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Upload as "new version" or new file

Hello. I downloaded the public domain drawing at and colored it in and converted it to the .svg format. Now, I would like to upload my new version, and am ok with my new version still being public domain. I worry that if I upload my file as a 'new version' then others won't have the choice of the older version; however, I worry that if I upload it as a new file that it will seem like I'm trying to say I did all the work myself. What do you recommend?

Thanks, Everrob (talk) 19:34, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Upload as a new file, link to the other file, credit the author if you can figure out who it really is.
(That said, the description page of the other file is strange. The uploader claims that he is the author and that he owned the copyright before declaring it public domain, but he says the source is someone else and affixes an own work tag to that other name. And why is the description "the crab" when it shows a frog?)
-- Asclepias (talk) 20:16, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
And the way to link the two is to use {{Derivative versions}} and {{Derived from}}, respectively. - Jmabel ! talk 18:49, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Google search and permission options

Google advanced search shows four options for reuse: "labeled for reuse", "labeled for commercial reuse", "labeled for reuse with modification" and "labeled for commercial reuse with modification". Which of these is considered acceptable? ATinySliver (talk) 02:48, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Never mind, found it. ATinySliver (talk) 20:19, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

file should be renamed/moved

File:Philipp Apian-Circulus Bavaricus-1688.jpg should be renamed because the name wrongly credits Philipp Apian. Creator of the map is Frederik de Wit.

New name should be File:Frederik de Wit-Circulus Bavaricus-1688.jpg or just File:Circulus Bavaricus-1688.jpg.

Thank you. --Ratzer (talk) 07:57, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

  • You should always feel free to use {{Rename}} to request a presumably uncontroversial renaming of a file. - Jmabel ! talk 16:03, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, I just did so.--Ratzer (talk) 16:25, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

File:Vertical Temperature Profile in Permafrost (English Text) copy copy.jpg

I accidentally named my file, "File:Vertical Temperature Profile in Permafrost (English Text) copy copy.jpg", when I uploaded it. It should be named "File:Vertical Temperature Profile in Permafrost (English Text).jpg" (without the "copy copy"). It is used in two places in En.Wikipedia. I apologize for the inconvenience. HopsonRoad (talk) 21:11, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: File renamed. El Grafo (talk) 15:04, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Modifying an Image

If a photo that I find here says that I have permission to "modify" it, then that means that I would be allowed to crop the photo and then upload that version of it to Wikipedia, right? If so, should I upload the cropped version of the photo here at the Commons or should I just upload it directly to Wikipedia? --Jpcase (talk) 17:25, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

To the first question: Right. To the second question: The Commons. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:42, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. Should I go to the original file for the image and select "Upload a new version of this file" or should I create a totally new file for the new version of the image? --Jpcase (talk) 20:56, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Upload a separate new file. (Unless exceptional cases as explained in Commons:Overwriting existing files). -- Asclepias (talk) 21:06, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your help! --Jpcase (talk) 21:35, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Note that a quick way to crop files is to use User:Cropbot. You can use it without downloading the file to your computer. darkweasel94 22:18, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Also, connect the two with {{Derived from}} and {{Derivative versions}} or something similar. - Jmabel ! talk 23:54, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

I've been having a horrible time--it's taken more than three hours of cruising help files and searching Wikipedia--trying to find the answer to a simple question, and that question is "How do I find or produce a listing of the image files that I have uploaded? I want to use one of the images, and I'd like to rename it, but I don't remember what it was originally named when I uploaded it? Where are my images?" Bwisok (talk) 17:33, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Hi Bwisok, just look to the top right and you should see an 'Uploads' link next to Log out. Also its best for these sorts of pages to start a new question rather than add onto a previous one - just click 'Add topic' or 'New section' (depending of page type) also found near tthe top right (one line down) - Hope that helps - Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 18:58, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

File:Tammy Barr.jpg

There are two uploaded versions of this OTRS verified image, it appears that they could be overplayed to remove the copyright watermark - anyone able to do that ? LGA talkedits 05:04, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Just put {{watermark}} on it. On the other hand, if I would be the copyright-holder, I wouldn't like it. BTW, you could do this yourself fairly easy with GIMP (it's free) or even simpler image manipulation programs. -- Rillke(q?) 15:34, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

I don't see my page

Hi, I've set up my page in wikipedia my name is Ibatabros I'm a musician I've put all the information but It only appear as User Ibatabros, also I've uploaded photos from me but i don't see them. Thank you fro your help Jose — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ibatabros (talk • contribs)

  • You can click on the "contribs" link in the previous line to see the images you've uploaded to Commons. Anything on a particular language Wikipedia, you'd have to ask there, but if you wrote a page about yourself in Wikipedia it most likely got deleted as vanity/conflict of interest. All I see that you've done on Wikipedia that hasn't been deleted is a bunch of edits to your user page on the English-language Wikipedia and one image, en:File:Ibatabros_profile_wikipedia.png, which appears to be identical to File:IbatabrosWikipedia2014.png which you uploaded here on Commons. Assuming you are the person in the photo, though, how could you be the "author" of an image that appears to be a screen-grab of a television image of yourself? Similarly, File:Ibatabros Band.jpg and File:Ibatabros II.jpg appear to be identical, and again how could you be the person who took the photo if you are in it? - Jmabel ! talk 01:51, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Citing a publisher who is out of business

Can I upload images of a photos of Nuremberg from a souvenir pack of photos from a publisher in Nazi Germany who is no longer around (H. Hunsinger, Nuremberg, Germany)?

Copyright lasts 70 years after the author's death in Germany. And even if public domain in Germany, it is possibly not in the U.S., if published after 1923. -- Rillke(q?) 15:38, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Book cover

Hello, for better illustration of this article [1] and others related to it, i would like to know if i'm allowed to upload the original Portuguese book cover of the same. Can i do it as my main intent is to better illustrate the article or i'm not allowed if i don't have the illustration author permission? Thank you! Fredderico18 (talk) 17:16, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Not allowed on Commons, unless the cover is so simple as to be uncopyrightable (e.g. just text and simple shapes). pt-wiki may have a policy or guideline similar to en-wiki's guideline for non-free use, but that would be entirely internal to pt-wiki, and would require uploading the image there, not to Commons. There's nothing on pt-wiki directly linked from that guideline on en-wiki, but they may have some quasi-equivalent. Anyway, you'd need to ask on the help desk of pt-wiki. - Jmabel ! talk 01:40, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you very much for the feedback! Will try to find another way to illustrate the article. Best regards! Fredderico18 (talk) 16:04, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

File:Portrait la Gueriniere.jpg

Possibly due to caching problems, a higher-contrast grayscale version of this image that I tried to upload did not appear. So then I tried it again; then, when it did appear after all, tried using the "revert" option, which had bizarre and unexpected results. Does anyone feel like sorting out the mess I have made? The version I wanted to revert to is this one, timed 23.04, all others (apart from the original) are simply user error. Incidentally, the image was uploaded by User:Conversano Isabella as "own work" with a CC licence, but is obviously an engraving from an antique book, should presumably have something like PD-Art-100. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 23:22, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Just a caching problem. Try the purge button or hit ctrl+f5. -mattbuck (Talk) 23:30, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Jean Paul Riopelle, La Joute


je recherche des photos très haute résolution de La Joute de Jean Paul Riopelle.

Sur votre si il existe plusieurs numérisations maheureusement trop petites.

Y en aurait-il d'autres ? et également j'apprécierais si vous pouviez-vous m'indiquer le nom du photographe et éventuellement ses coordonnées?

En vous remerciant, je vous souhaite une bonne journée

Yseult Riopelle Catalogue raisonné de Jean Paul Riopelle

La plupart des fichiers dans Category:La Joute by Jean-Paul Riopelle ont une taille de 4608 × 3456 pixels. Cela ne suffit pas pour vos besoins? Ils ont été prises par Jean Gagnon. Vous pouvez le contacter en lui laissant un message sur sa page de discussion. Lupo 14:16, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
Bonjour, Une recherche du site avec les mots «Joute» et «Riopelle» [2] retourne les 20 photos qui sont actuellement dans la catégorie «La Joute by Jean-Paul Riopelle», ce qui signifie qu'il n'y en a probablement pas d'autres sur le site pour le moment, à moins qu'elles ne comportent pas ces deux mots dans leur description. Pour chaque photo, le nom du photographe, ou son pseudonyme à utiliser, se trouve habituellement dans le champ «auteur» dans la page de description spécifique de la photo. Par exemple, le photographe de la photo Jp-riopelle-joute.jpg doit être identifié par le pseudonyme Montrealais. Vous pouvez réutiliser toute photo offerte sous licence libre sans qu'il soit nécessaire de contacter le photographe, à condition de respecter les conditions de la licence de réutilisation indiquée sur la page de description de la photo concernée. Si pour quelque raison vous souhaitez quand même contacter un utilisateur, vous pouvez le faire par l'intermédiaire de la page de discussion de son espace utilisateur. S'il l'utilisateur est encore actif sur le site, il devrait pouvoir vous répondre. Mais si l'utilisateur n'est plus actif, il ne pourra vraisemblablement pas vous répondre. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:08, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Using Wiki Commons Pictures

