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Commons discussion pages (index)

Missing fonts in SVG[edit]

I just uploaded image I made in SVG. It looks fine in this wikimedia link:

But the Wikimedia commons link is using a different font (probably since this font is missing):

Is it fixable?

Shavitco (talk) 20:51, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Help:SVG#Fonts / text has information on which fonts are supported for Mediawiki's thumbnail rendering of SVG files. LX (talk, contribs) 18:40, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

If you use Inkscape for SVG files, then simply convert the text to path, and everything will be OK, only the text will not be editable. Kaboldy (talk) 17:36, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! Shavitco (talk) 20:18, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

I'm clueless about videos[edit]

How does one remove the audio from OGV files? What's the recommended software for Linux and Windows? --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 13:12, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

@Michaeldsuarez: I would use the -an option of ffmpeg or avconv. There are also builds for Windows. -- Rillke(q?) 21:02, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
I think a bot acting upon adding a template like {{remove audio}} would be neat (analogous to what {{rotate}} triggers). -- Rillke(q?) 21:07, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the instructions, and extra thanks for removing the audio from those videos yourself. You saved three videos from deletion, and I appreciate it very much. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 13:54, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Want to make a post[edit]

Dear Sir/Madam, I'm having difficulties in posting John Young & Associates' profile on Wikipedia. Kindly help me in posting the profile. Thanks Samuel Accra - Ghana. — Preceding unsigned comment added by John Young & Associates (talk • contribs) 18:47, 15 April 2015‎ (UTC)

You should ask at this board. Ruslik (talk) 19:59, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Samuel you need to come and join Wikimedia Ghana group. Where we have other group with massive experience to guide you through any form of problem you might have.--Kwameghana (talk) 19:18, 18 April 2015 (UTC). feel free to send me a message.

Inquiry regarding the hosting of IS/ISIS/ISIL Videos for the purposes of referencing said works in an academic article.[edit]

To whom it may concern,

I am writing an academic research paper on the recruiting tactics of Islamic State (IS). Part of the report includes an analysis of the video productions published by IS.

These videos are often only found on obscure, spammy, disreputable, or unsafe websites or forums. I have managed to attain copies of three IS videos that I will be analyzing in my report.

The videos created by IS were published into the public domain and no copyright claim exists on the materials. The purpose of uploading them to Wikimedia Commons is so that a static link exists to which I can reference in the citations of my research paper - thus a purely educational purpose.

However, the biggest hurdle is that the content in question is obviously quite violent and brutal in nature, which many may find objectionable.

Please advise on how I should proceed. I will not attempt to upload the content until this inquiry is resolved.


TheNolanK — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheNolanK (talk • contribs) 12:50, 16 April 2015‎ (UTC)

