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Wikipedia help needed[edit]

Some years ago, someone set up a helpful tool here that helps resolve a specific type of typo — when you go to a nonexistent category, we're presented with a "Did you mean..." if we have a category with the same name with an "s" on the end. For example, go to Category:Abandoned churche and you'll be asked "Did you mean: Category:Abandoned churches?" It's a great idea, but it's not present at en:wp (see en:Category:Buildings and structure, for example), and I'd like to create it there. Could someone help me find the name of our template or MW page that produces this message, so I can copy the code to Wikipedia? Nyttend (talk) 00:30, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

That's {{Did you mean}} which is used on MediaWiki:Newarticletext (which in turn is used on MediaWiki:Newarticletextanon) and MediaWiki:Noarticletext. LX (talk, contribs) 16:19, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! It also helped that you gave the MW:space pages where it's used, since I didn't have to look to see where to put it. Check back at en:Category:Buildings and structure to see it working. Nyttend (talk) 23:00, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
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WLM related[edit]

Trying to enter the wiki loves monuments competition. Can't get to the page from this site. Can't click on the banner on the main site as it just disappears after two seconds, suugestions so I can enter? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Meg&Rachelsdad (talk • contribs) 15:46, 9 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Hi, Don't know what entry point you may prefer, but you can probably start there or there. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:50, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
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Adding signature for a Wikipedia entry[edit]

I have the signature of Oscar S. Heizer, the Consul of the USA in Jerusalem in 1925. It is on a document he signed regarding my grandfather. I wanted to add it to his Wikipedia page. Can I do this, and if so, how? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Klesteve (talk • contribs)

You need to scan the original and then to upload the resulting image file here. Ruslik (talk) 19:22, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
And then see en:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial for how to add it to the page, if you don't already know. - Jmabel ! talk 23:52, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
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Upload error message[edit]

While uploading a file to File:Test.svg I received these messages:
[8c5cec2c] 2014-09-10 09:06:48: Fatal exception of type MWException
[1039584b] 2014-09-10 09:08:37: Fatal exception of type MWException
What does that mean? What is the problem? -- Maxxl² - talk 09:14, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

I have no idea, but if you have the file that caused this error, and you can reproduce the error by uploading it, then it is worth filing a bug at the Mediawiki bugzilla –⁠moogsi (talk) 09:49, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Can audio or video recordings of local government meetings be included in WC?[edit]

Can audio or video recordings of local government meetings be included in Wikimedia Commons (for example a recording of a town council meeting)? Would it depend on who did the recording? What if it were recorded by myself on a portable recorder? What it it was from a broadcast on a public access TV channel? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johnpankowicz (talk • contribs)

You may upload such recordings if you made them yourself. In all other cases a permission of the copyright holder (usually the person/organisation who did the recording) is required. Ruslik (talk) 19:28, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Founding Father[edit]

When I booted up your reference to Thomas Jefferson, he is identified as a Founding Father, with capitol Fs.

As Webster's Dictionary will inform you, Jefferson was not a Founding Father (with capitol Fs). Jefferson was in France in 1787, not in the USA or at Philadelphia. He was not at the Constitutional Convention. He is not a Founding Father (see Webster's Dictionary). The Founding Fathers are the men who were at the Constitutional Convention and drafted the Constitution. Jefferson was not at that convention. Please, correct the misinformation in your information about Thomas Jefferson.

I have no idea as to how to make any changes. Someone who reads this message will half to correct the misinformation about Jefferson.

