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copyright protected photo of Norbert Hofer still not deleted[edit]

There is a copyright protected photo of the Austrian right-wing extremist Norbert Hofer which is now used in several language versions of Wikipedia - Obviously there is no licence proof in the OTRS-system which clarifies the licence of this photo. Why is it not deleted? -- 17:54, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

Because 30 days have not passed yet. Ruslik (talk) 18:06, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
30 days are long over. Uploaded 25th of April, unuseful permission recieved 10th of May. 30 days are definitely over. So why isn't it deleted? -- 18:11, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
It is 17 May. Ruslik (talk) 18:27, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
Deleted. Nyttend (talk) 20:46, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

USB Drives[edit]

Can this be put on a USB drive and taken were there is internet as I don't have in my home.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rue ree (talk • contribs)

What do you mean by "this"? Ruslik (talk) 19:43, 18 June 2016 (UTC)
I don't understand the original question at all, sorry. Can you please rephrase it? Thanks. Multicherry (talk) 22:17, 23 June 2016 (UTC)


I uploaded a scanned logo for the GEnie online service, and am having problems picking a copyright for it. It was scanned from an out-of-print magazine (II Alive) for a defunct business. Certainly, I did not personally create the image, but there is no one to challenge it. What kind of copyright status should it have? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sweyhrich (talk • contribs)

  • I assume this is about File:GEnie logo, II Alive 1993.png. I would guess that GE still holds the copyright for this -- someone certainly does -- and therefore it does not belong on Commons without them free-licensing it (I doubt you can get that permission, but if you can then it should be provided as explained at COM:OTRS.
  • The text logo at bottom would be ineligible for copyright, and I suggest re-uploading that on the basis of {{textlogo}}.
  • I presume you uploaded these mainly on behalf of the article in the English-language Wikipedia. The English-language Wikipedia has provisions for upload of non-free content; Commons does not. So I'm guessing you could upload this (probably a lower-resolution version, the minimum needed for the article) separately and acceptably within the English-language Wikipedia, making use of en:Template:Non-free logo or en:Template:Non-free use rationale logo. - Jmabel ! talk 14:37, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

Need to delete copyright protected image[edit]

Hello, I work for Bio-Rad Laboratories and have been assigned to monitor, edit and update our wikipedia page. The following link leads to a wikicommons image that the company founder and CEO want gone from our page. They do not give permission for this image to be used and want it gone immediately, which is their legal right.,_Alice,_and_Norman_Schwartz_PITT2007.jpg

Please let me know when this action will be possible to comply with copyright laws. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 22:39, 21 June 2016 (UTC) (UTC)

No, that's not their legal right. There is no evidence that that photo is owned in any way by them; they merely happen to be in the picture. --Prosfilaes (talk) 23:33, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Quintinia verdonii Margaret Flocton.jpg[edit]

Please advise the correct legal status for this picture: Quintinia verdonii Margaret Flocton.jpg

It was a drawing done around 1910. Many other of Margaret Flockton's drawings are on commons. Such as

How does one correctly edit the new file for an acceptable legal status?

thanks Poyt448 (talk) 03:01, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

--Poyt448 (talk) 03:01, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Possibly PD-1923 + PD-Australia ? -- Asclepias (talk) 03:38, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright: stained glass not in PD, covered by FoP — derivative work[edit]

Assuming that a stained glass is not in public domain, and it is covered by freedom of panorama, can it be safely uploaded to the Commons? How to deal with a problem of derivative works based on the photo? --Wikimpan (talk) 09:25, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

  • If it's covered by FOP (not a given and you don't say what country), I would think no problem. A lot of things that are covered by FOP (or de minimis) could theoretically have some derivative work that would not have the same exemption. - Jmabel ! talk 14:01, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
    • It is covered by FoP, as stated in the question. The problem I see is that if one licenses a photo of a stained glass under a licence that permits derivative works, someone could create a graphic work or even a stained glass that uses the same design, which would clearly violate original author’s rights. I believe the issue is the same as with murals, but I want to make sure. --Wikimpan (talk) 04:07, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

*Uploading a logo on Wiki[edit]

To whom it may concern,

I own the copyright to a logo that someone else has designed. It is unclear on Wiki's guidelines as to whether I can upload a logo that I own but have not created to Wiki. If so, is there a particular license that I need?


