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Frame from "Amateur" footage of bombing[edit]

I would like to add the first frame of the explosion in the Aleppo University bombing video here: (and on many other news sites)

Am I allowed to post something like this? There's no attribution, but I assume that the people who shared this video want its contents to be known. Can this video (or individual frames) be considered in the public domain? --Agamemnus (talk) 02:56, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Whether they "want it known" has nothing to do with the matter. Do you have some reason to think they would be public domain? I don't see any such reason. - Jmabel ! talk 06:08, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
    The Guardian responded to me and they told me the video was taken from Youtube. The only source they have is "Youtube". I don't know which video would be the original one, and it was an anonymous source as the Guardian described in the article page, anyway.... what if the person is dead? What if they don't want their identity revealed? Does all this make the video invalid? See no evil, hear no evil? This is very frustrating. --Agamemnus (talk) 04:01, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
    • The Guardian (and others) can use this on a fair-use basis, but Commons policy specifically states '…arguments that amount to "we can get away with it", such as the following, run counter to Commons' aims:… 3. "The copyright owner will not mind/should be pleased that we have disseminated his/her work." 4. "Nobody knows who the copyright owner is, so it really doesn’t matter."…' - Jmabel ! talk 05:04, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
      My rationale would be this: for articles that can always be appended to in the future, where time isn't an issue, it isn't a problem. But in this case -- for the article I want to modify and add an image to -- there is a time aspect, in two dimensions. First, the video itself might get lost over time. I would bet that if you dug around a year ago you would be able to find the author of this video very easily. But now, not so much. Related: Second: someone querying this article right now would perhaps be able to form their opinion more carefully if they saw an image of the blast the moment it occurred. From the side of relevancy, the current Wikipedia article needs this image to be relevant as a starting point of discussion. --Agamemnus (talk) 18:14, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
That might well make an acceptable en:WP:FUR, but it’s a non-starter here.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 07:48, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

File Overwrite[edit]

I uploaded File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.en.svg this morning, and have been trying to update it. The upload software page told me to upload it under a different name and ask for this at the Help Desk. So I want to update File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.en.svg with File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.v2.en.svg CommonMarks (talk) 05:09, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi, the procedure to update a file is a bit different than a normal upload. To do this, go to the file description page of the file you want to update (here: File:Theoretical_Search_Area_MH370.en.svg) and scroll down to the File history section. Below the table with the thumbnail(s) you'll find a link with the text Upload a new version of this file. Click on that and the rest should be pretty much self-explanatory. --El Grafo (talk) 20:44, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Their account is too new for that. Hence their asking here, I suppose. But yes, they could wait a couple days and do it. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:14, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Ya, I was too new before, but I'll take care of it. Thanks. CommonMarks (talk) 06:46, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
What a usability disaster. I just unified my Wikipedia account, but apparently the fact that I'm a long time user isn't good enough for Wikimedia. (I can't say there's any reason unifying accounts accomplishes much other than reinforcing Wiki*edia's reputation as unfriendly and arcane, but that's another topic.) I think it's a bad usability problem to not give WP users credit if you actually want me to bother uploading things here instead of just over there. It would also be helpful to explain to new users the reason why they cannot overwrite a file they uploaded as opposed to simply forbidding it without explanation. -Sigeng (talk) 06:38, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Correcting incorrect licenses[edit]


As a non-administrator, is it possible (or rather, acceptable) for me to change the claimed license in cases where I know that the claimed license is certainly wrong (e.g. "own work" when it clearly isn't), but the file would still be acceptable on Commons under different terms (e.g. because it clearly falls under "Text" logo criteria).

I suspect not, but what's the process for having this fixed? I know that one can claim that something is "disputed", but in my experience those simply float around with the template attached and nothing done (possibly because it's not a particularly strong assertion).

Also, in cases where the uploader has used the wrong license (e.g. claimed "own work" on a very old-looking photo) and one suspects it *may* still be freely-usable (e.g. due to copyright having expired) but this wasn't the stated reason, how much- if any- onus is there on others to correct that information and retain the image rather than simply pushing for it to be deleted because the claimed reason for it being free is obviously incorrect and/or false?

Finally, what about this image which almost certainly isn't the uploader's "own work"- they've already uploaded (and had speedy-deleted) multiple copyvios- but this one is probably still "pd-textlogo". But is it up to us to correct the license if the uploader clearly can't be bothered?