Gene Garman Pittsburg, KS — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.92.97.212 (talk • contribs)

  • As far as I can see from Category:Thomas Jefferson, the only sense in which Jefferson is "identified" as one of the "Founding fathers of the United States" (no second capital on the page, by the way) is inclusion in a category. And I, for one, would certainly consider the primary author of the Declaration of Independence to be one of the founders of the country. The Constitution is not the only critical founding document in U.S. history. - Jmabel ! talk 07:43, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
  • I suspect that Gene is referring to the Wikipedia article, which would really need to be discussed on the associated talkpage. Nonetheless, I agree with Jmabel that US "founding fathers" refers to a wider group of people than just signers of the Constitution. By the way, Jefferson didn't just happen to be in France in 1787; he was there as the US ambassador (minister plenipotentiary) at a time when the US didn't have 200+ ambassadors nor even a State Department. Green Giant (talk) 11:57, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

using pictures[edit]

I would like to use about 7 pictures of Greek gods in a slide presentation of pictures of planets during a non-profit orchestra's performance of Holst's The Planets. We are not publishing this slide show separately - just using once for the pleasure of our audience. Is this allowed if I arrtibute each Wikimedia picure used as indicated? Thanks very much! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2ndbsn (talk • contribs) 14 September 2014‎ (UTC)

@2ndbsn: Usually, you'll have to attribute the author of the image plus the license it was released under. There's no need to mention Wikipedia or Commons. See Commons:Reuse (and possibly Commons:Licensing) for details. Hope that helps? --El Grafo (talk) 16:42, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

List of train songs: question on image copyright/use[edit]

I've been editing Wikipedia's List of train songs for the past few years and would like to add an image from the sheet music of the first known train song, which was copyrighted 1828. I located the image on the following page on JScholarship:

https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/31154

The URL for the image itself:

https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/bitstream/handle/1774.2/31154/039.021.000.webimage.JPEG?sequence=5

I wasn't able to find any information regarding the re-use of images on JScholarship, but in any case, the image I'd like to upload would be for fair use, educational purposes only. By and large, it would be of no other value since it would only include the first page of a multi-page work, plus it would be relatively illegible when reduced for inclusion in the WP article.

Meanwhile, the significance of the image to the article's introduction and its subsequent interest to readers are incalculable. While hundreds of other sheet music images might be readily available, none is more notable than this one.

I've only uploaded a couple images to the Commons, so I'm uncertain as to how to proceed in this case. Therefore, I'd appreciate your advice. Thank you. Allreet (talk) 16:40, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

The copyright on this song had expired long ago. On the other hand, exact copies of 2D public domain works are considered to be in public domain (see Commons:2D_copying). So, you can upload them. Ruslik (talk) 19:24, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
{{PD-scan|PD-US-1923}} as a license template should be fine. --El Grafo (talk) 19:33, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Ruslik and El Grafo: Thanks. Allreet (talk) 17:18, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Billerica Town Charter.pdf[edit]

Is a town charter written in 1979 for a massachusetts town considered to be in the public domain? All massachusetts government documents are already considered to be.


--BUEngineer (talk) 17:46, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

In the sourcepage http://www.town.billerica.ma.us/copyright will be read

All content © 2006-2013 City / County / Hospital and its representatives. All rights reserved.--Motopark (talk) 17:58, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

I've changed the license to PD-GovEdict; it clearly falls into "judicial opinions, administrative rulings, legislative enactments, public ordinances, and similar official legal documents."--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:22, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

caricamento foto per il concorso dei monumenti[edit]

ho caricato 4 immagini relative a 4 monumenti del concorso in corso, ma non c'era il link per attribuirli a ciascun monumento, ho cercato di farlo rientrando in un altra pagina (quella del concorso) ( non si capisce che il concorso dei monumenti è un'altra cosa che non è collegata con il sito) per ricaricare le foto collegandole a ciascun monumento ma non è consentito perchè le foto già ci sono e non so come fare per utilizzare le foto già caricate per il concorso dei monumenti. L'impressione generale è che il sito sia pessimo, non sono chiari ne link ne i collegamenti, non posso spostare le foto già caricate nel sito generale per utilizzarle per il concorso, non posso rimuoverle, e non posso ricaricarle nel concorso. Sito pessimo, funziona tutto malissimo, sito da evitare, cercherò di diffondere la notizia presso i miei amici appassionati di fotografia e circoli fotografici che ho modo di frequentare perchè vi evitino. con i più cari saluti Paolo Pieromaldi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pmaldi (talk • contribs) 16 Sept 2014 (UTC)

