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Copyright ststus?

Hello,

Could you tell me how to get this uploaded on to Commons for use in Wikipedia articles relating to the National-Anarchist movement? Political symbols, like the hammer-and-sickle, the swastika or the circle-A are in the public domain but the N-A symbol is a recent invention and, while it's used around the world by this movement, the source is on an N-A website whose contents are stated to be fully copyrighted ([1]). What would be the copyright status here? And what precisely would I, or the website owners, need to do or provide in order to comply with the licensing requirements? Gnostrat 00:41, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

If the website says copyright, the image has copyright. You can email them requesting they grant permission to license the image under GFDL/CC/etc. - see COM:L. When they respond, you can then forward your email to us - see COM:OTRS for more information. giggy (:O) 07:47, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Copyright violation of four images. How they are denounced?

Hi. This four imager can violate copyrights: Comarca Señorío de Molina Guadalajara.jpg , Comarca Serranía Guadalajara.jpg , Comarca Alcarria Guadalajara.jpg and Comarca Campiña Guadalajara.jpg . Really, it's not an own work of Alfonso2 user, but a possible plagiarism of the web of Diputación Provincial de Guadalajara. How can be denounced the copyright violation? Thanks. --84.76.239.190 13:12, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

You could use {{copyvio}} or nominate these images to deletion (see Commons:Deletion requests). --EugeneZelenko 15:37, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Creative Commons from Wikitravel

Can the images that were uploaded in Wikitravel under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike be uploaded here? Are there any conditions (besides giving credit to the author) that I need to know about? --Dúnadan 21:44, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Any conditions with Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA)? Well, there's the Share-Alike part. But yes, that license is allowed here. →Яocket°°° 12:28, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

ILMap-doton-*.png

theres a series of maps with that filename (* as wildcard) which serve no useful putpose that I can see, most of them aren't linked to, and theres a geobox that performs the function of the map. I nominated one of them for deletion, but someone with more experience/knowhow than I could do a mass nomination for them all. PreciousRoi 22:26, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Can anyone please change that first picture of Condoleeza Rice? I can't do it because I've just created my account. the preceding unsigned comment was added by Jlpspinto (talk • contribs) 04:32, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

If you mean that Image:Condoleezza Rice.jpg was overwritten by Downstage (talk · contributions · Move log · block log · uploadsblock user, that's been taken care of. The user has been blocked and the vandalism revision has been deleted. LX (talk, contribs) 07:43, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

ill came what i come for.thanks for no help at all.love,member of norway the preceding unsigned comment was added by 194.54.125.237 (talk • contribs) 05:59, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Can you rephrase that? LX (talk, contribs) 07:43, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Old coins and banknote

This webiste has a collection of old coins and banknotes in Indochine. Please show me what policies in Commons written about this issue, can I upload them here or not. Thank you. Vinhtantran 07:46, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

  • The terms look pretty good. I will let other administrators look over it. User:Zscout370 (Return fire) 08:43, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
  • I think that you can, but it would be a good idea asking to the author under what license should you put the images. It's clearly written that the images are free but not under what license they are. --FilnikRock! 12:11, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
  • It does sound good, but I would also suggest asking the author about possibly releasing under CC-BY or similar. Commercial use may need to be clarified, too. →Яocket°°° 12:23, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
  • What is copyrights status of Indochine money since these images will be derivative works? Which country is legal successor? Will be great to expand Commons:Currency. --EugeneZelenko 15:54, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Image:Concussion mechanics.svg

I tried to modify Image:Skull and brain normal human.svg in inkscape (where it looks fine), but when I upload it, the brain image is missing, and all that's left is my modifications. Plus the blur is gone on the parts with fade. I think it's because I've got a reference to an external link in the file, but I can't figure out how to get rid of it without breaking the thing altogether. Help? Thanks much, Delldot 14:13, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

To get rid of the external link, download the SVG file instead of the png and open it with Inkscape. You should be able to add your changes there. --rimshottalk 15:14, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
Fixed! Thank you! Delldot 18:19, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Snoopy drawing in concrete copyrighted or freedom of panorama?

I was at the en:Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, CA, outside of which various people have signed their names in concrete, similar to what actors have done at en:Grauman's Chinese Theatre in LA (examples here). Charles Schulz did a little drawing of Snoopy and signed it, which I took a picture of. Can I upload it here or is it it's copyrighted? BrokenSphere 22:52, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

It's copyright protected. There is no freedom of panorama in the United States. LX (talk, contribs) 22:52, 23 January 2008 (UTC)
To be more exact, as the link provided by LX explains, there is something like freedom of panorama in the United States, but only for photographs of buildings. This does however not apply to copyrighted artwork like statues or a Charles Schulz drawing in public space, therefore the answer remains basically what LX wrote in this case. Gestumblindi 00:01, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

copyright of a Nazi image

How can this image of the concentration camp Buchenwald, taken in 1940, be "a work of the United States Federal Government"? Who is Schmuhl that his courtesy makes it PD? He seems to be working at the Holocaust Museum, so I'd guess he didn't take the picture himself. Anyone out there to enlighten me? --Ibn Battuta 07:33, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

The copyright is still intact on the image, so thus it goes away from the Commons. User:Zscout370 (Return fire) 07:44, 3 February 2008 (UTC)
I'm guessing the same applies to Image:Deathmarches-clandestine.jpg, Image:Kennzeichen für Schutzhäftlinge in den Konzentrationslagern.jpg, Image:Jasenovac11.jpg and many other images courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. /Lokal_Profil 22:10, 3 February 2008 (UTC)
Sure does. Arrange them for speedy deletion, another admin will delete them. User:Zscout370 (Return fire) 22:52, 3 February 2008 (UTC)
Figured a deletion request would be better since it groups images together. Also if they are speedied there just going to be uploaded again. /Lokal_Profil 01:47, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

override

I overrided this file by mistake, what can I do now? --Chin tin tin 15:56, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

In the upload history is an option for reverting the image; just click on that linked word -- in English it is "(revert)", in the first column from the left of the upload history table. -- carol 16:04, 3 February 2008 (UTC)
thanks. --Chin tin tin 16:40, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

May very similar file names cause a problem?

