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Copyright help regarding File:Medieval market ms.jpg

The whole image page says it needs more information. I don't know if this will help, but there is another Wikimedia Commons picture that is a close up of this one.

The whole image says what document it is from. The partial image appears to give the date (15th Century).

Whole image:

partialСредневековые_ремесленники.jpg --SuannaD (talk) 15:49, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

If you meant a message in a red font, I added necessary parameters. Ruslik (talk) 16:21, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 16:44, 2 February 2013 (UTC): Licence was fixed

Why would the preview of an uploaded photo not show up, even though it's there?

I have recently uploaded a bunch of photos of locations in NZ - all are fine except one, which does not show up when you look at File:Waiau_Kauri_grove.jpg. If you click on one of the links (full res or one of the thumbnails), it works, so I know it's there, but on the main page, there's no image at all. I have tried purging (tab and manually), but no difference. Other photos I have uploaded exactly the same way are fine. Please let me know what the issue is, so I can avoid it in the future, thanks!

Pseudopanax (talk)

It is showing now. Ruslik (talk) 09:28, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
Ok that's weird - it won't show in my Firefox no matter what I refresh/purge/clear cache, but it does show in other browsers I have, so it must be some weird local thing. :This section was archived on a request by: Pseudopanax (talk) 01:03, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Diatrype bullata (wilgenschorsschijfje) De Twigen.JPG

--Famberhorst (talk) 16:39, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Can you provide a link to the place you got the images from that show a 'free licence' statement?--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:20, 29 January 2013 (UTC) State from sources: French Ozinga --Famberhorst (talk) 16:26, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

  • I think this and the above has the correct permissions, but Famberhorst doesn't see how to mark things correctly, and certainly did this in a way that did not preserve history. I'm traveling right now, and can only glance in. Could someone else please follow up & sort this out? Thanks in advance. - Jmabel ! talk 16:22, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Expert opinion needed on Inkscape drawing

I am trying to convert different bitmap images to SVG images, which are listed under "SVG version needed" category. Today I convert this one form here. Is it ok? How can I improve it more? Any suggestion please? --Freemesm (talk)12:58, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Why did you omit the text? Ruslik (talk) 16:11, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
Actually, it would be good to have one version without text, but also one with text. - Jmabel ! talk 16:25, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
Quality of the image is not very good. The text is blurry and some portion is almost non-readable. So I omit that. What about the quality of the SVG image? Any suggestion?-Freemesm (talk) 17:12, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Changing the page photo

hi there,

i have a better quality photo of Sergio Vega (bassist) which I would like to add to his page. There is already a photo posted there and I am not sure how to go about making a revision. I'm pretty computer illiterate and would appreciate user friendly instructions. Thanks so much! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dakotaaa (talk • contribs) 17:03, 2 February 2013‎ (UTC)

If you have a photo that is published under a free license (or one you've created yourself that you're willing to release under a free license) that allows anyone to use it for any purpose, including commercial purposes, go ahead and upload it under a new name. You should not overwrite the existing file with completely different photo. If you have any specific problems with the upload process, please come back and ask them here. After you've uploaded the file, you can edit the page that you would like to insert it into. LX (talk, contribs) 18:41, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Not anything creative to be copyrighted

I don't know where in commons to ask this, so I'll ask here. Wikipedia:Graphics Lab/Photography workshop thought that Heart and Soul 1961 Cleftones single is in the public domain as not anything creative to be copyrighted.[1] Do you think the same? If so, I'll move the file from Wikipedia to Commons and use the image in my DYK request. Thanks. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 22:50, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

The design of the record is indeed too simple to get copyright. Nevertheless in some cases the photographer could gain copyright. Did you take this image by yourself? --McZusatz (talk) 22:56, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
No, I obtained it from an ebay posting. I added PD-US-no notice and PD-ineligible licenses to the file. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 23:42, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
McZusatz, according to Commons policy, if a slavish copy(photo) of a public domain image(say an old painting) is still public domain, then a slavish copy(photo) of a public domain image (say a record label that is ineligible for copyright) is still public domain, right? So as far as its status as public domain, it doesn't matter who took the photo/scan, right? – JBarta (talk) 00:06, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
I would say this one is pretty safe. If you really wanted to cover your bases, since the only imaginably creative element is the inclusion of part but not all of the record surface, you could use GIMP or Photoshop take that to pure black or pure white, so as to simply show the copyright-ineligible label and a pure color to square it off, but I would think that in this case that is overkill. - Jmabel ! talk 05:29, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

I'm confused

In a template for a map of norway writes some sur user (NordNordWest) that if you do not credit him and graciously begging him for a license per. mail so he takes a lawyer to harass a while wrote a user in another answer to help drive that you can not disclaim copyright by putting images on the commons but only gives them permission to use them. but in learn-image says that allowing others to use your work without having to be informed or credited for it. how does that work? By the way thanks for the good tone here when even the German administrators come with legal threats to people. nice to know. --Gajolen (talk) 18:15, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

  • It would help a lot if you would link the template or image you are talking about. - Jmabel ! talk 18:36, 3 February 2013 (UTC) and go to learn, where the are write about you dont have copyright on the work anymore. With the user and the legal threat i mean File:Norway Hedmark location map.svg where the are write PS: In case of refusal of the above terms the author reserves the right to take legal action., as i taking as a legal threat. --Gajolen (talk) 18:43, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Convenience link: File:Norway Hedmark location map.svg. - Jmabel ! talk 23:02, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I don't love what he writes -- "In case of refusal of the above terms the author reserves the right to take legal action" -- but it's within our rules. You conform to the license, then no problem. You violate the license, he reserves the right to sue. I haven't ever sued anyone over taking my images from Commons withoug (for example) correctly attributing them, but I would also consider myself to reserve that right. I came pretty close when a Hearst newspaper used a photo of mine prominently on their web site without crediting me. - Jmabel ! talk 23:07, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
    • Question is, where "violate the license" starts. IMHO the conditions NNW lists in this template are not covered by CC BY-SA-3.0. He requires a link to the file on commons or/and a reference to the complete license text - But a simple note "CC BY-SA 3.0" will do to fulfill the license requirements! --Funfood 23:22, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
The license text requires either the copy of the license text or a link to the url of the license text. It also requires, if feasable, a link to the url specified by the author and that refers to the copyright statement or licensing information for the work. That is what the uploader requires. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:54, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
I agree with Jmabel's explanation. However, in the user's licensing statement, the positioning of his P.S. line is badly chosen and that may cause confusion. His P.S. line reads "PS: In case of refusal of the above terms the author reserves the right to take legal action." It refers to "the above terms" and it is positioned immediately below the optional requests. Instead, it should be better positioned, immediately below the statement of the legal obligations, and above the optional requests. That would help avoid confusion. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:54, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
I think you misinterpreted the UploadWizard information page. It says that the licensed work can be used without notifying the author. It does not say that the licensed work can be used without crediting the author. In general, the author must be credited. And it certainly does not say that the user does not have a copyright on his licensed work. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:54, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

USS Change Navy minesweeper photo

My dad was on the USS Change Navy minesweeper. He has an old photo from his collection taken on board ship showing the entire crew in 1945. How can I send it to you for inclusion on the Wikipedia page about this minesweeper? Thank you, Lynn Marshall — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lynnmarshall53 (talk • contribs)

First, you need to scan the photo into one of acceptable graphic formats (TIFF is the best). Then, if your father is not alive now, you as his heir can upload the photo directly to this project releasing it under an appropriate free license, {{Cc-by-3.0}} being preferable. If your father is still alive you can also upload the photo yourself but you will need to secure permission from your father to do this. (I assumed that your father was the photographer, but if not, you will need to know who the photographer was.) Ruslik (talk) 09:25, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:My Frenetic Flux.jpg

--Darknaff91 (talk) 10:34, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Looks like a promotional photo. Are you the photographer? If hot, has the photographer either released it under a "free license" or otherwise signed the rights over to you? If so, then please clarify here and someone can tag it correctly. If not, then you should not have uploaded it, and it should be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 16:22, 4 February 2013 (UTC)


I have found a Danish website ( with new and old pictures. The website, writes that it is built on the principle no copyright. Which, license do I need if I want to put pictures side up on the commons? --Gajolen (talk) 21:51, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

See: Category:PD-PDFnet. --McZusatz (talk) 22:10, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 17:05, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Tatsuentrance.jpg

I need a license for the file. --Starship9000 (talk) 15:13, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

What do you mean by "need a license"? Do you mean that you want to known the license under which the image is distributed? Or you want a specific license from the copyright holder? Ruslik (talk) 16:37, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
When you upload a file to Wikimedia Commons, you must provide a verifiable source. The only source information you provided was "Flickr". As Flickr contains literally billions of files, that's not really verifiable. Since you didn't provide the source address, FlickreviewR was unable to review the file. The only clue as to where you got the file from was that you stated that the author was "Roller Coaster Philosophy". Searching for this on Google, I was able to find that this is the nickname of a Flickr user named Jeremy Thompson. Now, searching his Flickr photostream for the phrase "Tatsu", I was able to find, which is what you should have given as the source. Others should not have to do this type of detective work to figure it out for you.
When you upload a file to Wikimedia Commons, you must also explain which free license it's published under or why it's in the public domain. On the source page which I found, we can see in the "License" section that it's published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license. That means that you're free to use and redistribute it, provided that you credit the author and state the license that it's published under. Redistributing it without doing those things constitutes copyright infringement and is illegal. Even though you didn't specify a license, you also claimed that you had forwarded the details of the licensing permission to our permission archive. That's obviously not true. Please don't misuse the {{OTRS pending}} tag again.
You also uploaded a scaled-down, very low-resolution version of the photo (768×1,024) rather than the full resolution version (2736×3648). All of these problems would have been avoided if you had used one of our automated tools for uploading files from Flickr, so please do that in the future.
I also placed the file in the more specific Category:Tatsu, rather than Category:Flying roller coasters and Category:Roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Always use the most specific categories applicable. LX (talk, contribs) 16:54, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 16:53, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Eureka Tower 01.jpg

Hi, "Eureka Tower 01.jpg" Eureka Tower and Yarra River - Melbourne.jpg was updated by a new version on 28/01/13. Today is 03/02/13, but the uploaded new image still looks distorted (at least from my PC screen). Does that mean the system of Wikimedia Commons take many days to update or because this problem only appears on my screen of the computer? Donaldytong (talk) 01:29, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

As for the visual, you should probably just clear your cache but this appears to be an entirely different photo, and should be uploaded under a new name even if they are both by you. The EXIF information does not match the date you indicate in the information template. If I were you, I would revert that photo and upload the new one under a different name. - Jmabel ! talk 05:34, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Jmabel for your advice. May I have your further help? I have many updated images to overwrite the old images because these newly uploaded images are updated to better quality images, e.g. recognized as Quality images by Wikimedia Commons. They were all worked perfectly. One recent example is "Port Melbourne Beacon Cove.jpg" Port Melbourne Beacon Cove.jpg. "Port Melbourne Beacon Cove" is the same image made by myself, but it is taken by different cameras on different date and used different file name, but overwrote the old image successfully. If I upload a new image separately, what about these links used by these related articles in the Wikipedia and websites of Wikimedia Commons? Should it be re-linked to different articles in Wikipedia or Wikimedia commons manually by myself (some images are linked with more than 20 related articles on Wikipedia and websites of Wikimedia Commons.)? Also what does the function of Upload a new version of this file mean in the system of Wikimedia Commons? Furthermore, I found this Eureka Tower and Yarra River - Melbourne.jpg distorted image only appears in the first click of the image enlarge. If you have a second click of this image enlarge, it works well. I think this is a system updating issue. Donaldytong (talk) 07:53, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
At User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands, you can request that any particular file be globally replaced on WMF projects with any other file. This should, of course, be used only for uncontroversial substitutions. It will usually get done within a few days.
The distorted image is a caching issue. It can happenn at several different points between the repository and your machine, but it usually clears itself pretty quickly.
Upload a new version of this file is intended mainly for technical fixes (e.g. improved color balance, minor crops to remove borders, etc.). Some of us also use it in the following manner: if we have an image that we have done Photoshop/GIMP work on, and have not yet uploaded to Commons, we first uplaod the image just as it came out of the camera and then upload the preferred version. This documents what came out of the camera vs. what was postprocessing; it also allows someone at a later date who wants to try different postprocessing to get back to the original as a basis.
By the way, when you want to refer to a file in a comment, use [[:File:Eureka Tower 01.jpg]], not [[File:Eureka Tower 01.jpg|50px]]. These show up, respectively, as File:Eureka Tower 01.jpg and Eureka Tower and Yarra River - Melbourne.jpg.
I hope that helps; let me know if you have further questions. - Jmabel ! talk 16:09, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Jmabel. I see your points. Donaldytong (talk) 11:18, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Are these edits vandalism?

