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Copyright help regarding Ana40[edit]

من نمیدونم چجوری عکس مجوز آپلود کنم اگه میشه شما کمک کنید به جای من عکس رو آپلود کنید و بعد در مقاله (آنا دی آرماس) ایجاد کنید؟؟ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mahla poori (talk • contribs) 14:51, 14 June 2015‎ (UTC)

Trouble uploading[edit]

I had uploaded an svg file from and it was successful. But later, when I tried to upload some other svg files, which I had stitched together (borrowed from commons), error message flashed (multiple times) This file might be corrupt, or have the wrong extension. What should I do?
aGastya  ✉ Message Me! (: 15:51, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

How did you stitch the files together? --rimshottalk 20:35, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
@Rimshot: Using <svg> element, I stitched them together.
aGastya  ✉ Message Me! (: 05:44, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
You might try to get help at the Graphics village pump. --rimshottalk 20:10, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

How do I add pictures that will stop my confusion[edit]

Hello. Ivan Milenin here. I am a member that had followed the Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons policies for the past few years to improve my mistakes in the editing parts, such as, making templates, adding flags to an appropriate information, such as FIFA World Cup, adding reliable sources, uploading images, etc., for the past few years. I am writing to you for uploading pictures on international actors and actresses, international soccer players, coaches, musicians, some other types of images; with my mistake. The reason I am writing some help, is because, let's say I had uploaded some images on the actors and actresses, such as Ian James Corlett, and then I just honestly explained that I did not own the picture, and uploaded it, with some vague sources, and somehow, the picture got deleted. I didn't understand at first, but soon, I had realized that I didn't follow the steps onto uploading pictures based upon their own work, or uploading with sources and permits other authors. I found an image of Michael Bay with a picture shown on the infobox that is a work by the other author on a different website. To tell you the truth, I'm still unsure on how to upload an image that is by own work, or work by someone else. If you have a reply, a question, or concerns, please leave a reply on this box, or my talk page. With warm thanks, Ivan Milenin.

--Ivan Milenin (talk) 19:46, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

Commons:Project scope/Summary explains what type of content you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 20:07, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
I understand some parts of uploading images, so that makes sense I cannot upload images that doesn't belong to me without someone else's permission, but I'm still flustered. I'm not sure if the policy's correct, but I can at least ask you one question. I wonder if I ask the other author's permission to use and publish on Commons for some important people? If you say that would be a correct way to do so, I would thank you, but if you thank that's not a correct way, let me know. Thank you. --Ivan Milenin (talk) 22:20, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes, if the copyright owner (usually the photographer) is willing to issue a free licence for an image, there’s a facility to verify and record the permission. Please see OTRS for detailed instructions and a sample consent letter.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 23:14, 21 July 2015 (UTC)
Do note that just permission to post on Commons is not enough. They must provide an appropriate free license (CC-BY-SA is pretty much the most restrictive license we accept); of course, it's OK if they provide something even less restrictive, or release the image into the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 06:14, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Ok, I am now 50% ready and confused. The only thing that I'm worried about is: Should I just send an email to the author in order release it under free license such as CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, or public domain, or somehow send it to Commons or the author following the email template to send it for the request of the pictures. To my thoughts "the last part of the sentence was hard for me to think". If you have a reply that I would highly recommend, please send it as soon as possible. Thanks. --Ivan Milenin (talk) 16:40, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help about[edit]

I would like to know if the images of this site ( are freely uploadable in wikimedia commons (obviously, adding all needed information about sources and licence).

Looking at the bottom of the pages you can see this sentence: "Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License".

Looking randomly at the pages containing images, I don't see other licence informations.

What do you think?