Thanks for any feedback, Ubcule (talk) 20:12, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Add the correct PD-license if you are able to find the source. You can't change PD to CC! But you can change a wrong CC to PD-old e.g. I did some corrections myself before adminship. BTW: The textlogo is a (c)vio, shading around the ball/circle and the font is not standard (IMHO that is). --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 20:25, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying that. So, I assume that changing the license, so long as it's quite clearly correct- and the uploader quite clearly wrong- is acceptable.
I do try to correct things (in general) that let us easily keep images that would otherwise possibly be deleted, e.g. brightening and sharpening otherwise bad images.
But I've seen images that- while quite obviously old and *probably* public domain due to age- haven't been marked as such, sometimes claimed as "own work". This isn't always entirely nonsense as- in some countries- one can claim copyright on certain reproductions, so the *reproduction* may be their "own work". But either way, the original work or image quite clearly isn't theirs, and we still need to know if *that* was legitimate.
Well, that's something the uploader could- and should- have done. I might- in theory, and with a lot of work- be able to figure out or track down the rationale that would let us keep it, but there has to be a limit to that.
Similarly, I've come across images that *might* potentially be useful given background or context- but the description doesn't provide any such context at all, and they're not in use. For example, even disregarding the fact that they might constitute copyvios, are these images useful in a general-purpose sense, or just something that's of no real in-scope use beyond the original specific purpose? Who knows, they're not in use here and they're not even categorised!
Some images may be totally pointless on their own, but in context and/or as part of a set may be a useful resource. But if the uploader hasn't provided sufficient info to let us determine this (with reasonable effort), should we feel bad about nominating them for deletion?
IMHO Commons' strength- and point- is as a *resource* of *free* educational images, and I'd rather we lost a few potentially useful images that the uploader didn't label correctly than have the integrity of the project as a whole watered down to the point that it became just a collection of uncertainly-licensed might-be-free-as-claimed-might-not images that one could find via Flickr or Google Images anyway. Ditto becoming a random grab-bag of unorganised snapshots with no background. (Not that I'm saying that's what's happened, just that it's not something I'd like to see!)
(*) For example, I recently nominated some images that were re-photographed from an exhibition in (IIRC) a public church. Aside from the fact that some of the images were irrecoverably blurred, dark and noisy (i.e. not usable), the criteria that would legitimise the use of the originals was unclear. They were probably old and they might- or might not- have been usable under Germany's "Freedom of Panorama" law. The uploader him/herself didn't seem too sure(!), and hadn't given even that putative rationale anyway, only their own (re-photographed) "own work" claim. The images were deleted after nomination by an admin.
Ubcule (talk) 20:12, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
  1. 1: The images by Rogeriocoluchi (see above) are not very useful. They might be if someone wants to write a manual. I strongly doubt anybody would or even needed to. IMHO out of scope.
  2. 2: If I can't figure out (in a decent amount of time) what the image depicts, and I can't find any use for anything (not even for Category Bad Images) I tag for deletion per project scope. We have a lot of trash already, no need to keep more just for the sake of having more.
  3. 3: See (2)
  4. 4: If too blurry = not usable = out of scope. UNLESS(!) It is an image that can't be easily obtained again. I kept a few really lousy photos from a village in Botswana. A blurry Brooklyn Bridge image I wouldn't have kept. FOP Germany is 2D as well btw. For buildings only the outside is covered by FOP Germany. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 13:41, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
The feedback on German FOP was useful- thanks.
However, ultimately it was meant primarily as an illustration of a more general principle. My point being that ultimately one can't be expected to understand all potential reasons (*) an image might be legitimate if the original uploader didn't bother stating the reason themselves.
Ultimately, it's the uploader's responsibility to both understand and state the reasoning. It should also be a lot easier for them since they ought to know the background of the image.
I could (say) see some image incorrectly claimed as "pd-self", and think "that's definitely not pd-self... but it *looks* like it's almost certainly pd-old". But I don't know that for sure, and probably couldn't prove it without researching the background extensively- so should I feel bad about not giving it the benefit of the doubt and nominating it for deletion? In that case (IMHO) no.
Anyway, those were my thoughts in the matter, I just wanted to guage whether they were reasonable or not.
(*) Part of the problem with the German images was that there were *two* different copyrights to be considered (the original, and the reproduction), and Commons isn't really set up to handle this. (I remember having a discussion about this before a while back). Still, I don't think this excuses not providing that information).
Ubcule (talk) 18:49, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
When does the fact that "the font is not standard" make something a copyvio? It's not true under US copyright law, at least; writing, in any font, including handwritten calligraphy, is not copyrightable. I don't really think that anything "IMHO" should be speedied; a DR would let other people give their two cents.--Prosfilaes (talk) 08:14, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:St teresa's.PNG[edit]

I have taken this file from facebook and uploaded it. --Rishika.dhanawade (talk) 04:36, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

@Rishika.dhanawade: Hi,
Well, you are not allowed to upload images from Facebook, or others web sites, without a permission from the photographer. See COM:OTRS for the procedure. Regards, Yann (talk) 05:36, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Help with template[edit]

Hi. ¿Can anyone fix this template and this one? They should work just like this and this one. Actually, I just copypaste the code, but it does not work. Thanks. Albertojuanse (talk) 23:11, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Check out what happens if you also copy {{}} to {{}}. There is no {{}}, and {{Autotranslate}} is tricky. –Be..anyone (talk) 23:21, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Be..anyone; I think I have fixed it, and I created the docs. Albertojuanse (talk) 16:03, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

/* Gloria De Souza */[edit]

Dear Team,

Please help me to creating a page for Gloria De Souza an educationist and a social reformer and founder of PARISAR ASHA.

