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Upload work labelled for reuse in Google Images[edit]

I want to upload an image for Christ the Redeemer selfie. Can I upload an image from Google labelled for reuse in Google image search results. Or should I upload the image in the original blog post of the photographer.Wilellie (talk) 07:17, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Upload two or more files - gives them the same name[edit]

At least twice when I've tried to upload two or more files at the same time, it gives them the same name, which causes problems. Is this a known bug? Bubba73 (talk) 20:41, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

It's something I've seen reported here on Commons before. There are so many bugs for the Upload Wizard in Phabricator that I can't find a specific bug number, though. LX (talk, contribs) 21:46, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Equally as bad but easily solved is something I have come across whilst whittling down Category:Media requiring a split up, in that quite a few times a user has uploaded several files at the same time and they have ended up as versions of the same file. See for example File:Ek1211.JPG and File:Церква_у_с._Щорсівка.jpg, before they get split. Green Giant (talk) 21:58, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
It would certainly help if it worked properly when uploading a group of related photos - same user license info, same categories, similar description, etc. Bubba73 (talk) 03:17, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
I uploaded files recently and did not have this issue. The Upload Wizard let me give my own names for them. This might be Symbol unrelated.svg Unrelated, but it might help at the same time. DLindsley Need something? 02:19, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

help with catscan[edit]

Can I find with catscan which files are in one or two specified categories only? Thanks--Pierpao.lo (listening) 12:17, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

== my pictures ==

Hi I don't understand why I can t put my personal pictures from my work Im an artist sculptor from Paris, do you have someones in Paris who can explain me how it worksis too complicated for me in english ! My email is Thanks a lot Best regards Patrick Laroche — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

what to do with file that has two different dates[edit]

  • File:Homesteader NE 1866.png is dated 1866 in the file name, but the description says:
  • Description: "The Covered Wagon of the Great Western Migration. 1886 in Loup Valley, Nebr." A family poses with the wagon in which they live and travel daily during their pursuit of a homestead.
  • Date: 1886
  • Source: NARA - ARC Identifier 518267

Does it seem more likely that the uploader used the wrong date in naming the file, or that the uploader made a mistake in the description? If the former, is it possible to rename the file? Is this the place to ask questions like this, or is there another? Thanks, EChastain (talk) 16:07, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

According to the archive its from 1866, I updated the description to match the source. Abigor talk 17:46, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Abigor: I undid your change to the original caption, because it’s a quote from the source materials, but I added the archive title and marked the anomalous date [sic]. OK?—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:21, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
  • (Edit conflict)The file can be found at the US national archives and has the same anomaly. The file name and description are the same here as at the archives, so I don't know which date is right. However, I reckon given the filename and description they are on the Oregon Trail and the 1866 date is correct. ColonialGrid (talk) 17:50, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks all! That takes care of it. (And I learned something!) EChastain (talk) 18:21, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Cannot look at a file that is marked by File:Name.jpg[edit]

I don't understand how this file works. I want to look at b:de:File:Altar.JPG and was redirected to b:de:File:Name.jpg. OK, the name "Altar.JPG" isn't a strong name – see File:ALTAR.jpg or File:Altar..jpg (2 dots!) or File:Altar.png. But I'm not able to look at the original file in Wikibooks and to check whether the file is useful.

In Commons, I found out that the original file was moved to File:Altar Loreto Church Manila.jpg, and its recreation was protected showing File:Name.jpg. The behaviour in Commons maybe OK, but the behaviour in other projects is confusing IMHO. Perhaps, you can show a more informative page. -- Juergen (talk) 17:52, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