Dear Everybody, we are intending to build a permanent videoinstallation next to the munich documentation centre of the nazi era in munich. for the videos in this installation we will need a big number of photographys, icons etc. Would we be allowed to use the picutres from wiki commons and if yes under which conditions? sincerely Benjamin Heisenberg — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • The file page for each picture on Wikimedia Commons indicates the licensing of that particular image. In each case you have to comply with that particular licensing. Many images indicate that they are in the public domain, and those should be no problem at all: simply use them as you will. However, many other images will (for example) have license terms requiring attribution (which in this case would presumably come in the credits at the end of the video). On the latter, if you need to negotiate different terms, you might be able to do so by contacting the respective uploaders.
  • If there are any particular licenses where you don't understand the terms, feel free to come back here and ask. In each case, it would be helpful if you would link the individual image page (e.g. File:Himmler Signature 2.svg) so it is easy for someone to follow up and see what exactly you are looking at. - Jmabel ! talk 17:25, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Schloss Grödel.JPG

Hallo, ich weiss nicht, was ich als Lizenz auswählen sollte, da ich nicht wusste ob dieses Bild schon mal in den USA veröffentlicht wurde. Hätte ich da USA auswählen sollen? Es ist jedenfalls älter als 150 Jahre. Wie geht das nachträglich?

--Lamm1970 (talk) 15:52, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Der Urheberrechtsstatus in den USA ist ganz einfach, wenn die Quelle vor 1923 veröffentlicht wurde - {{PD-1923}}. darkweasel94 18:43, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Twilight Guide

I was impressed by ' Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter' Project and would like to know if same has been done for Twilight novels? If not, could I take project in hand and develop? What about copyrights? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Garima Verma (talk • contribs)

You'll really have to give us more information to go on. What are you talking about? Is it even related to Wikimedia? -mattbuck (Talk) 23:32, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
@Garima Verma: are you talking about →→ this guide ←←? Then you are at the wrong place here. This is Wikimedia Commons, a media repository. The Muggles' Guide is a project hosted on Wikibooks. For questions about Wikibooks projects, please go to b:Wikibooks:Reading room/General. Hope that helps, --El Grafo (talk) 17:57, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

How do I download an animation?

Hello, My boss found this animation that he would like to use in his presentations. The animation is "File:Double-compound-pendulum.gif" that is found under the "Chaos Theory" article page on the right hand side. However, I cannot figure out how to download it (this animation has been released to the public domain). Everytime I right click I can save it as a series of pictures, but not animated like it is on Wikipedia.

Can someone please instruct me on the best way to do this, please? i am working on a Mac. Thank you!

Using Chrome (windows), when I click "download" on File:Double-compound-pendulum.gif I get a popup offering various sizes including "full resolution". That is a link to media:Double-compound-pendulum.gif, and it starts the download of one Double-compound-pendulum.gif (218 KB, MD5 4ed12209 f8cbc5a7 88fe867a dd1fd3f1) for me. I opened the GIF with an image viewer, and it works as expected. On this page between the picture and the description you find the same media:Double-compound-pendulum.gif link, maybe your browser offers to right click on it, and pick "save link as...". –Be..anyone (talk) 03:36, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Uploading article

How do I upload my article from my file. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Obaoluwasegunota (talk • contribs)

  • Neither this nor the question above makes a lot of sense. There are no "articles" on Commons. Could you explain at a bit greater length what you are trying to do? - Jmabel ! talk 16:57, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
  • You are here at Wikimedia Commons, not at Wikipedia. Commons is for media files such as photographs or videos, not for text. That's why doc and docx are not allowed here. If you are trying to upload an article for Wikipedia: There is no such thing as "uploading an article from a file". Wikipedia articles are created online, in your browser. See en:Wikipedia:Your_first_article for an introduction on how to write an article for the english language Wikipedia. Check the language links on the left side of that page for other languages. --El Grafo (talk) 17:44, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons Image Search Troubleshooting

Typically, when one does an image search in Wikimedia Commons by keywording the author's username, images of the author's contribution should list down along with some unrelated images. But for some unknown reason, the author's images will not list down under the search page, even though the author properly uploaded the images via the upload wizard. Consequently, the author can see his/her contributions via his/her Contributions Page, but will not list down at the image search page. This will be an issue if the author wants his/her images to be seen in public or a fellow editor would want to use the author's images but can't due to this problem. Can anyone help? I am Imperator Romanii (talk) 08:22, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

  • As far as I understand it, if you search by a users name you will only get pictures they authored (own work) and not any public domain images. i.e it does not search by uploader. However I see searching yours it does not show your latest one, but I would assume its just the search index is maybe only periodically updated? You can see find all images uploaded by a user by using the Uploads link at the top-right and changing the name. i.e. link to all your images link to all my images. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 16:44, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Upload copyright

I once uploaded the file File:Wikipedia ads.png and it got deleted from being a copyright violation. That file was a screenshot of a Wikipedia page in Google chrome that had ads because of the Java update virus that I accidently downloaded. Later on, I learned that Wikipedia is actually not copyrighted. Was it just the ads in the image that were copyrighted? Is the look of a browser copyrighted and the only reson the file File:Editwar.png isn't a copyright violation because it doesn't show the edge of the browser on the outside of the edit war or the bar at the bottom of the computer screen which might be copyrighted? Does that mean I'm allowed to upload any screenshot of a Wikipedia article that doesn't contain a file that was non-free content directly uploaded to Wikipedia? Blackbombchu (talk) 20:52, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Since fastily (talk · contribs) did the deletion, you might do best to ask him about his rationale. My take:
  • Wikipedia content do remain copyrighted by their authors, but are free-licensed.
  • Typically, browsers' visual skins are copyrighted and rights are reserved, but could be de minimis in a particular image.
  • The ads in your image were presumably copyrighted with rights reserved.
  • Some Wikipedia articles contain non-free images that would not, in their own right, be eligible for Commons. Typically an image of such an article would not be eligible for Commons.
  • Typically I would think a screen grab of a Wikipedia article would be out of Commons' scope, but there might be exceptions.
- Jmabel ! talk 02:02, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Migrating files from that use templates on the file description page.

I'm migrating w:File:FPSChart.svg across from and it uses the w:Template:familytree set of templates. What would be the best way to go about replicating this on Commons given the templates do not exist here? Copy the templates here? Mark the version as w:Template:KeepLocal and link back to it? Thank you. Cube00 (talk) 11:22, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Jiang Bingzhang.png and File:草桥学舍创办人蒋炳章墨迹.jpg

Hi there,

The portrait photo is my grand-grandfather, Binzhang Jiang, who died in 1930 A.D.. The calligraphy is also my grand-grandfather's work. I don't have any photo of himself or his works, and I don't think any of the photos survives within our family after nearly a hundred years. It's great lucky for me to find his portrait and his calligraphy picture from websites of the schools my grand-grandfather had founded( and, which made his profile to honor him.

1) Due to the reason above, Is there any possible that you could keep the pictures I uploaded? 2) Do you have any suggestion on what I could do to upload any picture about my grand-grandfather? I'm afraid that I will have the same issue uploading pictures or photos of my grandfather and my grand-uncle. 3) Is the copyright of any photo or picture expired 50 years after it was taken in People's Republic of China? If I upload my grandfather's portrait photo, which was taken from an unknown studio at least 4 decades ago, would Wiki Common keep that photo? 4) If I go to the schools my grand-grandfather had founded and take photos from the pictures the schools have, Would it be possible that Wiki Common would admit that the photo I shoot is rightful copyright of mine and allow me to upload those photos?

Thanks for your time. --Wangshuoyuan (talk) 14:54, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Assuming this is definitely a photo of your great-grandfather, have you actually taken these images yourself and posted onto the websites of the schools? Then you could assert yourself as the copyright owner, but we can't determine whether the school owns the copyright or yourself (it's a matter of intention, if you took it on behalf of the school or waived any copyrights to the school then it is the school's property, but if you took it for your own use and only decided later to give it to the schools as gifts then it is your property). That said, you could ask the schools to change what their copyright status has to say about these images so they'd comply with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You could also, if you're the copyright owner, ask them to unambiguously credit your work by say printing your name ("Image by: <your name>") somewhere on the page that the image is featured.
These are my suggestions only. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 16:39, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Can an Image found in the internet whose copyright has been expired be uploaded?

