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Flag design copyright


I'd like to upload an alternative Australian flag design to Commons in order to feature it on the Wikipedia "Australian flag debate" page.

The design was the winner of the 2000 Ausflag professional designers flag competition (see:

At the time (and occasionally since) the design was reproduced in many newspapers and magazines to further discussion of the Australian flag debate. What would be the best copyright tag for this case? Could it be some sort of fair use without contacting the designer, given that it has been widely disseminated and promoted as an alternative flag design.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

No that is not a reason. It is most likely copyrighted, and fair use is not allowed. ViperSnake151 (talk) 14:46, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Permission for re-use

I would like to ask Stefan Kuhn if he'd allow us to use the image of his Anemometer in our book Cool Solutions for a Warming Planet to be published internationally later this year.

If you refer to an image uploaded here by User:Stefan Kühn, it is likely tagged with a licence. Contents of commons is free, that is may be freely reused (even commercially) under some basic conditions depending on the licence (typically identifying the author and mentionning the licence). Derkleinebauer (talk) 21:27, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
No need. As long as you maybe link back here or something in the credits section of that book (like "Anemometer image courtesy of Stegan Kuhn - used under license -"), and distribute an entire copy of the GNU Free Documentation License in that book (yeah, this makes we wonder why he didn't dual licence that image in particular with a {{cc-by-sa}} like he does now). ViperSnake151 (talk) 14:45, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Screenshots of copyrighted Audio files

If I load a copyrighted audio file into, say Audacity, take a screenshot of the waveform and save it as a PNG file, is this considered for copyright purposes to be "different enough from the original to be regarded as a new work" (under derivative works law), so it can be uploaded under GFDL; or, is it regarded as a derivative work and thus requires a fair-use rationale? I'd argue that since the bandwidth of the image is such that the original waveform cannot be reconstructed, it is "different enough". Your comments welcome. --Rodhullandemu (talk) 16:02, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

See Commons:Derivative works. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:53, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, seen it. Deals mostly with images and to a lesser extent text, but doesn't consider the meaning of "different enough"; whilst I appreciate caution is advisable, I practised UK law rather than US, specifically California law, so some caselaw and the WMF opinion might be useful to have. Perhaps I'll email Mike Godwin and get his opinion. Cheers. --Rodhullandemu (talk) 21:19, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
This is a gray area, part of my mind says derivative work, yet part of my mind thinks it would be {{pd-ineligible}} due to it just being lines generated by a mechanical algrothim (which has in a way, "no originality"). ViperSnake151 (talk) 14:37, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Update image

I tried to correct Image:Conscription map of the world.svg, but how should I upload it to replace the old image? Eklipse (talk) 14:20, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

If you changes are not controversial, you could replace old image, otherwise will be good idea to upload under new name. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:54, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Yes, but when I upload there's a whole bunch of fields I have to fill. How do I bypass that since I want to preserve the initial information. Eklipse (talk) 16:10, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Hi, Maybe i can help you. If you go to this you can upload it under a new name. If you remove {{Information |Description= |Source= |Date= |Author= |Permission= |other_versions= }} And replace it with the source of User:SterkeBak/temp you don't have to fill all fields. All will be the same like the old image :).

Cheers, Sterkebaktalk 19:14, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Thaks a million!! However, I imagine that updating and improving images is quite often done. Shouldn't it be simplified by the software? Eklipse (talk) 08:59, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
Either you click the "upload a new version" link on Image:Conscription map of the world.svg to upload a new version, or you use the normal upload form at Special:Upload and enter "Conscription map of the world.svg" as the destination filename, whereupon all fields of that form bar one should become disabled. Describe your modifications in the one field left enabled, and click upload. Can't get much simpler. If fields do not become disabled on your computer, do a shift-reload (Firefox) or ctrl-reload (IE) while on the upload form. (Though that feature was added on August 4, all users really should have it by now.) Lupo 09:19, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
Now I understand. I wasn't allowed to upload a new version since I'm a new user. So the software advised to upload it under a new name and let another user move it. So here it is Image:Conscription map of the world2.svg. Could someone do it? Thanks again. Eklipse (talk) 09:59, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Upload result in blank image

Hi, I created the Psx.svg with Inkscape and saved to Plain SVG but the image not works. --Ciao 90 (talk) 15:27, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Fixed. Thanks --Ciao 90 (talk) 15:45, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Help uploading images

Recently I'm unable to upload certain images because every time I try to upload it the browser just says "waiting for" for a very long time, staying there just like that. Any idea why? --Officer781 (talk) 05:18, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

We had some server problems the last few days. That should be solved now. Sterkebaktalk 06:35, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
Still the same :( --Officer781 (talk) 07:23, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
It's possible the problem is on your end. Can you ping J.smith (talk) 21:55, 27 September 2008 (UTC)
I can upload certain svgs but not others, which is somewhat wierd... pngs work totally fine for me.--Officer781 (talk) 09:02, 2 October 2008 (UTC)


in Category:Pipeline transport, a gallery page is embedded Pipeline_transport, but if I select picture Image:Tubulaçao transportadora de fluidos.jpg it shows no gallery found, so how can i fix it ? thanks Mion (talk) 16:40, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