You say "I want to look at b:de:File:Altar.JPG". Is there a page on b:de that links to that file name? Apparently, there was no local file with that name on b:de. It may refer to one of the seven files that were uploaded to Commons under that file name between 2008 and 2014. The current names of those seven files can be seen in the log for File:Altar.JPG. You could look in the history of the b:de page and see when the link was inserted. And then look if one of the seven files was hosted under that name on Commons on that date. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:09, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
That's my problem: "You could look in the history of the b:de page" No, I can't. There is no page b:de:File:Altar.JPG. I was automatically redirected to b:de:File:Name.jpg WITHOUT a link back to the Altar file. Therefore, I'm not able to look at the history on b:de. The browser shows the needed address, not the shown page. As I said, the Commons history explained the situation, but the de-WB situation is confusing. -- Juergen (talk) 14:20, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Let's take this from the beginning. The first basic question is: why did you want to look at a non-existent file? A reason would be because you followed a link from some other page. That's why my question was: Is there (or was there) a page (article, user page, etc.) on de.wikibooks that includes (or included) a link to File:Altar.JPG? I assumed that was the case. So, the suggestion about "the history of the b:de page" meant the history of that article or other page. That was to help find what the target of the link could have been at the moment of its insertion. But if you didn't follow a link, then we're back to the first question: why did you want to look at a non-existent file? If it was out of curiosity to know if a file currently existed under that file name, well, as we have seen, there is no such file, although there have been several files that were moved to other file names, which can be seen in the logs. If it's because you wanted to upload a file locally to de.wikibooks under that particular file name, that may be possible, although maybe not a good idea, for the same reason that file name is not recommended on Commons. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:05, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Sorry for misunderstanding. I'm testing some features of my local bot and looked for local stored files. For that first I wrote in the default search box (at the right top) "Datei:Alt" and chose the first file that was shown as existing file by auto-completing. All the following steps confused me until I found the reasons at Commons. Why is this file shown as existing? Why am I redirected inside WB without any hint whether the wanted file exists or doesn't? Is there any hidden redirect? My problem is not to find a suitable file but to understand the confusing situation: a file that doesn't exist is shown as existing. -- Juergen (talk) 09:04, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

how to start a group[edit]

We would like to establish a group where we share your own photos as well as photos of other users. Is such a thing possible? Thank Helcapas — Preceding unsigned comment added by Helcapas (talk • contribs) 15:31, 24 February 2015‎ (UTC)

  • I'm not exactly sure of your question, but if you are asking if you can start a group like on flickr, no. Please read COM:SCOPE to see what Commons' purpose is. If I misunderstood your question, can you please elaborate? ColonialGrid (talk) 16:03, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

How to delete a photo[edit]

I uploaded an image by accident that wasn't suppose to be uploaded to commons. How do I find it to delete it? Is that possible? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kingempireentertainment (talk • contribs)

  • Assuming it is recently uploaded, place {{Speedydelete|accidental upload}} at the top of the file page. - Jmabel ! talk 17:06, 24 February 2015 (UTC)


Are the pictures on Wikipedia copyright protected? That is, if I download a piece of famous artwork (in this case painting the Goldfinch), can I have it printed at a commercial print shop (in this case Walmart)?

Thank you for your time.

Laura J. Morris — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 17:04, 24 February 2015‎ (UTC)

I'm afraid "painting the Goldfinch" isn't specific enough for me to know what image you are talking about; could you provide a URL?
If you really mean Wikipedia, then some are and some aren't, and you should ask on the Wikipedia for the relevant language, not here on Commons.
If you mean this site, Wikimedia Commons, then everything here should be either public domain (not copyrighted) or free-licensed (completely reusable, but possibly with some attribution requirements, etc., that will be spelled out on the particular file page).
Again, if you can indicate the specific URL, then someone can give you a specific answer for that image. - Jmabel ! talk 17:10, 24 February 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. Green Giant (talk) 17:29, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Is there a special way to show an image is annotated?[edit]


I found an annotated image File:Albanian Alps from Air.jpg that cleared up questions I was having about the geography of Albania. Is there any special category that such images go into? I found it by luck. Thanks, EChastain (talk) 17:44, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes, although it would be good if there was a way of doing it so that anyone categorising pages involving the mountains, valleys, passes etc. of Albania would know about it. Is there a way of doing that? Thanks, EChastain (talk) 18:18, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Sorry about the delay. I guess you could create a category along the lines of Category:Geography of Albania with annotations, but it might be a bit bare (and possibly of dubious benefit with so few file). You could also add the image(s) to the gallery page Albania with a caption saying how the image(s) are annotated (this is probably a better idea).
You should be able to use catscan to find images with annotations. Instructions can be found here and here. But this should work:
  • Set the "language" to commons;
  • set the "project" to wikimedia;
  • set the "depth" to how many categories deep into the tree you wish to search;
  • place the categories into the "categories" field; select "file" in "namespaces";
  • place ImageNote in the box "Has all of these templates:" (this is the template for annotations);
  • now hit "do it!" and wait for the results to show up
Sometimes this can take a while or crash the browser, especially if you're doing a deep search. I hope this helps, if you need more help don't hesitate to ask here or on my talk page. ColonialGrid (talk) 09:45, 1 March 2015 (UTC)


