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Commons discussion pages (index)

New colour map[edit]

In this map the region where Isis has control in Syria and Iraq should have a new colour, because the penalty for gayness is not merely death, but torture alongside death. 09:24, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Do you have a source for that? And what colour would you suggest? JIP (talk) 18:59, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
They throw gays off roofs, [1]. I suggest using purple. 19:39, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
I would update the image, but I don't know how to edit SVG images, and the image is used in very many pages on different Wikipedias. I wouldn't want to go through them all and see if the captions need editing, particularly because I'm not sure I understand all of the languages. JIP (talk) 19:38, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Rename file for technical reasons?[edit]

Hello, Commons' image information for File:Trent House, 15 Market Street (changed from 539 South Warren Street), Trenton (Mercer County, New Jersey).jpg can't be accessed from en-Wiki or other external links by Firefox users with (the pretty common) NoScript addon, which prevents malicious script attacks. The file name is (apparently) too complex and triggers some security filter to block hidden scripts. The file is used several times on en-Wiki. Could it be renamed to something more simple like File:Trent House, 15 Market Street.jpg please? (Commons:File rename has no "technical" reason or I would have used a more formal request) See en:Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Problem with "redirect images ...." gadget for more background information on the problem and performed tests. GermanJoe (talk) 12:27, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

No problem with Noscript on my box, but the name is grotesque, check out and try (in that order :-) {{rename}}, one of the reasons 2..6 should do the trick. –Be..anyone (talk) 14:32, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
OK will do, was not sure as "grotesque" is not listed among the reasons ;). But agree of course. GermanJoe (talk) 17:12, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Done (including town to be safe) - thanks. GermanJoe (talk) 17:38, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
On the German Forum folks found two "noscript" workarounds (up to, new 11 not tested.) –Be..anyone (talk) 02:44, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Gather public domain images?[edit]

Is there a way for Wikimedia Commons to automatically gather public domain images, as opposed to someone having to upload them? Bubba73 (talk) 05:57, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Could you please elaborate? Do you mean to ask if there were a way to automatically scour the internet looking for PD images to be uploaded here, or is there a way to automatically upload a set series of images from another location? ColonialGrid (talk) 12:46, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes, that is what I was thinking about, but have it done automatically, instead of a person having to do get them and upload them. Everything produced by the US Government is OK and there are archives of plenty of PD images. Bubba73 (talk) 23:41, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
  • There are bots that automatically upload some images, but a mass 'searching' of the internet is probably a bad idea. There are websites that list images as free when they are not (see: COM:FLICKRWASHING); this is especially true when searching for content from national archives of nations with differing copyright rules to Australia. The other problem that arises is that of categorisation, which automated bots and scripts do poorly. Lastly, a human would still need to check the images, performing a check similar to (or exactly) a COM:LR. If there is a particular website or archive that you know of with many PD/free images that you know of, mentioning it all Commons:Bots/Work requests, or using one of the tools at Commons:Upload tools#Transfer tools would be a good idea though. ColonialGrid (talk) 04:50, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Question from Fisherodjig[edit]

My question is can an artist reproduce by hand a pic on here wikimedia i am in particularly interested in the meda songs symbols for my artwork. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fisherodjig (talk • contribs)

  • Yes, you can modify and reuse (almost) every image hosted at Commons. However, the result will be a derivative work and will still have to comply with the licence requirements of the original. If you have a specific file in mind and what you would like to do with/to it, we can give a more specific answer, otherwise COM:REUSE should help in generalities. ColonialGrid (talk) 12:49, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

David Wong, Conductor & Businessman, File Has Been Deleted, By Unknown Person[edit]

I previously uploaded a Biography file and one photo of David Wong. Today, when I returned to further edit, I discovered the file had disappeared, someone else had deleted it. So, I attempted to re-upload both files and was prevented from doing so with the message "files previously uploaded and deleted". My two questions are: 1. Who deleted the files and why; and, 2. Why am I unable to upload the files again?

Thank you, Steven Welp. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Strait88 (talk • contribs) 19:22, 19 January 2015‎ (UTC)

Forwarding photo release forms[edit]

If I get permission from the copyright owner of a photo via email with their attached photo release form, can I forward that email to release the photo on the copyright holder's behalf to Permissions - Wikimedia Commons or does the owner have to send the photo release forms themselves? Thank you for your help and advice.


