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Index:To the Victor Belongs the Spoils.djvu[edit]

Raised a concern here back in 2014. and not much happened since then.

Bringing it here, so that there is at least a disscussion.

The problem is the inclusion of 'third-party' images which are NOT necessarily under the same Creative Commons license as the text. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 22:37, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Australian photographs taken before 1955 are public domain now. Carl Lindberg (talk) 00:42, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Wrong country: Wikisource is hosted in the United States, not in Australia. It says that the document was published in 1999, and if this was when the photographs were first published, then they will be unfree for several more decades in the United States. I can also not find any evidence that the Creative Commons licence claim for the text is valid. --Stefan2 (talk) 00:50, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
My recollection is that the uploader of the original PDF, which was then moved to Common and converted to DJVU because the PDF wouldn't display, said his contribution was CC. This probably need someone with admin access at Commons and English Wikisource to do trace back what the originals were linking to. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 01:50, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Australian photographs created before 1946 were public domain in Australia in 1996 and would not have been restored by the URAA in the U.S. It is unlikely that photographs taken from external sources would have been first published in that paper. If the Creative Commons license is not valid, that is another matter. Carl Lindberg (talk) 01:11, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Australian photographs were in the public domain 50 years after the making of the negative, nothing to do with publication.section "Provisions as to photographs" Again having and researching an evidence base for any argument would be useful. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:40, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
When you state that something is in the public domain, you must also state in which country it is in the public domain. This is in particular important in countries which do not use the rule of the shorter term, such as the United States. No Australian photographs created before 1955 entered the public domain in the United States 50 years after creation of the negative. That's when the copyright expired in Australia, but USA uses different rules. --Stefan2 (talk) 02:06, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
The vast majority of such works expired in the U.S. when they were published without a copyright notice. Photos created 1946 and later could well have an issue though. Carl Lindberg (talk) 02:57, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Right. Australian photographs which were published usually entered the public domain either immediately upon publication (no notice) or 28 years after publication (no renewal). There could be some which were published with notice and renewal, but I suppose that's uncommon for non-US works. The main problems are photos not published until after 1963 (no renewal needed) and photos created after 1945 (URAA automatically added any missing notices and submitted any missing renewals). In either case, the copyright didn't expire in the United States 50 years after creation; that was only the case in Australia and in countries which recognise the rule of the shorter term. --Stefan2 (talk) 14:40, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Unless there is some evidence that a photo was kept unpublished for some time, the usual assumption for foreign photos is publication without notice. That also precludes renewals being an issue, though that is also a fallback sometimes if it turns out there was a notice. But yes, the main problem would be photos created after 1945 -- those would have had their U.S. copyright restored. Carl Lindberg (talk) 11:21, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
Newspaper photographers seem to take lots of photographs of each event but only end up publishing one or two of them. Family photographs are also usually unpublished. Some of these unpublished photographs might later end up somewhere and become published a lot later. Therefore, it seems that most photographs are unpublished and that we can't assume that a photograph is published unless we have some indication that this is the case. Also, it does not seem safe to assume that a photograph was published without a notice, in particular not after many countries started signing the Universal Copyright Convention which mentions copyright notices. Most European publications currently contain a copyright notice, although this was a lot less common in the past. The only thing we can safely assume is that pictures were published without a renewal as there should have been very few people outside the United States who bothered submitting a renewal to the United States authorities. --Stefan2 (talk) 15:11, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
Some of the images post-date 1955. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 02:53, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

All works under Category:PD-IndonesianGov[edit]

The license {{PD-IndonesianGov}} (not to be confused with {{PD-EdictGovIndonesian}}) is explicitly nonderivative and therefore unacceptable here. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 17:45, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

How many of these works have the correct license? Are there any of the works that ought to have a different license? Otherwise, I agree that we cannot / should not host works under the stated tag. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:50, 6 July 2017 (UTC)
Some of them are listed with multiple license tags and can be kept. Some of them I'm not sure. Maybe we should discuss each individually. I'd delete the license tag though, or at least make a note on it that works cannot be hosted under the license unless they are PD in the US for some other reason. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 15:37, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Relevant to this discussion, I think our copy of Copyright Act of Republic of Indonesia (the basis for the distinction drawn above between {{PD-IndonesianGov}} and {{PD-EdictGovIndonesian}}) may be out of date. Copyright Act of Republic of Indonesia bills itself as a 2002 act as amended in 2014, but the 2014 revision legislation (available from WIPO, with a not-so-great machine translation into English) appears to be more in the nature of a replacement than an amendment. The rule against copyrightability of governmental works is now stated in Article 42 in terms that do not entirely overlap with Article 13 of the 2002 act; there is a new provision in Article 41 concerning limits on copyrightability of certain works; and there is a series of exceptions under new Articles 43–49, some of which may be pertinent for our purposes.

All of which is just by way of saying that perhaps this discussion needs to be tabled until we as a community develop a fuller sense of what Indonesian copyright law actually requires (and permits). Tarmstro99 23:24, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

@RaymondSutanto, @John Vandenberg: Are you able to advise us on this matter? — billinghurst sDrewth 13:03, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, @Tarmstro99: is right: the template is out of date. The newest Copyright Act that we use is the 2014 edition (you can see it on Indonesian Wikisource: id:Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 28 Tahun 2014). The Copyright Act says that all of Acts made by government doesn't have any copyright, on Article 42 (Tidak ada Hak Cipta atas hasil karya berupa: ... b. peraturan perundang-undangan). The 2014 edition is a replacement for the 2002 edition. RaymondSutanto (talk) 14:50, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
@RaymondSutanto: is the legislation retroactive, does it affect government works published before 2014?—Also, this discussion does not cover Acts of government (which are hostable under {{PD-EdictGov}}, but rather works created by the Indonesian government that are not legislative. Beleg Tâl (talk) 15:56, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes, it is retroactive. Works that are not legislative are also counted (included) on Article 42, for example Government Regulation (Peraturan Pemerintah) and Presidential Regulation (Peraturan Presiden) that are not a legislative law. RaymondSutanto (talk) 16:57, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

