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Wrong files, need to be moved and copied[edit]

There are currently a few related files for pronunciations of some Dutch words:

But there is a problem with the pronunciations of these files. eïs and Eïs are homophones, and this is reflected correctly in the files (although they seem to be separate recordings, which is a bit odd). ijs and eis are also homophones, but the eis file is wrong. Instead of sounding like ijs, it seems to be a third recording of eïs/Eïs. The file ijs really needs to be copied into the eis name so that both have the same pronunciation recording. The same could perhaps done with eïs and Eïs but this is not strictly necessary as they are already correct as they are. CodeCat (talk) 00:58, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

To request that a file name be changed, add {{rename|suggested file name|3}} just above the description, where 3=the reason, correct misleading names into accurate ones, and a "filemover" (person who can change file names) will move it. You can upload a new version of a file, but a file can not simultaneously have two different recordings. Delphi234 (talk) 01:45, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
So I need to save File:nl-ijs.ogg and then re-upload it as File:nl-eis.ogg, overwriting the old one? CodeCat (talk) 17:48, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
I am not completely clear about which file is wrong and what you want to do about it, but if there are two files, called A and B, but one is incorrect, you can just upload a correct version. If there are two files called A and B, but B is actually about the subject C, then you can request that B be renamed as C. If there also needs to be a file about B, you can upload it after B has been renamed to C. It is a bit tricky uploading a file to one that is now a redirect. I have done it a couple of different ways. Most recently I added all the information about B instead of the redirect, and it then said "there is no file of this name, but if you would like to upload one, you can". But when I tried, it gave an error. But when I clicked the box "ignore errors" it proceeded with the upload. File names need to be meaningful for the file they are used for, and when they are not, they need to be renamed to become meaningful. Delphi234 (talk) 09:27, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

SVG text[edit]

I am having trouble with the text in the legend box in File:2014 Ebola Outbreak Monthly Cases per day.svg. This was created using Template:SVG_Chart, which appears to be temporarily unsupported now, and then translations were added, using <switch> around each of the text items that needed to be translated. But the ones in the legend box, New cases/day and Deaths/day, looked fine in my browser, but then were miss-positioned when the file was uploaded, so to compensate I moved them. In the uploaded file they look fine, but if you click on the image to load the SVG into your browser, they are miss-positioned. The chart generation script used <tspan dy="-0.99px"/> which to me does nothing, but when it is removed the text moves. To me it needed to be <tspan dy="-0.99px">Text</tspan>. Any suggestions? Delphi234 (talk) 01:21, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

Here's your problem "font-family="Helvetica, Arial". The renderer uses neither of these fonts and substitutes them with its own font, which in the case of sans-serif is "Liberation Sans". Use Liberation Sans (it's a freeware, open source font available from the web) and the text will align reasonably well in both versions. Especially if you measure the characters in px rather than pt. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 18:45, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I was trying to remember what font we use. I tried switching to Verdana, Arial and that did not help, and so I put in the <tspan dy=xx/> which oddly sort of helped. The bizarre thing is that it is only a problem in the legend box, and only a problem when I take out the <tspan/>. I think it would be prudent to edit Template:SVG Chart so that it uses Liberation Sans, instead of Helvetica and Arial. Not very many people are using SVG Chart, but I use it a lot. Delphi234 (talk) 09:37, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
No change though. I tried Liberation Sans and the text was still misplaced. If you compare the almost identical charts File:Temporal evolution of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak.svg which has no problems and File:2014 Ebola Outbreak Monthly Cases per day.svg, which does, it is hard to see why one is okay and the second one is not. I was able to fix it though by adding <tspan dy="-0.99px"/>. Adding that does not change how it is rendered in my browser, regardless of what font the file uses, but it mysteriously does fix it here. Delphi234 (talk) 11:00, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Use of images by Artist Raphael Toussaint[edit]


I am a cross stitch designer and owner of Sunrays Creations, and want to make sure I have permission to use images provided by the artist Raphael Toussaint to convert to cross stitch patterns for retail sale and to display these patterns on my website. I would give full credit and attribution to the artist and would include the proper linkage back to Wikimedia as stipulated. Since my use is for commercial use, I just want to make sure I can use the images.

