian Olympic Committee as do many other Olympic football teams (for example: Honduras national under-23 football team or Brazil national under-23 football team) I added the Peruvian Olympic Committee logo to the Peruvian Olympic football team infobox. A few days later, User:JJMC89 bot removed the logo stating that "Removed WP:NFCC violation(s). No valid non-free use rationale for this page." The issue to be WP:NFCC#7. In other words, because the non-free use rationale template for the logo does not include both the Peruvian Olympic football team AND the Peruvian Olympic Committee under WP:NFCC#7 then there is no rationale for the logo to be used in both. Reading the actual text of WP:NFCC#7 it states that "Non-free content is used in at least one article." In this case the logo would be used in TWO articles and thus meet the WP:NFCC#7 standard. The problem is that the current non-free use rationale template only seems to allow the name of ONE article and not too. So, if I am not able to add the name of the second article then JJMC89 will probably erase the logo again if I try to add it again. Is there any way to have rationale under one logo that can justify its use in more than one article?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Critviz (talkcontribs) 00:50, 29 July 2021 (UTC)
Hi Critviz. Not all images the images you see used on Wikipedia are licensed the same, and how an image is licensed is largely going to determine how it may be used. The articles for Hondurus and Brazil that you've referenced above are using images that have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under public domain licenses, while the one you want to use in the Peru article was uploaded to Wikipedia as non-free content. This is an improtant difference and is often why it can be hard to try and compare image use on Wikipedia as explained in WP:OTHERIMAGE because only images uploaded as non-free content are required to comply with Wikipedia's non-free content use policy and there are lots of restrictions placed on how such files may be used. JJMC89's bot's removal of the file didn't really have anything to do with WP:NFCC#7, but rather with WP:NFCC#10c. That particular bot looks for non-free files added to articles for which a corresponding non-free use rationale has not been provided on the file's page. As you correctly state, NFCC#7 doesn't say that a non-free file can be used only once, but NFCC#10c states that a non-free file is required to be provided with a separate and specific non-free use rationale for each use; moreover, it's the responsibility of the person wanting to add a non-free file to an article to provide valid rationale for its use per WP:NFCCE. There are ten non-free content criteria which need to be met for each use and if you feel that the file's non-free use can be justified in the Peru Olympic team's article, then you will need to provide a separate specific non-free use rationale for that particular use to stop the bot from removing the file again. However, simply providing a rationale doesn't mean it's a valid rationale as explained in WP:JUSTONE; so, you might stop the bot from removing the file, but another editor can challenge the rationale. FWIW, the most likely reason for such a challenge is going to be item 17 of WP:NFC#UUI. Generally, when dealing with non-free logos of organizations (like an national Olympic commitee), the use of the logo in the primary Wikipedia article about the organization is considered OK; however, additional uses in articles about sub-entities of the same parent organization are generally not considered OK. How this should be applied to Olympic sports teams is not always clear, but in this case the "Peru Olympic Commitee" would be considered the parent entity and the "Peru Olympic football team" would be considered a child entity; so, even though Peru might choose to use the same branding for both for whatever reason, relevant Wikipedia policy might limit the logos use to only the article about the committee. Some Olympic teams have their own separate non-free logo that is different from their national Olympic committee and in such cases such a logo would be acceptable to uses. In cases where different logos don't exist though, the default is not just to automatically use the logo of the Olympic committee in the individual team articles. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:21, 29 July 2021 (UTC)
Last edited on 29 July 2021, at 15:22
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