There's a (mediocre) translation of the 2014 law here. The changes that affect us aren't substantial. Government works that aren't listed in section 42 are still licensed in a non-compatible fashion (no derivatives except for certain purposes). The works listed in section 42 are the same as section 12 of the 2002 law, except that "scripture or religious symbols" are now exempt from copyright, and "decisions of arbitration boards or of other similar agencies" are no longer exempt from copyright. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 19:35, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

A Tryst With Destiny[edit]

See w:A Tryst With Destiny. This is a 1947 speech by Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India. Current copyright law in India gives it a copyright as a government work of 60 years, so it would be out of copyright in India in 2008. (Or so sayth Wikipedia.) I don't see it as PD in the US, though.--Prosfilaes (talk) 02:39, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Unless it was published in the U.S. within 30 days. Carl Lindberg (talk) 07:07, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Koavf: Move to BiblioWiki? I am no longer able to do it.--Jusjih (talk) 22:36, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Nobel speeches/lectures[edit]

According to

Can I use or translate a Nobel Lecture, speech or a biography?

Nobel Media administrates the publishing rights of the Nobel Lectures, speeches and biographies on on behalf of the Nobel Foundation who hold copyright. For information on how to license these, please contact

This is further confirmed on

Nobel Lectures, Speeches and Biographies

To use or translate a Nobel Lecture, a presentation speech, a banquet speech or a biography, permission has to be granted by the Nobel Foundation.

If granted, "© The Nobel Foundation" and relevant year must be stated, the text correctly quoted and the author identified as the sole author of the text.

All Nobel Lectures, presentation speeches, banquet speeches and biographies are also published in the book series "Les Prix Nobel" and "Nobel Lectures."

This brings into question the following works:

-Einstein95 (talk) 04:11, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Roosevelt's speech is out of copyright because it was published before 1923. I don't see any reason why Al Gore's speech would be out of copyright, given he wasn't in a federal office in 2007. Barack Obama was President at the time of his speech, and we've generally read the copyright law to put pretty much everything the President creates into the public domain. (And it's possible it was written for him by a White House official.) But accepting the Noble Prize is generally not a Presidential duty, so...? I'm leaning towards it being a work of the US government. Faulkner's speech in 1950 may not have been copyrighted and renewed, and the URAA didn't restore copyrights of Americans like Faulkner, so that's probably in the PD.--Prosfilaes (talk) 08:04, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Gore Symbol delete vote.svg Delete contributor is also known to be open-minded with their interpretation of copyright; Obama Symbol keep vote.svg Keep, we have called USGov; Roosevelt Symbol keep vote.svg Keep pre-1923; Faulkner, ??? was it published in the US, and within 30 days?. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:43, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
The URAA doesn't restore works that are solely by Americans. There has to be at least one author who is from an eligible nation, which explicitly excludes the US. I can't find a renewal, but I don't know when it was first published. If it hit the New York Times via telegraph, it could have been published within 30 days in a renewed work.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:00, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
I think the URAA would restore works by Americans if they were actually residing overseas at the time. But Faulkner would not qualify. Carl Lindberg (talk) 05:19, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, domiciled. Which I supposed mitigates against the undeletion of Three Stories and Ten Poems based on my proposal.--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:38, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Deleted Gore's speech. @Koavf: move Faulkner's speech to BiblioWiki?--Jusjih (talk) 22:56, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

The Exilarch's Letter[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: deleted —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:37, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
I can't find any source for the English translation (Sod Ha'ibur by Richard Fiedler (2014) copies Wikisource). The Aramaic text should probably go to the main Wikisource, though it would be nice to have a source for that, too. We could make a local translation, if necessary; it's pretty short, but Aramaic is not a widely-known language.--Prosfilaes (talk) 10:45, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Onceinawhile wrote on my talk page that "The Aramaic comes from Mann in 1922:[1]. Published in the UK, and confirmed as being out of copyright by IA / Cornell. The English translation is from the same time period but I can’t find the source online (I think I took it from a library); this was five years ago." I wasn't truly worried about the Aramaic, but given that one year later is still in copyright, "from the same time period" isn't much help.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:37, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Symbol delete vote.svg Delete, unfortunately, since there's no way to verify —Beleg Tâl (talk) 18:35, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
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Selected Essays by Karl Marx translated by Henry James Stenning[edit]

Set of translated works by Marc that have been held by us for a long period. They are noted as the translations being published in 1926, and confirmed as first published, and the author having died 1971 (FreeBMD date). Author is British, and the linked reprint was during the life of the author, so not a sign that the reprint was able due to no copyright. has numbers of Stenning's works[2], though they would all appear to be in copyright.

It would appear that unfortunately that these works are copyright in UK, and US and not out of copyright until at least 95 years after publication (2021). — billinghurst sDrewth 04:28, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

It seems that the 1926 edition was a US publication (New York, International publishers, 1926); was its copyright renewed? Or, maybe, there wa an older British-only publication? Ankry (talk) 19:35, 6 April 2018 (UTC)
Nope, I can see a book review in Marxian Essays. — Aberdeen Press and Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Thursday, April 01, 1926; pg. 3; Issue 1040.billinghurst sDrewth 01:01, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

The Plays of Roswitha[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: question answered
Could people assist to determine whether (external scan) is out of copyright in the United States? The translator died in 1960, so it's still protected in the UK, but I'm unsure whether the book was registered for copyright in the US, and whether or not there was a renewal. It seems to have been published only from London, and anything post 1922 is confusing for me. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:02, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Addendum: The translator is Christabel Marshall, who published under the pen names of Christopher St John and Christopher Marie St John. I do not know which of these names the copyright might (or might not) have been registered under. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:04, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