Thanks PARISAR AHSA Team. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gloria_de_Souza (talk • contribs)

This page Commons:Help desk is about Commons, a repository of free media files (images, videos, audio files). Presumably you want to start an article (text) in a Wikipedia, e.g., for the English Wikipedia there is an en:Wikipedia:Help desk. –Be..anyone (talk) 05:58, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

moving media from 1 category (1 crescent in heraldry) to another category (coats of arms)[edit]

Greetings, Am a newcomer, willing to help, asking for advice. Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by Sara_monajem (talk • contribs)

Scroll up to Posted under wrong category with two suggestions. If you're not sure please post a link [[:File:WhatIsItAbout.tif]] with square brackets, the important colon :, and the relevant name+extension here (.tif is only an example.) –Be..anyone (talk) 05:46, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

USDA Forestry Service Map[edit]

I would like to upload an crop from a USDA Forestry Service map. [1] May I do that?Ajm72 (talk) 02:00, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

That should be fine; US Government publications are in the public domain. Just be sure to credit the source and provide a link to the original.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:17, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

HOw to contact M Disdero Uploader??[edit]

I need to contact M Disdero, they have posted many images, I want to ask his/her permission to use an image in a global advert...

Please can someone let me know how to get in touch with him/her????

Huge appreciation

All you need to do is give attribution for the image and have your global advert under the CC-BY-SA license. That will allow you to use the image for any purpose, even commercial ones. No permission needed. That's one of the key points of Commons. --Jakob (talk) 11:55, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Jakob, How you know works of M Disdero licensed with CC BY-SA? I even failed to locate such a user here. Jee 13:17, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
I just assumed that they were talking about reusing existing files uploaded by a Commons user, as they're asking this question on Commons. @OP: Since that isn't the case, please disregard my earlier comment. --Jakob (talk) 13:49, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Not to mention that using images in an advertisement often raises several additional rights issues, most notably:
  • Advertisers normally don't want to include or link free-license terms, so they usually need to arrange a special license, which may or may not be free.
  • Advertisements can raise strong personality rights issues, which would typically require the photographer's help to sort out.
Jmabel ! talk 14:57, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
If this is about Disdero (talk · contribs), if you have an account yourself you can use Special:EmailUser/Disdero; otherwise you can leave a message at User talk:Disdero. I'd recommend the email, because it looks like lately this user is only on Commons a few times a year. - Jmabel ! talk 15:01, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:RICHARD ZANUCK WITH HIS FATHER, SEVEN MONTHS 01.JPG[edit]

I just uploaded a photo from 1935 showing 20th Century Fox studio chiefs Darryl Zanuck with seven-month-old Richard Zanuck. A cautionary states that copyright info must be provided. There is NO copyright info. It's a photo sold on ebay, no copyright info, showing only a handwritten note "Dick -- 7 mos" on the reverse side. Copyright info is impossible to obtain, as there is none.

Source was already put into the file description:$_57.JPG

There was no option to insert source for a shot of the reverse of the photo, and lack of copyright info:$_3.JPG

--Dan-i-shrabi (talk) 16:20, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

  • The tag is because you provided no information on licensing status. To be honest, the status isn't clear to me, because the photo probably wasn't published when it was new. You might take this to Commons:Village pump/Copyright for more educated advice. If it had been published when it was taken, something like {{PD-US-no notice}} would be correct; it is never correct to have nothing. - Jmabel ! talk 00:39, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Surat Airport photos[edit]

some of my photos which I uploaded yest were deleted due to copyright issue. I want to let you know that they are from web but me and my other friends went to airport to take those photos which we uploaded on social networking cite. I'm just using our taken photos for Wikipedia. Can I upload it back and not to get that violation again? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Harsht12 (talk • contribs)

Convenience link for admins: one of the deleted photos was File:Air8f.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 00:42, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
A few things here:
  • You say "me and my other friends". If these photos were by several different people, you either need to each set up your own account and upload only your own images, or you need to use the process described at COM:OTRS to clarify that one of you has permission to upload on the others' behalf.
  • You gave a Facebook group as the source. If the real source is yourself, say so. The only time Facebook is an acceptable source is if either (1) the copyright holder provides permission as described in COM:OTRS or (2) the copyright holder certifies on FB in the caption that only the FB uploader can add that they are the copyright holder and that they release the image under a particular license or (3) the copyright holder certifies on FB that they a particular Wikimedia Foundation account is theirs; you can then link to that from your user page to show that you, on WMF are the same person as this FB account. But, to be honest, at this point this (after the fact) this would be a mess; I recommend the COM:OTRS approach instead.
Last, but not least: are you sure these are all you and your friends' work? Because they are in a variety of resolutions, at a variety of formats; some are montages of multiple photos; and none appear to be at full resolution. That is undoubtedly part of why someone found them suspicious. - Jmabel ! talk 00:56, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

upload error[edit]

I'm trying to upload some photos and I got information: Internal error: Bad token. Its never happened before. What does it means? Glysiak (talk) 22:25, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

No expert here, but that looks like either a server glitch interfering with database access, or an interruption somewhere else on the route between your system or ISP and the servers that prevented some necessary handshaking. I’d just try the upload again.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:01, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
I've tried many times with the same results and I gave up. I did it now (after 6 hours) and it went through. Thank you. Glysiak (talk) 07:28, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lancaster University-Coat of Arms.jpg[edit]

1. Hi I just uploaded an image of the coat of arms of Lancaster university, the image was downloaded from the website of Lancaster University's law society, I wonder that what kind of licensing information should I provide for the purpose of keeping this image here in the wikipedia? As far as I know, a low-resolution image of an university's logo in wikipedia is not a violation of the privacy policy, so I assume that you can accept this image here? 2. My initial aim is to use this image to edit the article of Lancaster university in wikipedia, but I do not know how to show this image there, so if you can accept this image, could you please help me to paste this image to the article of Lancaster University?

