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Can a PD picture be put back into copyright?[edit]

Discussion on en-WP. A user is displeased he uploaded a pd-image, File:Mohamedu Shitta Mosque.jpg, wants it removed. If you have any wisdom to share, please do. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 19:24, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Their Creative Commons license for the restoration is irrevocable. It's in use so I imagine a courtesy deletion request would be denied. Abzeronow (talk) 19:38, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
That's what I'm guessing, but you never know with courtesy deletions. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 19:41, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I also doubt their restoration claim. Applying some standard filters to an old image does not create anything original. Ruslik (talk) 19:41, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Perhaps the best that the uploader can hope for here is to use something along the lines of {{Licensed PD-Art}} for their "restoration", but I agree with those posting above that it's quite stretch for the uploader to try and claim a new copyright was generated by their efforts. They also need to understand that accusing Commons, Wikipedia, or the WMF of "piracy" like they seem to have been doing in the discusison at en:WP:MCQ and believing that Commons owes them some form of compensation is not going to get them very far in trying to resolve this matter. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:53, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • Governments have legal power to do so and occasionally have restored copyright of copyright expired works. Individual users have no legal ability to revoke a free license which they have specifically authorized. -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 19:55, 8 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    It may help to "recognise" their claim to an original work and revert the image to the original CC-by-SA licence, just to calm the situation down. While there is a sliver of an argument regarding the cropping in particular being a "creative act", there is none regarding their publication of the image under licence on Wikipedia. JimKillock (talk) 08:44, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    They claim to have retouched it (though no specific information about what aspects or how), not just cropped it. Depending on those details, those might be protectable in this derivative-work and therefore the CC nature of this file is legitimate even though the original is PD. DMacks (talk) 14:06, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    Noting for the record the uploader has now made multiple unambiguous legal threats on enwiki against various editors there related to this image. DMacks (talk) 14:13, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    Yeah, good block there in enwiki. They're sadly mistaken if they believe they will get any kind of monetary compensation for the image from WMF. I'm also skeptical about their claim of restoration but I'm inclined to leave the license as it is as it accurately describes a public domain photograph that has been restored. Abzeronow (talk) 16:31, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    If it helps there are now two versions of the PD poscard uploaded, version one and version two that can be cropped and retouched if preferred. There is a bit of damage to the face on these. JimKillock (talk) 20:07, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
    I did advise them to be careful with respect to en:WP:NLT because it seem as if they were moving closer and closer to violating it with every new post they made. Not sure if they saw what I posted or did see it and decided to continue on anyway, but they had entered en:WP:IDHT territory long before that final post and probably would've ended up blocked for some other reason if they were allowed to continue on. For all the time they spent posting on English Wikipedia about that image, they don't seem to have ever tried to resolve things on Commons despite being advised to do so many times. Perhaps, they will do so now. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:08, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The uploader says on their en:Wikipedia talk page:

The version I uploaded is a high-resolution scan of the original photograph... The cropping and digital editing process, aimed at highlighting this specific subject, was conducted by myself, thus constituting my own novel work. The presence of the iPhone bar at the bottom of the image, a result of the cropping process from a screenshot on my phone, attests to the modern effort involved in creating this specific version for educational and historical purposes [...] the derivative work I've created—through scanning, cropping, and editing—represents a contemporary creative effort.

Where is the creative input that justifies a new copyright? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:02, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Delete information[edit]

On behalf of my company, they ask me to find out if it is possible to request to delete information from your page since data appears that is no longer real. It's possible? 2A0C:5A81:D612:5500:71D4:C25B:DF7F:32C4 09:18, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, This probably concerns Wikipedia, but you are on another project, Wikimedia Commons, which only concerns multimedia content. The best is to post a message on the talk page of the concerned article. If you could create an account, log in, and mention which article is this request about, we could help you better. Yann (talk) 10:53, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Yann, thank you. I'm Paula, I have created an account to be able to manage this problem correctly. I've been reading the different options for deleting resources and I still have questions. The page I mention is this: File:Borja Prados Fernández, Director General Ejecutivo de Neofinders.jpg. Paula.montoro (talk) 12:04, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
OK, thanks. I deleted this file. Borja Prados Fernández doesn't seem notable enough to have a picture here, and it is a small image without EXIF data, so we would need the permission from the copyright holder. Yann (talk) 12:15, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Muchas gracias, Yann. Veo que ya está borrada. ¿Algo más que deba hacer? Paula.montoro (talk) 08:02, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Help to edit interlanguage links.[edit]