Thankyou Arosio Stefano (talk) 17:26, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

I don't think you can rely on images on that site being legitimately licensed by their copyright holders. File description pages on the site contain the boilerplate "Please do not upload copyrighted images", which shows even the site admins don't seem to understand that the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License depends on the licensed content being copyrighted – that's not a good sign., which is on the front page right now, is taken from LX (talk, contribs) 09:08, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Glogonj Wappen.gif[edit]

Ich habe in der deutschsprachigen Wikipedia im Artikel über Glogonj das Wappen hinzugefügt. Von einer Internetseite über den Ort. Das Wappen ist eigentlich allgemein öffentlich. Bitte nicht löschen.

--Glogon (talk) 21:49, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

I added the correct license now. --Otberg (talk) 08:13, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Actual delinker tool?[edit]

As an admin I dearly love the Delinker but it does not have an option to universally delink files, only universally replace files. An universal remove would be useful in the rare case a file to be deleted is actually in such wide use that manual link removal would be a chore. Do we have some obscure link eater function or does it not exist? --Pitke (talk) 18:57, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

If the file gets deleted the Delinker delinks it automatically (at least when it is not malfunctioning).--Ymblanter (talk) 06:55, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

Move-to-commons assistant[edit]

Hello. I' not very well schooled in the commons-formalism. Please help me, the move-assistant gives me only errors. I created this on the basis of (local english wikipedia). I changed some details, is this ok? Please help me with adjusting any copyright or licence issue. I cannot delete the old version. Thanks, --WissensDürster (talk) 15:48, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Im Commons:Forum spricht man Deutsch. :) -- Maxxl² - talk 16:21, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
Am I doing so bad in the expression of my request ^.° --WissensDürster (talk) 19:50, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
Das hatte ich nicht impliziert. Ich wollte Dir nur einen kurzen Weg zu den kompetenten deutschen Kollegen aufzeigen, bei denen ich mir immer guten Rat hole. -- Maxxl² - talk 20:07, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
Ok thanks, I will check out the Forum. --WissensDürster (talk) 19:42, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

Syntax and semantics of the Summary associated with an image.[edit]

Is the syntax and semantics of the Summary explained? For example, has an English description. If a description in another language is to be added, what exactly is the syntax? I can find this by experimentation but a concise description of the syntax and semantics of the Summary would be helpful. Thanks, PeterEasthope (talk) 14:19, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Peter! It sounds like you're looking for something like Commons:First steps/Quality and description#Good file descriptions. LX (talk, contribs) 15:52, 26 July 2015 (UTC)
OK, explanation by example helps, thanks. EBNF would be certain but this should work. The topic in question is the Summary appearing below a picture. I had hoped to find a link or title such as "Summary, syntax and semantics" but every reader will have another idea of a name for something. By the way, what is the significance of the - sign after the en description in the example? Thanks again, PeterEasthope (talk) 21:02, 26 July 2015 (UTC)
I don’t see any hyphens there. Do you mean the ellipsis (…) on the line immediately below the English description? It just indicates that more language-specific description templates can be included; it‘s not part of the syntax.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 23:36, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

about File:Win8 infographic final.png[edit]

i am request restoration of this file and i know it is not a copyright infringement the file came from here

i know it is under a free licence Attribution 3.0 United States (CC BY 3.0 US)

i have requested undeletion and it has not happened here is the entire undeletion conversation

I am requesting restoration of the file i can understand why you would delete the image but this specific image is from here i have checked the image license on the image it says this work produced by the free software foundation is under CC By 3.0 U.S license. I am very sure this image is under a free license approved by Wikimedia commons here is the license (talk) 16:24, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi! In fact, we have two licenses at = (1.) Copyright © 2004-2015 Free Software Foundation + (2.) "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 license (or later version)"my underline = CC BY-ND 3.0. Both are not compatible with COM:L... but... wait: from this site, you mean this image here: ?? Well, indeed we have a byline (see bottom of the image) saying that it is {{Cc-by-3.0-us}}. This is a little bit confusional. Let's wait for another [admin] opinion, also to check if the deleted file corresponds to the file I am guessing... Gunnex (talk) 20:37, 23 July 2015 (UTC) The image that you linked to is the image i am talking about and is the image that got deleted.--Jonnymoon96 (talk) 16:28, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