I recently uploaded Image:Maryanderson.jpg and afterwards noticed that there is already a very similarly named image: Image:MaryAnderson.jpg - the only difference being in the capitalisation of "Anderson". I know that they are treated as different files here and in UNIX-like operating systems, but e.g. older Windows versions don't make a difference between Maryanderson.jpg and MaryAnderson.jpg as they ignore capitalisation. Therefore I would like to rename my upload to make the distinction clearer (I requested deletion of the other picture due to copyright concerns, but it seems now that it can stay), but apparently this isn't possible. What should I do? Do you view it as a non-issue or should I re-upload the image under a different name and request deletion of my previous upload? Gestumblindi 00:11, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Upload a new version and give it what you consider to be a better name, then mark the older version with the badname template like this {{badname|Image:different name.jpg}}. Additionally, when I first started using the plethora of deletion templates which are available for use here, applying the {{delete}} template and viewing it in Preview mode only will display many of the deletion options which are available. -- carol 00:42, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
Thank you - done! :-) Gestumblindi 01:14, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Transfer of pictures

Hallo, wie kann ich Bilder oder Darstellungen mit der Lizenz des Urhebers in meinen Artikel transferieren? -- Haubi 09:51, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Was genau meinst du. Willst du ein Bild, das auf Commons liegt, in einem Artikel einer Wikipedia verwenden? Oder in einem externen Text? Oder sonst was? -- Cecil 10:02, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Can this be licensed?

The Albanians, a scattered peopleIts from a newspaper.Can this be licensed? Megistias 10:35, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Unfortunately not, it is quite certainly copyrighted. --rimshottalk 10:47, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
Thought so.Could it be released if i mail the newspaper or will i have to recreate it?Megistias 10:52, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
The newspaper cites "Rexhep Qosja, La question albanaise", so they probably did not make the map themselves, and cannot give permission to use it. If they just used data from the book, and from that created the map, they would have the rights to it. In that case, it could be released if you mail them, but chances are low that they'll do it.
On the other hand, as data cannot be copyrighted, you are free to recreate the map. Make sure that you don't just copy the image, but really create the map as you would given only the data. --rimshottalk 11:57, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
Ok i sent them an email in their Contact “Le Monde diplomatique”.If they refuse its back to the drawing board!Megistias 13:40, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
You can find maps to start with here. --rimshottalk 13:59, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Article

i want to update a article about student film culture in srilanka.

it is too complicate update and crate article here. can you inform me simple method --the preceding unsigned comment was added by Maladew (talk • contribs) 12:48, 4. Feb. 2008

This here is Commons. We have pictures, videos, audios, and gallerys, but no articles (see Commons:Project scope). Please go to Wikipedia for articles. -- Cecil 11:55, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
Hi, at this site we do not have articles, we only have media files (images, videos and so). If you want to create an article, you can do so at Wikipedia. The help page for the English language Wikipedia is here. You can find a Wikipedia in your language here. Best regards, --rimshottalk 11:57, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Category:Books by country - categorize by author or the nation where the image comes from is published?

I'm just clarifying that this would be by the author's country of origin, e.g. anything relating to the Tarzan novel go into Books of the United States because Edgar Rice Burroughs was American, even though the character is British. The reason I'm asking is that User:Mdd4696 has undertaken a project to digitize The Writings of Charles Dickens. These have been categorized in the Books of the United States, I'm presuming because he has been photographing an American edition that is held by the Rochester Institute of Technology library. However shouldn't they been in the UK categories? Note that there is already an existing Charles Dickens category, so there is overcategorization. --BrokenSphere 04:48, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

personality rights

I recently uploaded Image:Chris Taylor cropped.jpg and the user who checked the Flickr review template (User:RedCoat) added the template:Template:personality rights to the page.

I don't understand this and could someone please explain? SpecialWindler 09:49, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

From the template: "The use of images of living or recently deceased individuals is, in some jurisdictions, restricted by laws pertaining to personality rights, independent from their copyright status." No problem, you can use the image (in Australia, for instance), it's just a warning for some who may to wish it. giggy (:O) 10:08, 5 February 2008 (UTC)
Hello SpecialWindler. As Giggy has explained, the template itself is more of a "warning", so to speak. As a rule of thumb, the person’s consent is usually unnecessary for photographs taken in public places, but is often needed for photographs taken in a private place. So you can rest assured that the image will not be deleted etc., seeing as it was taken in what appears to be a public place.
The notion of "personality rights" arises largely to protect a subject/person’s moral rights. For example, an image would infringe the subject's personality rights when the subject is being defamed: the usual example is an identifiable girl labelled as an "obese girl". You may wish to read up on the topic at Commons:Photographs of identifiable people. RedCoat 15:32, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Borrar imagenes

Intento borrar las siguiente imágenes que yo mismo pretendía colgar en la web:

reloj_tintin.jpg 02-07-05_1448.jpg

¿Cómo tengo que hacerlo? Walserio

No puedes hacerlo. O bien abres una consulta de borrado o usas {{speedy}} si el motivo de borrado es claro. reloj_tintin.jpg ya lo habían borrado por ser una violación de copyright y Image:02-07-05_1448.jpg te lo borro ahora por estar copiado de un libro (podría argumentarse que es libre, pero no lo haces). --Platonides 22:21, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

problème de photos

Bonjour,

j'essaie de mettre en ligne des photos dont j'ai acheté les droits sur guetty image mais il semble y avoir un problème de licence car elles sont continuellement refuséés.

J'ai la phrase suivante qui m'a ete communiqué par guetty image lors de l'achat

LICENSE TERMS Below the line for 1 year from the date of the assignment Territory: worldwide This license includes distribution to media (via imagenet or other Boucheron’s internal tools) for editorial use, press kits and press releases, internal company use This licence do not include: advertisments (print, web, mobile), displays indoor/outdoor, brouchure or marketing collateral, books’ covers or interior Any commercial use (e.g., ad campaigns) requires additional clearance.

Dois je la mettre quelque part, et que dois je mettre dans la fiche de renseignements a remplir????

Merci pour votre aide

Tu n'as pas acheté des droits illimité. Les droits, entre d'autres, n'incluent pas l'utilisation commerciale. Sans cela, les images ne peuvent être employé aux Commons. En plus, je pense que les droits sont limités à un an. Vois Commons:À propos des licences. Peut-être ils peuvent être téléchargées a la Wikipedia, mais je ne suis pas sûr. --rimshottalk 15:17, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Category:Media requiring renaming

THERE ARE ONLY 26 FILES IN THAT CATEGORY!