  • I can read Italian pretty well, but write it poorly. If you cannot understand English, say so and someone will translate, or someone else will answer. (Posso leggere l'italiano abbastanza bene, ma scriverlo male. Se non riesci a capire l'inglese, dirlo e qualcuno si tradurrà, o qualcun altro risponderà.')
  • I presume that the four images you are referring to are File:Piazza papa.jpg, File:Internomole.jpg, File:Loggiamercanti.jpg, and File:Monucaduti.jpg. I believe you are correct that if you did not upload the images with the tool specific to the competition, you cannot afterward enter them in the competition. I'm not sure why you thought otherwise. The instructions for the competition are, as far as I can tell, pretty clear.
  • Other than that, you can freely edit those pages, just like anyone else. If you do plan to edit, probably the first thing you should do is to clarify which of several places in Italy known as "Corso" these represent.
  • I apologise that I don't have time right now to write a lot more. If you have some specific questions about how to do some particular thing, ask and I will try to help. - Jmabel ! talk 16:14, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
I don't see why one cannot add the WLM parameters manually after uploading. The WLM wizard is meant to make things easier but I keep forgetting to use it (out of force of habit). In this case, the editor does need to be more specific about what the photographs are of and add the correct WLM codes for each of them. HelenOnline 09:32, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
It would be better to ask at Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments/Help desk. HelenOnline 10:20, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Certainly for WLM-UK you can upload and add the WLM stuff after. That's what I've been doing. I don't see why you'd have to use the WLM uploader - it's not going to add anything you can't add in plain wikitext. -mattbuck (Talk) 11:31, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Pmaldi I have identified and added WLM parameters for one, will also try fix the other three. Please use the WLM Italy wizard next time. HelenOnline 14:03, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Helen, I was unaware that this was something you were allowed to add after the fact. - Jmabel ! talk 15:06, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

I cant put my information[edit]

I made a description of my company but the sisten didn't let me did it, I do not know why, I can not do my page, says i´m attempting against wiki commons and search abut help but can not eather , whats up? this page really is working or not, thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Terra Morte (talk • contribs) 06:06, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

  • I can't think of anywhere on Commons that it would be appropriate to provide a "description of [your] company." Could you explain just what you are trying to do? And "attempting against wiki commons" doesn't make a lot of sense in English. Could you either quote exactly what it said, or possibly explain in whichever language you are most comfortable writing (someone here should be able to read it). - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Can't see the foto's I have uploaded[edit]

Beste Helpdesk, Ik heb op 15 september enkele foto's geupload maar ik zie ze niet op de pagina. Als ik ze nogmaals probeer up te loaden zegt Wiki dat ze er al zijn. Foto's die ik later heb geupload staan al wel op de pagina. Is er iets misgegaan? http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_gemeentelijke_monumenten_in_Leeuwarden_(stad)

Met vriendelijke groet, Rudi Jacobs


Dear helpdesk,

I can't see the foto's i have uploaded on the 15th of september. Foto's i have uploaded later are on the page. If i want to upload the same foto's again Wiki says ther already there.

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_gemeentelijke_monumenten_in_Leeuwarden_(stad)

Greetings Rudi Jacobs — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rudi_Jacobs (talk • contribs)

There should be an "uploads" link at the top right of your screen. If not, use this: Special:ListFiles/Rudi_Jacobs. -mattbuck (Talk) 11:27, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Problem with upload[edit]

Hello! I'm trying to upload a photo of Elsa Cladera de Bravo for my article with the same name "Elsa Cladera de Bravo". I have been trying in Commons but I'm not sure that I succeded. Thanks for your advice

Nadezhda Bravo Cladera (talk) 16:30, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

