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Uploading Images from Fair Usage.[edit]

Hello. I m here new to wikipedia. Can someone guide how to upload a image with a fair usage policy. Tried understanding from various articles. But could not understand. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vinothcj (talk • contribs) 09:57, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

@Vinothcj: Hi, and welcome. We don't allow Fair Use here. Where on do you see a free license? Please see COM:L, COM:FU, en:WP:F, and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:15, 3 June

2021 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: Okay i uploaded 2 images by mistake on my wiki common can i remove it now? Kindly help.

How to export File Information?[edit]

I wish to export the summary part of the file information of several images in Commons - to put them in a very simple database (in Excel or Access) and feed an artwork made with them. Is there a simple way to do it to implement that - I am not a computer doom...

Thank you very much for your answer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kaelestudio (talk • contribs) 23:02, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Using CropTool on an image which is pending review.[edit]

I had previously uploaded this image from Bollywood Hungama which is under CC-BY-3.0 license. The upload is pending review. I want to use crop tool to crop the image so that only the Woman in the Black Dress is visible and use that image on her Wikipedia page. However I am unable to do so as the Image has not been verified yet and crop tool wont let me proceed. I can crop the image on my computer but I don't know how to reupload it as a separate image derived from the original whilst still maintaining the CC-BY-3.0 & Verification needed tags. please advise how I can achieve this? STC1 (talk) 20:54, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

@STC1: are you satisfied with the current crop? And could you please provide the real webpage from which you obtained the photo? Thx!--RZuo (talk) 22:27, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
Pinging @SierraTangoCharlie1 for RZuo.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:10, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

No matter if the new file is able to stay here or not, he has to stay here with all the people shown. I reverted the crop and everey crop of a single person should be uploaded as a new file. --Mirer (talk) 00:28, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

I cropped the picture to a new oneFile:Gaelyn Mendonca (cropped).jpg. Then it had to be added to Wikidata (so it is now shown in the infobox of the cat here: Category:Gaelyn Mendonca. To be seen on the Wikipedia page in "en", it had to be added there too.[2]
Now you can see it at here page in "en": en:Gaelyn Mendonca
If you want to perform crops like this in the future, you should (have to ...) upload them as new files and you shouldn't crop them in full body height. --Mirer (talk) 00:52, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
@RZuo, Jeff G., Mirer: Good Day, firstly I thank you for helping me out. Secondly, I apologize for the delay in reply and my general absence, as I was not aware of the progress taking place here, at least not until I recvd. a notification from User:Jeff G.. I also apologize for posting a link directly to the file rather than to the webpage (this was something I was unaware of), I have rectified my mistake and updated the URL here File:Gaelyn Mendonca.jpg; the source being [source]. Hoping can now remove Template:Bsr. The Cropped Image I see via Template:Extracted from, will work fine for the time being (till a better image can be found).
So all I need to do is upload a cropped image with Template:Extracted from and all the original file's data will automatically get carried over? Or do i need to transfer all Data like source and CC manually? Thank you in advance... STC1 (talk) 01:48, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
@SierraTangoCharlie1: basically my solution to your original problem was simply removing the LR template and then it could be cropped using croptool. new images cropped by croptool will have all the original wikitext on the description page carried over, but not the COM:SDC.
the webpage URL is important because the direct image URL provides no info about how the photo is used and attributed.
@Mirer: the uploader only wanted to show the woman in black. his/her intention was evident as the filename only mentioned that woman. that's why uploading as a new file was unnecessary and the old file was Commons:Overwriting_existing_files#Unedited_versions that should be overwritten. now you'd better rename the old file to accurately name both women.--RZuo (talk) 09:05, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
@RZuo: Thank You. I understand now what I should do in future. Appreciate the advice.
@Mirer: Thank you for the crop and the upload to Wikipedia. STC1 (talk) 11:33, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
Oh, I somewhat missed the point, that the uploader (SierraTangoCharlie1) is STC1 ... I thougt he just wanted to crop it. My fault - but if we can have a picture of both, we keep it, so I asked for renaming of the picture as I don't have the right to do it myself. Thanks for pointing me there @RZuo:. Mirer (talk) 12:57, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

How to know the user who nominated my file(s) for deletion[edit]

Hello Help Desk, My file was deleted and I'm requesting undeletion. But how can I know the user who nominated my file for deletion? The deletion notification bot just says "I'm a computer program; please don't ask me questions but ask the user who nominated your file(s) for deletion or at our Help Desk. //Deletion Notification Bot (talk) 09:10, 6 June 2021 (UTC)". If I don't need to ask the user who nominated my file for deletion as the Bot says, I don't need to know who it is. But I would like to ask undeletion to him as well as requesting via undeletion process. Please advise. Thank you.

橋場巌夫 (talk) 08:06, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

@橋場巌夫: The line immediately above that comment says

User who nominated the file for deletion (Nominator) : Netora.

Generally if we see something that looks like pre-existing copyrighted material with no obvious connection between the uploader and the source, it is usually assumed to be a copyright violation (i.e. no permission) unless there is evidence of permission. So this is most likely why it was deleted.
At your talk page you also make a comment I will copy here for the benefit of the discussion:-
ABCozy(Japanese Novelist) official website "" announce that quote/upload from by the Wikipedia user "橋場巌夫" or "ABCozyOfficial" is officially done by and doesn't violate copyright of ABCozy Official Website, which is indicated in the link "wikipedia情報の更新について"(About information in Wikipedia)at the bottom of .
Now I am requesting undeletion for the File:ABCozyOfficialLogo.png. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 橋場巌夫 (talk • contribs) 00:59, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
All the best,
Ubcule (talk) 09:53, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
  • I can't see how this image (the "gemstone" logo?) would be within COM:SCOPE. It doesn't belong here, even if we're offered it by the site owner. Andy Dingley (talk) 12:23, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
@Andy Dingley, 橋場巌夫: - I wasn't aware what the image was at the time I posted the response (I couldn't see it as it had been deleted). What I said related solely to the original question and copyright issue.
I'm not Japanese, and I wasn't really in a position to discuss notability of the author and/or usefulness of the image (both of which determine whether it belongs here). However, I do see that the Twitter account has 11 followers. Ubcule (talk) 13:43, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

@Ubcule: @Andy Dingley: Thank you for your advice. My name was changed from 橋場巌夫 into ABCozyOfficial

Do you mean that the logo should be deleted from Wikimedia Commons even if it is proved to be approved to upload into Wikimedia Commons by the official website?
The ABCozy official website added English statement like below in the link "About information in Wikipedia" at the bottom of .
And, the logo which was deleted is the one located on upper left in the website.(Yes, gemstone one)


2021/June/5 Created Wikipedia page of 阿部考二
The Wikipedia page created on 2021 June 5th Sat 00:11 by the user "ABCozyOfficial" is the official creation by
Until now and from now on, the reprint/upload by the Wikipedia user "ABCozyOfficial" into Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons is the official one by ABCozy Official Website
The reprint/upload by the Wikipedia user "ABCozyOfficial" into Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons is the one which has been done under the official right and does never violate the copyright of
The other users than "ABCozyOfficial" doesn't have the right to reprint/upload the contents of without approval by, but, of course, as far as it is already reprinted/uploaded into Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons by "ABCozyOfficial", the reprint/upload/modify of the specific contents in Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons in accordance with the rule of Wikipedia/WIkimedia Commons does not violate copyright of
And, of course, it doesn't violate copyright of, too, to not reprint contents in but to describe facts which can be read from the information in, wherever described inside or outside of Wikipedia, even if the contents is different from the part which the user "ABCozyOfficial" reprinted into Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons.
Please report to when you find reprint/upload by the other user than "ABCozyOfficial" which is suspected to be illegal and violate copyright of Thank you.

