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Can we take pictures of six historic photos displayed by the government agencie?[edit]

This question was originally raised here: [1]. I think that I can not ask multiple questions in the same topic, so I separately to ask about copyright violations. My question is:

11th century church hymn copyright issue[edit]

I am trying to upload a recording of the Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above church hymn. Am I supposed to tick "This file is my own work" or not? L293D (talk) 01:14, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

@L293D: Did you record the hymn yourself? Are you the singer? Can it be otherwise attributed to someone else? --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 05:20, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
@Donald Trung: Yes, I recorded it myself. My issue was that did not write the sheet music and that last time that I uploaded similar files, I got a ton of warnings about my files being "derivative works". So am I supposed to tick "this file is my own work" or not? L293D (talk) 12:04, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
If the underlying composition is not in the public domain (or otherwise free-licensed) we can't have it on Commons. If it is in the public domain, then yes this is your own work, and (if you are using Upload Wizard) add the fact that the underlying work is PD to the "permissions" template after uploading, since the Wizard won't let you add it before uploading. - 15:53, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Flickr2Commons doesn't seem to work anymore[edit]

With Flickr2Commons I was about to import this albim and this album from the British Library, but when I attempted to open it I suddenly got a new language select interface but no option to upload files even after selecting a language.. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 01:41, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

  • After selecting language, click on the words "Flickr-to-Commons" to its left. Yes, this is terrible UI, and someone should probably file a bug report about the poor UI. - Jmabel ! talk 15:55, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Google Images[edit]

I am trying to add an imgine found on Google Images to an article. How do I know if the picture is copyrighted? Here is the exact link to the image: MarsLovesDogs (talk) 23:20, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

In general most all images found on the internet are copyright to someone, often the photographer. Such image must be verifiably under a free license and without such we cannot accept them. You can select a google search with appropriate licenses, look under tools and select "Labeled for non-commercial reuse with modification". The image you selected is not freely licensed, so if you look at the page on the website it is on you will see a copyright notice at the bottom of the page. Ww2censor (talk) 23:38, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Some questions[edit]

Hey! I just uploaded this image to illustrate an article on the Spanish wikipedia. I have some questions about it:

  • First, is there any styling guide for which typeface to choose for the caption?
  • Second, would the image be more useful if I had uploaded it first without the caption, and then created a different version with it? I'm a newbie, so I have no idea how to do it
  • Third: The image is from my university, it is a frog embryo prepared by them for us to see. However, I was the one to take the photo with my phone, so I assumed it has no copyright, am I right?
  • In which case, fourth, I also have images for the gastrula and other early embryo stages for which I haven't been able to find images on commons. Should I upload them? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marion Moseby (talk • contribs) 08:12, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
1) @Marion Moseby: I presume you are asking about the captions when adding an image to a wiki article. There is no reason to use a different typeface for captions, just type and save it, adding any necessary wikilinks that would give readers better understanding of the topic. Some language wikis may have a specific "Manual of Style" for certain project topics.
2) Adding a caption provide readers with more information, so unless the image is so obvious to not need a caption you should add one.
3) As you state, you did not copy someones photo, so you are the copyright holder and you already uploaded the image with a Creative Commons license we allow. The very act of taking a photo confers copyright to the person taking it, so it is not true to say your image has no copyright; it has and you own it and can license it as you wish.
4) We absolutely welcome images which don't already exist, even different versions of the same subject, so long as they are freely licensed without any commercial or derivative restrictions. So any other such photos can and should be uploaded. Do not take photos of other people's photos or creative works just because you took a photo of their work because it is not really yours.
  • Hope that helps. BTW, please adding four tildes ~~~~, like this to your postings but not to your uploads or article pages. Thanks Ww2censor (talk) 10:47, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
    • If by a caption you mean actually placing the caption on the photo (Ww2censor seems to be assuming you just mean a text description on the file page): those are generally discouraged, but if for some reason you must have one, please also upload a version without that. - Jmabel ! talk 15:59, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
I believe the text in question is more of a label than a caption—identifying a feature with an arrow—but regardless, a ‘clean’ original allows for much easier creation of labels in other languages. Also, when the labelled version is saved as a JPEG the underlying image will deteriorate slightly in comparison to the original, which might make a noticeable difference to a contrast-enhancement or other manipulation. You can link to the unmarked image in the “other versions” section of the labelled one (and vice versa). Image annotations can also be used to point out features without altering the photo itself. As for the typeface of a label, there’s no standard, but legibility is the main consideration, and script or decorative styles should usually be avoided. The example seems fine to me.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 19:48, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

upload a picture[edit]

