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Uploading logos[edit]

I am trying to upload the logo of Grunt which is a open-source software. I am guessing it is not trademarked, but I cannot be sure. How can I confirm this? Also, I am unable to find designer's name and date of publication for this image. Can anyone suggest how I may find this information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mohits19 (talk • contribs) 14:47, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Trademark is not an issue, except for possibly using the {{trademark}} template. The question is whether it is copyrighted. You don't point to an example online, but this is presumably recent enough that if it rises to the threshold of originality necessary for copyright, then it is copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk

File move from file history[edit]

Sometimes a file history (on a File: page) contains some significally distinct "versions", that are worth moving into new separate pages.

  1. Should they be downloaded and reuploaded manually, or maybe there is some automatic moving tool?
  2. Would those "automatically moved" original file revisions stay in the original file history (i. e., it's not a move, but a copy), or could they be moved out of the original history automatically (i. e., it's really a move or renaming)? --Djadjko (talk) 00:01, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
  • No overall answer, but keep in mind that often when this happens, if the uploaders differ, the license granted is pretty dubious for any but the first image uploaded. - Jmabel ! talk 00:43, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
From this point of view, the simplest solution turns out to be asking the mistaken uploader to manually reupload their file, followed by reverting the original affected file :) --Djadjko (talk) 23:35, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Something apparently in Turkish[edit]

Setenay hukuk felsefesi derlemeler.Hukuku sadece norm kural boyutuna indirgeyen kuru bir anlayış toplumsal kabuller bakımından hiçbir zaman yeterli olmamıştır. Kuralların aynı zamanda adaleti yerine getirmeye hizmet etmesi aranmıştır. Bu noktada hukukun yardımına felsefe koşmuş kuralların anlam kazanması ve değer ifade edebilmesi hukuk felsefesiyle mümkün olabilmiştir. Terim olarak hukukun, olumlu çağrışımlarına rağmen adaleti seyrek lütfetmesiyle soğuk bir ulviliği de var.Temenniler serisi madde madde sıralanmışken, koşullar yine o maddeleri yok sayabilir — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eksıoglu (talk • contribs) 21:41, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Using an image for a wikipedia page[edit]

I have uploaded the images associated with the link below but am not sure about its 'Category'. I have looked at the FAQ but this did not help me. Could someone advise me please on how to upload the image to the page under projection "Cajal Legacy Group"? D. Becker and D. Rossi B0000107 Purkinje cell. Wellcome Images available under the following creative commons usage

I am used to citing scientific references using Endnote or Refman and find the Wikipedia system very confusing. I would appreciate any suggestions. Kind regards Patsy Armati — Preceding unsigned comment added by Armati55 (talk • contribs) 05:26, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

@Armati55: I have added Category:Purkinje cells and Category:Immunostaining images to File:Purkinje cells.jpg. However NC and ND CC licenses are not allowed in Commons (Commons:Licensing#Acceptable licenses). Your image will be deleted unless you change that. The image currently has CC-BY-SA license which contradicts the source text. MKFI (talk) 08:50, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

uploading old photos as fair use[edit]

I have been trying unsuccessfully to upload WWI and WWII photos to commons, under the fair use grounds. I can not find on the upload steps the fair use option. Any suggestions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kiwisheriff (talk • contribs) 05:49, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

Commons:Fair use is not allowed. Old images may be in public domain by now however. WW1 images published pre-1923 are certainly in public domain. WW2 images may be in public domain depending on the country (UK government crown copyright has expired, US government images are always in public domain, Australian copyright term for photographs has exipred, Finnish copyright term for photographs has expired, the author may have been dead for more than 70 years etc.) See Commons:Copyright rules by territory. MKFI (talk) 08:42, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

Utility Concept[edit]

Αξιότιμοι κύριοι, κυρίες

Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ για τη δυνατότητα που μου δίνετε για να υπερασπιστώ αυτά που γράφω