You successfully uploaded the photo. Ruslik (talk) 19:14, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Maison de Balzac, photo of the room with the genealogical chart[edit]

I'm looking for a picture of the genealogical chart of the characters in fr:La Comédie humaine, in one of the rooms of the fr:Maison de Balzac. The house itself is over 150 years old, but this room has been renovated more recently. The information in the chart is deduced from the novels, so presumably public-domain by this point, but the form and presentation of the chart may still be under copyright. If you want to see what I'm talking about, there are pictures at L'Internaute.com. I have a picture similar to the one at L'Internaute that I took myself and would happily contribute to Commons if it's OK to do so -- please advise (here, or at my talk page here, or at my talk page in Latin VP). A. Mahoney (talk) 17:38, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Undesired user name[edit]

I've created my login under a user name that I do not want to use. How can I change it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DANKRC (talk • contribs) 18:34, 17 September 2014‎ (UTC)

See Commons:Changing username. Ruslik (talk) 19:07, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Uploaded by mistake a few seconds ago... how to delete?[edit]

Hi, I wanted to participate in Wiki Loves Monuments, and instead of uploading to the contest, I uploaded my photos to the website like any normal photo. I know it's stupid, but is there a way I can get them removed, since I don't have the right to upload them again in the contest because it says that the website already contains this photo... HELP? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Remieee (talk • contribs) 20:35, 17 September 2014‎ (UTC)

From what I see, all photos you have uploaded are participating in the contest.--Ymblanter (talk) 21:22, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Question about user name and password[edit]

Hi there.

My name is Jonathan Thal or in Hebrew יונתן טל Some years ago I tried to use your site but since then I just forgot in what user name or password I used From my records I have a clue that my password was: [redacted]

Since I want to send photos to the Wikimedia competition, I spent over an hour trying to re-enter your site but in all cases the system either rejected my user name or the password I tried to change both of them and again I failed. I tried even to give my gmail details and again just failed.

Can you find out please what was my mistakes or give me new user name and password.

Thanks very much if you are willing to help me.

Jonathan Thal sheda1yon@gmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.116.142.138 (talk • contribs) 19:41, 18 September 2014‎ (UTC)

I think it's better register yourself again with the new email you are using--Pierpao.lo (listening) 07:14, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Counter Agruments[edit]

I notice most important articles do not acknowledge counter arguments such as Global Warming. The counter argument is that the technology today allows for "Man Assisted Weather Pattern." This is from early weather control by fixing baseball games with dry ice to the space based solar farming in Russia. Most of Russia satellite are in a Elliptical orbit and travel over the US. To save on fuel they don't retract their space base mirrors or re-position the satellite. Even radar is know to control weather by heating water vapor. The weather temperature used by Global Warming advocate don't collateral the data to actual sun rise and sun set. A space base mirror provides article sun rise and sun set through actual observation. To control the weather is big bucks and the truth is harder for the public to swallow. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.65.7.190 (talk • contribs)

  • I don't know what page you meant to post to, but I'm pretty sure it isn't this one. This is a page for help questions related to Wikimedia Commons, the media repository (images, video, sound) of the Wikimedia Foundation. There are no articles here, just pictures, videos, and sound recordings, and your question/remark doesn't even seem to be asking for help. - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
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Help Please[edit]

Is the entire point of commons to upload images? LoLmAn007 (talk) 23:12, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Pretty much, yes. It's a central repository for free images that can be used on all Wikimedia Foundation projects, including the Wikipedias in different languages. Huon (talk) 23:31, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Video & sound files also, but it's overwhelmingly images. And, of course, the point isn't just to upload them. It is to describe them and categorize them in a way that makes them readily searchable, and to facilitate legal reuse. - Jmabel ! talk 15:00, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Can someone please correct the details of the photo for "Two Seconds" (1932 film)?[edit]

The details state the photo shows Edward G. Robinson (John) and Preston Foster (Bud).

