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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

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If the reason given is not clear or you dispute it, you can contact the deleting administrator to ask them to explain or give them new evidence against the reason for deletion. You can also contact any other active administrator (perhaps one that speaks your native language)—most should be happy to help, and if a mistake had been made, rectify the situation.

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If you believe the file in question was neither a copyright violation nor outside the current project scope:

  • You may want to discuss with the administrator who deleted the file. You can ask the administrator for a detailed explanation or show evidence to support undeletion.
  • If you do not wish to contact anyone directly, or if an individual administrator has declined undeletion, or if you want an opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion, you can request undeletion on this page.
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Temporary undeletion

Files may be temporarily undeleted either to assist an undeletion discussion of that file or to allow transfer to a project that permits fair use. Use the template {{Request temporary undeletion}} in the relevant undeletion request, and provide an explanation.

  1. if the temporary undeletion is to assist discussion, explain why it would be useful for the discussion to undelete the file temporarily, or
  2. if the temporary undeletion is to allow transfer to a fair use project, state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

To assist discussion

Files may be temporarily undeleted to assist discussion if it is difficult for users to decide on whether an undeletion request should be granted without having access to the file. Where a description of the file or quotation from the file description page is sufficient, an administrator may provide this instead of granting the temporary undeletion request. Requests may be rejected if it is felt that the usefulness to the discussion is outweighed by other factors (such as restoring, even temporarily, files where there are substantial concerns relating to Commons:Photographs of identifiable people). Files temporarily undeleted to assist discussion will be deleted again after thirty days, or when the undeletion request is closed (whichever is sooner).

To allow transfer of fair use content to another project

Unlike English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects, Commons does not accept non-free content with reference to fair use provisions. If a deleted file meets the fair use requirements of another Wikimedia project, users can request temporary undeletion in order to transfer the file there. These requests can usually be handled speedily (without discussion). Files temporarily undeleted for transfer purposes will be deleted again after two days. When requesting temporary undeletion, please state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

Adding a request

First, ensure that you have attempted to find out why the file was deleted. Next, please read these instructions for how to write the request before proceeding to add it:

  • In the Subject/headline: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:Image:DeletedFile.jpg]] is advisable. (Remember the initial colon in the link.)
  • Identify the file(s) for which you are requesting undeletion and provide image links (see above). If you don't know the exact name, give as much information as you can. Requests that fail to provide information about what is to be undeleted may be archived without further notice.
  • State the reason(s) for the requested undeletion.
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Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

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File:Map of South Asia.svg

This file was deleted because "it is not correctly rendered by the software here". This is not a valid reason for deletion, or at least I don't find anything like that in the deletion policies. The file is in the scope of Commons because it contains vector map source for several bitmap maps used on Wikivoyage. We store all language versions in one svg file and later export png files in individual languages. This is made very explicit by mutual links between the png files (here and here) and the svg file (now deleted). The svg file must be restored because it is needed by the Wikivoyage community. --Alexander (обсуждение) 22:41, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support — Without the contribution history of this SVG file, the derivative PNG files are potentially in violation of their CC-BY-SA licenses. In my opinion that is reason enough to undelete this file. —RP88 (talk) 01:31, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
I am the deleting Admin. None of this was made clear in the DR. I freely admit that I don't understand the technicalities here -- only that this image is essentially invisible to the ordinary Commons user -- it shows only a portion of Alaska and Canada and nothing anywhere near South Asia.
It seems to me a violation of fundamental WMF principles for us to be storing images used on the project in a format that is not generally accessible. Wikivoyage is by no means the only project of WMF that requires maps in multiple languages -- how do other projects handle this? As for the opening sentence above, we delete such files whenever we see them -- there's no policy on the subject because it is obvious -- for a file to be kept on Commons it must be "freely usable" -- "freely" goes not only to the license but also to its actual usability. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 11:32, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
If the map shows Alaska, it may be useful as a map of Alaska, regardless of what the filename says. This is a simple argument beyond all technicalities and copyright issues already mentioned.
Wikivoyage (Wikitravel) is using multilingual svg - single-language png maps since 2003, which is, well, at least the same time period as locator and navigation maps developed on Wikipedia. I will not explain at length here why the mechanism used on Wikipedia is far from ideal for a travel guide, but, again, a simple argument is that hundreds of maps are created this way, and nobody will spend effort on changing them.
Finally, deletion of images is a very general issue that concerns all WMF projects. Therefore, deletion policies should be as clear and precise as possible, and they should be followed in a transparent manner. Something that is "obvious" for you is by far not obvious for me. --Alexander (talk) 12:10, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
The Alaska image which shows is not useful - it is only part of Alaska in solid blue and part of the Yukon in solid magenta with gray ocean at the edge of a map projection which distorts at the edges.
Your other arguments make sense though, particularly the "grandfathering" of this old system, but I still think we should not be storing images that are not visible here. I'll stay Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral on the question and see what our colleagues think. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 19:13, 17 December 2014 (UTC)



I request you to undelete the above files mentioned in the subject/headline. These images come from an open source document:

Barjatya, Aroh. "Block matching algorithms for motion estimation." IEEE Transactions Evolution Computation 8.3 (2004): 225-239.

obtained from a link :

with the following license:

Copyright (c) 2005, Aroh Barjatya All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

   * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
     notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
   * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
     notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in
     the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution


I believe this implies that the source is not copyrighted. So please restore my files.