Hello! I finished a translation of an english wiki "Arms industry"( into chinese wiki "軍火工業"(, but I can not edit the interlanguage links, can anybody help me to do that? Caiptony (talk) 12:48, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Caiptony Check now, I hope I understood you correctly. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:32, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Yes yes, thank you for the help so much, dear friend from beautiful Sweden. I wish you all the best, friend. Caiptony (talk) 14:41, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hello friend, sorry to bother you again, I just changed the name of a wiki, need your help again. Could you help me to edit it please? (Just put "" into "", replace the old one "" ) T_T Caiptony (talk) 11:35, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Pinging @Gråbergs Gråa Sång since you seem to understand what this user wants. - Jmabel ! talk 14:24, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
(looks to me like they are asking for an edit on Wikidata but since you didn't link whatever change you made last time, I'm not sure.)

Request to change one of the interlanguage links again.[edit]

Good day, I just changed the name of a wiki. But because of I don’t have the permission to edit interlanguage links, so can you help me to edit it please? (Just put "" into "", replace the old one "" ) Caiptony (talk) 08:33, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

This seems to have been fixed by another editor. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:10, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Comment insérer des photos sur une page du Wikipédia de langue française[edit]

Bon petit après-midi de Montréal, bonjour, j’ai téléchargée de nombreuses photos ( que j’ai mise sous licence libre ) et que je je voudrais quand j’en aurai le temps, les mettre sur la page Longue-Pointe dans le Wikipédia de langue française. Auparavant j’avais travaillé à modifier le texte de la page. Plusieurs contributeurs ont travaillé très fort sur cette page. Il ne manque que quelques photos afin d’illustrer ce quartier ouvrier de Montréal. Merci de m’aider car j’ai faite la lecture de la page «  comment insérer une image » mais je ne comprends rien. Héron du fleuve (talk) 21:41, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Well, one information that was not specified in her question above is that the user is visually impaired and interacts with websites through specialized voice software. Help pages on the topic of image use have a lot of details and rely in part on boxes, formats, visual clues. We do not seem to have something that explains the very basics in easy text. That is probably inevitable. This could be a particular type of situation where wording it a different way could actually be of much help. Or maybe we should just tell the user that it's an impossible task.
Another issue is this. The user wishes to contribute to Commons, if that is possible. She manages to take pictures with her phone and to upload them to Commons. Which is already good and I suppose it requires effort and tenacity given her condition. She received messages telling her to add categories and better descriptions. The problem is that when photos are on Commons, including her own photos, she cannot see them well enough and Commons has no feature like the "alt" feature that can give a textual description. I suppose that one obvious thing can be to suggest to her that in the future she writes precise descriptions immediately when she uploads. However, that doesn't help with other images on Commons. Can textual descriptions be read by text-reading software wherever the thext is located in description pages, e.g. inside the information template and a language template? @Jmabel: I know that you are much more familiar than me with accessibility questions. Is there advice you can share? What options, if any, or practical ways, are available to visually impaired users to interact more easily with Commons? -- Asclepias (talk) 23:21, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Asclepias: is there some way I should have known when answering that this was a visually impaired person trying to work with images?
User:DrMel supposedly had a whole team of people through wanting to work on this sort of thing, but I don't think anything ever actually happened. It is possible that contacting bemyeyes directly might help, but I have no idea how much support is available in French. - Jmabel ! talk 23:57, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How do I upload a file?[edit]

hello, I am new to uploading files but not new to wikipedia, so I am here to ask for help on how to download a picture on wikipedia.

I'll be thankful if you want to help, thanks.

From - AikoWatahi-Kun (talk) 00:06, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hi @AikoWatahi-Kun
Please attempt to follow the instructions provided here. Regards Riad Salih (talk) 03:26, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Can I upload the images of Pixabay website Tanujaanu (talk) 10:12, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Review my work

Please someone review my work once File: Priyanka_Ares.jpg Tanujaanu (talk) 10:17, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done User blocked for copyvios for a month (2nd block). Yann (talk) 10:41, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I would like to add the information about our company Vibra Hotels in Spain. Could you please help me on how to start?[edit]

I am responsible for the Corporate Communication in our company Vibra Hotels in the Balearic Islands, Spain. I would like to create the information about our company. Could you please help me with the first steps.

