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この2つの画像データをページにアップロードし、表示したいのですが、このデザインは2店とも私がデザインしたものです。 よろしくお願いします。

— Preceding unsigned comment added by マイケルプラネット (talk • contribs) 03:22, 4 July 2014‎ (UTC)

Public domain template for State Library of North Carolina[edit]

Hello all and happy belated Bastille Day.

I am working at the behest of the State Library of North Carolina on a template that will acknowledge that their contributions are in the public domain. Representatives of the library have made quite clear that they want to release their files into the public domain.

Indeed North Carolina law arguably suggests that all state files belong in the public domain, and that premise is the basis for this template: {{PD-NCGov}}

The latter template is currently under discussion by some who feel the public domain law isn't strong enough. But since the State Library is quite clear on releasing their files (and makes explicit statements to this effect on their site) I think we can go ahead with a template for them to use.

Thus: {{PD-SLNC}}

When I test upload using this template, Upload Wizard doesn't accept it as a permission. Can anyone help me to understand what needs to be done so the S.L. of N.C. can use this template for the images they wish to contribute!

Thanks & Peace & Blessings, Monumenteer2014 (talk) 03:58, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks to Bawolff and Odder, the licence options are (at present) hardcoded and a bug request is needed to ask the developers to add a new licence. Nick (talk) 21:21, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Corrida poster spain 1955.JPG[edit]

Hello. I have obtained an official e-mail permission (forwarded to permissions-commons) to upload this image into wiki commons from the owner operating the site where the image is stored (Regional Library of Murcia, Spain). The person who replied on behalf of the Library stated the image is copyright free, but I am not sure which copyright tag applies. The author is unknown, the original country of issue is Spain, the date of issue is 1955, the publisher is "Litografia Velasco (Torrerias) Bravo Murillo 30, Madrid" (written down from the bottom of the poster). I have noticed the image is now tagged as marked for deletion unless there is a proper copyright tag applied. Unfortunately I am not sure which tag (if any) is applicable. Do you think you can help?

--Dd1495 (talk) 13:14, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

IMHO Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) {{Cc-by-3.0}} license for the photograph, according to Europeana User contributions, article 5. The poster itself should be PD, according to Com:CRT#Spain The pieces of work situated permanently in parks, streets, squares and other public ways can be reproduced, distributed and communicated freely by using paintings, drawings, photographies and audiovisual procedures. A poster glued or thumbtacked to a wall/pole is permanently displayed. Otherwise (unknown author) it would be in the public domain 70 years after publication -> 2025. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:32, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

many thanks for your time and your kind assistance. will try to apply the tag suggested and keep my fingers crossed--Dd1495 (talk) 18:46, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Hedwig, not sure whether you or anyone else is interested in the merits of the case, but just in case you are here is the saga as if develops until now:

  1. I have applied the tag suggested;
  2. the image got deleted anyway, the reason quoted no tag for 7 days;
  3. I have requested undeletion quoting your opinion (among oher typical embittered-user-in-love-with-himself ;-) comments)
  4. my request was opposed on the usual 80 years copyright ground
  5. I have replied to the opposed note developing the thesis further on
  6. the discussion was closed and undeletion request archived with info that I should forward the permission from copyright holder to OTRS
  7. I have forwarded a note from Murcia to OTRS (for the third time already)

Hope the final point will be undeletion, but I rather sense trouble as the note forwarded to OTRS is not from copyright holder, since Regional Library claims there is no copyright at all

again thanks for your kind assistance Dd1495 (talk) 07:36, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Help uploading new logo for Brand page[edit]

Hi there,

I work for the brand management company that represents the brand "The Franklin Mint". I need to upload a new logo image for the brand page so the image is updated in Wikipedia + Google search. Can you help me upload this? I am a registered user I just haven't been confirmed? I think?

thanks for your help!

McKinley — Preceding unsigned comment added by McKinleyWilliamson (talk • contribs) 21:33, 15 July 2014‎ (UTC)

  • I'm not aware of any such thing as a "brand page"; it would be useful if you would link the page you are talking about.
  • Is this a text logo simple enough not to be copyrightable? Because otherwise I really doubt that the Franklin Mint wants to give an irrevocable free license to their logo, which is the only condition under which Commons could display a copyrighted logo. (It would still be trademarked, but trademark really doesn't apply to most adaptations.) - Jmabel ! talk 00:45, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
My guess is that he's asking about en:File:Franklin Mint logo.png which would be not acceptable on Commons (fair use) --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:13, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Commons:Guidance for paid editors has some information which may be relevant to you. LX (talk, contribs) 06:25, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
@Jmabel: @Hedwig in Washington: @LX: - McKinleyWilliamson has uploaded File:TFM logo seal.jpg and added it to en:The Franklin Mint, which appears to be a larger copy of the logo on the company website. I'm not sure that it is a simple text logo, so I think OTRS involvement would be needed but I'd prefer to hear other, more learned opinions first. Green Giant (talk) 17:18, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Green Giant: Agreed and tagged accordingly.
McKinleyWilliamson: Please follow the procedure described at Commons:OTRS. And did you read Commons:Guidance for paid editors, particularly the parts about what "Own work" means and how to share logotypes correctly? LX (talk, contribs) 21:16, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
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I want to upload the biographies of my great grandfather and my grandfather. Both are deceased. Both were career US Navy officers. In order to do so, what must I do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wrightachris1 (talk • contribs)