Tracey Kramer/OwnerTKB7117 (talk) 21:11, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

@TKB7117: Your best bet is to read the license on the image's page, but yes commercial purposes are okay. If it's not then the files shouldn't be here. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 00:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Given your intent, though, you probably would also do well to post something on the page reminding your users of the requirement to attribute if they display their work publicly. - Jmabel ! talk 00:30, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
@TKB7117: Just to be safe, I have requested a check of the relevant OTRS-ticket here. Such requests may need a few days / weeks though, depending on the OTRS-team's current backlog. See also Commons:OTRS for some general information about such permissions (usually per mail). Note, that we (as Commons volunteers) cannot "give permission" for usage, that's solely up to the current copyright owner. GermanJoe (talk) 13:38, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you both for your help. I appreciate it greatly. Tracey

Hello, Yes, one of the basic principles of Wikimedia is that you may reuse the contents for any purpose, including commercial use, as long as you comply with the terms of the specific license offered by the author. We see that the works of Toussaint are available under a choice of five options of licenses: four different versions of CC-by-sa (versions 1.0, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0) and GFDL. You will choose one option out of the five available. Any one of the available Creative Commons (CC) license versions would be fine for your use. In any case, you will certainly want to read the full license contract of the license you will choose. You can follow the link to the license contract from the description page of the image. That will take you, for example, to the CC-by-sa 3.0 license. The texts may look more complex than they really are. For example, requirements may be that, on all copies you distribute or display, you attribute to the author's name (Raphaël Toussaint), mention the title, and explicitly mention the license and provide at least the url to that license. However, it is important to note that all the licence options offered by Toussaint on his works include also a "share-alike" clause. That is to say, you may still use his works for free and convert them to derivative works (cross stitch patterns) and display and sell those patterns for any price you want, but then the share-alike clause means that those patterns (derivative works) must be offered by you under the same license as the original works of Toussaint, i.e. those patterns may also be freely copied by anybody else, under the same license terms. In other words, that clause means that the patterns derived from Toussaint's works must explicitly bear the same license and that it will not be possible for you to replace that license with an "all rights reserved" interdiction or to keep your clients, or anyone else, from copying those particular patterns and eventually selling their own copies of those patterns. That said, you might also contact directly the author if you wanted to try to negotiate with him different license terms, other that the licenses already available. The author and you are free to conclude any particular business arrangement on which you both personally agree. There is a contact form on Toussaint's website. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:30, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Martin Heidegger 1934.png[edit]

Hi, the image was made in the 1934, the informations that I know about it are these:

«Bild aus: Minerva. Jahrbuch der gelehrten Welt. Herausgegeben von Dr. Gerhard Lüdtke. 31. Jahrgang. 1934. Zweite Abteilung. Universitäten und Fachhochschulen. Berlin und Leipzig 1934. — Heidegger trägt u. a. in seiner Eigenschaft als Rektor, d. h. als «Führer» der Universität Freiburg i. Br. auf der Brust das Hoheitszeichen der Politischen Leiter der NSDAP. Einziges Bild in dem rund 2000 Seiten umfassenden Band. Im Vorwort des Herausgebers heisst es: Herr Prof. Dr. Martin Heidegger in Freiburg i. Br. hatte die Freundlichkeit, uns für diesen Band sein Bild zur Verfügung zu stellen. Wir sprechen ihm auch hier unseren Dank dafür aus.»

I found them — the image and the informations — in this book: Nachlese zur Heidegger. Dokumente zu seinem Leben und Denken, Guido Schneeberger, Bern, Selbstverlag, 1962, p. 193 (pdf p. 205)

For my knowledge of German, that is not the best (I translated the caption it with with google translator), I understood that the image was gave to the yearbook Minerva. Jahrbuch der gelehrten Welt from Heidegger himself, but I'm not totally sure of that and I didn't found the author's name of the image. 'casualcausal'/'causalcasual' reader (:, could you help me to find the author and to know if the image is of public domain? --Karlzeno (talk) 13:51, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:P. 157 - Bild aus; Illustrerierte Zeitung, Leipzig. Nr. 4628, 23. Novembre 1933, S. 592. Siehe hierzu die Texte Nr. 119, 126 und 132.png[edit]

Hi, the image was made the 11 november 1933, the informations that I know about it are these:

