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この2つの画像データをページにアップロードし、表示したいのですが、このデザインは2店とも私がデザインしたものです。 よろしくお願いします。

— Preceding unsigned comment added by マイケルプラネット (talk • contribs) 03:22, 4 July 2014‎ (UTC)

Talk question[edit]

Is there a way to forward notices from commons talk to my English talk page automatically? --Big iron (talk) 14:25, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

No. There are several reasons for this. Message templates from Commons don't work on other projects, people who leave messages for you regarding your activities on Commons shouldn't have to watch pages on other projects for a response, and it generally makes sense to discuss people's activities on Commons on Commons. If you want, you can activate e-mail notifications for talk page messages in your preferences. LX (talk, contribs) 21:33, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
@Big iron: not exactly what you’re after, but there’s the XTools user script, whose “XEcho” component shows notifications from other WMF projects during a browsing session, once you’ve logged in through OAuth at its configuration page.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 08:33, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

getting article posted[edit]

How does my article get posted onto Wikipedia? I have finished it but it has not been posted yet to the general public.

How do I get my article of Ervene C. Bragg posted to the general encyclopedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DrRafiki (talk • contribs) 12:34, 9 August 2014‎ (UTC)

A good first step would be to go to The project you're on right now is Wikimedia Commons, a repository for media files such as photos, videos and audio clips. It is not a place for encyclopædia articles. LX (talk, contribs) 12:53, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Charros logo.gif[edit]

Look, this a logo for a baseball team. I got it from the baseball team's site, and the URL of that site was provided when I uploaded the file. The logo is for use in a Wikipedia article about that baseball team.

The information I've received about what sort of licence tag is appropriate, and where to put that tag, is unintelligible.

--Prescottbush (talk) 20:00, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

  • This logo looks to me to be complex enough that it is almost certainly copyrighted, so unless you are the rightsholder (and apparently you are not -- you say you got the logo from a website) you are not in a position to offer a license.
  • Commons accepts only content that is in the public domain or under a free license, and there is no evidence that this is either of those. See Commons:SCOPE#Must_be_freely_licensed_or_public_domain. If you can get permission for such a release under a free license from the owner of the copyright, see COM:OTRS for how to pass that along.
  • But you probably won't be able to get that permission, so you probably will want to upload the image to en-wiki as non-free content, rather than upload to Commons. See en:Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline and especially en:Template:Non-free use rationale to pursue that direction. - Jmabel ! talk 21:02, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
    It seems like Prescottbush's reason for uploading the file here was to use it on es:Charros de Jalisco. Uploading it to English Wikipedia is not going to help achieve that, and Spanish Wikipedia, unlike English Wikipedia, does not allow local uploads of non-free content. LX (talk, contribs) 21:16, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
    LX is correct about my reason for uploading to Commons. The idea is to have this logo in one place for all the languages that might exist for this article. Prescottbush (talk) 00:43, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
    That won't be possible, except in the unlikely event that you can get the rightsholder to offer a license.
    Sorry I assumed en-wiki; your question was written in English and you just referred to "Wikipedia". - Jmabel ! talk 10:30, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

License information[edit]

Have uploaded photos own work free to share, need info on what to do with:

== {{int:license-header}} ==

{{Remove this line and insert a license instead|year=2014|month=08|day=04}}

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Anitapieroni (talk • contribs) 00:21, 10 August 2014‎ (UTC)

Let's see, you have uploaded five files apart from the four that have been deleted.
LX (talk, contribs) 09:32, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

incorrect description & attribution[edit]

I've noticed on my flickr page that some of my photos have been included in Wikimedia recently with incorrect descriptions and attributions. I've seen four of them so far. This is one of them:

As far as I know the British Air Force has nothing to do with the source or subject matter of the photos. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