--- ABCozyOfficial (talk) 14:20, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

There are two issues to consider:-
  • Copyright and permission. (Whether you own the copyright or have permission to upload the images under a free license.)
  • Whether the image belongs here. Commons is a resource for useful images within the project scope. Even if we have permission, an image does not belong here if it is not useful for us. (This is what Andy Dingley was saying). Generally speaking, purely promotional content isn't accepted unless it is likely to be of interest or use.
Although your image was (perhaps wrongly) originally deleted for copyright-related reasons, I suspect that the logo doesn't belong here (unless the author is especially famous and notable). It's harder for me to judge that personally as I amn't Japanese.
Please note that I am not an administrator or employee of Commons. I am just a normal contributor that answered your question, and I can't keep track of all uploads personally.
Ubcule (talk) 15:03, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
Not sure why User:Ubcule linked the words "project scope" to the page about licensing. A more relevant link would be Commons:Project scope. - Jmabel ! talk 20:06, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jmabel: That was an error on my part; as you suggest, it should have linked to Commons:Project scope. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Ubcule (talk) 19:42, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
Ubcule Thank you so much for your advice. I understand you are contributor, thanks. But if you are fine, please let me ask again.
>Even if we have permission, an image does not belong here if it is not useful for us. (This is what Andy Dingley was saying). Generally speaking, purely promotional content isn't accepted unless it is likely to be of interest or use.
Does the "useful" mean, in other words, worth to use for Wikimedia users?
The picture is the logo of the official site and also works as the avatar of the anonymous novelist 阿部考二.
And, yes, I am the administrator of the official website and we own the copyright.
The novelist 阿部考二 is not so famous at this moment. He is a fresh novelist who won a famous mystery contest in Japan.
Do you mean the idea of Wikimedia Commons is that, if he is famous person, the avatar can belongs here but if he is not famous yet, the avatar is not "useful" and then the avatar should be deleted?
I can upload the image again soon, but I'm not sure if it will be deleted again (because he is not famous) or discussion will restart after uploading again. In other words, I'm not sure if I can upload again or I should not even if I(our website) have the copyright.

ABCozyOfficial (talk) 03:40, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

@ABCozyOfficial: As I mentioned before, it is harder for me to judge whether the image belongs here or not because I am not Japanese.
If the author was very famous, it would probably belong. Otherwise, it probably does not.
(The person has 11 Twitter followers which suggests they are not especially famous at present. My instinct is that the logo image would probably not be considered useful for that reason).
You may find this advice helpful. But that's about all I can say.
All the best. Ubcule (talk) 19:42, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Help with Photographs[edit]

Hi, I am a newbie who created a few wiki "Sandbox" articles. I uploaded a number of photographs to two articles in my "Sandbox," and added a photo to a current Wikipedia article. Because most of these photos were taken more than 70 years ago, their copyrights are expired. Some of the photographs uploaded were candid photos and the personal property of descendants of deceased people whom I've created "Sandbox" Wikipedia articles.

I am quite frightened that someone named "Gbawden," from South Africa, claims they were his photographs when they clearly are not. Not only did they span 50+ years of time, they also were taken all over the country. There is no possible way he owns any of them. How could this person see my "Sandbox," when this, I believe, is a private space? I am very disconcerted by these wrongful claims to just a "Sandbox" article, especially the ones that were taken by non-professionals in a candid manner.

Please advise me. What can be done?

Thank you, BonesDCL — Preceding unsigned comment added by BonesDCL (talk • contribs) 03:37, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

@BonesDCL: Hi, and welcome. We do not have enough information to confidently keep the files discussed at Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by BonesDCL. Please have the copyright holders or their heirs post permission on their websites or social media, or send the files and permission via OTRS with carbon copies to you. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:39, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
@BonesDCL: User:Gbawden did not claim that the photographs were his/hers; rather that you had claimed to have personally taken these photographs (Own work) which you most likely did not. While the copyrights may be expired you can't claim the photographs as your own. To restore the images please go to Commons:Undeletion requests and make request; include as much information about the images as possible, most the importantly the date (even if approximate) on when the photograph was taken and photographer if known.
Copyright often lasts 70 years from the death of the photographer; just because the image was taken 70 years ago does not automatically make it in public domain. Images from before 1926 qualify for {{PD-old}} however.
Your sandbox is publicly visible (and can't be hidden), and while it is indeed usually ignored by others the images you uploaded were saved as publicly available for all (and again this can't be avoided). It's not that Gbawden went after your sandbox; rather he noticed the images you were uploading. MKFI (talk) 06:46, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
@BonesDCL: Also, if you put not only "own work" but a date like 2011-07-13 on a photo, plus the license {{self|cc-by-sa-4.0}} (as you did at File:Peter Oglietti Portrait 1939.jpg, then despite the title, you are saying, "I took this photo in 2011, I own the rights, and I am providing this particular free license," which is clearly not true.
Your photos appear all to be from the U.S. You will want to familiarize yourself with Commons:Hirtle chart, which will help you understand the copyright status of older U.S. photos. For anything that would still be in copyright, we need an explicit license granted by the photographer or (more likely for this period) the heir to their intellectual property. If you are that owner, this will mean something like Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs, not the simple Cc-by-sa-4.0. If it is someone other than you, the uploader, there are two possibilities:
  1. On a page or site that the rights-holder clearly controls, they can indicate the license on that site (typically on a page that shows the image)
  2. More likely in this case, they can go through the process described at COM:OTRS to inform us of such a license.
Sorry this is complicated. The copyright issues involved in legally publishing someone else's work are inherently complicated. - Jmabel ! talk 14:34, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
@BonesDCL: Hi and thank you very much for the advice. I will talk with the heirs of the photographs and follow the instructions you all have listed above. Best, -Bones DCL — Preceding unsigned comment added by BonesDCL (talk • contribs) 02:20, 11 June 2021‎ (UTC)
@BonesDCL: Please read mw:Extension:Echo#Usage and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:15, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Upload my image and video[edit]

Please upload my documents and images — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tarun ghritlahare4 (talk • contribs) 04:20, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

@Tarun ghritlahare4: Hi, and welcome. We probably don't want your documents, see COM:NOT. I see you have uploaded some images, where do you want them uploaded to next, and why can't you do that yourself? If you are having problems uploading to here, please be specific. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 04:35, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Обсуждение страницы о удалении[edit]

Здравствуйте, Меня зовут Регина и я занимаюсь редактированием страницы, которая называется "Всероссийская газета Добрая Дорога Детства". Эту статью хотели удалить в 2018 году из-за того, что было указано недостаточно значимости. Я отредактировала эту страницу. Газета "Добрая Дорога Детства" выпускается при поддержке Госавтоинспекции и Министерства Просвещения России, а подписка на неё оформляется в каждой школе в регионах и имеет большую аудиторию уже почти 20 лет.