I really would like to use this image:,_Pennsylvania_-_Hosiery._Minnesac_Mills._%28Man_working_at_machine_with_draped_stockings.%29_-_NARA_-_518692.jpg on my website. I read the copyrights and I still don't understand. At the bottom of the screen, it says that it's a 'public domain in the United States'; so does that mean I can use it?

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webqueenhtc (talk • contribs)

  • Yes. Work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties can be used absolutely freely, with no copyright restrictions. It is generally considered polite to indicate what you know about where it came from, but it is not legally required. - Jmabel ! talk 00:34, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Unable to start file names with Scania[edit]

For some odd reason the upload tool will never let me start a file name with "Scania". That's when I define the filename to be on commons, not what the actual name was on the file that I uploaded from my computer. I've earlier uploaded files starting with different brand names, such as Volvo, but when I try with Scania, it only says that I need to define a proper file name, so I've had to put other names first to get those files uploaded. I have no reason to believe that it's the Scania name that has been blocked, so maybe it is a filter that is intended to block filenames from starting with "scan", based on scanned images? In that case it seems to be a bit too brute, and I guess it would block filenames starting with Scandinavia too, or any other name that has "scan" as the first part. Would it be possible to make an exception for these names? Bergenga (talk) 22:42, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

There is a line in MediaWiki:Titleblacklist that prevents uploading of any names that consist of the string "Scan" followed by zero or more letters and then the file extension. If I'm reading the rule correctly, you should not run into this if you have any non-letter characters (such as spaces, numbers or other symbols) in the name. If you do, please give an exact example of the full file name that you tried to use. LX (talk, contribs) 16:38, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Then this clearly doesn't work as intended, because I have always had other types of characters like digits, dashes or spaces in all file names I have tried to upload. Examples of filenames that have been blocked are "Scania IK 310 IB OmniLine.jpg" and "ScaniaK112CLClassic-VestTelemarkBilruter.jpg". They should both have passed through according to what you say, but they didn't. Bergenga (talk) 21:22, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Does the problem occur only when you try to upload through Upload Wizard or does it occur also with the basic upload form? -- Asclepias (talk) 21:40, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
I've only used the Upload Wizard, never tried the basic upload form before. I could always try to use the basic upload form and see if the same happens, but I don't have any Scania related photos ready for upload right now. But I may try it later tonight. (If I had been aware of the basic upload form I would have tried it before asking here.) Bergenga (talk) 22:00, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
I tried now with the basic upload form, and it all went smoothly this time. I guess I could use that form whenever I want to use a filename where this is a problem, but it seems to me that for other less experienced users who may have difficulties using anything but the wizard, this should be fixed somehow. Anyway it is nice to see that there is a workaround for me, so for me personally this case could be closed, but it may be that this should be fixed, since this clearly isn't working exactly as intended, and I'm not likely to be the only one running into this issue. Bergenga (talk) 23:59, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

You need to make a Wiki Commons section for educational / editorial licensed photos.[edit]

The policy here to only accept photos that can be used commercially goes against the educational foundation of the Wiki. I wasted a lot of time uploading 250 of my best photos to Wiki Commons only to have them all deleted. I had some of the best photos of their respective categories on Wiki Commons. Many of the photos I donated were unique and / or of historical significance.

I've been a photographer for 46 years, my work in in 92 museums and public collections around the world. I was willing to donate my photographs for educational use only as I am a documentary photographer and I do not obtain releases for commercial use. It is a disservice to the educational community to only accept commercial photos on Wiki Commons. Unless the Wiki Commons maintains model, product and location releases, your fooling yourself to say that your photos can be used for commercial advertising without releases on file. I hope things change in the future to make Wiki Commons open to more users and broaden it scope for educational / editorial users.