Things are clearly NOT USUAL here! Help? -- carol 22:14, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Renaming is done by a bot now, see also this discussion. --rimshottalk 22:26, 6 February 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, maybe I was mistaken then. I thought that 'Media requiring renaming' was one of the N-pillars of English Wikipedia.... -- carol 00:14, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
I don't know about N-pillars, but the bot has only started operating very recently, as in, a few days ago. --rimshottalk 12:03, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

I need help for image license

So yesterday I have uploaded image bu it was deleted [2]. This photo was made by people who worked in our project about Marine Mammal Research in Far East of Russia, and actually belong to our project. This image is free for non commercial use. So when I put this image under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. So but its not work... Please help, because I would like to keep this image available for wikipedia.

Wldland 23:59, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

And one more question about this file [3]. This is mine own work and I never put this image to Flickr. And I have no Idea why I should do something about Flickr.

Wldland 00:11, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

Hundrends of copyright violations from User:Nttc

Hi, I am very concerned by User:Nttc and their image uploads. Every upload (hundreds of them) are a direct copyright violation that should be subject to speedy deletion.

User:Nttc has listed the licensing on every image I've seen as:

  • "Copyrighted free use provided that Tourism NT is always credited as the image provider even when passing it to third parties and where possible a link is provided to the website http://www.travelnt.com".

However if you follow the link and look at the website you will find:

  • "Other material contained in Tourism NT web pages, including but not limited to text, images and sound, is subject to copyright. Copyright may be owned by Tourism NT or third parties. Other than as permitted by the Copyright Act, NO PART OF ANY MATERIAL contained in Tourism NT web pages can be reproduced, copied or transmitted in any form or by any means"... http://en.travelnt.com/copyright-and-legal.aspx

I have put speedy deletion templates on some images, but I can go through all of them, review them and apply the template. Can an administrator(s) please help with these issues? Ansett 07:59, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

Discussion now at Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard#Hundrends_of_copyright_violations_from_User:Nttc, as this may require admin intervention. Please don't comment here. giggy (:O) 08:31, 8 February 2008 (UTC)

is this a fair use? Edward Said as a child was on wiki

at this website http://www.adelaide.edu.au/esml/legacy/

Edward said and sister.jpg How about this second photo I found it at Google engine for free license photos:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.revisionisthistory.org/images/tank_boy.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.revisionisthistory.org/palestine.html&h=197&w=216&sz=10&hl=en&start=4&um=1&tbnid=xjoxGHxnd8_9iM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=107&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpalestinian%2Bdavid%2B%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

and finally this last photo from same google engine for free images (arab traditional dress):

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.arab2.com/arab-traditional-dress/images/saudi-palestine.gif&imgrefurl=http://annies-letters.blogspot.com/2007_09_02_archive.html&h=750&w=500&sz=339&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=M_xvscYdgE0bHM:&tbnh=141&tbnw=94&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dedward%2Bsaid%2Band%2Bsister%2Btraditional%2Bdress%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-US%26sa%3DN the preceding unsigned comment was added by 75.72.88.121 (talk • contribs) 11:09, February 8, 2008 (UTC)

They all can be used under fair use (depends on the local wiki's policy), but remember "fair use" images are not allowed on Commons. →Яocket°°° 21:00, 8 February 2008 (UTC)


Wrong license on Image:Shartava19931.jpg

This image is according to the description a screenshot from a YouTube video, but the uploader has placed the image in the public domain. I think the rights to this image belongs to either YouTube or the author of the orriginal video. What should I do in this case? --Morten LJ 14:37, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Tag it as a {{copyvio}}. LX (talk, contribs) 15:09, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

problema con las licencias

he subido unas cuatro imagenes que no tenian licencia, y me ha llegado un mensaje de que seran borradas en siete dias si no les pongo una licencia y ademas dice que si subi muchas imagenes sin licencia me bloquearan de editar en commons, cuatro imagenes son muchas? y lo unico que haran sera borrarlas? the preceding unsigned comment was added by Cascas2 (talk • contribs) 23:20, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Question about using your photos....

Hello There,

Are the photos uploaded on your website Royalty Free Stock Photography? Can I use your photos and if so - What are the limitatios? Do I have to buy a license or Do I contac the author/artist in order to do so?

I work for the Government, the State of Connecticut, which has about eighty agencies and the photos will be display in the State's website for the purpose of enhancing the site.

Please advise at your earliest convenience.

Thank you

Margie Hasen margie.hasen@ct.gov

All photos found here can be used royalty-free on your website. You do not have to ask for permission. Depending on the license, you may have to credit the author of the picture. There can be other restrictions, depending on the particular license. The license for each photo is found of the photo page itself. A more thorough explanation of how to use content found here is Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. --rimshottalk 14:27, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Upload form redesign: beta-testers needed

Re Commons:Village pump/Archive/2008Jan#The design of our upload form:

After the generally favorable responses to my initial announcement, there have been several enhancements made to this script. It is basically finished now. I would like to have some beta-testers try out these new upload forms, especially people not using Firefox/IE6 on Windows. Could you spare 15 minutes to half an hour and beta-test the redesigned upload forms? Then please see MediaWiki talk:UploadForm.js#Beta-testing. Thank you, Lupo 17:25, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

P.S.: I also would like to encourage new or inexperienced users to help testing these forms! Lupo 17:25, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Image:Kingdom hearts toy.jpg - copyright violation???

I don't understand why this image Image:Kingdom hearts toy.jpg is going to be deleted. It's not a copyright violation... If images like these... Image:Zelda_oracle_of_ages_gbc_cartridge_by_zeartul.jpg (contains a copyrighted logo), Image:Gold-colored-Legend-of-Zelda-cartridge.jpg (copyrighted logo), Image:Potion 6.JPG (copyrighted artworks/images) or Image:TOYOTA ist Pikachu Car.jpg can be kept, why not the Kingdom Hearts one??? Eacz12 20:40, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

I requested deletion of images you mentioned. --EugeneZelenko 15:35, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
Not the Zelda ones. Why??
They're part of this deletion request, the notice was missing. --rimshottalk 16:40, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
See Commons:Derivative works. There is no pre-approval process for images on Commons, so the other images you've found are probably mostly a case of en:Wikipedia:Other stuff exists. LX (talk, contribs) 17:07, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Which license?

Hello again, somewhere above I asked about uploading a copyrighted political symbol. I am now seeking permission from the website but am unsure which license(s) apply. I want to ensure the symbol can't be appropriated or restricted by a distributor somewhere down the line, but at the same time I don't want to put obstacles in the way of its stand-alone use for political purposes.

Ideally I think I'd be looking at a license which stipulates ShareAlike but not FullText or Attribution. The nearest appears to be Copyrighted free use but this does not seem to retain any rights to the work at all. cc-sa-1.0 would have been better, but it's been retired.

