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Roswell Daily Record 1947 newspaper is copyrighted[edit]

Hello, I have noticed that you have,1947.jpg listed as public domain. This image is in fact copyrighted by the Roswell Daily Record. How can I go about having this changed?

Thank you,

Toby Martinez Composing Manager/IT Roswell Daily Record

Toby Martinez, according to image file the original copyright was not renewed. Do you have a copy of the copyright renewal notice? MKFI (talk) 06:34, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

I can provide you with one. What would be the best method for getting that to you? Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:49, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Just an aside: if accurate, I believe this would be the first time we've seen such renewal documented for any non-NYC U.S. newspaper. - Jmabel ! talk 05:32, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
The OBP compilation lists all periodicals that renewed the copyright of at least one of their issues published between 1923 and 1950 [1]. Like you say, many of the newspapers that filed renewals for that time period were in New York, but there seems to be also some from other places. The Roswell Daily Record is not in the list. -- Asclepias (talk) 11:15, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
If you can provide it as a reference in Stanford's Copyright Renewal Database, that would be simplest. If not: in what form does the documentation exist (given which we can, I'm sure, work out how you can best pass it along)? - Jmabel ! talk 05:35, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Isn't Stanford's database for books only? -- Asclepias (talk) 13:23, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
If the renewal is in the Catalog of copyright entries of the Copyright Office, you could cite the reference to the specific renewal entry, with the catalog's year, part, page, and entry title. If this catalog issue is online, anyone can look it up and you wouldn't need to send anything. For example, there is no renewal entry for the title "Roswell Daily Record" in the periodicals renewals in the 1975 catalog [2], but if the entry is somewhere else, please provide the reference. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:23, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for all of your help. I have forwarded this information to our lawyer so he can provide the appropriate materials required. I will post once I hear back from him. Toby Martinez —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:20, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

If you don't find the catalog entry, you could tell whatever useful information you do have in your documentation: date of the renewal notice, claimant's name, reference number. That may be enough to allow anyone to obtain a confirmation from the Copyright Office. It's public information, because its object is to allow members of the public to know if something is under copyright or not. The question above by Jmabel is also interesting: in what form is the documentation you have? Is it a copy of a form sent to the Copyright Office circa 1975 listing all or some of the 1947 issues of the newspaper? -- Asclepias (talk) 01:25, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Hi! Adding Picture in a Wiki Page[edit]

Hi! I'm working on the Wiki Page of Riccardo Brugnara, a rugby player and a friend of mine. He already has a Wiki Page on the Italian Wiki and I wanted to translate and create another on the English one, since he plays for English teams. I wanted to add a picture of him but since I'm not sure how the Copyright works I wanted to ask you if I was able to upload a redimensioned picture taken by this site which seems to allow the use of all the pictures on the site (except for the Celebrities's children) online. Tell me please if I can upload the redimensioned photo on the Wiki Page of Riccardo Brugnara without problems, maybe by linking the site where I got the picture. Forgive me if I did any grammar errors, I'm still working on it. Best, Giovanni --GioviNicchia (talk) 18:27, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Hi, The photo is not free [3]. It can't be uploaded to Wikimedia. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:28, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi GioviNicchia, if he's a friend of yours, you might be able to take a picture of him yourself! That way, you own the copyright and can license the image any way you like. Be careful not to photograph him in front of a poster or other copyrighted material (see COM:DW). A lawn would work great. --rimshottalk 08:33, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

OTRS ticket: Will I be informed?[edit]

Hi colleagues, I've sent someone out there this OTRS form for the first in order let him allow me to upload pictures by him here at Commons under CC-BY-SA 4.0. In this form, he is being asked to send an email directly to wikimedia. My question: Will I be informed that he has sent the information? When exactly is the best time to upload the files? Who sets this OTRS infobox thingy? It would be very nice of you guys to quickly tell me how all this works. Thanks in advance, GeoTrinity (talk) 21:45, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

  • You can ask him to cc you, but otherwise you won't know.
  • If you know that this will move forward, and assuming it will be clear what are the files in question, you can upload them any time and tag them {{OTRS pending}}.
  • The OTRS team will ultimately tag them when there is a ticket number, assuming that there is enough clarity that they can identify the images; if you think there might not be, you might send them a separate email to help them by correlating your filenames to the email address from which they can expect to receive permission.
  • I hope that covers your questions. - Jmabel ! talk 02:23, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Great answer! This helps a lot! I will mark it a little later as resolved. cheers, GeoTrinity (talk) 12:41, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Duplicate uploads[edit]

