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File:Nordre Ekre setra 2.jpg what is wrong?

I don't understand what I have done wrong with this file? Is it the fact that I originally stated that it was my own work, and later changed the photographer's name? Does it help if I add "See [Ticket#2012082510004975]"? kj 14:07, 2 March 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kjersti Lie (talk • contribs)

You did not specify a license. An OTRS ticket will help of course. Ruslik (talk) 15:04, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
So this is not enough?

== {{int:license-header}} == {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0|GFDL}} I am sorry to be so stupid - but if this is insufficient, I think I have uploaded several files without the correct license information. kj 15:09, 2 March 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kjersti Lie (talk • contribs)

No need to feel stupid, everybody has to learn. :) Wish I could be of any help to you. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 17:03, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Sorry, I do not understand what you are talking about. There was no license information whatsoever. Ruslik (talk) 14:58, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Convenience link: File:Nordre Ekre setra 2.jpg. And it all appears to be settled now. - Jmabel ! talk 19:28, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

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Adding photographs to existing articles


I am doing personal research at the National Archives in College Park, MD. This research is currently focused on locating photographs on specific topics. While doing this research I find numerous images that are interesting. For example I have just found a series of photographs related to "Quentin Roosevelt" These photo of his grave, memorial services, monument, and a picture of the German Pilot who shot him down. This photos are owned by the U.S. Government and are available for public use. I would like to add these photos to the existing Quentin Roosevelt article. I have a number of others of "Father Duffy" Col. William "Wild Bill" Donovan, and George S. Patton, etc. that I can add.

Thank You

Harry Kidd <email redacted> — Preceding unsigned comment added by HarryBK (talk • contribs) 21:31, 2 March 2013‎ (UTC)

I contacted him by email. The images should be fine as PD-US-Gov photographers.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:11, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 22:11, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

language button

Dear sir how to add a other language button on the side bar of the page that i'm making, to link to a page that i'm also making with the same contents but in a diferent languge. Ex. I'm making a article in english about a japanese painter, and d also i want make the same article in Japanese, How do i make a button on the left side bar to link the english article to my japanese version article and vice versa?

thanks and apreciating your time, Kristina mar — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kristinamar (talk • contribs) 10:02, 3 March 2013‎ (UTC)

You should ask at w:Wikipedia:Help Desk. Ruslik (talk) 15:00, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
Actually, it's very simple, and it's the same thing we do here on Commons to link categories to Wikipedia articles on the various Wikipedias. It's called making an interwiki link (and it will be a link, not a button). For example, if the painter were Vincent van Gogh, at the bottom of the article you would write [[ja:フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ]]. If you wanted a normal inline link to that article, rather than to get this into the navigation, you'd write [[:ja:フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ]] or, if you wanted different text in the link, something like [[:ja:フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ|Japanese-language article on Vincent van Gogh]]. I believe that should answer your question. - Jmabel ! talk 19:36, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Sky+Ferreira++PNG.png

How can I delete this picture? --LK08091995 (talk) 17:07, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done. Only administrators can do so. --McZusatz (talk) 17:21, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 16:29, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

fraud use of email address

This is phishing fraud email where someone is using I hope that your fraud security department can find these people.

From:   Salma Hayek lose weight Free trial <>
        Subject:        Madonna try to balance fitness, safety
        Date:   March 5, 2013 4:21:03 AM EST
        To:     <removed>
        Status:         U
        Return-Path:    <>
        Received:       from ([]) by (EarthLink SMTP Server) with SMTP id 1ucNQ96Zv3Nl36V0; Tue, 5 Mar 2013 04:07:17 -0500 (EST)
        Received:       from SeRwEr1 ([]) by (EarthLink SMTP Server) with ESMTP id 1ucNQ623h3Nl36H0; Tue, 5 Mar 2013 04:07:15 -0500 (EST)
        Received:       (qmail 8449 by uid 932); Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:07:15 -0100
        Message-Id:     <000301ce1989$35c1cb70$a1456250$@org>
        Mime-Version:   1.0
        Content-Type:   multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0066_01CE1989.35C1CB70"
        X-Mailer:       Microsoft Office Outlook 12.0
        Thread-Index:   Acjr9v5R04uGF3zgEfwjM7crj7dndA==
        Content-Language:       en-us
        X-Elnk-Received-Info:   spv=1;
        X-Elnk-Av:      0
        X-Elnk-Info:    sbv=1; sbrc=-0; sbf=eb; sbw=000;

Don't wait Madonna try to balance fitness, safety

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 17:50, 5 March 2013‎ (UTC)

As far as I know, the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit foundation which oversees the Wikimedia Commons, does not have a "fraud security department", but in any case, this mail has nothing to do with the Wikimedia Foundation or Wikimedia Commons. Just like anyone can write a fake sender address on an envelope or postcard, anyone can use a fake "From:" line in their e-mails. The real origin, which you can tell from the penultimate "Received" line, is, a server belonging to Orange in Poland, so you should contact instead. LX (talk, contribs) 19:43, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 22:12, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Image update

Hi, I wanted to fix an error in a physics image, but apparently my account is too new.

The old image is here: My new image is here:

Can somebody please update the old image with the new?

Thank you, Euan Richard (talk) 08:40, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

What error did you fix? Ruslik (talk) 12:02, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
I would not use that a fix for me that is a different "interpretation"--Sanandros (talk) 21:32, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
I brought it up at the physics project at en:wp. They are discussing using Template:Universal replace on it.--Canoe1967 (talk) 15:11, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Adding a licence

I have had an image removed by Nikbot who says what I have shown is a template and not a licence. The image in question is a school crest which I photographed on the cover of a school magazine dated 1952. I could substitute a photograph of the same badge on my old school blazer - would that make any difference. I have read the various references intended to help me add a licence but still cannot see how it is done. Can you point me in the right direction please? Patronicus — Preceding unsigned comment added by Patronicus (talk • contribs) 16:41, 1 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • If the bot says the image didn't have a license, it simply means that there was no template indicating how the image was licensed. You did not indicate a license on upload, nor did you add a template after the fact. See especially Commons:Copyright tags, also Commons:Licensing. - Jmabel ! talk 16:47, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Generalleutnant Ewald von Kleist.jpg

Moin Kollegen, augenscheinlich hab ich erneut ein Problem verursacht, bzw. verstehe nicht genau was ich diesmal falsch gemacht habe. Das von mir verwendete Bild ist mind. Ü. 120 Jahre alt, es ist vermutlich quasi ausgeschlossen, dass der Urheber lebt! Ebenfalls vermutlich, besser wahrscheinlich ist schon die in der FG Kleist verwendete Abbildung eine Kopie von einem Porträt das zu Lebzeiten des Probanden gemacht wurde, was ein Alter von ca. mind. 300 Jahren zur Basis legt. Ich würde mich über eure erneute, geduldige, professionelle Hilfe sehr freuen. --Lars Severin (talk) 17:29, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Na ja, dennoch fehlt die Lizenz. {{PD-art-100}} oder {{PD-art|PD-old-100}} mußt Du hier eintragen. Kategorien fehlen auch. Da muß man manchmal ein bisschen suchen. Für die Familie Kleist gibt es evt eine Kategorie oder Militärangehöriger dieses oder jenen Landes. Wenn es wirklich überhaupt nichts geben sollte, was paßt, dann nimm [[Category:Engravings]].--Botaurus (talk) 18:31, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
Kat ist drin. Danke! Friedrich Wilhelm Gottfried Arnd von Kleist stammt aus der selben Quelle, da sind noch weniger Angaben, und es gab nie probleme?! Lars Severin (talk) 18:41, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Die Lizenz ist bei dem halb falsch (70 Jahre). Das gibt es hier aber massenhaft. Wenn keine Lizenz vergeben ist, springt ein Bot (also ein Roboter) automatisch an. Der sieht nicht, daß es ein alter Stich ist. --Botaurus (talk) 18:54, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

"Commons:Categories for discussion" page

I used "Nominate for discussion" in the toolbar, and it created "Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/03/Category:Demolished buildings in New York City". But it added a category to the "Category:Demolished buildings in New York City" page: CfD 2013-03 in red (page does not exist). How can I create a live link? Thank you for your help. Hamblin (talk) 02:51, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Now it seems the page "Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/03/Category:Demolished buildings in New York City" has been deleted and I don't know why. Hamblin (talk) 03:01, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/03/Category:Demolished buildings in New York City looks fine from here, technically speaking. By the way, CfD 2013-03 is a maintenance category that helps keep all the deletion requests organized by date, so it doesn't really matter that it's red. Mono 04:21, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
O.K. Thanks a lot! Hamblin (talk) 17:09, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:GroveLeonard FrederickPhilipGrove 1921-22.low copy.jpg

This is the first time I've uploaded an image to Wikipedia. I went through the Wikimedia Commons and followed the guidelines, but I'm seeing that there is copyright information missing and the image will be taken down in 7 days. I'm not sure what else I need to add/where I need to add it. Help!

--Gbeey (talk) 21:34, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

You don't indicate any licensing, and I suspect that you are not in a position to license it.
  • I presume you do not own the intellectual property rights to the image, so any route involving you granting a license won't work, so...
  • Is this image in the public domain? More specifically, is this image in the public domain in both the US and the country where it was taken, and if so why? I suspect it is not.
In short, I don't think it qualifies for Commons, though I could be missing something. It probably can be uploaded to the English-language Wikipedia on a "fair use" basis (which is not allowed on Commons). To do that, you'd upload it to the English-language Wikipedia (not Commons) and use en:Template:Non-free use rationale.
- Jmabel ! talk 01:31, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
Hi, The bot is looking for a template telling the copyright status of the photograph. To determine the copyright status, some informations are necessary, at least the year and country of first publication and often the identity of the author. Did you scan this photo from the 1976 book ? if so, and if the photo is known, or can be reasonably assumed, to have been first published in Canada, then it should be fine if you add the following status templates to the description page, under "licensing": {{PD-Canada}}{{PD-1996}}. Then, at the same time, you can remove the warning tags from the page. While you're there, please also add relevant categories. Also, why does the title say "low copy"? Do you have a better copy you could upload? -- Asclepias (talk) 01:40, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Ah, yes, {{PD-Canada}} would apply here but, Asclepias, what is your basis for assuming that publication did not conform to U.S. formalities? In my experience, most Canadian books from the period did. - Jmabel ! talk 07:33, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
You're right. The 1976 book may have had a notice for its textual contents. But the photograph was already in the public domain in Canada at that time, and likely used as such by the publisher. I don't know if a notice written about the texts by Grove and Pacey would sort of inadvertently grab the unidentified photographer's work. I suppose there may be some uncertainty unless the uploader can tell more about the whereabouts of the photograph between 1921 and 1976. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:57, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
OK. So {{PD-Canada}}{{PD-1996}} seems a pretty safe guess, but it would be good to check the source for photo credits and copyright notices. I'll add the templates to the photo, but someone may want to look into this further. - Jmabel ! talk 16:38, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
If the 1976 book used the image without permission from the photographer, then USA law states that the photo is unpublished. {{PD-1996}} is only relevant for photos which were first published before 1 March 1989. If this wasn't published before that date, then you need to demonstrate that {{PD-US-unpublished}} applies. If this is a self-portrait, then {{PD-US-unpublished}} doesn't apply and then the image is still protected by copyright in the United States, unless it has also been published elsewhere. --Stefan4 (talk) 13:46, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

The image is public domain, and the photographer is unknown although it is very likely that it is a posed self-portrait by Grove. Thank you, Asclepias, for updating the licensing and removing warnings. -- Gbeey

Your thanks go to Jmabel. :) -- Asclepias (talk) 20:04, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Why isn't US states template working on category?