Thank you, Susana Gómez Vibra Hotels Vibra Hotels (talk) 15:52, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Vibra Hotels: Hi, and welcome. Please review en:WP:COI, en:WP:42, and en:WP:MFA.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 16:10, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The information by Jeff G. is about adding text to Wikipedia. This site is commons and it is a media repository. You can upload as many images and videos of your Hotels as you wish. But you have to use a free license for every upload. If the images have not been taken by yourself, but by a photographer, you will need to buy the full publishing rights from the photographer and you need to document that you own the rights by VRT (<- read the linked page). A free license means that every one can use the fotos for free, inlcuding other hotels using the fotos for their own PR. C.Suthorn ( - (talk) 17:59, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
"you will need to buy the full publishing rights" or the permission will need to come directly from the photographer (not you) via VRT. - Jmabel ! talk 00:01, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Thanks. I don't suppose the Balearic Islands are on your itinerary.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:34, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I need to delete a photo I uploaded[edit]

It was intended for a different use, sorry but I am totally new here. this is the link Giampaolo Cantini (talk) 18:24, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done Next time, just add {{SD|1=G7}} in the file description. Yann (talk) 18:37, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Category removal[edit]

How do I remove a category from an image I am trying to remove the tag "files that need updating" on File:Paul 2024 path.png? 2003 LN6 21:51, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@2003 LN6: the category is from the Current tag which apparently is part of the template you are using. Abzeronow (talk) 21:56, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@2003 LN6: The file File:Paul 2024 path.png uses the {{WPTC track map}} template. That template automatically shows {{Current}} until you set an "end" date parameter in addition to the "start" date parameter. —RP88 (talk) 21:58, 10 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@2003 LN6: As the track ESE at 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) for the current en:2023–24 Australian region cyclone season#Tropical Cyclone Paul, this file is likely to undergo updates as the situation develops. Category 2 tropical cyclones typically don't dissipate immediately.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:28, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Advise on content posted by user without account[edit]

Hi there,

I just found out that user YitzhakNat posted a photo that should not be there.

I would like to delete this photo, because in the caption it contains the names of the subjects. This could cause discomfort for the child depicted in the photo.

I wanted to connect with the user YitzhakNat, but he does not have any account.

Please advise on how to proceed.

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards, Marzia Cosenza MarziaCosenza (talk) 12:41, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@MarziaCosenza: Hi, and welcome. YitzhakNat (talk · contributions · Move log · block log · uploads · Abuse filter log does in fact have an account. OTOH, I can't see a way to identify the child in File:A single mother and her son visiting the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam (P055042-886359).jpg, other than by first names of the child and mother, as the child's back is turned. Please use internal links like that.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 13:32, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@MarziaCosenza: Hi, The names are in the metadata of the photograph. If the names were the only problem with this photo, they could be removed from the Commons copy with some work on the metadata, but it would not be of much use to do that only here on Commons if they are still freely distributed by the European Commission and elsewhere. But considering your username I suppose that you can have them removed from the E.C. website also or maybe it's already done. Anyway, it seems that the terms of use of the E.C. website for this particular photo are not compatible with the policy of Commons and the photo may need to be deleted from Commons. The terms of use of the E.C. website state: "Unless otherwise indicated (e.g. in individual copyright notices), content owned by the EU on this website is licensed under the [...] CC BY 4.0 licence." The specific copyright notice for this particular photo reads: "European Union, 2022 Scopes : Information and education only". -- Asclepias (talk) 14:44, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
It is now "Mother and son" instead of name in description. They are still in exif metadata. YitzhakNat (talk) 16:50, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

My page got deleted for no reason.[edit]

It was written by a writer about my art. How can I get my page back? 2603:8000:D501:74C7:28AA:DC1B:29D0:1116 02:09, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

my page got deleted for no reason[edit]

A writer wrote my page about my art and it got deleted for no reason. How can I get my page back? Magdalena Wosinska (talk) 02:11, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Magdalena Wosinska: Normally, we don't have articles on Wikimedia Commons. There has never been a en:Magdalena Wosinska on the English-language Wikipedia. Are you sure you are asking on the correct site? Where was this article? - Jmabel ! talk 04:21, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Probably the page mentioned there. They apparently found it. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:14, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How can I send in pictures to the Vertical lines-contest?[edit]

How can I send in pictures to the Vertical lines-contest? Jorunn Valle (talk) 13:44, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Lijova1: The same way as when you asked that same question last week. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:26, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How to download[edit]

I want to use a photo of a painting, both of which are in the public domain, in cover art for a self-published book. How do I download the Wikimedia file so I can upload it to my account with the publisher?