Подскажите, пожалуйста, как мне возобновить обсуждение по поводу страницы? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Reggie.empress (talk • contribs) 15:43, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

С этим вопросом вам мнужно обратится в русскую Википедию. Ruslik (talk) 18:50, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Cover page of a book[edit]

Hi there, how does one go about getting an authorised image of the cover of a book? Can the author give one?

Greg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Realitylink (talk • contribs) 01:43, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

@Realitylink: author is sometimes able to give permission, but not always; the cover may have a copyrighted artwork or photograph which could have a different author than the book. Also the author may have signed the rights to a publishing company. In any case a documented OTRS permission is needed.
If you can't get permission, it is possible to upload the cover only into English Wikipedia (and not here in Commons) under en:Wikipedia:Non-free content rules. MKFI (talk) 06:13, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Ryan Stevenson drummer wiki[edit]

hello i am trying to add photos for his wiki that show he performed with the artists listed on his page. I have his permission to use these photos, how do i upload the photos with credit to him — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drummergurlrjws (talk • contribs) 03:11, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

can someone explain what photos are not permitted — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drummergurlrjws (talk • contribs) 03:11, 9 June 2021 (UTC) Section restored by MKFI

See Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter MKFI (talk) 06:07, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Getty Images[edit]

I wanna to upload photo of person in Getty Images and before upload it, I want to ask question. Does Getty Images contents are free license and what license must be used? The Supermind (talk) 10:52, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Lewis Hine's Power house mechanic – a classic example of this. See [1]
  • Broadly, no.
Getty don't offer anything under a free licence. That's not their business: everything they offer is for commercial sale.
There is a lot of Getty content (other libraries do this too) that is public domain. Often older US news photographs, or US Government work. It was public domain before Getty got hold of it, and Getty are charging people to use PD content that (ovbviously) the users could get without paying them. How you regard this as a business model is another question.
  • Don't use Getty content here
  • Don't use Getty content here, even if it's public domain
  • Some Getty content is public domain and is also available from other sources, maybe the same ones that Getty found it from. If you source from these, it's good.
Andy Dingley (talk) 11:26, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Image from FDRE office[edit]

This image is taken from FDRE Mayor of Addis Ababa office and probably for use under GNU Free Documentation License. You may determine how governmental photo handle in Commons. The Supermind (talk) 12:19, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @The Supermind: "probably for use under GNU Free Documentation License": why do you think that is probable? - Jmabel ! talk 14:55, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
  • @The Supermind: Commons does not accept post-2018 photos licensed only under GFDL (see COM:L#GNU Free Documentation License for details). So if the only free licence they offer is GFDL, we can't accept the picture anyway. --bjh21 (talk) 22:06, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Wiki Australian Marine Parks photo competition[edit]

Howdy I've uploaded some photos but I think I made a mistake on one and I'd like to review the suite of photos I've uploaded. Is there a way I can see what has been uploaded from my account and edit if necessary? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jessica Meeuwig (talk • contribs) 14:23, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

What should i do[edit]

What should i do am from morocco And i have no camera but i want help wiki... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bilal iyadi (talk • contribs) 18:46, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

@Bilal iyadi: welcome! Please see Commons:First steps. There are many things you can help Commons even if you do not have a camera! Thx!--RZuo (talk) 22:27, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
And, just to be clear: if you take pictures with a mobile phone, that is perfectly acceptable. - Jmabel ! talk 22:39, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
There's many experienced editors here who don't have a camera, including myself. The last time I ever used a camera was in 2016. SHB2000 (talk) 06:10, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

Image deletion[edit]

Hi! just uploaded an image that I had gotten the rights to uploads from the photographer and the subject depicted. What do I need to do in order to make it legal? Do they need to censent somehow or what? It is my first time uploading so I am a little confused what I have to do :-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by AndersPeterHansen (talk • contribs) 19:22, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Hi, you can send the permission to Commons:OTRS. Send the original mail or something where they can read the rights. Maybe it's better if you upload your own pictures, but if you have permission, you can send it. After you do that, you can change the name of the author into the right one, because now it says it's your own work. It's possible someone places a 'missing permission' logo on the page of the image, but when they check the image, they will remove it and replace it for an OTRS-ticket. If the information is not correct or they doubt it, the image will be deleted after a week (or something). (maybe better read the OTRS-page, what I say is only what I remember..) Good luck! - Richardkiwi (talk) (talk) 21:58, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
@AndersPeterHansen, Richardkiwi: To clarify: permission needs to come from the copyright holder, which is typically the photographer, and it needs to specify a particular license. Typically the OTRS team will not accept forwarded permissions, they want email from the rights holder. - Jmabel ! talk 22:42, 9 June 2021 (UTC)
Ok @Jmabel:, on the NL-Wikipedia I uploaded photographs from strongman and rock stars and the photographer sent a mail to me with CC by SA etc.. I forwarded that to OTRS-NL. A Commons-uploader sent the image to Commons. But if it must be directly, ok, it's good that I know that, maybe it's changed in the years, the last one was maybe five years ago from Adrian Vandenberg.. - Richardkiwi (talk) (talk) 11:02, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

Can I post a picture of me and my husband??[edit]

it is part of History — Preceding unsigned comment added by Babybluez84 (talk • contribs) 21:45, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

@Babybluez84: Commons is not a webhost for personal photos. Upload if your photo has an educational value.--RZuo (talk) 22:27, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

How to show my gallery of art in Wikimedia commons[edit]

My work schedule is very important to understand how we can give something back to the community and that we have many talents to expose. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Meshack gonga (talk • contribs) 10:02, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @Meshack gonga: I believe this is not the first time you have asked something like this. The answer has not changed: we are not generally interested in hosting artwork by people who are not already, in their own right, notable. - Jmabel ! talk 15:26, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
  • Indeed, you asked this just six days ago. - Jmabel ! talk 15:28, 10 June 2021 (UTC)


Hi, on a commons page they deleted some photos of me, then they wrote the reason on the discussion page, how can I delete these warnings?--Luisa Fabbri (talk) 17:27, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

@Luisa Fabbri: It depends. On what discussion page would that be? -- Asclepias (talk) 18:58, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

@Asclepias: this is the discussion page

can the notices of photos already deleted from the page be deleted?--Luisa Fabbri (talk) 02:17, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
@Luisa Fabbri: Hi, and welcome. Which photos were of you?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:34, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
@Luisa Fabbri: I await a reply. See also en:Streisand effect.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:13, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@Luisa Fabbri: Although it is technically possible to delete an edit (with more or lesss complex methods depending on what level of "deletion"), in the present case it would be altering another user's talk page and there should be at least some reason to do it (e.g. privacy concerns, defamation, etc., see for example the acceptable reasons for "oversight"). I read the page you referred to and, unless I'm missing something, the warnings are the usual standard templates and all the reasons are very generic reasons such as missing license or screenshot of software. So, it's hard to imagine why you would want to delete any of it. You might have a valid reason but could you give a clue? If secrecy is necessary, you can ask confidentially for Commons:Oversight but that will require a serious reason. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:59, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
@Asclepias: if it is possible to cancel the warnings, who should I apply to? thanks--Luisa Fabbri (talk) 07:04, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@Luisa Fabbri: You may apply to the users who placed the notices.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:13, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@Asclepias: I would like to clear the warnings to clean up the page, thanks--Luisa Fabbri (talk) 19:00, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: I just want you to clear the warnings, thanks--Luisa Fabbri (talk) 08:49, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: @Asclepias: Hi I await a reply--Luisa Fabbri (talk) 11:32, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
@Luisa Fabbri: If you just don't want them generally visible, you can ask the user in question to delete them. They'll still be in the history, but that is much more discreet (including more discreet than the present discussion). - Jmabel ! talk 19:26, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
@Luisa Fabbri: Your reply is "No, thank you."   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:29, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