Can someone tell me why the US states template working on the category I just created Category:Flooded roads in Georgia (U.S. state)? It doesn't show Georgia in the US states template. Thanks. --Mjrmtg (talk) 03:59, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Works for me, Georgia is shown as the first item. MKFI (talk) 07:45, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Now it shows, might have been my cache or something. --Mjrmtg (talk) 13:36, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Did u purge?--Sanandros (talk) 18:38, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes, thanks. --Mjrmtg (talk) 18:48, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Logo Musikfreunde Kiel.gif

Ich habe die Genehmigung des Vorstandes des Vereins der Musikfreunde, diese Datei zu nutzen. Der Vorstad ist damit einverstanden, dass das Logo auf Wikipedia genutzt wird. Mir ist nicht klar, was ich bei der Bild-Datei an Copyright-Informationen einstellen muss und wie ich dies nachträglich bei einer bestehenden Datei mache.

Vielen Dank für die Hilfe

--Arne Heinemann (talk) 06:55, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

eine freigabe für wikipedia reicht nicht aus, du oder der Verein musst eine freie Lizenz hier auswählen. Ich würde {{cc-by-sa-3.0-de}} in deinem Fall empfehlen. Danach musst du eine E-Mail mit der Bestätigung der Lizenz an das OTRS-Team senden. Jedoch kann das eine weile dauern biss dass alles bestätigt wurde und daher kann es sein dass deine Datei für eine weile gelöscht wird.--Sanandros (talk) 07:55, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

RE: additional info about a Wikipedia page, (can't find anywhere to go)

I was looking at a file on a black cross on a white background and the title said "File:Cross-Not-Pattee-Not-Maltese.png". The image displayed, and definiton given, closely resembles what I know to be called a 'Teutonic Black Cross'. The only major difference being the curved parts on the Teutonic Black Cross. Maybe there is a relationship between the two, such as a differential of an artist's perspective? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 10:26, 2 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Link: File:Cross-Not-Pattee-Not-Maltese.png. According to the description this is a variation of en:Cross pattée. Teutonic knights used the more common form of cross patteé with curved arms, but the cross itself is much older. For more information you could try asking help from en:Wikipedia:Reference desk/Humanities. MKFI (talk) 10:51, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding User talk:Shams bahari

ضمن عرض سپاس، تصویر «علی اصغر بهاری» از یک سایت مرتبط با خودش این سایت شخص تهیه شد و هدف بارگذاری آن در مقالهٔ مربوط به خودش در ویکی پدیا فارسی به نام علی اصغر بهاری بود. لطفا راهنمایی نمایید چگونه باید عمل شود --Shams bahari (talk) 10:56, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi Sham Bahari, is it possible to wait a little bit longer? Because the Admin (User:Tarawneh) which is speaking Arabic is currently not so active. Or you directly write something on his talkpage.--Sanandros (talk) 18:38, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
مرحبا شمس. أنا أسف لا أتكلم الفارسية و لكن العربية. يبدو أن المغني توفي قبل 20 عام. , و هذه الصور لا ينطبق عليها Template:PD-Iran/en. هل يمكنك معرفة تفاصيل أكثر عن مصدر الصور. --Tarawneh (talk) 12:35, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
سلام بدون رضایت صاحبین وبسیایت شما اجازه بارگذاری تصاویر را ندارید اگر به مدیران این وبسایت در تماس هستید لطفا در صحفه بحث من یک پیغام بگذارید Mardetanha talk 15:54, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

message étrange

Bonjour j'ai reçu un message de Nickbot pour un problème de licence sur un fichier [[File:G. Bruno - Le Tour de la France par deux enfants p181b.jpg]]. Or je ne suis pas la personne ayant importé ce fichier. Il s'agit de Wuyouyuan (d'ailleurs ce nom apparaît à la fin du message). Je ne sais que faire : avertir Nickbot (je ne vois pas comment et j'ignore son dresseur), avertir Wuyouyuan ? Une personne qualifiée pourrait-elle résoudre ce problème ? merci. --Olivier tanguy (talk) 22:07, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Bonjour, Vous n'avez pas reçu ce message de Nikbot. Nikbot a laissé ce message sur la page de Wuyouyuan il y a trois mois et celui-ci y a donné suite dès le lendemain. C'est donc réglé depuis trois mois. Aucune action n'est requise de votre part. Si vous regardez l'historique de votre page de discussion [1], vous y verrez qu'hier, pour une raison inconnue, l'utilisateur Nerio9 a recopié sur votre page de discussion une section de la page de discussion de Wuyouyuan. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:53, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Uploading photo file

caption goes here

How to I get the photo file, Bugg Lake, to upload to the Bellerive, Missouri page? Thank youBridgian (talk) 20:37, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

File:Occoneechee State Park reflection (6077434534).jpg This one?--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:00, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
I'm not sure what you mean by "uploading" a file to a page, but if you just mean having the picture appear on the page, you can do something like this: [[File:Occoneechee State Park reflection (6077434534).jpg|thumb|caption goes here]], as demonstrated at right. - Jmabel ! talk 19:30, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Caribbean general map.png

I'd like to purchase a copy of this map, 36"X 24" is this possible? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 17:13, 3 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Convenience link: File:Caribbean general map.png - Jmabel ! talk 19:38, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
  • The full resolution is only 1,699 × 1,000 pixels, so it wouldn't blow up to that size. Commons and Wikimedia Foundation are not involved in selling any images. You'd be free to print the existing image at any resolution that works for you, but it would be a mess blown up that big. The creator of this image -- en:User:Kmusser -- describes himself as "a cartographer living near Washington, DC". You might contact him and see if he would be interested in creating a higher-resolution version; you would make such an arrangement with him privately. - Jmabel ! talk 19:42, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi there I'm creating a page about Scriven for my coursework. There are images I'd like to use from that are not currently uploaded on the wikimedia commons. Am i able to upload them so that i can use them for my scriven article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SineadWilliams29 (talk • contribs) 21:10, 3 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Anything on should be licensed with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, so you should feel free to do that; of course, there is no particular need for you to upload to Wikimedia Commons for you to use them in an article elsewhere. - Jmabel ! talk 04:25, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Issue with uploaded image file

An image file I uploaded File:Press_Release_Metropolis_Video_Rock_from_CBGB.pdf does not preview properly. At first I thought the reason was I had uploaded a compressed file. I have now tried to upload different file types and resolutions. All the versions display correctly at full resolution, some preview properly as thumbnails but which ever version I use as the selected (reverted) file fails to display correctly at the default resolution. Any suggestions regarding how to resolve this issue would be most appreciated. Thank you advance. MichaelDOwen (talk) 16:00, 4 March 2013 (UTC) [[

What do you mean by default resolution? 220px? works fine for me. --McZusatz (talk) 17:07, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
Why is this a PDF, anyhow? It's just a scanned page, so it should probably be PNG. It shows fine for me, though. --rimshottalk 18:44, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

how to clear or drag to trash

how to clear items on screen that you dont want every one to see — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 23:02, 9 March 2013‎ (UTC)

If you have items on your screen that you don't want others to see, don't show your screen to others and don't upload the items to the Internet. Don't worry, though – you can't upload anything to Commons unless you're logged in. But I'm guessing this question has nothing to do with the Wikimedia Commons media repository. LX (talk, contribs) 09:39, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
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Only one of two changes were applied after uploading a new version of the file.

Hi there. I've got a problem, and have no idea how to deal with it. It's with this file:

I've made HAPPY and COMMA look normal (not bold and without italics), but it still displays the A in COMMA as bolded. It's the same with the thumbnail, but when you click on the image it looks like it should. I don't know what else I can do, apart from reuploading the file over and over again. --Ahls23 (talk) 02:06, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Inkscape can really produce some horrible SVG source. If you open the file in a plaintext editor, the source for the part that you're concerned with looks like this (with some whitespace changes to make it at least somewhat readable):
<tspan style="fill:#ff0000; fill-opacity: 1" id="tspan3986">COMM</tspan><tspan id="tspan3959" style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; fill: #ff0000; fill-opacity: 1; -inkscape-font-specification: DejaVu Serif Bold Italic"><tspan style="font-style:normal; -inkscape-font-specification: DejaVu Serif Bold" id="tspan3044"><tspan style="font-weight: normal; -inkscape-font-specification: DejaVu Serif" id="tspan3045">A </tspan></tspan></tspan>
You'll probably want to move the A to the first tspan and remove the following three nested ones. For more help with SVG, Commons:Graphics village pump is usually the place to go to. LX (talk, contribs) 10:24, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the help, but opening the file with Notepad just made it unreadable by Inkscape (which by extension would mean unreadable by anything, including Wikipedia I suppose). What did help was removing the ",<enter>COMMA" and leaving plain "STRUT", saving the file, then adding back manually (not by copy-paste, that would too work I think but that's not what I did) ",<enter>COMMA". I then saved and uploaded it on Wikimedia, and that made it work. Problem solved! --Ahls23 (talk) 11:18, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 20:33, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

No subject

Hi i have a cronic problem in my van vw t4 transporter. The prolem is, when i drive this van for about 30 mnts to visit a customer , after ten mnts of visiting Or similar i try to dive van for another client, it never turns on , i wait for another 15mnts then i try again to run the engine, it starts again as if nothing Happened, this might happen frequently a day , or some other day . I tried to find the problem but negative results. Please try to me to get rid of this prolem Otherwise i will sell the van. Your help will highly appreciated. Reply to — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 20:56, 3 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Not sure where you meant to ask this but this is a page for help in using Wikimedia Commons, the media repository for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. Not really a place to ask for automotive advice. You might try - Jmabel ! talk 04:22, 4 March 2013 (UTC)
  • It may be a w:Recloser somewhere in the start circuit or if it turns over and doesn't fire then the air vent in the gas cap may be plugged. A mechanic may find it quick or expensive. Website advice may be cheaper if it is a common issue.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:12, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Chrysler, April 1963, no copyright?

File:1963 A831 Chrysler engine front.png

Is it indeed {{PD-US-no notice}} or it's fair use only? Source: car user manual, 11 MB pdf, dated April 1963 and no sign of copyright notice there. ?? Retired electrician (talk) 21:51, 4 March 2013 (UTC)


File:Green spring fields.jpg

上記のファイル風景が気に入って、facebookの画像として、またHPの画像として 使用したい場合は、どの方に許可を得れば良いのでしょうか?


教えてください。 — Preceding unsigned comment added by ヤスヤスヤス (talk • contribs) 05:46, 5 March 2013‎‎‎ (UTC)

File:Green spring fields.jpg#Licensingによりますと米国政府の著作物のためパブリックドメインのようです。誰からの許可もなしにお使いいただけます。 --whym (talk) 12:44, 5 March 2013 (UTC)


I apologize for posing a basic question: a friend (who knows me as an experienced Wikipedia editor) asked me to upload several photographs she took to Wikipedia Commons for the broadest possible use, i.e., what I understand to be the Creative Commons ShareAlike 3.0 license. She gave me permission through email to do this. But as I am not the photographer myself, I am baffled as to what license template I should use, as everything I seem to run across has the "self" code in it, and the statement "I am the author of this work," etc., which of course would not be appropriate.

If someone could kindly give advice on my Talk page, and perhaps suggest a specific code template to use for this third-party authorization. would be most grateful. I have (in the past) been a somewhat prolific Wikipedia editor, but the proper uploading/licensing of images is something new to me. I have wanted for years to get good images of various writers who died before my time up on Wikipedia, and have a number of friends with good original images who are quite willing to donate them to Wikipedia Commons if I could only leap what's probably a very simple editing hurdle. Again, many thanks — Sandover (talk) 13:53, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

I left examples on your talk page here and at en:wp. If they were previously published they may need OTRS as well. Commons:OTRS--Canoe1967 (talk) 15:41, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Windows 8 Start screen?