HI Im trying to upload this picture

on this page

but for some reason i am unable to do this — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yoramjacobson (talk • contribs) 13:33, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Did you take the pic? Have you got another user name? --E4024 (talk) 14:08, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
@Yoramjacobson: There appears to have been edit warring over image selection at article he:יורם יעקבסון, so it has been protected. See also Commons:Deletion requests/File:יורםיעקבסון19442017.jpg.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 16:25, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Proper License details/Permissions etc for image upload[edit]

I want to upload the album artwork for a music single article i'm working on but I don't know what the proper license/permissions etc are to put for the upload (second image on this page-> for ref as to what it looks like). The same image can be found on iTunes and other places online. I've looked at related images used in similar articles but I also don't know how to go about putting the details from those that seem applicable to the image I want to use. And tbqh I've been struggling to properly understand uploading stuff on Commons, not the process of uploading itself but the details to apply to uploads specifically. Can anyone help me out please?

--Carlobunnie (talk) 18:18, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

  • Almost no record jacket artwork is in the public domain, and I see no reason to think this is an exception. Unless can get permission from the copyright holder (typically the graphic artist or the record label) as described at COM:OTRS, we cannot host it.
  • You don't mention where you are writing an article, but if it is in the English-language Wikipedia, it should be possible to upload a low-resolution image directly to the English-language Wikipedia for this purpose. (This in no way involves Commons.) You can use w:Goats Head Soup and w:File:The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup.jpg as a model of how to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 19:29, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
Jmabel sorry for not mentioning it but yes it is in Eng-lang-wiki. I didn't know that I could upload directly as I have in the past seen images in articles that were linked from Commons (don't know if they have been replaced since) hence why I thought that was how it is normally done. Apologies if I sound foolish about all this but I'm still learning how everything works. Thank you for replying & clarifying.Carlobunnie (talk) 21:10, 15 March 2018 (UTC)
@Carlobunnie:: Commons is the preferred location for PD & free-licensed images, but non-free images must go directly to the project that is using them, since each project has its own policies for non-free use (and Commons' policy is "NOPE"). - Jmabel ! talk 23:43, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Help locating an image of Natina Reed[edit]

Hello everyone! I was wondering if there was a place to request free images? I have expanded the Natina Reed article, and I am trying to find a better image of her to use for the infobox. Either way, have a wonderful rest of your day and/or night! Aoba47 (talk) 05:08, 16 March 2018 (UTC) can be a good place to search for free images (if there are any!) Ronhjones  (Talk) 23:01, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Would any of these images count as free images (here)? They are from Getty Images. Thank you in advance! Aoba47 (talk) 18:40, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Typically nothing from Getty is free; typically the only exception would be if you can show that they are offering a public domain image, and you can demonstrate from some other source that it is public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 19:45, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Makes sense. I will just stay out of Wikimedia stuff altogether. Aoba47 (talk) 22:22, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

Pleas help with new file/pic added on Wikipedia page called Charles Pierripont, 1st Earl Manvers[edit]

Please help place pic of Charles in info box and tidy up file/pic of Sarah Meadows Martineau. Thsnks175.33.22.145 06:44, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

The first image is in place, the second one was taken care of, Charles Pierrepont, 1st Earl Manvers. --Taterian (talk) 00:04, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

Photo quality[edit]

What in-camera quality setting is advisable and typically used for photos to be uploaded to Commons (eg: High or Medium jpg)? Or, do Commons photo uploaders typically (or invariably) capture images in RAW prior to post-processing and uploading? DonFB (talk) 06:58, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

  • You are welcome either to use RAW & post-process or to use the camera's own settings, but if the latter please use the highest resolution and highest quality available. - Jmabel ! talk 15:21, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

Unknown user[edit]

I am trying to upload this 'CC BY 2.0' image from Flickr using Flickr-to-Commons. I put in the URL and the name, and hit run, and it keeps giving me the error message 'unknown user' even though I have signed in. What am I doing wrong? Leschnei (talk) 21:29, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