My own page for game[edit]

Hi there i am looking to make a page for my game that i have out but having problems with this can you help me on how i would do this please


Alley Catz — Preceding unsigned comment added by AlleyCats2021 (talk • contribs) 20:32, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

@AlleyCats2021: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a png image as a new user while leaving the summary intact. Such uploads of png images are not allowed at all. You indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a png image, it's a copyright violation taken from the web. Please upload the full-size original of it per COM:HR, including any metadata, but it may be judged too complex to be under TOO in the country of origin, so you may need to license it on your official website or social media or send permission via OTRS. Also, any png image will look fuzzy when scaled down (due to design decisions discussed in phab:T192744) or jaggy when scaled up, so you may want to upload an svg or jpg version, too. If you can't get a compliant license, the image may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you change the summary or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid that filter. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 03:04, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Jeff G. I'm sorry but i don't understand what you mean about my logo its my own logo it is part of my game and my website and all of my socials i own the image i created it my self. All i am trying to do is create a page for my game so i can update it and so people know how to play my game and what update has been done to my game. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AlleyCats2021 (talk • contribs) 17:10, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

@AlleyCats2021: So please license it on your official website or social media or send permission via OTRS, read COM:SIGN, and sign your posts.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:47, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
@AlleyCats2021: just in case that last is unclear: "license it on your official website" means that the site of the organization for which it is a logo should state the license clearly, including any required attribution. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Review process[edit]

How long will the review process take for a new submission?

I tried to upload a picture, I was stopped by the submission date. What am I doing wrong? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DBoomer95758 (talk • contribs) 21:59, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

@DBoomer95758: Hi, and welcome. I don't see any record of your attempt to upload a picture, where exactly did you do that? What was the exact error message? I sent you some information on enwiki about en:Draft:J. Daniel Boomer, Ph.D.. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:56, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Problem z wyświetlającym się zdjęciem[edit]

Dzień dobry, Jakiś czas temu zmieniłem błędny herb powiatu dębickiego na poprawny, zmiana została zaakceptowana i jest już widoczna dla wszystkich użytkowników. Problem jest taki, że gdy ktoś wpisze w wyszukiwarkę google "herb powiatu dębickiego" to w grafice > link wyświetli mu się również ten błędny herb (pod linkiem wikipiedii) link. Czy jest jakaś możliwość by usunąć lub zablokować ten obraz, by się w wyszukiwaniu nie wyświetlał?

Pozdrawiam, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kulturapowiat (talk • contribs) 08:05, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Daumen —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:16B8:2CF3:1A00:A453:71F7:EAD7:F49 (talk) 09:07, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

@Kulturapowiat: we have no control over what Google does. - Jmabel ! talk 03:46, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Verifiction on how to upload works[edit]

i am job mogire ogeto one of the most current student to have an account within this wikimedia community how i wish to inquire about the best approach when it comes to upload of works and principles governing the process alongside the rules bound the ativity — Preceding unsigned comment added by JOB MOGIRE (talk • contribs) 11:13, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Question about Picture form Chinese Government[edit]

There is a notice at page of 重庆市交通局(Chongqing Transportation Bureau). Now I want to upload a pic showing the route map of Chongqing Expwy in its pdf document but still have doubts. It would be used in zh_wiki/Template:重庆市高速公路.

Basic Facts[edit]

1. In this website's 版权声明(Copyright Statement), it says:"




The copyright of all contents on this website, including text, pictures, audio, video, charts, etc. belongs to Chongqing Transportation Bureau or relevant right holders and is protected by "Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China" and other relevant laws and regulations.

Any media or Internet sites that reprint the content of this website must indicate the source of the information. No organization or individual may illegally copy, plagiarize, or use this website and its contents for any commercial purpose without permission. The owner of the website reserves the right to take legal action if it determines that the user's actions are illegal or detrimental to the interests of the website.

Any articles, pictures or other information that the author or the right holder of the content published on this website declares shall not be reproduced, shall not be reproduced by any unit or individual."

2. According to the Copyright Statement, its pic may follow the CC-BY-NC-SA license.

3. But 《中华人民共和国著作权法》(Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China) says:"

第五条 本法不适用于:




Article 5 This Law shall not be applicable to:

(1) laws, regulations, resolutions, decisions and orders of state organs; other documents of legislative, administrative or judicial nature; and their official translations;

(2) news on current affairs;

(3) calendars, numerical tables, forms of general use and formulas."

(There is a template of this.)

My Doubts[edit]

1. Can I upload?

2. According to Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China, I think the Copyright Statement may be against this law and invalid. Is this pic in the public feild?

3. If I can upload it, which license should I choose?

I'm a newer and even don't know if I questioning here is suitable. Thank you.--Daredemodaisuki_114514※┴┴~(愿风神护佑你)~┴┴Talk on zh_wiki 15:00, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Google Arts[edit]

Hello, a question, is it possible to upload one of these photographs from Google Arts (1)(2)(3), the dates of the images are 1917, 1916 and 1900- JSeb05 (talk) 16:31, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @JSeb05: "Probably". The issue is going to come down to what country the works are really from. - Jmabel ! talk 03:41, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Archiving my Talk Page[edit]

Can someone archive my Talk Page for me. Thanks.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 19:12, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @Doug Coldwell: Done, but it looks like you had exceeded some template limits, and I leave you to clean that up yourself. - Jmabel ! talk 19:35, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
@Doug Coldwell, Jmabel: I cleaned that up.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:22, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Tokujiro Tsutsui with a Japanese Actress.jpgについて[edit]

Wikimedia Commons様、お世話になっております。上記のファイル(Wikipedia冒頭)の削除と新しいファイルのアップロードの件でご相談いたします。新しいファイルに差し替えるには、まず現在のファイルを削除しなければなりませんか?それはどのようにするべきなのでしょうか。また本日、削除依頼のページに書きましたが、それ以外に2点のファイルをWikipedia日本語版の本文記事に追加アップロードしたいのですが、Wikipediaの編集頁に直接アップロードするのでしょうか。ご多忙の折に恐縮ですが、よろしくご教示の程、お願い申し上げます。Okonawanik (talk) 08:35, 12 June 2021 (UTC)Okonawanik

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Tokujiro Tsutsui with a Japanese Actress.jpgについて[edit]

Jmabel様、早速ご回答ありがとうございました。明日試みてみます。Okonawanik (talk) 15:28, 12 June 2021 (UTC)Okonawanik

Sexist, Vulgar, Misogynistic content in Image MetaData.[edit]

Good Day, I came across many files which were uploaded from now Defunct website, Many of these Files have vulgar Sexist content in their Metadata (Image title Section), example: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 and many more. What Steps can be taken to remove such misogynistic content from files?
Thank you in Advance
--STC1 (talk) 11:50, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

