[Rejected Mission] How to prove public domain/self image is public domain/self image?

BlasseBlasse ✭✭✭

I'm submitting collection of missions, each mission has a badge with a bird living in our largest and oldest park in the city. Photos used are either taken by me, or coming from public domain (free to use).

Although 19 missions were accepted, I have 5 that are constantly rejected (like 8 times now). Reason is every time the same - seen below. It's obviously not using any logos, nor claim any officialism ("Ptaki w Mieście" means "Birds in the city"). So the complain is about photo.

Wit this particular example I tried already 2 photos taken by me and two from public domain (I'm changing photo every 2 rejections). Any idea how I can convince NIA photo can be used?

(btw. I'm not a novice, together with my partner we already created and submitted over 250 well-rated missions).



  • Wikimedia requires you to check a box where you declare that you have the right of the image or that it is public domain. Niantic could introduce a similar thing for missions. That way they could reduce the risk of being sued for copyright violation.

  • BlasseBlasse ✭✭✭
    edited September 17

    At the moment whole process is a bit embarrassing. If I submit a mission with my own photo, and I'm getting rejection due to supposed copyright violation, how I should feel?

    Is Niantic claiming I don't have rights to my own work?

    And as mentioned - there is no appeal process, no any possibility to upload proof it's mine photo or public domain photo... +1 for checkbox, but even better - additional comment field, were we can upload any evidence...

  • That rejection email says "image OR TEXT that isn't yours". Maybe your images are fine, but your text verges on something that belongs to something else. For example, maybe you directly quote Wikipedia.

  • BlasseBlasse ✭✭✭

    Well, If you have to write 2-3 phrases about a popular bird, it's very likely someone already written something similar. Thx for the tip - I will check/rephrase, and try again!

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 20

    Depends on the license but the default is usually a creative commons license - I think CC4.0 which can be shared through attribution.

    This makes me wonder about why they are against using Wikipedia though because the text is CC3.0 by sharealike which means it can be used if you provide credit. Usually it's just a line of text.

  • BlasseBlasse ✭✭✭

    Well, rejected again after completely rephrased. So it wasn't text. This is dumb, rejection reason is too generic. It should point exactly towards the point, that is against guidelines (best citing the text, or showing part of image that is - according to NIA Ops - breaking the rules). Also, we should have possibility to appeal providing proof it's not breaking the rules.

    Again - how I can proof the image that I used is covered by license permitting such usage?

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