Best Regards,

Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

@Danielteolijr: I am sorry that you had the bad experience of having all of your contributions deleted at Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Danielteolijr. I especially regret that the upload process at Wikimedia Commons was insufficient in explaining to you how your photos would be used and what it means to upload them.
The decisions about best practices for licensing content for sharing on the Internet were mostly settled with the establishment of en:Creative Commons in about 2001. Since then several million people have commented on this licensing process and tens of millions more have decided to use the licenses. They are part of the international legal landscape, and at this point, enough people trust their validity and the 10+ years of extensive use that they have had to establish Wikimedia Commons and other similar projects. If the licenses are not sufficient for you to feel comfortable releasing content for personal use then it is best that your content is deleted.
Here on Wikimedia Commons, we need to have content available for commercial use so that they are available in education. Practically all textbooks are commercially published, many conferences are commercially managed, outside of the Western World many schools are operated on commercial models, and just in general, the Internet blurs lines between commercial and non-commercial publishing in so many ways that the community here for many years has decided that accepting media donations that could be used for any purpose, even commercially, is the best option here.
Model releases and personality rights are a completely separate issue from commercial use of photography, and our licensing here says nothing about that. Just because a photo is used commercially does not mean that the model has released personality rights, and that would require a release which Wikimedia Commons does not host or provide.
I am sorry you have had a bad experience here. I appreciate your donation even though it did not work out. If you have further questions about donating media to Commons then please ask. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:27, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Also, on the personality rights front, if that is at issue in a non-obvious way, I recommend the use of the template {{Personality rights}}. - Jmabel ! talk 17:35, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Media File Nominated for Deletion[edit]

Hi, I recently uploaded an image for a wiki draft. I received the image file directly from the author (It is for a film page) with their permission. The image file is the poster art for the film. After doing so successfully, I received this email message: "The media file has been nominated for deletion." I checked out why (need to get written permission from the author via the wiki permission template). I have filled in the permission template as required. One thing. It states that the permission template must be emailed from an email address that is recognized by wikipedia. My question is: Can I email it from my account as the author is not registered with wikipedia? Thanking you in advance. Nairbotanim (talk) 17:53, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

The author does not have to be registered, but the permission should come from an e-mail address. LX (talk, contribs) 18:02, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Problem copyright - image blocked[edit]


First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Julien Roosens. I work for the Belgian FA (football association, aka RBFA/URBSFA/KBVB) as brand manager. I have recently discovered that the pages concerning our organization still showed our old logo. I have tried to modify the publication by uploading the new logo.

But apparently, INeverCry (administrator/contributor) has deleted it due to "Copyright violation" File:RBFA.png

We are the owners of these Copyrights and I would like to lift the ban on this logo. Could you please tell me how to do it? It is very important to us to spread our new public image all over the web.

Thanks in advance for your support (and sorry for my poor English).

Kind regards,

Julien Roosens Corporate Communication RBFA — Preceding unsigned comment added by Julien Roosens (talk • contribs)

@Julien Roosens: Hi,
All complex logos need a permission. Please see COM:OTRS for the procedure. Regards, Yann (talk) 09:45, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Help on personal biography[edit]

What are the steps to download my personal biography/Enoobdog7$ (talk) 15:19, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

  • Assuming that by "download" you mean "upload," and assuming you mean this site, we don't host biographies, although if you are an active user you are welcome to write briefly about yourself on your user page (User:Enoobdog7$). And if you are talking about Wikipedia, unless you are notable enough to merit an encyclopedia article, similar comments apply. - Jmabel ! talk 15:33, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

delete my file, i have the copyright[edit]

i am the owner of the picture, why delete? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Melthorme (talk • contribs) 21:43, 26 February 2015‎ (UTC)

How did you come by the copyright for that picture? Are you the cover designer? --rimshottalk 22:48, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Convenience link: File:El Desconocido V.jpg - Jmabel ! talk 04:18, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Wapens van Gelre tot het einde van het ancien régime.pdf[edit]

Zou iemand deze mislukte upload willen verwijderen? Haagschebluf (talk) 06:45, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Including uploaded pictures[edit]

May I ask for advice how to include a specific photo on a Wikimedia Commons page that I have uploaded into Wikimedia Commons itself. Thank you very much for your kind advice.