Tonight I uploaded 12 photos, File:Raines-Carmichael House, Macon, GA, US.jpg through File:Raines-Carmichael House, Macon, GA, US (12).jpg, forgetting that I had already uploaded them with names such as File:House on College St., Macon Historic District, Macon, GA, US (13).jpg (not completely in succession). What is the best way to fix this? Delete the old, less-descriptive names? Delete the new, more-descriptive names? Bubba73 (talk) 02:37, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

  • You'll want to turn one into a redirect to the other; it really doesn't matter which way around. Make sure any categories & descriptions are carried over to the ones you want to keep, them mark the ones you want to get rid of using {{duplicate}} and they will be turned into redirects. - Jmabel ! talk 04:24, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
OK, thanks. I've got some work to do. Bubba73 (talk) 04:11, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

picture deleted (No OTRS permission for 30 days), but followed email template instructions from wikicommons?[edit]

Hello all, I have a question about pictures on wiki articles. I had uploaded a picture to the site of

a ticket had been created and a few weeks later I was contacted about the permissions for the picture. I have followed the instructions on wikicommons (

"I have received permission from the original author (not me) to upload the file to Commons."Please forward us a permission statement to the address listed above. We require that owners make a clear statement that they release the image under a free license. To help prevent confusion or misunderstandings we prefer one of the email templates be used. Permission grants must specifically contain a free license grant and may not merely give permissions for Commons or Wikipedia. If you have already uploaded the image to Commons, follow the instructions on Template:OTRS pending.

I have sent back the email from the owner of the picture with his statement, that he is allowing a free licence. I have used the email template from the wikicommons article. yet a few months later the picture was deleted with the reason: No OTRS permission for 30 days

Can anyone explain to me, what went wrong? I don't understand why the picture has been deleted?

Thank you in advance. Tydra — Preceding unsigned comment added by TydraLorx (talk • contribs) 18:57, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

  • I presume this is about File:Michael Paa 2016 v1.png. You marked this as OTRS pending on 7 March 2016. User:Jcb deleted it 2 July 2016 because after roughly 10 weeks that permission apparently still had not yet been received. Only a small number of people have access to OTRS emails, so probably Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard is the only place where anyone will be able to tell you anything more than that; I suggest you re-ask your question there. Please, when you post there indicate the filename so that no one needs to repeat the detective work I just did. - Jmabel ! talk 17:08, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

file deletion[edit]

please, how can i delete a file i uploaded which i know longer want on wikipedia and how do i change a file license after it is already uploaded on wijipedia commoner. how do i become a non common user of wikipedia so that my files can be protected — Preceding unsigned comment added by Influencewithaquinas (talk • contribs) 04:54, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Is this about File:AQUINAS COSMAS.jpeg or about something else? If it's that, I think we can certainly delete that as a recent upload where, furthermore, the copyright situation isn't clear. If it's about something else, I have no idea what images you are talking about and so I can't comment. And "how do i become a non common user of wikipedia so that my files can be protected" makes no sense at all, at least not to me. - Jmabel ! talk 23:20, 23 July 2016 (UTC)


Hi, do you know how to make FlickreviewR 2 to review for a second time a pic I uploaded? Apparently there was an issue with the source, I changed (m.) to (www.) Cornerstonepicker (talk) 19:26, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

It's always easier to help if you name the file(s) in question, so we don't have to go digging through you contributions list. Anyway, just reset the flickrreview tag like so. Also, please make sure you upload the full resolution version rather than scaled-down preview versions, and that you base cropped version on the full resolution version as well. LX (talk, contribs) 19:37, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
May be this template help you: {{Flickrreview}} -- Донор () 23 July 2016
Thank you both LX, Донор. Those two: File:Justin_Timberlake_Comic-Con_2016.jpg and the cropped version File:Justin Timberlake Comicon 2016 cropped.jpg. The bot now posted a new template "The copyright status of the image was undeterminable by the bot, and requires human attention." I'm a little confused. Cornerstonepicker (talk) 21:14, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
nvm, it's been already reviewed. Cornerstonepicker (talk) 21:48, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
Probably because you uploaded a non-standard 1:13 scaled-down version (1600×1066 px) instead of the full resolution (5760×3840 px), as I mentioned. LX (talk, contribs) 21:52, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Adding photo of my grand father's painting not working[edit]

Hi, I am trying to add a photo of my grandfather's painting (taken by my mom), but get this error: Cross-wiki upload filter.