Κατ'αρχή σέβομαι απόλυτα τη κρίση σας.. Για να επιλέξετε το κείμενο που σας έστειλα για διαγραφή έχετε τους λόγους σας Εδώ θέλω τώρα να κατανοήσω αυτούς τους λόγους Είναι λόγοι ουσίας περιεχομένου, ή λόγοι που έχουν να κάνουν με τη παρουσίαση αυτού Αν συμβαίνει το πρώτο, τότε μάλλον δεν θα έχω καμιά τύχη και άρα το κείμενο αποσύρεται Αν όμως η κρίση σας έχει να κάνει με τη μορφή που παρουσιάζεται, τότε μπορούν να διορθωθούν πολλά Το κείμενο -ως μέρος βιβλίου- στάλθηκε σε σας, για πρώτη φορά.. και θα ήταν κρίμα να ξεκινήσει έτσι Ομ. Καθ Παπακωνσταντινίδης —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:50, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't read much Greek; it looks like this may be an on-topic response to something here, but I have no idea what. Does someone have context? - Jmabel ! talk 19:13, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

es chunem grantsum karog em arants grantsman passport hanem

Upload problem[edit]

Hello I had just uploaded many photos today, like the latest File:09862jfBarangays Paseo del Congreso Barasoain Malolos Cityfvf 19.jpg[, however, just an hour, the Upload wizzard turn red and says DSCN9023.JPG The server responded with an invalid JSON document. This could be a problem with the API, or you could be using a proxy server that prevents you from uploading files. None of the uploads were successful, please help me, I also used the debug but also failed, I am using Google Chrome and also tried Mozilla but failed, what is the problem please help me, sincerely --Judgefloro 15:51, 17 October 2016 (UTC) (talk)

Note: Thanks, I think it is now working, I tried Commons and Upload wizzard sincerely --Judgefloro 16:30, 17 October 2016 (UTC) (talk)
@Judgefloro: There was a short outage yesterday which prevented users from editing pages, uploading files and performing other actions through the API. Details should be posted in this thread when they're available: – everything should be back to normal now. Matma Rex (talk) 18:47, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your message and help; I am experiencing another problem recentely with Google Chrome I am using; I could not open Wikimedia or Wikipedia for it says my computer or internet connection is not private; Wikipedia opens with 2 red bars in the upper http saying, I might be hacked; yesterday I used Google chrome by putting off and on my internet; actually I bought this 2 years ago, and I never experienced this, so I tried and now using Mozilla, and now I can open and Upload in Wikipedia; thanks and sincerly --Judgefloro 10:48, 19 October 2016 (UTC) (talk)
Notes II Good morning; Google chrome goes on and off for Wikipedia; more often these 2 days, I could not open Wikimedia or wikimedia, for what appears is the fake with 2 red lines in the http saying if I go on with the Wikimedia, my passwords etc. may be hacked; as you see my upload I donated a tTotal edit count: 548,917 as of Oct19 and just these 2 days, Google chrome says my internet connection is not private etc., however, Mozilla I used is quite very slow and my computer somehow hangs, unlike Google Chrome, I will try Opera, I am just reporting these to let us know if there is a problem with Google Chrome and Wikipedia and Wikimedia opening thanks --Judgefloro 14:36, 19 October 2016 (UTC) (talk)
@Judgefloro: When did that happen? If it was around a week ago, it was an issue with our TLS certificate provider. Read the details at wikitech:Incident documentation/20161013-GlobalSign. Matma Rex (talk) 06:35, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks again; actually, I remember that 2 years ago more or less, here in Internet cafes in Baliuag, Bulacan, when I had no Internet connection and just pay slow cafes to upload, there were many Computers but not all which had problems with Google Chrome, displaying 2 reds in https in Wikipedia Wikimedia; this happened again when I sent this message with you, and Firefox was Ok; but yesterday and now, Google chrome seems OK to open Wikimedia and Wikipedia but I notice a somewhat slow opening, I do not know if it is because of my PC or memory etc., I did not change my Computer settings since Firefox opens Wikipedia but Firefox is rather slow and affects memory especially in Wizzard here, sincerely --Judgefloro 13:47, 21 October 2016 (UTC) (talk)

Matma Rex on Firefox massage appeared to me today! :/ On Chrome appears 3 hours ore more, and never ends, and it's difficult to save pages in Firefox for me. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 01:22, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Voting for challenge photos[edit]

How and where do I vote for photos in the monthly photo challenges? Thanks, Knobby983 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Knobby983 (talk • contribs) 16:11, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Currently there are two open challenges: Commons:Photo_challenge/2016_-_September_-_Arthropods/Voting and Commons:Photo_challenge/2016_-_September_-_Local_culture/Voting. Just add you your vote to images that you like. Ruslik (talk) 20:12, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Possible deletion of image file: File:Purchase decision model.jpg[edit]

Re: File:Purchase decision model.jpg

I have been notified that the above file is about to be deleted and have been asked to provide a source and the name of the book that it was scanned from.