Yes, from their uniforms, they're American troops. The incorrect description has been removed. Thank you for mentioning it. However, note that the photo is nominated for deletion: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Brit Air Force Staff Southern Gold Coast 1942.jpg. Can you please give details about the origin of the photo album? -- Asclepias (talk) 17:41, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

inserting picture to article[edit]

i am working on a school assignment where we have to revise and expand a wikipedia stub. for mine, i wish to include images from the website i am working from but i don't know how to upload the pictures since they are not my works — Preceding unsigned comment added by Coltnicastro (talk • contribs) 16:45, 11 August 2014‎ (UTC)

As explained at Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Internet images, most content you find on the Internet cannot be uploaded to Commons, unless you first get the copyright holder to agree to publish the content under a license that allows anyone to use, modify and redistribute it for any purpose, including commercial purposes – the same type of license that your Wikipedia contributions are covered by. LX (talk, contribs) 17:33, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Picture of Town f Black Brook, NY[edit]

Photograph shown, with church on top of hill during Winter, is actually in Keeseville which is in the Town of Ausable, NY. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 17:30, 11 August 2014‎ (UTC)

Oookay... you don't really provide a lot of links or details here, and my psychic skills are a bit limited, but I'm going to guess that you're talking about the article en:Black Brook, New York over at the English Wikipedia project and its use of the photo File:Edit AuSable Eglise 2.jpg, which is hosted here on Commons. Based on what you state above, that file seems to have a correct name and description here on Commons. The file was added to the English Wikipedia article in 2010 by an anonymous user, and the caption was later changed from "Au Sable Forks, NY" to "Keesville, NY". If you have knowledge of the local geography and think that the inclusion of the image or its description should be changed, I suggest you go to the English Wikipedia project and fix it. If you think the file description here on Commons needs fixing, fix it. If you think the filename is misleading, you can add {{rename|New name.jpg|3|Explanation of why the old name is misleading and the new name is better}} to the file description page. LX (talk, contribs) 17:52, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Dscband colour.jpg[edit]

Hallo, ich habe oben genanntes Bild heute von der Downloadseite der Dutch Swing College Band ( geladen. Es steht auf der besagten Homepage als freier Download für die freie Verwendung zur Verfügung. Ich hab die Verlinkung zu meiner Seite der DSCBand nun vorläufig enfernt.

Muss ich, wenn das Bild als Download der entsprechenden Band zur Verfügung gestellt wird trotzdem noch eine separate Bewilligung einholen? Danke für die Hilfe und beste Grüsse --Jazzmaa (talk) 22:09, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

  • You didn't indicate a specific license, nor do you link a specific page as a sort where someone could verify permissions (you indicate only the domain). Both are needed. - Jmabel ! talk 00:10, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I looked a bit around the site you linked & cannot find the text you are citing. Where exactly does it say anything about free reuse with modifications? Google cannot find the word "Verwendung" anywhere on the site. - Jmabel ! talk 00:15, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
  • EXIF data says © Bas Meijer. I also don't see any evidence of any free license at the source site. Please follow the instructions at COM:OTRS and provide a formal release for this photo. Without such a formal release from the copyright owner we cannot host this image. Lupo 04:54, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Attribution help needed[edit]

Dear editors: Editor Nash Gordon uploaded three photos in a batch today, and they were all marked as his own work. However, one of the photos, "File:Burliegh Falls perhaps early to mid 1920s high water flow.jpg" was actually taken by his grandfather. I believe that there should be no problem with copyright, since he is in possession of the negative, which he inherited after his grandfather's death, but the photo information is incorrect, since it says "own work". Can someone please change this to whatever is appropriate in this circumstance? Also, I notice that the word "Burleigh" is spelled incorrectly in the title. Do I just move the file to the correct title in the same way as I do at English Wikipedia? Anne Delong (talk) 03:23, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

How to delete links to not relevant categories[edit]