This site is only for media files. If you want to create an article, please, ask at w:en:Help desk. Ruslik (talk) 17:41, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
But unless they were quite notable officers, the answer there will probably be "no". Also, you are liable to run afoul of en:Wikipedia:Conflict of interest in writing about your own relatives. - Jmabel ! talk 23:52, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Well Wrightachris1 went ahead and uploaded the biographies anyway but there are some problems. Please see Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Wrightachris1. Green Giant (talk) 15:47, 22 July 2014 (UTC)


The logo for Miramax has changed and I would like to upload the new image. The name of the company has also changed from Miramax Films to Miramax and I would like to change the title. Can I post the new image if I link to the company website? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PRflax03 (talk • contribs) 17:09, 18 July 2014‎ (UTC)

  • Assuming that the new logo is more than just text and simple geometric forms, you probably cannot post it to Commons. We only accept images that are either public domain or under a free license (CC-BY-SA is about the most restrictive one we allow). Assuming that Miramax's logo is complex enough to be copyrighted, they are very unlikely to want to grant a free license. - Jmabel ! talk 21:51, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:J. A. Atkinson. Benediction of the waters near the Winter palace in S.-Petersbourg. 1804.jpg[edit]

--Znatok76 (talk) 19:42, 18 July 2014 (UTC) A.S.

  • Certainly public domain, but also almost certainly wrongly attributed. - Jmabel ! talk 21:54, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Buzz Aldrin Selfie[edit]

Hi y'all, I just uploaded File:Buzz Aldrin EVA Selfie.jpg, I got the picture from the Huffington Post, however since the photo itself was take by Buzz Aldrin while he was employed by NASA I understood it to be public domain. The "original" I uploaded said copyright Buzz Aldrin 2014 (presumably it is added by the media host). I just want to confirm that that licence is appropriate before I use the image on Wikipedia. Would this be correct licence tagging on my part? If not, delete per copyvio, I just want a double check on my thought process for the upload. Thanks, --Kelapstick (talk) 20:18, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

@Kelapstick: I'm not entirely sure that it is PD because of his explanation of how and why he took the photo. Admittedly my source is not the greatest (Daily Mail in the UK). It says that the camera was intended for pictures of ultraviolet stars, which could only be done at night. Apparently he took the photo out of curiosity during the daytime, so technically it was taken by his own decision rather than NASA instructions. There is no question that he authored the photo but then again, would he have gone on a space walk of his own volition because it is not like you or me deciding to pop out for a quick ciggie break whilst at work (apologiesif you don't smoke). So I think it falls under COM:PRP because effectively we have an uncertain copyright status. Green Giant (talk) 22:17, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Pictures of proverbs[edit]

I remember seeing not so long ago (in the main page, I think) the results of a contest for the best pictures that illustrate proverbs, but now I can not find them. Maybe someone here can help me find them? ~ DanielTom (talk) 11:09, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Commons:Photo challenge/2014 - March - Proverbs and idioms/Voting/Result. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:05, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Great, thanks. ~ DanielTom (talk) 16:44, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

May I eliminate a redundant cetegory?[edit]

In the Category:Greyhounds in Art (most of which I created), there are a number of subcategories by century such as Category:16th-century greyhounds in art.

There is also the redundant and therefore confusing Category:Greyhounds in 16th century art There is no content in the second category that is not in the first. May I edit the Category:Greyhounds in Art and remove the reference to the second category?

Should I have asked permission here? Henrytow (talk) 20:47, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Piet Mondrian d. Feb. 1, 1944 - public domain?[edit]

Mondrian died 70 years and a few months ago. Is it time to replace the scary non-public domain language with the "may not be in public domain everywhere" language and start adding lots of scans of beautiful paintings, or is there some other reason to wait that I don't know about? I'm not an experienced enough Wikipedian to start the project but I'd be happy to contribute once someone gets it up & running. Albiart (talk) 23:40, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

I’m not sure, but ISTM the wording of death-of-creator copyright dating usually goes by the calendar year—meaning in this case that Mondrian’s rights may not expire until December 31 of this year.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 23:42, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
Which seems like a likely test of the URAA policy if the post-1922 material is posted; will the Estate file notice against the uploads?--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:31, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Good point; the post-1922 works will not begin to lose their US copyright status for a few years yet. AIUI the URAA policy is against uploading such files. (Likelihood of being sued is not something we should be weighing, per the precautionary principle.) Meantime I’ve checked our blurb on copyright in the Netherlands, and it says the 70-year count starts on the January 1 following an author’s death.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 21:50, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

>>>> HELP! File:Karl_W_Richter.jpg How to CATEGORIZE (United States Air Force Pilot)???[edit]

Would someone please help me put File:Karl_W_Richter.jpg into a category, please? I don't understand how they work or how to find the one for him. Thanks!! Azx2 06:26, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