I copied the image from Copyright of this image has already expired in 2012. I have uploaded this image in Commons. Will this image be removed? If yes, then which option should I use to upload this image? Thanks, Krarjunakr (talk) 17:26, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

The image cannot be uploaded to Commons without the copyright holder giving it a free license. There is no reason to believe that this has happened. What makes you think the copyright has expired? --rimshottalk 19:08, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lebensmittelzerkleinerer1.jpg

Wollte die Seite Liste von Küchengeräten ergänzen und dazu einen Beitrag über den Lebensmittelzerkleinerer schreiben. Ohne Bild geht natürlich nicht. Habe die Bilder aus der Bedienungsanleitung eingescannt und hochgeladen. Die Menschen, die 1987 den Lebensmittelzerkleinerer hergestellt hatten, leben zum Teil nicht mehr und werden auch keine Beanstandungen haben. Woher kann ich dafür eine Lizenz erhalten?

--Copilot 58 (talk) 11:46, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

@Copilot 58: Tja, das wird wohl nicht so einfach. Einfach annehmen, dass der Inhaber der Urheberrechte schon nichts dagegen haben wird geht auf keinen Fall. Das Bild ist auch sicher noch nicht alt genug als dass die Urheberrechte abgelaufen sein könnten. Prinzipiell gibt es da drei Möglichkeiten:
  1. Die langwierige Suche nach dem Inhaber der Urheberrechte an dem Bild auf sich nehmen und um eine Freigabe bitten (Commons:OTRS) – was realistisch betrachtet wahrscheinlich vergebens wäre.
  2. Irgendwie ohne Bild klarkommen
  3. Einen Lebensmittelzerkleinerer auftreiben und selber ein Bild davon machen (da es sich um ein Gebrauchsobjekt handelt wäre das urheberrechtlich gesehen wohl unbedenklich)
Grüße, --El Grafo (talk) 12:31, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) Hallo Copilot 58. Das können wir so definitiv nicht behalten. Auch wenn du nicht weißt, wer das Urheberrecht innehat, irgendjemand hat es sicher, wenn das Bild von 1987 stammt - das Urheberrecht erlischt nach deutschem und österreichischem Recht 70 Jahre nach dem Tod des Autors (plus die Zeit bis zum nächsten Jahreswechsel), oder wenn es anonym veröffentlicht wurde, 70 Jahre nach der ersten Veröffentlichung, d.h. allerfrühestens 2058; und da ist das kompliziertere US-Recht, an das wir uns hier auch halten müssen, noch nicht berücksichtigt. "Werden schon keine Beanstandungen haben" ist hier kein erlaubtes Argument - entweder du suchst/machst ein Bild, das wir unter einer freien Lizenz verwenden können oder du machst den Urheber/Nutzungsrechtsinhaber des von dir hochgeladenen Fotos ausfindig und bittest ihn um eine Lizenz. darkweasel94 12:34, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Selling a wife image - Copyright and rights of usage

Can someone confirm with me whether the UK has rights to use the Selling a Wife Image, originally by Thomas Rowlandson. Here is the link,_Thomas_-_Selling_a_Wife_-_1812-14.jpg I will be using this within a book so need to check the copyright issues before this is printed. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 11:46, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

The following was a new section, but clearly is the same question.

I am enquring about rights of use in the UK for Thomas Rowlandsons 'selling a wife' image. The image will be printed on one of the pages of a soon to publish law book if this is available in the public domain.

I just want to ensure that there are no copyright issues with the image before we proceed any further, alternatively if you can direct me to the person who owns the rights for this image that would be greatly appreciated

Link for image:,_Thomas_-_Selling_a_Wife_-_1812-14.jpg

Thanks in advance

Hello Bbjess20. First of all: I'm not a copyright lawyer, so I can't give you any legal advice. This is just my personal view on this.
  • The painting is from 1814 and was created by an artist who has been dead for more than 100 years, so the painting itself should be well out of copyright.
  • However, the copyright for the digital reproduction (scan or digital photograph) might become a problem. The general assumption here at Commons is, that a mere reproduction of such a painting is not copyrightable under US-law (see Commons:Reuse of PD-Art photographs). In the UK, however, things seem to be a bit different, depending on how much effort was put into the creation of the digital reproduction (see Commons:Reuse of PD-Art photographs#United Kingdom / UK). This specific digital reproduction, however, comes from the website of the Hermitage Museum: [3]. Scroll down a bit on that page and you'll find their Image Use Policy:
Unless otherwise noted, images this web site may be used for any purpose without prior permission.
Any material in the public domain found on this web site is not protected by copyright.
Hence, it seems that this specific digital reproduction of this artwork would be safe to use even in the UK. If in doubt, I'd suggest to use the contact form provided at the top right corner of their main page.
Hope that helps, --El Grafo (talk) 12:19, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Jeez. This is the same question as the section above, presumably from the same person. People: please ask your questions only once. And also, if you run across people doing this, feel free to combine the sections, as I'm about to do now. - Jmabel ! talk 17:01, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:SUNY Oneonta Type Logo.png

I have recently updated the SUNY Oneonta logo on our wiki page. The logo filed says “The uploader did not provide sufficient information (a valid and suitable tag) on this media's copyright status.” I work in the web department here at SUNY Oneonta, and would like to get this image approved. SUNY Oneonta is a State College and we own the copyright on this image. Feel free to contact me with any further information you might need. 607-436-3034 --Bugyijp (talk) 19:20, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

  • You managed to make this complicated, but it's actually quite simple because that logo is too simple to copyright. I'll edit accordingly. - Jmabel ! talk 23:12, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 17:01, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

question about using a graphic in my MS Thesis

Hi, I want to use this image in my thesis. I dont know how to cite it, because I dont know if I can use it. If you could let me know if I can use this graphic under these conditions, and anything else I might need to know, that would be great. Otherwise, I suppose I will have to find something else. Thanks Kim Theis — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • For starters: assuming you are in the U.S., in a Master's thesis there is a lot you can use on a fair use basis.
  • If you want to reproduce the image, appropriate crediting would be "Map created by Wikimedia Commons user Shannon1, based on public domain background layer from DEMIS Mapserver. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license: terms at; the license permits free sharing and modification, but requires acknowledgment.
  • How to cite the image in a footnote will of course depend on the particular citation style mandated for theses at your university, but it will be something like "Wikimedia Commons user Shannon1, File:SanJoaquinRiverMap.jpg, originally uploaded 2010-01-30, last revised 2012-09-08, accessed online 2014-01-10 at, Wikimedia Commons (Wikimedia Foundation).
  • Note that a credit and a citation are two different matters: in this case, assuming you are not simply using a fair use approach, reproduction requires that the license be mentioned. Footnote styles don't normally mention licensing issues. Conversely, reproduction does not require information about the date of the image, and citation normally does. - Jmabel ! talk 17:28, 10 January 2014 (UTC)


So, I'm positive that this is a simple question, but I can't figure it out to save my life. Is there a way to set a preference so that any uploaded files are automatically added to one's watchlist? As it is, if I add ten files, I can't find a way to make them part of my watchlist as I go. Instead, once I have added them, I have to return to each one individually and click on the "star" on the entry to add it.ProfReader (talk) 00:19, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

In your user preferences, in the section "watchlist", checking the box "Add pages I create and files I upload to my watchlist" should do it. From that description, I guess it adds not only the files you upload but also the other pages you create, so if you don't want them in your watchlist, you may have the opposite problem and may have to remove them individually from your watchlist. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:42, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks!ProfReader (talk) 15:03, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright status

I see that this image File:Sir_ziauddin_speaking_at_AMU.jpg includes, visible in the image itself, the words "Collection   Time & Life Pictures". Yet it has been uploaded as as "own work", with the "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported" license. Is this possible? Maproom (talk) 08:50, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

No. The uploader is certainly not Margaret Bourke-White. You can request speedy deletion of the file, providing the link to the Getty page. Also, I'm guessing you could have fun checking the other uploads by this uploader. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:05, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Rocío Dúrcal - Como Tu Mujer - Frontal.jpg

Im Uploading fair pictures covers of albums and wikipedia deleted them! im try to help, but i will not help again if those cover get deleted. you can find them everywhere in internet! --Tito5918 (talk) 10:08, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons does not allow Fair Use content. Only files with a free license are accepted. Jcb (talk) 11:34, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

using Commons Photos

This displays fine for me. - Jmabel ! talk

I have been unable to move my 2014 photos to a Wilipedia article. What is going on? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ericshawwhite (talk • contribs)

  • [[File:Weston Field construction.JPG|thumb]] works fine for me. No idea what you've been trying, since your question isn't very specific. - Jmabel ! talk 18:10, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

No Source?