  • You say "even though I have signed in". Just to clarify: you have a TUSC account and are you signed into it? Or you are just signed in to Commons (which is not what flickr2commons needs). Or by "Flickr-to-Commons" do you possibly mean something other than flickr2commons? - Jmabel ! talk 22:16, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
This is the page I am starting at, and I was asked to sign in at this page. I do have a Wikimedia account, and I get the 'Welcome, Leschnei' in the upper left corner. Leschnei (talk) 23:02, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
... turns out my remark about a TUSC account was outdated. You now need OAuth. If it's recognizing who you are, I'm not at all sure what's wrong. Can someone else help out here?- Jmabel ! talk 06:01, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
@Magnus Manske: What do you think about this?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 17:39, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Image was eventually uploaded, File:Rogan painting.jpg. The Flickr2commons API has its own talkage, Talk:Flickr2commons and bug-reporting sheet. --Taterian (talk) 23:40, 23 March 2018 (UTC)


Salve sono Gianni Colacione,mi sono iscritto da poco sono quindi un neofita come collaboratore (?) di Wikipedia . Mi sono iscritto per inserire nei collegamenti esterni della voce "Rastrellamento del Quadraro" i link di tre video inerenti alla vicenda. I video a cui i link rimandano sono pubblicati sul sito di che è un'associazione di promozione culturale incentrata sull'omonima webtv di cui sono il direttore e che mette a disposizione i materiali anche su you tube in regime di creative commons in particolare come si legge in fondo alla schermata del sito "Tranne ove diversamente indicato, tutti i contenuti di questo sito sono rilasciati sotto la licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 3.0 Italia License ." Io stesso li ho personalmente registrati montati e pubblicati su you tube nell'ambito di un'attività di divulgazione sull'argomento Rastrellamento del Quadraro. Per uleriori informazioni su vi linko qui la sezione "chi siamo" presente sul sito Spero di non aver fatto errori.

Gianni Colacione - direttore di — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gianni Colacione (talk • contribs) 15:53, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

  • The problem (in terms of using this on Commons) is the "Non commerciale - Non opere derivate", which is not allowed on Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 16:55, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

API to fetch images uploaded recently to Commons[edit]

I am looking for an API which will help me get a list of images uploaded recently to Commons, much like the images you can find in the "Latest Files" section when you login to Wikimedia Commons on the website.

I was reading up on the MediaWiki API, and found this section which looked like it would do the job. However upon trying it in the API sandbox, I found that it would return images that had been uploaded to Wikipedia. I am yet to find an image as part of the results that was uploaded to Commons.

Is there any way of filtering and getting only images which have been uploaded to Commons via this API? Or is their a different API which I need to use to for this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluesir9 (talk • contribs) 16:03, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Allimages works on Commons like [2] --ghouston (talk) 21:59, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
The media wiki page example links to en-wiki api sandbox en:Special:ApiSandbox, you need commons api sandbox Special:ApiSandbox Ronhjones  (Talk) 22:58, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Chinese stamp[edit]

Hi. I would like to upload this image. It is a stamp issued in 1931 by the communist authorities in China. The problem is that I don't really know if I have the permission to do it. The stamps doesn't look like an official stamp (it was issued by the communist authorities before they came to power). What do you think? --SuperBowser (talk) 19:42, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

This is probably {{pd-text}}? Ruslik (talk) 20:38, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Ok, thank you. I uploaded the image, it's here. --SuperBowser (talk) 21:07, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Copyright expires after 50 (fifty) years in China/Taiwan, please see Template:PD-China. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 07:44, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Hidden Picture[edit]

The plain of Musashi, Mount Fuji and the moon

Ive been looking for a hiiden picture in a painting called : The Plain Of Musashi, Mount Fuji & the Moon... Do you know where it would be? If so could you please contact me on: (Redacted) Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 03:42, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

(I removed your email address, because being posted on a public page like this it’s likely to attract spam.) I’ve never heard of the painting myself, but we have a high-resolution image of a painted screen under that name if anyone wants to peruse it.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:12, 18 March 2018 (UTC)


How to see videos on iphone 5 —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:13, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Do please consult the following, How to Watch Videos on an iPhone. --Taterian (talk) 00:56, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

Adding a logo with author's permission[edit]

Hi, I have permission from the Marketing Manager at UIPM UIPM to add the organisation's new logo to its Wikipedia page. Can you please explain what proof of authority is needed? Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonathan Coates Comms (talk • contribs) 23:03, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