I added Category:United States Air Force airmen‎. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:14, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
You can also go to the article in en.Wikipedia Karl W. Richter, find the categories there and place the file in the related categories in the commons.
If you want, and have more than one photo, you can create the Category:Karl W. Richter, place the photos there an categorize the new category the same way as described above. Regards --JotaCartas (talk) 09:52, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
The information on this file seems to be completely wrong. Why do you think that the English Wikipedia uploader is the author? There is nothing on the English Wikipedia file description to suggest that's the case. (Yes, I do realize that some tools for transferring files from other projects stupidly add this by default, but as the Commons uploader, you are responsible for making sure that the file description here is correct. You can and you should correct such misinformation when transferring files here.) And I find it very hard to believe that this file is subject to the GNU Free Documentation License. {{PD-USGov-Military-Air Force}} seems a lot more likely, but we'd need a verifiable source for that. (Again, I realize that this claim comes from the file description on English Wikipedia, but again, since you're responsible for the file description here, you should evaluate such claims critically.) LX (talk, contribs) 21:27, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Hello, LX. Thank you for responding to my request for help. You sound like you are very experienced and I feel like an incompetent schmuck for not having done things properly. Is there the chance that you would you be willing to mentor me in taking the remedial actions that you suggest? I am devastated to learn that I transferred this file incorrectly - even though it was my first time to do so, I would never have wanted to introduce errors or inaccuracies into the new file and am just so upset with myself for even attempting to do it. I should've known that I wouldn't be able to do this properly and wish I hadn't, but now I feel like I don't have any choice but to see it through. Oh geeze :( I >really< would appreciate any help/guidance you could provide, especially because I can't imagine how upset people will be at me if the file has to be deleted and the article stripped of its image. I'm so upset already as it is. If you can't or won't help me resolve the issues you cited, should that be interpreted as disapproval? Am I gonna get in trouble? Oh please help me fix this - I want to do what's right but I lack confidence and some experience...ok, thank you again for taking the time to advise me that I dropped the ball. Azx2 07:05, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Relax, Azx2, you won't get into trouble. The problem with this file is that the original file description page at Wikipedia is insufficient. There's no way you could've gotten this right without some experience. So let's do some detective work together:
  • The original source of the image was here, but the link is dead. The internet archive has a copy of the page as it was in 2007, but the images are missing there.
  • Even without the images we can easily see from that, that the licenses at Wikipedia are clearly wrong. Neither the GNU Free Documentation License nor the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license assigned to the image at en:File:Karl W Richter.jpg are mentioned at the original source.
  • Since the original source is a US-military website, one could now guess that the image was taken by a US-soldier on duty, and replace the license tags with {{PD-USGov-Military}} or probably even {{PD-USGov-Military-Air Force}}.
  • Without further information about the image, it's impossible to be 100% sure that this is correct. I used the Google image search gadget (can be enabled somewhere in your account preferences) to search for other versions of this image on the web that could tell us something about the photographer but I didn't get any useful results.
  • My approach would now be to correct the information as good as possible (link the original source and the archived version, change the author to {{unknown}}, change the license to {{PD-USGov-Military-Air Force}}) and then seek further input from others. My preferred option would be to play with open cards and simply nominate it for deletion, mentioning that I'm not 100% sure about the copyright status and ask people whether they think it's reasonable to assume that it's in the public domain based on the information we have got. If they agree it will be kept, otherwise it will be deleted. Another, less drastic option would be to ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright first.
I suggest you try to do this yourself and we have an eye on it to help you out if there's a problem. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 08:44, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Train wreck in Sweden in 1918[edit]

Sirs, There is a photo of a train wreck that happened in Sweden in 1918 but the writing says its now able to be used in the public domain and that the license has expired. What I'd like to know is does this mean that I can now use this photo in a manuscript I am working on without having to be charged for it and can I just go on and download it and move on? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • If the statement that it is in the public domain is correct, yes. "Able to be used in the public domain" doesn't mean anything, though, so if that is what it really says someone may just be confused, and of course it is also imaginable that whoever asserted this (you don't say what site) could be wrong. A link would be useful in giving you a more definitive answer. - Jmabel ! talk 15:49, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Sirs, There is a photo of a train wreck that happened in Sweden in 1918 but the writing says its now able to be used in the public domain and that the license has expired. What I'd like to know is does this mean that I can now use this photo in a manuscript I am working on without having to be charged for it and can I just go on and download it and move on? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)
  • Alright, The information about the train wreck I mentioned a few minutes ago did say the license had expired and it's from the Weesp Train Wreck of 1918, but what I want to do is use it as an example of a train wreck that happened in my manuscript in 1934 and when it says "attribute" are you saying I have to acknowledge who the photo came from? (Of which I have no problem with that), and if you could, can you explain this briefly so that a I can understand it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)
    It would really help if you could identify what photo you're talking about. First you mentioned that it was a train wreck in Sweden, but the Weesp train disaster happened in the Netherlands. Are you talking about File:Weesp 1918 Train Disaster.jpg? LX (talk, contribs) 21:37, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Categorisation help needed[edit]

I just uploaded this picture: File:Green lizard king at Hietaniemi beach.jpg. It's a person dressed up as some kind of green lizard king figure to entertain children. I couldn't find specific enough categories in the category prompt on the upload form. Could someone categorise it more specifically? JIP (talk) 19:40, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