I can't see why it would be PD in the US. (It is PD in Canada, which is why the University of Toronto may have felt fine about uploading it.) There's basically just two rules for restoration; it had not to be PD in its source nation in 1996 (or later if the nation joined WTO or Berne later, or is Vietnam, but 1996 for most of Europe) and "has at least one author or rightholder who was, at the time the work was created, a national or domiciliary of an eligible country, and if published, was first published in an eligible country and not published in the United States during the 30-day period following publication in such eligible country." So it wasn't PD in the UK in 1996, the translator lived in the UK and it was published in UK with no following publication in the US.
Short of finding it was printed in the US at the same time, we'll have to wait until next year.--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:50, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
If you think it's useful, I would like to kickstart 2019 with a collection of books that are newly freed into the public domain in the US (i.e. works from 1923), and this would certainly be an option.--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:36, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
@Prosfilaes: I would think that this would be best considered as a subpage to WS:RT or a rejig of those pages. And to that we should also consider how we would list works that we have deleted that could be undeleted as coming out of copyright. — billinghurst sDrewth 00:48, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
@Prosfilaes: This would definitely be useful. We have no medieval plays at all, or any works by Hrosvitha (except for the one I found that was in PD). Hrosvitha is the earliest post-Roman playwright whose works survive, and the first female playwright (we know of) from anywhere in the world. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:56, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: To some extent, WS:RT could work, but I also want a big bang on 2019-01-01, and that's going to take more off-wiki work and more preparation than WS:RT is usually associated with. I've been working on transcription projects for close to 20 years, starting not too long after the US PD was basically frozen. This is a huge deal to me.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:23, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
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1934 Interview with Joseph Stalin[edit]

Pulled from the web, but I cannot access the source location. Is this in PD, or still under copyright? --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:47, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Here's a scan of an early publication (for reference) —Beleg Tâl (talk) 21:40, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
That's a British work from 1934, so it will be PD-US in 2030. Wells died in 1946, and Stalin in 1953, so it's okay for Bibliowiki.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:08, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Index:Bergey's manual of determinative bacteriology.djvu[edit]

Published in Baltimore in 1957. Is this edition in PD in the US? --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:49, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

The Commons page claims it's not renewed, and doesn't turn up a renewal for it, so I don't see why not.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:00, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
It says that now, but didn't before. I have been in conversation with the person who uploaded the file. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:04, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

Constitution of the People's Republic of China - AMENDMENT FIVE[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Temporarily deleted as unsourced translation to be recreated anew from [3]--Jusjih (talk) 04:48, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
The text of AMENDMENT FIVE in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China was translated by "NPC Observer" which was released under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 [4] . The official translation is not released yet.--QBear (talk) 09:39, 30 May 2018 (UTC)
Delete the Constitution of the People's Republic of China entirely for no working source of the translation and I will restart by noting the Chinese governmental source if no objection.--Jusjih (talk) 04:47, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Not sure what you meant but the original page did provide a link to the NPC's official English website. Assuming the translations there are official translations, they are in the public domain under article 5, item 1 of the PRC Copyright Law. --Ewan0707 (talk) 19:23, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
Is [5] back in 2004 your meant original page? I am reverting my added copyvio tag, but still waiting for proper license.--Jusjih (talk) 03:37, 14 July 2018 (UTC)


Published in India in 1941. Author died in 1947. Accordingly, was not PD-India on URAA date. Therefore, copyrighted in the U.S. for 95 years after publication. Also pinging @Rajasekhar1961:, the uploader, for comment. Hrishikes (talk) 10:03, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

The author died in 1947, more than 60 years from now (2018). So I thought, it is in public domain in India. Is the copywright law say differently. Kindly clafiry. --Rajasekhar1961 (talk) 10:41, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, but English Wikisource has to follow the somewhat inconvenient US rules. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 10:56, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
@Rajasekhar1961: It is indeed in the public domain in India at present. But it was not so on January 1, 1996, when most countries, including the USA and India, entered the Uruguay treaty of forming the World Trade Organisation. On that date, the work was copyrighted in India, so the U.S. gave cognisance to this copyright retrospectively from publication. Once copyright got thus recognised in the U.S., the term of copyright would be as per the U.S. law, i.e., 95 years from publication. English Wikisource, unlike the Indic ones, follows U.S. laws only. So current PD-India status has no value here; the status in 1996 determines the issue. Hrishikes (talk) 11:07, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
So we can work on the books published before 1923. Does that mean we have to remove it from English wikisource.--Rajasekhar1961 (talk) 11:13, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
That's the issue we are discussing. Let's see what others say. Hrishikes (talk) 11:19, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
I agree this was not PD in India on the URAA date: according to w:Wikipedia:Non-US copyrights, books by authors who died after 1941 are 60 pma. There's no US renewal in the Stanford database so it could be PD in the US if published in the US within 30 days of publication in India. However I see no evidence of that, so Symbol delete vote.svg Delete. BethNaught (talk) 10:13, 8 June 2018 (UTC)


This work is identified as translated by "J. M. Ashmand", which seems to be the result of copying from a website that makes that claim.

However, the text seems to be the translation by Author:Frank Egleston Robbins for the Loeb Classical Library. The date I have for that text is 1940, though it might have been published earlier.

Can I get confirmation of my suspicions? This may need to be deleted. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:54, 4 July 2018 (UTC)

Seems like the advertisement and proem is from Ashmand's, then it restarts with the proem of Robbins' through to the end of the text, judging from some randomly selected passages. Prosody (talk) 16:48, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
This is volume 435, first published in 1940. The start of Book 2 is the same, so presumably it's mostly or completely derived from the Loeb. I don't see copies available online as public domain, but it was not renewed, and has no copyright notice on the "Printed in Great Britain" 1964 edition I'm looking at. It's generally believed that all the early Loebs are PD, but IIRC, WWII complicated the both sides of the pond printing and thus the PD status. I really don't know; @Clindberg:, are you more familiar with the legal issues here?--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:27, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
@Prosfilaes: I don't see a renewal for the Robbins work, published in 1940 apparently by Harvard University, and as an American (living in the U.S.) there are no possible URAA issues even if first published in Great Britain. So it would seem that text is in the U.S. public domain either way (Ashmand's translation being from 1822). I don't think that WWII would have any bearing. There may have been some forgiveness for renewals which needed to be filed during the war, but those would have all been pre-1923 works in the first place, and the original publication appears to have been in the U.S. (before the war started there) anyways. The renewal would have had to be filed by Robbins' estate in 1967 or 1968. It appears Robbins lived from 1884 - 1963. Carl Lindberg (talk) 16:14, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Do we have a page for clean-up? This text does look copyright-free, but is a mix of sources and needs some work.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:44, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Copyright status of Mao Zedong's work[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Deleted all but Communism and Dictatorship (1921). The burden of proof rests upon anyone seeking to undelete. Similar to Chinese Wikisource, PD-PRC-exempt does not always apply to Mao's works.--Jusjih (talk) 03:58, 21 March 2019 (UTC)
Hello all,

There are a few Mao Zedong's work on English Wikisource citing the Article 5 of Chinese copyright law, which exempts all Chinese government and judicial documents, and their official translations, from copyright. However, Mao did not hold any government office after he left the office of the Chairman of the People's Republic of China in 1959. Further more, there is a report that royalties was paid for the translations of Mao's work published outside of China.

