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Image:FloppyRom Magazine.jpgEdit

Hi. This image has been kept. I have updated its image description page, hopefully to your satisfaction. If you are Michael Holley or Robert Uiterwyk, please be more specific; if not, it would be helpful to know the circumstances under which Michael Holley released the photo into the Public Domain. Thanks!   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 00:26, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

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Benh (talk) 22:48, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Most pre-1978 magazine advertisements are likely in the public domainEdit

Commons_talk: Most_pre-1978_magazine_advertisements_are_likely_in_the_public_domain Archived revision as of 06:25, 17 July 2009

Because a typical advertisement runs in several magazines, they are not included in the magazine copyright. Each ad needs its own copyright notice. See this 1974 ad for KOOL cigarettes, copyright Brown & Williamson Tobacco The tobacco companies often placed copyright notices in their ads.

This is from the Copyright Notice Circular 3. Page 3, Contributions to Collective Works. (In copyright speak a magazine or journal is known as a "collective work".)

A single copyright notice applicable to the collective work as a whole serves to indicate protection for all the contributions in the collective work, except for advertisements, regardless of the ownership of copyright in the individual contributions and whether they have been published previously.

A notice for the collective work will not serve as the notice for advertisements inserted on behalf of persons other than the copyright owner of the collective work. These advertisements should each bear a separate notice in the name of the copyright owner of the advertisement.

Here is the law. U.S. Code title 17 chapter 4

Works published before 1978 required a valid copyright notice or the material was in the public domain. Advertisements relying on the copyright notice of the magazine are treated as a notice with the wrong name.The 1909 copyright law considered this a defective copyright.

As a practical mater, an advertisement with a famous copyrighted photograph might result in a challenge. This would be unlikely for a typical advertisement with an in-house photograph of the product with a utilitarian description and price. See this circular saw ad.

Here is a 1985 federal court case that affirms that advertisements require an explicit copyright notice. 759 F2d 493 Canfield v. Ponchatoula Times Here are a few other cases.

Here is an interesting page, the calculator advertisement half is public domain but the magazine subscription advertisement half has a valid copyright because it is by the magazine publisher. Popular Mechanics ad.

A search of the Internet Archive for Public Domain Rule 5 advertisement shows that they post advertisements that do not have an explicit copyright notice. [1]

Public domain advertisements should be a valuable source of illustrations. Here is an example: File:MITS Calculator 1200 Series 1973.jpg. This shows the calculators that MITS produced before making the Altair 8800 computer. Microsoft was started when Bill Gates and Paul Allen wrote software for this computer.

-- Swtpc6800 (talk) 03:03, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Here is an article about Duke University's efforts in obtaining copyright permission for "7,000 advertisements printed primarily in U.S. newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955". With student labor they tracked down the owners for the ads. In the article's conclusion, they state this may not have been necessary.

"An alternative to the process we followed in searching out the companies would have been to check with the Copyright Office to see if any of the ads had been registered when first created. The copyright law of 1909, under which the ads in the project originally fell, required that a notice of copyright be affixed to each copy (or forfeit copyright), and that the item be registered with the Register of Copyrights (noncompliance possibly causing a fine or the voiding of copyright). (8) Every magazine and newspaper in which the ads were printed most likely carried a copyright notice; this notice, however, fails to cover the advertisements not originating from the magazine or newspaper itself."
Lynn Pritcher (February 2000), "Seeking Copyright Permissions for a Digital Age", D-Lib Magazine [2]

-- Swtpc6800 (talk) 18:44, 3 July 2009 (UTC)


All this would apply of course only to U.S. advertisements in U.S. magazines. Advertisements from foreign companies may have gotten their copyright restored by the URAA, and ads in non-U.S. magazines published in countries other than the U.S. might be copyrighted under the laws of that other country. Lupo 13:14, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Seems right though pre-1978 stuff is a bit fuzzier; 17 U.S.C. 404(a) was only explicitly made part of the 1976 Act (effective 1978) and notices were required until March 1, 1989, so this is definitely the case in that period (though it may be possible for an advertiser to have reclaimed copyright by registering it with the Copyright Office within 5 years) . Pre-1978 cases you linked to do indicate that ads are not covered under the general copyright of a newspaper (or were text-only and PD-ineligible) but don't explicitly mention the notice part, though that would seem to logically follow. And yes, this is purely a U.S. thing, for U.S. ads first published in the U.S. {{PD-US-no notice}} or {{PD-US-1978-89}} would apply. Carl Lindberg (talk) 13:41, 1 July 2009 (UTC)


I see, I thought the photo was just recycled. Please delete it. Night Ranger (talk) 03:26, 3 April 2010 (UTC)

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/FPCBot (talk) 06:04, 18 December 2010 (UTC)


Do you happen to have this magazine?