THX and if you find that this image is not acceptable here, please do not hesitate to delete it. --龙焰燎原 (talk) 04:36, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

AFAICT the image is a rendering of the official artwork, as found for example in the university’s identity guide, so is not eligible to be hosted here. If the purpose is to illustrate an article about the university on the English Wikipedia, a smaller version—perhaps half the size, if also cropped—may be acceptable there under a fair-use rationale. (Nothing to do with privacy: it’s about the artist’s or the university’s copyright on the depiction.) Here, however, an emblazonment of these arms would have to be an independent redrawing, comprising only newly created or freely reusable elements.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:31, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Uploads by User:Blythe Spirit[edit]

Blythe Spirit (talk · contribs) has asked on my enwiki talk page for his three Commons uploads to be deleted. Can someone here review the request and take appropriate action? -- John of Reading (talk) 06:58, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Reviewed and  Not done Uploads are old (2012), correctly categorized, in scope, and have CC license which can't be revoked. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 15:01, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, that was the answer I was expecting. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:39, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
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. LX (talk, contribs) 08:54, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

New user, bonsaist[edit]

Soy un usuario nuevo, quiero saber como agregar a mis preferencia alguna categoría especial de la cual participo, Ej: yo soy bonsaista como lo agrego a mi perfil gracias —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hpesce (talk • contribs)

Quizás es my español de extranjero, pero su pregunta no me parece bastante claro. ¿Qué exactamente quiere hacer? La mayoría de categorías son para fichas (imágenes, etc.) pero me parece que Vd. intenta poner su página de usario en una categoría. ¿O no?
Vd. puede crear una categoría en Category:Users by interest (e.g.Category:Users interested in bonsai, análogo a algo como Category:Users interested in geology), y después poner su página de usario en esta categoría. Pero si no he entendido correctamente, quizás Vd. pueda ponerlo en otras palabras. - Jmabel ! talk 04:41, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Double photo[edit]

Looking at my uploaded photos I found two MScience-DSCN1061.JPG. Can one of them be deleted? Thank you User:Pintopc (talk) 05:49, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Just shows up as an extra version in the file history. No point to "deleting" it: "deleting" an image just hides it in the history, doesn't save any disk space. But I have a question about this image. I don't know anything about Swiss laws on freedom of panorama, but this is essentially a photo of someone else's photo (the one on the poster). I would think that's a copyright violation. - Jmabel ! talk 15:44, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Cezary-Podraza-7x-World-Kickboxing-Champion.jpg[edit]

How to use that file  ?

--Gk83 (talk) 10:43, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

  • I believe you can't, at least not on Commons. World Kickboxing Network had it on their web site, and there is no indication there of it being either public domain or free-licensed. Am I missing anything? - Jmabel ! talk 15:47, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

toy eldon truck.[edit]

To Whom It May Concern, I own a toy Eldon truck I went to your web site to learn more about this toy & found a very short simple article on company. How ever there were no photos of any of the products of this company , so I would like permission to upload or have some one in commons upload for me a photo of this toy truck dating back to 1966. I feel this may help any others whom would have an interest in this company or this brand of toy. Thank you, LeRoy —Preceding unsigned comment added by LEROYAR (talk • contribs)

See COM:TOYS; assuming the truck was distributed in the USA, it would have to have been before 1923 to be automatically public-domain, or before 1964 and not renewed since for its copyright to have lapsed. Your photo is considered a derivative work of the original three-dimensional art, so both must be free for such a picture to be hosted here. Failing that, however, if used to illustrate the English Wikipedia article—note that this is a separate website, with different policies—you could probably upload a small scan of it there under a fair-use rationale.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:55, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

How do I upload directly from Flickr?[edit]

Without having to search 10 more pages to find the answer.

Thanks! :-)

Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 05:10, 6 April 2014 (UTC) or And for broader information about this, Commons:Flickr#Uploading images. - Jmabel ! talk 05:15, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you! :-)

Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 05:16, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved
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citing templates[edit]

I want to cite templates in a text without actually depicting them. For instance, if I use

W3C The source code of this SVG is valid.

a picture is depicted on screen, but I want the pure text. How to do that? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wereldburger758 (talk • contribs) 07:01, 6 April 2014‎ (UTC)
See Commons:Link templates. LX (talk, contribs) 08:52, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
ty, Wereldburger758 (talk) 16:28, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
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No subject[edit]

Hello, i'm the owner of 2 pictures that have been deleted for reasons i dont know. The page i created is: "Charles Dumont" aviator. French. I have the original pictures i've tried to post. What can i do to replace them? Thank you in advance. Alex

pictures deleted: Charlesdumont.gif Cdumontsalmson.jpg

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Zedgraphics (talk • contribs) 12:00, 6 April 2014‎ (UTC)

I assume you mean File:Cdumontsalmson.jpg and File:Chbaltet1.jpg. There has never been a file named File:Charlesdumont.gif on Commons. Based on the reason given in the deletion log shown if you click on the links to those files, I'm guessing Sven Manguard had some doubts about the copyright information you provided was correct. According to the upload log of Chbaltet1.jpg, you claimed that the source was "baltet family picture" but that it was also a screenshot of a GPL licensed computer program, which doesn't sound very likely. LX (talk, contribs) 13:27, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Piet Buskens Portrait2.jpg[edit]