1. It was not scanned from any book. Instead the image was created by me using Photoshop (as stated at the time of upload).\

2. The source for the concepts contained in the diagram was the relevant Wikipage (Consumer Behaviour) - i.e. the headings and sub-headings -organised into logical categories and with an attempt to illustrate the relationship between key concepts.

3. The relevant Wikipage (Consumer Behaviour) formerly had a table (columns and rows) with similar information, but unfortunately the table was corrupted and the column headings and information in the columns was not aligned, with the result that it was potentially misleading. After working on the table for several hours and unable to get it to work correctly, I decided to delete it and replace it with the diagram. So, although many of the ideas are taken from a previous edition of the relevant Wikipage, the way that they are presented is novel.

4. In my humble opinion, the diagram is superior to the previous table in that it demonstrates relationships between key ideas in a manner that cannot be replicated by a simple table.

5. The concepts contained in this diagram are well-known and widely canvassed in a variety of texts. I have come across all of these concepts previously across a 40 year career as a professional marketer and educator. There are no real surprises - but I doubt that these concepts have been organised in precisely this manner in any published work.

Two other images created by me using Photoshop and placed on relevant Wikipages have already been deleted. One of these contain ideas organised in novel ways - but because I went to the trouble of providing a source for the original ideas (not for the diagram), the image was deleted. (The original authors never produced a diagram but simply discussed the concepts, but I combined two different parts of their article in an original way, again with an emphasis on relationships).

What I infer from all this activity is that diagrams can never acceptable, photographs are preferred. If the diagram provides a source, it is deleted immediately. If the diagram does not contain a source, I will be given a request for a source, which presumably will earmark the diagram for deletion just as soon as it is supplied! (I have noticed other diagrams on Wiki pages. How ever do they get them through the net??????)

What about if I used post-it notes to write these ideas out by hand and carefully arranged them on an interesting background, and then took a photo of them? Would that be acceptable?

BronHiggs (talk) 20:58, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

  • @BronHiggs: I'm not sure why you posted this on the Help desk, since you don't seem to be asking for any assistance.
  • @BronHiggs: You can always turn any sort of speedy delete into a regular deletion review discussion. I'm guessing you didn't know how to do that. Would you like me to do that for you?
  • @Ellin Beltz: You tagged this; offhand, I don't see any problem with the user's statement that it is the user's own work. Any actual issue here? If you did this in error, you can just remove the tag and we wouldn't need a DR. - Jmabel ! talk 23:25, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Need Guidance on Copyright[edit]

I really need guidance on developing images using Photoshop.

I have heaps of ideas for diagrams and flowcharts that help to explain concepts. But it takes hours to produce this sort of material, but I wonder if there is really any point if the diagrams are just going to be deleted after I finish them and upload them.

So my original question was: "What about if I draw the ideas on blank paper, and than take a photo of them?" Would that be more acceptable than a diagram worked up in Photoshop.

BronHiggs (talk) 00:12, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

BTW I am relatively new to Wikipedia, and have no idea what you are talking about most of the time — Preceding unsigned comment added by BronHiggs (talk • contribs) 00:13, 18 October 2016 (UTC) e.g. I do not know what is meant by "turn any sort of speedy delete into a regular deletion review discussion"

  1. There is nothing wrong with using Photoshop (or pretty much any other tool) to develop a diagram. In general, that would be preferable to a hand-drawn image.
  2. The fact that someone proposed your image for deletion does not necessarily mean it will be deleted. As I said above, I think she's wrong in this case. Given that you apparently don't understand the procedures, I'll take this in hand myself and follow the usual process. You'll probably see a note on your talk page that I've proposed the image for deletion. That doesn't mean I want it deleted, it means I'm setting up a proper place to discuss Ellin's request for deletion instead of just having it proceed. - Jmabel ! talk 02:15, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Problems uploading a file, thumbnail generation[edit]

File:Winterville Aerial View HRoe 2016.jpg I'm not sure why, but am having troubles with this. File fails to generate a thumbnail, although if you click on the blank thumbnail it takes you too the image page which appears fine. Another user was able to fix the same problem on another file earlier by re uploading it themselves I think, but they have since logged off and not returned. Can someone help with this? Have never encountered this before and am really not sure what to do. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 22:53, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