The file is The Seven Works of Mercy-Caravaggio. The book is a book of poetry about mortality and the examined life, and one of the poems is about the painting. Jwincronin (talk) 14:28, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Jwincronin: There is no file with exactly that name. You could mean anything in Category:The Seven Works of Mercy by Caravaggio (Naples).
You would download it exactly the way you download any other image from a website. Typically this means a right-click and "Save image as...". The only possible difference is that the file page itself does not usually show the highest-resolution version of the image, and you will want to click on that to get the high-res version so that the latter is what you download. - Jmabel ! talk 14:58, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Nathan Wheeler mansion / Waldemere[edit]

This was posted in the "How to download" discussion. It's obviously not relevant to that, but might be something someone wants to follow up. - Jmabel ! talk 23:16, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
There’s a stereo view card that say Nathan Wheeler mansion. It’s actually Waldemere, PT Barnum’s 3rd. Home in Bridgeport, Connecticut at Seaside Park. 17:28, 12 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I found File:Residence of Hon. Nathaniel Wheeler, by Pomeroy & Wilson.png, which is really in Bridgeport, but I am not sure if the suggested address is correct. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 00:25, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How do I upload files/documents from ICTY cases?[edit]

Title says it all, really. I don't want to get hit with a copyvio, so I want to see if I can upload documents and filings from ICTY cases as they are (in .doc format) to Commons. (For reference, I checked and I don't think UN docs are protected by copyright.)

How would I go about doing this? The ICTY has a Unified Court Records website, which is where I am getting the documents. Do I need to download the documents and then upload them and tag them with some sort of "UN copyright-free" template or is there another process? ItsABlackHole (talk) 02:19, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@ItsABlackHole: Hi, and welcome. Sorry, we don't accept files in the patent-encumbered .doc format per COM:FT#Nonfree file formats, please choose another format from COM:FT#Textual formats.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 12:27, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply] suggests to me that at least some of this material is copyrighted. You'd need to have some specific basis as to why specific content was not. - Jmabel ! talk 14:00, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How do I upgrade a file from JPG to SVG on the same file page?[edit]

When I try to upload a new svg version of this file I get this error: File extension ".jpg" does not match the detected MIME type of the file (image/svg+xml). Is there a way to rename the file page so it accepts the svg file as a new version, or do I need to create a new file page? Mr Democracy (talk) 07:51, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Mr Democracy: I don't think it's possible to rename a file so as to change its extension, and even if it were that would definitely be contrary to our policy on file renaming. So you'll need to upload the SVG version as a new file. Then you can use the {{Vector version available}} template on the old file page to link to the new one. --bjh21 (talk) 12:12, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Picture of methylammonium formate[edit]

I recently wrote an article on methylammonium formate. Today, I found an image online that used the exact same specific type of ball-and-stick notation as the rest of Wikipedia generally uses (by the way that notation is awesome and I want to know where to use it). I downloaded the file, and then tried to upload it, but it said I had to agree that I own the copyright to that image, which I do not. It also said that I can only publish my own works. My only other option other than to upload a file from my computer was to search it on Wikimedia, and there was only one image that popped up that had nothing to do with methylammonium formate. Tickbeat (talk) 15:03, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Tickbeat: Hi, and welcome. Where did you find that image online? See also COM:NETC.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 15:10, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
So I looked back, and:
1. The image turned out to be from Wikidocs.
2. It was a picture of methylamine, not methylammonium formate. In fact, I can find precisely zero images of specifically methylammonium formate. If I can figure out what software produces images of molecules that bare the specific type of ball-and-stick notation that Wikipedia frequently uses in their images, (if you know, you know), then I can just make my own image, in which case it will actually have been made by me, and then I won't have that problem. But I don't know how to do that, or whether or not I need to. Tickbeat (talk) 15:13, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Tickbeat: Commons talk:WikiProject Chemistry seems a good place to ask for suggestions. (Or you might contact users who create chemistry illustrations, for example Benjah-bmm27.) -- Asclepias (talk) 16:05, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
How do I contact a user? Tickbeat (talk) 16:58, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
On the talk page of the user. For example, if other users want to talk to you, they can go to your talk page: User talk:Tickbeat. It's the same thing to talk to another user, but with the username of that user instead of yours. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:57, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
There are a few different "standard" types of ball&stick. If you can identify a specific example/style you like, I can tell you some software that can do it. We do have images you could cut'n'paste together (as long as you cite:), such as File:Methylammonium-3D-balls.png and File:Sodium-formate-3D-balls.png. But a word of caution: these types of diagrams of salts can be misleading, so there is a risk that making something "not really correct, but graphically high quality" could reinforce the wrongness to others. DMacks (talk) 18:14, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The pictures of methylammonium and sodium-formate actually capture perfectly the style I was referring to. The only thing about them is that the hydrogen atoms and carbon atoms are the same size, which I have seen differently in other ball&stick notations, such that hydrogen atoms are smaller than carbon atoms. Airing on the side of scientific accuracy, every element of the notation in the two images you linked me two are perfect, except for the sizes of the atoms. The sizes of the atoms should be proportional to their atomic mass by some arbitrary decided factor. Tickbeat (talk) 20:21, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Kurt Cobain[edit]

What happen to this photo of Kurt Cobain? Neocorelight (talk) 23:25, 13 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Neocorelight: Hi, and welcome. That photo File:Kurt St Thomas.jpg appears to have been deleted per Commons:Deletion requests/File:Kurt St Thomas.jpg.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 00:28, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Okay. Thanks for the answer. Neocorelight (talk) 00:53, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Neocorelight: You're welcome.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 01:10, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright for photos found on news website[edit]

Can I upload photos on WikiMedia found on news websites?