@Jonathan Coates Comms: Please send permission from your organization's domain via OTRS.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:45, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Not working[edit]

When I type a signature (MB298 (talk) 00:47, 19 March 2018 (UTC)) it generally doesn’t show up. Also, when I try to add a template (for example, ✓ Done), it also doesn’t work. Why is this? MB298 (talk) 00:47, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Edit: this is only on my own talk page; see it. MB298 (talk) 00:47, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
@MB298: just from a glance, you might try archiving most of the older content. Only so many templates can be transcluded before the servers give up on processing them for the rest of the page. I’m not sure that‘s your problem, as there aren‘t obviously a lot of templates there, but OTOH there are lots of large graphics.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:25, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
@Odysseus1479: I've done an archival and it seems to be working fine now. Thanks! MB298 (talk) 04:02, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
@MB298: Thank you. To quickly set up automatic archiving using a standard setup, simply place {{subst:User:MiszaBot/usertalksetup}} at the top of your user talk page.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 04:40, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

TIF file[edit]

Just tried to upload a TIF file, but got message "did not pass file verification" etc. Is there a problem with TIF images? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sardaka (talk • contribs) 09:38, 19 March 2018‎ (UTC)

@Sardaka: Can you copy/paste the exact error message? You may want to follow mw:How to report a bug.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:59, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Delete a Category[edit]


Could you delete a category I created by mystake.

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by France64160 (talk • contribs)

  • DONE. - Jmabel ! talk 03:59, 20 March 2018 (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. Jmabel ! talk 03:59, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Editing is extremely slow[edit]

Is there some sort of problem with the server? Whenever I type more than a few letters on any Wikimedia site it becomes extremely laggy and makes it almost impossible to edit – I actually have typed this in a completely different window and am copy-pasting it. It's not a problem with my computer because there is no lag when using any other website. I've tried force-quitting the browser several times, purging the cache, and none of it seems to work. Any idea what the problem could be? MB298 (talk) 01:38, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

@MB298:, reboot computer? Artix Kreiger (talk) 01:39, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
@Artix Kreiger: the problem seems to be solved when I'm using another browser, so I'll use the temporary solution for now. Might just be an issue with Safari. MB298 (talk) 01:41, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
@MB298:, yeah I think wiki supports a few, but not all, browsers. Artix Kreiger (talk) 01:43, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Wrong description caption on uploaded photograph ???[edit]


I just uploaded a photo to Commons. Its description caption is suppose to read -- Grand Central Terminal tunnel pantograph, 1907-- but when I paste the link into place in the page text, the caption under the photo reads -- Insert scan from book plate photo of 1907-- which is actually part of the details regarding the upload.

I don't know how to correct this, and have spent over an hour trying to find and repair the photo caption, without success.

Can anyone assist with this correction? The photo is currently in proper position on the wikipedia subject page -- Baldwin RP-210 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bbaldwin7 (talk • contribs) 06:48, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your help.

Bbaldwin7 (talk) 06:42, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

@Bbaldwin7: there is a button with the text "Edit" on it on the top-right side of the description, you can adjust the page just as you can this one. That way you can easily correct the description. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 07:42, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks very much. I found it! That top menu bar kept pushing up and off the top of my screen. I only saw the lower "edit" button for the upload text window. Just learned something to celebrate my 151st edit. Thanks very much. Much appreciated.Bbaldwin7 (talk) 10:20, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
I have changed caption in the en-wiki article; editing the file description in Commons would have no effect on article text. MKFI (talk) 07:45, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much for correcting the caption. Much appreciated.Bbaldwin7 (talk) 10:13, 20 March 2018 (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. bjh21 (talk) 12:22, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Music recordings of Beethoven[edit]

Relevant link

The recordings and performances are of music published years ago in the 18th century. Does the performance allow copyright? I had found it through Commons:Free media resources/Sound. Artix Kreiger (talk) 19:09, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

also, in regards to

is this braod enough? Artix Kreiger (talk) 19:30, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

  • Assuming I understand the above: recordings of performances are typically copyrighted. The fact that the underlying work is public domain does not change that. - Jmabel ! talk 20:25, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Gallery doesn't load[edit]

In the top right of category pages there is a button that says "Good pictures" that can drop down for some other options. I'm not sure which widget this is, but I remember that clicking it would show all pictures in the category and subcategories. (so clicking it in Category:Trains by class for example would show various trains) When I click it now I get a message "Connecting..." but nothing happens. Tried two browsers. Did something change? - Alexis Jazz 19:14, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

