Commons:Undeletion requests

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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.

Finding out why a file was deleted

First, check the deletion log and find out why the file was deleted. Also use the What links here feature to see if there are any discussions linking to the deleted file. If you uploaded the file, see if there are any messages on your user talk page explaining the deletion. Secondly, please read the deletion policy, the project scope policy, and the licensing policy again to find out why the file might not be allowed on Commons.

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Appealing a deletion

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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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Add the request to the bottom of the page. Click here to open the page where you should add your request. Alternatively, you can click the "edit" link next to the current date below.


Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

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

File:CD naslovna strana-page-001.jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: I haven't broken Copyright violation because it's my album cover (that hasn't been copyrighted yet) and I self published it under the design and a name that doesn't already exist. Mladen Bartul Marušić (talk) 23:18, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

  • If it is a self-published album, then please specify why you think that the cover is in scope. --Stefan4 (talk) 00:55, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
  • With limited exceptions, which don't apply here, everything has a copyright from the moment of creation until it expires, usually 70 years after the creator's death, so this CD cover certainly has one.
Also, there is an image of a cobra that appears three times and a drawing of one that appears once. Did you actually photograph the cobra? I doubt it, so you are probably infringing on the photographer's copyright. Did you draw the drawing? Again, possibly not. It is not our concern if you ignore copyright on your CD cover, but we won't keep a copyvio here. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:58, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

 Not done . If you are the copyright holder of the album cover and/or the images depicted on the cover, please follow the procedure outlined in COM:OTRS. Green Giant (talk) 12:59, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

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File:Heterogeneous cat.JPG

I of course agree with the statement that Euro coins are copyrighted, but it is new to me that photos of Euro coins are protected by copyright, just because a Euro coin is on the photo. Sounds like a joke. -- Linksfuss (talk) 13:08, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I think you would agree that you cannot take photographs (or scans) of a recent book and sell them for a profit. The same is true of photographs of any copyrighted work -- the photograph is a derivative work of the subject and has two copyrights -- that of the photograph and that of the subject work. Both need a license, and in this case we do not have a license for the coin.
Using a coin to show the size of am pbject is also bad practice for a simpler reason -- the vast majority of people around the world will not know the size of any given coin, so it is a poor thing to use on a project that serves the entire world. Far better to use a metric ruler. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 14:01, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

 Not done , see Jim's comment. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:06, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

File:Wat Kampaeng Laeng-001.jpg

This file was deleted by User:Yann on 9 October 2014, 20:55h (UTC). @Taivo: User:Taivo suspected a copyright violation. The reason he gave was: "There is no freedom of panorama for 2-dimensional works in Thailand." But now I found this: {{FoP-Thailand}} I suppose this is enough to undelete this picture. --hdamm (talk) 14:49, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Please read the template again. You can publish a picture of a copyrighted building, but not a picture of a copyrighted picture or a picture of a copyrighted painting. Regards, Yann (talk) 15:04, 25 October 2014 (UTC)