Why does this file say that it is missing a source when the source parameter is clearly populated? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timl (talk • contribs) 20:35, 23 November 2013‎ (UTC)

Figured it out by looking at another bot moved file. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timl (talk • contribs) 21:07, 23 November 2013‎ (UTC)

The problem was a {{PD-author}} tag, which shows a missing source tag if no author is provided as a parameter to the template. LX (talk, contribs) 21:32, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 21:32, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

"Reset password" does not work

Hello, I already have an account but I've forgotten my password. So I requested you to send e-mail by clicking "reset password". However e-mail has not been sent (I tried twice but the situation was the same). My account name is "Andee". Please confirm and help me to log-in again.-- 23:41, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Did you associate an email address to your account? I cannot email it, so either you didn't do that, or you disabled email from other users. If you didn't give an email address in your preferences, there's nothing that can be done, except maybe directly asking the system administrators, but it is unlikely that they will do that. In that case it's probably easiest to just create a new account; User:Andee only made three contributions in 2006 so not much will be lost in your contribution history. Welcome back to Commons, in any case! darkweasel94 23:48, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
The username Andee at Commons is not attached to the SUL account you use elsewhere. Please request an username usurption at Commons:Changing username/Usurp requests. Liamdavies (talk) 06:34, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

British Museum II

Have there ever been any batch uploads from the British Museum collection? How were they done and by whom? Danny lost (talk) 22:50, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

No there has not. The BM online database has all photographs copyrighted the trustees of the museum and from my discussions in the past with management within the museum a mass release is unlikely to ever happen. Mainly the issue is not potentially willingness but the sheer amount of work it would take to check copyright and sourcing of the various photographs in the catalogue. In practice there is no problem with having events in the Museum or for individuals (such as myself) taking new photographs or videos of artefacts of interest (even those not normally on display) and releasing these to Commons. If you had a specific project in mind, this is a way of approaching it.
If you would like to talk with other volunteers, then en:WT:GLAM/BM is a good place to try. I'm speaking as someone who used to hold the relationship with the BM in the UK. -- (talk) 23:15, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. Now a rephrase: When we look at Category:Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum, what we see are mostly the results of photo events or or of Commoners nibbling at the BM website? What happens to a few dozen photos (of PD works) from the site, nothing sheer, if they are uploaded to the Commons? Danny lost (talk) 01:03, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
PD works can always be migrated to Commons if they are the sort of works which Commons accepts. I am not sure what you are asking. Also sort of related, the British Library recently made a media donation to Flickr and much of what they put there could be migrated to Commons. This is sort of a batch upload from a similar collection, which is why I mention it. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:30, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
I have the time and will, but not the technical knowledge to efficiently import PD work works from BM to Commons. If this was done before, I hope to copycat the effort. If not, I wonder where can I get an advice, and what is the site's policy in light of the special relationship with BM. And also, whether it is regarded at all worthwhile, to copy a bunch of files that are already fairly (and increasingly) accessible, into Commons. Or maybe this is a job for the techies, and it is best to just fill a request at Commons:Batch uploading. Danny lost (talk) 14:19, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
I suggest you raise your questions or make a proposal at en:WT:GLAM/BM. Several of us volunteers in the UK have been working with the BM for the last 4 years. I could cobble a script together to mine the BM online catalogue for 2D works of the right age, however I would want to only do this as part of our ongoing excellent relations with the museum. This is one of those cases that as the institution has done so much work with us in the past, I don't believe it would be in the best interests of public knowledge to work around them just because we can. -- (talk) 15:43, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

File:Wal Mart Protest 1.jpg

Uploader has stated that this image was taken "by Austin's Only Paper photographer Kristin Hillery" on Flickr (see here); I checked the Flickr page and it says "some rights reserved" and it turns out the image is to be used for this website, then I checked the licensing and it's "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons License" but I'm not sure if it applies to this specific image or not, as it was uploaded on Flickr also. What do I do from here, and how best to ask the uploader if necessary? TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 13:20, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

  • If you click on the copyright info at flickr, a link to the CC license page will open. It shows the image to be licensed under a (CC BY-SA 2.0) license. It is fully compatible with CC licenses to have be released under multiple licenses, we can safely host the file. Liamdavies (talk) 06:38, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Delete my file

How can I delete a file I uploaded? The file name is File:Bowl games 2014.jpg. I already have a file named File:Bowl games.jpg which I update when I need to make changes. You help is appreciated

Roberto221 Roberto221 (talk) 22:38, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Deleted. --Denniss (talk) 23:24, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Bird-eagle-flying-sky-wings-wallpaper.jpg

How can I get the copyright info of Bald Eagle picture at Planet Herald (talk) 13:15, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

  • It states in the caption under the image 'Image by © AlaskaStock/Corbis'. Ergo the image has a copyright notice and is not compatible with Commons' license requirements. What further information would you like that Commons users can assist with? I would suggest you contact either AlaskaStock/Corbis or the operators of Dynasty Football Warehouse for any further copyright information. Liamdavies (talk) 14:00, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
Rights managed [4] Jee 14:04, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

trying to contact


I'm trying to contact 2 members to ask questions about their photographs. How do I do that please?

Thank you. comment added by Nicdean1 (talk · contribs) 13:23, 13 January 2014‎

Hi there, you can try by going to their talkpage and clicking "Edit" at the top and leaving a message there. If you leave links here to what files you are referring to, and if the question is general enough, others might be able to help. Kind regards, -- Deadstar (msg) 13:46, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Embedding wikimedia slideshow to external website

Hi! Is it possible to embed a wikimedia category slideshow to an external website? — Preceding unsigned comment added by JennyMed (talk • contribs)

  • I don't think so, but User:Rillke can probably answer with more authority than I. You can however simply copy (with proper attribution and following license requirements) the images to another website for use. Information about using images hosted on Commons can be found at: Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia.Liamdavies (talk) 14:33, 13 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Since Commons is not a code repo, I am not permitted to provide the program code for including slideshow into external sites. But you are of course free to provide a link to Commons or just include it as iframe. For example, you could include
<iframe src="//"
        style="width:100%;height:100%;border:none!important;overflow:hidden" />
  • into your site. For more information about slideshow parameters, cf. Help:Slideshow. -- Rillke(q?) 16:47, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Uploading my University Logo ?

We have our university page on Wikipedia and there isn't logo of the university after reading the terms of uploading images I came to know i can't upload image or logo like that, So what do I do in that situation ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎Waqas137 (talk • contribs)

  • Even though Commons cannot host non-free images, you can still upload the image to a local project (in some circumstances) under fair use provisions. Check with the local project at either the 'Village Pump' or 'Help Desk' for the specificities; in the case of English Wikipedia the provisions are found at en:WP:NFCC. I hope this helps. Liamdavies (talk) 15:19, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Petco dead tang.jpg

This file was emailed to me by the author. Permission has been granted to use in any way. Rene Umberger

--ReefRescueAlliance (talk) 20:56, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:AQ-dead-003-sm.jpg

This image was emailed to me by the owner who gave permission to use it in any way. Rene Umberger --ReefRescueAlliance (talk) 20:58, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

You claim "Author: Teri Leicher", but the file says in the EXIF data "Copyright holder: All rights reserved. Copyright Cynthia Hankins 2010". "All rights reserved" is not a free license. We will have to remove this file again. Lupo 21:24, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:AQ-dead-0012-sm.jpg

This file was emailed to me by the owner who gave permission to use it in any way to help the cause. Rene Umberger --ReefRescueAlliance (talk) 21:01, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Same as for File:AQ-dead-003-sm.jpg above. Lupo 21:26, 13 January 2014 (UTC)


I can't login any longer because I can't remember the password or username. There are photos I want taken down and no logical way to do it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • Once you have licensed photos, you cannot unilaterally take them back. If you can indicate what photos are in question, and if there is a good reason to remove them, you can nominate them for deletion through the usual process. See Commons:Deletion requests. - Jmabel ! talk 02:01, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Remove photos

I no longer remember my username or the email I signed up with and you are not responding to my emails. Please send me a phone number for you instead. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • There is no phone number. I have no idea who you've emailed, but if you don't know the username or the account name, I can't see how you would prove you aren't just an unconnected person trying to take over an account. - Jmabel ! talk 02:01, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  • If you can find the photos in question, the uploader should appear 'File history' section. With the username you will probably have more luck retrieving the password. Alternatively list the images here. Liamdavies (talk) 06:25, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Marc Kramer SoCap011.jpg

I'm not sure what type of license I need to add to an image like this. I was sent this image from the person in the picture.

I don't want it to be deleted, but I'm not sure how to stop that from happening.

--Jhassick (talk) 01:35, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

  • It is very unlikely that the person in the picture owns the copyright, since the copyright ordinarily belongs to the photographer. If you can sort out who actually owns the copyright, COM:OTRS explains what to do to provide permission for a third-party photo. - Jmabel ! talk 01:55, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:MichaelAvedon NYTimes.jpg

Hello. I have, with the permission of the photographer Jacob Bernstein, added this file to the Wikimedia Commons. I am unsure if I selected the correct copyright options, and am unable to edit the properties (as far as I can tell). Any assistance or guidance regarding the necessary updates or alterations to the copyright status would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Alex

--AlexHollender (talk) 01:54, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Please see COM:OTRS for the permissions we need on third-party work. This is especially important when it is the work of a professional photographer. - Jmabel ! talk 01:57, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Problems with subcategorizing Albuquerque images (Third time now!)