The word is "Subcategorized" -- the gallery Pipeline_transport has been subcategorized to Category:Pipeline transport. The way to change the fact that the image is not in that gallery is to add the image to the gallery. It should not be a problem that the image is in both the gallery and the category, however, as it is a very small image, it might have been a decision to only put images into the gallery which are large enough to be useful for more than web display. -- carol (talk) 04:30, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
I understand, but by putting it in the gallery i'm declaring it one of the finer images of the category, which it is not (now for reasoning), so only the the finer images refer to each other by showing a proper (bleu gallery link). Work in progress, i suppose. OK, thanks. Can someone update COM:GALLERY to include that information ? Mion (talk) 04:52, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
To be honest, I did not even know they had a guideline like that here. What I gave to you just then was my opinion as quoted from the opinion of a user who a few months ago touched every file that I touched and put them into a gallery (I was categorizing). It is also an opinion that I made while looking for images that were large enough for my purposes and finding what I needed to know in the category (where size and name are displayed) and not in the galleries (which often tell nothing about the image and like categories contain images which do not belong there).
About guidelines for projects like this. The fact that I did not even know that this existed is one of the reasons that I think that the simplest of "rules" should be made. Every opinion that I made was while I attempted to find images here which would serve a specific purpose. This opinion should make some sense given the manner in which I formed it. Not a complicated guideline, but the simple towards making images available here, easy to find for whatever purposes people might be wanting to find them for.
Perhaps one of the users who has been involved with this since 2004 can explain the reason that a guideline exists about making galleries? I suggest deleting that document and allowing sense and simplicity to guide. -- carol (talk) 05:58, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Well, if a gallery structure is favored in ways of implementing it, there should also be a document on it, there is another thing with it, while users on commons try to categorize galleries, there is no mentioning about it on the document that preferable a category is added. Instead of removing it if you have problems with it, making a help document from it might be a solution. Mion (talk) 06:28, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Maybe reading COM:G (and COM:C) first before discussing about its layout as in COM:GALLERY. --Foroa (talk) 06:33, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, that explains it, encountering a gallery for the first time, i used search : gallery and COM:GALLERY is the first entry (the landing page) , with minimum information. Mion (talk) 06:40, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Maybe we should move this discussion to the villagepump with a fix proposal for a content redirect, agreed ?. Mion (talk) 06:43, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
I made some cross linking and fixes hope that helps. Mion (talk) 07:15, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

What is the purpose of reducing document links to "C" and "G"? -- carol (talk) 07:29, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Reducing the typing speed with a factor 10 ? Mion (talk) 07:33, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Doing the math where COM:GALLERY is used x corrected by factor Y = the time we can talk on this helppage. Mion (talk) 07:38, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
That is not math. Somewhat it is but it is a failure of mathematicians to not assign the variables before starting the problem. In this situation, it is not math. When the need to abbreviate happens, especially in an international situation like it is here at the commons, it is (in my opinion) time to get out. What use is speed at the Commons help desk? -- carol (talk) 07:54, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Good point, time to get out Mion (talk) 11:29, 2 October 2008 (UTC)


What are you supposed to use if you have permission to use some images from the Geological Survey of Canada? The creator said there is no problem using them on Wikipedia. Black Tusk (talk) 23:08, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

Permission to use in Wikipedia is not good enough. Best way to deal with such situation - to ask them to release materials under free license. See also, Commons:Email templates. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:51, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
That's what I did. The Natural Resources Canada website mentions: "Some of the materials and graphical elements found on Natural Resources Canada web sites are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. This is particularly true of sites that are jointly operated by Natural Resources Canada and an external organization as part of a collaborative arrangement. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material." The creator said I can use them without a problem and therefore I have permission to use them on Wikipedia. Is this something appropiate for GFDL? Black Tusk (talk) 17:54, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
In this case you need to request to release materials under free license from each organization. See links above. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:59, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
The organization is the Geological Survey of Canada and I have permission like I said in the start.... Black Tusk (talk) 04:17, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
  1. Is Geological Survey of Canada permission compatible with
  2. What about permissions from external organizations?
EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:53, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
I don't know, since I don't know too much about licensing. I just know I have permission to use photographs made by a scientist named Catherine Hickson. See the Geological Survey of Canada website here and see if it has any of the above. Black Tusk (talk) 22:01, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
So you could upload only Catherine Hickson photos. Please forward permission to Commons:OTRS. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:52, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
Yes. I also have permission from Melanie Kelman. Photos on the Geological Survey of Canada website have the authors name below them, Catherine Hickson would be C.J. Hickson or C. Hickson, and Melanie Kelman would be M.C. Kelman. See here for example which are entirely made by Catherine Hickson. Black Tusk (talk) 16:30, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Image from uk:WP - could someone upload it to Commons, please.

Hello, I found this Image uploaded to uk:WP which I'd like to use in de:Patch-Clamp-Technik and en:Patch Clamp. I've already contacted the original author, but she/he seems to be active only very occassionally. As far as I was able to decypher the image description it has been put under GDFL 1.2. I don't want to upload it to Commons myself due to my lack of ukrainian language skills. Could someone capable of understanding image description and license upload it to Commons, please. Suitable gallery would be Patch Clamp, category:Electrophysiology. Kind Regards, --Burkhard (talk) 13:46, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Transferred to Image:V-clamp-GlyR.jpg. Please add appropriate categories (the one you suggested was a redlink) and any more information for the image description. Thanks. Giggy (talk) 14:30, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
Thank's a lot for your help. A created a category Electrophysiology below Physiology and added some description I was able to make out from the original image upload. Are you able to read/understand the original ukrainian description text? Regards, --Burkhard (talk) 20:18, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
No, sorry, I don't speak any Ukranian. You could try asking someone in Category:User uk (Category:User uk-N for native speakers) -- Ahonc is active, I believe. Giggy (talk) 12:18, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
But original image has no description. It has only license. So, GFDL-license requires source => it's {{nsd}}-image => it should be deleted.--Ahonc (talk) 13:55, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Thumbnail broken.

Hi. Bit of a newbie here as far as Wikimedia Commons are concerned and I have a question about a thumbnail that doesn't show up at the top of my gallery: [[1]]

Is there any way to fix these things or do you just report them here?

Thx in advance for any help.