Mary — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mjhodgett (talk • contribs) 14:45, 22 June 2016 (UTC) (UTC)

  • If the copyright has been clearly transferred (written transfer) and you are willing to license it appropriately, yes, you can upload it. Do be clear who the author is, add a clarifying statement in the "Permissions" part of the Information template, and I'd recommend that you send an email as described in COM:OTRS and tag the uploaded file with {{OTRS Pending}} since this is a bit unusual and it would be good to have a clear release on file. - Jmabel ! talk 16:47, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright claim for something that seems clearly below US Threshold of Originality[edit]

Cartridge label here and here claims "Audiovisual concept, label and program (C) 1984 Activision Inc."

Am I correct in assuming that the label design (in this case) falls below the US threshold of originality as a combination of {{pd-text}} and {{pd-simple}} and that this claim is invalid?

FWIW, I suspect that this is boilerplate slapped onto every cart regardless of whether or not it was enforceable. I have another Activision cartridge - Kaboom - that has a definitely-copyrightable photo (and as such wasn't photographed for Commons).

Multicherry (talk) 12:03, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

  • I'd be astounded it that was copyrightable. - Jmabel ! talk 14:03, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
  • I agree. The only thing copyrightable would be the software stored inside the cartridge, and obviously the photos as a whole. Green Giant (talk) 16:13, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the feedback- that's what I thought too! Multicherry (talk) 22:15, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Zweifach AMRAAM Werfer 01.JPG[edit]

Ich würde gerne ein paar Fotos des Kollegen user:FFA P-16 in Absprache mit ihm (sind seine eigenen Fotos) hochladen. Was gebe ich da am besten bei der Lizenz-Auswahl an?

--MBurch (talk) 19:42, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

I would like to upload pictures of my friend user:FFA P-16 (their his own works and he agrees that I upload them). Which choice I choose for the licence?--MBurch (talk) 19:44, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

Ich bestätige das ich MBurch bevolmächtige Fotos die ich gemacht habe hochzuladen. Ich habe ihn darum gebeten da ich die Fotos momentan nicht hochladen kann (es kommt immer die Fehlermeldung "Skriptfehler). FFA P-16 (talk) 19:52, 23 June 2016 (UTC) I have given MBurch my permission that he can upload pictures who I had made. I asked him for this because right now it is for me not possibel because of a software error. FFA P-16 (talk) 19:52, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

  • For the record, neither Zweifach AMRAAM Werfer 01.JPG nor File:Zweifach AMRAAM Werfer 01.JPG has ever existed on Commons, so I'm not sure I understand the section header. - Jmabel ! talk 20:11, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Your friend -- FFA P-16, I assume that is you -- as the copyright-holder, is the one who must grant the license, not you. You can't upload based on vague permission to use the photos, your friend needs to grant a specific license (although you can assist by drafting an email for your friend to send). If in doubt, personally recommend CC-BY-SA as retaining as many rights as are congruent with placing a photo on Commons. Please see COM:OTRS for what is needed. - Jmabel ! talk 20:11, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Jmabel, I did as you recommended.--MBurch (talk) 20:14, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

@Jmabel I made this pictures last friday and saturday when I was visiting the 75years Meiringen AFB. I made the photos (there are more than this 3) by myself with my own camera (ca 130 photos videoclips) and my own mobilephone (98 photos/short video clips). I tried first to upload some of them it here. But then was thisscript errorprobem. So I asked MBurch for help. I sendet him a few pictures via e-mail. FFA P-16 (talk) 22:29, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

  • All of which is fine, but no substitute for following the directions at COM:OTRS to grant a specific license. - Jmabel ! talk 13:59, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

I think the problem is solved on a other way. I managed today to upload a few pictures. So it looks like I can my self made pictures upload by my self here. FFA P-16 (talk) 22:35, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright questions[edit]

Hi, I've recently become interested in structural engineering and so I am editing related entries. I've become interested because I work for a company that makes structural products. My questions is, can I use photos from our website given that I agree to the terms and conditions of the company on the website? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jacob mcauley7 (talk • contribs) 22:18, 24 June 2016‎ (UTC)

  • Might require a release be sent to COM:OTRS from organization saying contributions are authorized. Commons is not Wikipedia so the conflict stuff doesn't apply over here. --dsprc (talk) 10:25, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

No subject[edit]

Мой файл P1011078_Изображена_эволюционная_спираль.JPG удален ВАНДАЛОМ. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Павлова Светлана Владимировна (talk • contribs) 08:03, 25 June 2016‎ (UTC)

Если вас не устраивают условия, то вы должны прекратить пользоваться этим сайтом. Ruslik (talk) 11:45, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

Charles Dolan[edit]

I'm trying to upload this picture of Charles Dolan, but I don't know its status.