That is a tough one but I've slightly refined a couple of the categories. Green Giant (talk) 00:03, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:VW Chattanooga 250,000th Passat.jpg[edit]

I'd like this file to be of use for members of the wiki group to help expand knowledge and information of its users. Yet i am unsure of licensing and copyright tie-ups. I do know the photo was taken in the USA and not intended for advertisement use. Please let me know at your earliest possible convenience. Thank you,

--Imf1216 (talk) 00:04, 22 July 2014 (UTC)imf1216

  • Please see Commons:Scope. Presumably the copyright belongs to the photographer (or possibly to Volkswagen). I gather you are not the rights-holder, so you can't grant the rights to re-use the image, and unless you can get the rights-holder's permission (see COM:OTRS it should be deleted from Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 22 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi I am a new user of wikipedia and I am not aware of this copyright thing. Please delete all the files which I have uploaded. And explain me that how can I get a image from without copyright. I want good pics but they all have copyrights please help me for this... NehalDaveND (talk) 13:55, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

I am answering on his/her talk page. Regards, Yann (talk) 14:12, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Replacing existing photo by more recent photo[edit]

Please help me replacing the existing photo of Raphaël ENTHOVEN on his Wikipedia page by the more recent photo taken by Marie-Stéphane Barthou, which I have uploaded on Wikimedias Commons under the title : Raphaël_ENTHOVEN.JPEG (image) And please help me stabilize my user's page. Catherine DAVID-GRADWOHL (talk) 16:19, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

@Catherine DAVID-GRADWOHL: Bonjour,
Étant donné que vous n'êtes pas l'auteur des photos, une permission formelle est nécessaire. Voyez COM:OTRS/fr pour la procédure. N'hésitez pas à me demander si vous avez besoin d'aide ou des questions. Cordialement, Yann (talk) 16:33, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

To nominate a category for deletion[edit]

How to nominate a category for deletion? Thank you for your help. Vzeebjtf (talk) 23:13, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Normally, one nominates a category for "discussion" (there should be a button in the left nav of the category page). One possible outcome of that discussion is a decision to delete. - Jmabel ! talk 23:58, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Nobody objected (Commons:Categories for discussion/2014/05/Category:Strand Theatre), so I'd like to delete. How can I do that? Vzeebjtf (talk) 00:09, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
You shouldn’t close a discussion in which you‘ve participated, let alone one that you started. Where the result calls for administrative action, it should only be closed by a sysop, who will have the tools to act on the decision. However, in a situation like the above, in the absence of objections after this length of time I think you can feel free to create a new cat and move the content of the old one to it. Rather than be deleted, though, it might be better made into a disambiguation category, with links to the various theatres sharing the name. In the meantime I recommend that you undo your closure and removal of the tag. (Proposing the category for discussion is the same as nominating for deletion—a euphemism, if you like—so your closing comment doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:46, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
"…create a new cat and move the content of the old one to it. Rather than be deleted, though, it might be better made into a disambiguation category…" I'm afraid I don't understand how to do it. Vzeebjtf (talk) 04:42, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
For the first part, what i usually do is look for a similar category to use as a prototype. In this case Landmark Theatre (Syracuse, New York) looks like a good example (it seems usual to spell out New York). I then Edit the category page and Copy its contents; instead of saving I then change the name in the URL in my browser toolbar to the new category name, which takes me to the Create page. I then Paste the text and categories from the prototype page and make the appropriate changes, additions & deletions as necessary. (in this case removing the historic-registry & locality cats, and the Wikipedia link; I would also add Brick buildings in Syracuse, New York, and remove that one from the postcard after moving.) Save the category page, then change the category name in the postcard description page.
The second part, to make the old one a disambiguation cat, was just a suggestion; I don‘t know whether or not it’s a common practice in cases of this kind. What do others here think?—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:55, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm strongly in favor of disambiguation categories in cases like this, but there is no solid consensus on creating them. - Jmabel ! talk 16:11, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
I've followed Odysseus' advice (thank you), and also updated the cfd entry (Commons:Categories for discussion/2014/05/Category:Strand Theatre) with the question of a dab. Vzeebjtf (talk) 17:52, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

File transfer to Commons[edit]

Hello, could someone transfer this file [1] to Wikimedia Commons? As you can see the copyright has expired, it's in the public domain. I would really appreciate some help, Gtrbolivar (talk) 06:21, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