Can someone please help me?

I created the Flora of Albuquerque‎ and Animals of Albuquerque‎ subcategories, and placed all the images that were on the main Albuquerque page into those two subcats, but they're still showing up on the main Albuquerque cat page, even though I removed that main cat from each image.

I tried posting here in late November but nothing came of it and my post was archived. I then tried posting here again three weeks ago, and again, nothing. I also tried contacting the other editor responsible for the issue with the images and categories that I'm having, but I did not understand all the technical jargon she used to explain the problem, and after she stated that she fixed the problem, I replied that the problem was still occurring, and she dropped out of the discussion.

Can someone please help? Please don't bombard me with the technical jargon that was given in the prior discussion, because I don't understand all that. I just want to be able to place the images in the right categories, and I'm asking for people to help me out with this to help me fix that problem before this discussion is archived again. Nightscream (talk) 06:36, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Could you please explain a bit more please? I find most images (such as File:Albuquerque_Montage.jpg) are manually categorized to Category:Albuquerque,_New_Mexico. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 07:13, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
File:Cane cholla, with flower, Albuquerque.JPG, one of the images that used one of the templates in question, now uses Category:Elena Gallegos Picnic Area rather than Category:Albuquerque, New_Mexico, which is exactly the change agreed to last time you brought this up. Can you give at least one specific example of an image that still has a problem? - Jmabel ! talk 08:03, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
Please clarify what exactly it is that you want me to explain. I want to put some images in a subcategory, but even when I do this by changing the categories on each file, they still don't show up in the subcategory, just as I explained above. Nightscream (talk) 20:55, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
Again: please give at least one example of an image that you have worked on where you believe the result is not as it should be. We can't solve this in the abstract with no examples. - Jmabel ! talk 16:21, 15 January 2014 (UTC)


-- 02:59, 15 January 2014 (UTC)I do not recall signing up for Wikimedia. Just now I received a bill for $100 with reference #6163, acct 0960, transmission date 12/12,posting date 12/13, purchases numbers Wikimedia 8776009454 877-6009454CA 213323002590 8776009454. Why am I being billed and how do I withdraw? In the meantime I will pay the credit card, under protest. Verl R.Rogers, removed mailing address, phone number, email address, not good generally to expose these this publicly.

  • Not sure why you are posting here (this is the help desk for Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia's image repository), but there is no circumstance under which Wikimedia Foundation should be billing you if you did not voluntarily donate. If you did not, then this looks like fraud, and not something from the Wikimedia Foundation itself. - Jmabel ! talk 03:40, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
  • On the other hand, 1-877-600-9454 really is Wikimedia Foundation's phone number for matters related to donations. I strongly suggest that you call this free number and talk to them. It is possible that someone else tried to make a donation with your credit card number, and you should phone them to sort this out. - Jmabel ! talk 03:42, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

A question about categorization

Hi and sorry if this is not the right place to ask this kind of questions. Anyway... fixing the categorization of several files (per COM:OVERCAT) of a new user, I've not well recognized what model of classic car is this one. I've categorized it as "Chevrolet" but, in retrospect, I'm no more sure (and I'm not so expert in cars). Could somebody recognize it? Thanks a lot, it's just to avoid a wrong categorization. --Dэя-Бøяg 01:22, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanx a lot. I'll try there :-) --Dэя-Бøяg 20:18, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
Resolved over there. An user helped me and after I did some research: It's a Buick model. Thanks for suggestion. --Dэя-Бøяg 22:44, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Suniya S. Luthar

Hi - I am not sure why the jpg image Suniya S. Luthar is deleted. It has previously been published on websites of Teachers College, Who's who, Facebook, and Arizona State University — Preceding unsigned comment added by Love the sun (talk • contribs)

  • Please see Commons:Project scope#Must be freely licensed or public domain for what we do and do not host. Facebook is infamous for not concerning itself with copyrights at all; the other two sites you mention presumably had permission to use the image, but that doesn't mean that blanket permission was given to reproduce it (including commercially), alter it, etc., as we require. - Jmabel ! talk 23:08, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Queries about writing an article related to noble personalities

Hello ,

I am new user , please guide me how can i contribute in wiki by writing an article on famous personalities and uploading images related to them..

I would be glad if you answer my query as soon as possible.

Regards Lia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Soomro Maliha (talk • contribs)

  • You've posted this to Commons, which is a media repository to support various Wikimedia projects. I assume that you wish to generate encyclopaedic content. If that is true, and assuming you wish to contribute to English Wikipedia, I suggest you start at Wikipedia:Introduction. To contribute images to Commons please go to Commons:First steps, but keep in mind our COM:License requirements. Liamdavies (talk) 14:19, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Want to contribute more...

I uploaded several images last fall, and would like to add more, but cannot find the map showing those monuments which had/had not been uploaded already. Can you please direct me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • Judging by this person's contributions, he or she is in the U.S. state of Maine. Can someone help him or her? - Jmabel ! talk 17:04, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

<< Still want to contribute more... >> This was originally a section header but continues the same section. - Jmabel ! talk

Hi, Posted this morning about having uploaded an image for Wiki Loves Monuments. Thanks, Liamdavies, for getting me to the map. When I look at my town, however, the photo of the monument I uploaded is not there -- the bridge appears as a historic site which still needs a photo. It does not appear that the map has been updated yet -- ??. I tried finding the photo using search, and found the following page, but it does not contain the photo either: I know that the photo was uploaded successfully -- here's the link for the photo: (I got to the photo from the email sent to me by Wiki.) How do I correct this so that the map and list of bridges are both updated? Cgg1 (talk) 18:06, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Description text review request

Could a english native speaker review the description text of category Graffiti stencils? Thank you in advance. --JotaCartas (talk) 14:22, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Done. - Jmabel ! talk 16:30, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 16:30, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

can you please delete this photo of me

it was for a page I made of myself and i deleted it but i can't figure out how to delete the picture, can you please delete it?? File:Zack_Shah_in_2010.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mczackster (talk • contribs)

  • Done, but you really muddied the waters by asking in multiple venues, removing the information from the page about you having been the original uploader on en-wiki, etc. - Jmabel ! talk 02:48, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 02:48, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Batch import

I'm digitizing a romanian photographer's work that is in public domain. Till now all the pics have been added to flickr the commons and i'd like to batch upload them to wiki commons too but i need some help as i don't know how to do it. --— Atelierele Albe (talk) 18:19, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Assuming you have a TUSC account, should be the tool you need. (If you don't have a TUSC account, start here.) - Jmabel ! talk 00:59, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
    • I've created an account, i've passted that edit test and i've tried to transfer a set to wikicommons. For every pic i received and error saying

Transfer failed : API Error... Code: unknown_assert Text: Unrecognized value for parameter 'assert': API Error... Code: unknown_assert Text: Unrecognized value for parameter 'assert': Upload error...

@Magnus Manske: -- Rillke(q?) 14:47, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Wrote a new upload function, should work now. --Magnus Manske (talk) 15:02, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

I am trying to replace our logo with an updated one and have uploaded one with the same name but it won't replace it. What else do I need to do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dhengel (talk • contribs)

  • I assume this is about File:AgStar.jpg. Looks like it uploaded successfully. I'm not sure what you are seeing that isn't as you want it, can you be more specific? Also, you really should go through the COM:OTRS process if you really intend to release copyrights on something like this: it would really help to send the OTRS team an email from your company email address so that it is clear you are in a position to release those rights, and are not just a random person claiming to release someone else's copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 23:45, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Typo in the title of a file

I uploaded a file "Erwin Prang" instead of "Erwin Pfrang" today. Could somebody fix that, please?--Julius Eugen (talk) 22:56, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Just use {{rename}} on the file page, this sort of thing happens all the time. - Jmabel ! talk 23:42, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
  • I've moved the file, next time it will be easier and quicker to do as Jmabel suggests, and use Template:Rename. On an other note, the image licensing states the author has released it into the public domain and will send authorisation, please follow COM:OTRS. I have replaced the tag with OTRS pending. Liamdavies (talk) 05:22, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot for your advice both of you. Always a bit awkward if the author of a picture is not active on Wikipedia himself, but I can't think of a better solution than what we have now.-- 17:42, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Znovu nahrání již smazaného obrázku

Dobrý den. Na stránku, bych chtěl znovu načíst obrázek, o který jsem již dříve požádal o smazání. O smazání jsem žádal pouze z důvodu špatného názvu obrázku, nikoliv z důvodu obsahu. Děkuji za pomoc a radu. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alois74 (talk • contribs) 23:31, 23 November 2013‎ (UTC)