What will be the copyright category?

Will mentioning the name of the news website as author/photographer sufficient? Kawrno Baba (talk) 06:04, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Kawrno Baba: Short answer: no.
Longer answer: while it is possible that there are files on a news website that are eligible for Commons, they are few and far between. Commons accepts only files that are either in the public domain or free-licensed. It is unusual for a news website to host any significant number of photos that fall in either category, though of course there are exceptions: e.g. a news site might use a U.S. government photo that is in the public domain (unlike most governments, the U.S. federal government places all creative work its employees do as part of their jobs immediately in the public domain), or they might make use of a third-party photo that has been free-licensed (though probably half of such turn out already to be on Commons). Generally, unless you really know what you are doing, news websites are a poor place to look for freely reusable photos. - Jmabel ! talk 06:14, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. These two articles are too long for my query. Can you please summarise according to my query?
I want to upload a photo of a person. How do I know if the photo 'can be used by anybody'?
Especially, in my country copyright issues are rarely acknowledged, so there is no clear copyright declaration about contents. There is no declaration of copyright status in my country as WikiMedia classifies distinctly. Things are either stated 'copyright protected', or not. The photos that do not say 'copyright protected' are free to use with proper declaration of source, especially for news websites. Kawrno Baba (talk) 06:49, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The answer to a question does not change, if you ask again: No. You write about "your country", but you do not say, which country that would be. It doesn't matter. How many countrys are ignoring copyright, Commons abides to copyright. To upload an image you need a proof, that is is pd or free. If as you say, websites in your country do not tell if an image is pd or free (only that it is not free, or do not tell at all) you do not have a proof. C.Suthorn ( - (talk) 11:40, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Kawrno Baba: without knowing what country you are from it's hard to argue this, but I am not aware of any country in the world where the legal situation is what you describe. It is (quite) possible that you live in a country where these laws are rarely enforced. In that case, I guess you could have a personal website unrelated to Commons that is hosted in your country and ignores the laws.
The attitude that you can't be bothered to educate yourself on the topic and want people to give you definitive answers to vague questions simply won't cut it here. We are all volunteers. If you have a specific question about a specific third-party photo on a specific site, someone here probably can answer it for you without you bothering to educate yourself. However, other than that, if you aren't willing to develop at least a moderate understanding of copyright and free-licensing, please only upload pictures you took yourself that are not pictures of other people's copyrighted or potentially copyrightable work. - Jmabel ! talk 15:21, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The other person answered perfectly. It was sufficient.
I am more of a case basis person. The given two articles are screaming TLDR. I don't see why it's wrong to learn from an experienced person rather than reading the original source.
And my country is Bangladesh. Copyright laws are rarely enforced here. (I am not proud of it.)
And thanks to both of you, I got what I came for. Kawrno Baba (talk) 15:45, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Kawrno Baba: Since those laws are on the books and Bangladesh is a member of the Berne Convention, Univ. Copyright Convention, and World Trade Organization, we have to follow them. See COM:Bangladesh.   — 🇺🇦Jeff G. please ping or talk to me🇺🇦 18:36, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Can I upload images featued in the "platform gallery" section?[edit]

I am not sure if this counts as permission to use these images Bombombom123 (talk) 07:50, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I'm not sure about that specific site, but your probably better off not uploading AI generated images to begin with. Otherwise it's more then likely they will just be deleted as out of scope. Looking through the gallery that seems to be case with most, if not all, of the images anyway. --Adamant1 (talk) 08:00, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Buenas, una pregunta como se aplica el {{PD-flag}}?? AbchyZa22 (talk) 11:47, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, Hm, the template sort of indirectly links to Commons:Umbral de originalidad#Logotipos y banderas, but there's nothing there specifically about banderas, so maybe it is supposed to mean that one applies similar criteria as for logotipos. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:18, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

A copyright rule I am not sure I understood correctly[edit]