JerrySa1 (talk) 22:59, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

I assume you didn't take the photo, and I see no reason to think it would be in the public domain. It does not belong on Commons without the permission of the copyright holder. - Jmabel ! talk 18:03, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Author's signature[edit]

I usually put my sign / name in my photographs, shall i upload it with that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Iam manoJeyaraman (talk • contribs) 19:32, 26 June 2016‎ (UTC)

See COM:Watermarks. Short answer: we prefer that you don't. BMacZero (talk) 21:26, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Bow Bridge in Central Park NYC 1 - August 2009 HDR.jpg[edit]

I would like to use this file in my article on Adrian Janes whose company helped create the bridge. If there is one of Rainbow Bridge available in Wikimedia Commons, I would like help in locating it.

--Mitzi.humphrey (talk) 17:02, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

Do you mean the Bow Bridge? There's the category Category:Bow Bridge (Central Park). -- Asclepias (talk) 19:54, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
Please use the image which is not scheduled for deletion, File:Bow Bridge in Central Park NYC 1 - August 2009 HDR.jpg is the one to use. Ellin Beltz (talk) 20:14, 27 June 2016 (UTC)
Ack, I didn't even read the heading, just the sentence where she said "Rainbow Bridge". I know the Bow Bridge well... Sorry. - Jmabel ! talk 01:09, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:THTR-1986-Heske.pdf[edit]

Ich habe soeben ein Dokument aus einem behördlichen Vorgang von 1986 hochgeladen, welches ich über das Umweltinformationsgesetz von der NRW-Atomaufsichtsbehörde erhalten habe (THTR-1986-Heske.pdf). Es handelt sich um Details zu einem Störfall im Reaktor THTR-300 vor 30 Jahren. Auf Einsicht in das Dokument hat gemäss UIG jedermann kostenfrei Anspruch. Daher gehe ich davon aus, dass ich es auch verbreiten darf. Ist das richtig ? Das Dokument, dessen Inhalt - ausser über UIG-Anfrage, s.o. - nicht zugänglich ist, ist z.B. für den Artikel THTR-300 wichtig.--Rarian (talk) 20:38, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Centra-GAA-Logo-high-res.png[edit]

Hi, I wish to upload the official logo for the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (

It comes from here (

I'm not exactly sure what the situation is regarding copyright and licenses etc. and I'm confused by the uploading process and the instructions. I have uploaded it, but I was told it may be removed. Thanks for any help you can give.

--Leanseahy (talk) 08:59, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

We don't seem to have any information on what the threshold of originality required for copyright protection in Ireland is, but apparently, typographical arrangements are protected, so I'm afraid we have to err on the side of caution and assume that the logo is protected by copyright. There is no indication at the source site or at that the copyright holder has published the logo under a free license or released it into the public domain, which means it can't be hosted here. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 15:22, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

how to solve missing essential sources[edit]

hey buddy i created and its entirely my own work File:Garowe montage.jpg but it says missing essential sources , and i have seen this previously — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abdullsaed (talk • contribs) 14:48, 28 June 2016‎ (UTC)

Please understand that grabbing other people's non-free photos from the Internet and pasting them together does not make them your own. This montage contains (gragbed from, and (grabbed from Presumably the rest are copyright violations too. Considering the number of copyright violations you've uploaded, you can expect your account to be blocked soon. LX (talk, contribs) 15:06, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

New version of an audio file doesn't replace the outdated one[edit]

Hello, I just uploaded a new (corrected) version of the pronunciation of "Franklin Delano Roosevelt" but my newer version doesn't actually replaces the outdated version (
This procedure works always fine with replacing pictures, what am I doing wrong here, I wonder? Can someone teach me how to do it right (or as an admin simply delete the wrong pronunciation files) please? Thanks in advance, Alex. --GeoTrinity (talk) 22:28, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
  • It uploaded fine. All six times. Probably you need to clear a cache somewhere. - Jmabel ! talk 00:56, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
    • Jeeez! ✓OK I did clear the cache actually ... Well, thanks anyway; problem solved. Cheers! --GeoTrinity (talk) 10:47, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved
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. GeoTrinity (talk) 10:47, 29 June 2016 (UTC): problem solved



To upload a picture with relevant information am I supposed to put the info below the image as a caption? What is the critical information needed? What is the checklist for uploading to be followed? Ajay Chandwani — Preceding unsigned comment added by AJAY CHANDWANI (talk • contribs) 10:47, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't know the specifics of "Wiki Loves Earth India", can someone else please field this? - Jmabel ! talk 14:17, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in India, I suppose. Maybe contact the organizer to answer here? — regards, Revi 15:12, 29 June 2016 (UTC)