In fact, this is a still of Robinson with J. Carroll Naish (Tony). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Woodrow (talk • contribs) 17:04, 19 September 2014‎ (UTC)

It seems you're referring to the Wikipedia article Two Seconds. Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. So, if you spot something wrong then you can fix it. This isn't Wikipedia here - this is the help desk for Commons (we provide the pictures). Help editing Wikipedia can be found in Wikipedia's help section. Thanks, –⁠moogsi (talk) 00:17, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Deleting pictures[edit]

I have got four pictures I need to delete as I have added a signed version.... How should I proceed ? Thks. Coryphe (talk) 06:44, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

  • You don't indicate what images nor do you say whether they are recently uploaded. You can always "nominate for deletion" (should be on the "tools" portion of the left nav); if they are recent uploads, you can use {{Speedydelete|Accidental upload}}. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Do those works are your own or of Louis Fattal? Jee 05:09, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

There was an error while uploading the file to stash.[edit]

Hi, having problems with upload wizard. It took my hours with several tries. It's been 3 months, i can't upload properly. It had a problem. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons:Help_desk&diff=prev&oldid=133354775 I thought it's over. But it's not. I just gave up. I don't think i'm coming here back again. I won't risk hours. It works with uploading 5-10 pictures. But not more. I typed all the info at the bulk upload page and it doesn't upload. (Error: There was an error while uploading the file to stash.) I'm going to mourn about the time. --Kafkasmurat (talk) 19:00, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to hear about that. The Upload Wizard is unfortunately really broken, and developers don't seem to care about feedback. The old Commons:Upload process tends to be much more reliable, but it's no use if you're trying to upload multiple files at once. There are some alternative batch uploading tools listed at Commons:Upload tools#Standalone desktop applications, which may work better, but I haven't used them, so I can't vouch for them personally. LX (talk, contribs) 17:49, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

how to create a page for a social network in wikipedia?[edit]

how to create a page for a social network in wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hhosseinzadehmd (talk • contribs)

  1. This isn't Wikipedia (it's the Wikimedia Commons).
  2. Technically, just like any other page on Wikipedia.
  3. As they say there "notability first, then an encyclopedia article. If you have a basis to demonstrate that the social network is significant -- e.g. articles in reliable, independent sources; documentation that shows, say 100,000 active users -- and you are not yourself anyone with a conflict of interest then go for it; otherwise, I'd advise you not to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 15:19, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

similarities of the Garibaldi fish and the fresh water Blue Gill Sunfish.[edit]

I note that the shape of the Garibaldi Eastern pacific Coast fish is very similar to the shape of the US East Coast Sunfish specifically called "Blue Bill" Could they be part of the same family of fish???? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.31.120.27 (talk • contribs) 07:11, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Crashcourse-logo.png[edit]

I uploaded an image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crashcourse-logo.png It was on this website: http://everydaybiochemistry.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/crash-course/ That website has no copyright restriction or even a terms and conditions section (referring to the website creator, not Wordpress). The image refers to a youtube channel which does not restrict distribution of the logo (https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse). Therefore, there should be no problem regarding me uploading the Crashcourse-logo.png file, as far as I understand. What can I do? If there is any infringement of copyright or other legal concerns, I am happy for the file to be deleted. Thank you very much, --Akhi666 (talk) 13:49, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

OTRS-permission are best way to solve this--Motopark (talk) 14:32, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Akhi666 if you only want to use it on Wikipedia, you can upload it there with a fair use rationale. I can help you do this. HelenOnline 14:58, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done HelenOnline 15:09, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I am new. What do you mean by uploading 'with a fair use rationale'? Thanks Akhi666 (talk) 19:25, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Malea shoot.png[edit]

Hello. I work for Malea McGuinness and was asked to update her photograph for use worldwide. The photograph in question does appear on her website, but I have her permission to upload it here. How would I go about ensuring that I provide the correct permissions? Her company, Malea Music, is operated by Douglas Kaplan (her husband and manager), and his email address is dlkjet@aol.com if it will be helpful to include him in this conversation.