@Icuraj: We would prefer that the owner send them directly. Anon126 ( ) 06:05, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you.

The Wise Man's Fear[edit]

Hi, I'm not sure about if I can upload a photo of the Wise Man's Fear book. I've done the photo.
Can someone help me, please? Thanks --Mikicat 09:32, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

No, see Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Book covers. LX (talk, contribs) 11:58, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Query on photo deletion[edit]

I was wondering why the photo of Andrew Griffiths author was deleted. The owner/photographer (Brad Newton) sent the photo and the photo release form directly to permissions-commons on May 8, 2014 and again on Jan 15, 2015. I tried to re-upload the photo after the photographer resent his release form on Jan 15, but it won't let me reload the picture because it has been deleted. How can I get this photo back on the page? And what did we do wrong in the first place? Thanks so much for your help and advice.


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

Ask for an undeletion on COM:UNDEL, and mention as reason that an OTRS-permission is supposed to exist. (Presumably it doesn't, but an undeletion request might help to figure out what's wrong.) Caveat, answered undeletion requests are archived fast, check the archives if your request "vanished". –Be..anyone (talk) 00:20, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you.


iw-links removing[edit]

Can we remove extra IW-links from categories with some bot, some are wrong, some are right, because we use wikidata now.--Motopark (talk) 07:26, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

You mean like YiFeiBot is doing? LX (talk, contribs) 12:04, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes that's it's. Can we run this bot to all categories so that if there are IW-link, bot will be remove link.--Motopark (talk) 16:30, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure I understand. What is it that you want the bot to do that it's not already doing? LX (talk, contribs) 17:13, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

File:Anniehaslam-july2010reduced.jpg update with new image[edit]

Singer and artist, Annie Haslam, has requested that File:Anniehaslam-july2010reduced.jpg be deleted completely from all Wikipedia projects (including Commons). On English Wikipedia, the article "Annie Haslam" has replaced the above image with File:Annie Haslam of Renaissance at NEARfest 2012.jpg which is newer, better, and more flattering. Could the "Nearfest" image, please, replace the "july2010" image on all Wikipedia language projects where it currently exists, and the old file File:Anniehaslam-july2010reduced.jpg be deleted? CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 08:56, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons is not a Wikipedia project. All the projects overseen by the Wikimedia foundation, which includes Wikimedia Commons and the different language editions of Wikipedia, are independent projects. We do not dictate to other projects whether they should use one image or another (or a combination). Deletion from Commons is unlikely given the small number of alternative photos and that it is in use by multiple projects. LX (talk, contribs) 11:58, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
But if the photo is clearly better, there is absolutely nothing to stop you from going around & replacing it on the various projects. - Jmabel ! talk 17:18, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your helpful replies; I will do my best. CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 17:36, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
LX, Jmabel, File:Anniehaslam-july2010reduced.jpg is no longer in use at any Wikipedia project, and I will propose that it be speedily deleted. This image has caused significant offense to the artist involved, which is a factor that you might consider when answering questions in the future. On the other hand, thankyou for your valuable information. CaesarsPalaceDude (talk) 18:04, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
It might be possible to delete it, but the criteria for speedy deletion are pretty narrow, and I can't think how it would fit any of them. - Jmabel ! talk 02:51, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Cindy Gomez filming Must See! Must Eat! Must Do! (Singapore) as seen in article[edit]

Hello help desk, I just uploaded a photo to which permission was granted to me by the owner. I have uploaded it but am not sure where to send the proof or how to do so. Could someone please tell me the correct procedure and what is required. Thank you --Ormigasgetthejobdone (talk) 04:04, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

An official from City News will have to send in a formal release for this photo as explained at COM:OTRS. The release must come from a verifiable e-mail address. Otherwise this cannot be kept. Lupo 05:57, 22 January 2015 (UTC)


File:Wendell18.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gunhee010209 (talk • contribs)