Thanks, Pragya Agrawal

Symbol support vote.svg Support — The Zip file uploaded to Mathworks at Block Matching Algorithms for Motion Estimation does indeed contain a PDF by the Mathworks uploader (Aroh Barjatya) along with code and a license file indicting that the contents are covered by the {{MIT}} license. I am inclined to believe that these images on Commons are acceptable, so long as: (a) these images were indeed extracted from that PDF (which I can't verify myself), (b) the authorship is correctly attributed to Aroh Barjatya, and (c) the files are tagged with the {{MIT}} license tag. —RP88 (talk) 05:52, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose The document is by no means "open source" and "not copyrighted" as asserted above. It is very explicitly "Copyright (c) 2005, Aroh Barjatya All rights reserved."
The license given above, which is not a standard license, requires that all uses include the text shown above. That is impractical for web use and impossible for print use. In fact, the uploads here on Commons did not include it, so they were clearly in violation of the license. That could be fixed here but does not change the fact that requiring the inclusion of two large blocks of text in the caption of a simple illustration makes these works unusable. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 11:51, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Actually it is a standard license, that is the exact text of the two-clause {{BSD}} license, which Commons does indeed accept as a valid license for Commons. The BSD license does indeed start with "Copyright (c) .. All rights reserved" before specifying the terms. I accidentally thought it was the {{MIT}} license, which is very similar. It is no more burdensome than the {{GFDL-1.2}} license, which also requires that a complete copy of the license be included with any reuse. —RP88 (talk) 19:49, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per Jim. If this is meant to be a BSD license: 1) BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) applies to software, not necessarily to images in a PDF file that happens to be in a .zip file with software and 2) that there exists a {{BSD}} template does not necessarily mean it is "accept[ed] as a valid license for Commons." On the Commons (or any Wikimedia project to which anyone may contribute), anyone can create a template; bogus/incorrect license templates are not uncommon, and are not always promptly detected. The reservation of all rights, for example, is contrary to freeness and why would we accept licenses that are silent on commercial usage and derivatives? Frankly, it seems we should be putting {{BSD}} through a DR instead of invoking it to restore files. Эlcobbola talk 22:29, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
We have thousands of BSD-licensed images going back to 2005 and it has been on Commons:Copyright tags since 2005 as well; I think it is safe to say that Commons does not object to this license. With regards to the "All rights reserved" I think you have a misunderstanding regarding the significance of this statement. It has its origin as the equivalent of the "©" symbol for signatories to the Buenos Aires Convention, which required copyright notices to have a statement of reservation of rights (the treaty didn't recognize © or the word "copyright" as a valid notice). Before these countries joined either the UCC treaty (which permits ©) or the Berne treaty (which doesn't require any notice), copyrighted works, even copyrighted works with a free content license, had to contain such a statement to be eligible for copyright protection. Because at the time the US required the copyright symbol (or word), authors who wanted protection in both the U.S. and the Buenos Aires Convention countries had to include both © and that phrase. —RP88 (talk) 23:05, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
And I've seen thousands of images of models, images from the CAP, images claiming MN-Gov, images promoted as featured images, etc., some from 2005 as well, deleted because no one paid attention until recently. Why is an OTHERSTUFF argument supposed to be persuasive? Does BSD speak to derivatives and commercial works or does it not? All rights reserved means all rights reserved. Эlcobbola talk 23:13, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Again, I think you are misunderstanding the significance of the phrase, it is not a restriction of rights, it is a reservation of rights which is then followed by a license. The BSD license is one of the oldest of the free licenses and lawyers at both the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative have vetted the two-clause BSD license and consider it to be a free content license that permits both derivatives and commercial use. —RP88 (talk) 23:26, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Source? Эlcobbola talk 23:27, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
See [1] and [2]. —RP88 (talk) 23:32, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
The first is a repeat of the above text, with no comment about commercial use or derivatives. The second explicitly says "non-copyleft" (see copyleft) and, again, provides no comment about commercial use or derivatives. Where is a source that this has been "vetted" to allow commercial use and derivatives? Эlcobbola talk 23:39, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
At it says that {{BSD}} is compatible with {{GPL}}. As far as I know, no unfree licence is compatible with {{GPL}}. --Stefan4 (talk) 23:48, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
The linked OSI page has a big "Approved License" logo on it. All such approved licenses go through the OSI approval process to insure compliance with their Open Source Definition (which requires that licenses must allow modifications, derived works, and can't discriminate against any fields of endeavor (such as commercial uses)). You can find a list of the approved OSI licenses here. The linked FSF page says the BSD two-clause license is a "non-copyleft free software license". The top of that section of the page says the licenses in that list qualify as free software licenses, are compatible with the GNU GPL, and are in compliance with their Free Software Definition (which requires that licenses allow modification and "must be available for commercial use"). —RP88 (talk) 00:00, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
Why would being non-copyleft (explicitly or otherwise) be a problem? I don't see how that's relevant at all. We accept non-copyleft licenses, Creative Commons Attribution without the Share-Alike clause being the most prominent example. LX (talk, contribs) 07:26, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Every copyright tag in Commons should be valid. If there is a doubt, it should be discussed at COM:VP/C; not here. Jee 02:58, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