Would it be fine for me to take a screenshot of the Windows 8 start screen and upload it here (I have Windows 8 legally installed on my computer)? I haven't been able to find such an image on this site. I am unsure if this might infringe copyright.

If not, would I be allowed to upload a photo of my monitor, while it just so happened to be displaying the Windows 8 Start screen? I notice though there appear to be no direct screen-shots of Mac OS on this website, but there are of hardware running Mac OS. Same for Windows Phone.

Cheers. Gott wisst (talk) 01:36, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

If we consider the Windows 8 start screen to be copyrigted my MS, all these "tricks" don't work to bypass the copyright violation. --Túrelio (talk) 08:56, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
You cannot upload screenshots or photographs prominently featuring the user interfaces of Windows 8 or any other non-free software. A photograph of another subject which incidentally includes a screen displaying non-free software would be okay, but it doesn't sound like that's what you have in mind. Basically, if it can be used to illustrate an article on the software in question, it's not "just so happening" to be included. LX (talk, contribs) 08:59, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. Gott wisst (talk) 03:28, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 20:16, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Panganiban on December 2012..jpg

Are fansites (facebook, blogs, etc.) allowed as sources of images? --Irah59 (talk) 17:49, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Normally, no. Fan sites typically don't have a good understanding of (and conformance to) intellectual property law. - Jmabel ! talk
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 20:23, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

File:Palestine Jericho2 tango7174.jpg

Something happened while I was uploading the above file. I got an error message, unfortunately, I didn't write it down. When I refreshed the screen, I saw a 2nd upload without my own intervention. Then I noticed my image does not show in the respective categories although the links work. I tried without success the following avenues: upload manually a 3rd file, purge the cache, log out and log in, even restart my computer. Tango7174 (talk) 19:05, 10 March 2013 (UTC).

Sometimes categories don't update. Try again in 24 hours. Mono 19:33, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
A null edit fixed the categories. MKFI (talk) 06:18, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Problem solved. Thank you all.Tango7174 (talk) 14:25, 11 March 2013 (UTC).

This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 20:26, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

File:Kucher Makar Averkiev2.jpg

What's a problem with this file? Hunu (talk) 17:27, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

As well, as with this one File:Kruk Ivan Markov2.jpg? Hunu (talk) 17:34, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
And this one File:Kosarenchuk Ignat Ivan2.jpg? Hunu (talk) 17:36, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
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)


What license do I use for movies which expired copyright under Danish law (the law says there must be gone 70 years after the authors is dead)? --Gajolen (talk) 10:44, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Logo LB 4c.png

Hallo, das Logo ist das offizelle Logo der Landbell AG, Quelle: und ich wurde von Landbell gebeten die zugehörige Wikipedia-Seite zu aktualisieren und auch das alte Logo gegen das neue Logo, also dieses hier, auszutauschen. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 09:39, 6 March 2013‎ (UTC)

fixed broken formatting (open remark tag). Original post was by IP-user User: GermanJoe (talk) 11:39, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

"Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" release form upload

i uploaded a photo and the photgrapher gave me a copyright release, where do i place that with the photo i upload --i uploaded a photo to tim holmes_(actor) page and here is the copyright release from the photographer--I hereby affirm that [(Chris Hatounian) is] the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of [tim holmes_actor photographs-] I agree to [publish that work under the free license "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported).] I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws. I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites. I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by me. I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project. [SENDER'S NAME AND DETAILS (CHRIS HATOUNIAN PHOTOGRAPHY 818-704-4219 Cell: 818-384-7193--]
[SENDER'S AUTHORITY (I Chris Hatounian am the copyright-holder, director, appointed representative of, etc.)]

where do i put this copyright release at please and thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anotherbandgeek (talk • contribs) 09:55, 6 March 2013‎ (UTC)

w:en:Creative Commons
attribution share alike
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Attribution: Chris Hatounian
You are free:
  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

Put the above line in the licence section of the image. An email should probably be sent to Commons:OTRS. They may accept you forwarding his email, I think.--Canoe1967 (talk) 13:41, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

contact a wikipedia editor

Hi, I would like to contact RRburke but I don't know how? thanks inge — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ingejooris (talk • contribs) 20:51, 12 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Looks like you found the correct place: en:User_talk:Rrburke. --rimshottalk 21:37, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:14, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Clovers - Rock and Roll Revue Apollo Theater 1955.jpg

I found this Public Domain movie at the Internet Archive and captured a frame of The Clovers performing to include in their infobox. It received a "no license" tag. I'm not too sure about where I went wrong - so I was wondering if someone here could take a look at the image tag and the original Internet Archive page (link is provided in the description at Wikicommons) and adjust the tag so it is correct. I've already added the image to the article.


--Sluffs (talk) 14:44, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Looks like this is now correctly tagged. - Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Goethe Legende vom Hufeisen gesprochen von Hugo Thimig.OGG

Die Quelle der Tonaufzeichnung: Langspielplatte von AMADEO - Österr.Schallplatten Ges.m.b.H Club-Sonderauflage 64 386 A C-VSTX 1850 Burgtheater 1776-1976 Berühmte Stimmen Historische Aufnahmen 2.Platte --Herbert Josl (talk) 13:57, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Formal fehlt zunächst einmal eine Lizenz(vorlage). Verständlich, denn das setzt ja die Kenntnis des urheberrechtlichen Status der Aufnahme voraus. Du musst 1) herausfinden, von wann die Originalaufnahme stammt und 2) den urheberrechtlichen Status abklären. Letzteres dürfte hier einfacher gelingen. --Túrelio (talk) 13:57, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Goethe Legende vom Hufeisen gesprochen von Hugo Thimig.OGG

--Herbert Josl (talk) 20:20, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
{{no source since|month=March|day=7|year=2013}}
I've taken the liberty of using "nowiki" to prevent the large template someone stuck here from expanding. - Jmabel ! talk 00:40, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

I have no idea why that template above is here on the help desk, since there is no prose in any language to say what the question is. The page that is linked is currently tagged with {{Remove this line and insert a license instead}} and, indeed, no license is given for the file. - Jmabel ! talk 00:42, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

The date given on the page is an upload date, so no use in working out the copyright status. The voice is apparently that of someone who died in 1944, so this could well be public domain or about to become so in 2014 (70 years since death). If the underlying material is, indeed, Goethe, that is certainly in the public domain.

Can someone who knows German better than I help sort this out? - Jmabel ! talk 00:45, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

He is speaking Goethe's Legende vom Hufeisen (text). The speaker seems to have stopped working at the Burgtheater in 1924 according to Wikipedia. Rmhermen (talk) 02:53, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Mars Flyby Free-Return Possibilities.png

Hi would uploading these images to a Flickr account be the easiest way for the Inspire Mars Foundation to set copyright status on individual images? Their website is basically just one page ( ), which makes an online gallery on which copyright notices could be posted difficult. If Inspire Mars uploaded the slideshow media released at the National Press Club to a Flickr account and set copyright to Creative Commons Share and Share Alike, I could then fill out an OTRS ticket, note each image, etc. Would that be sufficient for establishing copyright? Thanks. EricMachmer (talk) 22:21, 7 March 2013 (UTC) --EricMachmer (talk) 22:21, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

The simplest way would be for to send an e-mail to OTRS releasing the images under an appropriate license. Ruslik (talk) 11:05, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Upload not working

I have video that I have attempted to convert to .ogv and upload. I started with .MOV files from my Canon Rebel T3i. Then, I cropped to .MP4 with Moyea Video4web Converter. Then, I converted to .ogv files with Miro Video Converter. I have tried the upload wizard from firefox 19.0.2 and oddly when I add the two files the circular upload indicator does not work. I have also tried this with a .JPG file and the same thing is happening. What is going on?--TonyTheTiger (talk) 12:04, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

P.S. trying to upload in chrome and all seems to be going well.--TonyTheTiger (talk) 12:06, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

1985 Roy retired.jpg

I have a jpg of an ink drawing c. 1985 of Roy Chaplin by artist Alan Denyer. The ink drawing has not yet been uploaded to Wikipedia nor to commons. I have a PDF of a signed permissions by the artist which reads

“Copyright Permission

I hereby affirm that I am the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of the attached ink drawing of Roy Chaplin (1899·1988). I agree to publish that work under the free licence "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported) and GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned with no invariant sections, front -cover texts, or back-cover texts)

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws. I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by me.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.”
—Alan Denyer, Email from Jonathan Chaplin (Address of artist redacted by Senra)

What are my next steps? Do I upload the file with the above quoted permission (is {{Cc-by-sa-3.0}} the correct license in this case?) or do I send the image, along with the permissions document, to someone (would that be OTRS?) for verification first? I am unsure as I am not the license holder in this case and I have agreed with user:Jonathan Chaplin (via email) that I would help him with this.

--Senra (talk) 12:13, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Upload the image file and tag it with {{OTRS pending}}. Then you should forward the email from Alan Denyer, including this pdf and mentioning the (then known) filename, to (OTRS). If the permission is accepted, an OTRS volunteer will then add a so-called OTRS ticket to the image page and everything is fine. --Túrelio (talk) 14:01, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for the reply. I am in the process of carrying out your instructions using the Upload Wizard. I received the following error message during the upload process
  • Another reason not mentioned above
  • The license is described by the following wikitext (must contain a valid copyright tag):
  • This does not seem to be valid wikitext, or does not contain a license.
What should I do now? --Senra (talk) 16:35, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes check.svg ResolvedI included two licenses; both {{OTRS pending}} and {{Cc-by-sa-3.0}} which seemed to be accepted by the Upload Wizard. The uploaded file is available at File:1985 Roy retired.JPG --Senra (talk) 16:55, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:New world record from a 15 years old.jpg i uploaded these two files and received a message "does not have sufficient information on its copyright status" these are both old articles and where public domain thus I do not know where to categorize them since they are no longer under any copyright protection. I would appreciate your help in classifying them. thanks

--Sharky60 (talk) 14:21, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Why do you think these articles, which even include several photograpies, are "public domain"? One article is said to be from 1976, which is not that long away. Copyright usually last for 70 years after the death of the photographer. The other article, which also includes a photo, looks far more recent. --Túrelio (talk) 14:27, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Turelio for the answer. one is 1976 the other 1995. They were both done about me and will be linked to a Wikipedia page (someone is working on it). So I do not know how to classify them. Help!--Sharky60 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sharky60 (talk • contribs) 15:20, 8 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Thanks. But, it seems you did not really understand the problem. So far there is no proof or evidence that these 2 images are free or "public domain". Both contain text as well as photographies and both are recent. You need to provide a written permission from all the photographers and from the authors who have written the text. Otherwise, both files will be deleted. --Túrelio (talk) 15:39, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much....this is maze to walk through! Should I list these pix under {{PD-scan}} since they are scans of original printed articles in the printed media? thanks for the help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sharky60 (talk • contribs) 16:38, 8 March 2013‎ (UTC)

@Sharky60, as you never showed any sign of understanding what I wrote, there might be a language problem here. As you may be an Italian-speaker, please contact one of my Italian colleagues User:Blackcat, User:Jaqen or User:Elitre with whom you can talk in Italiano. In addition, there is Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag. --Túrelio (talk) 17:48, 8 March 2013 (UTC)