@SierraTangoCharlie1: Normally I'd just say that you could upload a new version of the file with the offending text removed. To me that would qualify as a "minor improvement" in accordance with Commons:Overwriting files. There's a problem here, though, which is that the files (at least the four that you mention) are licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0, which says: "If You Distribute ... the Work ..., You must ... provide, reasonable to the medium or means You are utilizing: ... (ii) the title of the Work if supplied;". So if this crudely promotional paragraph is really the title of each picture then the licence requires us to somehow provide it. I think there's a reasonable argument that that paragraph, despite being in the "Image title" field, isn't really intended to be the title of the image, but I'd want to hear at least some other people's opinions before acting on that. --bjh21 (talk) 14:36, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
I think it is pretty clear that is not a title. They were just using a convenient field for a screed.
I think someone should feel free to download, remove that from the EXIF substituting the current filename as a title, and re-upload. - Jmabel ! talk 14:51, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jmabel: Thanks. I've removed the offending fields from File:Mrinal Dev-Kulkarni.jpg using ExifTool and it seems to have worked OK. I haven't inserted any replacement title because I don't want it to be mistaken for a licence-required title, and anyway ExifTool thinks the relevant fields are descriptions rather than titles. There may be rather too many affected files to do by hand, but I'll make a start and maybe write a bot if I get bored. --bjh21 (talk) 15:32, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jmabel, Bjh21: so it's ok right? to go ahead, download the image, remove the offending part from metadata and re upload? I can start on that in my free time. It just felt offensive to have such degrading vocabulary freely floating around on commons. --STC1 (talk) 18:58, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
@SierraTangoCharlie1: I think so, but I'd suggest waiting a day or two while I try to fix them in bulk. --bjh21 (talk) 21:04, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
@Bjh21: OK. Thankx. --STC1 (talk) 21:31, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

I'm concerned about tampering with filehistory. Is the intention here to overwrite the file, so the EXIF data is not visible to the average reader or user, but not suppress filehistory? The record itself is useful if investigating this source website, further it can usefully inform a deletion discussion about whether anything from this website can be considered properly released per COM:PRP. Any source that releases photographs of women with comments like "FilmiTadka, the Big Daddy to tame all the bitches and pompous assess has arrived" has a copyright credibility issue, which is a better discussion to have rather than censorship of published misogynist commentary, but to do that we need to be able to see and make an assessment of this garbage.

Boldly raised a test deletion at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Angela Jonsson.jpg. -- (talk) 12:53, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

@: My plan (so far executed up to "P") is only to overwrite the files. The paragraph in question isn't a plausible description of any of the pictures, so removing it from the metadata is (in my opinion) a minor improvement allowed under COM:OVERWRITE. I don't think it comes anywhere near meriting revision-deletion. --bjh21 (talk) 13:02, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks. Let's see which direction the test deletion discussion goes. -- (talk) 13:03, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Images still not updating[edit]

Two updated images that I uploaded several hours ago at File:Milford on Sea High Street - - 356755.jpg and File:Groynes and a shingle beach - - 701611.jpg are still not displaying for me. I still see the old versions both here at Wikimedia Commons and at the Wikipedia article This happened before, and clearing cached files in my browser (Edge) fixed the problem. Perhaps it would fix the problem again. However, why should I have to do this? Normally when I make updates to Wiki pages, or post content to any websites, I do not have to go through the tiresome process of deleting cached files just to see the results of my changes. Is this a known issue with this site? What can be done about it? Noting also that File:Pennington Marshes - - 145530.jpg did update correctly for me, almost straight away. I have no idea why there should be a difference. I think I followed exactly the same procedure with all these files. Can anyone shed any light on this issue? ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:51, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

@ITookSomePhotos: This is completely normal with images, on any website and any image. Your PC stores a cached version of that image, so that it doesn't need to "download" it every time you open the page. A quicker way to clear the cache is through pressing CTRL+F5. Nehme1499 (talk) 18:14, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, Ctrl+F5 seems to have partially worked, but not in all places. Some places are still stubbornly showing the old version. However, it seems pretty crappy, almost unworkable, to have to do this. It seems to mean that, in order to be sure that they see latest versions of images, all users would have to hit Ctrl+F5 every time they go to any Wiki page that they have previously visited. Is this really how it is supposed to work? I wonder how other websites manage when they want to make a change to an image. I would expect there to be some kind of timestamp check, so that the server can first send a timestamp of an image, and the browser can check whether it matches the cached version, and download the new version if not. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 19:53, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
@ITookSomePhotos: See also COM:PURGE.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:44, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, "purge" also does not force update of the stale images that are still showing incorrectly. With of course no blame levelled at any of the present company, the way this works is clearly highly unsatisfactory, indeed extremely crappy, with users potentially seeing out of date content indefinitely, with no indication that this is the case, and apparently no way of fixing it, short of pressing Ctrl+F5 and/or "purging" on every page they (re)visit, and even that does not work in all cases. ITookSomePhotos (talk) 17:34, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
@ITookSomePhotos: That looks like a bug, please report it via mw:How to report a bug.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:55, 16 June 2021 (UTC)


Could someone please lock File:20140904 - Christian Eriksen (cropped).jpg, delete all instances of the gross image, and block User:Thakkartejas? 18:13, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

All of Category:Christian Eriksen is "under attack". Nehme1499 (talk) 18:22, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
Thakkartejas (talk · contribs) has been indef'd by CptViraj. --Túrelio (talk) 20:14, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Help renaming[edit]

Can I get help renaming Jade Padoga.jpg to Jade Pagoda? Here's a link to the exhibit where the photo was taken:;id=5422;type=101#

Thanks, Tyrone Madera (talk) 23:25, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

@Tyrone Madera: Hi, and welcome. Please change description and then use RenameLink or {{Rename}} for such cases.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 00:45, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Deleting a prior version of a file[edit]

How would I go about requesting the deletion of this version (only) of a file? it's a crop of the image that I mistakenly uploaded. Here's the main page for the file. Possibly (talk) 06:12, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

It does not need to be deleted. Ruslik (talk) 20:43, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

How to use vector and rastor images[edit]

I need guideline for using vector and rastor image and how the images are distilled from the background? The Supermind (talk) 07:34, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

@The Supermind: Hi, and welcome. Please see en:H:PIC for image usage. What do you mean by "distilled from the background"?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:51, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

about photo[edit]

We could not determine whether this file is suitable for Wikimedia Commons. Please only upload photos that you took yourself with your camera, or see what else is acceptable. See the guide to make sure the file is acceptable and learn how to upload it on Wikimedia Commons.

The content must be freely licensed. Do not copy files illegally (in violation of copyright) from other websites.