In for example File:Eizer L church.jpg there is mentioned for the categories: Cemeteries in Overijse (−) (±) (↓) (↑)|Sint-Maria-Magdalenakerk (Eizer) (−) (±) (↓) (↑)|Eizer|Churches in Eizer|Cemeteries in Belgium (+).
In the edit mode you see [[Category:Cemeteries in Overijse]] [[Category:Sint-Maria-Magdalenakerk (Eizer)]]
In the preview you see as expected Categorieën:Cemeteries in Overijse|Sint-Maria-Magdalenakerk (Eizer)
How do I delete the part "Eizer|Churches in Eizer|Cemeteries in Belgium" ? Wouter (talk) 07:28, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

That's a very good question, there's nothing obvious about where it's coming from either. Perhaps from the metadata (is that even possible)? There is certainly a lot in the title field. -mattbuck (Talk) 09:04, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the IPTC metadata contains those categories in the Caption/Abstract field. Looks like a bug which could potentially be abused for pretty disruptive purposes. LX (talk, contribs) 12:10, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Wouter, I've uploaded a new version without the extra categories and location template. Green Giant (talk) 23:09, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Previewing in Uploading to commons[edit]

In uploading to commons I got the chance to preview the picture I intended to upload. When I did, the pic appeared cropped at the rims in the preview, so I nominated an other file, revised the description and tried to preview again - nope, no reaction. What did I wrong, please? Purgy Purgatorio (talk) 09:11, 12 August 2014 (UTC)



I work with a company that is developing online curriculum and database that can be sold to online high schools. I am wondering if as long as we follow license laws with giving proper attribution if we can use images that goes along with our curriculum. The curriculum will be sold and our company will be making money. Obviously, the pictures won't be the main reason we make money, but I just want to make sure if we used images from this site that we won't break copyright laws. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dsavage1988 (talk • contribs) 19:55, 12 August 2014‎ (UTC)

Yes, provided that the copyright information shown on Commons is correct (we cannot guarantee this, as uploads are not subject to systematic review and approval), that the license is compatible with Commons' licensing policy (which, among other things, states that licenses must allow commercial use) and that you comply with all licensing requirements, that should be fine. See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia for a more complete list of things to consider. LX (talk, contribs) 20:42, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Technical problem - images not showing after rename[edit]

I have asked to move (rename) several files of the Category:Aircraft at American Air Museum Duxford, and after that, five of them are showing no image nor thumbs (please see here). I had included the symbol "@" in the new titles and the 'file mover' replaced it by "at" (and well, I think); maybe this is a clue to the problem. Anyway, if they are lost, I can always try to re-load then from Flickr. Thank you --JotaCartas (talk) 00:59, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

another wiki syntax?[edit]

Dear Wikimedia fellows,

I hope this page is a good place to contact some people in the Wikimedia project. Sorry if not.

I am impressed by the amazing work so many people are able to do using a Markdown-like syntax. I believe that, even if it fits basic needs of enriching and structuring text, such a syntax could be greatly improved. I remember the John McCarthy's lament at the W3C's choice of SGML as the basis for HTML : « An environment where the markup, styling and scripting is all s-expression based would be nice. » So, I am working on an environment,, devoted to writing, composing and coding in the WEB, where the markup, styling and scripting are unified in a single language, lambdatalk. I try to share some reflexions about this work. Would you find any interest in it?

This is my e-mail:

Best regards

Alain marty — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 07:11, 13 August 2014‎ (UTC)

I don't really see how this is relevant to Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Discussions regarding the syntax used in the Mediawiki software used by Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia and all other projects overseen by the Wikimedia Foundation are probably best held at the Mediawiki project. LX (talk, contribs) 19:57, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

CatScan disabled[edit]

Hello, I believe this page is not a good place to ask about this, but please, can someone indicate me where to get information about the disabled "CatScan" about three month ago? Thanks --JotaCartas (talk) 09:17, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


By Jim Summaria (Wikipedia:Contact us/Photo submission) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