It looks like it's a "CC BY 3.0 US" image embedded in a "CC BY-ND 3.0" page, in which case the image itself should be OK. --ghouston (talk)

if that is the case can you restore the image. or find an administrator who canJonnymoon96 (talk) 21:48, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

That's just my opinion. I don't have any ability to restore images or any special influence with administrators. --ghouston (talk) 23:05, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

uploading a group of files[edit]

The last time I tried uploading a group of files at once (this was a few days ago), it still wanted to give each file the same name (IIRC). I could fix this if I knew what order the uploaded files were in, but I don't know that. Is there a way to fix this problem, or a way to work around it, other than uploading each file individually? Bubba73 (talk) 01:43, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

  • "Uploading a group of files" using what tool? (There are several ways to do this.) - Jmabel ! talk 13:24, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
The way I've been trying is "upload file", then the Upload Wizard. Is there a better way? Bubba73 (talk) 19:05, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Crop tool problem[edit]

Hi. I used the crop tool at Commons to fix this image ( File:Ohio & Meek Mill Back Stage @ The DC Summit in Philly.jpg ) - when you click on the image it shows the updated version, which is also reflected in the image history, but when you look at the article it is used in: wikipedia:Meek Mill, it shows the old image but it's now "squished" - Please assist. -- Somedifferentstuff (talk) 07:02, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

It is fine for me. Please clear your browser cache. Regards, Yann (talk) 07:13, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. -- Somedifferentstuff (talk) 07:37, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
But apparently it was then promptly deleted as a copyright violation. - Jmabel ! talk 13:25, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

How can i create a new page?[edit]

Hi, i am new on commons can you please assist me on how i can create a new page? Your effort will be highly apprecieted. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emmanuel alinaswe (talk • contribs) 16:43, 27 July 2015‎ (UTC)

What kind of page, and on what topic? Since the purpose of Commons is to be a media repository, the only kind of pages you'll find here are pages providing context and structure to the media files (such as galleries and categories) and pages supporting the project itself (user pages, policies, talk pages and so on). LX (talk, contribs) 21:01, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Inserting Photos[edit]

Hi Guys,

I have a photo upload question for you. My mother, Kathleen Andrews is on Wikipedia as the First Female Bus Driver, Dispatcher and First Women in Management for the City of Edmonton. I would like to upload a photo of her taken in 1978 in front of her bus. The photo was found in the Provincial Archives of Edmonton so it is free domain. How do I go about uploading this photo?

Thank you so much

Lisa Andrews — Preceding unsigned comment added by Skylaa (talk • contribs) 20:34, 27 July 2015‎ (UTC)

Here on Commons, we only host content that can be freely used by anyone for any purpose. Therefore, Commons can only accept two types of content:
  • Content whose copyright holder has explicitly agreed to allow anyone to use it for any purpose by publishing it under a free license
  • Content that is not protected by copyright – in other words: content that is in the public domain
I've never heard of "free domain" before, but there is no reason to believe that a photo is covered by a free license or in the public domain simply because it was found in an archive. Most likely, you cannot upload the photo unless you can obtain permission from the copyright holder to publish it under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 21:08, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
  • @Skylaa: archival material on the Alberta Culture website (assuming that’s what you mean, as opposed to the City’s archives) is not generally in the public domain unless it’s old enough for the copyright to have expired. (For photos taken after 1948 that means 50 years after the photographer’s death or, if anonymous or under Crown copyright, the earlier of 50 years after the first publication or 75 years after the taking.) See the copyright page, where the government offers a similar licence to the CC-NC-ND, for personal & educational use only and without modification, which is not sufficient to be hosted here. The photo will need an explicit release as LX describes above; you could try the permission-request contacts on the Alberta Culture page, but first please read the detailed instructions for obtaining consent at COM:OTRS. Note that the archive will only be able to give permission if they hold all the rights; if they’ve published the picture under a limited licence you could be out of luck until 2054 or even later. But it can’t hurt to ask.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:22, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Category hierarchy for things named after people[edit]