Video of an actor's dance and speech

  1. I have taken a video of an actor conducting a speech as a special guest at an annual fest. (I have already uploaded still photos[2]). Does such videos of an actor comes under the scope of the project?
  2. I got another 14 s video of him dancing without any music or song. Can I upload it too.
  3. It also includes identifiable images of involved individuals who are not famous. Can uploading videos containing them affect their privacy (as I am making their portrait public without asking them)? Thanks for your helpVanischenu mTalk 16:34, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
  1. Anything that can be plausibly used in an article is within the scope of this project.
  2. I am not sure if it is covered by w:related rights?
  3. If images were made in public places or in private places but with a consent of the subject then they are ok. If they were made in private places without a consent of the subject then they are probably not ok. Ruslik (talk) 11:23, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I need someone to make a page for me

I am willing to pay, I have no idea how to use wiki, i need an experienced editor. All information needed will be given. if you are interested email me at — Preceding unsigned comment added by Autumnleaves1 (talk • contribs) 17:41, 8 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Based on your edits on en:Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Tommy Miranda, I'm guessing you're talking about creating an encyclopædia article on the English Wikipedia project. The site you're on right now is Wikimedia Commons, a media repository used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. We do not host encyclopædia articles. You should be aware that English Wikipedia's guidelines very strongly discourage paid advocacy. LX (talk, contribs) 09:07, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Mistaken bot, image File:Vauxhall 30-98 Saloon 6018427012 crop.jpg

This image is a crop of an image previously loaded from Flickr, not a new image from Flickr. The bot seems to have misunderstood that and it may have been my fault. Somewhere in the upload (of the crop) process I lost track of the file for five minutes, (much stupid scrabbling to find it, can't explain any of that) and this may have been when the bot looked at it. How do I fix the file so the red cross and pink note go away (legitimately)? Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 23:06, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

I fixed it. Keep in mind you could use or user:cropbot to do things easier. --McZusatz (talk) 12:36, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Problem adding copyright deletion notification to a user talk page

I'm trying to add a notification to 12TkH's talk page about a file I have flagged for deletion due to copyright violation. I have tried adding the following tag: {{subst:nothanks-sd|File:A Vintage Portrait of Allen Bard and Him Teaching One of His Students.png |header=1|url= }} but when I save to preview, it just shows code, not the proper preview of the notification template. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Girona7 (talk • contribs) 00:16, 10 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Thanks for helping out! There is no template nothanks-sd, so there is nothing to substitute on the talk page. Next time use {{subst:image permission|File:A Vintage Portrait of Allen Bard and Him Teaching One of His Students.png}} ~~~~. Cheers, Mono 00:24, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
Okay, will do. Thanks! And whoops on the previous signature... Girona7 (talk) 00:33, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
Girona7, it looks like you're trying to use templates from English Wikipedia here on Commons. That won't work in most cases. With English Wikipedia's en:Template:Db-f9, it worked, because {{db-f9}} is a redirect to our slightly less cryptically named {{copyvio}} template that can also accept the url parameter. The proper talk page notice to go with {{copyvio}} and corresponding to the English Wikipedia's en:Template:Nothanks-sd is {{copyvionote}}. You'll see the full text to add to the user's talk page if you click the text that says "Click here to show further instructions" after you've tagged a file.
Mono's response is probably based on the image currently being tagged with {{no permission since}}. For some unknown reason, Fastily removed your copyvio tag and replaced it with a tag that gives the uploader seven days to provide evidence that the copyright holder approved the stated license. Of course, there is no stated license, just a non sequitur statement that the image isn't protected by copyright and needs no permission because the photo was found on the Internet. The uploader obviously hasn't contacted the copyright holder, and waiting for some permission to arrive is obviously going to be fruitless. Anyway, {{image permission}} is the talk page notice that goes with {{no permission since}}. {{copyvionote}} would be the one to go with your original (and more appropriate) tagging. LX (talk, contribs) 10:02, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Uploading svg version of NYPD logo - jpg image is already on commons (since 2009)

My apologies if I'm being too obtuse.

There is presently a jpg image of the shoulder patch used by the NYPD on the Commons, here:

I have an svg version of the shoulder patch which I created myself based on images of the patch available online. I'd like to contribute the svg image to the commons if possible, but I am thoroughly confused by the various copyright rules on the commons. The information page for the jpg image - - states that the jpg image should be acceptable under the fair use doctrine; however, it is entirely unclear to me how to determine if the image I have created qualifies or not. If it's acceptable, I'd be happy to upload it (if I can figure that part out as well).

I realize that this question might be a little hard to answer without my image itself; however, I didn't want to upload it without first knowing if it's acceptable and I don't currently have any place to host it.

Cheers— Preceding unsigned comment added by Tisias (talk • contribs) Tisias (talk) 01:49, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

en:File:Nypdpatch.jpg is not hosted on Commons, but on English Wikipedia. Commons does not host non-free fair use content. For questions about non-free content hosted on English Wikipedia, you should turn to en:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions. Cheers, LX (talk, contribs) 10:10, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Another Celia Sawyer 2013 Cool 10 Project.jpg

i was asked to upload the picture from the owner and to whom the wiki is about how do i tag this correctly to retain iy on the site please thanks

--Realpoetical (talk) 15:13, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 17:45, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

The photographer has all the links needed to licence through OTRS.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:45, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Two photos for commons

I tried to upload two pictures on a site written about me and there appears to be questions about the copyright ownership. One photo was a portrait of me (Roger L. Schlaifer) taken by my wife and one was a photograph of Andy Warhol and me taken by a former employee as a work for hire. I will warrant ownership of both photos.

There are numerous articles supporting all that the writer of the article put on the site, yet the sire isn't up. The only change I would like to make is that the site be listed as Roger Schlaifer since few know of the middle initial. What needs to be done next? My technical skills are minimal.



  • Several things:
    • It would help if you would clarify "a site written about me" by providing a link. Are you talking about a Wikipedia article (I don't offhand see one for your name) or something somewhere else?
    • I'm not sure what "I will warrant ownership" means. Physical ownership of the photos is not relevant to intellectual property ownership (e.g. ownership of the copyright).
    • If the pictures have been published elsewhere without a clear statement of free license and are now to be uploaded to Commons, we need a statement asserting copyright and granting a free license. See Commons:Licensing#Acceptable licenses for an explanation of what constitute acceptable licenses and Commons:OTRS for how to email us the relevant release of permission.
    • I presume "sire" is just a typo for site, but even so I can't work out what the first sentence of your second paragraph means. What article, what site? And of course we can't begin to answer what needs to be done next until you help sort that out.
    • It would be helpful if you would end your posts in discussions such as this with ~~~~, which will be automatically turned into a link to your account, plus a timestamp.
  • Jmabel ! talk 15:39, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Good enough licens

In the picture Mariagerfjord Renseanlæg1.jpg, that are written (on danish) This picture are only to use on Wikipedia. I dont think thats good enough, other people should could us it too before it can go on commons. -- 15:35, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: File:Mariagerfjord Renseanlæg1.jpg.
  • It says "The logo is for use on Wikipedia," which makes no sense, because no logo is provided.
  • It also provides Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported as a license, which would be an appropriate license, but the other phrase casts that in doubt.
  • The same user Søren1997 (talk · contribs) made both statements. His user page does not indicate that he speaks English. Would someone who reads and writes Danish try to sort this out? Thanks. - Jmabel ! talk 15:50, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Translation into other languages

There is a script/tool for the translation of images (SVG-files) in different languages. I know it is there, but I cannot find it. Does somebody know. Citypeek (talk) 21:28, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

I found it myself. It is the "translation possible" template. Citypeek (talk) 06:19, 18 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Misnamed image file

I have come across a file which has been misnamed and mis-categorized, according to both the file description and by comparing to others within the category. I don't know what (if anything) should be done, since I'm unfamiliar with Commons protocol, etc. I'm afraid that if I try to change things, I would make a mess of it.

  • File:Kadalekatu Ganesha temple.jpg -- See: [3] and w:Hampi
should be:
~Regards, ~E: 19:53, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
✓ Done. The category can be replaced like this: . (Use the edit link on the top right of the file page for to access the source code.) --McZusatz (talk) 20:45, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
~Thanks, ~E: 04:22, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Official confirmation for images usage from Wikimedia

Good afternoon, I would like to know about the reusing images outside Wikimedia of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

If I understood correctly they are in common rights what means that i can download them and use? If so I would like to require official document (confirmation) from Wikimedia saying that these pictures are free of rights and i may use them. Is it possible to arrange? My deadline for these pictures is very short so I would really appreciate help from your side. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks in advance — Preceding unsigned comment added by Irina.Marseille (talk • contribs) 13:05, 12 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • All have been tagged by their uploaders as being in the public domain, at least under Turkish law. However, the Wikimedia Foundation cannot provide formal certification that the uploaders were correct. You might be able to get a more formal statement by contacting the people who uploaded them, but it's hard to imagine why they would give it to you. If someone asked me for a legally binding formal statement about the provenance of a photo and they were not offering me any compensation for that, I wouldn't do it. You're asking someone to take on a legal liability for no financial consideration. - Jmabel ! talk 01:46, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

adding a picture to a page with permission of author


Saskia De Coster ( has made the cover of her newest novel herself. She has asked me to change her old cover in the new one but now it doesn't get accepted because it is a book cover. It is her cover. You can find it on her website: I have tried more times to upload on her wikipage but it gets blocked. How can i fix this or can you help me? With kind regards inge — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ingejooris (talk • contribs) 20:59, 12 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • For materials that have already appeared elsewhere and are uploaded by someone other than their creator, we need you to email explicit permission, as described at COM:OTRS. And you should upload to a distinct name, not overwrite the existing image. - Jmabel ! talk 01:48, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Files deleted and I want to restore them

Hi! I have added several files that I have found on Pinterest page of the company about which I am making the Wiki page. And they have been deleted. How can I restore them and provide more detailed info about the source? Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lapoletta (talk • contribs)

Any image needs to have a valid license, preferably CC-BY-SA. "More info about the source" is not enough. Ruslik (talk) 11:43, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Software for speech recognition

I read with great interest that when I speak in Hindi it will be typed in Hindi in my computer with a software that has been developed by Shrutlekhan-Rajbhasha which writes, "Shrutelkhan-Rajbhasa is a Hindi language speech recognition software application developed by C-DAC in collaboratiion with IBM, It takes Hindi sound as input and converts to Devanagari text as putput". I would like to purchase this software. Where can I get and what is the cost? Can you please help me? I will be happy to make a donation to your organization also.

My name is Tika Thapa and I live in USA. This software would be wonderful for my folks back at home who then can read in their native language for lack of English language.

Best Regards. Tika Thapa — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:53, 13 March 2013‎ (UTC)

What – if anything – does this have to do with the Wikimedia Commons media repository? LX (talk, contribs) 18:11, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Watchlist style changed

I thought surely some would have asked about this already, but I couldn't find anything in the archives here or at the Village Pump. My watchlist formatting changed a while ago. It used to be "normal", which would look like:

(diff | hist) . . Category:Paintings of Greece‎; 18:01 . . (+27)‎ . . Ixtzib (talk | contribs)‎ (Added parent categories) [rollback]

and now it says:

     m ! 18:01 Category:Paintings of Greece‎ (diff | hist) . . (+27)‎ . . Ixtzib (talk | contribs) (Added parent categories) [rollback]

Also, the font for the stuff just before the filename is in a small monospace font.