I notice that an unregistered user has made a few edits that wrap <noinclude> </noinclude> around category tags on deletion debates. I can't quite think why that would be done?

Sun Ladder (talk) 14:10, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

The effect of the noinclude tag is that the pages (for example, "Commons:Deletion requests/Archive/2012/01/23") into which the deletion request page (for example, "Commons:Deletion requests/File:1027 RockDetente.png") is transcluded, will not be categorized in the category. Only the deletion request page itself should be categorized in the category, not all the other pages into which it may be transcluded. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:54, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
Ok. Seems like a shortcoming in the wiki software. If the categories should be wraped with <noinclude> </noinclude> shouldn't it be able to do it automatically for transcluded pages? Or failing that shouldn't a bot be doing it? Thanks Sun Ladder (talk) 16:11, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
No, because sometimes a template is used to deliberately include all images that use the template in a particular category. - Jmabel ! talk 00:09, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Davison cleaner fnal 1.png

I have been trying to upload images all day but it won't work. I've tried going through the wikimedia commons but it just won't work. Please help me RichardCacioppo (talk) 18:05, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

--RichardCacioppo (talk) 18:05, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

You'll have to be a bit more specific. The image referred to in the section header is fine (although it could use categories). What exactly are you trying and failing to do? - Jmabel ! talk 01:20, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Hi again Richard! You still haven't responded to my follow-up questions at Commons:Upload help#Uploading files. LX (talk, contribs) 10:43, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
I have created a wiki page. I have uploaded images to the commons to use on my page. For some reason when I try to upload a photo it tells me it's a duplicate, and won't add it to my page. I figured if I deleted all of my uploads and started again, I could do it the right way (assuming I was doing it the wrong way) but I can't even figure out how to delete my uploads. RichardCacioppo (talk) 18:17, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Ah! Good to see we're finally communicating! :) Let's continue the discussion over at Commons:Upload help#Uploading files to keep things in one place. LX (talk, contribs) 18:33, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:33, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:OOEKV logo-f.briefkopf.jpg

Ich erstelle gerade einen neuen Beitrag mit der "Oberösterreichische Kunstverein" von der Leitung des Kunstvereins bekam ich die freigegebenen Fotos, zu Teil stehen sie auch auf der Homepage des Vereins. Dieser gab die eingepflegten Fotos für Wikicommons frei, früher reichte "Courtesy of" und Namensnennung, was ist jetzt richtig um den Fehler zu beheben? mfg Luiselui --LuiseLui 17:23, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Ich denke das passt so. --McZusatz (talk) 20:20, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 20:21, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Photos removed from my uploads

I have been trying to upload photos for days and it won't work. Either it's something with licensing or description or it tells me it's a duplicate. I would like to delete my photos from my uploads and try again. Can someone please help me. I need some step by step instructions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RichardCacioppo (talk • contribs) 17:38, 11 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Hello yet again Richard! Please respond to the discussions you have already started at Commons:Upload help#Uploading files, #Copyright help regarding File:Davison cleaner fnal 1.png, and Commons:Upload help#Upload files on Wki Common. before starting any new discussions on the same topic. LX (talk, contribs) 18:08, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
I'm marking this section as resolved. Let's continue the discussion at Commons:Upload help#Uploading files to keep things in one place. LX (talk, contribs) 18:35, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:35, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Hiding Facebook (etc.) links?

Hi, is there a way, through user CSS or JS, to hide "Share on Facebook, Share on Twitter, ..." boxes (broadly construed)? See e.g. Commons:Picture of the Year/2012/R1/Shivaji Maharaj Raigad.jpg. Thanks! It Is Me Here t / c 12:25, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

div.template_share { display: none; } Insert into your user css. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 16:37, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Does it work for other WMF wikis too, do you know? It Is Me Here t / c 19:51, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Not necessarily. It only works for wikis which have the "template_share" class assigned to their share template. I don't know where the Commons share template is derived from or which wikis derive from our template, so you will need to try it out for every wiki, I'm afraid. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 14:13, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Cafe Heldt Hausansicht tags.jpg

Hallo, ich habe einige Bilder hochgeladen, von denen ich nicht weiß, wie ich sie lizensieren soll. Die Fotos sind mir von Privatbesitz zur Verfügung gestellt worden.

  1. Der Fotograf einiger Fotos ist 1940 verstorben. Was kann ich machen, damit sie nicht wieder gelöscht werden?
  2. Die übrigen Fotos sind Eigentum des Privatbesitzes. Ich habe ausdrücklich die Erlaubnis, sie zu verwenden und bei Wikipedia hochzuladen. Muss ich sie trotzdem irgendwo lizensieren lassen?

Vielen Dank!

--Wikiwilke (talk) 21:44, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

  • I see this has been sitting unanswered for a while. Can someone with better German than I perhaps get involved, ideally someone who knows about German copyright law?
  • One general remark: if copyright still persists on the photos, physical ownership of the photos would be irrelevant: it would be a matter of who owns the intellectual property rights. - Jmabel ! talk 18:33, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Two questions

1: Where is the wikimedia version of en: Wikipedia:Service awards from english wikipedia? and how do I get rid of it is annoying anti-spam with having to type a lot of letters and numbers when I add links to a file? --Gajolen (talk) 11:18, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Commons doesn't seem to have an equivalent of the English Wikipedia's Service Awards page. The CAPCHA will turn off after your account becomes "autoconfirmed", which should happen 4 days after your first edit. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 06:30, 6 February 2013 (UTC)


I think that I have come to put a copyrighted photo (File:Martin A. Hansen.jpg) op under a free license. What do I do? --Gajolen (talk) 10:50, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:121108zijderveld025 1080px.jpg

I have uploaded the above mentioned file. The previous one (which was the same picture) has been removed by because of to late receiving the authors permission by e-mail. In the meantime the author has send his permission for free use tot please inform me, if the problem now has been resolved or not.

--Armacedant (talk) 10:58, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

  • No reason to re-upload in a case like this. Once the OTRS is processed, the previous version should be undeleted. - Jmabel ! talk 18:39, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

I have a registered logo and if i post this picture on the community portal do i forfeit my ownership of that logo to anyone that wants to use it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lonski51 (talk • contribs)

It can be used commercially, modified, you have no obligation to tell you when to use it, but you are required to credit you by your username. --Gajolen (talk) 12:55, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
If it is protected by trademark, you are not giving up any trademark rights. Place {{Trademark}} on the page. Also, in Gajolen's remark: "you have no obligation to tell you" => "reusers have no obligation to tell you". - Jmabel ! talk 18:42, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kai Wiesinger ©Chris Noltekuhlmann.jpg©Chris_Noltekuhlmann.jpg

Is the licenising issues cleared now? The photographer Chris Noltekuhlmann has sent you a mail to

thanks Anri Schramm

--Funkbuero (talk) 10:58, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Licensing looks clear. - Jmabel ! talk 16:15, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 16:15, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

What is the original image for the maps on Wikipedia?

Moved here from Commons talk:Help desk, which is for discussion about the help desk, not for help requests.

Example: TehPlaneFreak (talk) 01:18, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

That particular image came from File:BlankMap-World6.svg. For other blank maps, see Category:Blank maps. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 04:12, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Adding government files

When you add a file there is a set of choices about sources. Some refers to USA government, but the same should apply also to government of other countries. For example, an image of a standard specified by an European government is public by default. So you should add the possibility to specify WHICH COUNTRY. --Dejudicibus (talk) 22:14, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

No, most governments, including most European governments, do not have the kind of broad exemption from copyright protection that the US federal government has for its works. Most European governments only make exemptions for statutes and similar textual decrees. Most also guarantee access to public records, but those records are typically still protected by copyright (i.e. not in the public domain). While they're open to inspection by the public, they cannot be used freely. LX (talk, contribs) 23:53, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Which countries have the kind of broad exemption from copyright protection that the US federal government has for its works --Gajolen (talk) 08:44, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
As far as I know, the United States is the only country whose copyright law explicitly exempts all works by employees of the national government from copyright protection. Indonesia apparently places government works into the public domain by default, but still makes it possible for the government to reserve copyright at its own discretion simply by using a copyright notice (see {{PD-IDGov}}). You can find a list of licensing and public domain tags at Commons:Copyright tags. LX (talk, contribs) 15:00, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kai Wiesinger ©Chris Noltekuhlmann.jpg

Wie verhindere ich, dass die Datei nicht in 7 Tage gelöscht wird? Kai Wiesinger möchte das alte Bild von ihm nicht mehr bei Wikipedia haben, daher jetzt die neue Datei, aber ich steige hier durch diese ganze Copyright Sachen nicht durch.

Gruß, Anri Schramm

--Funkbuero (talk) 10:48, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Der Fotograf muss eine Email an OTRS schreiben, der Link erklärt die Vorgehensweise und bietet Textbausteine an. Grüße, --Funfood 11:03, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Copy violation ?