  • The violence isn't an issue (Commons is not censored) and they are certainly newsworthy enough to be in scope, but what is your basis for saying that they are not copyrighted? Under the Berne convention, copyright doesn't have to be "claimed": it exists by default and would have to be actively reassigned or renounced. Or am I missing something? - Jmabel ! talk 14:50, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Copyright is still owned by the creators of the films (we cannot assume they are all made by a single individual); just releasing propaganda films doesn't release copyright. Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:21, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Please contact ISIS and have their public relations representative agree to send an email as described at Commons:Email_templates#Declaration_of_consent_for_all_inquiries. They will have to prove that they represent the organization and own the copyright. In the future, please advise them to include the text "Creative Commons 0" in their videos with a link to the Creative Commons page giving the agreement. Hosting the videos here is not a problem if copyright is in order. Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:18, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Cute, Mr. R. But that is indeed the problem. There must be some reputable site that would host these for academic purposes under fair use, though. Can anyone help this person? - Jmabel ! talk 18:08, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
  • UPDATE: Iraq is not a signatory of the Berne convention, and the makers of videos claim to be nationals of the 'Islamic State' which is also not a Berne member. Additionally, on their website - (Which is dubious for security reasons and probably put me on a government list) - the videos are available for free download and their FAQ page (once translated) clearly states that transmission and reproduction of the video is allowed and, in fact, says to "be sure you diligent in published everywhere". ( ) That website is the official Islamic State website and the source of the videos I have attained. However, being that the website is run by a terrorist organization, their domain may be shut down and/or blown to bits and is thus unreliable. --TheNolanK (talk) 20:35, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
    • I personally would be glad to see this uploaded here if the copyright situation is not a problem. - Jmabel ! talk 22:44, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
    • I linked this thread from Commons:Village_pump/Copyright, which I hope will bring in some more expert opinions, since this seems to come down to a copyright question. - Jmabel ! talk 22:48, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure that Iraq signing the Berne convention or not is relevant to Commons, since Commons requires the work to be free in its source country as well as the United States. Iraq does have a copyright law. In this case, the source country may be Iraq or Syria (even if ISIS controls the area, it won't be recognised as a state by anybody else), and it may have been first published elsewhere. Permission for free distribution isn't sufficient for Commons: there must also be permission for modification and commercial use. --ghouston (talk) 22:52, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Exactly. See COM:Licensing and Commons cares about copyright even when a copyright owner does not. I wouldn't feel comfortable hosting files like that without an "official" exception rule approved by both WMF legal and a community vote. --El Grafo (talk) 11:50, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
So, emailing the Islamic State it is!--TheNolanK (talk) 21:48, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
TheNolanK I have spammed your request in local wikis [1], [2] ...--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:14, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
The Berne Convention protects works if the work was first published in a Berne Convention country (or published within a Berne Convention country within 30 days after publication in Iraq) or if the author is a citizen or resident of a Berne Convention country. As lots of Islamic State material is distributed worldwide, the material would often be copyrighted in Berne Convention countries per the 30-day rule. Also, there are lots of reports in the media of people from Europe and elsewhere joining the Islamic State, so the material will sometimes be protected in Berne Convention countries due to the citizenship rule. The citizenship rule applies even if the author is anonymous. --Stefan4 (talk) 21:20, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

To avoid the copyright issue, perhaps it would be better to use an web archiving service such as the Internet Archive or Note that even has a "Dark Archive" for archiving materials that cannot be made publicly viewable, for example, because of copyright issues, a "no archive" tag or a valid DMCA takedown request. — SMUconlaw (talk) 16:46, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Can't log in[edit]

I can't log in. Every page load I see a box in the corner that says "Central login You are centrally logged in. Reload this page to apply your user settings." However reloading does nothing but give the same warning. Trying to go to the Log in page doesn't work as it dumps me back on the orignal page before I can type anything - with the same notice. (I have just started using Firefox) 2602:304:B296:DBE0:2129:8CF2:C6B5:9909 19:29, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

What is your username? Ruslik (talk) 20:04, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Not important. I have had a unified account since April 12, 2008. 2602:304:B296:DBE0:2129:8CF2:C6B5:9909 20:46, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Still can't log in correctly. I can log out on Wikipedia, come to Commons and log in - but get thrown back to the same error message, yet if I go to any other Wikimedia site and I am correctly logged in (after only logging in on Commons) Why won't Commons let me in? 2602:304:B296:DBE0:45F9:20AD:8D10:8609 01:21, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Have you tried clearing your browser cache or using a different browser? ColonialGrid (talk) 04:03, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
If you've just started using Firefox, check your cookie policy. Green Giant (talk) 15:09, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Editing a misleading/false description[edit]

We have a page about changing the file's name, which explains that any user can request a rename when the file's name is misleading or false. But I couldn't find anything about whether it's okay to edit the description if it's misleading or false. Another problem is that while I know the description is false, I don't know what is really depicted in the image, so I wouldn't be able to write anything more than "unknown tool" or something like that. What should I do? JudgeDeadd (talk) 09:36, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