«Deutschlands Wissenschaftler wissen sich eins mit dem Führer. Die grosse Wahl kundgebung der deutschen Wissensch aft am 11. November [1933] in der Alberthalle zu Leipzig. Von links aus: Stabsleiter des NSLB. Sachsen, Schulrat Geyer, Glauchau; Rektor Prof. Dr. Golf. Leipzig; Rektor Prof. Dr. Schmidt, Hamburg; Prof. Dr. Friedr. Karl Schumann, Halle; Prof. Dr. Hirsch, Göttingen; Gauobmann des NSLB. Sachsen, Arthur Göpfert, Dresden; Rektor Prof. Dr. Heidegger, Freiburg; Prof. Dr. Pinder, München; Rektor Prof. Dr. Fischer, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Sauerbruch, Berlin. (Phot. Tiedemann.) [Bild aus: Illustrierte Zeitung. Leipzig. Nr. 4628, 23. November 1933, S. 592. Siehe hierzu die Texte Nr. 119, 126 und 132.]»

I found them — the image and the informations — in this book: Nachlese zur Heidegger. Dokumente zu seinem Leben und Denken, Guido Schneeberger, Bern, Selbstverlag, 1962, p. 145 (pdf p. 147)

For my knowledge of German, that is not the best (I translated the caption it with with google translator), I understand, if I'm not wrong (but I'm not totally sure of that), that the photo was published by the Illustrierte Zeitung in the november 1933; but I'm not sure (I don't know (:) if «(Phot. Tiedemann.)» is relate to the source of the photo: «Phot.» means photograph, photographer?

'casualcausal'/'causalcasual' reader (:, is Tiedemann the author's surname? the image is of public domain? --Karlzeno (talk) 14:20, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Is there a basic overview of how Search works? (None found)[edit]

Hi, I'm a new user, searching in wikipedia commons for images that have certain necessary parameters of subject and size.

I can't find instructions for how the search engine works in most basic form. I did find:

-- Help:CirrusSearch, that lists the differences between the old engine and the new engine, but that seems to be full of jargon and assumptions about what I'll already know about how it used to work.

-- Help:Contents, that lists a vast number of help-related pages -- but none of them are about how to search.

Is there any place that lists clearly and simply things like Boolean operators, must include, must exlude, etc. as they are implemented by the current Wikipedia Commons? And, say, how to only look for image files, and/or only image files larger than a certain resolution?

In other words, how your Search engine works -- for a new user?

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 18:51, 21 October 2014‎ (UTC)

  • mw:Help:CirrusSearch is pretty comprehensive for what we've got. "New" is relative, this has been the search for about half a year.
  • I don't think there is any search on filesize.
  • A minus sign immediately before a term (no space in between) should get you the "exclude" effect. Other than that, I believe everything is ANDed; I don't think there is an OR.
  • If you can say specifically what you want to find, someone may be able to help you with a more specialized tool. - Jmabel ! talk 23:51, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

File:Comune Imèr.gif[edit]

Two years ago I uploaded this file, but seing its low quality I tried to improve it and uploaded another one, but I didn't understand it wasn't a vectorial image, so I wouldn't improve it. Now I think we should delete the second one or upload the second one as a new version of the first one (because the content is the same). What do you think? --Tn4196 (debates) 19:32, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

@Tn4196: To be blunt, neither is high quality but for entirely different reasons. The GIF is only low quality because of its resolution, ie the number of pixels being used to describe the image, Whereas the JPG is low quality simply because it's a JPG and is an inappropriate compression method for that sort of image. In fact the GIF is a better compression method than JPG for that sort of image, although PNG or SVG are better than either GIF or JPG. So to answer your question, you'd be better off uploading a third new image that is higher resolution in either PNG or SVG format (preferably the latter as that would be an actual vector image) and then requesting the other two be deleted. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 20:05, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
The problem is that I've not found the original file on my computer, so what should I do? Do I download one of the files and reupload it in SVG? Or do I move the links to JPG one to the GIF one and delete just the second one? --Tn4196 (debates) 12:21, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
I can't tell you what you should do, but I can say what I would do in the same circumstance. I would find an appropriate SVG locator map and recreate the graphic in vector form, upload that then put in a deletion request for the other two. You, however, are free to do whatever you feel like doing, even if that's just leaving things as they are. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 12:57, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

User categories[edit]

I often upload files from Flickr with the specific consent of the copyright holder. May I establish a hidden category in that Flickr member's name or must he first become a Commons user and then do it for himself - then I will use it. Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 00:20, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

How about that: Instead of creating a user category you generate categories like "Category:Flickr pictures of ..." where you categorize the files to; you can edit any information, galleries, explanation either into this category, or into created pages categorized to it.
When you look at Photographers on Flickr you may get ideas hot to use an existing category or to create a new one fitting into this system, and/or edit such a category to a useful formatting. sarang사랑 07:28, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks, Eddaido (talk) 11:51, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Joko widodo.jpeg[edit]