What is the meaning of Copy violation?User:Whitetararaj (talk)

Probably Copyright infringement. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:31, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Skin failing

Anyone else having problems right now with the skins on Commons (I use Monobook)? Any idea if there's something I can do about it? Several pages including the help desk (but not every single page) are showing up for me as if there is no stylesheet at all. - Jmabel ! talk 16:50, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Huh. And then this saved with the help desk page looking fine, but now while I'm editing this section, no stylesheet. So it's intermittent. - Jmabel ! talk 16:51, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Seems consistently OK now. - Jmabel ! talk 03:50, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 03:50, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Alan C Nelson.png

Alan C Nelson.png

File:Alan C Nelson.png: I uploaded this photo the Release of this photo is provided under the California Public Records Act. GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48. i don't know how to tag it, also it is listed at

  • We need someone more expert than I am on copyrights to weigh in, but as far as I can tell with a quick web search the California Public Records Act. GOVT. CODE §§ 6250 - 6276.48 is just about the public having a right to view records. I don't see anything where it waives copyright or provides a free license. - Jmabel ! talk 01:25, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
    • Jumping in way over my head, but in the past state government images were copyrighted like most works and must go through same process. Unlike federal employee works, which are public domain. Philipp Michel Reichold (talk) 04:35, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
    • Looking at the copyright info at the bottom of the source page, it is plainly under copyright protection.Philipp Michel Reichold (talk) 04:37, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
      • In a case like this, a copyright notice is not necessarily the end of the story - various federal agencies use copyright notices despite the fact that the law mandates that their works are public domain. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 11:05, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

nikbot says i used a template not a licence

I did as I always do. I thought the template applied the license. If the step-by step own work-description-license process is not working, don't know what to do. Thanks.Philipp Michel Reichold (talk) 04:32, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

In the description field of the {{information}} template there was a redundent }}. So, it possible that the bot was confused by a malformated information template. Ruslik (talk) 08:50, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Add photograph to existing page.

Sir, is it possible to add a current photograph to the details of the steam engine on, f

Trevor Downer.

  • I'm not really sure what you are asking. You've linked to the English-language Wikipedia's mirror of a photo on Commons. What exactly do you want to do? - Jmabel ! talk 16:02, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Swedish highspeed rail map 2012.png

What is the problem with File:Swedish highspeed rail map 2012.png ? As it is written in the infobox, it is a modification by myself of a Wikimedia image, and I have licensed it under the license CC 3.0 which is normal to Wikimedia. --BIL (talk) 18:24, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Lymantria (talk · contribs) tagged the image as having no licence, likely because the template {{Remove this line and insert a license instead}} was used on the page. That template is normally only used if a file doesn't have a licence, and I guess that the user missed the licence at the bottom. It seems that {{Remove this line and insert a license instead}} was there because the first revision of the file information page doesn't have a licence. The file looks fine to me, so I have removed all problem templates. --Stefan4 (talk) 18:31, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Use of images


Please can you advise if I am able to use images of indian food/curries avaialble in wikimedia commoms on my commercial website without threat of being sued for copyright?


Indian Home Cooks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:57, 12 February 2013‎ (UTC)

If you attribute them correctly, and assuming no one here has accidentally infringed someone else's copyright, yes. It would be easier to give a concrete answer more specific about what you intend to use and how you intend to attribute it. - Jmabel ! talk 03:52, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
I think you just can write user:xxxx with a link to there userpages under the pictures. --Gajolen (talk) 13:09, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
In many cases, that will not be sufficient. Preserving licensing information is mandatory for much of the content hosted here, and if the uploader has specified how they should be attributed, that needs to be respected as well for copyrighted content published under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 10:47, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
Please see Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. LX (talk, contribs) 10:47, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 10:47, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Cover Noten Woodbury-Songbook Hanns-Eisler LWS1731.jpg

Deutsch: Der Buchdeckel hat keine Schöpfungshöhe. Einfache Schrift, einfach angeordnet, keinerlei Originalität. Wie soll man damit eine Verletzung des Urheberrechts begehen können? Das einzig originelle daran ist der Schreibfehler bei dem Ortsnamen, der mit 2 R statt mit einem geschrieben wird. Und wegen diesem Ortsnamen ist die Wiedergabe des Buchdeckels im Artikel über en:Woodbury, Connecticut sinnvoll und geradezu zwingend. --L.Willms (talk) 22:58, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
English: The book cover does not present any creative work. It shows simply, standard font, simply arranged, without any effort to be creative. How can its presentation represent a breach of copyright? The only originality in it is the error in the place's name, here written with 2 R instead of only one. And just because of the place's name it is imprescindible to show the book cover in the article on en:Woodbury, Connecticut. Cheerio, L.Willms (talk) 22:58, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

--L.Willms (talk) 22:58, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

{{PD-text}}, as you had used, looks fine for this. I'm not sure which upload process you used for the {{Remove this line and insert a license instead}} tag to be applied even though you added a PD tag, but I've removed it. LX (talk, contribs) 10:40, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 10:40, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! --L.Willms (talk) 12:58, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Layla and Majnun2.jpg: Featured pictures gone wild

The file File:Layla and Majnun2.jpg, which is a featured picture on Commons and three Wikipedias, somehow has a bright cyan overtone. I have been unable to find a reason for this and I doubt it would have passed in its current condition. Anybody know how to fix it?Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:31, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

You can try re-uploading it. Ruslik (talk) 09:46, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I can ping the person who created the restoration (this picture is from 2009, and I am not the original uploader), but as I noted the image passed Featured picture nominations so this is likely a server-side error.Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:50, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
See Commons:Graphics village pump#File:Layla and Majnun2.jpg: Featured pictures gone wild. LX (talk, contribs) 09:59, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:59, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

How do I display all the images in a category?

How do I display all the images in a category? That is, how do I display in one go all the images in the category itself, and all the images in each subcategory, and so on... --Epipelagic (talk) 05:32, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

You can get a list of files in a category and its subcategories (down to the specified search depth) using LX (talk, contribs) 09:57, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you --Epipelagic (talk) 10:27, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
No worries. LX (talk, contribs) 10:48, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 10:48, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Holy cards

There are about 80 holy cards uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. We have several hundred which we would like to do something with, perhaps upload to Wikimedia Commons? But I'm wondering about the rights to the images: The name of the creator and date of creation are seldom written on a holy card, although sometimes the picture on the card is a well-known one for which creator's name and the date could be found. I could imagine that those who create holy cards often have re-used the art of others without asking for permission. What is your take on this subject? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AndreasBib (talk • contribs) 12:06, 13 February 2013‎ (UTC)

They seem to be in Category:Holy card. I think it would depend on the country of origin and 'sweat of the brow'. If a card is made from a public domain image in the country of origin and the US where are servers are then they should be allowed. If the modifications are unique enough to qualify as copyright in the country that the modifications are made they wouldn't be allowed. See: Commons:Threshold of originality. Others may correct/strike through/edit me if I am wrong.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:12, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:40, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Locating information on former employees of CRI&PRR circa 1945

I am looking for information on Marion (Marian) Crenshaw. Per City Directory 1945 for Memphis, TN he was employed as a fireman. His wifes name was Opal. I have not been able to locate him anywhere. Looking for time and place of death. He was my uncle by marriage to Opal Harbin. I would appreciate any information you might have.

Thank You, Sue Gosser — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 22:56, 13 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Try --Canoe1967 (talk) 00:57, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This isn't really a question for the Wikimedia Commons media repository's help desk. LX (talk, contribs) 09:37, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:37, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

what is a blow job

What is a blow job — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 00:17, 14 February 2013‎ (UTC)

See Category:Fellatio. I think that is the most common use of the term.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:55, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This isn't really a question for the Wikimedia Commons media repository's help desk. LX (talk, contribs) 09:36, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:36, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Don't know the name of an image?

I am searching for an image, but I don't know the name of it. What am I supposed to do if I don't know the name of an image I'm looking for?-- 13:20, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

You can try a search using words that describe what is shown on the image. It may fit the filedescription or a category it's in. --Funfood 13:34, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

I did what you said, but it didn't work very well. There was a cartoon character with blue hair on the picture.The filedescription will probably say the name of the character. It is not gonna say "blue-haired cartoon" .Isn't there anybody I can contact to help me find this certain image.If there isn't, can I describe the picture to you? -- 17:09, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Maybe it's in here: Category:Blue hair. --rimshottalk 19:19, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Rimshot, can you help me find the image? I checked that category thing. For some reason, it's not in there. If you can help me find it, I will describe the entire image to you.-- 22:07, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

I won't be of much help, the only blue-haired cartoon character I know is Marge Simpson, but you can certainly try to describe it. It might ring a bell with someone else. --rimshottalk 22:29, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

I'd be happy to describe it. But where do I describe the image? Are you saying I should go to somebody's talk page and describe it to that person?-- 22:34, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Just describe it here, but don't expect too much. --rimshottalk 23:01, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

I described the image on this page, if that's what you meant by "here". I wasn't sure if you meant this website or just this page, but I put the description on this page. I hope it's okay.-- 23:42, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

The image I'm looking for

I need help looking for a certain image. It is a picture of two cartoon characters. One had light blue hair and I will describe the other one later. The blue-haired one had brown clothing. He also looked like a boy.Also, he looked frightened and his teeth were showing. The other cartoon character looked like a girl. Her head was resting on the boy's shoulder. She looked half-lion. Her mouth was white and she had fur. Also, her hair was long and it was a brownish color. Also, the picture was only showing their heads, not their entire bodies. I think the girl was smiling a little, and her teeth wasn't showing.Also, the entire background was light blue. This picture was on Wikipedia. It was on a "List of Characters" page. Can somebody please help me find this image? I'm not sure if I'm supposed to put topics like this on this help desk. But I don't know where else to put it. -- 23:40, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

You might try en:Wikipedia:Reference desk/Entertainment. - Jmabel ! talk 01:20, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
I second that. If the image appeared on Wikipedia in a list of characters for a notable cartoon series, it would most likely be protected by copyright and not published under a free license, so it's probably not hosted on Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 10:41, 9 February 2013 (UTC)


If, a youtube video are in the category Filters - Features - Creative Commons, did that so mean you can put, the video, sound and pictures from the videe on commons? --Gajolen (talk) 17:24, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Basically yes. But you need to tag them with {{LicenseReview}}... --McZusatz (talk) 19:31, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Gray580.svg help

Moved here from Commons talk:Help desk, which is for discussion about the help desk, not for help requests.

I did the download of the image .png from Commons, to put arrows and title for the vein which interests me. I can't upload a new version because this one is .svg and not .png. What can I do? For me Commons is yet very confusing. Sorry. I have uploaded a new version .png but when I use file it appears on my article without arrows and I don't know how to do it properly. Commons is hard to understand. Nini00 (talk) 15:43, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

You can't overwrite png with svg and vice versa. The both files are File:Gray580.svg and File:Gray580.png. The svg version has the arrows, you can use it in the article. --Funfood 15:56, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you but it will be eliminated in few days ... Nini00 (talk) 16:34, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Firstly, I've reverted your changes to File:Gray580.png. As you can see from File:Gray580.png#File usage on other wikis, the image is being used to illustrate a large number of articles on various topics, where having the text "ASV" and the arrows would just be confusing to the reader. If you want to make such significant modifications to existing files, you should upload the result under a different name. See Commons:Overwriting existing files.
Secondly, PNG is a raster format (consisting of a grid of pixels), while SVG is a format for scalable vector graphics (consisting of points and curves between them). It is possible to embed a PNG in an SVG, as you have done with File:Gray580.svg, but the result is not scalable. If you're modifying a PNG file, it is usually best to save the result as PNG as well.
So, my recommendation would be to upload the version of the file that you originally uploaded on top of File:Gray580.png, but with a different and more descriptive file name, such as File:Location of accessory saphenous vein indicated on plate 580 from Gray's Anatomy.png. LX (talk, contribs) 17:20, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Gray580.svg

I think it's Public Domain. I took the image.png from Commons to put arrows and the name of vein. Was not possible to upload a new version because is .svg Sorry but this is too complicate for me. Commons is confusing. Nini00 (talk) 15:59, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Gray580.png is in the public domain. Your changes (adding two arrows and three letters) are not original enough to warrant copyright protection, so the result is still in the public domain. You should use the same PD tag as the original file: {{Gray's Anatomy plate}}. (The original also uses {{PD-US}}, but that's redundant.) LX (talk, contribs) 17:20, 9 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. Is done Nini00 (talk) 18:24, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:GraffitiOtwock Stormtrooper02modCrop.JPG

I have uploaded a.. photo of a graffiti which is a joke about a Star Wars character. What license should I give it?! Can it be e.g. Own work, copyleft, attrib req (Multi-license GFDL, CC_BY-SA all ver)? I'm a beginner in the licensing matter and this case is definitely over my knowledge! How can I add the license tags, anyway? Can't spot any option once the file is uploaded.