Per Category:Stamps of Greece, "Modern stamps of this country are not in public domain or their status is unknown. They are protected by international copyright laws at least until 70 years after author's death. [...] Please do not upload photographs or scans of stamps of this country". Does that mean that I am not allowed to upload photos of my post-1970 stamps, even though both the stamps and the photos are mine? Deiadameian (talk) 19:02, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Deiadameian: Correct, physically owning an object doesn't give you the copyright to it. The copyright would belong to the designers and engravers, and since post-1970 is after 1953, those stamps are in still copyright. Abzeronow (talk) 19:04, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, thanks. Deiadameian (talk) 19:14, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

My father[edit]

I want to find any information on my father who was a sailor on the uss mclanhan during ww2. His nam is William s. Russell sr. 19:49, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

From this, it appears your father was a Fireman 2nd Class. Abzeronow (talk) 19:55, 14 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

File upload blocked by filter[edit]

I am attempting to upload a mp3 file which is freely licensed (owned by the U.S. government and explicitly gives permission for unrestricted use and access, courtesy of the Reagan Presidential Library), however it is being blocked by an automated filter. What would be the best way to proceed with the upload? The file in question can be found here:, it has important historical significance as the first time a member of the Reagan administration acknowledged the existence of AIDS. Wasianpower (talk) 19:56, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Uploaded as File:Remarks by Larry Speakes during daily press briefing, October 15, 1982 (subject AIDS). White House Press Room.mp3. Abzeronow (talk) 20:21, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you!! Wasianpower (talk) 20:54, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hey Abzeronow, would you also be willing to upload this one for me? Relevant portion starts around 16:45, and ends around 17:51. Wasianpower (talk) 23:22, 15 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
✓ Done File:Remarks by Larry Speakes during daily press briefing, December 11, 1984 (subjects AIDS) White House Press Room.mp3 Abzeronow (talk) 16:10, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you so much! Wasianpower (talk) 16:21, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Text app[edit]

It's not letting me connect 02:00, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

What, if anything, does this have to do with Wikimedia Commons (this site)? - Jmabel ! talk 03:43, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Alternative versions of file[edit]

Hi, I'm looking to upload a new spiral version of the geologic time scale for use on Wiki. I have three versions (one based on the ICS colouring, and two alternative colours schemes that are colour-blind friendly). Each version has a light & dark variant where the text colour is inverted for areas over transparent zones. There are six SVG files in total. Aside from giving them a consistent naming scheme and uploading each as a separate file, is there the possibility of uploading an alternate version based on the light/dark variants? Jarred C Lloyd (talk) 02:14, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I'm not sure I understand your question. Yes, all six are presumably welcome, but I can't make any real sense of "is there the possibility of uploading an alternate version based on the light/dark variants?"
You can link file pages to one another with {{Other version}}, if that is what you are asking. - Jmabel ! talk 03:45, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry, yes other other version is what I am after. My desire is to have all six variants uploaded but linked to each other. Jarred C Lloyd (talk) 04:07, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

file information contradicts itself[edit]

A Barbary Pirate by Giovanni Guida.jpg: The style does indicate that the 19th century dates are right. However if in fact the author was born in 1992, that is a problem. Please advise? File is currently in use on en-wiki at en:Regency of Algiers, so I guess I will remove it pending confirmation of an error. I would however like to use the image if it is legal so please do let me know, thanks Elinruby (talk) 05:40, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Elinruby: Good eye! I've fixed the problem by removing the reference to the modern artist also named Giovanni Guida from File:A Barbary Pirate by Giovanni Guida.jpg and then edited the wikidata item for the painting (d:Q123822220) to change the creator to Giovanni Guida (1837–1895) instead of Giovanni Guida (1992-). —RP88 (talk) 06:15, 16 April 2024 (UTC

Thank you ;) It looked to me like that was the case but I wanted to be sure about that. Elinruby (talk) 06:25, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, the source link specified on the file page for the painting does identify the artist as the Giovanni Guida who was born in 1837, not the one born in 1992. The style also matches the other painting we have from him at Category:Giovanni Guida (1837-1895). —RP88 (talk) 06:31, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

"copy upload not allowed"[edit]

I am trying to upload a higher resolution of this image, but when I put the source in, it says "copy upload not allowed" and it doesn't work. How do I fix this? ⍨PLib🗣️ 18:54, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@PalauanLibertarian: Please see the logs and Commons:Overwriting existing files/Requests. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:07, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@PalauanLibertarian: I've added the template so you can overwrite it with a higher resolution version from the same source. Abzeronow (talk) 19:25, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