What is wrong? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joakimsd (talk • contribs) 23:51, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Apparently this happens when a newly registered user tries to make a cross-wiki upload for a low-resolution image. It can probably be avoided by uploading directly at Commons ( and using the "Upload file" link at the left. When you are uploading somebody else's work, you should also get the copyright holder to give permission as described at OTRS, to avoid a risk of the photo getting deleted later. --ghouston (talk) 00:26, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
And of course the other way to avoid getting caught by the filter is to upload a full-resolution version instead of a tiny 198×245 pixel thumbnail. The reason for the filter is that low-resolution uploads from newly registered users using the cross-wiki upload forms overwhelmingly turn out to be copyright violations. And indeed, this file was incorrectly claimed to be the uploader's own work with the uploader being both author and copyright holder, so it looks like the filter worked as intended. LX (talk, contribs) 00:34, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Album/Single Covers[edit]

Hello, I received several notifications about copyright violations for files I've uploaded -

User talk:TheKaphox

I'm sorry that this is the case, as I've seen other people upload similar album/single covers onto Wikimedia under the same terms that I uploaded mine. However, literally every article for albums and singles I've seen has got artwork attached, so howcome the images that I've uploaded are different? I've tried checking the terms for other album covers, but I can't replicate that in how I upload mine. Any explanation would be appreciated. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheKaphox (talk • contribs) 14:07, 24 July 2016‎ (UTC)

It looks like you uploaded several album covers, claiming that the copyright holders of those album covers had published them under licenses allowing anyone to use, modify and redistribute the covers for any purpose, including commercial purposes. Those claims were of course completely made up, and you obviously can't do that. That's not only against the rules of this site, it's also illegal.
You haven't given any examples of these supposed "similar album/single covers ... under the same terms", but the music industry is generally not in the business of giving away their content for free, so you'll find very few commercial album covers published under free licenses.
You mention articles – presumably that's Wikipedia articles, presumably on English Wikipedia. English Wikipedia allows non-free content to be locally uploaded to that project for use in a fair use context. Commons, by contrast, is a general-purpose media repository, so fair use does not apply here. If you want to upload non-free content for use in articles on English Wikipedia, you need to go there. See en:Wikipedia:Non-free content for details. LX (talk, contribs) 20:50, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you, this was very helpful! TheKaphox

move image[edit]

Margaret_Gorman_4.jpg is a much higher resolution version of Margaret_Gorman_2.jpg could you please replace Margaret_Gorman_2.jpg with Margaret_Gorman_4.jpg my account is to new to replace images. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheRealBobo (talk • contribs) 20:30, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Links for convenience: File:Margaret Gorman 4.jpg, File:Margaret Gorman 2.jpg. LX (talk, contribs) 20:51, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
@TheRealBobo: File:Margaret Gorman 2.jpg should become a redirect to File:Margaret Gorman 4.jpg, but you give no source for File:Margaret Gorman 4.jpg, which you uploaded. Could you please indicate the source? - Jmabel ! talk 23:28, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Can I upload images that came from Google Images?[edit]

Can I upload images that came from Google Images? Because I know those images aren't copyrighted. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MenkeeCow (talk • contribs) 03:29, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

By default, all images are copyrighted, including those found on Google Images. Is there a particular image you are thinking about? --rimshottalk 08:19, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
Images don't really "come from" Google Images. You should find the original sources of the images and link to the sources. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:18, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

HI Keep 1 image only File:Uma shankar pandey.jpg[edit]

HI Keep 1 image only File:Uma shankar pandey.jpg and remove File:Uspmca.jpg[edit],File:Uma Shankar Pandey at GIP.jpg

and if possible approve my profile — Preceding unsigned comment added by Umashankarpandey (talk • contribs) 07:19, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:MacIntyre.jpg[edit]

Hi - I am new to making edits to Wikipedia. I am trying to update a page with a new image. The image was found in a publicly published article. I'm not sure which copyright to put for that at there didn't seem to be one in the article. For reference the image is the main image of this article:


--Cubuffhelper (talk) 17:28, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

I tagged it for deletion. Please don't upload non-free photos that you found on the Internet, and please read Commons:Project scope/Summary to understand what you can and cannot upload here. LX (talk, contribs) 19:41, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Can we use Chinese language to discuss something at Wikimedia Commons?[edit]

I saw a comment from Eric850130 where he talked about me, and is uses Chinese to talk to Outlookxp.

As you can see at here, Eric850130's original words to say : "感覺這位使用者是懂中文的,卻持續使用英文溝通,讓我英文苦手實在很難完完全全解釋得很完整,開始覺得有點火大了。" It does look that he meant that "He is unfamiliar to English-speaking users, and other people should be using Chinese language to tell him. Otherwise, he will feel angry and helpless."