Thank you for your assistance!

Regards, E.J. Friedman

--Loudersoft (talk) 21:38, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

You don't just need "her permission to upload it here," you need the copyright holder, whether that is her or someone else, to grant a specific license that meets Commons' requirements. I recommend CC-BY-SA 3.0, but as explained there, there are other alternatives. Once you have that sorted out, see COM:OTRS as to how the permission can be passed along to Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 01:37, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
Since you're getting paid to do this, you should also read Commons:Guidance for paid editors (especially the second and third points). LX (talk, contribs) 17:53, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Adding a category "WMFLabs screenshots"[edit]

I wish to add a category for screenshots showing software at wmflabs. At the moment, there are 4 files named "XTools*.png" that are placed in Category:Screenshots. In the near future, I'll upload some more files concerning XTools. I suppose a better categorizing would be as subcategory of Category:Wikimedia screenshots and want to create [[:Category:WMFLabs screenshots]].

  • Is there someone to disagree?
  • Is there a better name for this category?
  • Is there a better place in the category tree?
  • Are there any hints concerning WMFLabs screenshots?

As admin at de-Wikibooks, I have enough experience to create the category by myself. I only want to know a suitable name and place. -- Juergen (talk) 14:14, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

As for the categories, I say go for it. As for the screenshots, {{free screenshot|license=GPLv3}} should be okay, but it would be even better if the page design could be explicitly released under a license that is more appropriate for visual media. LX (talk, contribs) 18:00, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
I didn't find a better license. GPL is the correct software license, therefore I followed your suggestion. I wanted to write a description at the top of Category:WMFLabs screenshots, but Template:Wikimedia-screenshot isn't appropriate. -- Juergen (talk) 14:53, 23 September 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. Juergen (talk) 14:53, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Bailey Fountain[edit]

Hello,

I received this email about a deletion request. I wish to respond. But I do not retain any technical skills that I may have learned while posting the original picture.

Is there a way to respond and get posted by a simple email?

The subject of the picture is of significant historical relevance, and the photo was difficult to take.

The distance between the two figures of the fountain and the Empire State Building is more than 5 miles, and documenting the juxtaposition is an important detail in the reason this alignment exists.

Thank you, Richard F Kessler — Preceding unsigned comment added by Richard F Kessler (talk • contribs) 20:20, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

--113.169.68.90 18:15, 22 September 2014 (UTC)--113.169.68.90 18:15, 22 September 2014 (UTC)--113.169.68.90 18:15, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Company Logo Uploads?[edit]

Good Afternoon,

I have been tasked with adding our logo to the wikipedia page for The First Academy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Academy, but wasn't sure how the licensing should work. The logo was created by The First Academy, and is owned by The First Academy; as their marketing department and web designer I am approved to use the logo in all mediums and am the person who maintains their branding and logo use rights, but it is not meant to be publicly used by anyone. I did not know how to make the licensing tag, can you help me get a logo uploaded?

Thanks,

Tim Nethers — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timnethers (talk • contribs) 18:28, 22 September 2014‎ (UTC)

Please upload it to English Wikipedia as fair use. To upload to Commons we need OTRS-permission.--Motopark (talk) 18:32, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
It sounds like you should read Commons:Guidance for paid editors. LX (talk, contribs) 18:54, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done HelenOnline 06:28, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

NPG image[edit]