--Remonharris (talk) 05:03, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

  • You're the uploader. You didn't indicate any license. You give a Twitter account as a source, but no reason to think the image there is either free-licensed or in the public domain. Looks to me like it doesn't belong on Commons. Is there anything you think I'm missing? - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

File rename question[edit]

Hi, before I do something wrong I better ask people who know: I want to move/rename the file W3C valid.svg to Buggy W3C valid.svg, keeping all its history and versions, and without renaming all its many links; then upload a bugless version to W3C valid.svg.

The now existing file has an interesting bug (when rendered with other widths than 200px) I liked to keep and explain in Pictures showing a librsvg bug. The new file was test-uploaded at 06:44, 22 October 2014 to Test.svg. Thanx for your help sarang사랑 06:40, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Oh* good example. But I would not move this file! Make a copy of the buggy version and fix the original. PS: the bug is style="writing-mode:tb-rl;" related. It seems in combination of text scale (I saw this on another file). Best regards User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?) 10:28, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
PS: This is new, because I purged the image-cache and it also appears on 200px. So we do need the fix now (SVG file). But I mean this is not a libRSVG bug, rater than Inkscape and Firefox.[1] User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?) 17:06, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Admin help request[edit]

I cannot do that without admin help: the first step (move/rename without altering all its usages) would work fine; it will also be possible to exstinguish the automatic generated CommonsDelinker-RenameRequest; but when I try to upload the new file with the name of the old file (which will be redirecting to the renamed file), the msg occurs "Upload error: A file with this name exists already in the shared file repository. If you still want to upload your file, please go back and use a new name." But I want that all file usages everywhere get the 'new' file instead being redirected to the renamed 'old' file'. Therefore I ask an administrator to help me with this action. sarang사랑 06:07, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done Thanks, I posted on that noticeboard, now I'm waiting. sarang사랑 17:40, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
Renaming a file though, does not require an admin, but anyone with filemover status. Just add the {{rename}} template to the top of the file. In this case though, a better version was just uploaded, as there was no reason to keep the buggy file as a separate file. Delphi234 (talk) 20:12, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Screenshot of software tool[edit]

Hello everybody, I'm writing on this article right now: [2] and would like to add an image of the industrial use to it. Therefore I asked the company/developer of it to get a screenshot from them. Is there any possibility to use this image ? Just at beginning the upload I've seen that software screenshots are not allowed, but during my research I found a lot of articles including some screenshots. So what is the exactly guidance ? Is there any difference between ? Thank you very much. Best regards, (QARon (talk) 08:48, 22 October 2014 (UTC))

There's two ways you can go with this, firstly you can contact the developers and get them to send an email to the OTRS system licensing that particular image with a license that's compatible with Commons, or secondly (the most likely one) upload a low resolution version of the image to the specific Wikipedia (rather than Commons) you are writing the article on and post it as being "fair use". --Fred the Oyster (talk) 09:49, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Exactly, the first option would be the preferred one though. See COM:OTRS and/or en:Wikipedia:Non-free content for further information. --El Grafo (talk) 10:58, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Upload a picture for an article[edit]

Hello, I would like to upload a picture for an info box for a musical artist. I took the picture myself. I do not want to give it creative commons because I do not want others to copy, modify or use it without my permission. I can't figure out what other license to use.

Thanks, Tony — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brillahead (talk • contribs)

@Brillahead: Hi,
Then you cannot upload it here, and you cannot use it for your article, because these are required for all documents on Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. Regards, Yann (talk) 22:00, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
This is a common problem for professional photographers, and the only solution is to take a photo, or create a version of a photo, that you are willing to have a CC license. There are cases where an image can be used on a wiki but not commons, where the image has a fair use rational. Note, you can not just reduce the resolution, because it is my understanding that technically you will have just licensed all resolutions of that image as CC, but a reduced resolution image can be used under fair use in the article, without losing the copyright status which prohibits modifying the image. See the fair use guidelines on the wiki where you wish to use the image. Delphi234 (talk) 20:20, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
Any free license, or a public domain release, would do, not only a free CC license. Non-free CC licenses would not do. Non-free-content exceptions on wikipedias are not meant to be a way for authors to ignore the requirement of free content, by posting any non-free work and avoid a free release. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:16, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Quiero seleccionar categoria[edit]