  • A key tenet of all Wiki projects is being bold. If you see a mistake, fix it; if someone else disagrees they can easily revert you. File names are a little different, they affect file use on other Wikimedia projects, and can break external links. This is why the file-moving right is restricted. Which image are you specifically referring to? ColonialGrid (talk) 10:01, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
    • The images in question have already been deleted (not only were they used to support a hoax article, but they were copied from somewhere else and mislabelled as "own work".) Thanks for your answer in any case! JudgeDeadd (talk) 10:59, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
{{Fact disputed}} or {{Inaccurate description}} might have been appropriate here. There's also a list of related templates in the "See also" section of the documentation for those templates. LX (talk, contribs) 11:47, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Uploading a Image of a Politician[edit]

I am interested in uploading an politician. I did not take the picture but the photo was taken by the State as their official portrait when they started. Can I upload these pictures to Wikimedia Commons? If I can't what will I have to do to post them on Wikimedia Commons? --JaredPM (talk) 02:16, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Maybe, some governments release content on their websites under free licences, some have a restriction on holding copyright, but, some do not and hold copyright on all of their works. Can you link to the page that hosts the image? ColonialGrid (talk) 04:01, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
    • Here and here. The State took Mike Fleck's page down after he lost the election and the session ended. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JaredPM (talk • contribs)
  • Sorry, but I don't think Pennsylvania has a prohibition on governmental copyright. We don't have a template saying as much (as we do for US Government or State of California). Also, has a copyright notice "Copyright ©2015 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All Rights Reserved." (click the + in the left of the bottom bar). So ultimately doesn't appear to be any evidence those images are either freely licenced or in the public domain. You could however email the webmaster, and ask about the copyright status, or for them to release portraits freely (we have COM:OTRS to confirm licences). ColonialGrid (talk) 14:02, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Redirect problem[edit]

Hi, I had to change a redirect because it created hundreds of mistakes on all the wikipedias. Granted, the Third Reich's flag from 1933 to 1935 was this one (the svastika flag only became the national flag in 1935) but the nazi period is so associated with 1933 that Flag of Germany 1933.svg is used in hundreds of pages (battles of world war II, Wehrmarcht and SS units, flags, tanks, etc). I don't know how this problem can be fixed (maybe there should be some transwiki modification to replace Flag of Germany 1933.svg with Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg everywhere) but the previous redirect, even though it was correct in absolute, created too many problems. Maybe you can find a solution, but for now we must stick to the redirect as I just corrected it... Jean-Jacques Georges (talk) 14:56, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Well, I corrected the file usage on commons. Ruslik (talk) 17:37, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
All other wikis require manual review as well. Unfortunately there is no other way around. Ruslik (talk) 19:23, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

undeleting images[edit]

Several weeks ago I emailed a request that three images uploaded in Dec 2014 be undeleted but as yet I have received no reply.

I have corrected the permissions I initially used but this seems to have no effect either.

Please advise how I can insert these images for which I have the owner's permission to upload and use freely? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trowbridge Aikikai (talk • contribs)

lebororo is very old Lebororo is not me[edit]

Since internet is operational I uUsed lebororo, easy to check I am lebororo since 1995.

En français, je suis lebororo mais pas Lebororo... Qui a un problème? mettez lebororo sur internet et vous verrez qui je suis Merci lebororo — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 04:47, 21 April 2015‎ (UTC)

This is the Wikimedia Commons help desk. Do you have a question about using Wikimedia Commons? If so, what is your question? LX (talk, contribs) 06:02, 21 April 2015 (UTC)


Bonjour, J'ai publié sur Wikipédia une adjonction à l’article sur le RHUM CHARRETTE : Cela pour indiquer l’auteur du concept et de l’étiquette originale. Et je voulais en apporter la preuve avec les fichiers-images de ses travaux et correspondance de l’époque qu’il m’avait lui-même confiés. Mais, peu familier de vos procédures, je n’ai pas réussi à insérer ces fichiers dans l’article, ou plutôt, ils ont été effacés. Votre message d’aujourd’hui me dit que j’ai un problème de licence ( ?). Pouvez-vous m’indiquer ce que je dois faire pour obtenir la publication de ces images qui prouvent la paternité du concept et de l’étiquette originale ? Cordialement. Bernard ROUQUET. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎Cairo~commonswiki (talk • contribs)