I am pondering whether cc-by-sa-3.0 will do the trick, perhaps in conjunction with GFDL. But would the image description page need to append the copyright-holder's explicit permission for unattributed use by groups and individuals in a political context? If so, where should this be inserted and how would it need to be phrased? If not, what's the alternative? Gnostrat 01:50, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

The reason CC-SA-1.0 is retired is because there wasn't a huge demand for it and CC wanted to concentrate their focus on the more popular ones and simplify users options. It's still a valid license so you could use it, however, after talking with some people connected with CC, they advised me to go with CC-BY-SA-3.0 and simply waive the right to attribution (entirely or in whatever context you want), which you can do under any CC license since you remain the copyright holder. →Rocket°°° 01:59, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
Ok, thanks for that. I reckon I'll go with a dual license (GFDL & CC-BY-SA-3.0) and no doubt the actual copyright-holder (not me!) will agree to insert a waiver into the standard declaration of permission. Gnostrat 02:41, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Are renditions/recreations the same as replicas?

I sent an inquiry to the en:Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum (Commons cat) in San Jose, CA re. the Egyptian statues in front of the museum and in the surrounding Rosicrucian Park to clarify if these are replicas of PD artworks, the email and the response are below:

2/11

Hi,

I'm wondering if the sculptures outside the museum (e.g. Tawaret, the ram sphinxes) and in Rosicrucian Park (the human sphinxes, Horus eagles) are scale replicas based on original sculptures or on 2D artwork. Thanks.


2/12

Dear -----,

Thank you for your interest in the sculpture of Rosicrucian Park. The statue of Twaret in front of the museum, as well as the ram-headed sphinxes (called criosphinxes), are artistic renditions of original Egyptian sculpture. The human-headed sphinxes (androsphinxes) are also recreations from Roman-age Egyptian sculpture. The Horus falcons are replicas of real statues that flank the entrance to Edfu temple in Egypt. I believe most of the statues are true to scale. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Ryan Gross
Assistant Curator
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
(408) 947-3602
rgross@rosicrucian.org

Given that he says that some are renditions/recreations, does the copyright for these then lie with the sculptors? BrokenSphere 17:53, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Search problem

Why is it that a search on Anastas fails to find this image? The image was uploaded in 2005, yet the Commons search still can't find it! The word Anastas occurs both in the title and the description (it is a picture of Paul Anastas). What am I doing wrong, or is this a technical problem? Walkerma 19:39, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

It's the second search result for me. --rimshottalk 20:52, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
For me, too. --GeorgHHtalk   22:01, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Photo of a cemetery monument by hans schuler

I want to upload a photo I took of a public cemetery monument by hans schuler (sculptor) for the article Hans Schuler. Can someone please tell me what the tag/permission/etc. is? MarylandArtlover 23:27, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Some links would help. Do you mean en:Hans Schuler and en:Image:Schuler_Lanier1.jpg? Lupo 23:37, 15 February 2008 (UTC)
It is a photograph that you took? If so, then you will need to make some decisions about how it gets used. The list of licenses that are accepted here is very long. Commons:Copyright_tags is the full list. Some shortcuts to areas that might be helpful to you on that page: Public Domain {{PD-self}} and {{PD-user|username}} stand out to me, but scroll in that section as there might be something specifically for your country. Commons:Copyright_tags#GNU_Licenses is where the {{GFDL}} licences are with a warning (that I have not read before but kind of knew) about using this license for images. Creative Commons licenses these were made with photographs and images in mind from the beginning. What I have heard and read is that the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike is the license that most resembles the 'spirit' of GNU ideology, in that it does not restrict use of the image commercially and requires that the artist/photograph be credited if the image is used. Probably it is best to read the licenses though.
When uploading the images, there should be some sort of interface which allows you to choose one of these licenses (although due to moving images from other wiki to here, the options might seem confusing when compared to the list on the license page).
Now that I have written this, I might need to look at the licenses I have chosen for some of my recent uploads, thanks for asking, as it was a good review for me! -- carol 01:31, 16 February 2008 (UTC)
Well, if it is en:Image:Schuler_Lanier1.jpg, please first figure out whether the sculpture is copyrighted. If so, the image can be opublished under a "free" license only with the consent of the rights owner of the copyright on the sculpture; see derivative works. Schuler died 1951, the sculpture dates to 1941. Lupo 08:38, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

PLEASE REMOVE PROPHET (SAW) PICTURES FROM WIKIPEDIA

I SAMIUDDIN_AHMED2004@YAHOO.COM HAS A COMPLAIN ABOUT WIKIPEDIA

WIKIPEDIA IS VIEWING PICTURES OF MUHAMMED(SAW).......IT IS PROHIBITED IN ISLAM.....PLZZ DELETE PICTURES OF PROPHET MUHAMMED (SAW) PICTURES.....OR ELSE WIKIPEDIA IS TRYING RACIALLY DISCRIMINATE ALL MUSLIMS....PLZZZZ DELETE ALL PROPHET MOHAMMED (SAW) PICTURES......

THANKING YOU

REGARDS

SAMIUDDIN_AHMED2004@YAHOO.COM the preceding unsigned comment was added by 121.246.149.49 (talk • contribs) 15:23, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, I think you've misunderstood the purpose of Wikimedia Commons.
Most of the images were created by Muslim scholars prior to the conception of the idea that depiction of Muhammed or other individuals was inappropriate. They are historically relevant and useful in illustrating the history of Islamic art. They are in the public domain, and displaying them here does not violate any applicable laws, nor does it constitute racial discrimination. (Muslims are not a race.)
Wikimedia Commons does not censor its contents merely because it could be conceived as offensive by someone. If you are offended by an image, please feel free not to look at it.
And please consider turning off your caps lock key. Writing in all caps is usually considered equivalent to screaming at your readers. LX (talk, contribs) 15:38, 9 February 2008 (UTC)
To the orriginal poster: See this page for instructions on hiding the image on the Muhammed article on Wikipedia.
LX: For general information, in my home country (Denmark) racism by court ruling has a more broad definition which includes religious groups; this might be the case in other countries as well. --Morten LJ 16:08, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

It is illegal in islam to draw pictures of MUhammad because it interferes in the riligion itself, since prophet said that who see him in a dream it is for real and prophecy is real! so I guess you are interfereing in their religion.Don't major in minor things 13:10, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

People who believe that creating images of Muhammed is contrary their own interpretation of Islam are free not to create images of Muhammed. Our hosting of historical Islamic works of art does not interfere with any individual's freedom to practice their own religion, except if they believe that practicing their religion requires them to interfere with other people's freedom of speech and eradicate our common cultural heritage. LX (talk, contribs) 15:01, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Uploading new versions of images