I am not sure that a consent of Simon Kirke is required. Ruslik (talk) 19:35, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Definitely not. Image of a public person during a public performance. --Denniss (talk) 19:42, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


I am unable to send email to another user, because I am unable to confirm my email address in my profile. The confirmation message never arrives in my email inbox.

thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yellow Crane (talk • contribs) 19:33, 13 August 2014‎ (UTC)

Check your spam folder. Ruslik (talk) 19:36, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

what do you do about vague categories like Category:Portuguese forts?[edit]


This category is repeated added to Portuguese colonial forts in various countries. The problem is that it is vague, and ends up putting forts in India, Brazil, Iran, Malaysia, Spain etc. ultimately into Category:Military facilities of Portugal

Category:Portuguese forts puts everything into Category:Military facilities of Portugal. Is several cases these are ruins, in one case its a UNESCO site, in another a Cultural Heritage site. None of them are currently Military facilities of Portugal. Is it true that categories should be clear and specific? Thanks, Parabolooidal (talk) 21:47, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Photos in the categories "Media needing categories" are put sometimes in a "vague" category. Others who have more knowledge about it or understand better the description in for example Portuguese can put them in a more specific category. Photos in the category "Media needing categories" are "lost" when both the file name and the description are not meaningful. If you can put some of the photos in the right category would be wonderful. Wouter (talk) 17:10, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Собака Сулимова.jpeg[edit]

--Sermart1234 (talk) 13:14, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

It looks like you forgot to actually ask a question... Oops! Anyway, the file has already been deleted as a copyright violation. Please read Commons:Рамки проекта/Резюме to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 17:49, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

I own copyright to photo but did not make the photo. And I want it on a wiki page as the subject portrait[edit]

I want a photograph to accompany the wiki pages of Jerry Cooke, photographer, 1921-2005. Jerry Cooke left his photographs to me in his will. I own the copyright to a self portrait that I would like on the wiki page; and I am fine to make it available for free use. I am the copyright holder. I did not make this myself, from scratch, without copying or incorporating anybody else's creative work. but I am willing to release it under a free license.

I don't know if it has ever been published. My rationale for using this particular image is because Cooke used many different film & camera formats during his career as a photojournalist, and this photo is a great illustration of that. Please tell me how I can do this. I have tried unsuccessfully and am eager to get the photo posted. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yurikutschuk (talk • contribs) 16:48, 14 August 2014‎ (UTC)

Thank you for offering to do this. As you might have guessed, this is not the most common case, and it may be tricky to create a correct file description page using the Upload Wizard. Here is what I would recommend:
  • Go to this upload form
  • Press Browse... and select the file
  • Select a good name for the file, like "Jerry Cooke self-portrait.jpg"
Enter something like the following in the Summary field:
|Description={{en|Self-portrait of Jerry Cooke, photographer, 1921–2005}}
|Source=[[User:Yurikutschuk|Yurikutschuk]], beneficiary of Jerry Cooke's will
|Author=Jerry Cooke (1921–2005)
  • From the Licensing drop-down, select one of the options under "Not self-made, but has been released under"
  • Press "Upload file"
  • Send in a scanned copy of the will to our permission archive to document that you are indeed the copyright holder, making sure to mention the file name in the e-mail.
LX (talk, contribs) 18:13, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Attribution for Recordings?[edit]

Found three recordings of rain on this page Want to use one, but there's no mention of license or who uploaded or anything. What attribution should I use? TaxAcc0untant (talk) 19:06, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Never mind. I found them. However, there is no link under the recordings on the above page; someone might want to fix that. I am not here enough to know how.