If you believe that the file meets our licensing standards: Upload the file again or click "Retry failed uploads"/"Submit modified file description". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shyam Kobade (talk • contribs) 09:30, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

@Shyam Kobade: Hi, and welcome. I am sorry to inform you that you have triggered Special:AbuseFilter/153 by trying to cross-wiki upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes or <2,000,000 pixels) jpg image as a new user while leaving the summary intact, and Special:AbuseFilter/156 by trying to upload a smaller (<50,000 bytes) jpg image as a new user. Each jpg image you tried to upload is smaller, and you indicated it's your own work. Usually when someone uploads a smaller image, it is a copyright violation taken from the web. If you made the images yourself, please upload the full-size originals of them per COM:HR, including EXIF metadata. If you did not make the images, please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept them, and have the copyright holder(s) license them on their official websites or social media or send the images and permissions via OTRS with carbon copies to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the images may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. If you change the summary or use our Upload Wizard instead, you should be able to avoid filter 153. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:46, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Fotoğraf yukleme[edit]

Teknolojide kötü degilimdir.Aam fotoğraf yükleyemiyorum yardımcı olur musunuz?beni evime solmayan soyu tükenmekte olan engerek resmi yukleyecegim — Preceding unsigned comment added by Socrateskilikyada (talk • contribs) 14:22, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Photo upload
I'm not bad at technology. Omg I can't upload a photo can you help me?
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:35, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@Socrateskilikyada: Merhaba ve hoş geldiniz. Yukarıda gönderdikten sonra başarıyla bir fotoğraf yüklediğinizi görüyorum. Bunu çözülmüş olarak kabul edebilir miyiz? Ayrıca bkz. COM:SIGN.
Hi, and welcome. I see you successfully uploaded a photo after posting above. May we consider this resolved? See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:35, 16 June 2021 (UTC)


How can I change my username? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rashwahiddan (talk • contribs) 17:10, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Hello, please see Commons:Username_policy#Changing your username. De728631 (talk) 17:20, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Failed uploads[edit]

Is there an issue with the upload wizard at present? I have tried to upload several times (with 2 or 3 different images) since last Wednesday (June 9). None have been successful, have taken some considerable time before failing to upload and then the only message received is 'error' (in red) but with no indication what that error may be. Any information available? As far as I am aware I'm using the same routine to upload as I have always done. Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 19:40, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

@Eagleash: Have you tried using another of Commons:Upload tools?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 15:21, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Hello, I tried using the 'old form' with the same result and I have looked at the 'alternative upload' methods but not being particularly tech-savvy I did not feel confident to try downloading / configuring anything. Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 21:13, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
@Eagleash: How large are the images? Files over 1GB have been having high upload failure percentages lately.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:25, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: The image I am trying to upload is only 3.27MB according to file information and also via 'properties'. Others would not likely be any more and they are in fact ones I have succesfully uploaded previously (used as a 'test'). FWIW using Chrome and Windows7 and all updated as of yesterday. If there have been no other reports, I wonder where the problem may lie. Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 15:33, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Bestand uploaden | Uploading file[edit]

Dit klinkt misschien stom, maar mag ik het epos van Gilgamesj uploaden, ook al heb ik deze versie niet zelf geschreven? Alvast bedankt. Noot: als je moet kiezen, beantwoord me dan in het Nederlands. | This might sound stupid, but am I allowed to upload a version of the Epic of Gilgamesj, even though I did not write this version myself? Thanks in advance.

Caedem (talk) 19:43, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

Is that a translated version? While the original Sumeric text is of course out of copyright, any modern translations are copyrighted to the translators and may not be uploaded depending on the age of the translation. De728631 (talk) 21:03, 13 June 2021 (UTC)
Yes, it's translated, but in Dutch from ±1800, so it is out of copyright.
Caedem (talk) 10:56, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

photo for author biography page?[edit]

I'm creating an author page for a fairly well known author in my region. I'm very confused about uploading photos to wikipedia/wikmedia commons. I am in communication with the author in question, so getting his cooperation is no problem.

  1. The author's website (which is a separate personal website including the author's name in the URL) has numerous photos taken of the author. There are no rights designations on that page, but there is attribution for the photographer for at least a few of them. Can these be uploaded to wikimedia commons without a statement from the photographer?
  2. Suppose one of the photos on the author's site was taken by a family member who presumably would have no problems granting unlimited distribution rights. If I or the author himself were to upload these photos taken by a family member of the author, what would be needed to demonstrate that wikicommons has full rights to use this photo?
  3. More than likely, photos of the author which appear on the author's website -- if taken by a professional photographer -- were works for hire. In many cases, it may be difficult or impossible to reach the original photographer. Is there a way for the author to make a statement declaring that this photograph was a work-for-hire arrangement, and the author himself now holds the copyright?
  4. I could conceivably ask the author to create a separate webpage on his website containing author photos -- with full declaration of copyright. Would this by itself be sufficient proof for a wikipedia contributor to upload the images myself?
  5. Is any method of clearing these images described above to be fastest or easiest?
  6. Does wikimedia commons have different clearance rules (i.e., fair use) for low res images? For example, the author's website was built maybe a decade ago. The photographs of the author are certainly low res by today's standards. Would it be easier for wiki to accept low res photos of an author on the author's personal website simply because it is low-res (and therefore fair use).
  7. There are some low-res author images on the author's page. Could these be submitted by a wiki contributor as fair use?

Thanks, and if you know of any wikihelp pages specific to uploading photos of notable people, let me know. --Robert J Nagle (talk) 22:11, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

That is an awful lot of separate issues in one question. Let me see if I can answer at least some of them.
1) If there is no rights designation on a photo that was taken within living memory, then most likely that photo is copyrighted. There are a few countries where there are some exceptions to that. Since you don't mention the country or the date of the photos, you put me at quite a disadvantage. The only likely exception is U.S. photos before 28 February 1989, and even there, there are many that would still be copyrighted. I don't have a lot to work with here, but the odds are that unless these are free-licensed, we cannot use them.
2) "Unlimited distribution rights" are neither here nor there. We need a license that conforms to COM:Licensing. In particular, it must allow both commercial use and derivative works. It is alright to require attribution.
3) In most countries (there are exceptions, and you don't say what country) paying someone to take a photo does not mean you own the copyright, unless that is explicitly stipulated in a contract.
& Sorry that's all the time I have right now. - Jmabel ! talk`

1. No.
2. A statement of a free license from that family member.
3. Only if that statement is believable. A quote of an explicit clause from the written contract may satisfy that condition.
4. Are "author photos" still about photos of which your correspondent is the subject, taken by someone else? Then no. What is needed is a statement of free license by the owner of the copyright, normally the photographer. Someone else writing it on a website other than the photographer's own website is not necessarily convincing. A confirmation by email from the photographer will probably still be required. If it is about photos taken by your correspondent, then yes, a statement of a free license on your correspondent's website is sufficient.
5. In the situation where the photos were made by different people other than your correspondent, there is probably not a fast method. It sounds like a situation where an email from each photographer would be required. Please see Commons:OTRS.
6. No.
7. No.
-- Asclepias (talk) 12:29, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

From the original poster--Robert J Nagle (talk) 06:30, 14 June 2021 (UTC) Author and website is produced in the USA. Photos were presumably taken in the last 10 years. My questions relate more to the process for submitting these photos for approval on Wiki Commons. This author has told me that he will help me provide the necessary documentation for Wikipedia; we just can't figure out what the necessary documentation will be sufficient to convince Wikipedia to accept it. would it be enough to have the author's web page with the photos include the Creative Commmons SA/public domain designation? It's easier for me to upload/submit the image, but if necessary the author himself could upload it (that's a last resort though -- he's not tech savvy). I've uploaded author photos for 3 other authors in the past, and each time I've received a different kind of runaround from Wiki. I'm trying to avoid problems this time....