It now just said "Waiting in line. 5 ahead of us.". This number doesn't update, but after I think 2-3 minutes suddenly trains appeared. I tested that on Category:Trains of Inbi Line so it's not like I'm asking for thousands of trains. This doesn't seem quite right. - Alexis Jazz 19:22, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
It is FastCCI gadget. It requires some time to find all good picture especially in a large category. So, some waiting time is not unreasonable. Ruslik (talk) 21:03, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
It seems to be fast again now, but waiting 2-3 minutes for a category that (including subcategories) contains 33 images does not fall within the scope of "not unreasonable". There was a problem, if it happens again there may be capacity issues. - Alexis Jazz 03:42, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz, Ruslik0, DanielTom, Dschwen: I reported such an issue at phab:T179122 and based on Commons:Village pump/Archive/2017/11#Connecting..., to no avail. :(   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 10:44, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

An Admin is deleting my own pic of me In custom for the MES WIKI pages[edit]

An admin is deleting my own pics. I don't know how to reach him or even answering so he can stop. This are my own pics and I use filters on them.

How I make him stop. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ramonpazos (talk • contribs) 06:46, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

I presume the files you're talking about are these:
Those were all deleted by Christian Ferrer. You can contact him directly by adding a section to User talk:Christian Ferrer. Alternatively, you can request undeletion at Commons:Undeletion requests. Assuming that these pictures were much like File:Aztec 7.jpg, I can make a few suggestions for how to make your pictures less likely to be deleted:
  • Upload higher-resolution pictures. Modern digital cameras produce images of many megapixels: uploading a tiny version like this suggests that you got the picture from an Internet source rather than taking it yourself.
  • Upload the version directly from the camera. This includes all the details that the camera adds (often called "Exif data"), like what settings were used and when and where the picture was taken. Note that this might be implactical if you need to keep any of those details secret.
  • Add more descriptive text. Explain what event the picture was taken at, who the person depicted is, and so on.
  • Use an accurate date. File:Aztec 7.jpg is dated today, but this page says it was taken in 2009.
  • If your picture is already all over the Internet, do something to demonstrate either that you took it or that it's been released under a free licence. This can be tricky, but Commons:OTRS has some suggestions.
If, of course, those pictures weren't really taken by you then the answer is simpler: stop uploading other people's pictures and claiming them as your own. --bjh21 (talk) 11:24, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
@Bjh21, Ramonpazos: This is forum shopping, see also Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Ramonpazos and Commons:Administrators' noticeboard#Christian Ferrer is deleting my pic on the MES WIKI section.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 11:53, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I deleted File:Aztec 7.jpg, as an obvious copyvio, and warned this user. Regards, Yann (talk) 12:03, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Hello, I indeed speedy deleted the files listed above because they can be found published the web. And I nominated for deletion the rest of the files. Christian Ferrer (talk) 12:09, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

File:WWI Cottage Cheese.jpg[edit]

I believe that this image is incorrectly characterized during WWI. It looks like it's a WW TWO-era poster and there's no attribution other than the 2013 upload. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 13:09, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

The image was transferred from this website where it is clearly placed in the first world war. Richard 15:22, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

Accidental upload[edit]

Hello...I accidentally uploaded an image, I thought I was practicing, but it published instead. Can it please be removed?

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lisa Foote (talk • contribs) 19:47, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done DMacks (talk) 20:01, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

Adding copyrighted images to relevant pages[edit]


I am hoping to add the logo of the Wikipedia:Black Reel Awards to the article concerning the subject. However, it is copyrighted, and so the upload wizard has kept blocking my attempts to upload the image to add to that article. What should I do?