This looks like a problem specific to this file, and won't be solved by reuploading. I can reproduce this on my local testing wiki too. I'll look into it. Matma Rex (talk) 00:28, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. Any help would be appreciated. I'm not sure why it's doing this. I've uploaded numerous files here before, but I have been rather inactive as of late. Has something changed? I'm not doing anything different on my end. Any suggestions would also be helpful. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 02:30, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
That image has a quite complicated EXIF info generated by photoshop. Our image thumbnailer has had problems with similar images in the past. MKFI (talk) 06:38, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
@Heironymous Rowe: Thumbnail generation was failing because MediaWiki fails to read the width and height of the image. (And we need to know the original dimensions to thumbnail the file proportionally.) The file is technically not a valid JPEG file, it contains some garbage data between the JPEG sections (which include e.g. EXIF metadata, or the actual image data; see w:JPEG#Syntax_and_structure); it seems that most image viewers and browsers simply ignore it and display the file, but both MediaWiki's metadata extractor and PHP's getimagesize() function are strict and treat this as an invalid file. I've already submitted a patch for MediaWiki, I'll probably work on one for PHP too.
@MKFI: Do you have any examples of other affected files? It would be helpful to determine the priority of this issue (is it just one file out of 30 million, or is it a common issue?).
(The file was replaced with a different version that doesn't have the problem, but you can still see it with the old versions.) Matma Rex (talk) 02:04, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. Problem seems to be resolved, as I uploaded several files today with no problems what so ever. I'm not sure why those files glitched, I didn't do anything differently with them than the others. Heironymous Rowe (talk) 05:03, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
@Matma Rex: one example from 2013: File:Waterfall in Tivoli, by Johann Martin von Rohden (1778 - 1868).jpg. Not very common issue to my knowledge. MKFI (talk) 06:48, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
I looked into it and this is already fixed in PHP, so I just had to port the patch to HHVM. This will be resolved for all images when they get around to merging the patch, and we get around to upgrading out version of HHVM. This might take a couple weeks, but it'll eventually happen :) Matma Rex (talk) 23:31, 20 October 2016 (UTC)


Nach dem erfolgreichen Hochladen von Fotos und eines Renderings wollte ich ein Tortendiagramm hochladen. Commons ließ dies aus Urheberrechten nicht zu. Ich besitze jedoch die Urheberrechte des Diagramms! Warum verwehrt Commons das Hochladen bzw. wie kann ich dies richtig stellen? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BBT SE (talk • contribs) 13:06, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

  • (I don't follow the above well enough to respond—can't make sense of what the issue is—but I believe a Tortendiagramm is a "pie chart" if someone else can help out.) - Jmabel ! talk 15:38, 19 October 2016 (UTC))
    The problem is that the uploader ran into Special:AbuseFilter/156. Saving and uploading the diagram in a format more suitable for diagrams, such as SVG or PNG, should avoid the problem. LX (talk, contribs) 17:58, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
    @BBT SE: Verstehen Sie? Ob nicht, jemand traduzieren kann. - Jmabel ! talk 19:10, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
BBT SE, Du solltest dir unbedingt de:Vorlage:Graph:Chart ansehen! Von dort gibt es übrigens auch Verlinkungen zur selben Vorlage in anderen Sprachversionen und auch nach Commons: {{Graph:Chart}}. Du bist (Übersetzung des von LX geposteten Inhalts) mit einem Missbrauchsfilter kollidiert – was nicht bedeuten muss, dass Du auch Missbrauch im Schilde geführt hast, der Filter ist automatisiert. Hättest Du die Grafik in einem der dafür deutlich besser geeigneten Formate hochgeladen – PNG als Pixel- oder SVG als Vektordatei –, hättest Du vermutlich Erfolg gehabt. Jmabel, you are right “Tortendiagramm” is German for pie chart. — Speravir_Talk – 00:10, 24 October 2016 (UTC)</span

Alles klar. Herzlichen Dank! — Preceding unsigned comment added by BBT SE (talk • contribs) 10:21, 25 October 2016‎ (UTC)

  • As a courtesy to other editors, it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on talk pages, deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and the date will then automatically be added along with a timestamp when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.


