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Removal of filemover right for User:Medium69 for violating Commons:Language policy[edit]

Problematic uploads[edit]

A user seems to upload some possibly non-official and even copyvio images.

The image I'm concerned with is File:Seal of Haikou.svg ‎. Please see comments here.

Thoughts? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:51, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

This is the city emblem of Haikou, in my reference[1], it said:'中國海口市市徽,海口市人民政府贈', it meaning 'City Emblem of Haikou, China, Haikou Municipal People's Government'.--Iflwlou (talk) 19:03, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Iflwlou. I appreciated what you are trying to do. I believe it was in good faith. But, there are two problems:
1. That site is not a government site. It is a sort of coin selling site, and I think they made that up.
2. Your version is a derivative. It is essentially a copyright violation.
Anna Frodesiak (talk) 23:39, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
I initially did not tag it for speedy deletion. But now the story of its origin is clear, and it must be considered a derivative copyvio. I have tagged it for speedy deletion just now. Sorry. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 23:43, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
You tagged it for speedy deletion, but I thank you must give me more time to contradict.--Iflwlou (talk) 06:57, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Now at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Seal of Haikou.svg. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 21:23, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Sockpuppet of WPK[edit]

Hello, I was going to create a checkuser request, but also Britannique-Bretagne was blocked without a cu req, so I guess this place is fine for that. I found out that Heraldia seems to be indefinitely blocked user WPK (Commons:Requests for checkuser/Case/WPK]). This IP on fiwiki made an edit on the Finnish Wikipedia yesterday, and I identified him as a WPK (we on fi-wiki can identify him easily per IP and edits). File:Breast star for the 1st class of the Cross of Liberty.png that he added on the link I gave, was uploaded on Commons by User:Heraldia. This file, which the same IP as fi-wiki's WPK, was marked as speedy deleted, is also uploaded by WPK in 2011. But the clearest one is here: Here WPK (identified by another user on fi-wiki) added a file uploaded by Heraldia to Wikipedia, just a few days after it was uploaded (also notice the time when they edited; at night on the Finnish time). And I know that not many users upload logos like that on Commons. If you need more examples, I can give, but this seems to be clear case. --Stryn (talk) 20:06, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done INeverCry 22:29, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Serial copyvios (again), Laurie Lind (talk · contribs)[edit]

Laurie Lind / File:Essex V4 V6 piston.jpg

Recently blocked for this, I think an indef is now needed – at least until they respond and discuss this. Continued series of web-searched images (useful ones we really need), but with no licensing whatsoever. As they've so far failed to respond, I think we're now into en:WP:COMPETENCE (or local equivalent). Andy Dingley (talk) 10:48, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Hmm, I don't think that's worth an indef. At least with the last upload, it was not labeled as own work, websource was provided, no bogus license-template had been added. True, it has no evidence of permission and needs to be deleted. However, such kind of uploads are easily caught even by our bots (no license). So, the damage in regard to detecting such uploads and in exposing re-users to copyright-infringement is far lower by this upload than by agency-shots claimed as own work and having a (though invalid) license-template, which may go undetected for some time. The most welcome action here would be to get into real communication with this user. Just my 2ct. --Túrelio (talk) 10:58, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
(Editconflict)✓ Done Only copyvios since 24 December 2014. Blocked for 4 months. Next time indef. --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:00, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
Any suggestions for how to get them to respond? Andy Dingley (talk) 11:23, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Continuous copyvio uploads[edit]

Timboliu has uploaded many copyvios in the past (see the history of his talk page) and has been warned for this by Natuur12. Today and yesterday, he uploaded copyvios again. Could an admin take a look and take action if needed? Thanks, JurgenNL (talk) 11:41, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done Blocked, files deleted. Yann (talk) 11:47, 31 January 2015 (UTC)


This user has uploaded a number of copyvios / files with no permissions / out of scope files (check his talk page, where there is a lot of warnings). I and other users have warned him for several times, but his inappropriate behavior has continued. Please block him.

I am involved with him on Korean Wikipedia (where he is blocked for 2 months) so not doing any action by myself.

— Revi 15:14, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

✓ Blocked for three days. +500 deleted copyvios since 11 August 2014. Next time the block will be longer. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:20, 31 January 2015 (UTC)


Edit warring on File:World laws pertaining to homosexual relationships and expression.svg and File:World marriage-equality laws.svg against multiple users. Fry1989 eh? 21:35, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done Blocked. This user was already blocked once for edit warring on the same document(s). Yann (talk) 21:55, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Use of another's work[edit]

I noticed a picture on a Wikipedia page that was claimed to be the work of one individual but in fact is my work. I don't mind the picture being on Wikipedia for all to see but I DO mind some other clown taking credit for what was not his work. What recourse, if any, do I have? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 15:08, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

You could start by telling us which image it is by giving us a link to the image on Wikipedia, and one to the website where you had published it. Then we'll take a look and see how we go further from there. Otherwise, you could try e-mailing our permissions team at and explain the situation (giving links and evidence) to them. If you try that, be prepared to wait; our e-mail team is constantly overworked and it may thus take a couple of weeks until they get back to you. Lupo 15:19, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. Link on Wiki is I never published the picture on the Web. It's from a private collection pictures of a cruise my family took which included St. Thomas. I took the picture from the balcony of our stateroom as we pulled out of St. Thomas harbor. If you click on the picture you'll see Calyponte has claimed it as his "own work." BS! I'd like to see him come up with the date, year, cruise line, ship, and stateroom number for that pic! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 22:31, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

I find your allegation as rather weak, Caly Ponte has uploaded two photos of St. Thomas and other photos using the same camera (Canon 40D). Bidgee (talk) 00:53, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Why the picture I uploaded has been deleted?[edit]

I've received a mail from User:Krdbot telling that the image I uploaded into my gallery had been deleted. I have direct and express authorization from the author. How can I uploade images without having again this problem? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hawwa Morales (talk • contribs)

@Hawwa Morales: Hi,
You are not the author, and you didn't provide a license. You need a formal written permission from the photographer. Please see COM:OTRSfor the procedure. The image can be restored once the permission is received. Regards, Yann (talk) 15:53, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

New Jermboy socks.[edit]

I believe these two users are socks of Jermboy. Please see related investigation on Wikipedia. Fry1989 eh? 16:58, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Editpattern looks like a sock. ✓ Blocked. --Steinsplitter (talk) 20:03, 1 February 2015 (UTC)


Most uploads appear to be copyright violations. Fry1989 eh? 17:00, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

✓ Deleted the copyvios, nominated the personal trophy's photos for deletion because out of COM:SCOPE and user warned. --Steinsplitter (talk) 20:17, 1 February 2015 (UTC)