Will be very thankful for answer.


--Silgrin4D (talk) 20:26, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

P.S. Got a re: from a bot, but doesn't help, I'm afraid. Still need "live" help...

It's not a straightforward matter, and you've done the right thing by asking. According to Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Graffiti, current practice on Commons is to ignore the copyright of artists of illegal graffiti. As Dcoetzee notes in a current discussion at Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Banksy artwork (permanent link), this practice is probably untenable. In this particular case, the graffito itself is a copyright violation, as it reproduces the likeness of a copyrighted character from the Star Wars franchise, obviously without permission from the copyright holder. That means that any depiction of the graffito is also an unauthorised reproduction of a copyrighted character, and for that reason, it cannot be hosted on Commons regardless of our general stance on graffiti. LX (talk, contribs) 17:18, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Royal bride.jpg

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit --Hairwire (talk) 08:00, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

There is no source and no permission for this image. Please provide these, otherwise it will be deleted. Thanks, Yann (talk) 08:20, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Aadi sagar ji.jpg

dear sir, my name is kapil jain. i created a page on wikipedia is my guru shri sanmati sagar ji... in this i upload some images is my guru & god. this is not a copyrighted pictures. please help me. this is a like public pictures.

please email your decision at :- --Shri sanmati sagar ji (talk) 16:56, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

You say that the photo is not protected by copyright. What do you base this claim on? How do you supposedly know this? As it says above, responses to questions on this page are given on this page. LX (talk, contribs) 17:03, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Tailor's Needle.jpg

I have uploaded an image The Tailor's Needle, which is the cover page of a novel. I have the Novelist's permission. Please let me know to whom I or the novelist himself should send an email regarding the permission/licence. --Leftworld (talk) 19:27, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

The copyright holder would normally be the person who designed the cover or the company that they work for, and that's usually not the same person as the author. If they're willing to release their work under a license that allows anyone to use their work for any purpose, including commercial purposes, you can find instructions for how to document this at Commons:OTRS. LX (talk, contribs) 19:46, 10 February 2013 (UTC)


It was a subpage where I had links to quickly and easily find free images to put on the commons. What's wrong with that? Would you be kind enough to restore a text, my own personal user page? --Gajolen (talk) 20:36, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Only administrators can restore content, so you're probably better off asking at Commons:Undeletion requests. Also, namespaces are not internationalised, so Bruger:Gajolen/Billeder would be a page in the main gallery namespace, where it would not belong. You probably intended to make it a subpage of your user page, which would be User:Gajolen/Billeder. LX (talk, contribs) 20:46, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
More likely, you are thinking of da:Bruger:Gajolen/Billeder. --Stefan4 (talk) 12:48, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

my grandfathers photos

help, i'm lost. i'm trying to upload photos of my grandfather to the wiki page i created for him. i've never done this before. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alexharmon (talk • contribs) 23:36, 10 February 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Question 1: who took the photos? If it was you, or if you have inherited the intellectual property rights from the photographer, fine. If not, then I'm afraid that the fact that they are of a relative of yours is not relevant: if you don't own the intellectual property rights, you cannot release those rights.
  • Question 2: assuming that you either were the photographer or have inherited the intellectual property rights from the photographer, what rights do you want to release? Do you want to release these into the public domain (waiving all rights) or do you want to require attribution by reusers?
  • That said: if you've made it this far, start at Commons:Upload. Then once the photos are uploaded, and assuming the "wiki page" means a page in Wikipedia or some other WMF project, not just some random wiki, then see Commons:First steps/Reuse for how to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 06:20, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Walk by Titia Ex, LED Globe, 2012.jpg


I am creating a page for Titia Ex, an artist working with light, and I am using an image I asked permission for from her. She provided the image, and now I am asked to verify the licensing of the image. Reading up, I believe I should be adding the following: {{PD-1996|country|URAA date|reason}}

Is that correct? I feel like a tourist in a foreign city. Will you provide me A/ the location where I need to add B/ what kind of data?

Again, the image is hers and the art work in the image is hers. She expressed her permission to me via email to use this work for wikipedia. She is an important contemporary artist and I want to create an appropriate wiki page for her work.

Much appreciated.


--FredrickS (talk) 01:12, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

  • I believe it would be simpler to go through the COM:OTRS process to provide explicit permission from her than to try to justify what I think would be a very dubious claim that the image is in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 06:24, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Automatically update pages using images subsequently vectorised

Original Original

Hello! This is the third time I've posted this request. I first posted the following at URL here but noone had edited the page for almost a week, so I reposted it on Wikipedia's technical village pump (now URL here) but it was archived after only 11 hours without an answer. User:AnonMoos then suggested that I ask here. I find this runaround very demotivating for someone who is trying to help by responding to calls to vectorise images.

Original Original

Back to the issue: I found File:Savonius_turbine.gif listed on URL here and it is also badly pixelated, so redrew it as File:Savonius_turbine.svg. Similarly, I've vectorised File:Email.png which is cluttering up the toolserver results page with over 27000 entries.

Is there a way to automatically update all pages using the old image to use the new one? Thanks, cmglee (talk) 18:20, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

(Edit): There's a tool that does this at COM:CDC, but it explicitly asks people not to submit requests to change files to SVG, so I'm not sure that there is a legitimate automatic tool for this, really. It Is Me Here t / c 20:04, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
If there's an actual problem with the raster version, you could file a COM:DR for it. Developing a consensus "X should be replaced by Y because X is crap" seems like a valid reason to replace X with Y by whatever technical means are available (and is supported by COM:D). I assume the "don't just file raster->svg updates" is because current consensus is that "superseded by better" isn't automatically a valid reason (again COM:D), not because the bot isn't able to do so and not because it should never be done in specific consensus cases. DMacks (talk) 21:12, 3 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the replies, DMacks and It Is Me Here| I take it then that vectorising images is no longer welcome. In that case, I'll modify the Template:2svg documentation linking to this thread asking people to stop heeding these requests for images to be "recreated using vector graphics as an SVG file." cmglee (talk) 22:24, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion from those responses, and I'm reverting your changes at Template:Convert to SVG/doc. As I understand it, you're frustrated because changing widespread uses of one file to another is laborious. I can sympathise with that. The reason for the barriers to making sweeping cross-project substitutions is that in the past, some editors have disagreed when raster images were replaced by vector images that differed significantly in how they portrayed the subject or that were not necessarily superior in quality. At Commons, we try hard not to force our editorial decisions onto other projects. In most cases, each project should decide for itself which version of an image to use. (It is for the same reason that we have strict guidelines for overwriting existing files.) Additionally, we like to keep the raster versions around for traceability. This, however, does not mean that we don't want Commons to host files in the most appropriate and usable format possible. In my opinion, your two examples are obvious improvements of the sort that we want to encourage. LX (talk, contribs) 23:41, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Many thanks for clarifying the situation and sorry for the frustrated outburst, LX. I guess that automatic updating of the pages is out of the question, so I'll update them manually this time. I still think that if there is no automated update mechanism, editors should be warned that they have to do it manually. I felt cheated to be asked to vectorise an image and later have to edit potentially thousands of pages myself. cmglee (talk) 19:15, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
There is possibly a script to come which provides automatic replace. I will contact you as soon as it is available. Additionally I tried to update the usage for both files but it seems that the email-logo is mostly used in templates of which most are edit protected due to high traffic... So if you had the appropriate rights to edit those pages it would be no problem to replace the file for nearly all usages. --McZusatz (talk) 19:28, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
Just to clarify: CommonsDelinker does not replace .x with .svg. And given that the support for SVG rendering is changing with each update of librsvg (which MediaWiki uses for SVG to PNG conversation) it's questionable whether it is desirable to replace all usages, especially if the raster image looks ok.
On the other hand, SVG versions are clearly desired and appreciated. That's why we have {{vva}}. Thanks for your efforts.
Finally, there is User:Sreejithk2000/JustReplace.js which allows a limited number of replacements (max. 45 currently in best case) done under one's user account. If you like to run a clone of the delinker bot, here is the source code. -- Rillke(q?) 21:14, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Re: Trying To Help Academic Author with College Art History Textbook


I am a patent attorney trying to do some pro bono work for a University professor who is trying to put together an art history textbook. She wants to use hundreds of the freely-available photos from your web-site and I"m hoping there is a way to do one license that will cover all of them. Any thoughts for me? I don't want to do 100+ for her and am hoping there is an easy way to get it done for her.

Thank you very much! Great project! Love it. I volunteer a lot of time to speak on various Intellectual Property issues to people and typically they can do this themselves. The sheer volume of photos she wants to use makes this project a bit difficult.

Thanks again!


Jennifer M. McCallum, Ph.D., Esq. Patent Attorney The McCallum Law Firm, P.C. 685 Briggs Street, P.O. Box 929 Erie, CO 80516 Telephone - 303-828-0655 Facsimile: 303-828-2938

No, there is no way to do one license that will cover all of them, unless they happen to be from a single source. Neither the Wikimedia Commons nor the Wikimedia Foundation holds rights to any but a handful of the images uploaded here (the exceptions being their own logos). Commons is a repository that makes images from many sources available, but each potentially has its own rights issues. That is why there is significant information about the rights given on each file page for an image.
In short, Commons constitutes a central location where you can find a lot of free-licensed images, but it is not a rights holder. - Jmabel ! talk 01:43, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
Could the book list attributions and licences in an appendix and have a short note under each image? PD, Copyright, etc. They could credit some creators at the image if the creator calls for it. The appendix could be sorted by licence type to save space or just list the variuos types at the top of each appendix page. Images marked CC-by-sa are this, CC-by is this, and GDFL are that, type thing--Canoe1967 (talk) 01:57, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding book on

Does anyone know if I can upload in commons this photo [2] and others from this book [3]? There is not a clear mark of copyright.Zorahia (talk) 18:16, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

All photos form this book are in public domain in USA because they were published before 1923. I am not sure about Brazil. Ruslik (talk) 18:20, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Ok. Should I use this template: {{PD-BrazilGov}}? Zorahia (talk) 18:39, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

I think so. Please, also add {{PD-1923}}. Ruslik (talk) 18:46, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Regarding deletion of the file "Sir TN Sivagnanam Pillai.jpg" that I uploaded.