Hallo! Ich habe unter Category:Forests Dateien in passendere (genauere) Kategorien verschoben. Zu meiner Überraschung fand ich in der oben angegebenen Datei einen Vorschlag zur Umbenennung (Diese Datei wurde zur Umbenennung vorgeschlagen durch Hiddenhauser...), der angeblich von mir eingefügt wurde. Mal abgesehen davon, dass ich gar nicht weiß wie das geht, steht auch in der Versionsgeschichte nichts davon. Ich wollte die Vorlage entfernen, aber sie steht nicht auf der Bearbeitenseite. Kann da mal einer nachsehen der sich auskennt und das Ding rausnehmen. Zumal die Umbenennung überflüssig ist. Grüße, --Hiddenhauser (talk) 13:28, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

Da war die Vorlage {{move}} [nicht durch dich] eingebunden, die bei Dateien aber gar nicht verwendet werden soll. --Magnus (talk) 14:11, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Super, Danke! Ich verstehe zwar nicht wie mein Name da ins Spiel kommt, aber jetzt ist es ja ok. Gruß,--Hiddenhauser (talk) 14:15, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

Uploading a whole book[edit]

I have located a digitized book online that is copyright expired, and the only request of the webmaster of the site in which it appears is that credit be given to the site as the provider of the material. Given that, how do I upload a whole book? Can I use the Upload Wizard? Drbones1950 (talk) 17:59, 19 October 2016 (UTC)


How long after photos are uploaded, will they appear in the designated page....example CN Tower

Thank you

W.B. Grice — Preceding unsigned comment added by William B. Grice (talk • contribs) 20:39, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

Items in[edit]

Is it permissible to upload a cropped image of one of the pages at this location: specifically page n1379 or thereabouts (p835 Nov 30th 1922)

The original I presume would be out of copyright (UK 1922) while the photo image appears to be offered within the public domain — Preceding unsigned comment added by Blacktav (talk • contribs) 23:14, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

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I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. Resolved in COM:VPC. Poké95 00:25, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

How to use Cat-a-lot[edit]


Somewhere I saw directions for using Cat-a-lot, but now I can't find them. Is there a help page for using it? I just used it and it moved only two images and said there was no category for the others, though all were going to the same cat. What am I doing wrong?

Help:Gadget-Cat-a-lot. Does that help?Drbones1950 (talk) 23:46, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! Hard to understand though. Guess I will fiddle with it. For the future, where is that help page located? I searched for it and got nowhere. Thanks for your help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kalbbes (talk • contribs)
No need to search, just click on the link he provided. - Jmabel ! talk 04:50, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
I will bookmark that link. But I can't figure out how to move images from one cat to another, even though I am careful to create the cat first. There is something I am not understanding. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kalbbes (talk • contribs)
The section of the linked article "Moving files between categories, and removing files from a category" describes that in detail. If there is something unclear there, I suggest you use its talk page to ask about it, since any required clarification probably belongs in the article. - Jmabel ! talk 15:34, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

page removed by editor[edit]

Dear colleague,

I edited the page "European Master's in Translation ", and included two pictures. I work for the European Commission, the pictures are the property of the European Commission, and it is my task to update this page. Now the pictures have been removed, and the page has reverted to its old, outdated and incorrect version.

Its history says:

03:50, 2 September 2016‎ CommonsDelinker (talk | contribs)‎ . . (4,932 bytes) (-69)‎ . . (Removing "Wheel_of_Competences.jpg", it has been deleted from Commons by Magog the Ogre because: Copyright violation, see c:Commons:Licensing.) (undo)

(cur | prev) 03:50, 2 September 2016‎ CommonsDelinker (talk | contribs)‎ . . (5,001 bytes) (-49)‎ . . (Removing "Logo_emt.jpg", it has been deleted from Commons by Magog the Ogre because: Fair use is not allowed on Commons.) (undo)

Can you help me to correct this, because it is not clear to me what I should do.

Thank you.

Fokke Sluiter — Preceding unsigned comment added by FSG12 (talk • contribs) 15:03, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

  1. Given that you say "I work for the European Commission", have you seen en:Wikipedia:Paid-contribution disclosure?
  2. In terms of uploading an image whose copyright is owned by a third party (even as an employee of the EC, you are considered a separate party from the EC) there are two possibilities. Assuming the EC owns the copyright, you can (1) indicate the relevant free license on a site clearly controlled by the EC (its own site or, for example, if it has an official Flickr photostream) or (2) follow the procedure laid out at COM:OTRS.
  3. At this point, for images that have already been undeleted, you might first try working with the deleting admin, but if there are any difficulties there, go to Commons:Undeletion requests. - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 20 October 2016 (UTC)


Is there a help (or policy) page about images of banknotes? It would be good to add an advice (or a template?) to avoid uploading images of different banknotes via the "Upload a new version of this file" link (i. e., if your banknote differs from the one pictured in design, serial number or any other aspect, please upload it as a new file). --Djadjko (talk) 01:28, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Your concern may be covered in Commons:Overwriting existing files. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:37, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
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File:Rwake re-release cover.jpg.[edit]