Quiero seleccionar una categoria para mis fotos, ya que me interesa participar del concurso wikitours 2014 argentina. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maticlarisuarez (talk • contribs) 03:00, 24 October 2014‎ (UTC)

  • Y, ¿cual es la problema? Estaría más facil ayudar si Vd. indique cual foto y cual(es) categoría(s). - Jmabel ! talk 16:45, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
    • These have now been given a category, but there is also a Category:Uploaded via Campaign:Wiki Tour Argentina 2014 which you may wish to add them to. But to add a category, you just look for appropriate categories, and preferably add it or them when you upload the image, but categories can be added later. There are a very large number of uncategorized images, though. I notice that some of the images are named "..jpeg". I am not sure where the extra "." is coming from. Delphi234 (talk) 20:48, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Linking an image to a wikipedia page[edit]


I uploaded the following image from Google Maps:

to link to the following page (number 38):,_Utah

But I'm not sure how to link them together?

Thank you for your help! Mehansen76 (talk) 05:45, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

@Mehansen76: You simply link to the file using this sort of link [[File:Frank Hansen House.png|right|thumb|Frank Hansen's house]]. Although in this case it's moot as your upload is a copyright violation. Google Maps images are copyrighted by Google. You can't simply extract an image from Maps and upload it here. Sorry. --Fred the Oyster (talk) 09:46, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
It is my understanding that most of the images on Google Earth come from private satellites and not from government satellites. If it was from a US government satellite it would be fair game, but of course (as far as I know) Google does not say where they got the image. During the Iraq war, the US government said that they had "bought all the satellite images of Iraq so that no one else could obtain them, a statement about as absurd as saying that someone had "bought up all the copies of the Wikipedia article on fish, so that no one else could read it". Delphi234 (talk) 20:26, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Upload complete feature movie (own work, license cc by-sa)[edit]

Hello everyone! Can i upload a complete feature movie at wikimedia commons, or is this the wrong place? I have all rights to publish, this is a colloborative work with others in the spirit of free culture, everything within is own work (script, camera, sound, effects). At the moment the film is about 1,5 GB at 720p and its length is about 64 min. Thanks for your answer! Michael Georgi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Micha.georgi (talk • contribs)

  • If it's a documentary, probably yes. If it's a fictional and you are not a well-known filmmaker I suspect it probably won't fall within Commons' scope. - Jmabel ! talk 16:49, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks! Since we are no famous filmmakers and the movie is even science-fictional I now won't upload it to wikimedia commons. - Michael Georgi

Adding this additional image version to File:Shipyard, Nikolaev, c. 1900.jpg[edit]

At,_Nikolaev,_c._1900.jpg is provision for "Other versions".

I would like to add to "Other versions" the image from here (2nd image down)

Please advise. Also, I do not know how to upload images.

Thank you,

Tachypaidia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tachypaidia (talk • contribs)

Other versions is about other images here, not on other sites. But as it happens somebody has already uploaded File:Парус.jpg, and it is already listed as other version of File:Shipyard, Nikolaev, c. 1900.jpg. Nothing to do. Smile fasdfdsfoiueire.svgBe..anyone (talk) 04:10, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Help using image copyrighted image from foreign-language Wikipedia[edit]

The file Retno_Marsudi.jpg on Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia would be suitable for the Retno Marsudi page on English-language Wikipedia (currently does not have an image), but the image seems to be copyrighted. No other suitable images seem to be available. What is the best course of action here? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shreyas208 (talk • contribs)

This question would probably be better asked on the English-language Wikipedia. But some quick info to get you started: English Wikipedia also allows fair-use images (not on Commons, but locally on the English Wikipedia project). See en:WP:NFCC for more details. Please make sure, the image meets all 10 listed criteria before uploading it to en-Wiki. By the way, please sign your messages with 4 tilde characters (~~~~) at the end. GermanJoe (talk) 13:56, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
In theory the English Wikipedia and a few others (but not Commons) permit "fair use" images, i.e., small images required to illustrate some subject on a specific page. Example, the copyrighted non-free logo of a company on a page about this company. If you upload an image for "fair use" you have to fill out a form explaining why you think it's required and where it should be used. If you ask on en:project:Help desk you can use the link [[:id:Retno_Marsudi.jpg]]. –Be..anyone (talk) 14:14, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Editing an existing photo in Commons--How to upload to the same location as original[edit]

