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Raul Escribano Image

Sir/Ma'am,

I apologize for taking claim to a photo as you are correct, I did not take it nor do I have any intention to claim the photo as my own. However, The person the wiki page is about (General Escribano), requested a wiki page be created for him and in military life, when higher ups ask, I have to get it done quickly. The problem however, is I have absolutely no idea how Wikipedia works or online copyright works. The other problem is these images were taken by a Public Affairs military member not acting on their own but as a military member. For example, if a pilot fly's a mission, its not him himself performing the action, its on behalf of the US. So similarly, if the individuals who took the photos did so on behalf of the US military in an official capacity and not of their own choice. So for example, in the link you had linked to the image being used, it is used again in a official capacity for military purposes. Wikipedia is not a military domain though so I'm confused on how I am suppose to go about getting approval to use a military image on behalf of the member in the picture. Thank you for your help in the matter. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Erik4j (talk • contribs) 16:36, 30 November 2016‎ (UTC+9) (UTC)

Hi Erik4j. Please just refer to me by my user name Marchjuly. Thank you for clarifying things. Just for reference, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons are not part of the US military, so they do not need to do things the way the "higher ups" want. The images you uploaded are not your "own work" per se, so technically that might make them a copyright violation. Do you know if these photos have been previously published online? They had to come from somewhere since you are saying that you did not take them yourself. Do you remember where you got them? -- Marchjuly (talk) 10:58, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
If the photo was taken by a soldier in the course of his duties, it's copyright free as a matter of US law. So you need not worry about the image just put {{PD-USGov-Military-Army}} as the proper license.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 13:28, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for that Sturmvogel 66. What should be given as the sources of the images? -- Marchjuly (talk) 13:50, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
Just US Army official photo should do. Sorry for the late reply!--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:44, 1 January 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately, I think some of these files may have already been deleted for lack of permission. They probably can be "un-deleted" if a request is filed at COM:DRV. Since the relevant Wikipedia article itself has also been nominated for deletion, it's also not clear if there will be a place to use the photos. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:58, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Media submissions

Hi there, Thanks for letting me know re: copyright. Just to make sure, this means that all of those that I create pages for will have to write to wiki or do I write to wiki on their behalf? I will appreciate your kind response. Thank you :) I am still new at this and am learning as I go. Songuitar333 (talk) 00:35, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi Songuitar333. Please refer to COM:OTRS for more information. If you still have questions after reading through that, then feel free to ask. Don7t worry about making good faith mistakes. As long as you're not trying to circumvent relevant Commons policy and don't repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again, you should be fine. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:16, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi Marchjuly, Thank you for this. It will take me a few days to get all the e-mails in. Yes all of this is a good faith mistake. What is the best way from now on to post images so I don't get flagged for each one? Songuitar333 (talk) 08:56, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Once you send in the emails, you can add Template:OTRS pending to the file's description/page. Once the emails have been received, an OTRS volunteer will change it to Template:OTRS received and once they have been verified to Template:OTRS permission. The "OTRS pending" template is good for 30 days, but will revert back to Template:No permission since at that point. You should receive a reply from OTRS containing an OTRS ticket number after you send in your emails. Make a record of those numbers because you can use them to ask questions at COM:OTRSN if you have any problems. Even if the files are deleted by chance, they are only hidden from public view and can easily be "undeleted" once the licensing has been verified; therefore, do not try and reupload them if something like that happens. -- Marchjuly (talk) 09:53, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
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