Which image thumbnail did was broken, they all seemed all right to me. Maybe you need to clear your browser's cache. If the problem is still there, let us know, which image's thumbnail you cannot see. --Matt314 (talk) 05:12, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Ah thx.. I cleared my browser's cache and that seems to have solved the problem.

How do I edit file history comments for images?

I uploaded a revised image (same filename, only rescanned for higher resolution and color corrected) but I didn't include the reason for the reload in the comments. (I'm referring to the "comments" box that appears on the image page, below the main image, to the right of the file history image thumbnails). How do I update the comments in the file history to mention the reason for the revision? Wjwalrus (talk) 13:34, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't think you can edit the file history. What you can do is reupload your revised file and comment the upload. I'll then delete the intermediate version. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 13:51, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
No that is one thing you can not edit. But is it important to edit that? Sterkebaktalk 16:42, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Corrupted image

er, this image here: Image:USAr.insignia.e9comm.wag22.png seems to be corrupted as I get the 404 error when I click on the link to the image, and the image page itself doesn't show the preview for the image. Is there any way to get it back?--Officer781 (talk) 09:14, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Number of uploaded files.

Hi. How do I figure out how many images/files I have in my gallery? Manxruler (talk) 22:35, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Good question :-) You could use upload log or WikiSense to approximate or count precisely. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:38, 6 October 2008 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Resolved

I downloaded this file Image:2008-0419-GarthJennings.jpg to my computer, removed the redeye, then uploaded it over the existing image. It didn't work however to replace the current image. If I want to help in cleaning up images like reducing the redeye, how to I then upload it to replace the existing copy so the corrected version is available? I reverted all I did, so if someone can correctly change it, please do so, but explain how I can do it in the future, please.--JavierMC 04:11, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Hm. I tried to revert as well, to the "no-red-eye" version, but it came up with the redeye anyway. Not sure what's going on - can another admin have a look. -- Deadstar (msg) 09:16, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
You both just need to clear your browser caches. The current version of the image is indeed the red-eye-less one. ✓ Done -Nard the Bard 13:04, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
To clear brower's cache press ctrl-F5 (F5 key while holding control key). Wjwalrus (talk) 13:08, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • sigh*... if only all answers were a simple ctrl-f5 :) Thanks for checking. note to self: DOH -- Deadstar (msg) 15:27, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
Now don't I feel like an idiot. Thanks a lot all. Never even thought to purge my cache. Cheers.-JavierMC 18:51, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Closing deletion debate

I've recently made a deletion request and have decided to "take it back" after being convinced by the other users to keep also. Can an admin help close the deletion request: Commons:Deletion requests/USA WO images? Thanks a lot.--Officer781 (talk) 08:48, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

✓ Done -- Deadstar (msg) 09:12, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

downloading for use elsewhere

Hi - I cannot find this on first glance. One of the reasons I want to use Commons is to have my students be able to download and not just listen, but USE the file - in slideshows, video, etc. Is there any way to convert ogg to mp3 or wav? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 2008-10-07T15:49:30 (UTC)

For information on reuse, please see Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia.
Although free licenses allow conversion into patented formats like MP3 (but not always into formats with DRM), it is better to use only free and open formats like Ogg with Vorbis or Speex and Theora, and not proprietary ones like MP3 or, worse, WMA. Those who want to use the result you have saved in MP3 will legally have to pay for a codec.
Also, converting Vorbis → MP3 or Vorbis → WAV → MP3 makes the quality worse, because both Vorbis and MP3 are lossy compression formats. An example of a popular free lossless format is FLAC.
Some of the programs that support playback of Ogg/Vorbis are listed here; many of them may support simple decoding. E.g. you could use ogg123 or Audacity.
--AVRS (talk) 18:47, 7 October 2008 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Resolved

OK this is weird. I removed the caption from image:Alfredo.jpg and uploaded it. When you go to the image in commons, it still shows the caption, yet if you click on the image there for the full resolution version, it shows the image I uploaded without the caption. I purged my cache to the same effect. Anyone know why this is happening?--JavierMC 20:23, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Fixed via "?action=purge" - see Commons:FAQ#Why_is_the_old_picture_and_not_the_new_uploaded_picture_on_my_screen.3F_.28Or--_my_thumbnail_is_wrong..29. --dave pape (talk) 20:42, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
Ah. Perhaps I should just stick to English Wikipedia. I seem to be making an ass of myself here with inane questions. Thanks Davepape for the reply.--JavierMC 20:57, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

moving/merging categories

How do you "move categories" or "merge categories", incl. those templates? Category:Rivers of Massachusetts and Category:Rivers in Massachusetts completely overlap. Thanks, Ibn Battuta (talk) 13:57, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

problem: viewing image in high resolution

I don't get Image:Deerfield River map (Massachusetts + Vermont).jpg displayed in high resolution. (Opera & an old version of Internet Explorer) Does it work for anybody else? --Ibn Battuta (talk) 14:08, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Works fine for me (FF It's a big file, though (7802 kB). Lupo 15:19, 9 October 2008 (UTC)
Works fine for me in Firefox also.--Paloma Walker (talk) 20:33, 9 October 2008 (UTC)



Det der på engelsk hedder "Derivative works", hvad er det på dansk og hvorfor er det ikke tilladt her på Commons? Da man selv har taget billederne, må man pr. definition selv have rettighederne til dem?