I am able to upload this image which has this licence? Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 19:13, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Perhaps I am missing something, but what makes you say that photo has that license? - Jmabel ! talk 03:25, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Presumably http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/use-this-image.php?mkey=mw65915. Anyway, content with {{noncommercial}} or {{nonderivative}} restrictions such as {{cc-by-nc-nd-3.0}} is not permitted on Commons. Those considering uploading content from the NPG should also be aware of en:National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute. LX (talk, contribs) 05:57, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Yes, I read en:National Portrait Gallery and Wikimedia Foundation copyright dispute in detail and found it of no help in answering this question. Martinevans123 (talk) 07:26, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Basically, there is no straightforward answer. What can be said is: 1) You cannot rely on the {{cc-by-nc-nd-3.0}} to upload the file to Commons. 2) If you can show that the underlying work is in the public domain, it will probably be accepted according to Commons' policy on reproductions of two-dimensional artworks. 3) However, that policy deliberately defies national legislation, including UK legislation. Thus, by uploading such content, you are exposing yourself to potential litigation, and the NPG has a record of going after individuals who upload such content. LX (talk, contribs) 09:35, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Thanks. I think it's looking like the answer to my original question is "no". Martinevans123 (talk) 10:22, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Interesting; especially the reactions of WMF and NPF. But according to CC, if a license is applied for a low resolution work, it can be applied to the original work too. I would like to know what Erik Moeller (WMF) thinks about it. :) Jee 06:35, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
    Yet another example of how CC has really screwed up with its licence: everyone thinks CC is a file-based licence and CC need a FAQ to explain to us that it is really a "work of copyright"-based licence. While the -ND/-NC basis of this NPG licence makes it irrelevant to us, we should point their mistake out to CC. Because public examples of people misusing the licence in this way will only make it more likely that someone will copy them and make a similar mistake with one of the Free CC licences. And while most of us agree that we should not punish an individual photographer for misunderstanding these CC terms, I doubt very much whether the community would show much restraint should a major photo gallery make that error -- someone would write a bot to slurp up the content overnight!
    BTW: the NPG claim the low-res image is 72dpi and the high res one is 300dpi, which is nonsense. Perhaps someone should give them a Dummies Guide to Digital Image Formats. -- Colin (talk) 07:05, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Dolichovespula norwegica Queen.jpg[edit]

--128.252.25.39 01:57, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I was wondering what sufficient information I need to give on this media's copyright status in order for it to be acceptable. Thanks! --128.252.25.39 01:57, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

  • If you happen to be the Flickr-user, who uploaded the photo to Flickr, you can simply change the Flickr-license to a "free" license like CC-BY-SA-3.0 (see Commons:Licensing for a list of usable license permissions).
  • If you are not the photographer/Flickr-user, you'll have to "proof" your permission to use this image freely. Such permissions need to be forwarded via email to the Commons OTRS-team (see Commons:OTRS for more details on the process and an email template).
  • After you have decided on a specific license, add a template for it to the image information page (most common licenses have templates already prepared, f.e. template:CC-BY-SA-3.0). Hope that helps a bit. GermanJoe (talk) 03:05, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Baboon Logo.png[edit]

I found the logo on Google. You can also find it here: http://www.jobindex.dk/vis-job/h465202

--Ela.ciosici (talk) 08:19, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Would it be OK if I get a written approval to use it, from the owners of the logo?

--Ela.ciosici (talk) 08:32, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello Ela.ciosici, this logo is so very simple that doesn't appear to contain anything copyrightable. Hence, I've marked with {{PD-Textlogo}} and {{Trademarked}} and removed the request for speedy deletion. Unless User:JuTa disagrees with that, everything should be alright now. --El Grafo (talk) 09:47, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Help removing a page from a .djvu upload[edit]

According to wikisource:en:Help:Internet Archive, uploaded .djvu files for use there shouldn't have the Google Books cover page. Unfortunately, my recent upload File:Fragments of the Debates of the Iowa Constitutional Conventions of 1844 and 1846 along with Press Comments and Other Materials on the Constitutions of 1844 and 1846.djvu does. I've never manipulated these files before, so can someone help here? – Philosopher Let us reason together. 20:39, 12 September 2014 (UTC) *Bumped from archive in hopes of getting some advice here. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 22:18, 23 September 2014 (UTC)