Granted the separation of party and state was unclear at time, does Article 5 applies for Mao's work in his capacity as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China? Furthermore, many of Mao's essays were written in his personal capacity, does Article 5 applies to these? -Mys 721tx (talk) 02:36, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

Also, Article 55 of the 1990 copyright law states that "[t]he rights of copyright owners, publishers, performers, producers of sound recordings and video recordings, radio stations and television stations as provided for in this Law shall, if their term of protection as specified in this Law has not yet expired on the date of entry into force of this Law, be protected in accordance with this Law." If Article 5 does not apply, then Mao's personal works will not enter public domain until 2027. -Mys 721tx (talk) 04:00, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

It should also be noted that many, if not all, unsourced translations of Mao Zedong's work were sourced from "Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung". I was previously transcribing it before it was deleted due to copyvio on both here and Commons. -Einstein95 (talk)
So, Article 5 would exempt anything Mao wrote -- including their translations -- while he was in office. According to the wikipedia article, that would be from 1949 to 1959. I'm not sure if his chairmanship of the Communist party (1943-1976) or his chairmanship of the Central Military Commission (1954-1976) count as government posts. So pretty much anything we have from 1949-1959 is probably covered by Article 5; anything outside of that date range, unless it was prior to the '20s, is probably not.
Unfortunately his author page does not list dates directly. I think it would be most useful to actually identify which of these many works are actually potentially copyright violations. Most of the works that I've looked at linked from that author page seem to be from the 1930s, which predate his holding government officeship, and which thus preclude the use of the Article 5 exemption. --Mukkakukaku (talk) 01:29, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
There's also this, which is marked for cleanup, to consider at the same time: Index:Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung.djvu. Mukkakukaku (talk) 05:25, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

The followings are on Wikisource:

  1. Communism and Dictatorship (November 1920. January 1921)
  2. The Second Anniversary of An Wu-ching's Martyrdom (1929)
  3. On Correcting Mistaken Ideas in the Party (December 1929)
  4. A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire (January 5, 1930)
  5. Oppose Book Worship (May 1930)
  6. Decree Regarding Marriage (January 28, 1931)
  7. A Letter from the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army to Our Brothers the Soldiers of the White Army on the Subject of the Forced Occupation of Manchuria by Japanese Imperialism (September 25, 1931)
  8. The League of Nations is a League of Robbers! (October 6, 1932)
  9. Preliminary Conclusions of the Land Investigation Campaign (August 29, 1933)
  10. The Land Investigation Campaign is the Central Important Task in the Vast (Soviet) Areas (August 31, 1933)
  11. Report to the 2nd National Congress of Workers and Peasants Representatives (January 23, 1934)
  12. Pay Attention to Economic Work (August 20, 1933)
  13. How to Differentiate the Classes in the Rural Areas (October 1933)
  14. Our Economic Policy (January 23, 1934)
  15. Be Concerned With the Well-Being of the Masses, Pay Attention to Methods of Work (January 27, 1934)
  16. Proclamation on the Northward March of the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army to Fight Japan (July, 15 1934)
  17. On Tactics Against Japanese Imperialism (December 27, 1935)
  18. To Lin Piao (1936)
  19. We Are Not Going to Turn the Country over to Moscow! (July 23, 1936)
  20. Problems of Strategy in China's Revolutionary War (December 1936)
  21. A Statement of Chiang Kai-shek's Statement (December 28, 1936)
  22. On Guerrilla Warfare (1937)
  23. To Hsu T'eh-li (February 1937)
  24. The Tasks of the Chinese Communist Party in the Period of Resistance to Japan (May 3, 1937)
  25. Win the Masses in their Millions for the Anti-Japanese National United Front (May 7, 1937)
  26. Letter to the Spanish People (May 15, 1937)
  27. Inscription for the Founding of the North Shensi Public School (1937)
  28. Speech at the Meeting Celebrating the Completion of the Building of the Anti-Japanese Military and Political University (1937)
  29. On Lu Hsun (1937)
  30. Basic Tactics (1937)
  31. On Practice (July 1937)
  32. On Contradiction (August 1937)
  33. Policies, Measures and Perspectives for Resisting the Japanese Invasion (July 23, 1937)
  34. For the Mobilization of All the Nation's Forces for Victory in the War of Resistance (August 25, 1937)
  35. Combat Liberalism (September 7, 1937)
  36. Urgent Tasks Following the Establishment of Kuomintang-Communist Cooperation (September 29, 1937)
  37. Interview with the British Journalist James Bertram (October 25, 1937)
  38. The Situation and Tasks in the Anti-Japanese War After the Fall of Shanghai and Taiyuan (November 12, 1937)
  39. Dialectical Materialism (April - June, 1938)
  40. Proclamation by the Government of the Shensi-Kansu-Ningsia Border Region and the Rear Headquarters of the Eighth Route Army (May 15, 1938)
  41. Problems of Strategy in Guerrilla War Against Japan (May 1938)
  42. On Protracted War (May 1938)

The following are published while Mao was in office (1 October 1949 to 27 April 1959) and may be considered for inclusion.