Images were removed saying they were of derivative work. Can this be explained better of how they are and of what album? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hallow88 (talk • contribs) 01:48, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

@Hallow88: Hello, that image was deleted since it is a derivative work of non-free material (which is the album cover). See COM:DW. A derivative work of a non-free material is non-free, and we don't accept non-free images (see COM:L). If you want this image to be restored, OTRS permission is needed from the copyright holder of the album, which is very unlikely in this case (since they use the album cover for profit, and making the album cover free would be a great loss for them). Thanks, Poké95 04:34, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Mass category removal from files[edit]

The task is to:

  • find some files via search,
  • then remove a specified category from those files.

Unfortunately, Gadget-Cat-a-lot can't remove a category from files, when you're on any page, except from that category page.

Are there any other similar helpful tools? --Djadjko (talk) 03:40, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

You can install and use Visual File Change. — SMUconlaw (talk) 11:28, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
Not exactly what I want, but it does work (e. g., you can remove a "Sample category" from a group of files, by executing it in "custom replace" mode and specifying to replace "[[Category:Sample category]]" with empty string). --Djadjko (talk) 22:28, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
Sounds like a use for Auto Wiki Browser to me. -mattbuck (Talk) 06:48, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
AutoWikiBrowser? in C#? I would prefer Java, thanks :) --Djadjko (talk) 22:05, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

How to define "permission"[edit]

Unfortunately, I cannot understand what to write after the word "permisson" here:

|Source =Own work |Author =IvanSt25 |Date =2012.11.21 |Permission =

??? The situation: I have all rights to use the photo and I have a permission from the person to use it here.

And which tag should I use in case I'm ready to release all the rights?

Thank you!

IvanSt25 (talk) 11:17, 23 October 2016 (UTC)IvanSt25

What are exactly "all rights" that you got? Ruslik (talk) 19:49, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
  • I have a feeling there is some confusion here. If it's really your "own work", then you are the copyright holder and there isn't a matter of getting permission. So when you say "I have a permission from the person" do you mean someone else was the photographer, or are you just talking about the permission of the subject of the photo?
  • Permission "to use it here" doesn't count for much. Commons only hosts photos which are either in the public domain or which are free-licensed. If you are the photographer, you need to grant such a license as part of the upload (typically {{CC-BY-SA 4.0}}, but there are others); if not, we need the rights-holder (typically the photographer) to send email as explained at COM:OTRS, granting a specific license. In addition to sending to COM:OTRS, you should indicate that same license on upload, and should tag the image with {{OTRS pending}} because the permission via OTRS usually takes some time to process. - Jmabel ! talk 05:01, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

How to delete my own images?[edit]

I uploaded a few images and would like to delete them? How can I do so? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Uzman1243 (talk • contribs)

  • In general, you can't, unless they were very recently uploaded (a few days) or you go through the same process to delete them for a specific reason that anyone else could initiate. Typically, when you upload photos here, you grant an irrevocable license as part of the process. "Irrevocable" means just that: you can't take it back. - Jmabel ! talk 05:03, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

uploading self created images[edit]

In trying to upload, a wholly self owned image (original digital painting jpg.) on the wikipedia "treehouse" editorial help page, the upload field rejected the image as not sufficiently clear of copywrite complications. To wit: the program could not verify CC. standing. Is there some way around this techno-bureaucratic obstacle? I know I have full rights of exercising waiver for my own work, and know WM accepts original work. Perhaps it is mere a formatting problem, in which case, could you direct me to your "criteria for uploading images" page? ThanksBjhodge8 (talk) 03:47, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Could you be more specific about what happened? You say you were trying to upload on a Wikipedia page, but you are asking this on Commons. How were you trying to upload (with Commons' Upload Wizard, or with some other tool? There are quite a few). It doesn't make sense to say "the program could not verify CC. standing" because the program has no way to know the standing of a license, it just takes the license you state. So what you've written doesn't make sense, and you'll need to be more specific about what you did on what page (presuming you used a web-based tool, otherwise what software), and just what message it gave you. - Jmabel ! talk 05:11, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
  • You seem to have successfully uploaded File:E-Knowledgement.jpg, so I have no idea why you would be having trouble uploading something else. That image, though, lacks categories (which you should add, as appropriate) and I'm not certain it is in scope. If you just intended this as one of a small number of images for your user page it would be allowed for that purpose, but only if you actually use it there. - Jmabel ! talk 05:16, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