Is this just me? Is everyone's watchlist like this now? Is there a simple way to get it back to the formatting used on the other projects? WhatamIdoing (talk) 00:42, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

I do not see a change, my watchlist shows the first format with (diff | hist) in the beginning (MonoBook skin). MKFI (talk) 08:32, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Sounds like the setting "Group changes by page in recent changes and watchlist (requires JavaScript)" in your preferences has been changed. You'll want that box unchecked to get what you call "normal" format. LX (talk, contribs) 08:38, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Fixed! Thank you, LX! WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:50, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 14:59, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Rename a category

Hi. I don't how to (or if I can) rename a category by myself. Please, rename Category:Wachowski brothers by Category:The Wachowskis (used on Wikipedia) or Category:The Wachowski siblings. Thank you. (Not native english) Hauru (talk) 11:28, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

I'll take care of this. - Jmabel ! talk 15:47, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Looks like the bot that moves categories is very backed up (days), but the request is in the queue. - Jmabel ! talk 15:51, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
For future reference, instructions are at Commons:Rename a category. LX (talk, contribs) 17:06, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:47, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

How can I know the clicked number

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am very appreciated if you will answer my two questions as following: 1.How can I delete my wrong article which has been upload. 2.How can I know the clicked number of my upload article I am looking forward to your response

Best wishes,

Sincerely yours,

吴仕元 Shiyuan Wu ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by 吴仕元 (talk • contribs) 04:26, 13 March 2013‎ (UTC)

You cannot delete any article only administrars can delete any page. You may also read COM:D.--Sanandros (talk) 14:03, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am very appreciated if you will answer my two questions as following: How can I know the clicked number of my upload article I am looking forward to your response

Best wishes,

Sincerely yours,

吴仕元 Shiyuan Wu ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 11:05, 14 March 2013‎ (UTC)

I am not sure what you mean by "upload article". Here at Commons there are no articles, only media files. Over at Wikipedia there are articles, but they are not uploaded, they are edited. Anyway, if you meant to know how many people accessed a specific article on Wikipedia, here you go: . --Túrelio (talk) 11:50, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Dear Sir or Madam:

Thanks for your response. I mean that I would like to know the number of my tributed file be clicked. I don't know if it is possible.

Best regards.

吴仕元 Shiyuan Wu — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 14:08, 14 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Please don't blank out comments like you did here and here, and please sign your comments with ~~~~. LX (talk, contribs) 15:17, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi: May I get the viewer statistic countor for my 2 contributed files, File:The Solar System going a circle for 60 years around the BeiDou constellations.JPG and File:太陽系圍繞北斗星座公轉60年一週期示意图.JPG ? Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 吴仕元 (talk • contribs) 07:09, 20 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Again, please sign your comments with ~~~~. I'll give you the same answer I gave in #Missing a view counter further down the page. You can use or tools:~emw/wikistats/. Select Commons as the project and specify the file name including the namespace and the file type extension. I believe this only includes views of the actual file description and not views of thumbnails in articles or hotlinked uses on other sites. I'm not sure whether it includes localised file description pages of files hosted on Commons (e.g. en:File:Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Golden Gates.jpg). LX (talk, contribs) 18:46, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:46, 20 March 2013 (UTC)


Please I would like to add the category "Anja Christine Roß". How I can make this when I finished the upload-procedure?--Annr 16:53, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

I created Category:Anja Christine Roß and put it in Category:Light art in Germany. I don't do German well so you may wish to find other categories for it. Should it be spelled 'Roß' in German or 'Ross' in English with re-directs?--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:58, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 23:09, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:CAPTCHA Banner.jpg

Hi, I need help setting the copyrights for the file mentioned in the title. I think it's not copyrighted and its source is unknown.

--Galzigler (talk) 22:21, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Commons can't accept files without a free license. Since you don't know where it came from, it's impossible to know if it was licensed under a free license. Works are copyrighted by default, so unless you have a source, license, and permission from the author Commons cannot accept that file. Mono 22:28, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
That's why I asked for help, I don't know what its source. It can be found on many sites. Anyway, can't it be defined as simple geometric shapes and/or text? Galzigler (talk) 17:30, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Probably artistic enough to be eligible for copyright. "Can be found on many sites" is beside the point. Sorry. - Jmabel ! talk 00:17, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
The meaning was, it was published and got popular, so it's hard to find were it began. None of the sites which are using this image claimed ownership on it as the creator or referred the ownership to another person. The question is, if something like an Internet meme can be copyrighted. Those are published totally ignoring of copyrights issues, so it's really hard to tell who was the first to publish it. Galzigler (talk) 15:24, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes, pictures that become Internet memes can be copyrighted. It says so right in the copyright law, that pictures are copyright upon creation.--Prosfilaes (talk) 22:11, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

The Eva Fidjeland page

Hello, Yesterday I added requested information on my Commons Wiki page, about my reconstruction work for the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, among my other merits. Within some minutes my information was deleted. It seems to me that I somehow have been blacklisted, as every piece of information I contribute to the Wiki is consequently automatically deleted. Would you kindly investigate why this is so? I feel certain that some mistake has been made conserning my user status, as I cannot see any conceivable explanation for the deletion. Perhaps the reader of this message could add it to Wikimedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Evafidjeland (talk • contribs)

your page it outside the scope of this project (Commons) as it is here as a repository of freely licensed images. As such your biography might be acceptable on Wikipedia if it falls within their scope. Thanks --Herby talk thyme 16:05, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
Just to be clear: it would appear that prior to this question, your only edits on Wikimedia Commons were to File:Eva_Fidjeland.jpeg. Despite its title (your name), it appears to be an artistic image of some sort, not a portrait or similar. As such, it's not at all obvious how it would fall in Commons scope. Also, you don't seem to have granted any sort of free license for it, so it is likely to be deleted. Please see Commons:Licensing#Acceptable licenses; also, because this is an artistic image, assuming it is considered to be within scope you might need to go through the process described at COM:OTRS to clarify that you are the artist and you are granting a license. - Jmabel ! talk 00:43, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Is there someone with a bit of time on their hands who might try to guide this person through the various WMF projects, because she's obviously a bit frustrated, and perhaps someone might be able to help her get oriented better. - Jmabel ! talk 00:43, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Preferably, someone who can talk to her in Swedish. She has also been having problems with the ways things are done at English Wikipedia. Maproom (talk) 17:10, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Défense de Compiègne Otenin.jpg

This is a postcard published more than 100 years ago. It's author is dead before 1930 (>70 years). I guess this is now free of rights.

--Buckfast fr (talk) 09:22, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

If you're sure the author is dead more than 70 years ago (the card being more than 100 years old is not in itself a proof of that), just add {{PD-old-70}} to your file. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 09:31, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Missing a view counter

Hallo Pro's! First of all, sorry please for my horrable English. I'm quite new in Wikimedia Commons (a greenhorn) and not so familiar with all the functions. From Wipipedia (German) I'm used to click the view counter (Abrufstatistik) under my articles to check how often they were opened. There is a similar function in Wikipedia (englisch) as well, but there is no button and the whole procedure is a little complicating - sad. In Wikimedia Commons I miss such a tool now. Maybe I was just too stupid to activate this function/tool lill now. Could someone help me - or others who are interested as well? Thank you very much!--Frank Gosebruch (talk) 09:44, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

You can use or tools:~emw/wikistats/. Select Commons as the project and specify the file name including the namespace and the file type extension. I believe this only includes views of the actual file description and not views of thumbnails in articles or hotlinked uses on other sites. I'm not sure whether it includes localised file description pages of files hosted on Commons (e.g. en:File:Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, Golden Gates.jpg). LX (talk, contribs) 16:05, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks LX, you're great! That's what I was lookin' for. Why not to implement a link for one of these tools in every picture page?--Frank Gosebruch (talk) 09:02, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
My guess is, it's because it's more interesting to know how often a file is displayed than how many times a file description page is visited.
There is a very similar post at Commons:Forum#Betrachtungszähler - View Counter. A link was added to the footer of action=info (the Page information). -- Rillke(q?) 11:45, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

how do i talk to other commons

iam finding a difficult to tok to othr commns!o let me say wht does talk do tht is writn on my profile — Preceding unsigned comment added by Milton Mti (talk • contribs) 20:21, 16 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Your "talk page" is a page where people can leave you messages, and you can reply. If you want to leave a message for someone else, use their talk page. There's usually a link in their signature, such as here: --> -mattbuck (Talk) 21:00, 16 March 2013 (UTC)


how can i upload photos and how can everyone see that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Forhad (talk • contribs) 09:28, 19 March 2013‎ (UTC)

You can upload photos any of several ways; I believe the usual starting place is Commons:Upload. Once they are uploaded, anyone can see them. Do make sure you upload only photos to which you have the relevant intellectual property rights. - Jmabel ! talk 15:45, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Not sure why you're asking. You had already uploaded several photos by the time you asked this question, so it seems you already know how to do it. LX (talk, contribs) 10:41, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 10:41, 23 March 2013 (UTC)


Hi! I have contacted an Uzbek actress/singer personally on Facebook to get some photographs. She acted in a film together with one of my old acquaintances and that's why I was able to get in touch with her. She has sent me many very nice photos. She gave me full permission to upload them to Commons. How can I upload them without much hassle? I don't want to E-mail Commons admins because I haven't received a reply for my last E-mail that I sent months ago. Can I just upload the photos as my own work? She sent personal photos that were taken during her long career. They haven't been published anywhere. Nataev (talk) 21:11, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

You can't upload photos as your own work if they're not your own work, and a photo is not your own work unless you held the camera and pressed the shutter release button. You'll need the copyright holder's permission to publish the files under a free license. Normally, the copyright holder is the author, i.e. the photographer – not the person appearing in the photos. LX (talk, contribs) 22:56, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes, you're right. But the photos I have are personal photos that were taken by her family members, friends, herself, etc. The problem is that most of them were taken using an iPhone. Maybe I should not upload them after all. Nataev (talk) 23:01, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Personal photos are generally no different from other photos as far as copyright is concerned, and her family members and friends are just as entitled as a professional photographer to decide who may use their work and how. You'll have to get an appropriate permission from the appropriate people and send it in to our permissions archive in order to upload them. This process is quite slow because of a lack of active volunteers, which is unfortunate, but that's the way it is. LX (talk, contribs) 23:30, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Well, OTRS takes millions of years. So, I'm not going to take the trouble. Not worth it. Nataev (talk) 07:54, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:58, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:David_Stones_Live_Performance_August_31_2012.jpg

I've provided a url link ( to show proof that the copyright holder released this photo under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, but the description page says, "This media file does not have sufficient information on its copyright status". Please help, thanks. - HHDDOHH (talk) ( 23:30, 22 March 2013 (UTC))

I fixed the templates using flinfo. --McZusatz (talk) 20:30, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 20:30, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Animated Icons for Wikipedia

Here's my proposal example;

Educational institution IP address
To edit, please create an account at home and log in with it here.

Due to persistent vandalism (see edit log), anonymous editing from your school, library, or educational institution's IP address is blocked (disabled). You will continue to have access to read the encyclopedia. If you are logged in but still unable to edit, please follow these instructions. To prevent abuse, account creation via this IP address might also be disabled.

If account creation is disabled and you are unable to create an account elsewhere, you can request one by filling out this form. Please check on this list that the username you choose has not already been taken. If editing is required for class projects, please have your instructor or network administrator contact us (with reference to this IP address) at the Unblock Ticket Request System with a contact email address that is listed on your school's website. Thanks for your cooperation.