您好,我在上傳照片時,跳出了「此操作已被自動識別為有害並被禁止」等語,不知道是什麼原因,能否請管理員協助,謝謝! Pt Shen (talk) 04:38, 17 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Looking at the abuse filter log I see that your upload attempts were blocked by the abuse filter. Pinging Elcobbola, as the creator of these two filters in question, to see if they can check to see if these are false positives and if any edits to the filters would be appropriate. —RP88 (talk) 08:17, 17 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I've added an exempted for @Pt Shen: they should no longer have an issue (certain of the filters only log anyway). Эlcobbola talk 14:02, 17 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Pt Shen: 應該修好。請嘗試再次上傳文件。—RP88 (talk) 23:50, 17 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Files of books have 0x0 pxs dimensions after update[edit]

These files:

have 0x0 pixels dimensions after update. Can you help to fix them? Thanks. --Leh Palych (talk) 23:48, 17 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I have been looking into it, and the PDF loads nicely. Don't really understand what the issue is here. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 00:18, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Paradise Chronicle: The pages of these files are invisible in uk.wikisource because dimensions are 0x0. Dimensions must be more than 0 as were before update.--Leh Palych (talk) 01:00, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Leh Palych: This is a known bug with pdf files. @Yann: Abzeronow (talk) 01:03, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Abzeronow and Yann: And how to solve this problem? --Leh Palych (talk) 22:43, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Leh Palych: I reverted to the first versions, which do not have this problem. May be editing the versions which do not work would fix it. Yann (talk) 08:07, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Border Crossings Texas[edit]

There is a photo in W. Commons of Mexcians crossing the border on a boat in Texas. Can I use this photo? How do I upload phot? LLfmiron (talk) 00:16, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

File:Boquillas del Carmen crossing the Rio Grande (2).JPG and File:The hand-pulled Los Ebanos Ferry or El Chalan, formally known as the Los Ebanos-Diaz Ordaz Ferry, a hand-operated cable car-pedestrian ferry that travels across the Rio Grande River between Los Ebanos LCCN2014631801.tif how about those? You can use both photographs. If you have a photograph hat shows a scene worthy to be on commons I suggest you try the Upload wizard Paradise Chronicle (talk) 11:24, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

File:Alaskan State Anthem.mp3[edit]

Is en:File:Alaskan State Anthem.mp3 in the public domain as stated? If so, can it be moved to Commons? Kk.urban (talk) 05:10, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Source Site says "Copyright © 1985, University of Alaska Foundation, All rights Reserved" which may be the MIDI file (since not only the song has to be free but the sound recording of it as well). Abzeronow (talk) 01:06, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Foto del Ex Dictador venezolano Marcos Perez Jimenez[edit]

Buenas, la foto del Ex Dictador Marcos Perez Jimenez ( cuando estará al Dominio Público ({{PD-Venezuela}}/{{PD-VenezuelaGov}}) la foto fue editado por el Ministerio del Fomento en 1957?? AbchyZa22 (talk) 13:30, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

¿Quién era el fotógrafo? El enlace no indica. - Jmabel ! talk 21:01, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel:Tienes razón no dice quien es el fotógrafo, pero para mi opinión creo que la fotógrafia la tomó un anonymous (Desconocido) pero según el PD-VenezuelaGov dice en inglés:"It is an anonymous or pseudonymous work, and sixty years have passed from the first publication or the completion of the work." Pero en la parte de la última después de la foto dice 2 edición 1957 editado por el Ministerio de Fomento creo que la foto fue generalizado por un órgano público. AbchyZa22 (talk) 21:12, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Entonces, si no era publicado simultanaemente en los EEUU, era bajo copyright en Venezuela en 1996 y sus derechos de autor en los EEUU fueron restaurados en el URAA de 1996, hasta 1 enero 2053. - Jmabel ! talk 02:14, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Editace stránky File:Andrea Černá.jpeg[edit]

Dobrý den, byl jsme upozorněn na doplnění autorských práv k fotce na profilu Andrea Černá. Rád bych tak učinil, ale není mi jasné, jak to mám udělat. Fotka je bez autorských práv k volnému užití, ale není mi jasné kam a jak to mám napsat.