Faced with this situation, I don't know how to communicate with him about this clearly. Who can tell me how to do?--Liji (talk) 18:11, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

  • To answer the question in your title, yes, people may discuss in Chinese (or any other language). Beyond that, I'm not sure what you are asking. - Jmabel ! talk 19:28, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Снимка за страницата на Никола Андонов![edit]

Здравейте, внук съм на художника Никола Костов Андонов, опитвам се да кача негови снимки приживе, както и някои репродукции на негови картини, които са лична собственост! Как може да стане това!? Благодаря! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Viktor Kostov (talk • contribs) 10:07, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

  • (Google translate says this is Bulgarian & means, "Hello, I'm the grandson of the painter Nikola Kostov Andonov, trying to get pictures of him alive, and some reproductions of his paintings, which are private property! How can this happen!? thanks") - Jmabel ! talk 15:24, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Assuming the part translated at "trying to get" means that this person wants to upload these to Commons, the question would be whether Viktor has inherited the copyrights. If so, something like {{Cc-by-sa-4.0-heirs}} would be in order. Otherwise, he will have to go through the COM:OTRS process with whomever owns the copyrights. There is no Bulgarian translation of COM:OTRS but I'm guessing he can read the Russian COM:OTRS/ru.
  • If someone can can translate the previous paragraph into Bulgarian, that would be very helpful. - Jmabel ! talk 15:30, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Suggest adding a word[edit]

I am in The Uk and just publishing my first book. I am aiming to help lots of people around the globe recover from an addiction to artificial chemicals in food and drinks so people have a chance of a happier healthier lifestyle. I have invested a new word which I trade marked last year. I would like both words listed below to be included in your dictionary.

Chemicalism: The subject of artificial Chemically processed food and drink addictive dependence by Human beings and animals.

Chemaholic: A person or animal suffering from Chemicalism — Preceding unsigned comment added by Simon Kadwill-Kelly (talk • contribs) 11:55, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

This is not a dictionary and even if you were in the correct projekt (which is there would be no chance of adding a word you recently "invested". --Magnus (talk) 11:58, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

City Government Images[edit]

What permission would I add to an image created by a City government (only saw permission pertaining to Federal government)? Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tjterps (talk • contribs) 14:23, 26 July 2016‎ (UTC)

You left out the most relevant part – which city? For the vast majority of city governments around the world, their works are protected by copyright and will require explicit permission to publish under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 14:28, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:WIIS logo.jpg[edit]

@Lawjul: Moved to Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Copyright help regarding File:WIIS logo.jpg, where you are more likely to get a knowledgable answer. - Jmabel ! talk 22:18, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Uploading to Wikimedia[edit]


I am interning for a Chicago record label this summer. As part of my work, I am creating a Wikipedia page for one of their artists. I want to add a picture to the infobox but I am not sure how to get a picture that is free use. I searched google with the restriction free to use but there are not currently any such photos. How does one go about releasing the rights to a photo? I can have them do so once I know how.

Thank you, Ian — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ailunn (talk • contribs) 18:36, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

See Commons:OTRS for instructions. You may also wish to read Commons:Guidance for paid editors. LX (talk, contribs) 18:58, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
If the record label want images released under a free license, they are probably in a position to make it happen. First, you need to work out whether the copyrights still belong to the photographer or have been transferred to the record label. If the former, you will have to work with the photographer to get such a release of rights to happen. If the latter, then it should be really simple: someone at the label will just have to email a release (as explained in COM:OTRS) to provide a specific license. - Jmabel ! talk 22:10, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
Just to prevent misunderstandings: Not anyone at the label. Someone who has the right to manage the intellectual properties of the label. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:41, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Meta Tags[edit]

How do I get meta data removed from picture uploads and stop it from importing them all. Perhaps this should be clearer in the upload wizard and is there anyway to get it surpressed on files already uploaded. Yachty4000 00:14, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

I suspect you're referring to Exif data. See Commons:Exif for information on that. Exif data can be stripped prior to uploading via methods mentioned on that page. I don't know if it can be removed after uploading, though. clpo13(talk) 23:28, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Can't really be stripped after uploading: once a file is uploaded here, the only way you change it is to upload over it. Even apparent exceptions to that like cropping with the crop tool are handled as additional uploads. If you have uploaded an image that has EXIF data you don't want shown, feel free to upload a version without that EXIF data, then ask for deletions of the earlier, problematic versions (which will be simplest if you list the files in question in one place; unless someone knows otherwise, probably best asked at COM:AN, because it will require an administrator to do the deletions.). - Jmabel ! talk 03:29, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:P 35m 002(1).jpg[edit]

Format: cc-by-3.0

--Fercal Iosif (talk) 19:00, 29 July 2016 (UTC)