  1. Proclamation of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China (October 1, 1949)
  2. Reply to the Provisional People's Government of Xinjiang (October 21, 1949)
  3. Reply to the Xinjiang League for the Defence of Peace and Democracy and to People of the Tacheng-Ili-Ashan Regions (October 21, 1949)
  4. Preface to The Victory of New Democracy in China (October 14, 1949)
  5. Telegram to the Insurrectionists on the "Hailiao" (October 24, 1949)
  6. Inscription for the Inaugural Issue of Renmin Wenxue [People's Literature] (October 25, 1949)
  7. Telegram to Secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions (October 26, 1949)
  8. Always Keep to the Style of Plain Living and Hard Struggle (October 26, 1949)
  9. Telegram to Stalin (December 19, 1949)
  10. Address at Birthday Celebration Meeting Held for Stalin (December 21, 1949)
  11. Telegram to President Prasad of the Republic of India (January 28, 1950)
  12. Speech on Departure from Moscow (February 17, 1950)
  13. Request for Opinions on the Tactics for Dealing With Rich Peasants (March 12, 1950)
  14. Fight for a Fundamental Turn for the Better in the Nation's Financial and Economic Situation (June 6, 1950)
  15. Don't Hit Out in All Directions (June 6, 1950)
  16. Be a True Revolitionary (June 23, 1950)
  17. Reply to Ambassador of the Republic of India
  18. You Are Models for the Whole Nation (September 25, 1950)
  19. Order to the Chinese People's Volunteers (October 8, 1950)
  20. Comment on Hearing of Mao Anying's Death (November 1950)
  21. Letter to Huang Niantian (December 2, 1950)
  22. The Chinese People's Volunteers Should Cherish Every Hill, Every River, Every Tree and Every Blade of Grass in Korea (January 19, 1951)
  23. Main Points of the Resolution Adopted at the Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (February 18, 1951)
  24. The Party's Mass Line Must Be Followed in Supressing Counter-Revolutionaries (May 1951)
  25. Strike Surely, Accurately and Relentlessly in Supressing Counter-Revolutionaries (December 1950-- September 1951)
  26. Pay Serious Attention to the Discussion of the Film The Life Wu Hsun (May 20, 1951)
  27. Great Victories in Three Mass Movements (October 23, 1951)
  28. On the Struggle Against the "Three Evils" and the "Five Evils" (November 1951--March 1952)
  29. Take Mutual Aid and Co-Operation in Agriculture as a Major Task (December 15, 1951)
  30. Letter to Li Shuqing (October 16, 1952)
  31. New Year's Day Message (January 1, 1952)
  32. On the Policies for Our Work in Tibet -- Directive of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (April 6, 1952)
  33. The Contradiction Between the Working Class and the Bourgeoisie is the Principal Contradiction in China (June 6, 1952)
  34. Let Us Unite and Clearly Distinguish Between Ourselves and the Enemy (August 4, 1952)
  35. Inscription on the Arts (September 26, 1952)
  36. Reply to Ambassador of the Republic of India (September 26, 1952)
  37. Inscription for Inauguration of the Tianshui-Lanzhou Railway (September 28, 1952)
  38. Toast on Third Anniversary of Founding of the PRC (September 30, 1952)
  39. Telegram to the Peace Conference of the Asian and Pacific Region (October 2, 1952)
  40. Letter to Qi Baishi (October 5, 1952)
  41. Telegram to the German Democratic Republic (October 5, 1952)
  42. Talk with Tibetan Delegates (Excerpts) (October 8, 1952)
  43. Letter to Song Qingling (October 10, 1952)
  44. Letter to Tan Zhenlin (October 15, 1952)
  45. Hail the Signal Victory of the Chinese People's Volunteers! (October 24, 1952)
  46. Combat Bureaucracy, Commandism and Violations of the Law and Discipline (January 5, 1953)
  47. Inscription Awarded to Soviet Troops in Lushun (February 23, 1953)
  48. Telegram to Inquire after Stalin's Illness (March 4, 1953)
  49. Telegram to the USSR on Stalin's Death (March 6, 1953)
  50. The Greatest Friendship (March 9, 1953)
  51. Criticize Han Chaunvinism (March 16, 1953)
  52. Solve the Problem of the "Five Excesses" (March 19, 1953)
  53. Liu Shao-chi and Yang Shang-kun Criticized for Breach of Discipline in Issuing Documents in the Name of the Central Committeee without Authorization (May 19, 1953)
  54. Refute Right Deviationist Views that Depart from the General Line (June 15, 1953)
  55. The Youth League in Its Work Must Take the Characteristics of Youth Into Consideration (June 30, 1953)
  56. On State Capitalism (July 9, 1953)
  57. The Party's General Line for the Transition Period (August 1953)
  58. Combat Bourgeois Ideas in the Party (August 12, 1953)
  59. The Only Road for the Transformation of Capitalist Industry and Comme (September 7, 1953)
  60. Our Great Victory in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea and Our Future Tasks (September 12, 1953)
  61. Criticism of Liang Shu-ming's Reactionary Ideas (September 16-18, 1953)
  62. Two Talks on Mutual Aid and Co-Operation in Agriculture (October and November 1953)
  63. I. The Talk of October 15
  64. II. The Talk of November 4
  65. On the Draft Constitutionon of the People's Republic of China (June 14, 1954)
  66. Strive to Build a Great Socialist Country (September 15, 1954)
  67. Letter Concerning the Study of The Dream of the Red Chamber (October 16, 1954)
  68. The Chinese People Cannot be Cowed by the Atom Bomb (January 28, 1955)
  69. Speeches at the National Conference of the Communist Party of China (March 1955)
  70. In Refutation of "Uniformity of Public Opinion" (May 24, 1955)
  71. Preface and Editor's Notes to Material on the Counter-Revolutionary Hu Feng Clique (May and June 1955)
  72. On the Co-Operative Transformation of Agriculture (July 31, 1955)
  73. Rely on Party and League Members and Poor and Lower-Middle Peasants in the Co-Operative Transformation of Agriculture (September 7, 1955)
  74. Editor's Notes from Socialist Upsurge in China's Countryside (September and December 1955)
  75. Request for Opinions on the Seventeen-Article Document Concerning Agriculture (December 21, 1955)
  76. Talk at the Conference on Intellectuals Called by the Centre (January 20, 1956)
  77. Speed up the Socialist Transformation of Handicrafts (March 5, 1956)
  78. Contradictions Under Socialism (April 5, 1956)
  79. Stalin's Place in History (April 5, 1956)
  80. Speech at Expanded Meeting of CPC Political Bureau (April 25, 1956)
  81. On the Ten Major Relationships (April 25, 1956)
  82. U.S. Imperialism is a Paper Tiger (July 14, 1956)
  83. Chairman Mao's Talk to Music Workers (August 24 1956)
  84. Strengthen Party Unity and Carry Forward Party Traditions (August 30, 1956)
  85. Some Experiences in Our Party's History (September 25, 1956)
  86. In Commemoration of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (November 12, 1956)
  87. Speech at the Second Plenary Session of the Eighth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (November 15, 1956)
  88. Talks at a Conference of Secretaries of Provincial, Municipal and Autonomous Region Party Committees (January 1957)
  89. On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People (February 27, 1957)
  90. Speech at the Chinese Communist Party's National Conference on Propaganda Work (March 12, 1957)
  91. Persevere in Plain Living and Hard Struggle, Maintain Close Ties with the Masses (March 1957)
  92. Things Are Beginning to Change (May 15, 1957)
  93. The Chinese Communist Party is the Core of Leadership of the While Chinese Party (May 25, 1957)
  94. Muster Our Forces to Repulse the Rightists' Wild Attacks (June 8, 1957)
  95. Letter to Zhou Enlai (July 7, 1957)
  96. Comment on Class Education with Leaders from Shanghai Motor Power Institute (July, 1957)
  97. Comment to the Loatian Patriotic (Liberation) Front Representative on Education (1957)
  98. Wen Hui Pao's Bourgeois Orientation Should Be Criticized (July 1, 1957)
  99. Beat Back the Attacks of the Bourgeois Rightists (July 9, 1957)
  100. The Situation in the Summer of 1957 (July 1957)
  101. Talk at the Enlarged Third Plenary Session of the 8th Central Committee of the CCP (October 7, 1957)
  102. Be Activists in Promoting the Revolution (October 9, 1957)
  103. Have Firm Faith in the Majority of the People (October 13, 1957)
  104. No Power on Earth Can Separate Us (November 2, 1957)
  105. Speech at Moscow Celebration Meeting (November 6, 1957)
  106. The East Wind Prevails Over the West Wind! (November 17, 1957)
  107. A Dialectical Approach to Inner Party Unity (November 18, 1957)
  108. All Reactionaries Are Paper Tigers (November 18, 1957)
  109. Talks at the Nanning Conference (January 11, 12, 1958)
  110. To the Kwangsi Regional Party Committee on Newspapers (January 12, 1958)
  111. Speech at the Supreme State Conference [excerpts] (28 January 1958)
  112. Sixty Points on Working Methods - A Draft Resolution from the Office of the Centre of the CPC (February 2, 1958)
  113. Talks at the Chengtu Conference (March 1958)
  114. National Minorities (March 1958)
  115. Speech at the Hankow Conference (April 6, 1958)
  116. Introducing a Co-Operative (April 15, 1958)
  117. Speeches at the Second Session of the Eighth Party Congress (May 8-23, 1958)
  118. Speech at the Conference of Heads of Delegations to the Second Session of the 8th Party Congress (May 18 1958)
  119. Speech at the Group Leaders Forum of the Enlarged Meeting of the Military Affairs Committee [excerpts] (28 June 1958)
  120. Instructions (June-September 1958)
  121. Communes Are Better (August 9, 1958)
  122. Speech at the Supreme State Conference (September 8, 1958)
  123. Interview with a Hsinhua news Agency Correspondent (September 29, 1958)
  124. The Masses Can Do Anything (September 29, 1958)
  125. On Huan Hsiang's Comment on the Disintegration of the Western World (November 25, 1958)
  126. A Letter to Chou Shih-chou (November 25, 1958)
  127. Speech at the First Chingchow Conference (November 1958)
  128. On the Question of Whether Imperialism and all Reactionaries are Real Tigers (December 1, 1958)
  129. Talks with the Directors of Various Cooperative Areas (November, December 1958)
  130. Speech at the Sixth Plenum of the Eighth Central Committee (December 19, 1958)
  131. Reply to Article "Tsinghua University Physics Teaching and Research Group Inclines Toward the 'Left' Rather Than Right in Handling Teachers" (December 22, 1958)
  132. Speech At Conference Of Provincial And Municipal Committee Secretaries (February 2, 1959)
  133. Talk At Symposium Of Hsin, Lo, Hsu And Hsin Local Committees (February 21, 1959)
  134. Speech At Cheng-chow (February 27, 1959)
  135. Intra Party Correspondence (March 1959)
  136. Comment On T’ao Lu-Ch’ieh’s Report On The Five-Level Cadre Conference (March 30, 1959)