Google translation: Re-upload already deleted image: Good day. On page C5% A1_ml., I would like to reload the file, which I had previously asked for deletion. I asked to delete only because of poor image name, not because of their content. Thank you for your help and advice.
It doesn't look like anyone who speaks Czech is going to reply. You might have more success at Commons:Hospoda U Commons. If a file has a bad name, you should ask for it to be renamed, not deleted. You can request undeletion at Commons:Undeletion requests and then ask for a rename using {{rename}}. LX (talk, contribs) 21:26, 17 January 2014 (UTC) is down

Can anyone take please a look at at this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tresnjevo (talk • contribs) 20:59, 31 December 2013‎ (UTC)

I just tried it, and although I eventually got a form to fill out, it took a long time to load and spewed a bunch of PHP errors at me. There's a notice at the top, stating "There is an unknown issue with CommonsHelper at the moment. If it doesn't work for you, please try its successor." That link is broken, but tools:~commonshelper2 seems to work just fine. CommonsHelper's maintainer is listed as Magnus Manske, who asks that bug reports be filed through jira. LX (talk, contribs) 21:10, 17 January 2014 (UTC)


Please how do I upload file from my documents .doc X — Preceding unsigned comment added by Obaoluwasegunota (talk • contribs) 04:17, 7 January 2014‎ (UTC)

We don't host any .doc files. There are two main reasons for this:
  • .doc is a file suffix typically used to denote files that primarily consist of text. Wikimedia Commons is a media repository. We primarily host media files: images, video and audio. See Commons:Project scope/Summary.
  • .doc is a file suffix typically used to denote a non-standard, proprietary legacy file format. Commons only hosts free content in free file formats. See Commons:File types.
LX (talk, contribs) 20:57, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Гулимова, Анастасия Николаевна.jpg

Источник: Картинки.Mail.Ru --Kary4RUS (talk) 18:05, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

What is it that you need help with? This looks like a pretty obvious copyright violation; see Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Internet images. LX (talk, contribs) 20:48, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:会宁一中逸夫科技综合楼.JPG

{{PD-self}}任何人都可以使用。--Sampsonkjames (talk) 15:03, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

If this is your work and you would like to release it into the public domain, simply edit the file description, but instead of adding random nonsense, edit the line that says
{{Remove this line and insert a license instead|year=2014|month=01|day=16}}
and replace it with
LX (talk, contribs) 20:40, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Please delete my edits

Hello folks, I'd like you to delete my edited versions of this file: File:Pvolkerding.jpg. In fact I thought that I could improve it somewhat (brightness/contrast/sharpness) but now I think we'd better stick with the original one, uploaded by User:Bhankins. Sorry for the inconvenience. --Philip Lacroix (talk) 15:22, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

  • As far as I can tell, you've successfully reverted to the original file. There's no need to delete the intermediate versions. They take up the same amount of space on disk even if they are "deleted", it just means that the history is hidden. - Jmabel ! talk 18:10, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Problem with Inkscape

Rotation of coordinates.svg

Disregard this question if the figure shows coordinate axis (x,y) in red or blue font color. My file looks fine when viewed on my Inkscape. Guy vandegrift (talk) 17:29, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

You are using Inkscape flowed text, which isn't part of the SVG specification and doesn't work outside of Inkscape. In the Text menu there's a way to convert flowed text to standard SVG text. To create SVG text in the first place, just click on the canvas when creating it, rather than clicking and dragging. darkweasel94 17:49, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. It works now. Have a nice Saturday :-) --Guy vandegrift (talk) 17:57, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 18:10, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

How to use an image from a djvu file?

I'd like to use the fourth page of the File:Piotr Skarga - Żywoty Świętych Starego i Nowego Zakonu 1615.djvu as an illustration in an article about that book which I just wrote (see w:Żywoty świętych). How can I do so? I am not seeing any information on the djvu file page about that. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 16:09, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Is it correct that you would like to extract the image file which is embedded in the djvu file? I think there is no good way to do this. See s:Help:DjVu_files#Image_extraction. If you find no better answer, then perhaps someone at Wikisource would know. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:52, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Piotr Skarga - Żywoty Świętych Starego i Nowego Zakonu 1615.djvu
Is it you mean? Jee 17:20, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
@User:Bluerasberry, User:Jkadavoor: yes, and yes. Thanks - I'll copy this code to the article. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 23:01, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Photo licensing question

Hello, I recently asked a Flickr user if he would change the licenses on a few of his photos to Creative Commons so they could be uploaded here. He said he would do so, but only if the CC license applied only on Wikipedia, so the photos couldn't be used elsewhere without his permission.

If he were to change them to CC licenses, and then immediately change them back to "All Rights Reserved" after I've uploaded them here, would that fulfill his goal? (In other words, would the CC license only apply on WP/Commons and nowhere else?) And is there a template I could add to the images to show that they're no longer under a CC license? Delaywaves •talk 16:34, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

No, that would not fulfill their goal, and there is no way to fulfill that goal. Wikimedia Commons only hosts content that is free for anyone to use for any purpose. LX (talk, contribs) 16:52, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Delete my file

Delete this file from Wikipedia Otherwise I will make an International Case against Wikipedia from Our School. Thanks.

The file is using as logo which is copied from our website and we do have the copyright claim. File:Nawab Faizunnesa Govt. Girls' High School.jpg

MattheVanitas is using the file without any permission. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vjaasief (talk • contribs)

  • Convenience link: File:Nawab Faizunnesa Govt. Girls' High School.jpg.
  • I have no idea who MattheVanitas is or what he/she has to do with the case.
  • You were the uploader, and stated that the image is in the public domain. While it is possible that you were wrong about that, if the image is in the public domain there is no need for "permission".
  • You also seem to have uploaded a picture of a young woman over the logo. I have reverted to your original logo, which is what you describe in the information about the photo.
  • Given all of this, and what strikes me as a dubious legal threat to boot, I'm not particularly inclined to give this the speedy delete I might otherwise give it. It looks like the image has been nominated for deletion, but the nomination seems to have been made while the image of a young woman was in place. I'm inclined to let that run its course. - Jmabel ! talk 07:53, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
File deleted, clear copyvio. I would also suggest the user be blocked as a troll. -mattbuck (Talk) 08:47, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, the uploader was recently blocked on enwiki for making legal threats and subsequently unblocked when they retracted their statement, see their userpage on enwiki for details. They also seem to be closely affiliated with Nawab Faizunnesa Government Girls' High School as they have edited (and revert-warred) over the article extensively. I have transferred their only free file over to here because I think that looks legit enough, AGF and everything. The rest of the pictures though, are taken from this official website TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 09:36, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Bernstadt in Schlesien Postkarte.png

Hallo, ich habe diese alte Postkarte (Bernstadt in Schlesien) unter Angabe aller mir bekannten Informationen hochgeladen.Es fehlt auf der Bernstadt in Schlesien Seite ein schönes Foto dieser kleinen Stadt.Die Karte habe ich im Keller meiner Eltern gefunden. Die Stadt wurde im 2.WK zur Hälfte zerstört und von dem Verlag Ernst Kirchner fehlt mir jede Spur.Es scheint weder die Buchhandlung Ernst Kirchner noch den Verlag Ernst Kirchner noch zu geben. Kann dieses Bild nun eingestellt werden oder nicht?Auf der Rückseite steht nur: Verlag Ernst Kirchner, Buchhandlung,Bernstadt in Schlesien. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Stephan Keßner

--Stephan Keßner (talk) 18:30, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Was steht unten links auf der Rückseite? Lupo 15:35, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Hier wird behauptet, die Postkarte sei von 1938. Wenn der Fotograf nicht vor mehr als 70 Jahren gestorben ist, können wir das hier nicht behalten. Lupo 16:11, 21 January 2014 (UTC)


Hello again. I need some advice from more experienced Commoners to help me in deciding what to do with this current image. Specifically, the first version as of 21:07, 18 August 2013 (direct link) in my opinion may possibly fail to fall under the threshold of originality so it might warrant RevDeletion. The current version has also been reduced from a higher quality version because it was, according to the uploader's summary, "With The permission of SAEINDIA Organisation to use low quality logo only". Also in my opinion the second version could fall under the threshold of originality, so I'm considering reverting to that version, but do we generally prefer to keep the higher quality version over the current one? Finally, the name might warrant renaming to a less ALLCAPS title to something more appropriate like "SAE India logo.jpg" since it's already linked to the organization's webpage on enwiki. What do you guys think? TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 02:05, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

  • This is all close to the borderline of PD-ineligible. I suggest you take this question to Commons:Village pump/Copyright where there should be more expertise. - Jmabel ! talk 16:58, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Moved to Commons:Village pump/Copyright.