Med venlig hilsen Christian Giersing (talk) 16:09, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Jeg mener den korrekte term for "Derivative works" på dansk er "bearbejdelser". Det går ud på at man under visse omstændigheder ikke selv kan få ophavsretten på gengivelser af førstehåndsarbejder, selv om man er fotografen. I Danmark gælder der (så vidt jeg forstår) således ifølge COM:FOP at man godt må tage billeder af det ydre af bygninger i det offentlige rum, men ikke f.eks skulpturer, hvis kunstneren lever eller er død for midre end 70 år siden. Det er på Commons valgt at man (selv om serverne står i USA) vil henholde sig til de copyright regler, der gælder i det land hvori billedet er taget. Jeg håber dette svarre tilstrækkeligt på spørgsmålet. Jeg må pointere at det er den mpde jeg opfatter reglerne på, det er ikke noget jeg er ekspert i. hvis du vil have et mere fyldestgørese svar kan jeg anbefale dig at spørge på engelsk til f.eks. MichaelMaggs, som har meget mere styr på regler vedr. rettigheder end jeg. -- Slaunger (talk) 22:10, 9 October 2008 (UTC)


Sorry, I'm a complete dolt with computers. I'm trying to Upload a photo Image:IslaminNewZealandBookLaunch.jpg that's mine (I took the photo). But apparently I am not putting in the correct Licensing ? Abdullah

Ok. I made a second effort. I'd be grateful if someone could confirm whether I've done that properly. (PD-self ?) A

Answering on the user's talk page. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 10:21, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Drawn Images

I dren an animation character. So, i uploaded it because i drew it.
But, it was deleted...
Doesn't copyright apply to self-drawn image?

But, it's not my character

Which image was that? --Paloma Walker (talk) 15:45, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Image:Firenze Polizia Municipale.JPG

Hi, ich hab' in Italien dieses Bild gemacht und jetzt hochgeladen. Leider habe ich vergessen, den Polizist nach einer Erlaubnis zu fragen. Er hat vor vielen anderen Kameras "posiert" und sein Helm verdeckt fast die Hälfte seines Gesichts, insbesondere seine Augen. Ich weiß aber nicht, ob das genug ist, damit eine zusätzliche Erlaubnis unnötig ist. Was meint ihr, löschen?

Hi, i've made this photograph in Italy and now uploaded it. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask the policeman for permission to upload it. Well, he was posing in front of many cams and his helmet disguises nearly 50% of his face, especially his eyes. But I dont know if that's enough to make a additional permission unnecessary. What do you think? 'd deleting be better?

--Xeph (talk) 11:08, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

  • I don't think you're violating his rights. You should be fine. -Nard the Bard 14:45, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
See Commons:Photographs of identifiable people.--Trixt (talk) 19:41, 5 October 2008 (UTC)
Hm, ok. Wasn't neither sure about US nor german law. Thanks. --Xeph (talk) 19:16, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Question Re Uploading an Image to the WIKI Commons

I am trying to upload an image from my home computer to the WIKICommons.

I am logged in.

The error message says that there is no file by the name that I specify.

I have checked the spelling and it is OK

I need to know how to correctly specify the path to the source image

OR perhaps the file name should not end in .jpg ???

The image is located on my machine at

      C:\Users\Norman\Documents\TIMBRO\WIKIscans  and the file name is  E7STD.jpg

Thank You Norm Seidelman KODIman (talk) 19:29, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

When you get to the upload box, next to the location field there should be a browse button. If you browse to the file location on your system and click on it there, it will enter the information in the box and you should be able to continue to fill out the appropriate fields of the submit form. This is probably the easiest method, as it keeps any misspellings from occurring in location. Hope that helps. --JavierMC 01:44, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Mass changes

How do I add a category to lots of images quickly? I’m trying to remove a category from a template & put it directly onto the image pages. Thanks! FieldMarine (talk) 04:57, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

You could ask help of Commons:Bots owners. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:56, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Moving images

Is it possible to move an image and all its links?--Officer781 (talk) 13:16, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

You can reupload under a other name. Go to the old image and tag it with {{Duplicate|newname.jpg}} A admin can change all links with CommonsDelinker than. Sterkebaktalk 13:19, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Medal of Honor?

Hi. I want to upload a medal for hard progress in Sports, but how can I? Please answer on my talkpage. NYC43 (talk) 00:16, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Image upload problem

I've uploaded Image:Barking Wellington 1907.jpg but the picture isn't showing, nor is it showing on the article it has been added to. Any idea what has gone wrong, anyone? Mjroots (talk) 09:26, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Thumbnailing problem. A modification in the server setup for image scaling seems to be the cause. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 09:29, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
So it's a Wikimedia Commons problem then? Just had the same happen to another picture I've uploaded. Will leave it until the problem has been sorted. Mjroots (talk) 09:33, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
Yep, see also Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard#Thumbnailing_problem.3F. In my experience, most thumbnail problems are caused by server problems, not by the file itself. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 09:44, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Thumbnail doesn't appear.

I uploaded my own picture, but it doesn't show the smaller size image nor thumbnail. Please look at my picture: What is the problem? Bridge of JR Musashino Line in Inagi.jpg

Server-side problem. See this mailing list announcement and the server admin log. Lupo 13:09, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
Ditto Image:LatinEmpire2.png . Evilandi (talk) 14:11, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
Dito Image:Charles Gordon Curtis.jpg. Will the problem be fixed automatically or is any manual action necesary. Any way we can speed it up? --Tetris L (talk) 15:51, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Lost in a maze of servers, all ending in or

(Title added by Lupo)

Hi. I'm so lost. I want to post an article about Junk Percussion which is a new craze of household percussion. It's not a company, product or anything for sale. There is nothing to advertise it's just a informational article but I have no idea how to create or post it. I've tried reading the help guides you have but none of it makes any sense at all to me. Help? Lou Junk percussion (talk) 11:35, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

For starters, you should go the the English Wikipedia to create your article. This here is "Wikimedia Commons", a repository of freely licensed images and a central image repository for the encyclopedias. (And for other Wikimedia projects.) Lupo 11:52, 15 October 2008 (UTC)


04:11, 16 October 2008 (UTC) After loging off of my account here, i went to log on with the same account on wikipedia but it said that the password was wrong( i tried to use the same thing i typed in as a password and it worked agian)so what do i do? Can you use the same account for both?

hi. I think you can login on all wikimedia projects with the same name and password. Do you use SUL? And you know for sure the nickname is not already in use by somebody? Cheers, Sterkebaktalk 05:05, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
If I'm not mistaken you have to remain logged in to your *home* wiki to use the SUL. If you log out of SUL and you don't have a native account on the other wiki, it won't recognize you. —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 08:34, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Not to sound stupid, but i am new here and i don't know what SUL is. And how can i transfer to another wikimedia project without logging out? Bugboy52.4 (talk) 19:21, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

See meta:Help:Unified login. If you have any more questions feel free to ask me. --Anonymous101 talk 20:23, 16 October 2008 (UTC).