The portrait right of the photographer ceased as this photo is over 70 years ago. I know since the person on the photo has passed away over 70 years ago. Portrait rights are shorter under Dutch law. How can I add this as the licensing information for [2] and [3]? Kind regards, --Timelezz (talk) 15:46, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

The copyright expires 70 years after the death of the author, not 70 years after creation of the photo, and the photographer may have lived longer than the subject of the photo. LX (talk, contribs) 16:11, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Mistaken description[edit]

On the page for File:Lake taupo landsat.jpg, the comment left by the uploader clearly doesn't match the image. I suspect the user copy/pasted the wrong info by mistake. I was hoping to find out a little more about the history of the photo. The other descriptions on the page did help me out, but I have no idea of how to fix the mistaken text. - Gorthian (talk) 06:14, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Based on the edit summary of this edit, I'm assuming that the "comment" you refer to is the upload summary in the File history. That part of the page is part of the upload log, and can't be edited. The only way to change it would be to upload a new revision and have an administrator delete the old one. Since the upload summary incorrectly mentions GFDL and the wrong author, that might not be a bad idea. I've tried to make the real information on the page a little more visible and easier to read by pouring it into our standard {{information}} template. LX (talk, contribs) 16:15, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Fahadhfaasil.jpg[edit]

Please could you help me to check if I have required copyright license to upload this image...Pls help!!!!

--Paru6596 (talk) 07:14, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

in the bottom of the page will be read Comments to: Copyright© 2014, The Hindu OTRS-permission needed.--Motopark (talk) 07:18, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Name of author in file's title[edit]

Hi, Is it allowed that author can add their name in file's title? I am facing a little bit confusion while tagging files for rename. Thanks. ~ Nahid Talk 22:32, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Yes. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:08, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. Cheers ~ Nahid Talk 23:48, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
It is allowed but not necessarily encouraged. And there is no guarantee that the author name will be preserved in the title in any future renames of the file. - Jmabel ! talk 23:56, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
We usually preserves real names, usernames and some short forms, users add part of file names. We have plenty of examples here. Jee 03:21, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
Yup, That's why i was confused. I tagged some of them for renaming earlier & tag was declined. Now I got it all :) Thanks for your time guys. Have a good day. ~ Nahid Talk 12:57, 8 April 2014 (UTC)


I am a very new user, so please be patient. I uploaded a file File:ApteEnglishSanskritDictionary.djvu, intending to use it as for the scanned images of a wikisource book. However, a brief examination of the scanned images showed two problems: 1. The images are not clear enough to serve as the basis for proofreading 2. The edition of the book is different than an existing digitization (from that I aim to use as the basis for the digitization on wikisource. I have access to better quality pdf images that may serve as the basis for wikisource. I'll try uploading them tomorrow.

I attempted to make a deletion request for the file, but am not sure that this was done properly. So, the question I am asking is: please help me delete the above file.


Jim Funderburk

The resolution of the scans in that file seems pretty good to me (8+ Mpx/page), and based on a few random spot-checks, it’s quite legible; were you perhaps looking at a thumbnail or preview version? So I don’t think (1) is really a problem, and as for (2), even if it’s not suitable for your immediate purposes, it might be of use to someone else. (And you never know: if the preferred edition contains misprints or is damaged in places, this one might be helpful in interpolating.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:30, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:PhotoSLKRussian revolutionaries.jpg[edit]

I copied a photo taken 1870 and published in a Russian book in 1934, as well on two Russian web-sites. Any copyright, if there was one, should have expired and the picture is already in public domain. Which license tag should I use ?

--PReiniger (talk) 08:33, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

change or delete EXIF metadata after upload[edit]

Hi There

I just uploaded my first pictures and after the whole process (took me 60min) I discovered, that the metadata still has my wife's information in there. We share our cameras and she is actually the one, which uses the camera more often. The pictures I uploaded are taken by me and I'm the copyright holder. How am I able to change this information or delete the whole metadata on wikimedia commons?

see example: File:JugendstilBikes_Miyata760SR01.jpg

Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎JugendstilBikes (talk • contribs)

To change the EXIF you'll have to change it externally, then re-upload. There should be a link near the bottom of the page -- in English it's "Upload a new version of this file" -- to let you easily upload a new version.
The reason you can't change it internally is that it's part of the file itself, and for pretty obvious reasons we don't have any way for people to edit files once they are uploaded.
There are quite a few EXIF editing tools out there. Several are discussed at Commons:Exif#Editing Exif fields. - Jmabel ! talk 15:28, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
Note that the old version of the file will still be in the file history, though the EXIF data will not be on display. If you want that old version of the file removed, you would need to ask an admin to do it for you. One good way of handling privacy issues is to ask for admin help on #wikimedia-commons and if one is about, you can explain what the privacy issue is in a private IRC channel (just double check that you really are talking to an admin though). If it is something very private, you can avoid drawing attention to it by emailing the oversight team, see Oversight, though they might ask you to use other processes if they don't think it is serious enough for oversight. -- (talk) 15:46, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

I tried to upload a photo of our organization's CEO for her Wikipedia entry but it was taken down - BUT I DO HAVE PERMISSION[edit]


I am on the staff of TechSoup Global, and when I tried to upload a photo of our CEO to Wikicommons for her Wikipedia article, it was taken down (cur | prev) 08:32, 1 April 2014‎ Filedelinkerbot (talk | contribs)‎ . . (20,149 bytes) (-94)‎ . . (Bot: Removing Commons:File:Rebecca Masisak, CEO, TechSoup Global.jpg (en). It was deleted on Commons by Fastily (No permission since 24 March 2014).) (undo)

I do have permission to do this! When I tried to upload it again, this time carefully doing the correct links, it was again denied.