I had uploaded a file with the title, "Sir TN Sivagnanam Pillai.jpg" to link it with the wikipedia page "". The picture is that of my grandfather and I am the sole custodian of the photograph. I wished to link the page to the correct photograph, however, it got deleted after I added it to wikimedia commons.

The photograph was shot in India in 1925. Kindly Help me upload the same. I have written a letter to indemnify wikipedia with regard to the authenticity and ownership of the photograph. Kindly help. This means a lot to my family.

Regards, Tara. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lakseditor85 (talk • contribs) 11:49, 16 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Convenience link: File:Sir TN Sivagnanam Pillai.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 16:54, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
It was deleted because you did not provide any licensing information. What did you intend? {{PD-heirs}}? Or something else? - Jmabel ! talk 16:56, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Hi again Tara! Please don't crosspost the same question in multiple locations, especially not without indicating that you have. It tends to split up discussions and cause people to respond to questions that have already been answered elsewhere when there are other things they could be doing with that time. You've already received some replies at Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Regarding the deletion of the file "Sir TN Sivagnanam Pillai.jpg" that I uploaded in Wikimedia .5BHelp.5D. If you have followup questions, please continue there. LX (talk, contribs) 17:32, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
I am sorry for posting this in two places. I think we can close the post on this page, and continue from the link posted above. Thank you... --Lakseditor85 (talk) 18:26, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
OK, good. LX (talk, contribs) 18:41, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:41, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Eduardo Lopes File

Moved from Commons talk:OTRS. --Stefan4 (talk) 21:57, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

I request permission to upload again the file File:Eduardo Lopes.jpg deleted, or to be restored. It is a own work created by me on, based on a photo of my uncle, Eduardo Lopes, a portuguese cycling champion on the 40's. The original source of the photo is the "O Século", a portuguese newspaper, already closed. The date of the photo is 1938. The author is unknown and dead, of course. Thanks.
Best Regards,
Eduardo Lopes— Preceding unsigned comment added by Seigokanportugal (talk • contribs) 2013-02-11T21:52:47 (UTC)

If "the author is unknown and dead", then it is not an own work by you. The file is protected by copyright in the United States for 95 years since publication and can't be uploaded to Commons before that. You claim that the photographer is unknown, but provide no evidence supporting your claim. If the photographer in fact isn't unknown, then you additionally need to wait until the photographer has been dead for at least 70 years, which might not yet be the case. --Stefan4 (talk) 22:03, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
How can you know the author is dead if you don't know who they are? A person who was 18 in 1938 would be in their early 90s today. LX (talk, contribs) 11:13, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kofax-logo.png


I had upload image "Kofax-logo.png", which is used to identify the organization Kofax, a subject of public interest. The significance of the logo is to help the reader identify the organization, assure the readers that they have reached the right article containing critical commentary about the organization, and illustrate the organization's intended branding message in a way that words alone could not convey.

Additionally you could find this image there

--Aflex (talk) 11:20, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

You can't upload copyrighted images without permission from the copyright holder. This logo looks a bit complex, so I guess it is copyrightable. --Stefan4 (talk) 13:00, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
It looks like Yann disagreed. Aflex, what you write above sounds like a non-free fair use rationale boilerplate from the English Wikipedia project. Please note that fair use content cannot be hosted on Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 11:02, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Press Release Pictures

I'm confused. I thought if a network releases pictures, they're exempt from copyright under fair use. After all, that's why they're releasing them: to get used in promotion. But I tried to upload a picture of Spencer Reid (from CBS), that was deleted due to copyright. So how can I make a new picture of the character in order to update the one that's already there? I've read all the articles, but I still don't get it. Do I use a screenshot instead? There's got to be a way to put up character pics, since all the wiki articles on tv have them.

Thank you for any help and/or advice. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluesunflower123 (talk • contribs) 23:59, 12 February 2013‎ (UTC)

We can't accept fair use images on commons. If you have a better one than on the English Wikipedia you can replace it and tag the other for deletion.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:20, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
That doesn't really help me. How can I make a better one? There's only the one Spencer Reid pic that I could find on wikipedia. There's got to be a way to be able to accept more that's allowable for the commons. How is the sreid okay and doesn't break any rules/laws? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluesunflower123 (talk • contribs) 03:19, 13 February 2013‎ (UTC)
If you have a better one that the network released then scale/crop it to only 300 pixels wide. As fair use you can't use a high resolution image that may effect their commercial use. Fair use images can only be used in articles to show readers what the character looks like and we are only allowed one of each.--Canoe1967 (talk) 04:49, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! What about height? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluesunflower123 (talk • contribs) 08:59, 13 February 2013‎ (UTC)
Hi! Please sign your posts. Wikimedia Commons (this site) is a repository of free media used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. Commons only hosts content that can be used by anyone for any purpose. That means that we only host content that has been explicitly released under a free license by its copyright holder and content that is not protected by copyright. We do not (and cannot legally) host non-free content with reference to fair use provisions here on Commons.
Press photos are typically protected by copyright and only released for fair use publication purposes in a limited set of contexts. Fair use exemptions allow certain uses of copyrighted content in specific contexts without requiring the copyright holder's permission; it does not exempt the content from copyright protection altogether. Since Commons is a general purpose media repository, there is no context here, so fair use exemptions do not apply. Again, we only host content that can be used by anyone for any purpose.
Some Wikimedia projects, including the English Wikipedia project, allow fair use content to be locally uploaded to that project for a specific use. The rules vary depending on the project. For the English Wikipedia project's rules, see en:Wikipedia:Non-free content, which includes image resolution guidelines. If you have additional questions regarding the rules on that project, you're probably better off asking at that project, for example at en:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions. LX (talk, contribs) 10:26, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Template:Uwlsubst

the licence tag is {{PD-Italia}}, it's a older than 20 years passport photo on a public document , but I don't understand how to update my file description, thanks

--Scarlock (talk) 10:44, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Are you talking about File:Giuseppeboffa.jpg? You uploaded it and it has a problem template but no {{Uwlsubst}}.
It says that File:Giuseppeboffa.jpg is in the public domain in Italy because it was taken at least 20 years ago, but there is no way to verify that it was taken at least 20 years ago.
In addition to being in the public domain in Italy, the photo needs to be in the public domain in the United States. There is no information on whether or why the photo is in the public domain in the United States. For example, all Italian photos taken in 1976 or later are protected by copyright in the United States for at least 70 years since they were taken, and in almost all cases for a much longer period. --Stefan4 (talk) 11:07, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil.JPG


I have uploaded a Picture of His Grace Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil in a page about him on Wikipedia.

I got the image from a website of a church in Kerala.

link to the website of the church: link ot the page of the Bishop: link to the photo i uploaded:

I have mentioned the source of the file as the church website and I have also included the link. Please let me know if this is right? As in will this picture of the Bishop be removed in 7 days?

If yes, what should i do to have the picture not removed.

Looking forward to your reply. --Richard Paul Murray (talk) 12:03, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

You need the permission of the copyright holder which is usually the photograher. You could try emailing the church site and seeing if they will release a picture for use on commons. They have to give permission for anyone to use it for any purpose. Have them email Commons:OTRS with the file name of the image you uploaded. They will also need to choose a licence. Category:CC license tags has some you can choose from. Template:Cc-by-3.0 is a very common one.--Canoe1967 (talk) 12:14, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
That site contains a clear "All right reserved" notice, so all its content is explicitly non-free and cannot be uploaded to Commons. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary (particularly Commons:Project scope/Summary#Must be freely licensed or public domain), part of our first steps guide, to understand what kind of content is accepted on this project. LX (talk, contribs) 12:15, 14 February 2013 (UTC)


I was doing research on an article HMCS Venture and came across a book in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Archives in Halifax Nova Scotia. I took a picture from it and was wondering if I would be able to upload it? Also I have pictures of the ships plans which I have permission to use along with a few other pictures that I have permission to upload. If you could let me know about the picture from the book that would be great thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jordant2257 (talk • contribs) 04:34, 15 February 2013‎ (UTC)

  • There's not enough information here to determine the copyright status of the photo. When was it taken, and by whom? When was it published? Similarly for the ships plans. You say you "have permission," but whose? Unless it is the copyright holder's, that permission would not be relevant. - Jmabel ! talk 04:53, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
    • See also COM:OTRS for a description of the process to verify permissions via mail and COM:licensing for information about acceptable licenses to use. GermanJoe (talk) 07:50, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Flickrreview template with UploadWizard?

Yes check.svg Resolved

I would like some clarification of what I should do after uploading a Flickr image. When I uploaded images from Flickr last year, the UploadWizard included {{flickrreview}} automatically. This came in handy, I found out later, when someone later deleted their CC licensed image—the flickrbot (?)-approved tag basically proves the image was licensed for free use. Now when I upload images, there is no template. Am I supposed to tag each image manually?

My second question, I simply need to confirm this with someone: As far as I'm aware, Flickr image released CC-BY(-SA) are still under version 2.0, but the Upload Wizard only offers v.2.5. On the flickrreview template page, I read "update the license tag on the Commons image to match the Flickr one and modify the review template to {{YourUsername}}. This places it in Category:Admin reviewed Flickr images." So I should change any ...-2.5 templates to ...-2.0, and then add the flickrreview template above, correct?

Thanks. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 08:04, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

I obviously missed one of the first sentences of the template document page. striked out. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 08:14, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Files uploaded from Flickr should always be tagged with {{flickrreview}}. I see that you're using the Upload Wizard (there are a few other ways to upload files to Commons, but that's the most common one). If you selected "The copyright holder published their photo or video on Flickr with the right license", I would consider the lack of review tagging a rather serious bug in the Upload Wizard which should be reported in Bugzilla; you should not have to add the tag manually. In general, I'd recommend using one of our dedicated tools for uploading files from Flickr, as it saves a lot of manual work and eliminates the risk of many potential mistakes. LX (talk, contribs) 17:30, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
It must be a bug then, because it used to always add it (like you said, when uploading files and selecting "published...on Flickr". Thanks for recommending other tools, though I find the regular upload method to be fine. Not a fan of using bots for doing my work for me :) – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 20:30, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Nope, this was entirely my fault. I was choosing the "proper Creative Commons license" drop-down menu instead of the "uploaded on Flickr with the proper CC license" option. Sorry for having taken up your time. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 23:10, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Problems with updating image.

Hi, I've been trying to update File:FA-GA-monthly-growth.png with the latest data. In fact I've updated it four times using the wizard and these uploads appear as thumbnails four times in the file history. However, the current version is none of these four updates, its the 8 May version 2012. What is going wrong? Pyrotec (talk) 18:45, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I see the updated version. If you don't see it, there may be a cache problem somewhere between the saved file and your viewer. You can try a purge or wait until it updates. Uploading five versions on top of each other probably doesn't help. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:04, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Hi, Thanks for that. Interestingly, for me, the 800 x 356 pixels and 1,258 × 560 pixels previews are "out of date" but the 320 x 142 pixels and 640 x 285 pixels previews are correct. Those were my first image uploads since July 2012 and I was have problems, so I will admit to editor incompetence. The same thing has happened on File:FA-GA-articles-per-million.png, but on that I "constrained myself" to a single upload. Pyrotec (talk) 21:01, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Carol Padden.jpg

I have never uploaded images here before, so I don't know what approach to use to picking a license since there are so many. I honestly don't know who took this picture or where it originally came from since this picture is in so many places on the internet, but I figured that the UCSD article might be the most likely place. Carol Padden, the person in the image, said that she thinks this picture is public domain because it is everywhere, and she doesn't mind it being on Wikipedia. In fact, she thinks it would be good to have a picture in the article about her, which is what I would like to do. Any advice what I should do about picking a license? Or do I need to contact more people to get a verification on what license is appropriate?