I can't see that; that file has no indication of when it was taken or who took it, and it's not inconcievable the photographer is known and still alive.--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:08, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
No, there is an indication, if you look closely at the bottom of the licence template it says "the copyright of this image expired in Hungary 70 years after the death of its author". So the photographer is dead at least 70 years ago. Gtrbolivar (talk) 07:29, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
No, the only conclusion we can draw from that is that somebody added a license template that says that. Without a name of a photographer, there's no reason to believe that.--Prosfilaes (talk) 08:09, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Τhere are thousands of photos in Commons (with that kind of license) that doesn't mention the name of the photographer. The image shows Bukovi in his early twenties, so you can easily understand that the photo was taken sometime between 1923 and 1928. That's the obvious reason why you should believe what the template suggests. In any case, the original uploader informs us that the image is free of any copyright and that it belongs in the public domain. Anyway, can I talk with someone else about this? Where can I forward my request? Is there an admin who can help me on this? Thank you in advance, Gtrbolivar (talk) 09:22, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Even the file source as given at the Hungarian Wikipedia is invalid. I agree that the photo was taken between 1920 and 1935 (his active time as a soccer player). But what makes you believe that the photographer died more than 70 years ago? After all, Bukovi himself lived until 1985, so why could the photographer not also have lived until, say, the 1970s or 1980s? Also, without any source information, you can't really claim the photographer was unknown. Such a claim would also need some evidence of research, like asking the clubs where he played if they have that head-shot in their archives, and maybe even know who the photographer was. Or finding contemporary publications of the photo. Photos from that period are rather difficult, and in this particular case too many things are basically wrong: wrong license tag, no source information, no publication information. Lupo 10:39, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Help request[edit]

Hi, I dont know if this is the right place to make this help request.

  • requesting help for 'help video clip'

We came across one video clip for ULS help for Telugu language wikipedia as shown below. The clip is usefull but it does not show how to access help page. We will apreciate if some one helps us with simmiller clip for Marathi language. This shall be usefull to marathi language users on commons too 08:45, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Click on the 'cc to change the subtitle language and Currently it is about how to type in Telugu on Telugu Wikimedia projects from this video, we need simmiller video for Marathi language
This matter appears to have been resolved at the Graphic Lab/Video and sound workshop. Green Giant (talk) 13:59, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
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Help locating a file[edit]

Hello, I am a newbie. I downloaded a picture to my computer to use on my blog. When I went to place it on my blog I realize I have forgotten to write down the credit / copyright. Not knowing what the picture is titled I don't know where to begin to find it again in Wikimedia files. Can you help with what I should do to relocate it in your files. Thanks janet — Preceding unsigned comment added by Janetstonekinghoyt (talk • contribs) 12:45, 23 July 2014‎ (UTC)

Hello, You can perform a search using one or more relevant keywords in the search box at the top of the page. And/or you can tell us what the picture is about and provide a link to the picture on your blog so we can look at it. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:54, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
If you saved it to the same filename it has here, it should be very easy to locate. - Jmabel ! talk 00:29, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Missing Photo[edit]

Mayors for the City of Vero Beach, FL .. the only missing photo is Thomas P. White Mayor 2001, 2004, 2006 thru 2008 .. I would like to upload a photo to use, taken while Mayor of the City of Vero Beach. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tompwhite (talk • contribs) 13:54, 23 July 2014‎ (UTC)

OK, do you have a question? What do you need help with? LX (talk, contribs) 19:39, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Bob James (Country Singer)[edit]

Please could you help me, I have permission to use an photograph taken in U.S, copyright owned solely by Bob James (Country Singer) for inclusion to his Biography. How do I get this information to you and add this image. Thank you (Cmareno (talk) 15:36, 23 July 2014 (UTC))

Caroline Mareno

Permission that only allows you to use the photograph for a specific purpose is not sufficient for a file to be hosted on Commons. For that, we need the copyright holder (usually the photographer rather than the subject) to approve publication under a license that allows anyone to use, modify and redistribute the content for any purpose, including commercial purposes. If the copyright holder is willing to do that, you should follow this procedure to document it. If the subject really is the copyright holder, you'll also need to include a copy of the copyright transfer agreement, employment contract, or work made for hire contract ­– whichever applies. LX (talk, contribs) 19:50, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Question about publishing images[edit]

I was recently at Pori Jazz 2014, mainly to see one of my favourite bands, Pet Shop Boys. At the same day there were two other major bands performing: Hurts and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The staff had no problems with people photographing Hurts or George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, but told us that photographing Pet Shop Boys wasn't allowed. I noticed people were photographing them anyway, so I took some pictures myself when I thought no one was looking. I have tried to contact the manager of Pet Shop Boys about this but haven't received a reply. Is it OK to publish these images on WikiMedia Commons or not? JIP (talk) 19:12, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Commons doesn't care. Commons:Image_casebook#Museum_and_interior_photography says that any potential issues would be between you and the band or venue.--Prosfilaes (talk) 19:58, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi! We're not able to give any legal advice here, and without knowing more about the circumstances (jurisdiction – I'm guessing Finland, conditions of entry, what the specific photos show, etc.), it's hard to give any specific advice at all, but I'll give some pointers to some relevant reading. Commons' position on photography house rules can be found at Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Museum and interior photography. Commons:Photographs of identifiable people is also relevant. Other considerations include copyrighted stage designs (unless their inclusion is incidental) and whether the photos were shot directly or reproduced footage from a jumbotron. LX (talk, contribs) 20:06, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
The photographs are of the band directly. I would have found it very boring to be only able to photograph a video screen showing live footage of the band. Neil Tennant, the singer of the band, is clearly identifiable in some of the photographs. Chris Lowe, the keyboard player, however is well known for his trademark habit of not doing anything at all except standing behind his keyboard stand playing music during the entire concert, so photographs of him are less clearly identifiable. There were also two dancers, one man and one woman, who wore costumes during the entire concert and are thus not identifiable. I'm not sure if it counts, but Pori Jazz is an open-air festival, and the band was playing on an open-air stage. I don't think the stage itself is copyrightable, but Pet Shop Boys had an extensively visual background video show during the entire concert, which is clearly copyrightable. This is in contrast to Hurts, who merely displayed their logo, and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, who had no background graphics whatsoever, just the empty stage background. If I upload the photographs, are they allowed or will they get deleted? I assume I'm not breaking any law here, but I'm not sure if the forbid of photography came from the band or from the festival itself. I still haven't received a reply from the band's manager. JIP (talk) 18:27, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
I think it's unlikely that they would be deleted or that you would get in trouble in any way for it. LX (talk, contribs) 18:44, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Moon mullican.jpg[edit]