Thomas Tapio — Preceding unsigned comment added by ThomasTapio (talk • contribs)

  • Can you please tell us which picture, and to what page you would like it added? ColonialGrid (talk) 18:32, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Adding Images Taken On Camera & Scanned Images[edit]

Hello, I'm planning to upload images containing awards/certificates and Scanned Newspaper Articles; will I need special licenses for these? Can't I use cc-by-sa-4.0 since they are my own work? Aren't Newspaper articles Public domain so can I use the PD or PD Scan tag? Thank you, Krystel Espiritu (talk)

  • Newspapers may be PD, but only if certain conditions are met, the same as all media. Could you please give some more information such as the country are the newspaper(s) are from, and what years are they were printed in? The same goes for the awards and certificates, which organisations issued them, and in which years? ColonialGrid (talk) 09:11, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
@ColonialGrid: the newspaper articles are from Kuwait and most of them are fairly recent only 2 - 10 years old same goes with the awards. These are awards/Certificates a couple of them are from the government/ ministry and rest from international companies like Starkey, Ray-band etc. Krystel Espiritu (talk)
  • Commons:Copyright rules by territory#Kuwait states copyright lasts 50 years after creation for images, while Template:PD-Kuwait states 25 years after broadcast for "a broadcast program"; 50 years after creation for "photographic work, cinematographic work, performance, or software"; and 50 years after death for "another type of work". Based on this I don't see how awards, certificates, or newspapers that are only a two to ten years old could be in the public domain. If there is a government restriction on copyright, or the Kuwaiti government uses some form of open government licence, then government work may be possible but you'd have to look into that. As it stands I don't think any of the media you have mentioned would be appropriately licenced for upload to Commons. ColonialGrid (talk) 09:54, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
@ColonialGrid: So if I took a picture of a trophy I can't publish it either and pass it off as my own work? Krystel Espiritu (talk)
  • Possibly, it depends on the complexity and originality of the the trophy's design. Please see derivative works and threshold of originality. As always, answers can only be as specific as the question, if you link to an image of the trophy we may be able to give a more concrete answer. You can also ask questions regarding licencing at Commons:Village pump/Copyright, and will get answers from people with a more specialised than generalised knowledge on copyright (that doesn't mean you can't post these questions here, but that there are options on where to ask copyright questions). ColonialGrid (talk) 11:01, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Pls help[edit]

Help me pls, i cant see my page title but can see User:Shirazpawaskar/sandbox. is my page live. its a genuine page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shirazp (talk • contribs)

  • I wouldn't expect anything at User:Shirazpawaskar/sandbox as Shirazpawaskar isn't a register user on Commons. The account you used to make this edit only has two edits (both to this section). There is both a user Shirazpawaskar and a sandbox for that user at English Wikipedia, is that what you are looking for? ColonialGrid (talk) 18:18, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi, apparently your account name is User:Shirazp with a User:Shirazp/sandbox at the moment. User:Shirazpawaskar is not a registered account here (on commons). –Be..anyone (talk) 18:21, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Verification of use of materials...[edit]


I am Dr. Mark and I need verification of my interpretation to use materials found in Wikipedia in (that I imbed) in my powerpoint presentation to my classes / students. Because it is extremely difficult to interpret and follow copyright laws I want to make sure I do not violate copyrights…

I want to imbed desired graphics and pictures found in Wikimedia Commons into my powerpoint presentations to discuss my subject; Reframing Our Sense of Humor. These would only be used in my classes, for no commercial purposes and will not be altered.

I am searching for my material by entering Wikimedia Commons Public Domain (topic - i.e. humor) to try to be sure I can use these without copyright infringement. I also, do attribute Wikimedia or the source on the image on the powerpoint slide.