What can we do?

Thank you,

Glenn Hirsch TechSoup Global —Preceding unsigned comment added by Glennhirsch (talk • contribs) 23:40, 8 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Hello Glenn. There are two possible routes you can take. The first involves Commons and the second involves Wikipedia; please note that they are treated as separate projects i.e. Commons works with free images and Wikipedia allows limited numbers of unfree images.
Firstly, what is the source of your photo? Is it on a website or is it solely on your company computers? IF you genuinely have permission to use the photo, then you should send an email to IF the photo is on a website, then see if you can get a CC-BY-SA sticker on the page that hosts the photo, and when you upload the photo, make sure you provide a link to that page, rather than the direct link to the image.
Secondly, if you don't have permission, the image could be uploaded to Wikipedia directly on the basis that it would be used solely to identify her. However, bear in mind that it shouldn't be a gigantic file, but ideally somewhere around 100,000 pixels, although the rules rules are fairly flexible. It depends on what the photo is showing, i.e. is it a portrait-style photo (head and shoulders or is it full length), is she sat or stood, or doing cartwheels? The most crucial element of this route is the non-free use rationale which gives your justification for using the image.
I hope that helps, but feel free to ask for more help if you need it. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 00:07, 9 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi Glenn! If you have the copyright holder's permission to publish the file under a license that allows anyone to use the photo in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes? If so, did you follow the instructions on your user talk page to send in evidence of that? If you did, then you don't need to do anything else unless the volunteers processing your e-mail request additional information from you. The file will be restored once the permission has been confirmed. You should not attempt to re-upload previously deleted content yourself.
As for uploading non-free content under a fair use rationale over on the English Wikipedia project as recommended by Green Giant, please note that English Wikipedia generally does not accept non-free photos of living people for which a newly taken free photo could serve the same purpose, so they probably wouldn't appreciate you following that advice. LX (talk, contribs) 06:15, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you for pointing out the "living people" limitation on Wikipedia images, I should have mentioned that but I'm not as experienced in Commons as you are. However, I'm not sure what you mean by your edit summary, because I didn't actually recommend that Glenn should pursue the Wikipedia route. I pointed out that there are two routes, because I am not aware of any Commons rules which forbid mention of local uploads. The image is intended for use on a Wikipedia article, so it is perfectly reasonable to mention that there is an alternative route.
  • You are absolutely correct that images of living people are generally discouraged on Wikipedia but it is not a complete ban and therefore we shouldn't be shy in pointing out that there is a slim possibility for uploading such images, providing all the conditions are met (which is clearly highlighted at w:WP:FUR).
  • Another reason for mentioning the unfree route is that the subject of the photo works for a non-profit organization, so it is entirely possible that the copyright holder might want to give permission for non-commercial uses only e.g. CC-BY-NC-SA, which would mean it couldn't be uploaded on Commons, but could be uploaded to Wikipedia.
  • However, all of this may be mute, because I believe I have located a Flickr image of the lady in question (here) which appears to be licensed under CC-BY-NC 2.0, so it could be used in the Wikipedia article. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 09:07, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Well, this isn't really the place to discuss policies of other projects, but I'm fairly certain the photo in question would not be accepted for local upload on Wikipedia unless it is published under a free license. The CC-by-nc license is a non-free license, so that does not really make any difference. LX (talk, contribs) 12:15, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

OTRS Ticket:2014040910018977 has been received, so Glenn will be contacted shortly. I have taken the initiative to collapse the email details above. -- (talk) 10:17, 10 April 2014 (UTC)


How to delete a photo on my account? Please answer me on discussion page on--Éber Donn (talk) 00:10, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Assuming what you want to delete is File:Moj grb.jpg, just tag it with {{speedy|Uploader requests delete}}. Since it's recently uploaded and not in use, that should be uncontroversial and it will be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 01:18, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Image Upload Distorted[edit]

Hi -

Yesterday, I uploaded a series of images to Wikimedia Commons. Such as (File:Flag Gate, Artist unidentified.jpg) The colors looked great yesterday, but today they now are black and white/they are totally distorted. Any ideas what happened? How can I fix this?