CommanderOzEvolved (talk) 09:28, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

@CommanderOzEvolved: That would be "Fair use". We don't allow that here. If you want to use the file elsewhere, please read WP:F for English Wikipedia or m:nfc for other projects & languages.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 10:18, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Well, okay. I'll just steer clear of fair use images for now... CommanderOzEvolved (talk) 13:42, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

OTRS permission pending[edit]

I have acquired the permission from Dr. Luke Roberts of the University of California of Santa Barbara to upload all images from his website that he has made himself (ironically the images he didn't give permission are all PD-scans sk I had imported them prior), I had then asked him to e-mail 📧 the OTRS team to create an OTRS ticket 🎟, as far as I'm aware this ticket 🎟 isn't processed yet and may take over a month to be processed, in that time I can already import all of his images and add the appropriate ones to Wikipedia's, am I allowed to upload them all and add {{Subst:OP}} to them now? Or should I wait until the (OTRS) ticket 🎟 has been processed to commence uploading? --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 10:28, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

  • You can upload and use {{subst:OP}} - Jmabel ! talk 19:51, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
    • Thank you, I wasn't sure if that was permitted as with my Art-Hanoi uploads Sema had already sent an OTRS ticket 🎟 which was processed, I will commence uploading now, but as a couple of categories would have to be created I'mhonestly afraid that if the permissions weren't properly tagged that they might get deleted, but I will simply only upload a couple of images until the OTRS ticket 🎟 is processed and I know which licenses are appropriate for Dr./Prof. Luke Roberts. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 10:07, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
I've reopened this discussion. I see that Donald Trung has now uploaded about 30 new coin images but in reviewing them I see some coins were engraved Albert Désiré Barre who died in 1878 so all his works are fine but Frenchman fr:Pierre Turin who died in 1968 are a different matter. We may get permission from the website photographer for these images but as derivative works they normally require the permission of the artist, so those are most likely in copyright for 70 years pma per French law, i.e., until 2039. However, if Vietnamese law applies, for works of applied art, it appears such works are copyright for 75 years after publication per Commons:Copyright rules by territory#Vietnam, so anything before 1943 is certainly ok. We need to determine which law applies and if any shorter periods are applicable. Ww2censor (talk) 11:08, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
I was following Commons:Currency#Vietnam where all images of coins from before 1968 applied, as they circulated in Vietnam and not in France I had assumed that Vietnamese copyright laws apply, but I am honestly not familiar with how French copyright © laws work. If there's any doubt just nominate the files you are concerned with for deletion sp the copyright issues could be taken under a wider loop. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 19:43, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Delete A Translated page of {{User VM}}[edit]

The Zh Edition of the Template {{User VM}} is a surplus edition for the template already has had Zh-has and Zh-hant Edition. Could you help me to delete it? --HFWMan (talk) 14:16, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

Can I delete files I uploaded?[edit]

Yesterday I uploaded File:South Main Street Residential Historic District, Statesboro, GA, US.jpg through File:South Main Street Residential Historic District, Statesboro, GA, US (12).jpg. I thought that they were in the South Main Street Residential Historic District in Statesboro, Georgia, but I think that they are outside the area. I don't want to have to change the file name and description of each one, so is there a way I can get them deleted? Bubba73 (talk) 19:06, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

You can either nominate them for deletion or add {{Speedy}} to them, though it would be a shame to delete usable images. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (Talk 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 19:09, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
I don't mind the pictures being there. If I delete the files I can upload them again as a batch, with proper names, descriptions, and categories. Bubba73 (talk) 22:12, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Just upload them again with the new names etc, and tag the old ones for deletion as duplicates. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 09:15, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Upload failing[edit]

I am having trouble uploading files using the wizard. Everything goes normally until the blue bar completes, and I get the massage 'upload failed'. I have tried different versions of the file, and different files of different sizes, all with same result. The files are png renders from Inkscape, which usually work fine, I have uploaded hundreds of them. How do I find out why these files will not upload now? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 09:13, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

No idea why the Ungood Wizard fails, but “uploading hundreds of png renders from Inkscape” is certainly a bad practice. See Help:Inkscape. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 09:20, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Incnis Mrsi They are renders of parts of larger files. I looked at Help:Inkscape and it does not explain your comment. Can you be a bit more specific about why it is a bad practice, and what I should be doing? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 14:43, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Uploading PNGs from Inkscape is usually a bad because Inkscape is a vector graphics editor. Commons values vector graphics more than rasterizations. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 07:09, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
Incnis Mrsi, I understand that, but do not know how to save a relatively small selection from a large Inkscape file as an svg like I can do with a png export. Can it be done without undue effort? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 11:22, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
The file eventually uploaded. It took quite a large number of attempts, which does not seem right. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 19:49, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
@Pbsouthwood: Have you tried loading User:Rillke/bigChunkedUpload.js?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 20:26, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Jeff G., No I have not. Why should it be any better? the file I had trouble with was not particularly large (1.45MB), and I usually upload photos in the 2 to 8MB range without much difficulty (maybe 10% failure rate, usually work 2nd try) · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 03:53, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
@Pbsouthwood: It uses a different uploading methodology, and may help to isolate the problem, as may attempting to upload the same file to other sites.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 03:57, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
Jeff G., Ok, I see - a troubleshooting procedure. Is it likely to actually help find out what the problem is? Does bigChunkedUpload have useful diagnostics? The documentation looks a bit vague and I have no skills in js. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 05:46, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
@Pbsouthwood: It lets you upload in small chunks, and see the status of each chunk.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 09:54, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: how bigChunkedUpload is relevant if no map from Special:ListFiles/Pbsouthwood is larger than 5 MiB?! Incnis Mrsi (talk) 07:09, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: Troubleshooting.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 09:54, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