Basically, what is required is evidence of a statement, by the owner of the copyright, of a specified free license for the specified photo. It may be a mention on the photographer's own website. Or it may be in an email from the photographer to Wikimedia. If someone other that the photographer is claiming to be the owner of the copyright, then also evidence supporting that claim. A false declaration of license by someone who does not have the rights on the photos has no validity. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:29, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
  • @Robert J Nagle: We need a specific free license, not a vague permission. Generally, the most restrictive license that is acceptable is {{Cc-by-sa-4.0}}, which allows derivative works and commercial use, but requires attribution and also means that any derivative works must be similarly licensed.
  • Licenses must, in each case come from the copyright holder (because you can't give away what isn't yours).
  • If the copyright holder is not the photographer, we have to have good reason to believe the claim of owning copyright. In some cases this may not need to be absolute proof, but absolute proof is good.
  • Typically, there are two ways to provide permission.
    1. Often the simplest is for the rights-holder to specify a clear license on a site or page clearly under their control. E.g. if it's a professional photographer with a website, or if it's a selfie by an author with a website, they could place an otherwise unused page in their domain with the image and a specification of license (and we'd give that as the source) or if the photo is on their site anyway, they could indicate the license in a photo caption, alt text, comment at the bottom of the page, whatever. Alternatively, more or less the same can be done via a social media account clearly under the rights-holder's control (a public post on Facebook or Flickr, for example).
    2. COM:OTRS for email correspondence. This is often best when someone either does not have a site or page clearly under their control, or when they need to show a contract that transferred copyright. OTRS correspondence is handled by a small number of trusted individuals, and the details of why they believe your claim can be kept confidential. Obviously, this is more cumbersome, but it handles all the edge cases.
I hope that answers everything you need; if not, then please ask more specific questions. - Jmabel ! talk 14:37, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

Thanks, Jmabel and Asclepias; this has been very helpful. --Robert J Nagle (talk) 15:47, 14 June 2021 (UTC)


Can I upload these museum logos (1)(2)(3), for example, considering that some simple logos can be uploaded here like this one, I wonder if they meet the same requirements to be on wikimedia commons?–JSeb05 (talk) 00:39, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @JSeb05: The first (Cambodian) one looks fine.
  • The second one, with a sort of variant on yin-yang, is too complicated if it is in copyright. Might it be an old enough image to have fallen out of copyright?
  • For the third one: I don't know the threshold of originality in Colombia, you'd want to research that; the sketch of the building on top is certainly way too complicated to be PD, but the lettering might be OK, depending on Colombian law.
  • In the future: questions like this are better asked at Commons:Village pump/Copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 14:44, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jmabel: Well I uploaded the first logo, the image is too simple as it only includes the thai flag and a simple typography. I already put all the basic information in the page, is there anything else to do? -JSeb05 (talk) 15:12, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
@JSeb05: you still need to add categories. - Jmabel ! talk 17:31, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

Problem with Flickr license[edit]

hello there. I tried to upload this file i.e( in commons. But its telling that the flickr's license(All rights reserved) was not allowed here. What should i do? And what licences of flickr areaccepted here.Siddartha897 (talk) 08:48, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @Siddartha897: please read COM:Licensing to learn about acceptable licensing terms. Obviously if the copyright-holder has reserved all rights, they are not granting any sort of free license.
  • Typical Flickr licenses that we can use are:
    • Attribution
    • Attribution-ShareAlike
    • Public Domain Dedication (CC-0)
  • Note that unlike "Public Domain Dedication (CC-0)" we cannot accept simple "public domain" unless we have a specific reason to believe the image is, indeed, in the public domain. Also, we heed to be reasonably confident that the Flickr user in question had the right to grant the license in question. See Commons:License laundering.
- Jmabel ! talk 14:50, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
@Jmabel: I know about CC licenses that are used here. Thanks for clarifying my doubt on flickr's license.Siddartha897 (talk) 16:20, 14 June 2021 (UTC)


How can I upload a picture or two of me ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lynn s.sweatt (talk • contribs) 23:51, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @Lynn s.sweatt: You don't seem to have any significant contributions to any Wikimedia projects, so unless unbeknonwnst to me you are notable at the level of there being an article about you (or close to that), it would not be appropriate for you to do that. We do not host personal pictures of people who are not actively involved in the project. If you make a few useful contributions, then a small number of pictures of yourself would be welcome on your user talk page, and you would upload them just like any other photos (e.g. with Special:UploadWizard. Do note, though: copyright belongs to the person who took the photo, not the subject of the photo, so that is who needs to provide a license. If they are selfies, then no problem. If someone else took them, then the simplest thing would be for that person to open an account and upload the photos as their own work. - Jmabel ! talk 00:15, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Yammie Lam The Greed Of Man.jpg[edit]

--Minhnhatvt72 (talk) 02:18, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

@Minhnhatvt72: Hi, and welcome. See Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/User problems#Minhnhatvt72.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 06:36, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

With reference to the competition[edit]

I wanted to ask if I could upload my images tomorrow — Preceding unsigned comment added by Syedahmed 1 (talk • contribs) 03:22, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

@Syedahmed 1: Hi, and welcome. Please specify the competition and see COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 06:24, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
"specify the competition" => we have lots of competitions here, so Jeff & I have no way to know which one you are talking about. - Jmabel ! talk 15:30, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Editing a page (not mine) and trying to add a picture to it[edit]

It is my picture. I keep getting "We could not determine whether this file is suitable for Wikimedia Commons. Please only upload photos that you took yourself with your camera, or see what else is acceptable.....". How do I solve this issue? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2405:201:8006:38:AC54:1060:9D5A:10F (talk) 08:36, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Hi, and welcome. Please login, see COM:SIGN, and reply.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:20, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
Usually that message arises for cross-wiki uploads of small images. If you have a higher-res version, please use that. Also, you are less likely to get that sort of message from Commons own upload tools such as Commons:UploadWizard. - Jmabel ! talk 15:31, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Perfect (DM Single).webp[edit]

Good time of day. I uploaded the picture which is single cover. I want to stand the license {{Шаблон:Несвободный файл/ОДИ}}, It’s using on the Russian Wikipedia. When I stand it, I get the attention «This file maybe meet the deletion...», and file was deleted. How can I stand this license correctly and save this file?

--KAA-Kir (talk) 12:35, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

@KAA-Kir: Hi, and welcome. ru:Шаблон:Несвободный файл/ОДИ AKA ru:Шаблон:Обоснование добросовестного использования, equivalent to en:Template:Non-free use rationale, is for Fair Use. Please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept such an image, and have the designer, heir, or record company send the image and permission via OTRS with a carbon copy to you. If you can't get a compliant license, the image may still be uploaded to English or Russian Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F or ru:ВП:КДИ because we don't allow Fair Use here.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:04, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Uploading a picture that I took[edit]

Why am I told I cannot upload this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by FahnbullehV (talk • contribs) 15:02, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @FahnbullehV: As far as I can tell, your first edit on Commons was the automatic creation of your account when you asked this. What exactly were you trying to do, from what tool (please provide a URL). Did the tool give any indication of what it thought might be the problem? I doubt it just said, "You can't upload this." - Jmabel ! talk 15:35, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Draft:Richard B. Sobol[edit]

Trying to upload mug shots of Richard when he was arrested and charged with practicing law without license. These photos have been previously widely used by sources cited in my draft article including the NYTimes and Van Meter book about the Duncan case (case Richard was handling when arrested). Richard is dead, the photos now belong to me. My relationship to this project is clearly stated on my user page. Annesobol (talk) 16:18, 15 June 2021 (UTC)Annesobol