Copyright help regarding File:VK ŽAK.png

I dont understand what is the problem with the picture I uploaded. It is a official public logo of a water polo team. It is aloved to be used as fair share unless its used in a bad way. I was asked alot of questions about what kind of licence exactly it is under. I have no idea. It is public share licence I guess sence that kind of things doesnt exist in Serbia. I did state I took it from the serbian wikipedia version of the team and also provided the name of the user who uploaded it first time. What I am trying to say is lets for the sake say I am to make a wiki page about Real Madrid football team. I dont own their logo still on the wiki page of that team there is a logo. That is to be concidered public fair share unless used in a bad way. I would like the deletion to be stopped and the logo aloved. --Stepojevac (talk) 19:13, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

First, you didn't add a license. Second, the copyright belongs to the logo designer, or the party who hired him/her. You can't give a license without a permission from them. Regards, Yann (talk) 19:17, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Ok I understand. This is all so confusing to me. So if I contact the team and ask them to use their logo on the wiki page under what kind of license would it be? When I uploaded the image I got several different license. Under what of them would a team logo or a CD record logo fall under? I am a littlebit lost in that part. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stepojevac (talk • contribs) 19:29, 28 January 2014‎ (UTC)

You don't contact the copyright holder and ask them to use their work on a specific page. You contact them and ask them to release their work under whatever license that they choose. For their work to be uploaded to Commons, the license that they choose has to be one that allows anyone to use their work in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes. (You could recommend {{cc-by-sa-3.0}} or {{cc-by-3.0}}, for example.) If they agree to do that, the license is determined by whichever license they say they're willing to agree to, not by whether it's a logotype for a team or a record label. Most teams or companies aren't going to agree to release their logos under a free license, and unless it's below the threshold of originality required for copyright protection, then it's non-free content and you can't upload it to Commons. A few language editions of Wikipedia allow non-free content to be locally uploaded to that particular project under fair use provisions in a limited set of circumstances. Please ask at whichever Wikipedia project you have in mind for details. LX (talk, contribs) 20:21, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 21:32, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Image deleted as a copy-vio

I had a photo I took deleted as a copyright violation. I received what appears to be a standard template with the following in bold "everything you find on the web is copyrighted and not permitted here". Did I not use the correct licence or was there another reason the photo was deleted. Gruyere (talk) 03:10, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Your photo showed a poster. That poster is an artwork that is copyrighted by somebody. Publishing that photo is legally fine basically only if the copyright owner of the poster agrees.
There are a few exceptions to that rule, see COM:DM (basically, if you take a photo of some street scene and there's a small poster somewhere), and COM:FOP (basically, if the artwork is permanently installed in some public place, but posters typically are not "permanently installed", and in many countries that exception applies not to 2D works). Then copyright laws usually have a number of further exceptions intended for news reporting, but none of these are useful for us because (a) neither the WMF nor the Commons nor your publishing a photo here is "news reporting", and (b) more importantly, we want only media that are also free to copy by other people for any legal purpose, not just for news reporting.
If you should indeed have a written (e-mail is acceptable) permission of the copyright owner of the poster to publish your photo of their poster under a free license, you can use our COM:OTRS process to tell us so, and then we could restore the image.
HTH, Lupo 07:14, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for that. I figured it must have been something like that. It's a bit misleading for the warning template to suggest I had stolen the image off the internet. Gruyere (talk) 08:22, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Image review request

For an article currently undergoing GAC, the reviewer has requested that the validity of the following images be reviewed:

Any assistance in reviewing these would be much appreciated. Regards, --Ohconfucius (talk) 07:20, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Specifically, checking the transfer from another wiki and possible removal of those yellow tags at the top. -- Cirt (talk) 16:00, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Own pictures taken by someone else

Dear team of WikipediaCommons,

I am an actor and I would like to add pictures on the Wikipedia and Movies-Pages. Therefore I have some very interesting pictures that were taken with my camera/iPhone by someone else (because I need to be on the picture and don´t want to do "selfies"). So I asked these people to take these pictures but I am afraid that these pictures could be deleted after my upload. What do I have to care about while uploading those pictures?

Best regards TerraHistoryX — Preceding unsigned comment added by TerraHistoryX (talk • contribs) 17:11, 22 January 2014‎ (UTC)

You will need to get the photographer(s) to agree to publication under a license that allows anyone to use the photos in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes, and the completed permission statement needs to be e-mailed to our permission archive. When uploading, you need to credit the photographer(s) as the author(s) and specify the license that they have chosen and add {{subst:OP}} to the file description page. LX (talk, contribs) 17:21, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Other solutions:
  1. You can also explain that you used the timer feature on your iPhone. Using another person as a free tripod (bipod?) avoids any issue of who pressed the shutter button.
  2. If you did not use a timer and if your friend/photographer is happy making a public declaration we can refer to (such as on Flickr or even a tweet) then you don't need to use OTRS.
  3. Your friend can set up a Commons account and upload the photos. The declaration is built into the upload wizard.
-- (talk) 17:40, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Kłopoty z edytowaniem zbioru zdjęć

Mam brudnopis swej stony na Wikpedi "Seweryn L. Lewandowski" i pod tą samą nazwą zbiór zdjęć i dokumentów w Wikimedia Commons. Chciałem skasować kilka błędnie opisanych kopii i dodać swe zdjęcie oraz licencję udzieloną przez jgo autora. Problem polega na tym, że: po pierwsze nie wiem jak mogę edytować ten zbiór zdjęć aby wprowadzić konieczne korekty i po drugie nie mogę uruchomić Uplodawizard. Proszę zatem o instrukcję jak to należy zrobić. Może dlatego mam trudności, że w międzyczasie musiałem zmienić komputer bo poprzedni mi wysiadł.-- 17:44, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Is this CC license accepted here ?

Hi, Is images under BY-ND 2.0 (Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic) is accepted to upload? --Ibrahim.ID (talk) 15:08, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

No. "NoDerivs" is not accepted. darkweasel94 15:31, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:HamptonSidesbyGaryOakley175x201 orig.jpg

I uploaded a file that I found online, though I know the photographer and the subject of the photo and was given permission to use it. I do not know how to change the status of the photo so that it will not be deleted in seven days.

--Devonmacleod (talk) 20:23, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

  • If you are not the photographer, then we need permission sent as explained in COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 05:17, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Youtube Screenshot

So, i was editing wiki in my language, and i want to upload new images, it's a screenshot of this video what is the right copyright status, and what should i type? license? author(s)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adityo Dirgantara (talk • contribs) 11:35, 24 January 2014‎ (UTC)

It's non-free content, so there is no "right copyright status" or license for uploading it Commons. Commons only hosts free content. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary. LX (talk, contribs) 11:42, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Dr Jassim Haji.jpg

Hi. I'm trying to upload this file which is of Dr. Jassim Haji. I'm trying to write an article about him (still pending approval

I have taken the picture from the below link, but I don't know what license information I should provide).

Thank you. --Wiki man 195 (talk) 14:15, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

It is not under a free license, so there is no license information you can provide. That page has a clear "all rights reserved" copyright notice, so like most Internet images, it's non-free content. Commons only hosts free content. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary. LX (talk, contribs) 15:00, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Clip Art search?

How can I do a search for *just* clip art? I have not been able to find instructions for how to do this, and it would be extremely helpful. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mithalwulf (talk • contribs)

I just saw the answer above, but I'm not sure how to delete this page. Thank you.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mithalwulf (talk • contribs)

  • Please don't try to delete the help desk just because your question got answered! Sections here will all be archived in due time (by a bot). - Jmabel ! talk 21:31, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 21:31, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Bits of pictures?

I want to snip a small bit of a picture on a Wikipedia page to illustrate a point I am making on the discussion page of the same entry. I imagine that this is legitimate but can you confirm? The original presumably is there with full permission...

Incidentally, I am new to this game, so can you tell me how to receive your reply?