It's the Wikipedia schoolblock template... With an animated nuvola apps edu miscellaneous. Here's how I did it; I downloaded the image, went into Inkspace, and, deleting un-needed stuff for each of the 3 layers, exported 3 layers. One with the chalkboard, one with the chalk, and one with the letters. I imported them in Anime Studio Pro 7.0, and, at 40 fps, traced the chalk over the letters in time for me to say "To edit, please creature an account at home and log in with it here.". Then I masked the letters with bold letters blended in with the chalk board gradient and as the chalk traced, distorted them to un-cover the areas the chalk writes on. I uploaded it to Youtube here where you can see it in a higher frame rate in HD. I converted this into a gif and uploaded it here. The video is 40 fps (20 fps on YouTube) at 1200x1200. The gif is 40fps and 282x238 pixels. I know it's possible to make it an animated SVG but I don't know all of that complicated script stuff or how I made one. This is just an example. Ezekiel53746 (talk) 01:46, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

No matter what I try, I get a huge gif when I try to have the quality at 24fps and at least higher than 400px. This is ridiculous. I don't know how to make animated SVGs, there has to be some way. Ezekiel53746 (talk) 02:31, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
  • I, for one, find animated icons like this incredibly annoying and distracting. I literally have to cover them up or scroll them out of the way to read anything that is written near them, and I can't imagine I'm totally alone in that. Please be very sparing in using anything like this as part of templates, etc. - Jmabel ! talk 05:41, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
Alright then. I'm fine with that. Also, let's mention that the icon I used is a low quality gif that I don't know how to make higher. :/ Ezekiel53746 (talk) 21:42, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
I think there was this feature in the gif maker that could only play the gif once and not loop it. Maybe that will help? Ezekiel53746 (talk) 21:44, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
Nope, can't get that effect on Wikimedia Commons. NVM. It works! But I'll still deal with the fact if my idea isn't accepted. After all, I CAN just use it on MY wiki (made by Wikia). Ezekiel53746 (talk) 22:19, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
Within closer inspection, I noticed the image will play once once it's visible in the scren. This is pretty convinient to me. To see it again, just refresh. Ezekiel53746 (talk) 22:24, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

Propagation of username change from Wikipedia

I have recently had my username changed over on Wikipedia and I assumed the change would propagate to Wikicommons as part of the universal login system, but it has not. The change is simple (capitalization). How do I go about having my username updated on Wikicommons, including as the author of the file I uploaded? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aeronbuchanan (talk • contribs) 18:58, 17 March 2013‎ (UTC)

This should be a business for crats, please check Commons:Changing username and leave a request with them.--Ymblanter (talk) 20:15, 17 March 2013 (UTC)


Hi,i have no photoshop available.Is there any facility where i could request for removing watermarks for my uploads.---zeeyanketu talk to me 13:54, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanx a lot.---zeeyanketu talk to me 01:03, 24 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 01:59, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Photo Additions to article on Roger L. Schlaifer

Questions: The writer of this article had me submit two photos which have not been accepted: One a self-portrait and the other a photo of me with Andy Warhol which I own the copyright in: {{OTRS pending}} License as Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 [Roger L. Schlaifer, copyright owner of photo portrait of Roger Schlaifer] I am the copyright-holder of this self-portrait [March 14, 2013] It is on my amazon page for reference (The photo above is on the amazon page with my books)

License as Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 [Roger L. Schlaifer, copyright owner of photo of Roger Schlaifer and Andy Warhol] I am the copyright-holder of this photograph taken in 1985 [March 14, 2013]

I would also prefer to have my middle initial deleted on the page as it is not that well-know.

Kindly et me know. Yes, I would like to see my page on amazon. You have one on my cousin Robert Schlaifer.

My e-mail is schlaifer if there are any questions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by OddsMan (talk • contribs) 17:44, 17 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Some questions and remarks:
    • Question: What exactly is It seems to be some weird commercial wrapper around Wikipedia. What does it have to do with any of this? Sorry if this should be clear to me, but I don't get it.
    • Question: Similarly, what is this about a "page on amazon"?
    • I take it that the two photos in question are File:Roger Schlaifer portrait.jpg and File:Roger Schlaifer and Andy Warhol survey CPK prints.jpg, both of which were, indeed, deleted because at the time they appeared to lack permissions.
    • 2 more questions: did you email the above grant of permissions to, as explained at COM:OTRS? And, if so, did you indicate what two pictures it applies to (File:Roger Schlaifer portrait.jpg and File:Roger Schlaifer and Andy Warhol survey CPK prints.jpg).
    • I would also prefer to have my middle initial deleted on the page: If you are referring to something on, to the best of my knowledge that has nothing to do with Wikimedia Foundation. If you are referring to something on the English-language Wikipedia, that is, like Wikimedia Commons, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, but it's a separate project. However, I don't see any page about you there, so I have no idea what page there you would be referring to.
    • Do I correctly understand that User:OddsMan is you?
    • Please sign your posts in discussions here with ~~~~, which the wiki will turn into a signature and timestamp.
  • - Jmabel ! talk 00:37, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

remove picture

hello, how do i remove a picture that i uploaded? i have been looking here all over the place and i know i have to add something to the picture description but i can't find what. thank you so much for the help — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drusilla76 (talk • contribs) 21:09, 19 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Hello, If it's a file you uploaded very recently, then in the description page, you can add the template Speedydelete, with a short explanation, like this: {{Speedydelete|write the reason here}} - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Asclepias (talk • contribs)

i would love to have the two pictures removed that i have uploaded today if thats possible and if you could please help me out. the other question i have is what kind of copyright i need to fill in when the owner of the picture even gave the picture to me to be used on this page. thank you - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drusilla76 (talk • contribs)

  • Go to the pages for each of the images in question and do what Asclepias told you, and they will be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 01:51, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
    • Actually, in this case I'll just do it, since it is obvious what images you mean (the only two you've ever uploaded) and at least one of them looks like a copyright violation anyway. - Jmabel ! talk 01:56, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kathleen Garrett.jpg


The picture I am trying to upload is owned by me. The photographer, Dana Patrick, gave me the full rights to the photo when she gave me to contact sheet and all the negatives. This is my property. She no longer has the rights to these photos. How do I provide that information in order to upload the photo onto the Kathleen Garrett page? Please advise. Thank you

--Dennisandhenry (talk) 01:41, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Intellectual property rights are completely separate from physical ownership of media. As I understand it, if she didn't make a formal release, then I'm afraid she has not passed you these rights. - Jmabel ! talk 01:46, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
  • If you are still in contact with the photographer, COM:OTRS explains how you would clarify the release. - 01:48, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

How to put files to deletion

What are the templates to put files to deletion? Gusta (talk) 22:09, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

  • There are several; could you please give a little more context of the circumstances? - Jmabel ! talk 01:42, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
A image of a cd cover of a band that it's article is going to be eliminated. Gusta (talk) 16:48, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

{{NominateForDeletion}} --McZusatz (talk) 17:14, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

If you are asking how you nominate something for deletion, usually you want to use the "nominate for deletion" button on the image's file page. That will fill out all of the appropriate templates, etc., for the deletion process. And there is more to it than just filling out one template. - Jmabel ! talk 01:41, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Company Pictures

I work for a company and would like to upload our logo as well as some other pictures created by our company to Wikipedia. What is the correct copyright I should use? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jandyno (talk • contribs) 16:55, 21 March 2013‎ (UTC)

You could use {{PD-textlogo}} for textlogos. All other files need com:otrs-permission from their respective copyright holders. --McZusatz (talk) 17:39, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
It depends on the logo, if it displays a level of original creativity sufficient to be copyrightable, or not, and, if it is copyrightable, how free its author or copyright holder wants it to be and then you would have to ask whoever in the company is legally in charge of dealing with the copyrights. Please see the help page Commons:Threshold of originality for more information. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:48, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Android Commons App

Hi I'm a user of the Commons Android App and I have noticed that If I try to upload any file with a dot in the name, it gets queued until the infinite. I've uploaded lots of files, but all the files with a dot in the name have been queued for 2 days. Also, I've uploaded some files with / sign in the name and the program changed the Name, I presume it dosen't recognise the sign. But the problem with the files with the dot is urgent. ¿Can anyone fix it?--Coentor (talk) 14:20, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

We can't. But you can report it as described at
-- Rillke(q?) 13:40, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Lemma kreieren bzw. herunterladen

Grüß Gott aus München,

ich habe eine Datei auf Wikipedia commons in englisch herunter geladen (Wire rope spooling Technology) und würde daraus gern ein Lemma erzeugen. Wie mache ich das?

Danke für Hilfe, --ak 13:13, 19 March 2013 (UTC)Alfons Kifmann

Grüß Gott, Herr Kifman.
Sprechen Sie über File:Wiki Wire rope spooling Technol.pdf? Was ist ein Lemma? (Auf Englisch: What is a lemma?) WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:48, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Du willst also einen Wikipedia Artikel zu einer Datei, die Du auf Wikimedia Commons gefunden hast schreiben? Das ist eine gute Idee. Am besten Du liest Dir zuerst de:Wikipedia:Wie schreibe ich gute Artikel durch. Du brauchst das Bild/ die Datei übrigens nicht herunterzuladen, wenn Du sie nur einbinden möchstest. Siehe dazu de:Hilfe:Bilder.
Wenn Du nur den Englischen Artikel ins Deutsche übersetzen willst, beantrage den Import auf de:Wikipedia:Importwünsche. -- Rillke(q?) 13:33, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Rename Request

I don't know where to put it but I misnamed a file I uploaded. File:KennyOullet&Johnson.jpg should have the last names as they are in the Categories of the file (Jason Kenney & Marc Ouellet). MPSchneiderLC (talk) 15:02, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

  • When you run into something like this, you can just use Template:Rename on the image. - Jmabel ! talk 15:35, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Or use the Move-Link which is in the dropdown near the watch-star and the search input. -- Rillke(q?) 13:36, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Art work artist identification

I bought a Limited Edition, signed & numberd print at an estate sale many years but the last name of the artist is so scribbled, I can't read it, so I cannot identify their name & this is my question to Wikipedia. Can anyone identify the artist's last name. If I can't id who to ask for permission to upload a pic of the print, what would my next step be. If I knew who to ask, I wouldn't need to upload it. I don't want to use the artwork for an article, I only want to find out if any one of your experts can id the artist's last name. I thought if I uploaded it, maybe someone could id the aftist's signature. I have googled till I'm blind but I have not been able to find info about artists who did art work for the 1988AT&T Thunderbird Balloon Classics. The only name I have come up with for artwork for the hot air balloon classics belongs to a photographer. I have not found other copies of the print in any of the Poster or Print On Line Stores. Since I can't tell what the 1st letter to her last name is, I can't look under any of the List of Artist's names that I have used very successfully in the past. It would take years? Can any one help me. Since I don't know if it is free or not free, can I upload my pics of the hot air balloons just for a few minutes so someone there could take a quick look at it & then remove it? Please, please help.

Thank you very much,

Barb Greer

I found one by a Rick Vaughn from 1988: That may not be it though. What city was the 1988AT&T Thunderbird Balloon Classics in? Ebay searches may help as well.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:21, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
Have you tried using an image search program like to see whether anyone has scanned and uploaded the image to the internet?
Another option is to directly contact the successor organization, which is Arizona Balloon Classic, or perhaps a historical society in Glendale, Arizona (where the event used to be held) to see whether they could put you in touch with a person who might know the answer. WhatamIdoing (talk) 19:53, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Foals Holy Fire.jpg

Is it totally agaist copyright rights to upload a cover album in low resolusion? what is the proper tag for an album cover which one covey I've purchased. what about the cover albums I don't have in my possession? please help me. I'm going to need many album covers in order to creat music pages. thanks a lot.

--Masadaynaka (talk) 12:51, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi Masadaynaka, Wikimedia Commons supports free media only. Fair use exceptions are not permitted on Wikimedia Commons. Consequently, we accept cover albums only when we have a written confirmation by the copyright holders that they release it under a free license. This needs to be processed by our support team then. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 12:56, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Question about account closure

Hello! What happens to my uploaded files if I decide to delete my user page and talk page (by doing 'db-user' and 'db-u1|rationale='). Will my uploaded files be deleted or will they stay online on commons wiki? Thanks for your help! 15:35, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Deletion of user pages don't affect the files. The files will stay online, unless they are deleted independently. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:19, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

license photos from original article into the English translated entry

Dear Sirs

the editor of my entry

Amram Aburbeh
suggested to ask your help with photo license.