  • You did not indicate any license, so they were deleted. Given your description, I assume they will be {{PD-old-100}} or some such. Now that they've been deleted, though, you'll need to take them to Commons:Undeletion requests.
  • Would someone with better French than mine please take this one over and help him out? I read French pretty well, but cannot write it. - Jmabel ! talk 15:57, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
@Cairo~commonswiki: Merci à l'avenir de poser vos questions en français sur la page francophone Commons:Service d'aide, ici c'est la page anglophone. D'après Jmabel, il semblerait que vous ayez oublié d'ajouter une licence sur vos fichiers et les fichiers ont donc été supprimés. Pour que nous pussions mieux vous aider, merci de reposer votre question sur Commons:Service d'aide ou répondez ici mais en anglais. Cordialement, Thibaut120094 (talk) 16:38, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Bonjour, Les messages, vous notifiant du problème de licence au sujet des images, datent de l'année 2012, après que vous avez téléversé ces images et, vu l'absence de réaction, les fichiers de ces images ont été supprimés peu après, toujours en 2012. L'autre message, que vous avez reçu aujourd'hui, est à propos d'un tout autre sujet, c'est-à-dire un changement de la politique des noms des comptes d'utilisateurs, sans rapport avec les images. En ce qui concerne les images, il s'agit d'insérer, dans la page de description de chaque image, un modèle qui énonce la raison précise pour laquelle cette image est libre. Selon le cas, cela pourrait être, par exemple, une licence libre accordée par le propriétaire des droits d'auteur, ou un modèle énonçant que les droits d'auteur patrimoniaux ont expiré par l'effet de la loi. Si vous précisez les faits relatifs à ces images et si elles sont libres, on pourra peut-être vous orienter vers les modèles à utiliser. Si elles sont libres, il est possible pour Commons de remettre en ligne les fichiers qui avaient été supprimés en 2012, sans que vous en téléversiez de nouveaux exemplaires. Pour ce faire, il vous faudra faire une demande sur la page Commons:Undeletion requests. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:10, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

two different persons with same portrait[edit]

Not sure where I should put this notification...

As reported at en:Wikipedia:Help desk#Identification (again), images

File:Thomas Spring Rice, 2nd Baron Monteagle of Brandon.jpg


File:Arthur Godley in later life.jpg

are versions of the same photograph. --CiaPan (talk) 11:43, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

  • I'll notify the respective uploaders (which is usually the best course in matters like this). - Jmabel ! talk 23:22, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
I uploaded Mr Godley, but the source appears to be sitting behind a paywall these days. I've got Letters from early New Zealand by his mother on my bookshelf but that does not contain a portrait of Arthur Godley as an adult; it has a painting of him as a four-year old. So that's of no help. Maybe somebody with a subscription to the Oxford DNB could have a look whether they've changed their mind with regards to the portrait. Schwede66 21:03, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
The photo of Godley on the Oxford DNB is the same as the above photos. Paora (talk) 02:09, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Copyright Issue[edit]

Hello, I work in the marketing department at Juniata College and was asked to upload photos to our Wikipedia page. The photos that I want to upload were taken by a paid professional of the school. To make sure that we could share his photos, we sent him an email. He replied saying that we could "share them with the world." When I go to upload the photos, however, I'm not sure which copyright option to use. If you have any suggestions, that would be great. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎Shalenmae (talk • contribs)

  • Because you are not the copyright holder, you'll need to hae him send email as described at COM:OTRS to specify a license. You can have him send a single email saying that you'll be uploading on his behalf, and that your uploads of his photos are all authorized. He'll need to specify a particular license: I recommend either CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, either of which means his work can be shared, modified, etc. but must be credited. You can add {{OTRS pending}} to the uploads, as well as the relevant license.
  • If any of that is unclear after you read COM:OTRS, feel free to as follow-up questions here or to contact me for further help. - Jmabel ! talk 15:51, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
It is not clear what "paid professional of the school" means. If the photographer is an employee then the school own the copyright. Ruslik (talk) 16:39, 22 April 2015 (UTC)


Hello, I just created a user account, and I have been working in the sandbox. I want to try uploading a file and I could not do so. How can I upload the file? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Delayedchoice (talk • contribs)