1) Am I correct to believe that these images, pictures, etc…I search are in the public domain or can be used by me without copyright infringement?

2) If any are Creative Commons 1.1 public domain or CC can and use them and how do I know how to attribute them given my purpose and method of use AND because I do not intend to upload and share my class curriculum - alike. Can I still use material from Wikimedia Commons without sharing?

Respectfully, Dr. Mark (

All pictures and other files here are (supposed to be) published with a free license, otherwise they'd be deleted. Some are in the public domain. Some have a Creative Commons "by attribution" license, and you can't use them without the required attribution. Some have a CC "by attribution share alike" license, check out what that means on the CC site (the licenses are linked to the original info or legalese.) Some media have other free licenses, not all exactly suited for media, e.g. the GPL is arguably fine for software, but rather bizarre for images found in a GPL video game, or similar. Some media can be trademarked or touch personality rights despite of being otherwise free or in the public domain, in those cases you might need additional permissions, e.g., logos can be too simple to be copyrighted, and therefore in the public domain, but can be still trademarked. Depending on the laws of the country or countries where you plan to use the media. –Be..anyone (talk) 20:17, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
You don't mention what country. The following applies to U.S. and assumes you are talking strictly about classroom use, and have no intention of even putting the materials on line or in print ("print" includes handouts); if it's a different country, or your intentions are different that I gleaned, rules may vary, and keep in mind that I am not a lawyer.
  • In practice, there is little reason to worry about the copyright status of the materials you are using except insofar as it's enforced by the institution where you work. It's simply not an infringement anyone will ever pursue.
  • Public domain (PD) images present no issues whatever. You can do with those as you like.
  • Educational purposes allow a lot of leeway for fair use. I can't imagine any court ever deciding that (for example) you would be required to display the terms of a license for materials used in such a circumstance.
  • I would suggest that rather than concern yourself with the letter of the law, that each slide for any non-PD images you use in this context should clearly credit the author and/or rights-holder, and should state what is the relevant license (e.g. "CC-BY-SA 3.0", or "GFDL" or whatever applies).
Again, the above is based on practicality and the notion of fair use, not on tight legalism. - Jmabel ! talk 23:58, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Just to add a note regarding alteration: nothing on this site is allowed to carry restrictions on derivative usage, be it extraction of elements or details, recolouring, superimposition of titles or other graphics, or merely inclusion in a slide. Nor does one have to show any credits that may be required on the image itself. So you shouldn’t be concerned about that aspect: ND (no derivatives) is often seen in Creative Commons licences, but we don’t accept those here.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:13, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi, can you please help me get a picture edited[edit]

This is the link for the picture i am trying to get edited. As per a recent poll, which is cited on the public support for same sex marriage page, marriage equality has 53% support in Ohio which means it should be at solid blue on the map. Could you help me get Ohio's picture on the map changed to solid blue? Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Doerandom1 (talk • contribs)

  1. SVG help is available at Commons:Graphic Lab/Illustration workshop. Ask there, because that is where the people who do his sort of thing "hang out".
  2. Separately from that, I would think anything about polling data should be for a specific date, so I wonder a little about changing just one state without having a specific citation for where the polling data comes from. - Jmabel ! talk 15:34, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

491st Bombers group (Incorrect image:[edit]

I apologize - new to all of this and not sure how deeply involved I want to get - seems very confusing.

I recently ran across an incorrect image for the WWII 491st Bombers group at: File:491patch.png Unfortunately this image is incorrect and appears to be the image that I originally created back in 2002 when I created the official web page. I created it from black and white art and randomly colorized yellow and uploaded to the web site. I later learned from 491st officials that the image was incorrect - the 491st organization patch (and 491st BG B-24 aircraft vertical stabilizer) color scheme was distinctly green with white stripe - it never was yellow. The web image was fixed long ago and now correctly appears at The 491st color scheme is documented on page 6 of the 491st History: - I do not know how to get the requested change made but the patch should not be yellow - I was informed of this emphatically. The official 491st organization has disbanded, however I try to maintain the website even though updates are few and far between. Original members of this bombers group are disappearing each year but officials from the 491st who are still available for discussion and confirmation are: Chris Dracopolis (491st Board of Directors Secretary) and Al Blue (Author of the official 491st History )