Bugboy52.4 (talk) 21:18, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

  O.K., not to be a pest or anything, but when i fused my accounts with my other wikis and tried to create an account on wikipedia, thier was already someone with Bugboy52.4 as their account name! So what do I do now?

Fotos von Arzneimittelverpackungen

Hallo, ich habe viele Fotos von Arzneimittelpackungen von Markenpräparaten, die ich selbst fotografiert und bearbeitet habe. Da ja nun der Markennamen/Handelsname an sich und auch das Packungsdesign einem Urheberrecht/Markenrecht unterliegen, nun die Frage, darf ich die überhaupt hochladen und wenn ja unter welcher Lizenz. Wie verhält es sich mit Abbildungen von Medizinprodukten Blutzuckerteststreifen, Kathetern, Stechhilfen etc.--Maczunk (talk) 00:04, 18 October 2008 (UTC)


{{helpme}} How do I delete a duplicate image? The first "Warhol.jpg" I uploaded, I forgot to write a description. I reloaded it, ("Warhol1.jpg"), added the description and now I would like the delete the first one.fvlcrvm 19:29, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Deleted second one as unused duplicate. In future you can use {{duplicate}} tpo get duplicates deleted. Thanks, Anonymous101 talk 07:21, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

licensing different on same image on en version copied over

Hey there, hoping someone can assist who knows the licesing tags used here at commons. On Image:1CanadaSquare.jpg the license is given as GFDL but on the version on the english WP, it is a different license. When I copy the license template over from the english page, it is different here. Perhaps someone can find the matching coresponding version on Commons. Thanks. -- 21:24, 17 October 2008 (UTC) (Jordan 1972 on english WP)

A similar issue is on Image:Mareeba.jpg too. -- 21:48, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Fixed both. Thanks, Anonymous101 talk 07:24, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Using a still image from a movie

I am writing an article about an actor on Wikipedia. Is it allowed to use a screen shot from a movie to display on his Wikipedia page? The still shot I want to use will not include a full movie scene, just the actor's likeness.

Mamarussianbear (talk) 03:35, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Not on commons, unless the movie is out of copyright. Anonymous101 talk 07:10, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

please tell how to download a video?

Lewes Pound

I have a Lewes Pound, and would like to add an image to the Lewes article. Question is, which licence would it come under? Can it be used under a free licence or would it have to be uploaded to Wikipedia under a fair use rationale as a copyright image. The Lewes Pound is not legal tender in that you can't spend it anywhere except in those shops in Lewes which are taking part in the scheme. Mjroots (talk) 16:47, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

I think you should upload it to Wikipedia under a fair use rationale. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:18, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Categorising mistake?

Working on the electrical categories someone made me aware of a misspelling, and I can't correct it. Electricity meters are in fact kWh meters and for professional electricians it hurts to see KWh meters. I can't correct it, I found. So it is possible the the software created that KWh itself. Is there a solution? --Stunteltje (talk) 19:00, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

I think DISPLAYTITLE magic work could partially fix a problem. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:17, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
Never used or even seen before. Where can I find the documentation on this command? --Stunteltje (talk) 15:43, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
[2] - Erik Baas (talk) 15:56, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
I think that all the wiki's convert systematically all first letters in uppercase, why en:Deus (band) cannot be properly spelled like dEUS. Such difficult kWH lower/uppercase rules is asking for problems. Why not simply using a more popular name like en:Electricity meter (or en:Power meter). Then it would work for MegaWatt and GigaWatt meters too. --Foroa (talk) 16:09, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
I asked Erik how to use the command, as it didn't work the way I used it. I have an escape: Category:Electricity meters (kWh). An electricity meter counts the kWh's in our house, not MegaWatt's and GigaWatts in plants and factories. If both of you pefer this solution, it is not necessary to use the given command. Unfortunately in that case I have to switch the files again.

Another question, as I have to work for people outside the profession. We have domestic electricity devices, as connectors, socket outlets and switches. I found Category:mains plugs and Category:mains sockets. Is it usefull to create a new category for the switches, mains switches or light switches? Or do we leave al these switches in Category:electric switches, including the industrial versions. --Stunteltje (talk) 18:20, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Re-upload hiccup

I tried to replace Image:RiggingDiagram.jpg, which I created and uploaded, with a more recent, and more correct version, which appears on Commons here: but does not appear on the image page, nor does it appear on the wikipedia article where it is needed. Can you help figure this out and not have similar problems if I need to do this again in the future? (Of the two images, the correct one is the one where the four circles are UNEVENLY placed...) Thanks. Montanabw (talk) 04:52, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Follow up, new version is now appearing in wikipedia, but not here on commons other than n thumbnails. Also, can anyone remove the older version? Thanks. Montanabw (talk) 05:14, 20 October 2008 (UTC) Appears to be fixed, whether it was just a matter of time or someone did a tweak on it, either way, thanks. Montanabw (talk) 20:50, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Photo hochladen

(*Spatz* (talk) 22:11, 20 October 2008 (UTC))Nach efolgreicher Wiki-Anmeldung stolz das erste selbsterstellte Photo hochgeladen. Mut gefasst und versucht weitere (eigene, interessante Aufn.?)hochzuladen, aus "eigene Dateien..)Es erscheint jedoch jedesmal " Berechtigungsfehler". Was mache falsch ?

