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File:Crystal City Girl Scouts Hinamatsuri 1943-45.png[edit]

Would an OTRS volunteer mind checking this files licensing and OTRS ticket #2008082310011924? If OTRS has verified this file, then it shouldn't need to be licensed as {{Non-free historic image}} because non-free images don't really need original copyright holder permission to be uploaded and used per WP:NFCC.

If this file is truly non-free, it cannot be used in Draft:Deportation of German Latin American Civilians to the United States during World War II; moreover, its non-free use in Girl Scouts of the USA# World War II almost certainly fails WP:NFCC#1, WP:NFCC#8 and item 6 of WP:NFC#UUI, and its non-free use in Crystal City Internment Camp#Internment life is certainly questionable and worthy of further discussion. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:51, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

@Marchjuly: The ticket gives permission to use the image on Wikipedia, but does not freely license the image. Future Perfect at Sunrise added {{Non-free with permission}} in 2008, and I've updated the OTRS template to {{OTRS received old}}. I think those should cover the current status of the image. See the previous discussion for background. I agree that the non-free use is problematic. — JJMC89(T·C) 02:44, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for checking the ticket and clarifying the licensing. -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:50, 14 March 2019 (UTC)