I have edited someone's photo in Commons--How do I upload to the same location as the original? And do I change the file name? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paul Goggins (talk • contribs) 20:47, 27 October 2014‎ (UTC)

Go to the bottom of the file history (it's lower on the page). Immediately below that is a link: "Upload a new version of this file". To change a file name, you must request for the file to be moved. You may easily carry out this request by clicking on the "move" tab at the top of the page. I can't guarantee that this will all work, but that always worked for me in the past. Dustin (talk) 20:56, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
You're not telling what kind of edit you made or what photo. Make sure you have read the page Commons:Overwriting existing files to know where you should upload your version. But the fact that you're contemplating a change of the file name following the edit sounds like a clue that you may have made a substantial modification. N.B. Please do not crosspost the same topic to several discussion pages. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:45, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Giustizierati federiciani.png[edit]

--Calogero90 (talk) 17:51, 28 October 2014 (UTC) help me to get the license. I created the image using the example of the boundaries of the maps of the items in this model: and this image: which license should I use? how to insert as the license?

PS I do not know the English language

Calogero90 (talk) 18:51, 28 october 2014

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. Jmabel ! talk 15:51, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

uploading images[edit]

I'm trying to upload an image. I typed in a description and the time/date created. But it comes back and says I have to add a description in another language. What gives? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alex1jas (talk • contribs) 18:32, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Was this using the upload wizard, or one of the many other upload tools? And what other language did it tell you you needed to use? - Jmabel ! talk 00:16, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

That does not sound like a known problem on Commons. However, it sounds like something that might happen on a language-specific site. Are you sure you were trying to upload the file to Commons? If so, it could be useful if you could describe the problem in more detail. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:05, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Doubt about uploading a photo[edit]


I'm working on the portuguese page about the sociologist Gresham Sykes, and I'd like to publish a photo of him. The only one I've found so far is the one available on his obituary, in the ASC page ( I've talked to their director of media, and she doesn't know if the image is under Creative Commons. Can I upload it to Wikimedia Commons, linking it to the ASC page?

Thank you very much


@Isanogreis: If you don't have proof (or at least good evidence) that the images has been released under a license compatible with COM:Licensing, then you can't upload it. There is a note below the text that the obituary had been published in the December 2010 issue of Footnotes first. That's here. The obituary is on page 19, but without the image - so unfortunately that doesn't help us. Sorry, don't have any more ideas apart from trying to contact Mr. Heiner, who seems to be the author of the text. If he also owns the copyright of the image you could ask if he would be willing to release it under a free license – but make sure to read and understand COM:OTRS and COM:Licensing first. --El Grafo (talk) 22:07, 29 October 2014 (UTC)


Dear friends,

I am asking for your help in establishing the further matter regarding copyright. I have just created a wikipedia's page about some historic building (, and plan to add it with some beautiful old pictures. How can I found out, whether it is possible for me to upload them? (I mean the aspect of copyright).

Some of these pictures are made in 1881, some of them - someday during the occupation of Russia in WWII (1941-45).

The thing that caused this question is that I have found some of these pictures in Russian version of Wikipedia, but they are not supported in English version, when I try to put the links on them.

Thank you, --Sterndmitri (talk) 14:44, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

For photos from Russia in general, see Commons:Copyright rules by territory#Russia and former Soviet Union. We might be able to provide more specific assistance if you mention which photos you have in mind. As I understand it, you're talking about the articles en:Chamber of Facets on English Wikipedia and ru:Владычная палата. One of the photos used in the Russian article but not in the English one is File:Vladychnoe Chamber.jpg (which mentions 1881), and that one is actually hosted on Commons, in case that was one of the photos you had in mind. The other one would be ru:File:Владычная палата.jpg. That one looks like it might be old enough that copyright has expired, but it doesn't look like the information on the file description page is good enough to tell for sure. LX (talk, contribs) 17:34, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Imh003.jpg[edit]

The file I uploaded was removed and I want to place it back, this time with copyright information which was missing. --Ardeidaeraiger (talk) 17:45, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

@Ardeidaeraiger: Hi,
This picture was made in 1955, had no license, and no proper source. This name is not appropriate anyway. So, if and only if you have a permission from the copyright holder, please reupload it under a proper name. I think you probably also need to send a permission following the procedure at COM:OTRS. Regards, Yann (talk) 17:53, 30 October 2014 (UTC)