If I have a category for something named after someone (or several people) who also have categories, which (the thing or the people) should be the parent cat and which should be the subcat(s)? DMacks (talk) 21:02, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

The person should be the parent category. This is covered in Commons:Categories#Types of reflected relations in the second to last bullet point. Category:Things named after Archimedes shows an example of what this can look like in practice. LX (talk, contribs) 21:12, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
If there is only a single loose file for the parent, should I create the person-named cat for it? DMacks (talk) 21:30, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
Sure; there are divided opinions on whether we should have categories containing only one item (FWIW they don’t generally bother me at all, especially if there’s any likelihood that more files will be added in future), but if I read you right you’d be adding a named-after subcat as well, which makes two items, certainly enough to start with.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:40, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm in the process of diffusing the giant generic Category:Name reactions and friends into specific subcats based on who they are named after (the "name" of the "name reactions"). The issue of a cat with one item was exactly my concern. I hadn't thought of the subcat I'd be creating as a second item beyond the person's file I might find (the files I'm subcat'ing are currently not tagged with the people at all). Thanks! DMacks (talk) 02:58, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:GWR luggage labels for Cullompton.jpg[edit]

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. NHSavage (talk) 18:47, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

I have scanned two nineteenth century luggage labels which show different spellings in use at the time of the town of Cullompton. I am not the author, but I am pretty sure that the copyright will have lapsed on them. However, they were not published as such, and I don't know the exact date. Can someone please help!?

--NHSavage (talk) 19:32, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

These labels consist of one word and one acronym. They are clearly below the threshold of originality and as such have never been protected by copyright. Use {{pd-text}} on them. Ruslik (talk) 20:06, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks also to Mattes for adding this.--NHSavage (talk) 18:46, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Source information[edit]

When I type {own} in the source box, I receive a pink notification window that says I have to include a source. I'm already doing this. Where am I going wrong? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎ JWTCA92024 (talk • contribs) 10:51, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

The template is {{own}} - double brackets.-- Maxxl² - talk 10:15, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Photographs containing copyrighted content[edit]

Howzit all.

I noticed that another contributor marked a file for deletion because it may contain copyrighted/non-free content. The photograph itself was taken by an individual who has released it under a free licence, but there is an emblem somewhere in the picture's context that may be non-free. What exactly is the clear cut policy for free-licenced photographs which capture an instance of a copyrighted work somewhere in said photograph? As this can range from anything to a picture of a car with an ostensibly copyright manufacturer's logo or a crowd shot of refugee children wearing the copyrighted anime Hello Kitty on their shirts I'm more concerned about the slippery slope as opposed to any individual files. There needs to be a very definite, very clear, line drawn on this and if a conclusive judgment has been made in the past I'd appreciate being directed to it.

Thanks, --Katangais (talk) 11:25, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

If the copyrighted image is de minimis, then it can be ignored. There is no hard and fast rule about this, but essentially the copyrighted image can't be the focus of the photograph. For example, if the Hello Kitty T-shirts are not very obvious and the viewer's attention isn't drawn to them, then their appearance in the photograph is probably de minimis. On the other hand, if it is quite obvious (and, for example, someone uses the photograph to show the popularity of Hello Kitty all around the world), then arguably the copyrighted images are not de minimis. — SMUconlaw (talk) 13:21, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
  • If you provide a link, we could give more concrete feedback. ColonialGrid (talk) 13:33, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. The context in question involves the Category:Police patches and certain files in a sub-category of Category:Police patches by country, where it was argued that uniform patches worn by law enforcement are considered nonfree emblems - even if the photographs of the patches in question are released under a free licence. I initially disputed this logic because I was concerned about the precedent: so many images on Commons depict law enforcement agencies or their paraphernalia, replete with insignia, that to begin deleting one was to challenge the legitimacy of all. Hence, I argued that the photographer's free licence should take precedence over the question of the insignia's status.
If the rule of de minimis is applied, then - as unlikely as it seems - I wonder if all the files in both categories I linked to could be called into question. --Katangais (talk) 16:28, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm afraid the police patches are definitely not de minimis. The only ways a particular photograph could be retained would be if the design on the patch depicted were so old as to be out of copyright, or if the police department in question agreed to license the copyright in the design under a free licence. — SMUconlaw (talk) 16:37, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Video frame orientation rotated on upload[edit]