A working photo. Any question, or are you looking for a sandbox or even your sandbox for experiments? –Be..anyone (talk) 16:18, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
BTW, there is no need to upload low-resolution copies of images we already have: File:Wendell.jpg. I've deleted and redirected Wendell18.jpg, and replaced the sole usage at ko-Wikipedia. Lupo 16:27, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
That is also the reason for this. (Gunhee010209 previously tried to upload the same low-resolution duplicate using another account, Gunhee01020. The system detected that and correctly prevented that attempt.) LX (talk, contribs) 19:47, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

License for Wikipedia screenshots[edit]

Hello, I am working on help pages on Hindi Wikipedia. I just took a screenshot of Wikipedia feature for identification. I just want to know what license tag should be placed on this type of images. Also I uploaded two images yesterday - File:ध्यान दिया हुआ पन्ना वेक्टर में.PNG and File:ध्यान न दिया हुआ पन्ना वेक्टर में.PNG. I used a license from a similar image in English. Is this license alright or I should used a different license?--हिंदुस्थान वासी (talk) 16:40, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

The license on these files seems to be OK. Thanks for your contributions. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:46, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
@हिंदुस्थान वासी, हिंदुस्थान वासी: I think you should use the license tag {{Wikipedia screenshot}} instead. Thibaut120094 (talk) 16:47, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you both for your prompt response. From next time I will use {{Wikipedia screenshot}}.--हिंदुस्थान वासी (talk) 17:01, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Well {{Wikipedia screenshot}} is for the content, not the interface. For the interface, I think that {{GPL}} is better. Regards, Yann (talk) 17:04, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
@Yann: Oh, you're right. Thibaut120094 (talk) 19:47, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Fixing a license template[edit]

For someone who knows their way around templates: I created the {{PD-HT}} template, and added a parameter {{{2}}} that I want to either call on {{PD-old}} or {{PD-US-not-renewed}} using if clauses. I tried to document what the template needs to do, but I'm not getting it to work properly. Would very much appreciate any help. CFCF (talk) 19:52, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Try {{#ifeq:{{{2}}}|old|{{PD-old}}|{{PD-US-not-renewed}}}}. –Be..anyone (talk) 20:19, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Be..anyone, solved it! CFCF (talk) 09:44, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Why is the search feature so bad?[edit]

I know this probably has been asked a million times but what's up with the search? It usually yields few results, while even the VisualEditor (wikipedia beta editing tool) can find like 10 times more results Tetra quark (talk) 05:29, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

If you're looking for help rather than just to complain, it might help if you tell us what you're searching for and how. I wasn't aware that the Visual Editor had anything to do with searching (I don't use it), but if you like it, it can be enabled in your preferences. LX (talk, contribs) 09:40, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Search can often find some very relevant media, but equally so, will not show all relevant media. Try using the category trees and looking in specific categories for images. As LX said, if you state what you are looking for we may be able to render some assistance, if you simply wish to complain there is little we can do. ColonialGrid (talk) 09:50, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
@LX:@ColonialGrid: edit: I believe I posted this in an unappropriate page. Check out my new message here. Tetra quark (talk) 15:42, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Andromeda Galaxy is a gallery. If you search instead of go directly to that (admittedly not very useful page), you'll get a little over 300 results, including Category:Andromeda Galaxy, which is probably the most useful, as you can explore the category tree from there, as ColonialGrid mentioned above. I'm guessing you got tripped up by the silly default behavior of the little search box (for some reason, if there's a gallery page matching your search string, it seems to go directly to that instead of searching, which is almost never what you want). Just go to Special:Search instead. LX (talk, contribs) 15:47, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

PD India[edit]

Can images which are in public domain in India, but not in USA uploaded on Commons? Per Indian Copyright Act, works enter PD 60 years after original publication date. I want to upload a few movie posters and screenshots. Thanks.--Skr15081997 (talk) 11:02, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

No. Quoting from Commons:Licensing#Interaction of US and non-US copyright law:

Uploads of non-U.S. works are normally allowed only if the work is either in the public domain or covered by a valid free license in both the U.S. and the country of origin of the work.