-Mys 721tx (talk) 23:34, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

The followings are Mao's early work published before 1922 and may entered public domain in the United States.

  1. A Study of Physical Education (April 1917)
  2. To Hakuro Toten (Miyazaki Toten) (Apri1 1917)
  3. To the Glory of the Hans (July & August 1919)
  4. Miss Chao's Suicide (1919)
  5. Communism and Dictatorship (November 1920. January 1921)

-Mys 721tx (talk) 23:38, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

It appears that only one essay was published before 1922. Should we clean up those that are not in PD as of 2018? -Mys 721tx (talk) 15:29, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

Yes. When doubting copyright status, better delete, but please specify which ones.--Jusjih (talk) 02:52, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Everything we have between 1922 and 1949 (i.e. all listed with links except Communism and Dictatorship) are not in public domain. -Mys 721tx (talk) 03:07, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
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Thailand PD Exempt and speeches[edit]

Do speeches by government officials fall under the auspices of {{PD-TH-exempt}}? According to the banner, it applies to:

  1. News of the day and facts having the character of mere information which is not a work in literary, scientific or artistic domain
  2. Constitution and legislations
  3. Regulations, by-laws, notifications, orders, explanations and official correspondence of the Ministries, Departments or any other government or local units
  4. Judicial decisions, orders, decisions and official reports
  5. Translation and collection of those in (1) to (4) made by the Ministries, Departments or any other government or local units

I'm looking at Teachers' Learning in a Changing World (1996) by the Thai Minister for Education. There's no indication of where this speech was given, or of the copyright status of the translation. That aside, assuming that the translation is fine, I can't tell if it is covered appropriately by this license.