Franciscus montmartinensis (talk) 07:59, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

You may crop images that you find on Commons and upload the result to Commons provided that you comply with any licensing requirements (typically attributing the author and using the same license for the resulting work). Derivative FX is a useful tool for uploading such files. If, however, the image is hosted on a local Wikipedia project under a fair use rationale, you cannot upload the image or crops thereof to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 13:26, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
The only other caveat I'd give is that if a small portion of the image is something copyrighted that is included on a de minimis basis, you can't crop to that element and upload that. For example, if someone is wearing a t-shirt with a copyrighted logo, you couldn't crop to just the logo and upload that. Similarly if there were a copyrighted work of art on a wall in the background. - Jmabel ! talk 18:05, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Antonym of "historical"

Hi, I think I need the advice of a better speaker of English (preferably native) than myself for this. I would like to create a category for trams in Vienna of types that are still in operation now, i.e. the opposite of Category:Historical trams in Vienna. What is the best adjective to use as an antonym of "historical"? "Current trams"? "Contemporary trams"? "Non-historical trams"? Something entirely different? Thanks in advance. darkweasel94 09:46, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

(I'm not a native speaker, but I've lived and studied in Australia and the United States for several years.) Contemporary has two distinct meanings. While it can be used to mean current or modern, it can also be used relative to a given period, person or occurrence. Without a modifier, it's unlikely to be misunderstood, but I would still avoid it on that basis. Of existing categories whose names start with "Contemporary", most deal with contemporary art. Current is less ambiguous, and there are a few categories whose names start with "Current". That said, there are not that many, and I think there is a reason for that. This type of category is notoriously difficult to keep up to date. Category:Current players of SU Agen, for example, was created two years ago and already appears to be completely outdated. We've made a conscious decision not to have a Category:Living people here on Commons for similar reasons. LX (talk, contribs) 13:53, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
It is rare that new tram types come into use, or that the last tram of an old type falls into disuse. So it isn't particularly hard to keep that up to date - that needs a change once in about five to ten years, if at all, it's not like "current players of $sportsclub". However, I meanwhile have a different idea for organizing that category (basically by getting rid of Category:Vienna tram types), so I don't need this translation anymore. Thanks for your help. darkweasel94 15:35, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
"Modern" is also sometimes appropriate. I've usually tried to come up with things that are more specific, though: some specific decade or century, for example. - Jmabel ! talk 18:09, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Time frame

Hi there, I just enrolled in this website. I am computer illiterate, but I'm in the process of learning. I am curious about the time frame listed. It wasn't any where close to the time of where I live and entered the information on the computer. It says I joined at 20:37. Where I live, it's only 12:54 right now. Just curious. I worked for Motorola years ago, that's why I am familiar with military time. Thank you, Sincerely, Cathy :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by JesusRocks (talk • contribs) 21:02, 25 January 2014‎ (UTC)

(Fellow Motorola alumnus here.) The server uses the UTC timezone. You can set your preferred date format and timezone in your preferences, but I personally find it better not to specify a different timezone and instead enable the UTCLiveClock gadget. LX (talk, contribs) 21:19, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

The 20,000,000th file

Hi, Does anybody know what the 20,000,000th file uploaded to Commons was? I just saw that the number was just shy of 20,000,000 and was curious... Thanks! Sincerely, CogitoErgoSum14 (talk) 04:27, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

According to Commons:Milestones#2014: 20M–, it was File:WEREFOX at Clubschiff - WAVES VIENNA 2013 09.jpg. The actual file is often difficult to identify, because many files are uploaded at almost simultaneously, and at the same time, a large number of files are also deleted. LX (talk, contribs) 09:53, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Searching for specific type of media, such as clipart

As far as I can tell, there is no way to search for a specific type of media, such as clipart. Is that true? If that is the case, it would be very helpful to add that feature. Clipart, B&W, line drawing. If it can be done, I could not find it when I searched the help contents. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mithalwulf (talk • contribs) 05:06, 26 January 2014‎ (UTC)

Category:Clip art? Jee 08:47, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
To some extent, the tools CatScan2 and Quick Intersection can be used for this purpose - they allow you to filter one category by whether the files are also in another category (and allow also going through the subcategories until some level). This, of course, will only work if the files are well categorized. Otherwise, it might be simpler to just put "clipart" into the search field and see if you get something useful. Unfortunately, MediaWiki's search feature is better suited for encyclopedia articles than media files; I think developers are working on that though. darkweasel94 11:30, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Copyright on the images of Nguyen Phan Chanh

Hello there

I have recently updated Nguyen Phan Chanh's wiki page (it was formerly a stub) and want to add a few examples of his work - although he has not been dead for seventy years (he died in the eighties) there are numerous images of his work on news web sites,, auction webites (Christies Hong Kong) and various Vietnamese and international gallery websites.

You have a number of 'stubs' for Vietnamese painters - and I would like to turn them into more informative pages, but you can't talk about artists without showing their work, much of which is on a variety of online galleries and therefore, surely ok re. copyright.

Why I'd like to update the Vietnamese art pages is because as an art graduate from the UK I studied painting with artists in Hanoi, and it is an amazing art scene, well worth recognition, that gets lost in the colonialist/tourist perception that Vietnam is a backward developing nations and the artisans are only capable of 'copying' not creating. Nguyen Phan Chanh is one of the earliest graduates of the French established art university, and he is one of many who produced unique and note-worthy work, and I would really like to be able to add to the pages to enable people to understand something about these artists and their achievements.

I work in a UK university, and am familiar with referencing and copyright, but the system for wikipedia doesn't seem to acknowledge that images may be from sites that have enabled them to be free - eg. Chanh's 'Game of squares' or 'the rice ssller'

Very much hope you can help me sort this out.

Thanks and best wishes

Liz — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lacquerpainting (talk • contribs) 17:18, 26 January 2014‎ (UTC)

Hi Liz! Wikimedia Commons (this site) is a repository of free, educational media files used by the several hundred different language editions of Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. The free part is very important – it's a founding principle of Commons that we should only host content that can be used by anyone for any purpose. Commons simply cannot host non-free content, which includes most images found on the Internet. The fact that other sites choose to violate the copyright of the estates of recently deceased artists, negotiate exclusive licensing agreements with those estates, or rely on fair use provisions to use the work in a specific context does not make it any less impossible for Commons to host. The fact that other sites have published the images do not mean that they are free.
That said, I see that you are primarily active at English Wikipedia. You may be able to upload some non-free content locally to that project with reference to fair use provisions; see en:Wikipedia:Non-free content. If you have any questions regarding that, please ask at the English Wikipedia project. LX (talk, contribs) 17:39, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Problem with toolserver

Hi. I have uploaded quite a few images with this tool but the following files for some reason don't show. Does anyone know how to solve it? Thanks.

File:Montes de Málaga 01.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 02.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 03.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 04.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 05.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 06.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 07.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 08.jpg File:Montes de Málaga 09.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tyk (talk • contribs) 18:29, 25 January 2014‎ (UTC)

  • I believe you can go into the history, bring up the earlier version, and click to upload again. I don't believe anyone else can do that, though they could go through a separate process to upload the images. - Jmabel ! talk 00:24, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, Jmabel! I tried with one but doesn't seem to work. tyk (talk) 09:31, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Interesting. That Bryan's flickr upload tool has worked fine for me as recently as the last couple of days. Maybe try instead if you can't get Bryan's to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 04:35, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
Will do. Many thanks, tyk (talk) 18:16, 27 January 2014 (UTC)


Hi. I've noted a pair of edits into this template by an anon: I rollbacked the first edit and, about the second edit, I've fixed the documentation that must stay within the "noinclude" tag. User commented his/her edits saying Update this template to make it more obvious and also explained the change into the talk. Well, I don't know if a sort of poll or shared consensus by admins is required for this kind of templates. Assuming good faith and just for a technical issue I require, if possible, an opinion and a control of an admin. This is an important warning tmp, has a structure translated into several languages and is standardly harmonized with the others ({{test1}}, {{test2}}, {{test3}}). For example test 1, 2 and 3, have been blocked from editing still 2010. A similar measure should also be applied to this one? Due to the importance of the template, I prefer to ask for an opinion. Thanks for attention. --Dэя-Бøяg 23:12, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

The template should be semiprotected to prevent anonymous editors who don't know what they're doing from messing with standardized, autotranslated templates. Such templates should not have English text hardcoded into the main template. LX (talk, contribs) 00:01, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, as supposed. Thanks for review. --Dэя-Бøяg 11:43, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Deletion Request.

Hi there,

Last year I uploaded a few of my illustrations onto Wikimedia Commons. Since uploading the files have simply laid dormant and have not been used or viewed. I am currently exhibiting the works in a SW London gallery, and the works have been sold. Alongside, the sale of the physical works the new buyer will hold all remaining reproduction rights. They have requested that the image be removed from WikiMedia commons - I couldn't seem to find a deletion section on my profile or in FAQ's. Could you possibly inform me of how to do so?

Kind Regards,

Kerr McIlwraith — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kerrmcilwraith 123 (talk • contribs) 19:09, 28 January 2014‎ (UTC)

Unfortunately, free licenses are not revocable, so you can't get the files deleted, unless for very special reasons (privacy concern, etc.). Regards, Yann (talk) 19:15, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

australian copyright

Dear Sirs,

Sorry to ask. May I use a painting reproduction of Sydney Long in my house? Sydney Long was born on New South Wales and was dead on 23 January 1955. Are their works copyright free?

Romano Pedro — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 15:16, 31 January 2014‎ (UTC)

Not totally sure what you mean when you say "can I use a painting... in my house", but if you mean can you upload it to Commons (and assuming I understand that Sydney Long was the painter, not the subject; it's the painter's death year that is relevant) then the answer is no. Funny thing is that if he'd died in 1954, it would be public domain. But Australian law changed at the end of that year, and this won't be public domain until 2025 (death year plus 70). - Jmabel ! talk 18:39, 31 January 2014 (UTC)