LX (talk, contribs) 13:37, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Picture of the Year Banner[edit]

We have a POTY banner on cywiki which needs translating. can someone link me to it please! ASAP! Otherwise the community will go beserk. Please also warn in future as happens on Translatewiki. Thanks. Llywelyn2000 (talk) 16:50, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Please ask on the POTY help desk, somebody there might know what you mean. –Be..anyone (talk) 17:31, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Deletion statistics[edit]

Is there a way of tracking the number of daily deletions? Alan Liefting (talk) 06:35, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved
elsewhere. Alan Liefting (talk) 08:27, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Duplicate already here?[edit]

Sorry to bother you, but it seems that the file I uploaded just now has a duplicate already here. I get a confusing message about that. See File:Furus High School.jpg It says on "The following file is a duplicate of this file (more details): File:Furus High School.jpg from Wikimedia Commons". Thanks, EChastain (talk) 20:04, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

I can't find any duplicates here on Commons. Of course, when you transfer an image from English Wikipedia to Commons, the file on English Wikipedia is a duplicate until it is deleted; that's to be expected. LX (talk, contribs) 20:07, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! EChastain (talk) 20:24, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Tanya Ury 2014.jpg[edit]

Foto Tanya Ury: Nachricht der Abgebildeten zur Lizenzierung fehlt noch. --Hungchaka (talk) 16:04, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

--Hungchaka (talk) 16:04, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Image naming[edit]

I uploaded a svg file with UploadWizard, but was not allow to name it same image name but different extension like:
New: Image_of_me.svg
Had to save new image with different name, like Image-of-me.svg. How to save images so that name is same but extension different?--RicHard-59 (talk) 16:24, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Translation request[edit]

For any French speakers, can you please respond to the IP's question here. I tried Google Translate, but the translation provided doesn't make sense. AgnosticPreachersKid (talk) 18:41, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

FWIW I added {{fr|Le déjeuner des canotiers}} in the title row and will second your request to delete {{Google Art Project}} or anything else rolling its own syntax not directly, obviously, and strictly fitting into the {{information}} framework.Sad face.svgBe..anyone (talk) 20:33, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Don't worry. The wording of the question doesn't make much sense in French either. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:17, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Ha, ok. Thanks Be..anyone. AgnosticPreachersKid (talk) 04:24, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Uploading license[edit]

Hi, I just uploaded 2 files to Commons from the Hebrew Wikipedia. These are low-quality scans of the title page of books published in 1849 and 1865. I would like to add a license about their copyright being expired since they are more than 100 years old, but I'm not sure how to do that.

Thank you for your help, Yoninah (talk) 20:00, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

I have inserted {{PD-old-100-1923}}. It should be safe to assume that whoever created those title pages has been dead for at least 100 years by now. When moving a file to Commons, do not forget to add he:Template:NowCommons to the file information page on Wikipedia so that Wikipedians know that the file has been moved to Commons. --Stefan4 (talk) 20:30, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! Where do you want me to add the template? On the Hebrew Wikipedia page? Yoninah (talk) 20:50, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes, at the Hebrew Wikipedia file page. The file can then be deleted locally and this enables the Commons file to be viewed instead. Green Giant (talk) 09:35, 27 January 2015 (UTC)


I was wondering whether the Muhammad depictions page here needed to be deleted considering our guidelines on moral objections which state that "They find a reflection in the wording of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12:[1]"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation." Muhammad himself opposed visual representations of himself and his followers (Muslims) reject them too because it harms his reputation. The keyword here being reputation because Muslims fear it could result in the adulation. 13:04, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