Hello, this picture is easy to find on internet, and has been used by various web-sites. It has been used on album covers, as well on blogs and informative websites! SwampRockMusic (talk) 21:21, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't doubt any of those statements. Is it in the public domain, and if so on what basis? - Jmabel ! talk 00:31, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Hello indeed. Please read Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Internet images. LX (talk, contribs) 18:47, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Finding recent images on a topic[edit]

I'm a long-time user of new-article alerting bots in (pages such as ) and would like to process relavent images on commons too. Given a set of keywords ("zealand", "auckland", "maori" and "wellington") is there a sane way to find images recently uploaded to commons? In an ideal world, content from here would appear on alerts... Stuartyeates (talk) 21:31, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

CatScan disabled[edit]

Dos someone know if the CatSacan (not CatScan V2) will be available again? It was very useful to search for images (thumbs), mainly in categorie trees with a lot of sub-categories and very few images on each (e.g. Category:Boeing 737 by airline). Is there another tool that somehow replaces it? Thanks--JotaCartas (talk) 23:51, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

P.S - I know the gadget FastCII, but it uses to much (bandwith? / processor time?) not showing all the files (at least for me)--JotaCartas (talk) 23:58, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

There was another file already on the site...[edit]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but anyway...

I try to upload a picture of a person for a biography article, but I receive the message "There was another file already on the site with the same content, but it was deleted." The name of the deleted file is "Ada Bluebells - 403 KB.jpg". Acc2 to the log it was deleted in 2012. What do I do to upload the new file? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Solhanse (talk • contribs) 20:43, 25 July 2014‎ (UTC)

More importantly than when it was deleted, the log also tells you why it was deleted. In this case, it was deleted as the result of Commons:Deletion requests/File:Ada Bluebells - 403 KB.jpg. The reason for that deletion nomination is that was deemed to be outside of Commons' project scope. Perhaps the file was unused at the time and the file description did not do a good job of explaining who the subject was. If you can explain why it is within Commons' project scope, you can request undeletion. There is another concern which may be raised, though. Also based on the log, it looks like the uploader claimed to be both the subject and the author of the photo. This may not be the case unless it's a self-portrait. LX (talk, contribs) 09:14, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sc-211-a-lg.jpg[edit]

How do i upload files i find on the internet and post on wikipedia? --Mtabencki (talk) 21:20, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

You start by reading about what this project is about and Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Internet images. LX (talk, contribs) 09:18, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
All of your uploaded files were from a website which did not license them under a Commons-compatible license and they have therefore been nominated for speedy deletion. If you are thinking of uploading images you found on the internet, the first thing to do is look at the bottom of the webpage and see if it has a copyright notice. If it has the words "All rights reserved" or anything to that effect, then the images are not suitable for Wikimedia Commons. Green Giant (talk) 21:35, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
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Using two images that I've uploaded and have the rights for.[edit]

I can't seem to get over the hump for the two Playa del Rey images I've uploaded:

I just want to do the right thing (i.e. to use them on the PDR Wiki page, what's there is not good and doesn't reflect what the community wants).

I am not familiar with Wiki markup; I am doing the best that I can to comply with the requirements. Thank you and best regards, Tom McMahon. 23:29, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

The images have been deleted because they were duplicates of existing images with false claims of authorship. No further discussion is needed. Green Giant (talk) 21:26, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
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Wrong title and images[edit]

Hi all!

I found in your page my propertie but under other name. That means that the picture shows a house called Can Palet but the title says is Can Prat. I am the owner of Can Prat and I can asure you that this house is not Can Prat... it is called Can Palet, next to my propertie. I contacted the author of the picture and she already change it but still show the old name in you site.

That is the link:

There is something you could do?


Regards — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

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@Yann: its category could use renaming to match.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 21:30, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
✓ Done - doesn't really need admin attention :P . Green Giant (talk) 03:19, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, at least someone with more bits than I have.Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:53, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, sorry; I didn‘t realize categories aren’t treated the same as files. Next time I‘ll fix it myself.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 05:29, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
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Elvis impersonator[edit]

I have some photos of an Elvis impersonator who was performing at a shopping center some time back. Before (or if) I go uploading, are there any possible issues I should be concerned about? Thank you. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 21:11, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