@Delayedchoice: Hi,
See here: Special:UploadWizard. Please note that you can only upload your own pictures. For other works, you need a permission from the photographer. Regards, Yann (talk) 08:43, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Uploading a File[edit]

An admin at Wikipedia said that asking here would be more helpful. Problem is I tried uploading a file. I took some time to fill the bar (that it is being uploaded) and few minutes later. It went to zero! Agh! Then it look so much time filling the bar. And at lest message came Bad Token. What should I do? It occurred twice. Is it a bug or something?
It is a .jpg file and size is more than 6 MB.
aGastya  ✉ Message Me! (: 11:10, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Did you try to upload image here (Commons) or on your project? Ruslik (talk) 16:36, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: I tried to upload here at Commons.
aGastya  ✉ Message Me! (: 17:09, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Can someone help me extract an image from a PDF?[edit]

I have uploaded an extract from a PDF that has a map, but when I try to export this in a more natural format like JPG or PNG it comes out all pixellated when I zoom in. Can someone have a go at it? Maury Markowitz (talk) 12:11, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. Map image has been extracted.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:28, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Damaged files[edit]

Hi there. These two files seem to be damaged: [3], [4]. Thanks. Magnolia677 (talk) 03:45, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi, Right, I reuploaded them. Thanks for reporting. Yann (talk) 08:29, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Help uploading an image[edit]

Greetings. I need help uploading an image. I had successfully uploaded it previously, but was confused about how to properly licence it. (When not confused I've successfully uploaded several dozen images, both of my own and the work of others with appropriate licenses.) So I picked "I don't know". I thought that was enough, and if there was any question either someone who understood the nuances of licensing would just fix it or contact me and request more information. Instead, someone went and deleted it, and now I cannot try again to upload it with a better effort to appropriately license it. Pleas help! Thank you. Yours, Wikiuser100 (talk) 16:53, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

You should not try to reupload it. Instead, you can request undeletion. Be sure to mention the name of the file and provide evidence of the copyright holder publishing it under a free license (or a PD rationale with supporting evidence). LX (talk, contribs) 18:22, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

A few files failing to transfer with flickr2commons[edit]

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A few files are failing to transfer with It's giving bogus errors such as "Transfer failed [1] : Warning/duplicate" even though clearly it is not on Commons. Any suggestions?

The files that aren't copying, all in Flickr album/set number 72157652002734562:

(If someone else wants to do the transfer, please include the descriptions from Flickr and use categories Category:Chastity Belt (band) Category:Pop Conference 2015 Category:Photographs taken on 2015-04-17, and please let me know when it's done.) - Jmabel ! talk 05:04, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Section resolved, managed to get it all worked out myself. Apparently the images made it over, but not the content. Odd, because they were part of a large batch that otherwise made it just fine. - Jmabel ! talk 23:27, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding Azur Air Logo.svg[edit]

I have a problem that I took the reference, but which exactly license it has, I have no idea --MikleffCoolX (talk) 05:57, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

What to do with the old account after finaly getting a SUL here?[edit]

I'm happy to finaly have an account with the name Shlomo here, which for some administrative reason couldn't be created earlier and which is now connected via SUL to my identity on other Wiki projects, where I'm more active. However, on Commons, all my contributions, uploads etc. up to now have been made under the account Šlomo. Is there some way to merge these two accounts to the Shlomo? I ask, while this one is still brand new, without any edits, uploads or even setting changes. If this is not possible, I will have to regretfully abandon the old account and start anew :( --Shlomo (talk) 07:07, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it is possible to rename your account with zero edits to some other name and then to rename the local account Šlomo to Shlomo. You will be able to merge it into your global account. See m:Steward_requests/Username_changes. Ruslik (talk) 09:42, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the link; since both accounts of mine are already global, I'll have to wait for the merging tool and the right place for requests like this is the subpage m:Steward requests/Username changes/Pending. --Shlomo (talk) 07:57, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Next Button[edit]

Buongiorno, sto cercando di caricare il logo di un'azienda ma senza successo. Una volta completate tutte le informazioni della sezione "Describe" il pulsante "next" non mi fa proseguire allo step successivo "Use", nel senso che lo clicco e nulla si muove.

