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Screwed up svg's[edit]

I screwed something up here and I don't know how to fix it. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 13:53, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Your SVG actually is a JPEG in an SVG container, which is bad practice. But I don't know why it doesn't display properly. --Magnus (talk) 14:15, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Can anyone help me get things done right according to this. I will never try a jpg to svg conversion through Google again, I promise. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 19:12, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
I have no tools and no skills to do that for you, but I think you might just make appropriate request at Commons:Graphic Lab/Illustration workshop. Just upload (or point at the existing) JPEG image (or images) and ask for creation of an appropriate SVG image. --CiaPan (talk) 19:35, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
Thank you I'll try that. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 11:29, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
PS Had a closer look. Things look pretty stale there. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 11:32, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

It is not reflected category.[edit]

Register the category of not creating a plurality of image files, when I try to create that category, "in this category currently, the page and the media do not have anything" has been displayed. I did not have a spelling mistake of the category name. Because the cause is not know I in trouble.--M-sho-gun (talk) 02:47, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Something is broken in Commons at the moment. The jobs queue is increasing and category changes etc. are not getting processed [1]. Any changes you make will turn up later once it's fixed. I don't know who to ask to fix it however. --ghouston (talk) 03:07, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
The October lag is back again, so that's why you won't see categories updated. Poké95 11:56, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Odd notification[edit]

Can anyone imagine why I got a notification for this edit? The previous edit triggered a notification, which was of course correct (it's projectspace, signed by the editor who made the edit, and there's a link to my username), but the second one deleted {{delh}} (not something that would be transcluding a link to my userpage, tweaked some text in a message, and added some text with no links to any userpages except that of the editor who made the edit. Nyttend (talk) 01:54, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

I think that was normal. Courcelles edited a part of a paragraph containing a wikilink of your username, so that's why you're notified. I think this cannot be fixed techinically. Poké95 11:54, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Workflow for uploading derivative works[edit]

Are there any tricks for efficiently uploading derivative works (cropped and retouched photos, specifically)? Whenever I do it I find that the process involves a lot of manual copy / paste, looking up template documentation, and some uncertainty about whether I am doing things right. --Ori Livneh (talk) 02:17, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

  • Cropping with crop-bot certainly spares a good big of that. - Jmabel ! talk 06:36, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:0216-EUCO-conclusions.pdf[edit]

New to this and not sure how the licensing works. In the upload wizard there was an option to say it was created by the US Federal government, this was not but I believe it is in the public domain for similar reasons, it was created by the European Council, a section of the European Union. Can someone guide me on how best to indicate this? --CSJJ104 (talk) 17:14, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Works created by EU employees are not automatically in public domain. So, nothing similar. Ruslik (talk) 17:19, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply @Ruslik0:, but just to check, and I realise I should have been more detailed, if the file is the text of the conclusions of a council meeting, is it not in the public domain at all? The source is http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/uk/2016-uk-settlement-process-timeline/ — Preceding unsigned comment added by CSJJ104 (talk • contribs) 17:31, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
The copyright policy is in [2]. Ruslik (talk) 12:20, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

Tried uploading a corrected version under image history under my uploads.[edit]

Tried using the upload option under image history to upload a corrected version of the File:Tijuana airport cross-border terminal land options.jpg but initially what appeared was the old version of the image. Tried to upload the corrected version a second and third time and then it appeared, but on the Wikipedia article Cross Border Xpress the old version still appears, is there a lag between uploading a new version of an image and it appearing on the article? Can the duplicate uploads be deleted? The correct version is the one I tried to upload May 22. Thank you Rnieders (talk) 20:43, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

The thumbnail versions are cached so that they don't need to be regenerated each time the page is viewed. They should update eventually. It may be possible to speed it up by forcing the browser to reload the page (shift-reload, or whatever), or by purging the file page. --ghouston (talk) 23:14, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Copyright of old picture in somewhat newer publication[edit]

I would like to use two pictures found here, from the middle of the page OLD SCRANTON and PATTERN OF VIOLENCE.