--Icemandeaf (talk) 19:05, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Sorry, that won't do. Unless the photographer overtly signs over the rights, the photographer remains the holder of the copyright and no one else can release them. Perhaps counterintuitively, the subject of the photo cannot release the photographer's rights. The fact that the image has been heavily plagiarized on the internet doesn't change anything and certainly does not put the picture in the public domain. We can't accept it here. - Jmabel ! talk 20:03, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
You don't get to pick a license and offer a work that isn't yours. Only the copyright owner can pick a license. As UCSD uses this photo, your guess that it originates from them is plausible. It may have been taken by an employee in their service of communications and public affairs, with the copyright owned by UCSD. You can contact them (, in the manner specified on Commons:OTRS, and ask if they want to release the photo under a free license and confirm through OTRS. If the photo is not theirs, they may at least know where it is from and direct you to the author. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:13, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Where are my uploads>

Where are my uploads? Nottruelosa (talk) 00:16, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

It didn't work. Please try again, but make sure your files are freely licensed. --Mono 00:18, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Please note that you can't offer your adaptation under the licenses CC-by 2.5 and GFDL when the original is under CC-by-sa-3.0 only. -- Asclepias (talk) 03:10, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

A photograph of an artwork

In writing an article about the local poet who died in 2005, I would like to use my photo of a pastel portrait of the poet, made on my commission by my sister in 2003. I have my sister's permission to display her work. However, the portrait itself belongs to the family of the deceased and I am not in contact with any of them. Is it O.K. to go ahead? Prajski (talk) 01:55, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

  • It doesn't matter who has the physical picture. Intellectual property rights are completely separate from physical possession. Have your sister go through the process outlined at COM:OTRS to make her permission clear. - Jmabel ! talk 02:38, 17 February 2013 (UTC)


how can i upload an image? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rajendra prabhune (talk • contribs) 14:06, 17 February 2013‎ (UTC)

If you click here you should see a page where you can choose what you want to do. And on the left side (under the logo) there should be also a link which is called upload a file (or something like this, i'm using the german version)--Sanandros (talk) 15:02, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Mistakes in file names

Hello, I want to get the right to change a file name, for deleting my own mistakes in writing and spelling. There is a possibility indicated for requiring such a right, but one should fill something in a "text area" and gets no hint where this text area is to be found. I am Wikipedian in Germany since 2008. Thank you very much, User:Loracco

Wenn es nur ein paar Dateien sind, kannst du auch einfach {{rename}} benutzen. --McZusatz (talk) 20:25, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
Vielen Dank, das hilft weiter, Loracco
This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 00:31, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Uploaded file by mistake

I uploaded a version of a file by mistake. There are correct versions already uploaded (by me). What can I do? Thanks for your help. Hamblin (talk) 01:33, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

See: Help:Delete. --McZusatz (talk) 13:41, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. Hamblin (talk) 19:53, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Velliste Trivimi.jpg

I cannot use this file on the wikipedia

--Polina.klestsina (talk) 08:29, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

What do you mean by "can not use". Ruslik (talk) 10:05, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
It is used on Wikipedia here. - Jmabel ! talk 16:56, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Foto meiner Schwägerin?

Dieses Foto wurde mit der Kamera meiner Schwägerin und von ihr gemacht. Hätte ich eine schriftliche Genehmigung von Ihr für das Hochladen benötigt? Danke für Ihr Mühe. Grüßle--Bene16 (talk) 18:08, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Frag sie am besten, ob das klar geht mit der Veröffentlichung und eine Bestätigungsmail an die Adresse, die bei com:otrs steht wäre auch nicht schlecht. Andernfalls besteht die Möglichkeit, dass das Bild gelöscht wird. --McZusatz (talk) 21:56, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
Ok ich mail ihr es mal. Sie ist aber eine Person der Wissenschaft der Natur. Dr. chem.....bin mal gespannt ob sie wenn sie das Formular sieht und es durchliest immer noch so flapsig sagt: ja kannste machen. Danke für Deine schnelle Antwort. Kann aber dauern. Wenn Du/Sie nichts mehr von mir hören. Bitte Bild löschen. Grüßle--Bene16 (talk) 03:04, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:2009SuperSportsCup.jpg

Hello please help us to specify the licence on this picture, its from the Porsche website It is Horst Stäbler at the very left bottom leading the field.

Thank you

--Hstaebler (talk) 21:49, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Are you saying that you took the photo on the Porsche site? If so, go through the process outlined at COM:OTRS and once the permission has been processed the image will be restored. I'm sure you will understand why we need to do something like this to stop people from just grabbing other people's work from the web & uploading it. - Jmabel ! talk 02:34, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Searching by license type

I'm working on a project where I need public domain images. Right now, I do a search for a given subject, then visit each image individually to figure out the licensing for the image. I wish that there were an advanced search with a set of checkboxes for various licensing types (e.g., "attribution required", "share alike", "public domain") so that I could automagically filter out non-public-domain images. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, there is no such thing. Back in Aug 2011, some user asked this same question, but was told that there was no such search tool (see "Public search" here).

Is there now a way to filter results by license type? If not, could that go on a feature request list somewhere?

- Tim — Preceding unsigned comment added by TimBur (talk • contribs) 00:48, 19 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Try adding "public domain" or "PD" to your search terms. -mattbuck (Talk) 02:49, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
Well duh! That works very well. Thanks. - Tim — Preceding unsigned comment added by TimBur (talk • contribs) 00:17, 21 February 2013‎ (UTC)


I am trying to ask for Category:St. Claire (ship, 1910) to be deleted (mispellling) but I messed something up. I think. Rmhermen (talk) 21:28, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

  • Deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 02:00, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 02:00, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Graffiti Copyright

Hi all, I would like to know which is the most appropriate licence to upload a picture (made by me with my own camera) of a graffiti stencil. I took a picture of a "famous" graffiti (the author - italian - is known) and I would like to upload it on Commons (obviously indicating the name of the author of the graffiti) but i do not know if I can do it ... I checked some Bansky picture as an example (Image:Banksy_Kissing_Policemen.jpg,, File:The_Cat.jpg, w:File:WallAndPiece.jpg) but they all seem to have different licences... --EffeX2 (talk) 09:55, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

PS: I am quite a newbie on commons, so, if you also tell me which one of the options "These files are my own work.", "These files are not my own work.", "Provide copyright information for each file individually on the next page." (on Commons upload wizard) I have to use, that will be great --EffeX2 (talk) 09:58, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the advices. After reading the pages you suggested, I think that the following could apply
Red copyright.svg Non-free graffiti

This work prominently depicts a work of illegal graffiti which might not be in the public domain and has not been released under a free license.

  • Occasionally graffiti will be kept, using the claim that an author might be denied any copyright relief based on an illegal act; however, there is no evidence of this legal theory being tested. See Commons:Image casebook#Graffiti.
  • Official Commons policy is Commons:Project scope/Precautionary principle, which rejects claims such as "The copyright owner will not bother to sue or cannot afford to." or "Nobody knows who the copyright owner is".

Complex understanding of the law may be required to determine whether the graffiti in this work would actually be eligible for copyright enforcement.

català | English | français | ไทย | +/−

Kilroy was here.png

. But, how can I use it ? If, on Upload Wizard, I choose "These files are not my own work."--> "Another reason not mentioned above" --> and here I write "{{Template:Non-free graffiti}}", I receive the following error "This does not seem valid wikitext, or does not contain a license.". Which option do I have to choose to upload it ?--EffeX2 (talk) 09:22, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Paul Reif, American Composer, at his piano in Manhattan, New York.jpg

This photo was given to me without restrictions. How can I categorize it properly, then upload it to my sandbox, then wiki. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arnoldlhasa (talk • contribs) 16:33, 19 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Hmm. Multiple issues here:
  • I presume 19 February 2013 is just an upload date. Date should be when the photo was taken, not when it was uploaded.
  • Intellectual property rights are completely separate from physical possession of the photo, and as far as I know in the U.S. they can only be passed by actual written permission. If Rita Reif is still alive you can get that permission from her; if not, it would have to come from her heirs. COM:OTRS explains how to pass that permission to the Wikimedia Foundation. I know this is a pain in the butt, but otherwise we'd have people all the time uploading things they don't have the rights to. If you are yourself her heir, you can just use {{CC-BY-SA-3.0-heirs}}, {{PD-heirs}} or something similar.
  • As for how you include a photo in an article once it is uploaded, see en:Wikipedia:Picture_tutorial#Thumbnails.
  • Categorization: as a beginner, usually your best bet is to look at something similar and well-categorized, then use analogous categories. See, for example Category:Aaron Copland (a category, not a photo, but if you hit the edit button you can see the categories that this category is placed in; you place a photo in a category exactly the same way).
I hope that helps. - Jmabel ! talk 01:27, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Guidance on Flickr Images

I'm looking for some guidance, regarding status of some images from Flickr. I found what appear to promotional images from user AsianIdolsNetwork under a cc license, a handful of which are of Akiho Yoshizawa, (she is on the list of Wikipedia requested photographs of sex workers). Is there any way I to find out if they are reputable (i.e. do they have the rights to publish these images under creative commons or is it copyright washing). I want to figure this out before uploading them, so as to avoid adding copyvios to the Commons. Any help / guidance / advice would be great, Thank you! Nicoli Maege (talk) 20:36, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Adding a new language

Please see: Commons:Upload_help#Add a language to the upload wizard form. Amqui (talk) 04:12, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright —British weekly newspapers 1895 to 1910 (with a particular focus on a special topic not in other newspapers of that day)

I have found the above collection of old newspapers in a nearby library. I realise I can go there and gather information from those old copies and use it in WP articles but there are also many photographs, pictures and diagrams. Is it safe under copyright laws for me to scan these images and display them in WM Commons? The originals belong to the library - do they have any right to control how I might use the images? Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 06:50, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Mere ownership of the work doesn't give you copyright, and if you're copying the images, the library doesn't get any rights that way. (If they were doing the copying, it's possible in the UK they could get a copyright to the picture, but one that Commons has specifically chosen to ignore; also, simply scanning is generally not thought to produce a copyright even under UK's sweat of the brow copyright laws.) They're automatically out of copyright in the US, but with the UK's life+70 copyright laws, you'll have to worry about the death dates of the authors. It should be easy to tell if a photograph is anonymous, but if it's not, you'll need to figure if the photographer died before 1942.--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:00, 20 February 2013 (UTC)
Many thanks.
Here you can see some of the images and here is some of the text
My intended method of working is for the library (for a respectable fee) to scan and email copies to me about one mile away (I am physically unable to visit the library). I am not in the UK. I then upload any images I think are particularly cunningly illustrative of something to WM Commons for use within articles.
Its a newspaper they've no bylines(right terminology?) and the images are not credited (though the little boat might be). Do my two examples from Ebay make your advice any simpler? Many thanks, Eddaido (talk) 07:39, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:VéritéPoilue.jpg

I have modify truth.jpg and upload it as VéritéPoilue.jpg. Now Juta wants to delete it because of a copyright problem. I though that I could modify the file since it is in public domain. I have the same problem with File:VéritéImberbe.jpg. What should I do?