I' m a complete doofus when it comes to the typo. niceties of WP editing. I am just trying to register as a guest at the TeaHouse to get some guidance on this very subject. Sorry to bother you. I took down my question when I realized I should be using the Upload Wizard but was not quick enough, apparently. Thanks for responding with such alacrity. " I'm formatting as fast as I can" Bjhodge8 (talk) 06:01, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

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Copyright help regarding File:Pierre Joubert.jpg[edit]

I have problems on the copyright status to be assigned to this file. This is not my work, but a photo taken by another person. The photo is present in this album Before uploading the image on Commons, I contacted the author of the picture, asking his permission to use the image on Wikipedia. The author gave me permission. However I can not find any tags that correspond to this situation. What can I do?

--Yaniv 01 (talk) 13:05, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

There is no tag for this situation because it is not allowed. Firstly, you can't have recently contacted the author of the picture, Robert Manson, because he died in 2001. Secondly, Commons requires freely usable pictures and a permission restricted to use a picture on Wikipedia is not a free license. Thirdly, licensing must be evidenced by a verifiable declaration by the copyright owner. You can try to obtain a valid free license by finding the identity of the person who inherited the copyright of Robert Mason, asking them if they agree to release this image under a free license and, if they accept, asking them to send to Wikimedia an email confirming their declaration of free license by the procedure detailed in the page Commons:OTRS. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:21, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

Upload wizard page empty after Firefogg installation[edit]

Hi, after having Firefogg installed as recommended, the upload wizard page is displayed empty and no longer functional . No forms, no button to select local files, plain empty except the page header. My browser is FF 49.2.

Desinstallation of Firefogg restores the Upload wizard page's functionality - but then I am missing of course the conversion functionality. Regards, --Burkhard (talk) 19:23, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

It works for me in Firefox 50.0b1, I've just managed to select and transcode a file. Matma Rex (talk) 15:34, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
Did it you use it also with an non-beta version? And - any hints or a guideline how to further pinpoint the problem (I'm not a webdesigner). Regards, --Burkhard (talk) 17:39, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
@Drahkrub: No, I only have that version installed at the moment.
  • It would be useful if you could upload somewhere a screenshot of the broken page. Sometimes the specific way in which something glitches out can indicate the underlying problem.
  • Open the browser console (Ctrl+Shift+K), then refresh the page, and copy any errors that appear. UploadWizard is supposed to have logging for them, but it's not impossible that it's also failing.
  • After you try again, say at what time it was, so that I can check our error logs for that time range more carefully. (I briefly checked error logs for 24 October, but nothing seemed obviously relevant to Firefogg.)
Matma Rex (talk) 19:19, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Delete corrupt file.[edit]

Hello, Could you delete this file as it is corrupt (gif) and I want to upload new version (jpg). thanks Noel Nmclough (talk) 09:56, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Done. - Jmabel ! talk 16:11, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
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Re: Illegal action of Mr.Christian Ferrer‬[edit]

Image StanimirBelomazhevESOC2016.png‬ is OWNERSHIP of Mr.Stanimir Belomazhev on which personal page it is uploaded with his personal permit

IT is illegal some one like Mr. Christian Ferrer‬ to insult me with message "StanimirBelomazhevESOC2016.png has been marked as a possible copyright violation. " without having any clear prove for that.

HOW person - Christian Ferrer defined that there is copyright violation? What kind of proves he can apply for this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by JordanVarna (talk • contribs) 12:57, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: File:StanimirBelomazhevESOC2016.png.
  • No, it's not illegal to say something is a copyright violation. Indeed, even if he was wrong in saying so, it isn't illegal for him to say this, at least under any law I've ever heard of. Do you have some specific law in mind, or are you just blowing off steam? - Jmabel ! talk 16:14, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • @Christian Ferrer: - Jmabel ! talk 16:14, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • @JordanVarna: If you yourself say Stanimir Belomazhev owns the image, how can you then claim it as your own work? Also, if he's the person in the photo, even the claim that he owns the rights seems pretty doubtful to me: the rights would normally belong to the photographer, unless the photo is work for hire. - Jmabel ! talk 16:19, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
This image have been previously published in several places, e.g. here. If one upload an artwork previously published, a free source must be provided (link to the web page), or a permission from the copyright owner must be send to OTRS. This is our policies. Christian Ferrer (talk) 16:53, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
According to the upload log, you claimed that you are the author. You also say that it is ESOC 2016, but actually it was posted by Stanimir Belomazhev on his facebook page in 2013. It is unlikely that he would have given you the photo with false information. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:38, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