I uploaded a video and it was rotated to the left, taking the vertical orientation of the frame and putting it on its side. How should I be formatting the video before upload to avoid this? Gabrielm199 (talk) 13:13, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

video of hummingbirds at a feeder in slow motion. Filmed in Florissant, Colorado
I usually use Windows Movie Maker to edit the video before uploading it, but this creates two black rectangles, one each on the left and right of the video. Is there a Commons tool that can carry out the rotation (without the blank rectangles)? — SMUconlaw (talk) 13:18, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
It also appears that the slow motion feature of the video did not make it in the upload to Commons. Gabrielm199 (talk) 18:39, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Did you edit the video at all with some software, or is this directly from your recording device? What device did you use? — SMUconlaw (talk) 11:28, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding file[edit]

Moved to "Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Copyright help regarding file".SMUconlaw (talk) 16:39, 29 July 2015 (UTC)


Hello Help desk. I would like to upload the SFS Logo. Therefore I would like to use the same licences as SIKA ( and GEBERIT ( But I dont know which one of the Creative Commons Attribution are the right ones. Can you assist me? Thank you. — Franziska at SFS Group (talk) 15:18, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Could you point to an example of the logo online? Things vary depending on the complexity of the logo. - Jmabel ! talk 22:31, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Shenmue3.png[edit]

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  • It is taken from a source that gives no indication of offering any rights. Is there some basis on which you think it is either public domain or free-licensed? - Jmabel ! talk 15:47, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Strange {{tfd}} tags on files[edit]

A bunch of image pages have a {{tfd}} tag [1] but whose link points to a COM:DR for the image and I don't see any template on those file pages that is undergoing deletion-discussion either. Possibly stray material left over from an en.wp→commons migration? There are only a few dozen, easy enough to remove, but I wanted to get a second opinion in case there was some detail I was missing. DMacks (talk) 20:54, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

I think you can remove them. Ruslik (talk) 15:47, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Jan Klootsema (1867-1926).jpg[edit]

Ik heb een krantenknipsel geplaatst van Klootsema die in 1926 is overleden. Is dat toegestaan? Haagschebluf (talk) 05:47, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Hard to say. The issue isn't his death date, but the author's (photographer's) death date. I believe that in the Netherlands, after 89 years if it was truly anonymous, it would now be public domain but someone else may know better. But imagine the case where the photographer was 26 at the time and lived to be 90; then they would only have died 25 years ago and copyright would certainly still apply.
Also, in terms of sorting this out: "Internet" is not a meaningful source: where does this come from (URL)? - Jmabel ! talk 16:43, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

How to request that a gallery page be moved to the Category: namespace?[edit]

The subject line is fairly self-explanatory. {{Move}} insists that it can only be used in the Category: namespace. I want to propose to move the page Lurë from the gallery namespace to Category:Lurë, since it is a page that is disambiguating categories. However, I can't find where or how to make this proposal. --R'n'B (talk) 21:04, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

The problem is that the empty category that will created as a result of this move may be deleted. Ruslik (talk) 15:52, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
The categories listed as disambiguation options could be placed as subcats. That is, the main topic "Lurë" is the same, and the entities listed are various topics related to it. DMacks (talk) 19:30, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

picture that I own, creator unknown[edit]

I own the picture of Portuguese painter. It was taken by a professional photographer sometime in the 1960s. I do not know who took the picture, and I don't think there is a way to find out. The picture came to me as a descendant of the painter. I would like to make it part of wiki commons. Can I do so?