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File:EEA agency logo.svg[edit]

At commons under a 'free' license Commons:File:EEA agency logo.svg so querying if this needs to be under NFCC locally. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 12:07, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

Why? Seeing as it is licensed freely on the commons, the image can be used here without being uploaded here, unless you have some reason the challenge the current license there. If so there are a few others EEA logos using the same graphics. ww2censor (talk) 16:50, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
@ShakespeareFan00 and Ww2censor: This logo is non-free. From their copyright notice:

The Agency logo is the property of the EEA and is registered with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). It may be reproduced by media for journalistic purposes, but all other usages needs the Agency’s prior consent. The logo may not be cropped or amended in any other way than what is detailed in the EEA’s corporate identity manual."

Qzekrom 💬 theythem 04:30, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

File:La Croix newspaper nameplate.jpg[edit]

There's a conflict here between the {{PD-logo}} and {{Non-free use rationale 2}} that's causing the file to be flagged as a WP:NFCC#9 violation in User:Jmmonty16/sandbox. This is probably PD in the US per c:COM:TOO#United States, but I'm not sure about in the country of origin per c:COM:TOO#France. Replacing the non-free use rationale with {{Information}} and relicensing as {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} is a quick fix, but that keeps this a local file. Any opinions on whether this is OK as "PD-logo" for France? -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:49, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

I'd be cautious. French TOO is weird and can be very low in some cases. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 22:16, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

File:RTK1 logo.svg[edit]

This logo is probably simple enough per c:COM:TOO#United States to be at least {{PD-ineligible-USonly}}, and maybe even simple enough to be {{PD-logo}} depending upon Kosovo's TOO. However, I'm wondering if it might also be PD per c:Template:PD-Kosovo-exempt similar to the way File:RTK logo.svg licensed. If it really needs to be non-free, it can't be used in Draft:RTK 1. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:50, 25 March 2019 (UTC)


There's a conflict between the {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} license and {{Non-free use rationale}} being used on the file's page. Since the country of origin appears to be the UK, this might really be only PD in the US, which means the "PD-ineligible license" is OK; however, a non-free rationale wouldn't be needed in that case. On the other hand, if this file is not even PD in the US, it needs the rationale and a non-free license. The current situation is causing the file to be flagged as a WP:NFCC#9 violation; so, the conflict should be resolved one way or the other. Anybody feel this is too complex for "PD-ineligible-USonly" per c:COM:TOO#United States? -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:19, 26 March 2019 (UTC)