Attendo un vostro gentile riscontro in merito quanto prima. Cordialmente

Piero — Preceding unsigned comment added by PieroProStaff (talk • contribs)

How do I get to the actual media content?[edit]

I see a lot of links to "what is public domain" "rules of the site" and "how to upload media." But I see nothing about how to actually access the media which has been uploaded.

1) I would especially like to see poems which are in the public domain.

2) Also, I would like to know if it is all right to copy and paste elsewhere (i.e. Duolingo--a language learning site, for translation into Spanish) poems which are in the public domain, listed here. 16:29, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

You could start at Category:Poetry or by using the search function. But poems, being essentially text-only content is generally outside our project scope. You might have more luck finding such content at Wikisource. As for your second question, the answer is yes. Do note that some of the content hosted is not in the public domain, but copyrighted and published under a free license, which means you can still use it, but you must comply with the licensing requirements. See Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia for more information. LX (talk, contribs) 16:58, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

When an image has been used in by an external article...[edit]

Hi, what's the typical way to denote that an image has been used (fairly) by others? For instance, if an image has been used (with credit) as part of an article in a newspaper or online article? Are there any specialized templates that can be added, or a relevant section of the Help I could read? Jason Quinn (talk) 11:58, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi, You can use the template Published. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:47, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
… which goes on the talk page, not the main file page. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Reusing a Gandhi picture for a german magazine which is public domain in India[edit]


I want to use this picture of Gandhi for a magazine:

It is in the Public Domain in India but I am not sure if I can use it in Germany as well. I also found the same picture at trhe archive of several photo agencies.

Can you provide me with some information about it?

Thanks a lot and kind regards

Laurin Schmid — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 08:30, 27 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Hello Laurin, it seems that the picture was taken from this book. The author is German, so it might be worth a try contacting him. --El Grafo (talk) 09:08, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
I know Peter Rühe, and he just republished pictures of Gandhi, and wrongfully claims copyright about them. So no, being published in this book has no effect on its copyright status. This picture was certainly published in India before that. I think there is little doubt that the picture is in the public domain in Germany, either because of the rule of the shorter term, or by German law of an anonymous picture published more than 70 years ago. Regards, Yann (talk) 10:32, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
If the photographer was a citizen of a European Union country (which might be the case with pictures from German books), then EU rules state that the rule of the shorter term can't be used. However, if (as Yann suggests) the picture was taken from some old Indian source, then the photographer is presumably not a citizen of the European Union. --Stefan4 (talk) 15:59, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Deletion requests[edit]

I would like to ask this: how much time does it take for deletion requests to be addressed, or, at least, closed by an administrator? I personally find this a little embarrassing. I was certain that Commons was almost as active as enwiki.--The Theosophist (talk) 12:20, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

It depends. ;oD It usually takes a week, but it can be much longer. Which DRs are you talking about? Regards, Yann (talk) 12:22, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
@Yann: Take Commons:Deletion requests/2015/04/07 as an example. 20 days have passed and, from the 58 requests, only two have been closed and more than twenty are completely unaddressed.--The Theosophist (talk) 13:55, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Right, we usually have a backlog of DRs. We need more active admins. Regards, Yann (talk) 15:46, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
User:The Theosophist: Enwiki still has unclosed file discussions from last year, which is more than 20 days. On the other hand, Commons still has unclosed "categories for discussion" from 2011. --Stefan4 (talk) 16:02, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
There were many more than 58 for that day, as one can see from the list before the closed requests were removed from it. That said, you can get an idea of the situation in the section Current requests. Currently, there are about 20 daily lists with a certain number of requests that could be closed. But, as the above example for 2015/04/07 shows, the majority of the requests for some of those days have already been closed. Of the remaining requests, some may be still open because are more difficult to judge or because they could require more discussion or because they require admins with a knowledge of some languages. Backlogs are not good, but It's been worse. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:43, 27 April 2015 (UTC)