--YanikB (talk) 13:05, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page.
Esby (talk) 13:48, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

I need help setting internal links between pages

I am a new user. I am creating a coloring book in wikijunior: Wikijunior:Skateboard Alphabet Coloring Pages

I want to setup links to each page in the book (which is 40 pages: 26 letters, 10 numbers, one alphabet chart, two numbers charts and one page for printing).

My title page has links to the individual pages. The individual pages have no links to the next and previous pages.

I tried to use the codes used by the books Wikijunior:Alphabet and Wikijunior:Flower Alphabet, but I cannot determine how they are coded or formatted.

I'd appreciated any help with this matter.

Thank you Coloringbuddymike (talk) 15:08, 20 February 2013 (UTC) Michael Bennett Coloring Buddy Mike

I think on wikibooks they now more abaut that.--Sanandros (talk) 17:03, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lobe-finned fishes.png

I'm don't know what copyright status this image has. It is sourced from a book published in London in 1885. --Epipelagic (talk) 06:23, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

{{PD-old}} is fine. Yann (talk) 06:29, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks :) --Epipelagic (talk) 06:35, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 22:04, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Partition B.M. Colomer Ulysse T. Duwast éditeur 1898.jpg

hello, i have the same problem with this other document this document drawn from gallica : which is the front page of a musical score i would like to include in my future article thank you in advance --Hello62 (talk) 16:40, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

The author died in 1917, so {{PD-old}}. Please add at least a category. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:56, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 22:03, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

File:GuentherZ 2012-11-23 0294 Buch-Wien-12 Jutta Treiber.jpg

Laut einem Bot stimmt da was mit der Lizenzierung nicht. Ich hab keine Ahnung, was da nicht passt. Kann mir wer das da bitte erklären??? --GuentherZ (talk) 18:41, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Ist schon behoben. Die Bot-Meldung war vom 27.11. 19:01 und um 19:13 hast du die Lizenz hinzugefügt. --rimshottalk 21:20, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Danke! --GuentherZ (talk) 18:32, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 22:02, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Suinset under memorial causeway bridge february 2013 04.jpg

Could someone please look at this and tell if it looks as messy (full of scanner noise and artifact) as it does on my laptop. The background, sky and ground, should be black or nearly so. Thanks, Philipp Michel Reichold (talk) 21:41, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

It does. You can request cleanup at Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop. --McZusatz (talk) 22:29, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks.Philipp Michel Reichold (talk) 22:34, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Image Description in multiple languages

The Description in the Summary accompanying [[File:BankingCrises.svg]]. appears in English, Spanish and French. However, when I try to add a fourth language (German), only the English appears -- the Spanish and French disappear. Is there a way I can get the fourth language (German in this case) to display with the English, Spanish and French?

Also, how is one to know when looking at a description the languages for which a description is available?

Note: I replaced the French with the German and got English, Spanish and German to display. When I then added the French, only English displayed. There seems to be a limit of three languages, and when more are present only one appears.  ???

Thanks, DavidMCEddy (talk) 22:11, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

This is meant to be so. Please use the drop down menu "Sprachauswahl:" to select a language, if there are more than three different languages on the file description page. --McZusatz (talk) 22:27, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Compilation spade celtiche.jpg

Dear Sirs, the image was obtained by the Author, Mr. Lee, crossmatching 4 different images from the book of Mr. Navarro (cited as Source). Mr. Lee, from his side, is happy to give his permission to the upload of the picture itself in Commons. Wich type of copyright we have to use?

Many thanks

--Vincenzo80 (talk) 18:13, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

You could use {{cc-by-sa-3.0}}. Please see com:otrs for the process. (Mr. Lee needs to send a mail to the OTRS). --McZusatz (talk) 20:47, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Category:Media needing category review with 3 suggested categories

I've seen photos with the category above. How can I see what the "suggested categories" are? --Mjrmtg (talk) 03:15, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Are you asking where to see the categories that CategorizationBot had suggested, after other users removed them from the description page? You can see them in the page's history, in the version corresponding to their addition by CategorizationBot. Or are you asking how the bot chooses those categories? The bot's FAQ refers to the tool CommonSense, but for more specific questions you may have to ask directly to the bot's operator. -- Asclepias (talk) 07:33, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
I wanted to see the categories the Bot suggests. --Mjrmtg (talk) 11:57, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
I see what you mean now, in the page's history --Mjrmtg (talk) 11:58, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Gerresheimer Glass.jpg

Good morning, I am trying to include this picture for this article I am sorry because I am new creating articles and this is my third attempt without luck. This image does not have a copyright, the owner, Jim Hines had authorize Inovateus Solar the use of this image along multiple shots of the rooftop documenting their project. In my last attempt, I think I did specify Jim Hines as the source. Can you please help me to include this picture successfully? What are the steps to follow in this case?

Thank you, Mauricio Anon — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mauricio.anon (talk • contribs) 14:03, 22 February 2013‎ (UTC)

The file needs to have a licence. Please have a look at com:otrs to apply a licence by the copyright holder. --McZusatz (talk) 17:55, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
Hi, To be on Commons, the photo must be offered with a free license by the copyright holder. You mentioned, on the description page, that the author is "unknown". You did not explain who Mr. Hines is, what he has to do with this photo and what would allow him to grant copyright permissions about it. For the photo to be kept, it is important to identify its author/copyright holder is and to obtain from him that he offers the photo under a free license. Please see the page Commons:OTRS for details about how to request a free license from the copyright holder. N.B. For such a recent photo and if the source is legitimate, normally it should be possible to know the identity of the author. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:26, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Jim Henson's Muppets

I had an image and a derivative of some of Jim Henson's muppets deleted. I just wanted to double check that this is correct. I didn't intend any intentional copyvio, and I'm truly sorry if that's what ended up happening. But that would mean a bunch more images of muppets (not all of them mine) are copyvio and would need to be deleted too, wouldn't it? These categories all contain some images of muppets in one manner or another: Category:The Muppets, Category:Sesame Street, and Category:Jim Henson. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 11:50, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

That is correct and some of those images are a problem. Someone may nominate them for deletion. As with text, pictures of copyright items can be created by individuals to describe copyright items, but they shouldn't be very very close copies or they are copy-violations. They need to be far enough away from the original to be OK. Where the line is drawn varies from person to person, lawyer to lawyer, image to image. Permission or a release is best of all, otherwise it's a matter of 'when someone gets around to nominating them for deletion discussion'. You might give it a go yourself and learn along the way, get a 'feel' for it. Penyulap 06:15, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Permission to upload a picture to Commons

I would like to upload a picture to the Commons. The picture was taken by a friend. She has given me permission in an email message to upload the picture. I don't know what license to use in this case to indicate that I have her permission to upload the picture to the Commons.

Thanks, scrypted — Preceding unsigned comment added by Scrypted (talk • contribs) 17:20, 23 February 2013‎ (UTC)

  • If she hasn't specified a license, then her email to you doesn't have the information we'd need, because only she can license it. See COM:OTRS for what she needs to write, and have her email you the permission in that form. Then forward her email to - Jmabel ! talk 17:51, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Batch upload

Is it possible to do a "batch upload" of all the images linked from this web page. I think they would be useful for lots of county articles, as well as for the article I'm working on, and the Category:William Smith (geologist). He died in 1839 so I don't think copyright is an issue, but I'm trying to avoid having to download & upload each one.Rodw (talk) 18:44, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

a photo of a destroyer from WWII

My question is,do I need permission to use a photo of one of the WWII destroyers for a project I am working on.I am writing a story concerning naval warfare (on a fictional basis) and wanted a photo of one of them as the visual inspiration behind the destroyers that were destroyed in the story. It doesn't matter which one, same for he WWII heavy cruisers.

Thank you, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 23:47, 23 February 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Are you asking about photos already here on Commons (in which case each of them should indicate any limitations on permissions) or are you asking about uploading a photo to Commons, or about photos in general that might be out on a different site on the Internet or in a book? Because the answers would be different. - Jmabel ! talk 03:21, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Many of the ones in Category:World War II cruisers should be public domain images. If you use those then you shouldn't have to worry about 'attribution' issues. Each file page will have a 'licence' template. Any with the words 'public domain' should be fine without any problems.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:29, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Paris Musical avril1914.jpg

--Hello62 (talk) 16:37, 24 February 2013 (UTC) hello, i don't manage to use this document drawn from gallica : which is the front page of a musical gazette i would like to include in my future article thank you in advance --Hello62 (talk) 16:37, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

This one is a bit more difficult. I think director is probably Edmond-Achille Frank [4], but I couldn't find the death date. I am not even sure if it matters, because he may not have the copyright. Regards, Yann (talk) 17:29, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

hello. why can I not upload a university logo here ? if it's public university, it's normal that the logo is public, so anyone can use or view it, especially because a university page without a logo looks stupid. thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Greentrancer (talk • contribs) 20:30, 25 February 2013‎ (UTC)

I am trying to upload a photo to commons that is my photo. It is telling me that it cannot be uploaded because a photo with this content has been removed.

The photo is of me, it was taken with my camera by my friend. I have permission to use it.