Here's the link to the page for the 29 second recording:

Here's the link to the page for the Rain, Thunder, Birds sound recording:

TaxAcc0untant (talk) 19:21, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

We don’t put licences on mainspace (gallery) pages, because the media usually come from a wide variety of sources, each with its own conditions for reuse. That information is available at the ‘point of download’, either the File: description page or the Media Viewer.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:07, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Photos of memorial[edit]

Hello, I have pictures I have taken of some public memorials (statue/sculpture and park benches) that are part of the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden in Adelaide, South Australia and I would like to upload them for use on the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden wikipedia page. Does this contravene any copyrights? If not, what licenses can I use?

Thanks, HFairlamb (talk) 00:13, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Photographic derivatives of statues and the like on permanent public display (but not 2-D artworks) are exempt from copyright in Australia, as in most Commonwealth countries; see COM:FOP#Australia for details & links. So it’s up to you how to license the pictures, whether you want to release them into the public domain or to apply one of the eligible Creative Commons or similar licences. (Your “intellectual property” consists in the composition, exposure & processing of the images.) Information about the sculptor, architect, or designer of the original is appreciated, if available, but not required.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:46, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Thankyou Odysseus1479

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I need help from someone familiar with image copyrights[edit]

File:StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Logo Mockup.png was recently added to the Wikipedia page Legacy of the Void. The image is claimed as being copyleft, but I am suspicious here for two reasons: First, the copyright for the StarCraft series is held by Activation Blizzard, which means that anything related to the series would likely by copyrighted by default. Secondly, the image in question very closely resembles the Blizzard-released screens for the game in question, which further fuels my suspicions that this one, despite being an ostensible copyleft image, may in fact be a derivative copyright image.

I am not good enough with the image copyright policies and guidelines to move on this, so I would need someone more familiar with this area to pick up and run with this, and if I am on to something readjust the image accordingly. TomStar81 (Talk) 03:03, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

A 1910 photograph, author unspecified[edit]

According to this website, this photograph was taken and/or published in 1910. The photographer is not named anywhere. The subject was a journalist, so I suppose the photograph appeared in a publication of some sort. Is it suitable for Commons? Surtsicna (talk) 15:51, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

If the work is anonymous and was published before 1944, the copyright has expired. However if it was published only recently it may be affected by the publication right. Ruslik (talk) 16:56, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Does this look alright? Surtsicna (talk) 17:59, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

"file contains HTML or script code that may be erroneously interpreted by a web browser. "[edit]

I tried to upload a better version of file:BillNyeSG.jpg, but I got this error message. I looked at the FAQ, and it says that there is HTML in the Exif data. I didn't add anything - it must have already been there. The FAQ also says that the Exif data editing program doesn't work on images from Flicker, and this one was. What can I do? Bubba73 (talk) 06:16, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

To get rid of bizarre embedded stuff, you could try this: (1) Open the file in Paint; (2) Save as a BMP; (3) Close and re-open Paint for the BMP; (4) Save it under a different name JPG. Then try the upload again. The point is to try to wipe out embedded stuff. I know from experience that that method clears some of the usual metadata, at least. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 06:37, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
While that works, it is by far the least preferred way to do it. Converting to BMP and back to JPEG will reduce the quality of the image. I would suggest trying various EXIF editing or stripping tools or even posting the URL here so someone else can try. I would only use a BMP conversion as a last resort. Trlkly (talk) 06:47, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
The damage can be minimized by saving & uploading as a TIFF or, assuming the image is in RGB, a (24-bit) PNG instead of a JPEG. Of course the resulting file will be larger (in most cases) but at least will suffer no further loss of detail. That said, I agree the ‘surgical’ approach of removing the problematic metadata without touching the image itself is the best solution.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 19:48, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
Also, I notice that the origingal Flickr file was cropped. If your version is uncropped, please upload it under a different filename. The cropped version is currently in use on many pages. Trlkly (talk) 06:56, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
I've updated the FAQ entry. Of course you can remove the HTML also from EXIF data in Flickr files. The paragraph about Flickr just pointed out that you can view the EXIF data on Flickr direcly. To edit it, you have to download the file to your computer and then remove the HTML in the EXIF locally before uploading that local copy. Lupo 10:39, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
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I was going to download it from Flickr and use that, but I couldn't see how to download it, other than by a screen capture. I don't have software to edit the exif data (only to view it). So I did the convert to BMP and back trick, and that worked. Thanks to all of you, and my old buddy Bugs. Bubba73 (talk) 19:02, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Hibernians fc logo.jpg[edit]