City seals[edit]

What are the guidelines for uploading a .svg city seal, if it was made avaliable for download in a city's website? Are these files allowed? YuriNikolai (talk) 23:59, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Typically, no, unless the image is old enough to be public domain. City seals are copyrighted just like any other artwork. "Available for download" has nothing to do with it: most content on the Internet is not free-licensed. - Jmabel ! talk 04:51, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Question regarding reuse the picture[edit]

Hi There,

I would want to use below image as logo of my company. Kindly advise if I am permitted to do so OR please provide me author's contact number so that I can discuss obtaining needed permission.

File:Flame from a Burning Candle.JPG Author: MarcusObal

Thanks, Plaban Mohapatra — Preceding unsigned comment added by PLABANM (talk • contribs) 06:14, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Since the image is dual-licensed under the GFDL and Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike, you are free to reuse it using either license. However, in keeping with the terms of the license, you must attribute the author by providing their name and a link back to the image page to the appropriate license (possibly in a credits/acknowledgement page on your website) as well as noting any modifications you have made to the image. You must also license any derivatives of the image, such as your logo, under the same terms (for the Creative Commons license, you can also choose a compatible license). You could attempt to contact MarcusObal by leaving a message on their user talk page but they haven't edited here since 2009, so it's not likely they'll respond. Hope that helps. clpo13(talk) 15:28, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Certainly the CC license is easier than GFDL, but I doubt that for a company logo you would want to have to attribute the work to Marcus every time you use it, and link to (or reproduce) the relevant license. Contrary to Clpo13, you don't have to link back to the image page, but you do have to name and link to the license.
  • Since Marcus hasn't been active in years and did not provide us with an email address, your chance of contacting him is slim. I think you would do far better to pay a competent photographer to create a similar image of flame. - Jmabel ! talk 15:38, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
Oops, you're right. I mistook "link to the license" for linking to the image. clpo13(talk) 15:40, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Logo image[edit]

How do I upload a company logo file?

All the wiki guides loop in circles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AnahitaT (talk • contribs) 16:34, 26 October 2016‎ (UTC)

  • As far as actually uploadng the image, you do it the same way as any other image, with the "Upload file" link in the left bar. But read Commons:Guidance for paid editors for some important points to understand before doing so. BMacZero (talk) 17:08, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • If you do not represent the company, you cannot upload the image unless they allow it. BMacZero (talk) 17:09, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • NOTE that like any other image, it can be on Commons only if it is either in the public domain or is available under a free license. If it is not in the public domain, then you will almost certainly need to go through the process described at COM:OTRS of the rights-owner sending an email to verify the grant of a license. This is true even if you represent the company: we need that email (typically coming from a domain associated with the company) or we have no way to know that the company is actually allowing their logo to be free-licensed. - Jmabel ! talk 23:21, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Second-Hand Permission[edit]

An amateur photographer friend has given me some digital images with permission to upload and categorize. What is the best way to indicate release and attribution? Drbones1950 (talk) 18:24, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Your friend needs to send an email to Please have him/her have a look at Com:OTRS on what to include. Cheers! --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 18:50, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
Your friend's email per COM:OTRS can authorize you to upload on their behalf (rather than listing specific images), but probably should also contain an explicit statement of what license they intend for their images. Once that email is sent, when you upload images, give that photographer's name (or however they wish to be attributed) as the author, and mark any such uploads with {{OTRS pending}} until such time as you have a specific OTRS number to mark them with. - Jmabel ! talk 23:25, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
Pinging Drbones1950 Poké95 00:22, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
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Upload Wizard error[edit]

While trying to import Flickr images I'm constantly getting an error in the Upload Wizard. The fetching of the image file from Flickr seems to work, but when I click "next" to continue to the description page, I get

Error: at line 15: TypeError: this.upload.deedChoser is undefined

The image in question is this one. De728631 (talk) 22:48, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

@De728631: Thanks for reporting this, I'll look into it. Matma Rex (talk) 23:16, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
@De728631: This should be fixed now. See phab:T149259 for details. Matma Rex (talk) 00:02, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I was watching that task. Thanks a lot for fixing this. De728631 (talk) 00:05, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
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