How can I reset whatever problem is preventing me from uploading this photo so that I can upload it and attach it to the page that has been written about me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Malerouge (talk • contribs) 20:37, 25 February 2013‎ (UTC)

  • The fact that something is often seen by the public does not mean that there is an right to reuse it to the extent that Commons requires. The English-language Wikipedia (and quite a few other languages) allows for "fair use" but Commons does not. You would need to upload it on the English-language Wikipedia and fill out en:Template:Non-free use rationale. - Jmabel ! talk 01:54, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
  • I'm guessing the thing about the photo is a separate question from the one about the University logo. It would help a lot if you could be more specific about what is happening: there are a lot of ways to upload to Commons, and a lot of possible error messages, and if you are more specific someone can probably help you. Also, the image was already uploaded and deleted, and the photographer can provide permission, you can simply send that permission as described in COM:OTRS, indicate the name that was given to the uploaded and deleted picture, and it can be undeleted and the information about this permission can be added to the page. - Jmabel ! talk 01:54, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Una fotografía incorrecta sobre José Guadalupe Posada

En el link: es:José Guadalupe Posada existe una fotografía de otra persona que incorrectamente se atribuye a José Guadalupe Posada : Foto incorrecta (persona desconocida): File:Jgposada.jpg Ejemplo de una foto correcta de José Guadalupe Posada: File:Posada4.Workshop.jpeg

Podrían corregir este terrible error. En México, Posada es una de nuestros más grandes artistas! Gracias. betogtz — Preceding unsigned comment added by Betogtz (talk • contribs) 17:51, 26 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Better images there. See also Commons:Deletion requests/File:Jgposada.jpg. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:15, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

adding an english version of an existing french article

Hi everyone,

I'm a new user, How can i just an english version of a french article already edited on Wikipedia? Should the English page be separated from the french one, or it is possible to put the English version on the French page? Thank you in advance

Kanakina — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kanakina (talk • contribs) 09:39, 28 February 2013‎ (UTC)

You're on Commons right now, not Wikipedia. Commons is a media repository used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. We do not host articles. I'm not sure I understand your question, but it probably belongs on en:Wikipedia:Help desk or fr:Wikipédia:Questions techniques rather than here. LX (talk, contribs) 11:10, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
As LX notes, this wasn't the place to ask but I happen to know the answer. you should create the English-language article in the English-language Wikipedia at a title corresponding to that of the French-language article in the French Wikipedia. If it's a person's name or place name, then typically the title should be the same. Otherwise, typically the title should be translated. You can then use Interwiki links to connect the two articles to one another. If the English-language article is a translation of the French-language article, then use en:Template:Translated page on the talk page. - Jmabel ! talk 16:52, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 17:14, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:American Airlines new livery on 737-800.jpg

I got permission to use a copyrighted file on Wikipedia. Can I upload it? --Justin14 (talk) 03:05, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

You'll need to send an extra email form to the guy you asked, and get him to add his authorisation, or better, maybe add the text from the form to AA letterhead, sign it, and send a scan to you. I've seen some pictures with such letters as permission, like ones from the Kremlin and they seem cooler than the usual simple text email which the person types their name into and sends to permissions at commons. Either is good though. You can read up about the process at Commons:OTRS. If you took the picture yourself, you'll need to give everyone your own permission as well, but that is a lot easier and it's pretty much automatic as you upload it. Penyulap 06:06, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Request for speedy deletion?

[5] seems to be an abuse of private information. Not that the uploader intended it this way, though. As for the permission for the use of the image, it's apparent that the photographer was not explained that the image would be re-licensed, nor was he explained what that licensing entails. Simply asking someone to use an image on Wikipedia isn't fair to them, so I suppose the image (linked in the subject above) should be deleted as well. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 02:33, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Right. Permission to upload a file to Wikimedia Commons for use in a Wikipedia article is not sufficient for the file to be hosted on Commons. Commons only accepts copyrighted content if it is explicitly released under a license that allows anyone to use it for any purpose. You cannot select some arbitrary copyright license (which was never mentioned in the e-mail conversation) on behalf of the copyright holder. The proper way to request the kind of permission we need and to submit evidence of such permission is described at Commons:OTRS. I've tagged File:American Airlines new livery on 737-800.jpg as missing evidence of a valid license and support deletion of File:Email proof for American Airlines new livery on 737-800.jpg. LX (talk, contribs) 22:28, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Upload pictures used in other Wikipedia articles in another language?

Is it in accordance with copyright laws to use pictures that are already on wikipedia but in another language? thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aeschrewelius (talk • contribs) 10:26, 23 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Most Wikipedias have copyright rules similar to those on Commons, but not quite the same. Therefore, each image must be checked before uploading it here. If the image is under a free license, for example {{CC-by-SA}}, it can be moved to Commons. Images that are uploaded with a fair use rationale must not be moved to Commons. Images that are claimed to be in the public domain might be OK, but keep in mind that they have to be public domain in both the country of origin and the US. For more information about acceptable licenses, see COM:L. If you have a particular image that you are unsure about, just post a link. We will check whether it is OK. --rimshottalk 15:54, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
Hej Aeschrewelius! I'm guessing this is about File:Generisk venturekapitalfond.png. That already existed on Commons as File:Venture Capital Fund Diagram.png. LX (talk, contribs) 22:11, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Us-cawld.gif

I was looking for a red copyright logo to indicate that the logo on the flag is copyrighted by the city of Wildomar, CA but don't know how to accomplish this. please help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ceray70 (talk • contribs) 05:49, 26 February 2013‎ (UTC)

I have no idea what you mean by "a red copyright logo", but all previously unpublished copyrightable work published in the United States since 1978, when the U.S. signed the Berne Convention, is inherently copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk 07:54, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
And if the work is copyrighted by the city of Wildomar, then unless you represent the city of Wildomar, you can't release any rights. - Jmabel ! talk 07:57, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
It sounds like you're looking for en:Template:Non-free logo. That template is on English Wikipedia. On Wikimedia Commons (this site), Template:Non-free logo is a speedy deletion tag, because as you were told several times during the upload process, non-free content is not accepted at Wikimedia Commons. Please go back and read Commons:Project scope/Summary, part of our first steps guide, to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 21:56, 26 February 2013 (UTC)


縮略圖|散文作家 趙台萍 - — Preceding unsigned comment added by 莊山珂 (talk • contribs) 07:56, 26 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Just going by Google translate, I suspect nonsense here from this user who has no previous contributions (or at least no undeleted ones). - Jmabel ! talk 07:59, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
Or maybe he/she doesn't understand that you can't just go from Flickr straight into an upload form? Anyway, would someone who can read and write Chinese please take this one. - Jmabel ! talk 08:02, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
莊山珂 started and made several edits to zh:趙台萍. I'm guessing they're trying to add an illustration for that article. (I don't think the interwiki link to en:Liu Hsia is correct.) LX (talk, contribs) 21:45, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

un-copyrighted photo loaded to Commons

I uploaded a family photo to Commons taken in 1918 that I have in my possession. The photo is of my great grandfather standing in front of a mimeograph machine that is documented in Wikipedia. In the process of loading, it asked about copyright. The photo is not copyrighted as it is only a family photo. Should I have answered a question differently so that it can be viewed in Wikipedia assuming someone sees value in the photo? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Muldrake1952 (talk • contribs) 20:53, 26 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Template:PD-heirs should be ok. Do we have a CC licence for heirs as well?--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:06, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
We have a general {{heirs-license}} wrapper which can be used with any license, e.g. {{heirs-license|{{cc-by-3.0}}}}. However, this (and {{PD-heirs}}) would only apply if (1) the photo was actually created by a family member and (2) you are their sole heir or have permission from all other heirs. If you don't know who created the photograph, that's of course going to be difficult to show. LX (talk, contribs) 21:21, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Obrashchenie.jpg

I am not sure whether scans of historical documents like this page of samizdat fall under any policies (PD-ineligible?) allowing its use on Commons. --Nkrita (talk) 11:34, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

No. {{PD-ineligible}} is for files whose content fail to meet the threshold of originality required for copyright protection. It would not apply to a text of this length. The author of the document, Esenin-Volpin, is still alive, and the text will remain protected by copyright for the rest of his life plus another 70 years. LX (talk, contribs) 18:03, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Loss of image resolution

I have uploaded File:NorthDevonParishesMap.PNG but it appears with insufficient resolution. Have tried saving it on my graphics application package (on which I created it) with greater resolution, increased from 300px to 600px, but it seems to make no difference to clarity of image uploaded to commons. What can I do? Thanks. (Lobsterthermidor (talk) 16:16, 27 February 2013 (UTC))

You'll see the full resolution (945×849) version if you click on the image itself on the file description page or on the "Full resolution" link below the image. Depending on what browser you use and the size of your browser window, your browser may zoom out to fit the image within the browser window. If so, clicking on the image again (the mouse pointer will probably look like a magnifying glass) should show it in the original resolution.
If you wish to adjust the size of the version included in en:North Devon, see en:Wikipedia:Picture tutorial#Width in pixels.
If what you changed was the resolution in DPI (dots or pixels per inch) rather than pixels, that will have no effect on screen, as that essentially only relates to physical size when printing. LX (talk, contribs) 18:17, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
Many thanks. (Lobsterthermidor (talk) 18:25, 27 February 2013 (UTC))
Well, also: it is 2013. Images like this should not be uploaded as bitmap files. SVG is the appropriate format for such a map. --Dschwen (talk) 18:21, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
Point taken. (Lobsterthermidor (talk) 18:25, 27 February 2013 (UTC))

Copyright help regarding File:Colm MagnerImage.jpg

Dear Wikipedia

I am simply trying to attach my photo to my wikipedia page. Any help is appreciated. I own this photo.

Thank you, Colm Magner Mugs20

--Mugs20 (talk) 18:00, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

The photograher/copyright holder needs to send permission through Commons:OTRS and include the file name so they can find it. "File:Colm MagnerImage.jpg" If you took it with a remote or timer then it would be you.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:06, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:淺田家長屋門 2.jpg

ここに記入する仕組みが、まだよく判りませんので、よろしくお願いします。 説明文として詳しく書いておきました。写真は、wiki「浅田家文書」の記事用に浅田周宏氏からEメールの添付ファイル形式で、 「利用者sohya」に提供されたものです。 写真の著作権は「浅田周宏」にありますが、公開について浅田周宏氏は了解済みです。 これだけ詳しく書いても、なお問題がありますか。 wikicommonsは英文なので、十分に設定が理解できません。職権で、よろしく処理してください。  sohya記。

--Sohya (talk) 01:44, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

浅野様からのメールを 宛にご転送ください。 という URL もメールに含めてくださると、見つけやすくなるので助かります。 なお、ご承知かもしれませんが、公開についてのみではなく、ライセンス付与についての了解もいただく必要があります。 詳しくはCommons:OTRS/jaもご一読ください。 --whym (talk) 14:27, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
User_talk:Sohyaトトトさんが案内なさっているのに今気づきました。以降はそちらで。 --whym (talk) 14:29, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: whym (talk) 14:29, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Warning an IP of vandalism?

How do I warn an IP for slight (not grave) vandalism on an image of mine? I searched the archives here, and found a user being warned on his account over at the page. That's not terribly helpful for Commons. I'm looking for a quick and easy template, not really interested in typing up a whole thing. diff here for anyone interested. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 20:02, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Update: Apparently the IP made a joke edit on the English Wikipedia as well, so warning the IP was therefore easy. Also, I did a check for Twinkle on Commons and it exists, so my question has been answered. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 20:17, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

File:Kucher Makar Averkiev2.jpg, revisited

Three files (File:Kucher Makar Averkiev2.jpg, File:Kruk Ivan Markov2.jpg, File:Kosarenchuk Ignat Ivan2.jpg were deleted by mistake. I put all licenses as usually ({{PD-old-100}} {{PD-anon-1923}} {{PD-RusEmpire}}). I received notes for another 5 files, I also put the licences and remove the plates {{no license}} Is it correct? Hunu (talk) 21:00, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

I found that I asked about three files (File:Kucher Makar Averkiev2.jpg, File:Kruk Ivan Markov2.jpg, File:Kosarenchuk Ignat Ivan2.jpg at 17:27, 27 February 2013 (UTC) And I received nice answer from Maproom "They are all an unpleasant green shade, but I wouldn't call that a problem. I don't see anything else wrong with them. Maproom (talk) 17:06, 6 March 2013 (UTC)" Ans now all of them are deleted!!! Why??? Hunu (talk) 21:06, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

I'm completely inclined to agree with you. I'll contact the deleting admin. If this ever happens again, that's usually a better first step than Help desk. - Jmabel ! talk 00:27, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
All restored, sorry about that -FASTILY (TALK) 00:51, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
Many THANKs for your help Hunu (talk) 05:27, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 20:27, 11 March 2013 (UTC)