Sometimes people send us different versions of logos that are already on Wikimedia Commons that they claim are “proper”. In June, we received such a request from Spain in relation to the heraldic shield of a small town. The best way to get a new logo onto the projects however is not by emailing us – it is by contributing to our projects yourself! In order to contribute the new version to our projects, like Wikipedia, the new version must be lawfully usable by anyone, at any time, for any purpose. The contributor should also be able to prove that their version is either in the “public domain”, or that they (or some other holder of its copyright) can release it under a permissive copyright license. We gave this advice to our requester along with the offer to connect them to experienced editors who can help with uploading new images.

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