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Tip: Categorizing images
Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.
1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:
2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.
- [[Category:Category name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:
- [[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations"). Pro-tip: The CommonSense tool can help you find the best category for your image.
- Image:Avenue of the Arts Lighting.jpg was uncategorized on 28 January 2010 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:09, 29 January 2010 (UTC)
- Image:Avenue of the Arts Lighting2.jpg was uncategorized on 29 January 2010 CategorizationBot (talk) 11:11, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
|File:Avenue of the Arts Lighting.jpg has been marked as a possible copyright violation. Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content—that is, images and other media files that can be used by anyone, for any purpose. Traditional copyright law does not grant these freedoms, and unless noted otherwise, everything you find on the web is copyrighted and not permitted here. For details on what is acceptable, please read Commons:Licensing. You may find Commons:Copyright rules useful. You can ask questions about Commons policies in Commons:Help desk.
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File:Avenue of the Arts Lighting.jpg
I have tagged File:Avenue of the Arts Lighting.jpg for a copyright violation because you have uploaded the image under a GNU Free Documentation License and Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, but those copyright tags are invalid because you are not the copyright holder of the image. Unless you can verify that you are the copyright holder of a work or the true copyright holder of the work agrees to license the work under those licenses, please do not upload an image under these licenses because it will be tagged as a copyright violation. --Apollo1758 (talk) 15:32, 29 May 2010 (UTC)
Then just delete it Apollo, I don't know how to provide you with the info you need and didn't know which license/copyright tag to use. Photographers sell us photos but don't give us "licenses" along with them - just a disk with digital images. I'm not a retard; I wouldn't post illegal images. Please just delete the image so the issue gets resolved. Thanks. --Thebrightguy (talk) 16:46, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
- You're welcome. I just had a problem with the licensing because if you add an image from someone else, then the copyright holder of the image has to give permission for the image to be used by anyone at any time, even for commercial uses (see the License Policy).
- I didn't really understand the licensing for the image because it didn't look like the permission for free use of the image was coming from the person who made it. I also saw a smaller copy of the image at the website for The Lighting Practice, but the way that the image was being used there it didn't look like a free image. I also thought the image wasn't free because you indicated that the image was purchased in the description, but purchasing an image doesn't correlate with a transfer of copyright. --Apollo1758 (talk) 23:58, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
That's fine... I am not a regular user of Wiki and am unfamiliar with things here. I am with The Lighting Practice and had been developing a page about TLP - thus I uploaded the images. But I have since deleted the page I was creating because I couldn't fill it with enough relevant info and the images don't need to remain on Wiki. I just did not know how to delete them.--Thebrightguy (talk) 01:57, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
File tagging File:Avenue of the Arts Lighting2.jpg
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|Thanks for uploading File:Avenue of the Arts Lighting2.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 (email@example.com). This also applies if you are the author yourself.
The file probably has been deleted. If you sent a permission, try to send it again after 14 days. Do not re-upload. When the OTRS-member processes your mail, the file can be undeleted. Additionally you can request undeletion here, providing a link to the File-page on Commons where it was uploaded (
Just delete the image then.... I don't know how to properly give you what you're looking for. My company hired the photographer and purchased the photos from him for marketing - both digital and print use. We do not have a signed contract and are not given any licensing information. Therefore I cannot provide any supporting documentation. We have been told that we must attribute the photos to their photographer (which I did). ----Thebrightguy (talk) 16:37, 30 May 2010 (UTC)