I do not have any images of higher resolution although I might try to recreate if needed. Many thanks for any guidance you can offer in this matter. Bob Godshall — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bgodshal (talk • contribs) 07:03, 3 March 2015‎ (UTC)

  • You can't over write the file as your account isn't going to be autoconfimed, so the easiest way to deal with this is to upload the file again, with a different name and replace the yellow version with the green version in Wiki. After this you can either leave the yellow version as an incorrect alternative, or request its deletion as being out of scope (per COM:SCOPE images should have educational value, you could argue being incorrect it doesn't, and being the uploader would add weight to your argument). ColonialGrid (talk) 08:08, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
    • Where ColonialGrid says "in Wiki" this means "in the English-language Wikipedia." - Jmabel ! talk 14:46, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I actually meant in any Wikipedia that it may be used in, but yes, it is currently only on use at English Wikipedia (things change though, someone may use it in another Wikipedia between now and it being replaced). ColonialGrid (talk) 14:59, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

delete my 3 pictures, and i have the copyright - Help[edit]

Last week i've tried to upload 3 images of our website - - into wikimedia, to use them to create/edit, our wikipédia page. But they were deleted, and now i can't re-upload them again... All the images are property of Bricomarché Portugal, and they are available in our website page - www.bricomarché.pt Can you please help me? Thanks

A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:Mapa Lojas.jpg, was missing information about where it comes from or who created it, which is needed to verify its copyright status. The file probably has been deleted. If you've got all required information, request undeletion providing this information and the link to the concerned file (File:Mapa Lojas.jpg).

A file that you have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, File:Img fachada.jpg, was missing information about where it comes from or who created it, which is needed to verify its copyright status. The file probably has been deleted. If you've got all required information, request undeletion providing this information and the link to the concerned file (File:Img fachada.jpg).

Thanks for uploading File:Logo Brico.jpg. This media is missing permission information. A source is given, but there is no proof that the author or copyright holder agreed to license the file under the given license. Please provide a link to an appropriate webpage with license information, or send an email with copy of a written permission to OTRS ( This also applies if you are the author yourself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by PGadeiro (talk • contribs)

  • Commons only accepts file that are freely licenced, and as you say the images are on another website, we have no way of knowing what their copyright or licence status is. You have to get the copyright holder to contact COM:OTRS (in português) to certify that they are available under a free licence. When they are confirmed to be appropriately licenced they will be undeleted. ColonialGrid (talk) 12:08, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Thnks for the quick answer. But i am the person responsible for the bricomarche web site in portugal. The images are our, and we accept to put them free... — Preceding unsigned comment added by PGadeiro (talk • contribs)
  • Great, just shoot off an email to COM:OTRS releasing the images and they should be undeleted. Also keep in mind that under some circumstances the copyright will be transferred to the client, while under others it will be retained by the photographer; if in doubt you should contact the photographer to clear it up. ColonialGrid (talk) 13:23, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Picture that I own but I didn't take[edit]

Hi, some time ago when my father began as major of our city we paid a photographer to take photos of him, I want to use one of those photos for his (my father) page on Wikipedia but I don't know how to do it because I'm the owner of the work but I'm not the author of it, can you help me?

It’s generally presumed that the photographer owns the copyrights on commissioned work—unless either the law in that jurisdiction or the hiring contract specifies otherwise. The ownership of a print, or even the original negative, has no bearing on the intellectual property involved. If you or your father does own the copyright, then all you need do is e-mail OTRS with the details, including the terms under which the rights were transferred and a statement releasing the image under a free licence. Otherwise you will have to ask the photographer to similarly issue a release.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:09, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding S-Cooke, John (1).jpg[edit]


I have the written consent of the photographer that we have "full right to use this image in reproduction of portraits, publication on any and all digital websites and internet exchanges", but I'm not sure which of the technical licenses that falls under?