The other distorted images include the following links:

I would really appreciate any advice/suggestions on how best to remedy the situtation

Thank you! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Evelyn Swan (talk • contribs)

I don't see any problem here. Yann (talk) 16:16, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Nor do I. I think the problem is most likely on your end, not WMF's. - 17:07, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
The actual files look fine to me in my usual browser on this system, Safari v5, but their thumbnails & previews, including the gallery here, definitely not! I suspect that subtractive colour (CMYK) is being misinterpreted as additive (RGBL) somewhere. All are OK in Firefox v23. Wherever the fault originates, replacing the CMYK images with RGB versions will probably fix it. (Since they’re JPEGs, convert the ‘most original’ versions available or, even better, find an RGB predecessor.) P.S. I just opened one in Photoshop, inverted it, and got something that looks very like the version above, which I think tends to confirm my suspicion. Another thought: maybe try saving one as a TIFF without changing colour mode (I expect LZW compression would be fine, if bandwidth is a concern), to see if the previews render any differently.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:32, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
It could be this bug: Category:Bug 24854. I think it's what Odysseus1479 explains. The images can be modified to fix the problem, Category:Bug 24854 fixed temporarily. If they're not modified, the images may display correctly or not for you depending on your system. I used to see the broken display with a previous version of Safari. Now they display correctly with my current version of Safari (7). I'm not sure if that's what fixed the problem, but I guess it may be. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:07, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Creating a file with translations[edit]

how i can create a file with translations in languages such as greek italian chinese german and more? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nikosgranturismogt (talk • contribs) 16:49, 10 April 2014‎ (UTC)

I took the liberty of moving your question here, because
  • as stated right at the top of Commons talk:Help desk, it is for discussions about the help desk, not for help requests, and
  • your question does not seem to have anything to do with our IRC live chat, which was the topic of the section you posted in
If what you're asking is how to create multilingual file descriptions like
English: A very pretty picture
Svenska: En väldigt fin bild
then just wrap the descriptions in language templates. The wiki markup on the file description page should look something like this:
{{en|A very pretty picture}}
{{sv|En väldigt fin bild}}
If what you're asking is how to create translated versions of SVG files, see Commons:Translation possible/Learn more.
If what you're asking is how to create subtitles for audio and video files, see Commons:Timed Text. LX (talk, contribs) 17:24, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:National Dajia Senior High School.JPG[edit]

I want to put my school's badge on its own Wikipedia page but I do not know what to put under the copyright section. But I see that many school introduction pages have their own badge on it. I guess it is OK to upload one for the same purpose. I found this badge file on the school's official website:


--Chihkuochen (talk) 10:33, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

  • It would depend on the date and design. If it is very simple, it is not eligible for copyright. If it is very old, it may no longer be in copyright. Otherwise, it is almost certainly copyrighted, so you would need the permission of the copyright-holder (probably the school) via the process described in COM:OTRS.
  • I'm not totally sure what you mean by "badge". Would that be this? Probably complex enough to be eligible for copyright. Do you have any evidence of when it was first used? - Jmabel ! talk 15:45, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
    Yes, as the heading states, this is about File:National Dajia Senior High School.JPG, which is clearly the same as the logo you link to. If the Wikipedia project on which Chihkuochen wants to use the logo is the English Wikipedia project or another project that accepts non-free files under a fair use rationale, checking the rules on the Wikipedia project in question and uploading it locally to that site may be another option. LX (talk, contribs) 17:04, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

change of access code[edit]

Hi, how can I change my access code? —Preceding unsigned comment added by MiguelHermoso (talk • contribs) 11:50, 11 April 2014‎ (UTC)

If you mean your password, you can change that at Special:ChangePassword. There is a link to that page in your preferences. LX (talk, contribs) 16:59, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi there. I'm confused about something and I hope you can help. I noticed that for the city of Hull, Quebec, there are pictures here [4] at "Hull, Quebec", and here [5] in the category "Hull, Quebec". There doesn't seem to be a connection between the two locations. Shouldn't they all be in the same place? Thanks! Magnolia677 (talk) 15:47, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

They're all in the category. The other page is a gallery that a user created in the early years of Commons to display one file. That gallery page is not really useful as it is. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:49, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Hull, Quebec is a gallery, ostensibly showcasing high-quality media representative of the topic (though galleries are often poorly maintained). Category:Hull, Quebec is a category, hierarchically organising all media related to the topic into relevant subcategories. They relate to the same geographical location, and the two photos in the gallery are also categorised in Category:Hull, Quebec. The only thing that wasn't in order was that the gallery Hull, Quebec should be placed in Category:Hull, Quebec, instead of both being placed in Category:Gatineau; I've fixed that. LX (talk, contribs) 16:56, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Please say you're not serious when you imply that File:Hull.jpg is "a high-quality media representative of the topic" and that the page is fine and useful? (Also, if one wants to work on a gallery, would it not be better to do it in a page about Gatineau?) -- Asclepias (talk) 17:32, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
I don't want to speak ill of specific constructive contributions, but generally speaking, galleries rarely actually showcase high-quality media representative of the topic, but that's what they're supposed to do. Hence the word "ostensibly." :-) LX (talk, contribs) 17:48, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Well okay, but I disagree that the only problem with that page is its category and I still remain with the impression that this page as it is would better not exist. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:55, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


Det finns Radioprogram hos Lokalradion Jönköping, som handlar om mej och mitt namn, som jag skulle vilja ladda hit länkerna från... Finns det sådan hjälp att få? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Usidom (talk • contribs) 18:51, 11 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Om du menar att du vill ladda upp ljudklipp från P4 Jönköping Sveriges Radio så är det inte möjligt att göra det lagligt. Sveriges Radios program är upphovsrättsskyddade och omfattas inte av någon fri licens. LX (talk, contribs) 19:36, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Saint Lukes Episcopal.jpg[edit]

For some reason, Wikipedia had a not-good photo of my church (taken when all the paint was stripped off, just before it was repainted). My pastor asked me to replace that with one of my own, personal photos. I'm happy to do it.