The publication is from 1957. But it appears that the pictures themselves are from much earlier, and I expect they are in the public domain, but I really don't know how to substantiate that. Any help would be appreciated. Timothyjosephwood (talk) 15:49, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Provide as much information as possible about each image, its source, author, first publication etc. The LIFE image credits, on page 2 of this issue, usually useful, don't help much in this case and mention only the source of those images as "Culver", which may have been an image collection. From other sources, you can find that the second image, on pages 32 and 33 of the 1957 magazine, was originally published on page 401 in the August 18, 1877 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. The credit on that page mentions only "from a sketch by our special artist", but said artist may be identified on another page, if you can find a copy of the paper. To indicate the copyright status, you can use the template PD-1923. Note that Commons already has a copy of this image. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:20, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
Oh hey, yeah. That's already on the article. I didn't realize it was a crop of the same image. I was more interested in the cityscape image. Looks like that may be a no go. Timothyjosephwood (talk) 22:16, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Index form didn't come up[edit]

Hi, I'm new to Wikimedia Commons and I'm trying to make an index page: Index:Relief Society Magazine 1.1.djvu. I pulled the scans from archive.org without difficulty: File:Relief Society Magazine 1.1.djvu. When I went to create the index page, the help page said it would bring up a form, but it didn't. Did I do something wrong? Thanks Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 19:24, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Licence question[edit]

File:TATA Kestrel.jpg & File:Kestrel-rws.jpg this two files have been deleted from wiki commons for being copyrighted. This two images were taken from http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3120207/posts this site. I thought those were not copyrighted. Are those really copyrighted? would appreciate very much if someone replies and help me with the copyright issues.--Ayon Biswas95 (talk) 22:32, 25/05/2016 (IST)

Why so you think they're not copyrighted? It's your task to prove that, if you're taking images from the Internet. --Magnus (talk) 18:48, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
Most things are copyrightable are copyrighted by default. Almost every recent (meaning at least the last 50 years, usually more) photo, logo, work of art, etc. will be copyrighted, although there are certain exceptions. But if you don't know your way around what is excepted, go on the assumption that everything is copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk 19:29, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
The Freerepublic site you mention is not a source of copyright-free images. In fact, the home page of that site has a statement which says, "Most of the sourced material posted to Free Republic is posted according to the 'fair use' doctrine of copyright law for non-commercial news reporting, education and discussion purposes" - this means they are allowing contributors to use copyrighted images legally, within certain limitations. It doesn't give you the freedom to then lift something off the Freerepublic site and add it to Wikimedia. Unless an image is explicitly labelled as free, assume that someone owns the copyright. It's disappointing, but there are other places to look for free images - here's a guide to help you. There's even a military section, which may interest you. Happy researching!Cnbrb (talk) 22:06, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

Can't seem to figure out how to legaly use this picture, on line, outside of US[edit]

I've been going round an round in links to try and determine the policy regarding usage of this picture, for an official site outside of the US. Please help. File:House_Dust_Mite.jpg —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 147.237.70.103 (talk) 14:22, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

  • It would help to say what country. Most countries don't grant copyright to U.S. gov't images that the U.S. gov't releases directly into the public domain, but perhaps some do. And you might get better advice at Commons:Village pump/Copyright, where more people with serious knowledge of various countries' copyright laws tend to participate. - Jmabel ! talk 16:39, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
The uploader to Commons stated that the source was from the May 1996 issue of FDA Consumer, which was a magazine of the FDA. The online archived copy has a poor version of the image, but if you assume that the Commons image was from the original magazine, the notice of the magazine read "Articles in FDA Consumer may be republished without permission. Credit to FDA Consumer as the source is appreciated." [3]. The magazine article doesn't seem to mention anything specific about its own source for the image, so the image might be assumed to be included in that generic permission for the articles. If you want to be extra safe, you could contact the FDA. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:15, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Concerning a new version of a file[edit]

Good Day. i uploaded yesterday a new version of this file, but the File history showed no change at all, thus i uploaded it again, yet no changes occurred, only thing is this time, the previous version appeared in the file history as it should. check it. That's the 1st time i came across something like this. Is there an error or should i wait for the changes to take effect?--باسم (talk) 15:11, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

  • Looks fine to me. Presumably just a caching problem.
  • When this happens, you don't gain anything by uploading a second time, the caching issue will be the same. - Jmabel ! talk 16:42, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Resolved - Yup it's probably a caching issue, Either close the tab or wait for about 30 minutes and it should update itself (after refreshing the page), Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 18:34, 29 May 2016 (UTC)