Es ist denkbar, dass du einen Bildnamen benutzt, den es bereits gibt. Neue Nutzer dürfen noch keine Bilder überschreiben, mal ganz abgesehen davon, dass nur in Ausnahmefällen Bilder überschrieben werden sollten. Wenn das der Fall ist, sollte aber eigentlich auch schon vorher eine entsprechende Fehlermeldung kommen. --rimshottalk 06:12, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

How to add a photo to a photo gallery

Dear Helpdesk Folks --

No doubt I am overlooking something obvious but anyway I need help.

I am attempting to add a photo to the photo gallery at

In August 2008, I added the photo to the commons. Its name is:


The original is here:

However, I see that the one I put in the Commons has disappeared. Did someone delete it? I have studied the edit history but see no evidence of this... Perhaps I am reading it wrong.

The link in the photo gallery for the wiki item (with accompanying text) that I am attempting to create is:

thumb|250px John Piccoli (1939-1955) - Tomba al Cimitero Acattolico di Roma, scolpita dal suo padre, Girolamo Piccoli - Foto Dan Keller 2007.

No doubt I am doing something stupid but honestly I am stuck and would appreciate assistance!

Thanks very much!

Dan Keller DanKeller (talk) 12:17, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Your picture is here : Image:CimiteroAcattolicoPiccoliGrave.jpg. Your problem is a wikisyntax problem. I corrected it:Cimitero acattolico di Roma; here is the correct syntax:
No 'thumb' argument nor brackets are needed. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 13:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Re=upload image on Imette St. Guillen

Some time ago, specifically on February 25, 2008, I uploaded an image of murder victim, Imette St. Guillen. Specifically, this was an image from a memorial program pamphlet that was handed out at a John Jay College function for her which function I attended. There was no copyright marks or artist/photographer credits on the image or in the program. For some reason, this image was deleted off of her Wikipedia entry "Murder of Imette St. Guillen". Now I had scanned the image seeing no copyright or other problem with same. If I rescan, will this now be accepted? Thank you for a quick response.--MurderWatcher1 (talk) 21:04, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

The photograph is copyrighted, no matter whether there is a copyright notice. If this really was the first publication of the photograph, it would be an anonymous work and protected (depending on jurisdiction) for 70 years from publication. If the photographer was given in a previous publication, it is protected for 70 years from the photographer's death. In any case, it is not free. You would have to find out the photographer and ask for permission. --rimshottalk 06:24, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • The U.S. hasn't required a copyright notice since 1989. Anything newer than that is unfortunately copyrighted. I suggest uploading the image at your local wiki with fair use, if they allow it. -Nard the Bard 22:27, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Tagging for deletion, and other fixes

Is there a tag on the commons for deletions, just as there is on regualr Wikipedia? Because I'd like to tag Category:Metro North stations in Connecticut for deletion due to a punctuation error. The one with the hyphen should be left alone. ----DanTD (talk) 02:18, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

You could use {{speedy|Reason}}. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:16, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
The best way in this case is {{Badname|Good name}}. --Foroa (talk) 15:04, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
I must've done something wrong with that one, because it didn't work. I'm going to use the speedy-deletion tag. ----DanTD (talk) 23:26, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
UPDATE: I see what I did wrong. I filled in the section on the left as well as the right. I've corrected that mistake. ----DanTD (talk) 23:32, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Merge new upload of DVI_Connector_Types.svg into the original

After making a minor change to the SVG of DVI Connectors, as discussed on the Talk page at en.wikipedia for Digital Visual Interface, I went to upload the changes as a new version of the original Image:DVI_Connector_Types.svg here.

As this is my first time using Wikimedia Commons (I've made minor edits on Wikipedia for a while), my upload was blocked, directing me to upload with a new filename and ask here for it to be merged in.

After this is completed, will I be able to make other uploads (like cascading my changes to Image:Dvi-d_types.svg) without this process?

Thanks, Hungry Charlie (talk) 16:14, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

French Tall Ship

Anybody have information and a picture of the French schooner Saint Chateaux.

Have you further information? Approx year- another name (very common) I can't even google it. ClemRutter (talk) 18:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Linking Photo Uploads to an Existing Gallery

I have tried several times to get my photo uploads of Tampa Union Station to appear in the Union Station (Tampa) gallery. No problems with the uploading or licensing, but the photos never appear in the Commons. Linking them to the gallery is not working. What am I doing wrong? thanks, jmcquigg Jmcquigg (talk) 21:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Not so much. But Union Station (Tampa) isn't a category but a gallery. So you have to add the files to the gallery manually. And use copy/past on the filename, to avoid problems with sub- and superscript. --Stunteltje (talk) 06:37, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Now linked all together. Just have a look around now and you will better understand galleries and categories. --Foroa (talk) 07:16, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Derivative of a photo on Commons (toolserver down)

Hi. I'm trying to upload a derivative version of a photo on Commons (this one), but the toolserver seems to be down. (When, on the upload form, I click on "It is a derivative work of a file from Commons", I get a "server not responding" message.) I'm not very familiar with the main upload form, or what templates are appropriate for a derivative use. Could somebody please walk me through what I need to do on the main upload form page? Thanks. —Josiah Rowe (talk) 19:14, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Never mind: the toolserver is back up again, and I was able to use it to upload the derivative image. —Josiah Rowe (talk) 22:40, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Template help

I could use someone who is good with templates to take care of Template talk:Rename. Betacommand 21:40, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Requested edit

Could you please post this image onto this discussion. EvP (talk) 13:00, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

If you paste [[Image:Plymouth suggested move pie chart.png|thumb]] inte the article on the English Wikipedia it is also done. This is something you can do yourself :) Sterkebaktalk 14:50, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
It's semi-protected and I don't have an auto-confirmed account. EvP (talk) 15:10, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
✓ Done Sterkebaktalk 15:31, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! EvP (talk) 15:33, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Why did life get difficult?