Hi. I'm active on Wikipedia and I need to upload an improved version of this image before nominating it for FP. Before simply uploading a new version, I wanted to see if there was some way to "link" it with the original image—not necessarily replacing it, but it seems redundant to have two of the same images, without a clear record of both, on each photo's page. Thanks. —DMCer 02:29, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Anyone...?—DMCer 08:25, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
The information template has a |other_versions= area. When I was uploading repaired versions of images (a task that I found to be very discouraging, btw) I liked to put a thumbnail of the original version in the case that a superior repair could be produced by either someone else or me later. There the rumor of a workshop for how to repair images that is in the making for some time now by User:Durova and you might want to check there for the last word on anything and everything involving the renovation of old images and the uploading of them to commons; a genuine GFDL success story if ever I have seen one.... -- carol 08:40, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Upload Big PDF

I would like to upload a big PDF (25,8 MiB) with facsimile and text from the Constitutio Criminalis Theresiana (1769). Everytime, when i click on Upload i came another time to the Upload-Page, mostly not complet loades in my browser. Opera 9.25 or Firefox 2.0.0.12 --Fg68at de:Disk 18:52, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Have you tried Commonist? It may help with big files. — Kalan ? 12:42, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Notification to use on other wiki's

I've just nominated a photo for speedy deltion due to copyright issues. Then, of course, I should inform the involved user. However, the indicated template for doing this only works on wiki commons; not on English wiki where this user has his account. For now I've written a similar text manually, but clearly there must be a better way of doing it. So, I'd greatly appreciate if someone could help me with what templates should be used for these cross-wiki speedy deletion notifications? Thanks. Rabo3 12:54, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

There is no common notification methods. Although you can always create a subpage in your userspace to copy from every time you need the modification. A JavaScript is also possible... — Kalan ? 12:42, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Image:Jerusalem Arab cafe.jpg

this picture is made 1858 by photographer E Pertiolli died 19th century, could be used as fair use or PD OLD, right?Don't major in minor things 13:06, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Is it Pertiolli or Periotti? A source would be nice, to see whether the picture was really made by Pertiolli/Periotti/whatever the name is. In principle, however, {{PD-old}} is correct. --rimshottalk 13:25, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

My images

Dear Sir / Madam, Please check my last three images (i.e. 1, 2, 3) uploaded and pls let me know about the licence I've provided is ok. I'm going to upload more images to make quality en.wikipedia where articles where image is essential. I had problem with WP uploading it. That is the reason why I'm here. I'm waiting for these results. Thanks. --Avineshjose 06:44, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

"A license can only be granted by the copyright holder, which is usually the author (photographer, painter or similar)." "Material under the fair use clause is not allowed on the Commons." Both of these statements are direct quotes from Commons:Licensing and would have answered your question in the negatory. Please read it before uploading any more files. LX (talk, contribs) 07:20, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
Negatory? Do you mean." The answer is No ". I bow to you copyright expertise but I looked at the statement that Avineshjose made and I because I teach English to a Gujerati, who is using English as her fourth Language after Sanscrit and Hindi, I read it differently.
The owner has the copyright & contact the webmaster of the aforsaid webpage for any future use of it. This file uploaded to be included English Wikipedia on the article for Santhosh George Kulangara.
It could read I, the photographer and owner of the copyright, say it may be used on Wikipedia and for any future use The grammar structure is Indic, even if the words are European. To explain his reasons for uploading he has said in the second sentence where the image will be useful. So the intention is classic CC-BY-SA.
More likely, is that user Avineshjose has found an image that is already CC-BY-SA, and wants to know how he writes the licence statement on Commons.
Sadly, image 3 looks as if it was an official NASA photo of the trip and would by PD under US law (I don't know- it wouldn't be if it were a ESA photo), but it could be that the subject of the photo is doing a copyvio placing the photo on his site on a CC-BY_SA. So, I think we must ask Avineshjose for more information about each image before we can give him the answer "Yes, you can" or "No, you can't" ClemRutter 17:25, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
Regarding Image:SGK zerogravity.jpg, Zero Gravity Corporation is a private company, and offer their flights to a lot of private citizens (some of whom, as we can see, bring their own cameras), so there's no reason to assume it's a NASA photo. --dave pape 18:28, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
That's what I meant, yeah. The images have been recreated (outside of process) with different descriptions. The original description essentially read "Fair use rationale for a living person, copyright mentioned in the webpage. Uploaded file to use in En wikipedia about the article for Santhosh George Kulangarahttp://www.santhoshgeorge.com/president_sgk.php / http://www.santhoshgeorge.com/life_shots.php / http://www.santhoshgeorge.com/space_mission.php … copyright mentioned in the webpage … {{GFDL}}". LX (talk, contribs) 23:03, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
I would like to contest the deletion and I spoke to the author/owner of the images. They said they are ready to provide copyright (permission) to use in en.wikipedia. If needed, they are ready to write permission letter from the company official e-mail id to commons. I'd posted it here also. --avinj 05:13, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
copyright permission already sent to the following id: permissions-commons@wikimedia.org from the webmaster of the company i.e www.labourindia.com & www.santhoshgeorge.com . please look at the email & do the necessary work accordingly. Thanks a lot. --avinj 06:21, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
{{Permission}} to use in English Wikipedia is not sufficient; it must be free for anyone to use in any context. You will need to obtain a statement asserting the copyright and putting the work under a free licence (or into the public domain). See Commons:Email templates. You may then request undeletion at Commons:Undeletion requests. LX (talk, contribs) 07:13, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
Resolved issue. Thanks. --avinj 08:43, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Scan of photo of old Dutch painting from a book

Can I upload a scan of a photograph of an Dutch painting of the galleon Prince Royal by Cornelis Vroom in 1613. The photograph is in a book The Great Age of Sail Copyright 1967 by Edita S.A. Lausanne, Switzerland.the preceding unsigned comment was added by Tvbanfield (talk • contribs)

Yes, you should be able to upload it, with the coyright-tag {{PD-Art}}. --rimshottalk 21:30, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

License for modified US Government Work

I have annotated a US Government NOAA map. What should the license tag be?the preceding unsigned comment was added by RogerTaft (talk • contribs)

I would {{PD-USGov-NOAA}} and {{GFDL-retouched}} -- until I get corrected here about this. -- carol 21:50, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
  • I would retain the changes as PD with {{PD-retouched-user}}. -Nard 21:52, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
    • Yow! A new one for me, thanks -- carol 02:17, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Magazine Cover

How would I properly label and license a scanned Australian magazine cover from last year (2007)?the preceding unsigned comment was added by M173627 (talk • contribs)

The cover is certainly still copyrighted. This means that you may not upload it here. See COM:L. --rimshottalk 21:40, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

how to upload pix to a specific category?