File:Skyfall script.png

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: The deleting admin did obviously not understand my reasoning at the upload and at the DR. We - of all people - must understand the reasons for and limits of copyright. Copyright always rest in creative works only if they meet the necessary threshold of originality.

Industry standard boiler plate does not meet that threshold. It has not one single author, but every author tweaks the preexisting wording a tiny little bit. None of these small modifications can claim copyright in itself.

Regarding Natuur12's demand to provide an "original" PD-text only shows his lach of understanding of a) nature of industry boiler plates and b) copyright. As nothing else in this title page can be subject to copyright, the file as such is ineligible. And I consider it a valuable piece of information, as it validates the story of Skyfall's production, with the huge amount of editing. h-stt !? 13:28, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose There is no question that legal boilerplate can be copyrighted. There are many people and organizations that sell boilerplate forms for a wide variety of uses. In order to keep this, someone will have to prove beyond a significant doubt that this particular boilerplate is PD for some reason. It is not necessarily PD just because it is widely used -- there must be a good, proven reason to know that it is PD. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 18:22, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Although the nomination rational is largely nonsense (if it were true that multiple authors contributing tiny tweaks precluded copyright eligibility in the resulting work, the full script itself–or even every Wikipedia article—would be ineligible for copyright), the ultimate position is probably correct. For example, Donald v. Zack Meyer's TV Sales and Service, 426 F. 2d 1027 (5th Cir. 1970) denied copyright on a boilerplate which "servilely imitat[ed] the already stereotyped language found [in preexisting forms]" and lacked a "significant addition to the standard conditional sales contract or chattel mortgage forms". While we cannot know the process that created this particular boilerplate, it clearly seems devoid of substance recognizably the author's own, which is the legal test (“While the ‘Agreement’ is not identical to any single existing form, the substance of each sentence can be found in an earlier form. Thus, […] [the ‘Agreement’] is nothing more than a mosaic of the existing forms, with no original piece added.”) This is not the (creative) expression intended to be protected by the Copyright Act. Эlcobbola talk 18:47, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

This undeletion discussion is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

File:DuTreat Series Rooftop big.jpg

The picture was added to depict a technology that is very pertinent to the topic of the article itself. By the Fair Use doctrine, adding this picture does not interfere with the owner's rights or impede their right to do with the work as they wish. I have also received permission from the marketing director Susanne Sanchez of Advantix Systems to use this picture.

The email I received is here as well as her contact information: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kchanhee (talk • contribs) 14:59, 18 December 2014‎ (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. The fair use doctrine depends on context and therefore does not permit hosting of content as part of a general-purpose media repository such as Commons. That's stated very clearly at the top of Commons:Fair use. The permission you quote is not based on our standard consent declaration and does not meet our licensing requirements at all. LX (talk, contribs) 17:36, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose "You have permission from the Advantix Systems Marketing Department to republish this photo" is far short of Commons requirements. It gives you no rights at all to license the image for any purpose, let alone commercial use. Also, it is entirely probable that the sender does not have authority to license IP -- in most corporations that is reserved for corporate officers (President, Vice President, etc.) and a "Director of Marketing" is rarely an officer. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 18:28, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

 Not done per above -FASTILY 02:22, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

This undeletion discussion is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.


Original License Request was in error; intended release to public domain approved by creator:

"All the globe/headphone based Making Waves images are my designs :-) and you are of course most welcome to use them.

ATB Steve T ---

Steve Thomas
Making Waves Audio Ltd.
T - +44 (0) 1264 810108"

Katharsistoo (talk) ... Katharsistoo (talk) 01:54, 19 December 2014 (UTC) Steve Thomas Making Waves Audio Ltd. T - +44 (0) 1264 810108

Please send an email to OTRS and explain your situation to them. If all is found to be in order, they will restore the file for you -FASTILY 02:22, 19 December 2014 (UTC)