No, the depictions are in scope for Commons.--Ymblanter (talk) 13:07, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
But it harms his reputation. 13:09, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
It is irrelevant. And also, it is your invention. Al Quran does not say anything about reputation.--Ymblanter (talk) 13:31, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
"Our guidelines" that you quote are not our (Commons') guidelines, but those of English Wikipedia. Like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is generally understood to be concerned primarily with living persons. Our related guideline, Commons:Photographs of identifiable people, makes that more explicit.
According to established policies and overwhelming established consensus, Commons is not censored based on your religious beliefs. Please refer to en:Talk:Muhammad/FAQ, File talk:Maome.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Mohammed kaaba 1315.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Maome.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Mahomet.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Muhammad 1514.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Maome.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Mcrop.JPG, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Mohammed kaaba 1315.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Mohammed by Hlkolaya.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Depiction of The "Prophet" Muhammad by Napalm filled tires.jpg (2nd nomination), Commons:Deletion requests/File:Beheading Prophet Muhammad. Muhammads cousin.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Everybody Draw Mohammed Day - Depiction of The "Prophet" Muhammad by Napalm filled tires.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Burning.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:An angel presenting Mohammed with a town.jpg and Commons:Deletion requests/File:Mohammed Splits the Moon.jpg, for example. At this point, the further campaigning by anonymous passers-by and single-purpose users to delete these images without the slightest attempt at bringing any new arguments whatsoever to the table is purely disruptive, not to mention that your timing for bringing this up is in rather poor taste.
If you are offended by depictions of Muslim characters (many of which were created by Muslim artists), don't look at depictions of Muslim characters created by Muslim artists. LX (talk, contribs) 15:06, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't personally find it offensive but I do have family members who find it offensive. From my perspective it seems that Wikimedia is behaving in a manner that large sections of our communities would find disrespectful. 21:06, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
If your family members are offended by depictions of Muslim characters, your family members should avoid looking at depictions of Muslim characters. If they want to impose made-up rules on themselves, they can do that all they want, but if they're offended by the fact that the rest of the world don't want to join them, then they're trying too damn hard to find something to get offended by. What's disrespectful is trying to erase our common cultural heritage and restrict freedom of speech. LX (talk, contribs) 22:12, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

URAA on WWII photos of Nazi extermination camps[edit]

Hi, sorry if this has already come up, but before I use these images I just wanted to check that they are licensed OK on Commons. See here: Commons:Village_pump#Auschwitz_Album and it's about the images here Category:Auschwitz_Album Thanks, Jane023 (talk) 13:50, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi, that was discussed on the Village pump/Copyright recently. If you have further questions please add them there, some of the legal experts don't watch the help desk here. –Be..anyone (talk) 13:44, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Scanned image of old photos[edit]

Hello, I scanned a photo of my hometown from the 1890's. While the scanned image is my creation, the photo itself isn't. Considering the age of the photo, the photographer is long since gone and unknown. I found this photo at the Museum of West Louisiana (in Leesville, LA), which was among a collection of old photos. MY QUESTION(S) IS: Can this scanned image of the photo be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons? If so, then what tags (ie Public Domain, Copyright or Free Use, etc) would need to be applied? Avazina (talk) 14:54, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

As you can see at Commons:Copyright rules by territory#United States, the copyright term in the United States mainly depends on the date of first publication, rather than creation or death of the author. Depending on when the photo was first published, it may still be protected by copyright for several decades to come. LX (talk, contribs) 15:31, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
The photo has never been published, except on social media (ie Facebook) by me. The photo has been kept as part of a collection of old photos at a local museum and winds up in the occasional displays about communities in Vernon Parish. QUESTION: What Licensing Tags need to be applied to the image so it won't get tagged for deletion? Avazina (talk) 15:38, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
If it was never published prior to 2003, then it sounds like {{PD-US-unpublished}}, as listed at Commons:Copyright tags#United States, may apply, depending on when in the 1890s it was created. LX (talk, contribs) 15:50, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
I understand and I just uploaded the image of the old photo. This is the image in question ---> --->
Mainstreet in Hornbeck, Louisiana in the early 1890's
Avazina (talk) 16:13, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Image copyright[edit]

Hi. Today I added a logo for a sports team for which I created a Wikipedia page. That logo is taken from team's website and when uploading the image I stated that it's copyrighted and I gave the source. After ~1-2 hours that image was deleted. The thing is that when I took that image from their website I edited it so the image would have "clear" background and cropped the logo. So I would like to know what I need to do in order to upload that image again. Thanks in advance. Sabbatino (talk) 16:08, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Without you being specific about what logo I can't give you an absolutely definitive answer, but in general copyrighted sports logos are not acceptable on Commons. We allow only public-domain and free-licensed material. If the Wikipedia page is on the English-language Wikipedia (which I'm guessing from the language in which you are writing) then you can probably upload it on the English-language Wikipedia (not on Commons) under their guidelines for non-free images. See en:Wikipedia:Non-free content and en:Template:Non-free fair use.
  • I'm not sure why you mention you editing it to produce a clear background, or what you think that has to do with the case. Changing the background on a copyrighted image in no way changes the fact that it is a copyrighted image. - Jmabel ! talk 17:11, 27 January 2015 (UTC)