Děkuji za pomoc MatejV (talk) 20:29, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Convenience link: File:Andrea Černá.jpeg. - Jmabel ! talk 21:02, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Using Google Translate, I can't understand the question (in Czech). Can someone help out? - Jmabel ! talk 21:03, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hello, we have been notified of a copyright addition to the photo on Andrea Cerna's profile. I would like to do so, but it is not clear to me how to do it. The photo is copyright free to use, but it is not clear to me where and how to write it. MatejV (talk) 21:27, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I was also trying to figure out the issue. And try to answer in English. @MatejV If you have taken the photograph yourself all is good. I have seen you uploaded the file yourself so I believe you want the file on commons. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 21:39, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
But if you took the photograph yourself, then you need to add yourself as the author of the photograph. There is actually a special field in the file Andrea Cerna for the author. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 21:53, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


I want to upload a logo of a government agency. The agency is Greater Miami Expressway Agency (The successor to Miami-Dade Expressway Authority). Im currently working on updating the MDX wikipedia to GMX. Am i clear to upload the logo? Xp4eternity (talk) 22:19, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Xp4eternity: Is Greater Miami Expressway Agency part of the Florida Department of Transportation? If so, it would be copyrighted. Some of Florida's governmental works are public domain but not all (Florida's DOT is allowed to claim copyright). Abzeronow (talk) 01:10, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
i think its owned by the state. check these articles to confirm. i didnt see anything about FDOT. Xp4eternity (talk) 01:16, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I'm not an expert on Florida but the relevant license would be {{PD-FLGov}} Abzeronow (talk) 01:21, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply][edit]

Unless I am mistaken, photographer Eduard Marmet has released ALL his aircraft images on for use here on Wikimedia. Currently Wikimedia has 824 of his images uploaded, but there are over 3,200 on, and I am particularly interested in one of those that are not yet uploaded. I have tried to find a way to bring it on board, but have failed. Please help.

The image I want is

Images from Eduard at already uploaded include;

I have found this template from 2011, but do not know how to proceed from here.

WendlingCrusader (talk) 01:51, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Aafi: Does the VRT ticket cover all of Marmet's photographs from airliners? Abzeronow (talk) 02:00, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Abzeronow: Sorry for replying late. I am in Germany and it is pretty much difficult for me to have my laptop charged (since I missed bringing an Indian connector), and thus having very little access to it. I had a look at the ticket and I feel I can reproduce the text here. Someone wrote to Eduard that I am specifically seeking your permission to use this image: and the permissions follow: The online encycoppeida Wikipedia is a great thing which should always be supported. Of course I give you the permission to include the photo into your article under the terms and conditions stated in your request below. I own the copyright to the image mentioned in your email letter and found at: I grant permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later
I do not see any basis for {{EduardMarmet}} in the ticket, and since its creator is blocked across Wikimedia sites, it should be investigated.─ Aafī (talk) 19:04, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Windows10ですがウィキペディア本文は青字、赤字で表示されているのに、印刷すると黒字に変わってしまいます。カラー写真は変わりません。本文もそのままカラー印刷する方法を教えてください。 Jilvicente (talk) 07:45, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Google translate: On Windows 10, the Wikipedia text is displayed in blue and red, but when I print it, it changes to black. Color photos remain unchanged. Please tell me how to print the main text in color as well.
anyone knows how to help Jilvicente?Paradise Chronicle (talk) 03:06, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

On removal of DI without explanation[edit]

Hi. I have recently tagged an image (File:草尾毅.jpg) for CSD F5 - missing permission. A source is listed, but I cannot find any evidence that the photograph is licensed under CC-BY 2.0. An IP user keeps removing the notice, but not giving evidence that the image is licensed. I cannot find any CC-BY (or any free license) notice on the source, or any other possible source. I have added the notice back, after which it was removed again. I don't want to edit war, but there is still no evidence of permission. What should I do? Thanks, WhoAteMyButter (talk) 04:32, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

In the source a different image is shown anyway. Paradise Chronicle (talk) 06:14, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I seemed to have missed that entirely - apologies! Although even then, that's {{Di-no source}}; still DI. I suspect that if I were to tag it as such, it would be reverted by the same IP. Where would I go to get this resolved and/or ensure that the source & copyright status is clarified? WhoAteMyButter (talk) 06:19, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@WhoAteMyButter: If someone objects to speedy deletion, the right solution is usually to open a full deletion request. See Commons:Deletion requests. For a single file, using the "Nominate for deletion" in the tools is the easiest way to do this. --bjh21 (talk) 09:53, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@WhoAteMyButter: You can tag it for speedy deletion with a link to one of the non-free previous internet publications, e.g. IMDb. If the user still removes the tag without opening a regular DR, you can ask for help at COM:AN/U. -- Asclepias (talk) 11:57, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
✓ Done Deleted, user warned. Yann (talk) 12:08, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Company Logo upload[edit]

I want to upload our company logo. logo copyrights belong to us. Logo is used in website and social media. Brandifygs (talk) 05:05, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Commons is not a place to advertise. Neither is English Wikipedia. Please do not (re-)create advertisements. WhoAteMyButter (talk) 06:24, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]