It's clearly not news, constitution, or legislation, so (1) and (2) are off the table. Nor is it judicial, so (4) is out. The question is then if this counts as a "notification" or "explanation" or "official correspondence" of the Minister, nor am I sure how to go about figuring it out officially.

-- Mukkakukaku (talk) 17:07, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

@Mukkakukaku: I have no idea, but I'd wager that speeches don't count. It might depend on how the transcription of the speech was first published. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 22:03, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Extension of Canadian term to 70 p.m.a[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: no action needed —Beleg Tâl (talk) 13:07, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Not that it affects much on Wikisource, but apparently a new US-Canada trade pact could see Canadian copyright terms extended to 70 p.m.a for some works. (Most likely to be those still in copyright (as happened with the UK extension from 50 p.m.a to 70 p.m.a. ), or works published after whenever the trade deal is ratified in Canada.)

A quick scan based on what was tagged with {{PD-Canada}} indicated that there wouldn't be much on Wikisource that would need to be reviewed (given US non acceptance of the shorter term) apart from possibly works by Author:William Lyon Mackenzie King such as Letter requesting a copy of Adventures in Contentment. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 12:49, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

If the copyright tag for Letter requesting a copy of Adventures in Contentment is correct (i.e. if the work was indeed published in the USA between 1923 and 1977 without copyright notice), the US copyright will remain the same for that as well. Since the US law will not be changing, there should be no change to what may be hosted here. I guess we'll find out more when the details are hashed out. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 22:37, 3 October 2018 (UTC)
Most likely Canada will make the extension non-retroactive, meaning there would not be anything to delete even if we did use Canada's law here (rather just a freeze on new expirations). Since we use U.S. law only though, it's highly unlikely that anything is needed -- the URAA remains unaffected. If there are tweaks to the U.S. copyright law due to the new treaty, we'd have to see what those are, but aside from that there should be no changes here. PD-Canada is just a helpful-information tag; I suppose if they make the law retroactive we may have to remove some of those but that will not affect hosting ability. The main effect will probably be that Wikilivres/Bibliowiki becomes less useful as time goes on. Carl Lindberg (talk) 17:24, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
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Index:The Philadelphia Negro A Social Study.djvu potentially copyrighted section[edit]

See my concern raised on its talk page. It seems that the introduction is probably still in copyright. How should we deal with this? Mathmitch7 (talk) 07:25, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

You are correct. The Introduction, which covers pages ix–xliv, was written by E. Digby Baltzell and has its own copyright (including this express notice from the colophon: “Introduction by E. Digby Baltzell, Copyright 1967 by Schocken Books Inc.” U.S. copyrights in 1967 works were subject to automatic renewal under the 1992 CRA, so Prof. Baltzell’s essay will presumably remain under copyright until 2062 (absent further legislative alterations to the term of protection).
The way we have dealt with such problems previously (for example, in The Pentagon Papers) is to upload a new version of the source file from which the copyrighted content has been removed, and to mark the affected pages with {{text removed}} during proofreading. It’s not elegant, but it avoids legal trouble. Tarmstro99 13:10, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

File:The Murder on the Links.pdf[edit]