  • I don't understand the sense in which the photo "belongs to" you. Physical possession of a photo has nothing to do with owning intellectual property rights, which is what you would need to be able to provide a license. If you claim to own those rights:
    • Who was the photographer?
    • What is the chain of ownership by which that person's copyright comes to be owned by you?
  • For what it's worth, typically a photo in the New York Times would be copyrighted either by the Times itself or by a wire service. It is quite unusual for such a photo from the U.S. for any time after 1925 to be currently in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 03:09, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

I am writing about Draft:Richard B. Sobol, are you able to see my inquiry in my User talk for that uhr account?Annesobol (talk) 18:24, 15 June 2021 (UTC)Annesobol

  1. I don't see anything in en:User talk:Annesobol that relates to Commons or image uploads. - Jmabel ! talk 02:59, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
  2. Also, I have no idea what a "uhr account" might be. - Jmabel ! talk 03:00, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Help removing photo meta data?[edit]

I just uploaded a photo that I took with my phone, and in reviewing the details, noticed that it includes the original GPS coordinates of where it was taken - my home? o_O Is there a way for someone to suppress/remove those details so they're not public? Please let me know. Thanks!,_Wednesday_January_30,_2002.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by UNSC Jon 117 (talk • contribs) 20:05, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

@UNSC Jon 117: I've uploaded a new version with the GPS data stripped, so at least they're not immediately visible on the page. However, the older version is still available for download, and an administrator (which I am not) will need to delete it. You can either edit the page and add {{SD|G7}} to the top to have the whole thing deleted or you can follow the instructions at COM:REVDEL to ask for just the old revision to be deleted. Given that the case is already public, you could also ask at COM:AN. I honestly don't know which approach will be quicker. --bjh21 (talk) 22:17, 15 June 2021 (UTC)
DONE - Jmabel ! talk 03:03, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks! Follow-up question: is there an easy way for me to strip the GPS data myself prior to upload? Currently running macOS Big Sur 11.4 and have Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 if that helps. UNSC Jon 117 (talk) 16:21, 16 June 2021 (UTC)


I've tried to have a look around, but can not find a real answer. I'm curious why works licensed under CC-BY-ND-2.0 are not permitted on Commons, as long as the uploaded image in fact has not been remixed, transformed, or built upon? Ved havet (talk) 22:12, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

  • @Ved havet: Because "ND" means "no derivatives," and Commons, as a matter of policy, hosts only content that allows derivative works. - Jmabel ! talk 03:04, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

@Jmabel: That I understand, I’m more asking why, considering uploading it to Commons isn’t derivative? Ved havet (talk) 06:10, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

@Ved havet: Please see Commons:Licensing/Justifications.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:20, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@Ved havet: perhaps Jeff and I have not understood your question correctly. Are you perhaps asking why Commons has a policy that we accept only licenses that allow derivative works? Or perhaps you haven't understood the policy, because "uploading it to Commons isn’t derivative" is not the issue. The problem isn't that uploading to Commons would be a license violation, the problem is that it would be against policy for Commons to host a file that does not allow derivative works. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

@Jmabel: Exactly, I'm asking why it's not permitted – why there's a policy against it on Commons – considering that uploading it wouldn't be against the CC license itself :) Ved havet (talk) 15:51, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Alright, after looking at it I think Commons:Licensing/Justifications explained it, thank you! Though I think there are ways some CC-BY-ND-licenced works could benefit e.g. some Wikipedia articles, I do understand the message. Ved havet (talk) 16:04, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

How do I switch back to the old search display?[edit]

I don't want the new google images-like format where only the images are shown. I want the old classic search with each file laid out one after the other. Is there any way to switch back? Kingofthedead (talk) 07:28, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

@Kingofthedead: Hi. Yes, you may go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-searchoptions, click the checkbox labeled "Show search results in the Special:Search interface" with explanation "Select to show search results from the main search bar in the older Special:Search interface instead of Special:MediaSearch", and then click "Save" to save that preference.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:14, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Doubt regarding Copyright[edit]

Suppose I have taken an image of an aircraft display model from web; edit out it's background; uploaded to commons- does it still considered as copyright violation?--E1Char (talk) 18:05, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Yes. --Magnus (talk) 18:43, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
@E1Char: Hi, and welcome. I concur with Magnus on this, per COM:TOYS and COM:UA. It would still be a copyright violation if you had taken the photo, unless the model was in the public domain or freely licensed.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 01:38, 17 June 2021 (UTC)
I didn't know that, I thought it's okay as I contribute my effort and time to the picture --E1Char (talk) 10:50, 17 June 2021 (UTC)
@E1Char: may I recommend that you read Commons:Derivative works. - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 17 June 2021 (UTC)
My bad! If I've read that in first place I would've never wasted my time on someone's picture (circulates widely in web; the problem is don't know who's work is that almost everyone uses it, hence I came to the conclusion that it must be under creative commons, if I know whom to ask I would've asked; my bad) and I got a new title added to my wall "License laundering"; anyway thanks for taking time to respond to my queries --E1Char (talk) 16:58, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

Possible copyright violation[edit]

Hey there, I'm not so experienced with Wikimedia Commons or with copyright in general, so I figured I'd ask this here since I don't really trust myself with this kind of stuff.

While searching around, I noticed this file – File:Scaled and Icy album cover.jpg – and figured it was odd since as a Wikipedia editor, I know that album covers normally aren't public domain and have to be uploaded locally (to Wikipedia). On the English Wikipedia page for the album, the image (which was uploaded locally there, so not this particular upload) is described as being used in fair use, as usual, and as most likely being copyrighted to the record label. So, I'm pretty sure this is a violation.

I went to check if the uploader had been recently active – here on Commons and other projects – and in doing so I noticed they also uploaded File:SAI era logo.jpg, which I'm not sure of the copyright status of (not sure if it meets the threshold of originality or not). When I saw they were only active on one day across all projects, I just decided to come here instead of inquire on their talk page. Juventiuscinna (talk) 05:07, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

  • SAI is probably right around the threshold of originality: a rune in an ellipse, slightly stylized.
  • For "Scaled and Icy", it would depend on the copyright status of that (probably Chinese) image. If it's old enough to be public domain, just cropping it and adding text would not create a new copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 15:00, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

Please assist regarding attached inquirey[edit]

Dear Editors,

IS THIS OKAY... too much or too little???

I copied the Michelangelo Pietà photo by Stanislav Traykov for use in an educational display about the Catholic Church and gift to a Priest. Underneath the photo, I wrote:

"Jesus willingly suffered death by crucifixion for the salvation of all mankind" Michelangelo's "Pieta" in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

On the reverse of the photo (which I framed), where my title "The Pietà" is located, I put the following credits/license and copyright info:

Edited version of (cloned object out of background) Image: Michelangelo’s Pieta 5450 cropncleaned.jpg.; Author/Photographer: Stanislav Traykov Copyright (c) Mark S. Kelly 2021 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled:

"GNU Free Documentation License".
  Version 1.2, November 2002
      Copyright (C) 2000,2001,2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
      51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA
      Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
      of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Thank you and God bless in the name of Jesus,

Mark S. Kelly —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2600:8806:7F06:200:894:C862:5618:DBF7 (talk) 23:55, 17 June 2021 (UTC)