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Upload Wizard & Flickr[edit]

I tried to use the Upload Wizard to put up the set of shots from the Heart Truth 2013 show to Commons, as that tool will easily handle albums. The set in question can be found here. Problem I bumped into is that the Upload Tool does not recognize the United States Government Work license present on the images and returns an error saying "Unfortunately, no images from this Flickr account can be uploaded on this site." Can someone add this license to the wizard? Tabercil (talk) 18:34, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

AFAIR this account is blacklisted, there are several images taged with news services as origin (in exif data) yet classified as USGov work. --Denniss (talk) 18:56, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
Huh. Hadn't noticed that... I'll get in touch with them to try and clear that issue up. It's interesting that the EXIF data reads "Getty Images for Heart Truth", which makes me think that the "for Heart Truth" qualifier is significant. Maybe Getty was hired to take the shots? If so, then the question would be who owns the shots? If it's The Heart Truth, then the PD-US license would be accurate. Tabercil (talk) 15:03, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
If that account is as problematic as it's listing at Commons:Questionable Flickr images prompted by this discussion and these deletion discussions, we probably shouldn't have 225 images from that account hosted here, including at least 16 photos where Getty Images employees are claimed to be employees of the US Federal Government... LX (talk, contribs) 00:06, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Well if we're casting aspersions on Flickr accounts, what about LGEPR? If you look at the description for File:Gabourey Sidibe with the LG Electronics Kompressor Vacuum on 25th Spirit Awards Blue Carpet held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 5, 2010 in LA.jpg you'll see that it clearly states "Photo by George Pimentel/". The exact same image can be found on the Getty website here. Tabercil (talk) 15:29, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Map from 1934[edit]

Here is an anthropological map from 1934. The author is the German physical anthropologist w:Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt. Can I upload it without license problems? --Su4kin (talk) 12:55, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

No. As shown by Commons:Copyright rules by territory#Germany, copyright expires 70 years after the author's death in Germany, and 1965 is less than 70 years ago. LX (talk, contribs) 16:29, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Image deleted[edit]


I uploaded the logo of the ISC for whom I am actually working and it was deleted as you told that you were not sure that it was free to use. If I am working for the ISC and I want its logo to appear on its wikipedia page, how can I do?


Théo —Preceding unsigned comment added by Théo Fleismaher (talk • contribs) 05:43, 2 July 2014‎ (UTC)

If the logo has been published under a free licence or released into the public domain, a citation in the Source field, or a link to the owner’s site saying so, should do. Otherwise you (or someone else with authority to act on the organization’s behalf) should contact OTRS, who will issue a “ticket“ once they’re satisfied of the suitability of the licence. That will serve to advise users that the source of the permission has been verified.
If your sole purpose is to illustrate an article on the English Wikipedia (which is a separate website, with its own policies), you could upload the image there as non-free media with a fair use rationale. This would not require the release of any copyrights.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 06:18, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi Théo! You might want to have a look at Commons:Guidance for paid editors. It includes information on providing evidence of your affiliations and on sharing logotypes. LX (talk, contribs) 11:15, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

No subject[edit]


I uploaded a photo of Neil Thomas Proto. It was deleted even after I sent the correct release information (as stipulated on their Wikipedia page). I provided you all with legal permission from the owner of the photo (I even gave you his contact information so that you could contact him directly), yet you've deleted the photo. What am I doing wrong? How can I get the photo approved so that I can include a photo on Proto's Wikipedia page?


--Balbenus (talk) 18:46, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Did you include {{OTRS pending}} or any indication that you'd sent something in on the file description page? If not, the users involved with the deletion probably didn't know about that. If you've sent in an appropriate permission, then you don't need to do anything else at this point. The image will be undeleted once the volunteers processing permission e-mails get around to it (which can take some time). If they need anything else from you, they will get back to you via e-mail. LX (talk, contribs) 21:51, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Cannot Publish Files[edit]

Although my files seem to be uploaded, once I move to to the "publish" section, I get an error message and can't get any further,. My files are my own work.


Bluffalobrill —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluffalobrill (talk • contribs) 10:34, 3 July 2014‎ (UTC)

What error message do you get? LX (talk, contribs) 20:07, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Ayuda para subir imagen[edit]

Buenas tardes. Le contacto para solicitarle ayuda para poder subir de la manera correcta unas imagenes de un fotógrafo de motociclismo, que amablemente me las ha cedido para poder publicarla en Wikimedia Commons, para su posterior utilización en un artículo de Wikipedia. La cuestión es que no sé qué licencia elegir, pues como digo, la foto me la ha enviado el propio autor para su publicación. Le agradezco su atención, y espero su respuesta. Reciba un cordial saludo --Jhoez (talk) 11:56, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Google translated - Hola Usuario:Jhoez. Por favor, pregunte el fotógrafo para enviar un correo electrónico a con el formato en COM:ET. Cuando el permiso es recibir, una OTRS voluntario restaurar las fotografías y añadir una plantilla especial. Tenga en cuenta que hay un retraso, así que esto podría tomar algún tiempo. Green Giant (talk) 18:28, 3 July 2014 (UTC)


como hago para subir un file escrito en worldpad y que tiene fotos. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rafael Martinez Tirado (talk • contribs) 18:10, 5 July 2014‎ (UTC)

No subject[edit]

Hallo, seit Monaten versuche ich ein Foto (Max Köhler.jpg) auf die Siete Max Köhler, Maler hochzuladen. Ich habe es bei Wikicommons gespeichert, aber ich bekomme immer eine Meldung, dass da hochladen fehlgeschlagen sei. Kann mir vielleicht jemand helfen? Das foto soll neben dem biografiscehen Text erscheinen. Danke —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hansen-Lorenzen Erika (talk • contribs) 07:11, 7 July 2014‎ (UTC)

Email Wikipedia[edit]


I have 2 images that I received permission for via email from the creator. Should I first email Wikipedia and wait for a ticket or should I upload first.

Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dovikap (talk • contribs) 08:15, 7 July 2014‎ (UTC)

Already asked (and already replied) at User talk:Dovikap. LX (talk, contribs) 08:53, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. LX (talk, contribs) 08:53, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

How do I upload information about a book?[edit]

If I want to make an entry about a book, how do I upload that information? I get a message that says "does not accept doc.x files". I tried to make a file to upload and I get a message that says "does not accept doc.x files". I would like to enter all sorts of information on several novels that are not on Wiki. Thanks for the help in advance.

You can't upload articles to Wikipedia, you'll have to use the editing tools provided by the Website to write it (copy&paste is possible to some extent though.) See en:Help:Editing, en:Wikipedia:Starting an article, en:Wikipedia:Your first article, etc. Note that here you are at Wikimedia Commons, which is for media files such as pictures or videos only. --El Grafo (talk) 16:15, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


I want to upload an image. I am using the template {{PD-GreekGov}} in the field "Another reason not mentioned above" and I am getting the following message: "This does not seem to be valid wikitext, or does not contain a license."

Other templates (eg {{PD-GermanGov}}) are ok. Why? Christou c (talk) 18:08, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

I guess it’s because the GreekGov template is actually a redirect to an /en subpage, while the GermanGov is what it says on the label, so to speak. Sorry, I don’t know why they’re treated differently. I suggest you use a generic licence while uploading, just to satisfy the wizard, then edit the description page to replace it with the proper template afterward; I don‘t think such a ‘white lie‘ should be a problem if it’s only up for a few minutes.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:35, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

im ok thanx