I wish to upload an image which is entirely my own work. I can find the category to which the image belongs: Mexican coins. There are 14 images there. However when I upload an image it apparently will only go to a general category. Is there any way I can upload an image to a specific category? the preceding unsigned comment was added by Johnkrawczyk (talk • contribs) 00:29, 19 February 2008

See Commons:First steps/Sorting. Categories can be changed after uploading as well. LX (talk, contribs) 07:15, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Searching by image dimensions?

I'd like to find many images that are 800x640 pixels, or the same ratio. How can I do this please? Looking at special:search didn't have that option, neither did Mayflower. I don't care how big the filesize is, just the X pixel by Y pixel dimensions. Thank you! 92.233.27.227 15:51, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

I don't know about a search option for that, but Category:Commons featured desktop backgrounds has a lot of image that have a similar ratio. --rimshottalk 16:11, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Are images on Wikimedia OK to download and publish in print or are they copywright protected?

Check Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. Herr Kriss 02:13, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Information template breaking

Hello! I uploaded Image:Krazy Kat panel.jpg, and for some reason the Template:Information is breaking. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Thanks! — Dulcem 09:39, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Unbalanced template delimiters, see [4]. HTH--GrafZahl (talk) 10:06, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
Ah, thanks! — Dulcem 11:06, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Copyright question: Topsys and Turvys by Peter Newell

Hi, my girlfriend got an edition of Topsys and Turvys by Peter Newell and we wonder whether it's eligible for upload on Commons. Here are the facts:

  • We're located in Europe.
  • Peter Newell was a US citizen who died in 1924.
  • His Topsys and Turvys childrens' books were first published in the US in 1893 and 1894. They consist of drawings that can be turned upside down, each of which is accompanied by a small rhyme.
  • Our specific edition is a Dover republication, published in the US in 1964. It does not bear a copyright notice. The verso text of the front flap says that it's a "selection" from editions published in 1894 and 1902 in the US.
  • There is no copyright renewal record. But I guess 1964 is one year too late for that to have any meaning.

Our concern is that the "selection" may have acquired its own copyright, which, despite being published in the US without a copyright notice, may still be active in Europe. What do you think, can we upload the whole book? If that's not possible, can we at least upload the pages as separate images (so the "selection" is not reproduced)?

Of course, if someone can get their hands on the original editions, that would be even better.--GrafZahl (talk) 10:29, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Please verify

Image:MakaraJyothi.jpg . Is there any problem with this? If it is ok, I want to add this to the en.wikipedia article, i.e Makara Jyothi. Please comment. --avinj 06:27, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

bot tagged it n my talk pg. {help me} to chose a licence. This image is useful to include Makara Jyothi article. --avinj 06:30, 21 February 2008 (UTC)
The right tag would have been {{copyvio}}, which is of course a speedy deletion tag. Screenshots of television shows are derivative works of the original copyrighted broadcast. Surya TV does not publish its works under a free licence. {{PD-ineligible}} as you had tagged it does not apply to still photographs or video footage of this kind; it's intended mainly for things like simple diagrams of chemical formulas. LX (talk, contribs) 21:30, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

forgotten password

I registered yesterday but went to complete the registration today and can't remember which password i used, please help!

If you have stated an emailadress during the registration, just go to the login-form, enter your Username and click on "send password". You will get a temporary password to your emailaccount. If you have not done that, I think you have to register again. -- Cecil 14:34, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

How I can add GPS information to picture

in original picture Image:Salorailwaystation1.jpg are GPS information added, how I can add this information to the picture that I created--Motopark 15:07, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

Make - Nokia Model - E90 Orientation - Top left XResolution - 300 YResolution - 300 ResolutionUnit - Inch YCbCrPositioning - Centered ExifOffset - 144 ExposureTime - 1/333.3 seconds FNumber - 2.80 ISOSpeedRatings - 100 ExifVersion - 0220 DateTimeOriginal - 2008:02:22 16:10:05 DateTimeDigitized - 2008:02:22 16:10:05 ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr ShutterSpeedValue - 1/333 seconds ApertureValue - F 2.80 LightSource - Auto Flash - Not fired, auto mode FocalLength - 5.60 mm FlashPixVersion - 0100 ColorSpace - sRGB ExifImageWidth - 2048 ExifImageHeight - 1536 CustomRendered - Normal process ExposureMode - Auto White Balance - Auto DigitalZoomRatio - 1.00 x SceneCaptureType - Standard GainControl - None

GPS information: - GPSVersionID - 2.2.0.0 GPSLatitudeRef - N GPSLatitude - 60 23 4.62 GPSLongitudeRef - E GPSLongitude - 23 7 19.14 GPSAltitudeRef - Sea level GPSAltitude - 24.00 m GPSTimeStamp - 0 0 0

Maker Note (Vendor): -

Thumbnail: - Compression - 6 (JPG) XResolution - 72 YResolution - 72 ResolutionUnit - Inch JpegIFOffset - 3294 JpegIFByteCount - 17396

You could use {{Location}}. See also Commons:Geocoding. --EugeneZelenko 15:42, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

can not find my pisture in commons

I have uploaded (or I have tryed to) a picture: Image:Apoptosis pathways poster.jpg But I can not find it in search on the side? What did I wrong? Best regards vanwerveke the preceding unsigned comment was added by Vanwerveke (talk • contribs) 18:55, 21. Feb. 2008

Image:Apoptosis pathways poster.jpg. It can take some time before the search engine knows about it. Have you really drawn that thing yourself as worker at that company (and they allowed you to use it your way) or did you just enter your name at the author-field because of you being the uploader. In the first case you should be aware that the picture contains the company logo which is now also licenced the same way as the rest of the picture. In the second case you should be aware that the company has reserved all rights to the things they have published and this thing would be published here without permission. In both cases a permission (see COM:OTRS) is needed to proof that you have the permission of the company to publish it here under a free licence. -- Cecil 18:29, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

ok thank you for the information. You are right, I was just one of the persons working on this poster and I am working for the company that you can see o the poster- so I should first read all that I should know about the rights before I put the poster finally online. HOw can I delete the poster until I know what sort of rights I should use? Thank you vanwerveke

I have deleted it for now. Suggest you re-upload without the company logo, and get company permission (assuming the company owns the copyright) sent to OTRS (see COM:OTRS). regards. --MichaelMaggs 22:04, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

Hello,

I'm writing a blog post about Google, and I'm wondering if it would violate copyrights or trademarks to make a parody of their logo. I don't think anyone would get my blog mixed up with a competitor for Google, but I'm wondering if this would be against the law anyway.