This Article I translated from the original wikipedia in Hebrew language and the photos are there. When the photos were uploaded they were for

public free use
How can I have the exact same photos of Rabbi Amram Aburbeh  in the  English  translation  (basically twin article should be indentical).

The second photo is about the cornerstone laying ceremony which was taken in 1926 (the editor mentioned more than 50 years ago) thanks Carmel Green — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carmel avivi-green (talk • contribs) 02:43, 12 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Convenience links: en:Amram Aburbeh, he:עמרם_אבורביע - Jmabel ! talk 01:36, 13 March 2013 (UTC)
Need someone who can read Hebrew to make sense of the licenses given on he-wiki. - Jmabel ! talk 01:38, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

ANSWER= THE SIGN FREE FOR PUBLIC USE is on the photos file waving the rights and permitting to use. question: is there a possibility for "link" of the Hebrew entry photo of Rabbi Amram Aburbeh to the English entry? thanks carmel — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carmel avivi-green (talk • contribs) 06:10, 22 March 2013‎ (UTC)

You cannot use a locally uploaded photo from another Wikipedia project without transferring it to the project where you wish to use it or to Commons. Based on Google translations, the license tag used in he:File:HaRav Amram Aburabia -Aburbeh chief Rabbi of Petach Tikwa.jpg and he:File:Or zaruaa - synagogue built by Ha Rav Amram ABURBEH Jerusalem 1926.jpg is essentially {{PD-self}}, and he:User:עמא claims to have personally created the photos in 2006. That is demonstrably false, as the subject died in 1966. Since only the legitimate copyright holder can release a photo into the public domain, the {{PD-self}} tag is bogus. To determine if these photos are still protected by copyright, we need truthful information who created them as well as the author's date of death (if applicable). Unless the copyright has expired, we'll need licensing permission from the legitimate copyright holder (i.e. the photographer or their heirs). As it stands, the photos would not be accepted on Commons and should not be hosted on the Hebrew Wikipedia either. LX (talk, contribs) 10:33, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Hugh Gray Photograph.jpg

I have uploaded the image, and I believe it qualify to the same licence as the similar image

But I'm unsure what to do next

--Mis4930 (talk) 19:23, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

What you should do next is read Commons:Fair use to understand why en:File:Hoaxed photo of the Loch Ness monster.jpg is not hosted on Wikimedia Commons (this site), but on English Wikipedia. File:The Hugh Gray Photograph.jpg will have to be deleted, because it's not a free photo, and Commons does not host non-free content. LX (talk, contribs) 22:49, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Publishing images in Wikimedia Commons

I have been publishing images in wikimedia commons this morning to be published on but they appear and then disappear. I went to the help forum and told they have been deleted. Can you tell me why since they are my images and I am trying to enhance the page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Leehitchens (talk • contribs)

Hi Leehitchens, based on all the images are copyrighted and owned by SCH Technologies Limited. If you are the owner then I apologies. Can you please send an email to explaining the case and your roll within SCH Technologies Limited?

Thanks.--Tarawneh (talk) 14:33, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

deleating a photo and my page always gets deleated

hey can you please delete this photo from wikimedia

and i made made an article which contained my biography as a music producer and it always gets deleted i dont understand hy..? because it ist just a bio of me.. can you please help me?


Hurricane — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hurricane production (talk • contribs) 12:21, 22 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Hi Hurricane, Wikimedia Commons hosts neither biographies, articles nor anything that primarily serves to advertise for a product or a company. The contents of your user page looked like an ordinary promotional web page but we are not a provider of ordinary web pages introducing people or businesses. Wikimedia Commons has a scope. Please make yourself familiar with this scope. Media and texts that are out of this scope, will be deleted. Regards, --AFBorchert (talk) 12:53, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
You can request speedy deletion by clicking the 'edit' button at the top of the page and pasting this:
{{Speedydelete|1=YOUR REASON HERE}}
into the file. Replace "YOUR REASON HERE" with an explanation that you're the author, that it's an unnecessary picture of yourself, and you would like it deleted. Save the page. Check back in a few days and see whether the picture has been deleted. If not, then you'll have to go through the longer, formal Commons:Deletion process. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:02, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
The file File:Hurricane production.jpg has been deleted as requested. --AFBorchert (talk) 16:44, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Am Kendel Straßenkarte.png

Hallo.Ich habe o.g. Straßenkarte hochgeladen um diese zu nutzen und einzubinden. Leider verstehe ich die Urheberrichtlinien nicht. Die Karte ist von Google. Ist die geschützt? Welches Urhebrrecht besteht?

Wenn ich diese Karte nicht verwenden darf, welche dann?

Danke füreine Info. MfG

--Top-deluxe1 (talk) 09:49, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Hallo, danke für deinen Beitrag. Allerdings sind die Karten von Google tatsächlich urheberrechtlich geschützt. Gerne kannst du eine Karte von "Open Street Map" hier hochladen. Diese sind unter einer freien Lizenz verfügbar. --McZusatz (talk) 20:34, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

How do i correct an error?

I recently uploaded an image. Unfortunately, my name for it is wrong. How do I correct it? The only thing I can think of to do is re-upload, give it a correct name, and the request the removal of the original upload.


Please place the {{rename}}-template with appropriate parameters on the file page. --McZusatz (talk) 21:19, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:US Debt Clock New York.jpg

I gave information where it is from and who is the creator (that he is ok with using the file wasn't asked) of the image, so what can I do more?! Kilon22 (talk) 21:51, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Please have a look at the deletion log message. --McZusatz (talk) 22:20, 23 March 2013 (UTC)


I don't understand what is wrong with anything I have submitted. It is all too legal for me to comprehend. If someone can explain to me what violations I have committed with my uploads and entries I will gladly explain. I have complete rights to all that I have created since I am both Ed Seeman and Eduardo Cemano. Regarding any Frank Zappa material is concerned, as his personal filmmaker during our 1967 1968 collaboration, I have contractual permission to show certain short films we created together. Please advise!

The reason is given at Commons:Deletion requests/File:ED SEEMAN BIO.jpg. We only accept media files. --McZusatz (talk) 11:34, 24 March 2013 (UTC)


Hello, I need some help deleting a photo from the wiki commons. The file is JRsigning.jpeg. It was added by mistake and I would like for it to be deleted. Thanks for all of your help!Kellyholder1 (talk) 14:02, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

done: File:JRsigning.jpg. --McZusatz (talk) 15:32, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Bildrechte für historische Fotos im eigenen Besitz

Ich habe eine Frage zu den Bildrechten historischer Fotos, die sich in einem Nachlass befinden, den ich geerbt habe. Diese Fotos zeigen ausschließlich den Erblasser bzw. dessen Familienmitglieder, die alle nicht mehr leben. Die Fotos sind zwischen 50 und über 100 Jahren alt. Gleiches gilt für Kunstwerke, die vom Erblasser geschaffen wurden. Kann mir jemand sagen, ob ich diese Fotos unter einem Wikipedia-Artikel über die verstorbene Person verwenden kann und ob ich ggfs. als Erbe die Bildrechte besitze. Danke! --Akoertzinger (talk) 14:26, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Leider ist das zu kompliziert für mich auf Deutsch zu schreiben.
You inherited many photographs. People usually inherit the copyrights to photographs taken by the dead person. People usually do not inherit the copyrights to photographs taken by another person.
Here is an example: My friend's father died. Her father painted many pictures. Her father took many photographs. Other people took many photographs and gave him copies of their photographs. She is the only child, and she inherited everything.
My friend therefore owns:
  1. The paintings her father made, and the copyright to all of the paintings her father made.
  2. The photographs her father took, and the copyright to all of the photographs her father made.
  3. The photographs her father inherited from other people, which are divided into two groups:
    • (a) photographs that her father inherited the copyright for, usually meaning photographs made by the person her father inherited the photographs from (for example, snapshots made by his parents, who left everything to him).
    • (b) photographs that her father did not inherit the copyright for, usually meaning photographs made by someone other than her father's legators (for example, a professional photographer hired by her father's parents to make a portrait).
  4. The photographs his friends took and gave her father, but not the copyright to the photographs his friends took.
She could put #1, #2 and #3(a) on Commons and use them in Wikipedia articles, but not the pictures from #3(b) or #4. WhatamIdoing (talk) 04:36, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Fc-magdeburg-81.jpg,20

© sportfotos.MD · Webdesign scaramedia --Costas Kyriaco (talk) 00:13, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

What's your question? --rimshottalk 00:28, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
If the uploader is Björn Possiencke then they will need to email permission to Commons:OTRS for all three uploads. This is needed for images previously published as these are.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:39, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Problem with interface

Two examples of the problem.

I've been having some problems with the Commons interface the past few days. Intermittently of course, so hard to pin down. Basically, the non-HTML elements don't always seem to load. On the right is an example - on the top, Commons:Upload Wizard, at the bottom an edit window. As you can see in the edit window, the toolbar hasn't loaded. On uploadWizard the button seems 3D (usually 2D) and that table should be across the window or something. I've also noticed the "your edit was saved" popup not show properly, and instead display behind the Commons logo.

Any suggestions what has happened and how I can fix this? I have not noticed any problems on other websites. -mattbuck (Talk) 22:02, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

All this means that some javascript files failed to load. If you have some adblocker or antivirus software installed, you can check whether it is responsible. Ruslik (talk) 12:29, 24 March 2013 (UTC)
It was bugzilla:46575 or bugzilla:46401 -- Rillke(q?) 11:23, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 11:23, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

145 year old file

I have a file from a US patent ( produced 145 years ago. According to united states copyright law, copyrights expire "70 years after the author's death" ( I am unaware either of when the author died, or if the patent would belong to the author (Zadoc P. Dederick) or the US government. The image upload wizard says to wait 150 years. Can I upload this image now? --HighFlyingFish (talk) 00:27, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Yes. I'm pretty certain filing a patent qualifies as "publication", so this is {{PD-US-1923}}. - Jmabel ! talk 02:59, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Filing a patent doesn't constitute publication, but patents are published, either upon issuance or earlier at the request of the filer. You may be able to find the actual publication date easily, but if not, the year of issuance can be safely assumed (since it's the later of the two options). The inventor is the author/copyright holder for our purposes, although I'm not actually certain that it is possible to hold or to enforce copyrights on a patent's specification or claims: The entire purpose of a patent system is to get knowledge of the invention spread to the widest possible number of people, and allowing the inventor to control distribution of the information would seriously undermine that purpose. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:55, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
See w:Copyright on the content of patents and in the context of patent prosecution. In the US, patents generally aren't copyrightable. I know of nothing about non-US patents.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:29, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

My film flips sideways - help...

I have a short videoclip I want to use to illustrate an article. However, when I convert the file (.MOV) to .ogg or .Webm it flips sideways... as you can see here.