There is always a whole host of issues to consider but probablythe most important issue is copyright and licensing, which involves several questions. Who took the photos i.e. was it you or somebody else? If somebody else toom them, have you obtained explicit permission to upload the photos i.e. a Commons-compatible license? Where were the photos taken i.e. which country (so you can work out copyright rules)? Have the photos been published previously, even if it was a miserly blog entry in "The Bermuda Triangle Times"? Were the photos taken inside or outside the shopping centre i.e. was it a public performance or something happening in a private area? Another issue to consider is whether there might be personality rights involved in the photos, meaning the personality rights of the impersonator? Yet another issue might be de minimis definitions for copyright works that might appear in the photos. There are probably other issues but those are some of the ones I would consider before uploading anything. Green Giant (talk) 21:52, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
I took the picture, and have never published it. Inside the shopping center, in a public area. The Elvis guy was part of a benefit for an organization called "Walk and Roll", a non-profit which supports those with spinal cord injuries, a number of whom were in the audience. It was totally open and free, lots of folks taking pictures, money coming from donations and souvenir purchases (I contributed some cash myself). Their sign is on the wall behind the guy. His name is Tony Redmond, and I think he does this strictly as a hobby, but I'm not certain of that. So the right to use his image and/or the right to display the "Walk and Roll" sign sounds like the issues of most concern. I suspect neither one would mind the free publicity, but that's not a foolproof assumption. Thanks for you help. I'll look into those questions. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 01:09, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Well there are personality rights and technically they could object but if you are performing in a public area there is a reasonable expectation that photos might be taken. However the images belong to you as the photographer so it is up to you to license them but you should use the {{Personality}} template just to ensure that you are aware of the issue. As for the sign, it is a question of how much creativity has gone into it. If it is just text, then that is not really copyrightable but if there are other elements it really boils down to how much of the sign is visible in your photos and whether it is de minimis. Green Giant (talk) 03:11, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
I can't find a personal website for the Elvis Impersonator nor one specifically for the Walk and Roll cause. The actual organization is Midwest Special Services, Inc., and the sign consists of those names surrounded by a circle with various "handicapped" symbols. This picture,[2] from a facebook page for MSS, is kind of similar to the one I took. What do you think? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 04:19, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
The sort of image you linked to would be fine because your focus is the impersonator and not the sign, which takes up a reasonably small portion of the photo. I would suggest uploading the image for further scrutiny but based on what you've said so far I can't see any major problems. I might be wrong so don't hold me to it :) . Green Giant (talk) 04:36, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
I cropped mine to make "Elvis" the main subject, which of course also makes the sign larger. I'll upload it and let you know. If it's not acceptable, zap it. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:41, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Done. File:Elvis impersonator at MOA.jpgBaseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:48, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

That looks fine. The sign is unavoidable because it is part of his performance area. The only thing that needs fixing is the date, which should be the date the photo was taken and not the date of uploading, since that is automatically recorded in the file history. Green Giant (talk) 14:08, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Done. Thank you for your help! ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 14:17, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome. Green Giant (talk) 14:35, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
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Can I use this National Cancer Institute image?[edit]

I think this NCI illustration explains the concept of "carcinoma in situ" better than the en.Wikipedia article's present illustration. Can I just upload it to Commons? The NCI seems to have released some files on a compatible license, but I'm not sure how to tell what's what. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 02:47, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes. I uploaded most of the files in Category:Media from National Cancer Institute Visuals Online, and the format and licence I used has never caused any issues. My batch upload was back in Jan 2013, if a significant number (like a few hundred) have been released on the NCI website since then, I would be happy to look at running a refresh in a few weeks. -- (talk) 03:18, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually it depends which image(s) you are referring to, because the actual image pages have a field at the bottom with the words "Reuse Restrictions". The ones that have no restrictions can be freely uploaded. Thus the photos in that link are all PD but most of the illustrations are copyright protected and you would need permission from the illustrator, apart from the first one (Breast Cancer Ductal Carcinoma in Situ), which is PD. Green Giant (talk) 08:12, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Good point, I recall filtering out any with restrictions when I ran my upload. -- (talk) 10:59, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you both. I'll check the individual license restrictions before uploading. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 02:44, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome. Green Giant (talk) 03:00, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
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SVG upload problem[edit]


I am trying to upload a new version of "Mississippi Delta SVG Map.svg" and I get the following error:

"This file contains HTML or script code that may be erroneously interpreted by a web browser. See the FAQ for more information."

All the SVGs I create are done using Adobe Illustrator and I have never encountered this problem before. Has something changed in the software framework apropos parsing of SVG code?

FWIW, the file is W3C validated.

Thanks, Philg88 (talk) 06:56, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Try Commons:SVG Check. Often this is because of URLs quoted in the file, or due to mouse-over actions or similar on links. -- (talk) 11:01, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I had in the past the same problem, please give a description here bugzilla: 67044 (attach the file elsewhere, so someone can check it) User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?)13:14, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I stripped the filter tags off the file and it uploaded without a problem. See bugzilla:67044. The resulting map looks okay to me. -- (talk) 14:16, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
@: Sorry no hard feelings, this map was not the question to this thread. This was only an example, the issue was already exactly described there. User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?)20:37, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

There are no filter tags in the SVG - the problem IMHO can only lie in the W3C links.

@Perhelion: I'm not sure what the current status is with bugzilla: 67044 so I don't want to breach etiquette by posting in the wrong place.