So I registered with Wikipedia but seems Wiki won't confirm me until I make 10 edits and wait 4 days. But I don't need to make 10 edits! I just want to make this one change. Now, the good news is, I did manage to delete the old photo. All that's there now is a link named 250px. I click it and seem to be blocked from uploading a new one (and yes, that new photo is an appropriate size/format. I did read the guidelines). What's happening?!

Thanks for your help.

en:St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Asheville, North Carolina)

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

I undone your good faith edit there. All you need to do is to upload your file separately. Do not try to overwrite the existing file. Jee 02:22, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
If you need help getting the new photo to appear in the WP article, once it’s been uploaded (please be sure to describe & license it appropriately), just post back here or on my Talk page.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:15, 12 April 2014 (UTC) P.S. I see you already have uploaded the photo—I should have checked first—twice in fact. Will check them out.
@IamEditorious: I have now edited the WP article to link to your original upload of April 7, and nominated your second effort for deletion as a duplicate. We’ll see if there are any objections. Meantime, I’ll go see how US historic sites are categorized …—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:38, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:MUSSOLINI Alessandra.jpg[edit]

This is a free domain photograph, of a italian public figure. The the italian copyright laws indicate that the picture does not require permission to re-use as a representation of a public figure. The italian law is stated below:

Public domain. This is a photograph taken in Italy (or in Italian territory) and is now in the public domain because the copyright has expired [1] . According to the Law of 22 April 1941, no. 633, on the protection of copyright and other rights related to its operation, as amended by Law of 22 May 2004, no. 128, generic photographs devoid of artistic character and reproductions of works of figurative art become public domain, since the beginning of the calendar year following the completion of the twentieth year from the date of manufacture ( Article 92) . According to the text of the law, such " simple photographs " are defined as "images of persons , or of aspects , elements or events of natural and social life , obtained with photographic process or similar process , including reproductions of works of figurative art and frames of films . Not included are photographs of writings, documents , business papers , material objects , technical drawings and similar products "( Article 87) . The photographs considered works of art, however, become public domain 70 years after the author's death , in accordance with Article 2 paragraph 7 and Article 32-bis.}}

Please, help me. As the website requires a USA license, or it will be deleted. The photograph was taken in Italy and it is subject to its laws, and to my understanding, USA permission is not needed.



--Charlemagne77 (talk) 17:54, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

I don’t think the problem here is the licence per se, but the lack of sourcing in the original from itWP. Without knowing where the image comes from, its age and origin are subject to doubt, undermining the rationale for its public-domain status.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 18:54, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, as Odysseus said. Even if the source is not available now, there should be more information: when the photo was taken, who is the photographer. And there are 2 contradictory templates: either it is affected by the URAA, or it is not. I can't be both. Yann (talk) 06:52, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Delete old file?[edit]

I am computer stupid, so if someone could help me, I'd appreciate it. Back in 2009 under the name Amy Crow, I uploaded a file of a right breast with a skin tag for the skin tag article. To my knowledge this has never been used, so I would like to request its deletion. Please and thank you. Amy Crow-Hawes —Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎ (talk • contribs)

  • Since this is not a recent upload, I believe you would have to go through the standard Commons:Deletion review process. I assume that what you are asking for is a "courtesy deletion". You might be more likely to get what you want if you can demonstrate that you are the same person by logging in from the relevant account. - Jmabel ! talk 14:38, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Although the file is unused, I agree: it has been here too long for the ‘mulligan’ that’s usually given to inadvertent and other immediately-regretted uploads. If the password to the original account has been lost, I believe one can also establish one’s identity—in confidence—through OTRS.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:03, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
By "OTRS" he means COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

No subject[edit]

Please kindly delete this file.The attached image is not the correct image.It was wrongly attached. 20:21, 12 April 2014 (diff | hist) . . (+698)‎ . . N File:Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).jpg ‎ (User created page with UploadWizard) (current) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Osaretin (talk • contribs) 19:27, 15 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Please post new questions in a new section rather than in existing unrelated discussions, and please sign your entries.
You can nominate File:Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).jpg for deletion by going to the file description page, pressing "edit", and entering {{speedy|Uploader requesting deletion of a recently uploaded, unused file}}. LX (talk, contribs) 14:23, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Help required - I've crapped over Category:Christophe Lemaire[edit]

I've spent the last two days using flickr2commons to upload fashion shots by Masaki-H. One of their sets is a Lacoste show by Christopher Lemaire (who is now creative director at Hermes). But Category:Christophe Lemaire is the category of a French jockey, which means there are now 100+ miscategorised images there. Recategorising them is not something I can do manually, I could recategorise the handful of jockey images somewhere else, but horse-geeks may freak out. - hahnchen 19:56, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

  • If someone wants to sort this out, it should be pretty straightforward with VisualFileChange.js or, I'm sure, other tools I don't use. - Jmabel ! talk 00:45, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I could move them very easily with Cat-a-lot, but I don’t know where they should go. Into Hermès? Or should I create a Category:Christophe Lemaire (couturier) or something?—and if so, how should he be categorized?—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:12, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I'd move them to Category:Christophe Lemaire (designer). - hahnchen 18:06, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
✓ Done. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 20:12, 16 April 2014 (UTC)