Hi. Previously I would load a pic ; lets call it Gazania pecinata. I would then put the name of the pic in the search box, which would then tell me that there was no such page, and would I like to create it? I would then click on the red Gazania pecinata and lo and behold, would get to a new page where I could put the image. I have just done that for a disa that i uploaded and rather than beig helpful, it merely told me that there was no such page. This led to some rather difficult acrobatics in order to get the page created. Is there any reason for making the system more complicated? P.S. While I am whinging, Is there any reason to create categories for pages? This seems to have happened to most of the ericas while I wasnt looking? Andrew massyn (talk) 15:49, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Galleries and categories can and do co-exist via wiki-software -- there is no real need to choose one or the other and recently a few users have expressed the opinion that the galleries should contain the nicest of the images of a subject while categories should contain all of the images of a subject. In addition to there being no real reason to opt for one wiki display over the other, there is a bot which marks images now if they are uncategorized and uploaders of images who do not include categories create cumbersome work for others.
I happen to prefer the categories over the galleries as the management of them tends to be more like managing a database which is, in my opinion, what commons is more than a collection of articles -- a database of images of subjects. To enclose an image in gallery tags without putting more information into the comment section of the gallery is to display less information about the image than the categories do and this has been a problem for my attempts to find (in particular) images of species of plants. To insist on the categorization of images should allow the making of more informative galleries by those who are into that gallery thing.... -- carol (talk) 22:32, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
@Carol, is this what it has to be? Category:Barges by country --Stunteltje (talk) 08:55, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Haha! Now, this is what I want to know. Is it the country that built the barge or is it the country in which the barge is registered/licensed? Any experts for this category reading this? -- carol (talk) 13:53, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Don't know if having a barge myself is sufficiently expert for you? --Stunteltje (talk) 16:42, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
You would know if this information is useful and/or interesting and probably I wouldn't know it until I needed such information. What I do know is that a collection of images becomes more interesting and informative when the display options are used to make them more interesting and informative. Personally, I find the wiki-interface to be not a good html interface (html is already fairly easy and its own good interface) -- but some of the other things it can do are quite impressive. -- carol (talk) 16:51, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Carol I understand your reasoning, but isnt that what wikipedia is for? I thought that information (aside from basic taxonomy) was frowned upon. Andrew massyn (talk) 14:15, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
What is the difference between a taxonomy navigation on a gallery and a taxonomy navigation on a category? Also, in my experience here, several taxonomy classifications were being used, just not consistently. -- carol (talk) 14:49, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Dunno what the difference is. I just stick them on the gallerey pages as well. Andrew massyn (talk) 15:22, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
I did that also and then one day, I started to look into it just a little more than what was here that I was simply pasting. My plan/idea is that the genera is already here and needs just a simple template paste on to new species categories or galleries. I think it should be less complicated. -- carol (talk) 16:51, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Well you develop it then. I am a total dork when it comes to that sort of thing.Andrew massyn (talk) 18:46, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
Have a look at the following galleries and you will understand the fundamental differences with the categories: William Lyon Mackenzie King visual chronology, Köln, Bruges and Kölner Dom. --Foroa (talk) 14:30, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Moving / merging categories (2nd attempt)

I got no answers... but could you please help me? My question has been:

How do you "move categories" or "merge categories", incl. those templates? Category:Rivers of Massachusetts and Category:Rivers in Massachusetts completely overlap. Thanks, Ibn Battuta (talk) 13:57, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, Ibn Battuta (talk) 17:34, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Just put a move request template in it, such as {{Move|Category:Destination_category|Reason bla bla}}. I executed the merge already. Other examples in Category:Requested_moves and Category:Articles to be merged. --Foroa (talk) 22:10, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Crop George and Laura Bush at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.jpg

For some reason, Commons is telling me my account is too new to upload an image over another (even though I've done it before... maybe because of the unified login?). Could someone please upload this image over what's already there (or just crop the border for the original & upload yourself)? Thanks. — SheeEttin {T/C} 03:31, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

I have added a remove border template and kind administrators will sort it out after a few days. Snowmanradio (talk) 14:15, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Why this file is not displayed well ?

Hello! I uploaded en:Image:Lindos2.svg as Image:Acoustic weighting curves.svg to use it in ja.wikipedia. (I used the name which was suggested in en:image:Lindos2.svg.) But the file is not displayed well. I wondered that it may happened because of its name. So I uploaded it again as Image:Lindos2.svg. But there is no difference. I compared these files with file compare tool. But I could find no differnce between these 3 image files. I have uploaded some svg files to commons. But I have never met such problem. Please let me know how I can solve this porblem. Thank you.Penpen (talk) 00:09, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Image:Acoustic weighting curves.svg displays fine on my machine. Commons has experienced display troubles in the past few days; your problem may be related. Try reloading the page when you're viewing your image (Ctrl + Shift + R in Firefox) or purging the cache of your browser. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 13:48, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
I guess the thumbnail that is displayed at enwiki is old, and the difference is because the one for the copy at Commons was generated after the switch to Ubuntu with different versions of the conversion software and font set. --AVRS (talk) 14:07, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Error in accessing my gallery

Will some one on the help desk try to resolve my problem, please? The problem is that Filbot has automatically introduced the following comment on my talk page. Filbot, "There seems to be a problem regarding the description and/or licensing of this particular file. It has been found that you've added in the image's description only a Template that's not a license and although it provides useful informations about the image, it's not a valid license." The two images are the following.