The new version of the file for upload is here

Philg88 (talk) 05:43, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Hey @Philg88:, thank your for showing this file. Indeed there is simply an extern (local) linked image in this (more precisely, a lot, search for xlink:href=" ), which is not allowed yet (and has never been worked here, old uploaded images render with an error image replacement). Embed them on save or convert them. User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?)07:14, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
@SVG Check: as mentioned, don't recognize that, this is a fault of this tool (I'll give this back to Jarry). It only warns about this code enable-background="new " You must/can simply (mass) remove this with a text-editor. User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?)07:27, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
@Perhelion: You're a star. Thanks for your kind attention on this. I have no idea what that PNG link was doing in the SVG in the first place. Then again, Adobe Illustrator seems to have a mind of it's own when it comes to SVGs. Not as bad as Inkscape though with all its weird "sodipodi" stuff :) Cheers, Philg88 (talk) 11:40, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

How can I update a file?[edit]

Hi! I need to update a political map by changing some of the colors on it, but I'm totally clueless about how to so this. Can someone please help me? SouthParkfan19 (talk) 09:33, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Hej, read COM:OVERWRITE, it should be all linked here. There is a link left bottom to upload a new version. User: Perhelion (Commons: = crap?)13:17, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
But be careful with this sort of thing. Often, the information as of one or another date is useful, so the old content may not be something you'd want to overwrite; this may call for a different name. Since you weren't specific about the map in question, it's hard to know. - Jmabel ! talk 23:51, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Contributing media as a film archive[edit]


I work for Chicago Film Archives, a non-profit film archive dedicated to preserving Chicago/Midwest-related material. I would like to upload short clips from films that would enhance pages related to Chicago history (people, places, events). Some examples could include: footage of demonstrations and riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, home movie footage depicting the Blizzard of '79, a clip of former Conservative Vice Lords leader Bobby Gore speaking about the gang, home movie footage of the 1933 World's Fair (a rare perspective of the Fair), etc. We have a vast amount of digitized media that I believe would be of great use to researchers.

I've noticed that many archives or library organizations (Library of Congress, Open Images, Europeana) have a kind of institutional status on Wikipedia that allows them to submit their own holdings. From what I understand, establishing a username based on an organization is discouraged. I am wondering how such an official status is obtained, or what would be the best way of uploading this media without a conflict of interest. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, -- T.werlen (talk) 19:00, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Hello T.werlen. Thank you for highlighting this archive, it sounds very interesting. I think the most relevant introductory pages for you would be Commons:Partnerships, Commons:GLAM and GLAM-WIKI. That should get you started but if you need more help, feel free to ask here again. Cheers. Green Giant (talk) 19:40, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Yep, this is what I was looking for - thanks for pointing me in the right direction! I will review these pages and hope to start contributing soon. --T.werlen (talk) 20:28, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome.Green Giant (talk) 22:57, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Czmoń.jpg[edit]

These file comes from I am exclusive author if the blog and all related content unless otherwise stated. Its terms and conditions allow readers for unlimited use of materils for non-commercial purpose provided author is identified.

terms and conditions:

3. Dozwolone jest wykorzystanie zdjęć opatrzonych logotypem w innych publikacjach zarówno w wersji elektronicznej jak i drukowanej, na stronach internetowych lub materiałach filmowych z zastrzeżeniem, że logotyp nie został zdeformowany, zamazany lub zniekształcony w inny sposób uniemożliwiający jego odczytanie, a zdjęcie nie zostało poddane jakiejkolwiek formie obróbki.

[Translation] It is allowed to use all photos published at on other websites as well as printed magazines provided author's tag is clearly visible.

--Jordanjasinski (talk) 11:04, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Hello Jordanjasinski. Thank you for highlighting the copyright link but unfortunately it is not a Commons-compatible license because the rest of that clause appears to state "z zastrzeżeniem, że logotyp nie został zdeformowany, zamazany lub zniekształcony w inny sposób uniemożliwiający jego odczytanie, a zdjęcie nie zostało poddane jakiejkolwiek formie obróbki." which Google translates as "with the proviso that logo is not distorted, blurred or distorted in other ways to prevent his reading, and the image has not been subjected to any form of treatment. That effectively means that derivatives are not allowed to be created and thus the image is not free for anyone to reuse, which makes it an unacceptable condition for Commons. Additionally we cannot host images that for non-commercial uses only. At the bottom of the website it says "Wszystkie prawa zastrzeżone" or "All rights reserved" which confuses the issue even further because that means the copyright holder does not allow anyone to copy, modify or distribute any of the contents of the website. Perhaps it is a mistake on the partof the website maintainer but it is nonetheless a legal statement and we cannot ignore it. Green Giant (talk) 13:48, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

No subject[edit]

Dear help desk,

The Upload Wizard, does not work on my computer for some weeks now. Is there any malfunction or it is my computer?

Actia Nicopolis (talk) 17:17, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

The Upload Wizard is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness. It isn't broken for everyone all the time, but I don't recall a time since it was introduced that we went more than a few days without people reporting enigmatic problems with indefinitely spinning wheels and unhelpful error messages, and nobody responsible for its introduction seems to want to take responsibility for responding to feedback or making sure it works properly. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 17:59, 29 July 2014 (UTC)