Also, you should consider digitizing your magazines and submitting them to google docs, that way their text shall live longer than you.

--Grenadier (talk) 15:10, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

I don't have that issue. It is a lot of work to scan magazines and Google has better equipment that I do. They will get around to it one day. == Swtpc6800 (talk) 00:28, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

File:Science Mechanics Aug 1950 pg69.jpg and File:Science Mechanics Aug 1950 pg68.jpgEdit

Added missing license section -- Swtpc6800 (talk) 01:47, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

File:US Postal Currency 5 cent 1862 1863.jpgEdit

I nominated File:US Postal Currency 5 cent 1862 1863.jpg for featured picture at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:US Postal Currency 5 cent 1862 1863.jpg. One of the reviewers has a question about the scan and I was hoping you could answer (it's about the sudden change from gradient to 255, 255, 255 white) Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:48, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Original Barnstar
Great uploads of magazines and currency! Keep up the good work. InverseHypercube 08:30, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

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/FPCBot (talk) 22:03, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

Restoration questionEdit

Thanks for your response on the VP/Copyright page. I looked at your image and its fantastic. I consider myself relatively new to restoration, so I have to ask, how on earth did you remove the blur? Everything is so crystal clear and sharp. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 23:14, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

I scanned the magazine cover at 300 dots per inch and used the descreening filter in Photoshop. This removes to halftone printing pattern. Printed images in newspapers and magazines are "screened" into a series of dots. -- Swtpc6800 (talk) 00:23, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
Incredible, looks really good. Thanks so much! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 08:43, 6 March 2013 (UTC)


Dear Michael Holley (Swtpc6800),

We are visual artists and academics who are currently working on a chapter in a book entitled ‘The Photograph and the Album’ (published by MuseumsEtc We are also contributing to the editorship of this volume. Our chapter is examining the role that the internet plays in acting as a 'giant photograph album'. We have taken this principle and have begun to look for images, searching – as many of us do – under our own names, curious to find out what images appear.

The following image came up in relation to one of our surnames:

The Nugget Casino was opened by Richard Graves in 1954. This June 1973 photo shows a much expanded building located at 507 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada. From a 35 mm Ektachrome transparency taken with a Yashica TL Electro SLR camera. Scanned with an Epson Perfection V500 Photo in August 2012.

We are interested in using the image in our chapter and want to confirm that you agree that we can do this in line with the statement that appears in Wikimedia Commons which is as follows:

“I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.”

To be clear about our use of the image, it will appear as part of a sequence of images for which we will provide full captions and acknowledgement (in reference to the information which appears on the webpage provided above).

We hope you are willing to give permission and would appreciate if you would confirm this via this email. We would also be very grateful if you could inform us of any other parties from whom we should seek permission in reference to this image, if you are aware of any such parties.

We would appreciate it if you could respond by Friday April 19th 2013.

Thank you for your consideration & please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Very best regards, Rosie Miller & Jonathan Carson

You have permission to use my photo of the Carson City Nugget Casino in your book. You can use any of my Wikipedia Commons photos for any purpose. I have responded by email. -- Swtpc6800 (talk) 00:32, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/delist/US Postal Currency 5 cent 1862 1863Edit

Hi Swtpc6800- I am nominating a fractional note for FP delist as it duplicates one in a complete type set of Fractional currency recently promoted as a set. I'm letting you know because you were the original scanner of the file.-Godot13 (talk) 15:42, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

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Third Party PhotographerEdit

Who Owns the Copyright to the Photo If a Friend or Stranger Takes a Picture of You? [3] -- Swtpc6800 (talk) 02:47, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

From Village Pump. [4] -- Swtpc6800 (talk) 18:15, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Photographs or 3D interpretations?Edit

Your uploads look like a 3D artist's interpretations made with 3D graphics software, they don't look like actual photographs. In a photograph we would expect to see a background around the main subject, but in your uploads we just see empty white colour. Please don't mislabel 3D reconstructions as photographs. If they are indeed actual photographs, please re-upload them with the background intact and don't use image editing software to turn the background into white colour. Thank you for your cooperation. Maria Kappatou (talk) 01:14, 3 November 2016 (UTC)

File:Apple II advertisement Dec 1977 page 2.jpgEdit

File:Apple II advertisement Dec 1977 page 2.jpg has been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether it should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry.

If you created this file, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for deletion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it, such as a copyright issue.

Please remember to respond to and – if appropriate – contradict the arguments supporting deletion. Arguments which focus on the nominator will not affect the result of the nomination. Thank you!

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