Thank you for your help.

-Bennett Gordon

We cannot give legal advice. Please ask a lawyer. Lupo 22:49, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

New Account: Can someone move this image overtop the old one?

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Layout_engine_usage_share-new.svg should overwrite http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Layout_engine_usage_share.svg. All I've done is make the image scalable when viewed standalone for pages like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers. My account is too new apparently, I got this warning when trying to do so: ""A file with this name exists already. You can't upload a new version because your account is too new. Please go back and upload the file under a new name. Once you've done that, you can ask someone at the Help desk to move your file to the name you want. ". So now I've followed the entire process... I think I need a shower ;) Jeff schiller 18:55, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi Jeff,
thanks for your patience. Unfortunately Image:Layout engine usage share-new.svg appears to be missing some dimension info? It says it is 256 × 256. So it looks worse than the original... --pfctdayelise (说什么?) 06:37, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Hilfe!!!

Ich möchte gerne das Bild auf http://www.welt.de/multimedia/archive/00233/wien_uebersicht_DW__233664g.jpg hochladen, weiß aber leider nicht, was ich jetzt als nächsten Schrtt machen sollte. Wie erwerbe ich die Lizenz dafür? Danke für eine ausführliche erklärung im Voraus.... the preceding unsigned comment was added by 212.88.188.232 (talk • contribs) 15:26, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

Du kannst bei welt.de nachfragen, wer der Lizenzinhaber ist. Das kann der Fotograf sein, eine Fotoagentur oder sonst eine Firma. Beim Fotografen oder der Firma kannst du fragen, ob sie bereit sind, das Bild unter einer freien Lizenz zu veroeffentlichen. Die Chance, dass sie das tun ist allerdings sehr gering. Vielleicht findest du ja in Category:Vienna ein passendes Bild. --rimshottalk 23:10, 22 February 2008 (UTC)
Und dann?? wenn sie doch zustimmen würden?
Dann koennen sie die Erlaubnis an COM:OTRS schicken, bzw. zu dir und du schickst die Mail dann weiter. Ganz wichtig dabei ist, dass die Email angeben muss unter welche freie Lizenz das Bild gestellt werden soll - Erlaubnis fuer Wikipedia reicht nicht. Wenn das passiert ist, kannst du das Bild hochladen, am besten gleich mit der Vorlage {{Otrs pending}}. Du solltest in der Email an OTRS natuerlich auch angeben, unter welchem Namen du das Bild hier hochlaedtst, damit dann jemand die Lizenz bestaetigen kann. --rimshottalk 18:20, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Unable to upload

Hi, i can't upload some images since yesterday, i dunno what's wrong. i got sometimes a "request error" message and most of the time i'm just throw back to the upload page. It happens to me with some png, svg and JPG images. (nearly 90% of my uploads are reject).

"Request Error (invalid_request)

Your request could not be processed. Request could not be handled This could be caused by a misconfiguration, or possibly a malformed request.

For assistance, contact your network support team."

any idea what it could be ? (i know i dont give enought information to figure it out, but i dont know much sorry) Lilyu 19:02, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

A server hiccup?
Can you upload the same files to other sites OK? If you still have problems in a couple of days, we can try to have a more detailed investigation to find out why. pfctdayelise (说什么?) 06:38, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Ok, more info : it has nothing to do with Commons... i cant upload either on Imageshack.us, and when uploading an image on Yahoo to send it to myself by email, it s truncated around 40 ko. Only a part of the image is uploaded.

i have change nothing on my computer, download nothing, and no virus detected... should i contact my ISP ? Yeah i know, my pb no longer concern wikimedia commons now... but well, i got 6 images i was asked to make, and guys are waiting for it :( Lilyu 16:36, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Ok, trouble found : my ISP has install new DNS, and it's all fucked up ... cya Lilyu 20:20, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Bot help with file renaming?

Somebody uploaded Image:Raúl Catsro.JPG and it came to be used in 189 pages in 54 projects. The problem is there's a typo in his name. I re-uploaded it as Image:Raúl Castro.JPG and tagged the original with {{duplicate}}, but I'm wondering if there's any bot for handling the mass-updating of links in these projects. I have a few cross-wiki accounts but a fix of this size is beyond my patience to do manually. Dgies 20:07, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

I listed it at User:CommonsDelinker/commands, so a bot will take care of this. --Matt314 22:05, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

Why noncommercial use is bad?

I have tried to find an official explanation for it, but neither {{noncommercial}} nor the FAQ nor any of our policies I looked at goes into any details. FAQ links discussion (Commons_talk:Licensing/Explaining_why_Derivative_Work_and_Commercial_Use_must_be_allowed) in a footnote but it is hardly a proper explanation, with the second poster stating "This is exactly the wrong explanation" and part of the discussion being in non-English :) So: did I miss some (apparently well-hidden) official explanation of why Commons does not allow non-commercial images, or are we in need of writing one? PS. Crossposted to VP.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 17:15, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

The founders and participants presumably want the resulting contents to be usable by anyone for any purpose, not just noncommercial purposes. I don't think anyone dislikes noncommercial uses; it's the limiting of the allowable uses to exclude commercial uses (and other arbitrary limitations) that's bad. LX (talk, contribs) 20:05, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Publication question

I would like to publish image #533232 / Local Identifier: 165-JT-230 of whipped slave photo in my new book. Are there any restrictions? Who permission do I get? And, can I get permission in writing for liability purposes?

My book will be published in the USA.

Thank you.