why not image is shown,,or how i can change the logo for the new one thanks --Alfred1978 (talk) 13:30, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm not quite sure what your question is, but the image will soon be deleted, because it is copyrighted. --rimshottalk 22:19, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Merging categories[edit]

Greetings. Currently there are two categories on Wikimedia Commonsː Canyon Lake, Arizona and Canyon Lake (Arizona), which both cover the same subject. Pretty sure it would be a good thing to merge them. Because Canyon Lake is not a city, but a physical feature, I think the correct category title should be Canyon Lake (Arizona) - which also conforms with the English Wikipedia. Could an administrator accomplish this? Onel5969 (talk) 17 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Done. - Jmabel ! talk 20:33, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
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I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. Jmabel ! talk 20:33, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Fct logo.png[edit]

Dear Wiki, The logo (Fct logo.png) used on our Wiki-page is created by myself and used as the logo of my own Futsal team. Our website can be found at

I can also be reached at email address removed (email sent), from which I can give permission for the usage of this logo on our Wiki-page.

Kind regards, Stefan

--Stefan Schuilenburg (talk) 23:08, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

  • You still need to state a specific license (either CC-BY-SA, or something even less restrictive). Edit the file page to remove the {{Remove this line and insert a license instead}} template and substitute the license tag for the license you wish to grant (e.g. {{CC-BY-SA 3.0}} or another free license of your choosing). Then see COM:OTRS for how to send permission, and once you have sent it, tag the file page with {{OTRS pending}}. If that's at all unclear, feel free to ask further. (By the way, if you upload files in the future, a clearer file name would be better. Almost no one but you will know what "Fct" means.) - Jmabel ! talk 04:00, 18 August 2014 (UTC)


I work for a municipality that is looking to update its Wikipedia page. Can we upload the City's logo? Would I have to track down the firm that originally designed our seal for a written release? Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ajohns90 (talk • contribs) 23:49, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

@Ajohns90: Probably the best way, assuming you are talking about Soldotna, Alaska is to upload the seal to the English Wikipedia and make a Fair Use claim. LGA talkedits 00:08, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Is there a copy of the original contract available? It’s not unusual for the copyright on commissioned artwork to be assigned to the client in such arrangements. An e-mail from a City domain to OTRS describing the relevant terms ought to suffice. Otherwise, though, and for the specific purpose on the English Wikipedia, the above suggestion—to upload locally with a FUR—is probably your best bet. See also Commons:Guidance for paid editors, particularly the second-last bullet-point.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:42, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

updating a logo that already exists on a page[edit]


I am not trying to violate any Wikipedia policies I would just like to update a page that someone started on my company. Can I do this without violating any regulations? If so, how can I do that? I need to update the logo.

thank you very much for your help.

Joanne — Preceding unsigned comment added by JoanneQueenin (talk • contribs)

Could you please provide more information? Which logo / file are you asking about? --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 23:41, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Use of Facebook photos[edit]

When I read the Facebook "Terms of Service", it states that anything that you make (publicly) viewable on your Facebook page may be reused in any fashion by anyone (including anyone outside of Facebook),

See the section "Sharing your content",

Does this mean that I can add a photo from a publicly viewable Facebook page to Wikimedia Commons?

There is a notable academic whose only non-copyrighted photo appears to be on a Facebook page for a University in Lebanon.

Would this be an acceptable image for Wikimedia Commons?

Thanks for any help/info.

Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 00:50, 20 August 2014 (UTC)