User:Durin/Text to Government Québec

What I sentEdit

This is the text of a message I sent to regarding the copyright/trademark status of the images located at Category:Road signs in Québec:


I am an editor for Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.

Recently, another editor uploaded 217 images of Québec autoroutes. You may view the entire collection of these images at:

The uploader has (in my opinion improperly) claimed that he is the creator of the images and therefore has rights to release the images into the public domain. I have raised the issue of the copyright/trademark status of these images with a number of other editors, and have at this time requested their deletion from our Commons repository because they are not available under a free license. (See

I would like to confirm that these images are in fact copyrighted and/or trademark by Transport Québec. I have read your statement regarding this general issue at and find I am still not clear on whether this signage is in fact available under a free license, i.e. that anyone may use it for any purpose.

Would you please clarify for us the copyright and/or trademark status of these images? Note that we do not accept images that are used by permission-only-use for a particular purpose, but do accept images that can be used by anyone for any purpose. Please see for more information on this point.

Thank you for your time in this matter, -Durin

The message was sent on October 27, 2006.

What I have received so farEdit

On October 27, 2006 I received the following communication from Jean-Roch Pouliot at Transports Québec:

Montréal, Friday October 27, 2006.

Mr Durin


We acknowledge receipt of your e-mail dated October 26, 2006.

We have forwarded your e-mail to our Direction des Communications (418-528-9680). An agent will contact you as soon as possible.

Yours truly Jean-Roch Pouliot

November 8 updateEdit

I received the following clearance from Gilles Marquis, Direction des communications at Ministère des Transports du Québec:

Good morning, for answer to your recent request about the uses of the images of Transports Québec, you can read below the answers to your questions and you have the contact for any questions about the author’ rights for the government of Québec.

The use of the images may obtain permission for anyone. Contact For any questions about the use of images of Transports Québec contact also

Tkank you for your warning.

Gilles Marquis Direction des communications Service des activités de communication Ministère des Transports du Québec 700, Boulevard René-Lévesque est, 27e étage Québec (Québec) G1R 5H1 (418) 644-1520 poste 2575 (418) 643-4121 (télécopieur)

I believe this concludes this rights matter.