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  3. Type the name of the tag (e.g.; {{GFDL-self}}), not forgetting {{ before and }} after, in the edit box on the image's description page.
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Toronto Star Archives

I'm uncertain if the following image should be PD: File:Raymond Moriyama.jpg – the source is the Toronto Star archives via The Toronto Public Library Digital Archive, which lists the license information here. According to this, it is free for "personal, educational, and research use" but specifically notes a licensing fee for commercial use, which leads me to think it's not public domain. I am uncertain how to proceed. – Reidgreg (talk) 15:35, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Vector graphics recreation of "complicated" logo - is it free or non-free?

I recreated the US version of File:KR-logo.png in Inkscape for use on Crazyracing Kartrider, and they look practically the same (including the TM, but excluding the "Crazyracing" word mark and with shorter height due to the official changes in the US logo). What do I classify vectorizations of logos as, especially where the contents seemingly do not fall under simple geometrical content? - Ray Koopa (talk) 12:37, 11 April 2020 (UTC)

General question about derivative works

Can you please provide some guidance as to the copyright status of derivative works, where the work is essentially a rendition of an original work that is now in public domain?

For instance, if the New York Philharmonic plays and records a piece by Mozart that is obviously in the public domain, does this new rendition have a separate copyright (that can be non-free), or must it be released under a free license or in the public domain? Does the answer to this depend on the amount of "original" contribution added by the Philharmonic (and therefore, if their performance is nearly identical to the original piece by Mozart, it would not have any additional copyright)? Are there clear laws or court rulings about this particularly with regard to music? Please {{ping}} me in your responses. hujiTALK 14:14, 13 April 2020 (UTC)

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