The MV choir

How can I solve this problem? ErikHammar (talk) 11:42, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

What program did you use to convert the file? Is the source properly rotated? --McZusatz (talk) 14:03, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
I used VidConverter and then I tried Miro. Same thing happened. And the original .MOV file is properly rotated, yes. 19:49, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
Ok, thats weired. If you have firefox around, you could install the addon and try to upload the original mov to another file name using the UploadWizard. Otherwise I could rotate the movie file for you. --McZusatz (talk) 20:46, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

SVG font problem

Could anyone please tell me what was wrong with this illustration- [4]. Later I have converted this illustration by using "object to path" and upload it again here- [5]. By this I've lost the font data and file size increases. Could anyone tell me what wrong I've done? I'm using Inkscape to create this illustration. Thanks in advance.--Freemesm (talk) 15:06, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Object to path will convert all SVG objects (ellipses, rectangles, stars, and text) to vector paths. The text is no longer a string of characters referencing vector objects stored in a font, it's now a set of outlines identical to the fonts letters. This isn't a bad thing—it improves display quality here on wikimedia, but its good practice to group all the text and make an invisible backup duplicate (with opacity 0) before converting to paths.—Kelvinsong (talk) 00:08, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

File:Chess tll45.svg

I reupload it many times, but 45px version didn't changed. --Chesshole (talk) 23:57, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Presumably just a caching delay, don't worry about it; at worst it will sort out after a few days. - Jmabel ! talk 00:47, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Seems fine for me now. - Jmabel ! talk 04:26, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Помощь в выборе лицензиидля моих фотографий

Хочу загрузить свои фотографии, но не знаю как правильно выбрать лицензию и можно ли уже в вики улучшить изображение или я должна сделать это перед загрузкой.Пожалуйса помогите мне вс сделать правильно. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kunegunda (talk • contribs) 22:57, 14 February 2013‎ (UTC)

Здравствуйте. В вики редактор не встроен, пожалуйста, правьте до заггузки. Про лицензию см. сюда. Если есть сомнения, давайте путь к странице с оригиналом, я могу Вам помочь. Gryllida (talk) 07:09, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Apparently separate question, new section: Unesco

I want to upload the cover of "Le Courrier of Unesco" magazine. I have the permission of the artist, what shall I do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BBio-Wiki (talk • contribs) 19:03, 27 March 2013‎ (UTC)

Permission to do what exactly? Did they give you permission to claim that their work is your work and that you are the copyright holder (as you did with File:LE COURRIER UNESCO DIC 82 PORTADA.pdf and File:Unesco Chine1.jpg)? I rather doubt that. Please read Commons:OTRS to understand what kind of permission you need and how to document it. LX (talk, contribs) 08:43, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:1935 Alvis SpeedTwenty DHC Vanvooren.jpg

This picture is from the english Magazine 'The Autocar', issue October 11th, 1935, Page 674. I took a photo directly from the magazine page. The same picture is around on different pages in the internet, for example this one: . An author can not be found. He's not named in the magazine, and the magazine doesn't exist today (as far as I know). So I think using and showing this picture might be ok. Best regards --M.v.Volante (talk) 21:32, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

  • Being "around on the Internet" can mean little more than that a lot of people are careless with copyrights, and the magazine no longer existing just means that it would be harder to track down any rights-holder, not that there is no rights-holder. - Jmabel ! talk 00:12, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

suppression photo

Bonjour, J'ai mis sur le site une photo qui a été supprimée. Retrait du lien Tapisserie_Raoul_UBAC_11.jpg, supprimé sur Commons par KTo288 ; motif : Derivative of non-free content) J'avoue que je ne comprends pas pourquoi. J'ai pris cette photo dans un domaine public. Je l'ai téléchargée une première fois vu la résolution de la photo elle était trop pâle. Je l'ai téléchargée une nouvelle fois. La tapisserie est signée. C'est peut-être la raison de la suppression ? Pouvez-vous m'expliquer pour éviter que je ne fasse la même erreur une seconde fois ? Merci pour votre aide Cordialement --Micheleprat (talk) 10:17, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

This photo showed a painting by Raoul Ubac at a wall. However, Raoul Ubac died only in 1985; thereby his works are copyrighted til end of 2055. You need a written permission from his heir(s). --Túrelio (talk) 10:22, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding User talk:خ - دقيق


I am a beginner here , and its my plan to add a relative and nice photo in the Ice skating article اسکیت روی یخ and after several times struggling in this way ; still my chosen photo is not apearing there and as a matte of fact for this time , I can say it,s difficult for me to terminate this task.

Now , I am intending to practise more and more ....

Thanks a lot. --خ - دقيق (talk) 10:39, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi. To add an image to an article, you need to add [[File:اسکیت روی یخ.jpg|thumb|caption]] (or appropriate translation thereof) to the article page. Your local wikipedia should have help pages on image use. I've fixed the licence on the photo you uploaded here. Good luck! -mattbuck (Talk) 10:49, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lodown Logo.jpg

Hi! The copyright holder of this file promised to give the copyright permissions. Could he write an e-mail to Wikimedia to confirm the copyright permission? To which e-mail adress should he write? Or how should he confirm the copyright permission?

--Ketchupheinz (talk) 12:24, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Commons:OTRS has the address. If he uses the exact wording from the template and includes your file name above it would be quick and easy. The email should come from an official site as well to make it easier.--Canoe1967 (talk) 12:29, 28 March 2013 (UTC) - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Determining copyright status for two images

Hi, could somebody help with determining if the following two images are PD:

  1. Image 1 from this source
  2. Image 2 from this source

Both images are of the British sculptor George Edward Wade, who died in 1933 according to this. The bust in image 1 was created in 1902, so that one must have been taken that year or before. The statue in image 2 was created in 1893. However, I couldn't find any details on the publishing dates of either image or the photographers. Is it safe to assume, based on the information here, that these images are in the public domain? Chamal TC 16:54, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

I think we may be in a "can't be proven" situation, but it's very likely that it's in the public domain. We need to analyze the artwork and the photograph separately.
  • Per Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Art (copies of), the artwork is public domain because it was created/published before 1923 and the artist died 80 years ago.
  • Per Commons:Copyright rules#Dealing with uncertainty, we have two problems: When was it first published (not created), and who is the photographer (or, more pointfully, when did the photographer die)? If the first publication was pre-1923—which seems likely to me, because few people make portraits like this and then sit on them for more than thirty years—then it's public domain.
Have you tried sending e-mail to the website owners to request more information about the source of these images? WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:24, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Bild friedrichgerman0001.JPG

Das Bild habe ich von einer Fotographie gefertigt, die mein Grossvater vor etwa 80 Jahren von einem Foto gemacht hat. Der Verfasser des Kupferstichs ist mehr als 100 Jahre tot. Leider finde ich nicht die Eingabestelle, wo ich meine fehlerhafte Ersteingabe berichtigen kann. Das Foto dürfte gemeinfrei sein (Foto von einem zweidimensionalen Objekt). Für eine Antwort wäre ich sehr dankbar. Vielleicht kannst Du auf Grund dieser Angaben das Bild, das ich in einem Wikipediaartikel verwenden will, selbst freigeben.

--Ludecus (talk) 17:50, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Template:PD-Art-100? I don't speak the above language.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:57, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Ich habe es für Sie gemacht.[6]
(I added pd-art for a plain scan of two-dimensional artwork whose author has been dead for more than 100 years.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:40, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Rajkumar Bhan.JPG

Sorry but I don't know what you want as copyright - I took the photo so I think there is not copyright to be mentionned execpt my name ? Please tell me if I have something else to add Hélène Gronier

--BHAN (talk) 19:35, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Oui, puisque vous êtes l'auteur, il faudrait que vous exprimiez clairement le statut que vous choisissez d'attribuer à cette photographie, c'est-à-dire selon quelles conditions vous offrez cette photographie pour libre réutilisation. Si nécessaire, vous pouvez consulter les pages d'aide Commons:Critères d'inclusion#Licence libre ou domaine public, Commons:À propos des licences, Commons:Premiers pas/Sélection d'une licence, Commons:Bandeaux de licence. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:48, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Suspicious about copyright claim

This photograph depicts a middle-aged woman, Princess Ghislaine of Monaco. Ghislaine (1900-1991) died 21 years ago. The uploader claims that the photograph is his or her "own work" and that it was taken less than half a year ago. How is that possible? Surtsicna (talk) 19:57, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

It seems to be a simple crop of the photo at so I've sent it off for deletion as a copyvio. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:46, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Amygdaloideae.jpg

Can't figure out how to enter copyright status on File:Amygdaloideae.jpg. I think that I've read every piece of linked documentation. I made a composite image from 4 commons images that have licenses that specify "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license." or " Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license" or "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.". I've listed the sources and the authors of those originals. What code to I need to enter on the file to satisfy the copyright specification? Thanks.

--Sminthopsis84 (talk) 21:12, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

The template {{Cc-by-sa-3.0}} ? -- Asclepias (talk) 21:29, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I've taken your word for it. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 21:51, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Hepburn's Brownie Recipe

Please correct your article. She spelled her name as "Kathryn," not "Katherine." Whoever wrote the article or anyone else should always check the name spellings.

w:Katharine Hepburn has a different spelling. Category:Katharine Hepburn hasn't got a Brownie Recipe but we may have a file not in that cat.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:15, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Found it: You would have to email that site to correct it. --Canoe1967 (talk) 22:20, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Looking for a book or site for beginners that is user friendly to go to learn how to use Wikipida

Is there a site or book i can go for beginners to to learn how to properly contribute to Wikipedia. I have and someone else made a contribution and added a company on here and there are errors. I would like to know how to do it right from the get go. StJohnsSister (talk)StJohnsSister This work?--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:24, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Email received

Something else I received an email by Mono? I asked myself what this means?--Annr 13:52, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

User talk:Mono? You should be able to email them back using Commons:Emailing users to clarify why they sent it. You can also use their talk page if it is something that is fine for the public to see.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:35, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Are these images properly licensed?

Are these images properly licensed? If they are, they would make a great addition to articles about Casiraghi. Surtsicna (talk) 15:35, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

The couple I looked at are. You may find the easist way to upload them. Only trusted users and the flickrbot can verify the licenses though.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:18, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
No, several of those are copyright violations. For example, is grabbed from LX (talk, contribs) 17:54, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Can't upload an SVG version of a PNG

At the Wikipedia Illustration Graphics Lab I took the request of making an SVG version of File:SR Montenegro coa.png. When I tried to upload File:SR Montenegro coa.svg, I got an error saying that the file name is too similar to the PNG. I've never had this problem before when making SVG versions of existing PNG files. Is this a new bug, or is there a correct way to do this? --Slashme (talk) 11:46, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

According to COM:FORUM#Upload gleicher Name, this is a new feature in MediaWiki. -- Rillke(q?) 11:19, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Ugh! Thanks for alerting me. I've responded there, but I'm going to see whether a bug has been raised against it yet. --Slashme (talk) 19:32, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

OK, I've listed the bug against Mediawiki. If that's the wrong project, please correct me! --Slashme (talk) 19:41, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Willie L. Williams

I would like to add a picture of former LAPD Chief Williams but the on photo I could find was here and here and was wondering if I could use it? If yes under watch PD or license?TucsonDavidU.S.A. 13:58, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

You may not use anything from that website, because all of it is copyrighted.[7] WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:45, 30 March 2013 (UTC)
I think images taken by employees of the state of CA are public domain. Same as New Mexico and Florida. You could email someone from and see if they can confirm this and/or provide a higher resolution image if it is PD. See:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Bill Gates mugshot.png--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:28, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
No, the Los Angeles Police Department is not part of the State Government of California, so {{PD-CAGov}} does not apply. LX (talk, contribs) 20:41, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Johannes von Matuschka.jpg

Hello I am having a problem changing the licensing status of johannes von matuschka.jpg . the fotographer provides free licensing / free copyright, therfore the picture is free from copyright restrictions whatsoever,complying to the conditions of wikicommons. My question (the picture has been removed twice from the wikipedia entry of johannes von matuschka):

how ca I change the tag (license) if the picture is already uploaded on wikicommons? or do I have to remove the picture (from wikicommons) and have to upload it again with the correct tag?

Thanks in advance

cheers bronco

--Don bronco (talk) 15:35, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Since it published on the net the photographer may need to use Commons:OTRS email. Probably an email sent from an official source.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:30, 31 March 2013 (UTC)