The book The Murder on the Links is now fair game. However, this work has a modern cover and modern notes that need to be removed. There's also no need to transcribe it; the PDF was produced from an ePub and the raw text could be pulled directly from the file. In general, it's better if we use US works published before 1989 and better 1978, because then the lack of a more modern copyright notice would put any new material or edits into the public domain. If not, usually we're going to have to drop the cover and any new notes.--Prosfilaes (talk) 06:01, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Agree that this copy is outside of our bounds because of the 2011 copyright notice to HarperCollins—who didn't exist as a company until 1990. Need to find a scanned first edition to proofread. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 09:42, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
Also Index:The Murder on the Links.pdf which someone apparently started to transcribe in good faith (sigh) :( ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 09:53, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: deleted; not explicitly released under a license compatible with our copyright policy —Beleg Tâl (talk) 13:11, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Despite the contents of this work, it does not contain a free license or a copyright release. Internet Archive claims that it is public domain, but IA is frequently wrong on this subject. I can find no other authoritative source for considering this document to be in the public domain. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 20:57, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
@Beleg Tâl: I absolutely guarantee that Aaron (aka. AaronSw, and a friend and long-term collaborator of Brewster Kahle) intended the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto to be licensed under the CC public domain dedication. In fact, I feel confident asserting he would have been hopping mad at the very idea that it might be deleted here for licensing reasons. --Xover (talk) 18:17, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
@Xover: I am aware of that, and it would be unfortunate if we had to delete it because he inadvertently neglected to release the work from the automatic copyright imposed upon it by the USA Copyright Act -- and yet, if he did not release it, and I see no evidence that he did release it, then we cannot host the text on Wikisource (which is bound by American copyright legislation). —Beleg Tâl (talk) 18:43, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Legally speaking, there is absolutely no chance Aaron did not intend to release the manifesto in such a way as to permit the widest possible reuse. See for example the "(cc) share and enjoy" text on the original website, or the unlicense public domain dedication on the manifesto's current git repo, or, indeed, the PD license tagging at IA, which is unlikely to be incorrect given his connections with both Kahle and IA in general (and the IA copy is pretty prominently linked and PageRanked: it's not some obscure PDF with bad metadata going unnoticed). This is precisely the reason why enwp has IAR as a policy: it would be ridiculous on its face for Wikisource (of all places) to delete Aaron Swartz' (of all people) Guerilla Open Access Manifesto (of all things) for not sufficiently jumping through the hoops. And you know what, if push comes to shove, and we actually managed to squeeze a statement out of them, I'm pretty well certain WMF Legal would agree. --Xover (talk) 20:31, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Policy, precedent, and consensus gathered in previous discussion on enWS all favour deleting works that are obviously intended to be PD, but aren't actually PD. I'll happily undelete a dozen or so such works if WMF and the community sense for IAR indicate that this is no longer the feeling of this community. However, given the new information at (is that Swartz's own site?) we may be able to keep it without violating the above anyway. Does "(cc) share and enjoy" match any of the CC licenses at the time, which Swartz would obviously have been aware of, having been involved in their creation?—And yes, I am aware of the ridiculous irony of this discussion —Beleg Tâl (talk) 21:20, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
BTW, works on his website are CC BY-NC-SA, and the NC restriction is both consistent with Swartz's vision and incompatible with our policy. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 21:29, 18 January 2019 (UTC) was set up by Aaron to host the manifesto, yes, and he then linked to it from his blog. In 2008, the then-current set of CC licenses was 3.0 (and, iirc, what Wikipedia used then too), and "(cc) share and enjoy" is a pretty clear intent to apply CC(-BY)-SA (3.0). The -NC flag on would perhaps have been concerning had the manifesto been published on his blog, but he just linked to it from there. And besides, the -NC bit wasn't added until 2016 (I'm trying to find out by whom and why), so it doesn't at all reflect any explicit indication of intent by Aaron. --Xover (talk) 08:22, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
It looks like the NC clause was added by his estate for this exact reason, namely that Swartz's website and blog was copyrighted material and the estate was pressured to release it under an open license due to the obvious intentions of Swartz himself. Doesn't apply to the Manifesto though, as you pointed out. — I'm willing to accept "(cc) share and enjoy" as CC BY-SA 3.0 if this is supported by consensus here —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:57, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
I've also emailed Creative Commons to see what their interpretation of "(cc) share and enjoy" might be —Beleg Tâl (talk) 15:31, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
Even acknowledging who he was, I'm still uncomfortable without an explicit license, especially given the estate has give us an explicit license we can't use. RMS is one of the leaders in the open content movement, and he very clearly releases his essays under licenses that don't permit general derivatives. It's one thing to release code under a free license, it's another thing to release an opinionated essay under a license that lets people edit their own opinions into it. I'd note that one of the taboos on Wikimedia projects is editing other people's comments, no matter how legal.--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:34, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
"Policy, precedent, and consensus gathered in previous discussion on enWS all favour deleting works that are obviously intended to be PD, but aren't actually PD" - good faith license error uploads are kept at commons if it is US government saying "all rights reserved", but not if PD Mark, or custom attempts to invoke public domain (as from before CC licenses). the "actually PD" presumes a lot; it is more the ideology of the deletionist, than a standard of practice. Slowking4SvG's revenge 14:38, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
@Beleg Tâl: Is there a OTRS ticket for that? –MJLTalk 19:04, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
What's the latest? –MJLTalk 19:05, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
@MJL: OTRS ticket for what? For my email to Commons? I emailed Commons, not OTRS, and I never heard back. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 19:08, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
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Work by Communist Party of China[edit]

Since it has been long unclear to many if the works by Communist Party of China is copyrightable, I find it necessary to seek clarification and establish consensus. While CPC may hold copyright to some of its works, those should not include orders, and any document released publicly by CPC. Under US copyright law, do we consider Edict of CPC as Edict of Government given the status quo of Chinese politics? Considering article 5 of Copyright Law of PRC, do we consider some works by CPC as "other documents of legislative, administrative or judicial nature;"? After the 2018 constitution amendment, the party leadership is written in, does that mean to copyright works by CPC would be unconstitutional in its nature?Viztor (talk) 19:47, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

Please talk about this on Chinese Wikisource Scriptorium first.--Jusjih (talk) 01:15, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

Page:American Seashells (1954).djvu/1 and others[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Pages have been deleted, so no need for discussion Beeswaxcandle (talk) 04:18, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
The work these where nominally transcribed was deleted on Commons (see c:Commons:Deletion requests/American seashells (1954), and the index file here was apparently also deleted. However the individual pages seemingly got missed.

If the file was a copyright violation, then the pages need to go as well. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:30, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

IA said "no known copyright." may be PD not renewed, not here [6]; [7]; [8]; [9] -- good one for a DRV. Slowking4SvG's revenge 16:28, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
I've checked Stanford, and it doesn't turn up there, so it should be PD. I've opened up a request for undeletion on Commons.--Prosfilaes (talk) 04:52, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
thank you. i would suggest not taking deletion at commons automatically; they in general do not do the research for renewals. when they are deleting archival material, it should go to a workflow for more research. Slowking4SvG's revenge 14:27, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Works linked from Author:Sukavich Rangsitpol[edit]

All the works currently linked from Author:Sukavich Rangsitpol are claimed to be in the public domain due to Thai copyright law. That's not so.

In general, I do not think it is appropriate to call a minister the author of every policy his ministry produces under his tenure, but that's not a copyright issue. Huon (talk) 23:21, 10 March 2019 (UTC)

The Tremendous Event[edit]

I think we can import this text from Wikilivres. The 1924 publication available there was not the first one. You can find a 1922 US publication in HathiTrust, so its US copyright seems to be expired. It is also PD in UK as both author and translator died more that 70 years ago. Any comments? Ankry (talk) 10:32, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

AFAICS the text history in Wikilivres suggests that it was edited somewhere else by Yann and imported there, but I cannot find any evidence that it was ever present in Wikisource. Ankry (talk) 10:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
It seems it can be copied in, but it would be better to load scans and split-and-match or reproof it from scratch.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:05, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
The text on Wikilivres was imported from another source (see talk page), now dead. Yes, best would be to find the matching scan, and do a split-and-match, as it was alreayd proofread. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:59, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Since we have no copy, it would be better to proofread from the scan than to do a match-and-split. Match-and-split often introduces deviations from the text that are harder to spot. --EncycloPetey (talk) 15:07, 21 May 2019 (UTC)