Hi I want to report this over zealous person who deletes will nilly what HE considers to be correct. I am furious at his high handed attitude ( Better than thou) He needs to be curtailed. My post about the Raymond Mays V8 is about the only car made in this style that I own and have original work with. My printer is broken so rather than scan I photograghed the photo with my I phone then sent to my computer then uploaded it. I shouldn't have to give my reasons to this chap. Its an affront to Wikipedia that he is allowed to do this Regards Stewart Wilkie — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tentenths (talk • contribs)

  • I assume that this post is regarding a DR opened on one of your photos by Ronhjones. I am however having trouble with exactly where or how you want assistance. Could you please elaborate on how you require assistance? People routinely photograph works which they do not own the copyright to and upload to Commons, this is often dealt with through a DR; this case is no different. You state that you own the original work, do you own the photograph, or did you actually take it with a camera yourself? If you only own the work, but did not take the original photo, do you know who took the photo and if they release it under a free licence? ColonialGrid (talk) 16:38, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Uploading Album Art[edit]

I'm looking to upload an album cover that was published on the artists (musician) Facebook page. Do I need permission from the musician? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Boris514 (talk • contribs) 18:40, 27 January 2015‎ (UTC)

If the album cover is original enough to merit copyright protection (most album covers are, but plain covers with the name of the artist and album in a simple typeface may be be ineligible for copyright protection), then you will need permission from the legitimate copyright holder to publish the album cover under a copyright license that allows anyone to use it in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes. The copyright holder may be the musician, the person/persons that designed the cover and/or took any photos used on it, or the record label, depending on the contracts signed. LX (talk, contribs) 18:52, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Watching previous years' pictures + another question[edit]

  • How can I see the pictures that participated in previous POTY contests ? Hope they're approachable.
  • How does one get from this page back to Wikipedia page ?
  • Thank you, בנצי (talk) 19:49, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Commons:Picture of the Year lists the previous years' contests. From there, you can click through to the full lists of candidates, e.g. Commons:Picture of the Year/2013/R1/Results/Candidates. To get back to a certain page on a certain language edition of Wikipedia, just use your browser's history function or address bar. LX (talk, contribs) 20:16, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your answers. I didn't mean back to previous pages on COMMONS, but rather back to WIKIPEDIA. בנצי (talk) 12:38, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
  • POTY is a Commons thing, what Wikipedia pages are you looking for? ColonialGrid (talk) 13:47, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

DEFAULTSORT override[edit]

I just added a DEFAULTSORT template to Category:Shlomo Ben Ami, as to the best of my knowledge his surname begins with the letter B. My edit was saved, but showed a warning in red letters: Warning: Default sort key "Ami, Shlomo Ben" overrides earlier default sort key "Ben Ami, Shlomo". According to the edit history, the "A" sort key was added in an edit on 24 March 2010 by User:JarektBot, and here I'm trying to correct it but don't understand the override mechanism. Explanation will be appreciated by yrs. truly, Deborahjay (talk) 20:06, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

There were two DEFAULTSORTs on the page. Removing the old one solved the problem. Lupo 20:19, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Could someone flip a mirrored image for me?[edit]

As pointed out on the En.Wikipedia help desk, [2] this image [3] is mirrored - flipped left to right - and needs correcting. The mirroring is obvious if you view it at full size after flipping in an image editor, as you can see the name 'Diana' and the name of the sculptor 'Jean Goujon' on the label on the pedestal. A Google search for 'Jean Goujon diana statue' will also find photos confirming that our image is reversed. I'd make the change myself, but I'm not sure of the best way to do it. AndyTheGrump (talk) 22:37, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Hm, I did "something", if it's not as you wanted it just revert. Oddly {{rotate}} doesn't offer this simple jpegtran function, or I missed it. –Be..anyone (talk) 01:22, 28 January 2015 (UTC)