Thanks --Elemont.aide (talk) 21:43, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

That statement doesn’t seem sufficient: to be considered “free” a licence must apply to everyone, not just you (and whoever else may be included in that “we”), and must permit all kinds of usage and modification, not just reproduction and publication on websites. Please review COM:Licensing and ask the photographer to explicitly release the photo under an appropriate licence like CC-BY-SA.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 00:19, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Elemont.aide, a standard release form can be found at COM:CONSENT. Anon124 (+2) ( ) 20:24, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Questionable file name[edit]

Recently an editor uploaded some photos. They are good pics, but my concern is that he incorporates his name into the file name File:Phil_Robertson_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpg for example. This strikes me as promotional, so I was hoping some more experienced Commons editors would look an give an opinion. Niteshift36 (talk) 15:04, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

File:Exquisite-kfm home.png not free?[edit]

OSX wallpaper

This image is sourced from a free set of icons, but the wallpaper used on the screen is from Apple's proprietary wallpapers.CFCF (talk) 15:24, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Media Files Nominated for Deletion[edit]

I have been notified in German that the following are to be deleted File:Plas Duon 06.png and File:Plas Duon 05.png and Crown Copyright in Wales. File:Garth, Guilsfield 14.png. File:Garth, Guilsfield 16.png File:Garth, Guilsfield 12.png File:Snowdonia Houses.png File:Plas Duon 01.png File:Plas Duon 03.png File:Plas Duon 07.png File:Plas Duon 04.png File:Plas Duon 05.png The Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information for these is governed by and a concordat was signed by the Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Assembly Government and The National Archives on 7th Dec. 2010. This covers: a) administrative and departmental records belonging to her Majesty which are records of the Welsh Assembly Government and c) any records belonging to her Majesty which are records of any office, commission, .....concerned with Welsh affairs. The concordat therefore covers the records of Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical in Wales (RCAHMW) in two ways, both as a Department of Welsh Government and as a commision into Welsh affairs. This concordat is still operative see as published December 2014. Section 146 of GOWA 2006 provides that Welsh public records are governed by the Public Records Act until such time that the Lord Chancellor makes an Order under section 147 imposing or conferring functions in respect of them (for example, a duty to preserve them) on either the Welsh Ministers, or a member of staff of the Welsh Government. In the event that such an order were made, this would, in effect, provide the authority to create a Welsh National Public Record Office. In view of this an Open Government Licence for Public Sector Information applies to RCAHMW and its website [1] As I believe I made the correct copyright acknowledgement to the RCAHMW is given and I gave a precise link to information on their website- Coflein-I believe that source given for these files is correctly licensed as Crown Copyright and has the correct permission by the Welsh Government to use these as illustrations on Wikimedia Commons.

According to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales can license the re-use of Crown copyright material under delegation of authority. You did upload files from RCAHMW Collections, the caption of the uploads I checked reads "Copyright Reserved; contact RCAHMW for details". --Martin H. (talk) 20:40, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Photo copyright and reuse question (musician looking for album cover)[edit]

Hello, I am a musician and I design all of my own album covers. I am looking at using this image :


I looked under the information and it did not give me distinct terms of usage. I will more than likely not be making any money off of this album but I would be posting it all over social media and youtube. Am I able to add some visual effects and my logo on it to advertise and publicize without getting in copyright trouble? A yes or a no is what I am looking for and if so, under which stipulations apply (if any). Thanks.

I am also from Canada if it only concerns a certain country.

The file is marked as public domain here, and “unrestricted” at the source; apparently Adams was working for the US Government when he shot it. There should be no problem publishing this image, either as is or incorporated into a derivative work. I would suggest using the TIFF version, which I expect will be a little cleaner than the JPEG, especially if you’ll be printing it as well as posting it online. (Please sign your messages by typing four tildes ~~~~ at the end.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:40, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Arvind Iyer.jpg[edit]

Can someone help with identifying if the image Arvind_Iyer.jpg has the right copyright code on it.It was found via on

The home page of the website states ALL IMAGES CREATIVE COMMONS CC0 1.0 Universal on it's home page.Thank You

--Chriswilkins (talk) 03:00, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

The source image doesn’t seem to be available at that link any more, but CC0 is a free licence, more or less equivalent to public domain. The file here should be tagged with {{Cc-zero}}.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:24, 5 March 2015 (UTC)