Felicia Boissiere mediamatchusa@yahoo.com the preceding unsigned comment was added by 4.246.247.198 (talk • contribs) 19:23, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

I'm guessing you mean Image:Cicatrices de flagellation sur un esclave.jpg. According to the image description page and according to the National Archives, the photograph was taken in 1863 in the United States and the copyright has expired. LX (talk, contribs) 20:15, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Flickr question

If a public domain image (in this case a Soviet propaganda photo) is uploaded by a Flickr user under the "all rights reserved" license, even if the image is already in the public domain, can it still be uploaded here?--TBC 20:03, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Can you provide evidence that it is indeed in the public domain? LX (talk, contribs) 20:16, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
It's a propaganda photo taken by the Soviet Union and evidently taken before 1954 during the Soviet occupation of Berlin (as the globe in the picture, belonging to Hitler, was later either seized by the Soviets and moved to a museum, or taken by an American soldier [5]). As all works by the Soviet Union published before 1954 are currently in the public domain, this picture should be in the public domain as well. --TBC 21:05, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
Are you sure that the photo was made by the Soviet government? --Boricuæddie 21:11, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
The Flickr user who uploaded the picture claimed it was. Also, who else but the Soviet government would have been able to take a picture of Soviet soldiers during the fall of Berlin? --TBC 22:23, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
Apparently, there's a debate over Soviet photos over at Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Reichstag flag.jpg.--TBC 22:26, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
This New York Times article mentions the picture. Apparently taken in May 1945, so it should be public domain in the United States.--TBC 00:20, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
I don't think that it's anonymous shot (just necessary to view in several books about WWII printed in Soviet Union) and authorship in Russia belong to photographer, not state. See also Template talk:PD-Russia. --EugeneZelenko 15:12, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
And besides, the 1954 date is no longer valid. See Template talk:PD-Russia#Deprecate?. Lupo 15:30, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Question on use of 1909 circa photos from Syracuse University Library Collection

The Syracuse University Library has a collection of glass plate negatives of images from the Erie Railroad circa 1909 (http://library.syr.edu/information/spcollections/digital/erierr/). According to the library the images are in the public domain but they charge publication fees because they own the collection. Can they limit use of photographs in the public domain by claiming ownership? 68.84.37.97 00:48, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

How do you know that these images are in the public domain? They don't say so. They would only be PD if they were first published before 1923, or from 1923 to 1963 and their copyright was not renewed, or if they were first published 2003 or later. In all other cases, they are copyrighted. In particular they are most probably copyrighted if the were not published before 1978: Syracuse digitized those images in 2001, and if they also published them before December 31, 2002, these images are copyrighted until at least the end of 2047. Sorry, but such is U.S. law. Lupo 15:26, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
You asked how do I know these images are in the public domain. I asked the library and they said they are in the public domain. I mentioned that in my original post. Can something be in the public domain and still restricted? the preceding unsigned comment was added by 67.103.235.102 (talk • contribs) 10:28, February 27, 2008
They are able to still sell the photos if they are in the public domain; that is the definition of public domain: anybody can do anything they wish with the photo. That said, you may also be able to get away with putting a {{PD-old}} tag on the images if you can establish the date of the author's death. If not, the {{PD-US}} would not apply until 120 years after creation as an anonymous work: 2029. However, it would be easiest to try to establish when the works were first published: if Syracuse was the first to do so, or if someone else did so first (most likely). Patstuart (talk) 19:04, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

im new

hey, was wondering if i could post my own page? on like a subject of my choice? if so how do i do it please?

thanks in advance. james the preceding unsigned comment was added by 86.15.178.181 (talk • contribs) 10:03, February 27, 2008

Did you try looking at the help section on the navigation column on the left? --BrokenSphere 18:43, 27 February 2008

Tornado image

I am hoping to upload a photo of a tornado in 1982 that struck Marion, Illinois. Even though this image is on this National Weather Service page (the large picture) and technically in the public domain, it says the National Weather Service was given consent to use this photo. I thought I should ask if I can upload it, and if so what license I should choose. Thank you, Southern Illinois SKYWARN 23:44, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Signatures broken

We seem to have broken the signatures (~~~~) at Commons:Quality images candidates, probably something really simple but I can't figure it out. --Calibas 05:42, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

Seems to have happened with the introduction of the new parser, please see COM:VP#sigs_in_galleries_not_working --Matt314 11:14, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

Commons picture used by media

Is there any template we can use to indicate that a photo has been used by the media? Something similar to that used in Wikipedia, whereby an article was quoted by the media: en:Template:press. I found this photo taken by wikimedian User:Johnleemk used in the article: here. Kawaputra 10:40, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

While the servers were down I also discovered that 4 of my pics are also being used by a couple websites, 3 of them by WorldNews Network as the images for articles. BrokenSphere 17:45, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

I asked a similar question at the village pump a few months ago. Unless things have changed since then, the answer is no, no such template exists. I think it would be a good idea, though. Template:Published, maybe? jwillbur 22:53, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. It appears so far we only have something like this: Image talk:Absinthe-glass.jpg. Kawaputra 03:49, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
Does that published template have to go through some sort of approval process as a Commons template or can we start using it now? --BrokenSphere 17:53, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
I posted a notice at the village pump, which I think gets a wider readership than here. We'll see if anyone comments. jwillbur 21:21, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

How can i license this?

  • or this beltthe second one has bibliography quoted.Megistias 10:57, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
  • The central Balkan tribes in pre-Roman times: Triballi, Autariatae, Dardanians, Scordisci and Moesians by Fanula Papazoglu,ISBN-10: 9025607934,1978,Figure 20, p663,"Silver belt-plate, beginning or first half of second century BC, possibly depicting Scordiscian warriors, from Gostilje"
  • The above is the data for copyright on the belt beltMegistias 12:31, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
What is the proper permission for the Belt?Megistias 12:38, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

{{PD-Art|PD-old-100}} would be appropriate for the belt. For the other one, we need a better source, it looks like scanned from a book. Regards, Code·is·poetry 13:23, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Thankou i uploaded the belt.I have to find the book for the other one right?Megistias 13:33, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Today?

Is today leap year? -- carol 12:08, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

This whole year is a leap year. Its February 29th today, that doesn't happen in non-leap years ;) --rimshottalk 12:24, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
Heh, you are correct about the year stuff. :) -- thanks! carol 12:27, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
It is, however, leap day. Patstuart (talk) 19:40, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Book uploads

Being a Book Distributor, I like to upload some of our books on your website. Can u please send me a link to do that Mr Bali www.ippbooks.com <personal information removed> the preceding unsigned comment was added by 38.113.182.12 (talk • contribs)

Hi Mr. Bali. We certainly appreciate anybody who will upload their content as free content. Please feel free to get in contact with the foundation with the instructions outlined at {{no permission since}}. Patstuart (talk) 19:39, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Ministère de la défense France

Je voulais savoir si il était possible d'enregistrer et de diffuser le logo du ministère français de la défense ? http://www.cabane-environnement.fr/images/logo_ministere.jpg Foxpry 19:48, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Je dirais que c'est protégé, mais demandons les experts: Could the logo of the French Defense Minstry be uploaded? --Ibn Battuta