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.

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.

Appealing a deletion

Deletions which are correct based on the current deletion, project scope and licensing policies will not be undone. Proposals to change the policies may be done on their talk pages.

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.
  • If the file was deleted for missing evidence of licensing permission from the copyright holder, please follow the procedure for submitting permission evidence. If you have already done that, there is no need to request undeletion here. If the submitted permission is in order, the file will be restored when the permission is processed. Please be patient, as this may take several weeks depending on the current workload and available volunteers.

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.

Projects that accept fair use

Note: This list might be outdated. For a more complete list, see meta:Non-free content (this page was last updated: March 2014.) Note also: Multiple projects (such as the ml, sa, and si Wikipedias) are listed there as "yes" without policy links.

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.
  • Sign your request using four tilde characters (~~~~). If you have an account at Commons, log in first. If you were the one to upload the file in question, this can help administrators to identify it.

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.

Archives

Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.


Current requests

File:British Steel Logo.svg

I' believe now I found another possible reason for keeping this file. I found completely random another registred trademark with exactly the same logo S: hr:File:STV.PNG This logo seems registered and used over 10 years, so there can't be a copyright by the British Steel author anymore!? If not, there is also an act on customary law!? (The deleting admin has me encouraged to an UDR.) User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?)21:20, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose The logo will remain copyright in the UK regardless of what someone else does. It can be uploaded to enwp as {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} but can't be hosted here. LGA talkedits 22:55, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

File:Kroatien 2.jpg

I don't see how this image would be out of scope: the justification is "unused nudism". This cannot be a valid reason.--Nordela (talk) 23:01, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

File:ArcSoft Image100.jpg (again)

I requested the undeletion of this file, and I provided suficient evidence than ArcSoft Inc. is not actually the copyright holder of many images taken using the ArcSoft USB Webcam. Some files affected to a deletion was File:ArcSoft Image344.jpg and File:Image196_finanzas.jpg (by COM:SCOPE, but not for Copyvio).

I need to repeat: ArcSoft Inc. (see the article before continuing) is an imaging and multimedia company, and as them, they can't take the copyright of the files generated or procesed in their products, used by the consumers. A simple copyright notice added automatically by an USB Webcam (mostly used by end and home users) does not mean than ArcSoft is the actual copyright holder. The same case is if Photoshop puts Copyright by Adobe in a file edited by an end user, that is ridiculous, really ridiculous.

I understand the problem very well. Unfortunatelly, various admins are failing to do a deep research before deleting files and simply ignoring the evidences presented, and their actions may be harmful to Commons and the community. A huge problem that may make a precedent in Commons about the relationship between Copyright and Vendor-Consumer (and specially, the consumer rights and the laws to protect them, pressent in almost all countries).

I'm technically repeating that I said laterly. Is necesary to explain this case with pears and apples in order to the rest of the community understand the obvious? This is not an unclear copyright status issue, is a severe misunderstanding of an obvious problem with the end users and the products manufactured by ArcSoft and pruchased by they.

Please be serious in this second UnDR discussion. If I opened a second UnDR is because I have solid reasons and evidence than the file should be restored. --Amitie 10g (talk) 05:04, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I agree with you that ArcSoft is not the copyright holder. However, in the last UnDR discussion, Jim made some useful points about the copyright status of these files. Do you have any imput about these? See Commons:Undeletion_requests/Archive#File:ArcSoft_Image100.jpg or [1]. Regards, Yann (talk) 05:40, 25 July 2014 (UTC)