Is this allowed?[edit]

Hi, User:Koolkamalkishor has uploaded several of their personal photographs recently, which I doubt will be used for main space articles on Wikipedia. Is one allowed to upload so many personal pictures that are characteristic of social media profiles? I’ve seen before of such images being nominated for deletion. Thanks, Mark the train (talk) 18:42, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: Special:ListFiles/Koolkamalkishor. - [User:Jmabel|Jmabel]] ! talk 18:48, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Certainly way too many, especially for someone with no other contributions on Commons and only trivial contributions (basically sandboxing) elsewhere, on en-wiki. He's allowed a few (no specific number) for use on his user page, if he's going to do something here other than just sandbox. - Jmabel ! talk 18:51, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

The Miller Red Barn uploaded picture and information[edit]

I have been trying to upload a picture to the National Register of Historic places page,_California

I have complete all of the steps and the response says that the upload has been successful. But when I go back to the page where the picture should be, nothing is showing.

What is happening and how do I fix this?

— Preceding unsigned comment added by The Miller Red Barn (talk • contribs)

@The Miller Red Barn: en:Help:Pictures may answer your question. Do keep in mind: for it to appear on a Wikipedia page, you have to reference it on that page.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 23:16, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Uploading Photo to Article on Wikipedia[edit]

I wanted to upload a photograph of the Collins House to include in this link to all of the properties listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in Essex County.,_New_Jersey

When I clicked on "upload photograph" it brought me to the Wikimedia Commons upload wizard and I uploaded the picture, which I had taken myself. I filled in the required information and I am able to find it in Wikimedia Commons but it still does not show up on the Collins House line in Wikipedia. Is there another step that I need to take before it will appear?

Please advise. This is my first time trying to update anything on Wikipedia!

Mimi Michalski — Preceding unsigned comment added by MimiMichalski (talk • contribs)

  • @MimiMichalski: I assume this is about File:Collins House, Bloomfield, NJ.png. Usually we'd like the largest available copy of an image; is this really the highest resolution you have? If so, what sort of camera did you use?
  • en:Help:Pictures may answer your question. If not: I'm not sure what you mean by "the Collins House line in Wikipedia". Could you provide a link to where you expect it to be? I don't see any record that you've ever edited any content in Wikipedia in any language, so I have no idea where you think the image should appear. Do keep in mind: for it to appear on a Wikipedia page, you have to reference it on that page. - Jmabel ! talk 23:09, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

R. A. Hardie photo[edit]

My question is about this photo:

Here is the unfinished page I started about him for some background: R. A. Hardie

I am not exactly sure about when and where this photo was taken, but here are my educated guesses:

  • Likely taken in Wonsan, North Korea OR Seoul, South Korea OR Ontario, Canada.
  • Subject died in 1949 at 84 years old
  • Likely taken before 1935 when Hardie retired at 70 years old and moved to Michigan, U.S.
  • Even likely taken before 1923 (aged 58) when he retired as president of the theological school he founded, the mostly likely location and source of this photograph.

Question: Is this safe to upload to Commons? Coffeeandcrumbs (talk) 01:26, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

The photo is on Wikipedia under fair use rationale, this is not allowed on Commons. You would have to have a copyright release from the copyright owner, and it looks like you don't know who that is. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 04:03, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
Where was it first published? Who took it? You don't have remotely enough information to say it's safe for Commons; if it was published after 1922 in the US, it could be copyrighted in the US, and if the photographer is not anonymous, they could have died less than 50 years ago and the photo still be copyrighted in Canada and Korea.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:34, 24 March 2018 (UTC)