Image:Shiva Viishnu Temple.jpg

Image:Pah45dur NVV.jpg

I cannot access my gallerry due to the following error appearing on the top of the page.

Database Error: Unknown database 'commonswiki_p' (sql-s3) on sql-s3/commonswiki_p

How do I proceed to resolve the issues since I am not very savy with the computer terminologies.Alternative is for Filbot to remove both images so that I can load them again with approprite license deatils.--Nvvchar (talk) 13:31, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The gallery is unavailable due to database problems. The error message explains why. You can check your own contributions via the "User contributions" link in the toolbox panel, on the left. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 13:43, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Skyw1sher (talk) 14:05, 28 October 2008 (UTC)Hello ! I am a newbie here , but I want to contribute Wiki . Sorry for my English . I want you ask about license - I have posted an image and can`t define license . if image taken from official band site what I must choose ? Thanks

Unknown deleted pages

To Whom It May Concern:

I work for the United States Army. On Sepetember 4, I posted two wikis about our equipment that were immediately deleted for "blatant Advertising." My office is trying to post information about our equipment so accurate cleared information is available to the public. None of the equipment I will post about is for sale as the public cannot buy our equipment. Please let me know what I have to do in order to post wikis of this kind without having them deleted.

I can be reached at

Thank you.

Paul Wein 15:53, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Answered here as best I can without more info. It may be an en wp issue. --Herby talk thyme 15:56, 28 October 2008 (UTC)


Hi, bin noch relativ neu hier auf Commons und kenne mich daher noch nicht so aus.... Seit ein paar Tagen kommt in meiner Galerie nur noch die Fehlermeldung "Database Error: Unknown database 'commonswiki_p' (sql-s3) on sql-s3/commonswiki_p Failed to connect to database! Most data is up to date again, but one copy of the commons database is badly outdated. This means some tools may show wrong information for some wikis. This effects mostly the Gallery tool, and also other commons-related tools like CheckUsage." ... ähm, was kann/muss ich tun damit meine Galerie wieder ordentlich angezeigt wird....mfg Diether 19:16, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

It should work again now. -- Deadstar (msg) 13:54, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Posting a Picture.

I was looking up Wapta Falls and noticed the picture sucked and want to upload a WAY better picture I took, I dont want no crazy hard instructions as I dont know lots about computers. but This picture deserves to be on the page! Please help me!

Try the "upload file" link on the left. If you have taken the image yourself it shouldn't be hard. -- Deadstar (msg) 13:57, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Other eyes?

Hi. I'm a contributor at the English language Wikipedia (unified login). I have little experience with image work there and even less with it here. I used a handy bot to bring over an image from the German Wikipedia for the purpose of including it at wikipedia:Amalie von Wallmoden, Countess of Yarmouth. It's Image:Amalie Sophie von Wallmoden.jpg. There's a tag on it that indicates "It requires review because CommonSense could not categorise the image during transfer." Since it's loaded with categories, I suspect this means something other than the sense that I know it. :) I'd be grateful if somebody could take a look at this and either address any concerns there or let me know what, if anything, needs to be done to it. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 15:09, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

It's just a boiler-plate message. It looked ok. But sometimes it can find categories, sometimes not. Angus McLellan (Talk) 11:19, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Why were my wikis deleted?

I work for the U.S. Army and I published two wikis on September 4. They were removed for "blatant advertising." I am trying to make wikis on the equipment we produce for our Soldiers. It is not advertising since the public cannot purchase anything we make. We are looking to get accurate information to the public about what we produce. Could someone tell me what I have to do going forward to ensure that the wikis I create will not be deleted?

Thank you to whoever answers this question.

  • Hi. Commons is not Wikipedia. Please ask your question again at Wikipedia. -Nard the Bard 22:43, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Image:MacedoniaNameDisputeMap1.svg question

Hi, i have to updated this image Image:MacedoniaNameDisputeMap.svg to this version Image:MacedoniaNameDisputeMap1.svg. Since i cant do it (im here just few hours now) can someone else update the Image:MacedoniaNameDisputeMap.svg to this Image:MacedoniaNameDisputeMap1.svg. Second question: i have used Adobe Illustrator to edit the SVG file, i dont know why its not 940 × 415 pixels but smaller even if its vector O.o thank you, Alex Makedon (talk) 21:52, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

What is included in the license?

Hi! I would like to use some images in a brochure for a client, basically, am I allowed to? What are the license agreements? Am I limited to a certain number of print run, web use, etc?— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • Aha. Welcome to our free repository. You can read all about our licensing at Commons:Licensing but I will give you the rundown. We require everything here to be absolutely free for everything you can think of, commercial use, printing in brochures, making changes to the pictures etc. You are not limited to web use or limited run. Print a billion copies if you want. There are no fees or royalties. There are some basic restrictions, however, which depend on the specific license of the image. If you want a specific answer on a specific image just say which one and we'll help you, but here are the most common things to understand:
  1. If the work is public domain, do whatever you like with it. It is considered courteous to mention the name of the author and the source.
  2. Most licenses on Commons require attribution. You should mention the URL of the image, and the name of the author. You can use the uploader's nickname, but some people prefer their real name. You can leave a message on the uploader's talk page to ask what name they prefer. If you get no answer, don't worry, you don't need their permission, it's already given by the license.
  3. Most licenses also require you state which license you are using, so if for example the license is cc-by-sa, you should include the name of the license. Some, such as the GFDL are more strict and require re-printing the entire text of the license. You could put this in a legalese section at the back of your brochure with a footnote on the image saying which page the license was on. If the image is available under multiple licenses, you only have to pick one.
  4. Some licenses have what's called a sharealike clause. What this means is because you got the image for free, you are required to share alike. In other words if someone re-uses your work, you must let them. With most sharealike licenses, this only applies to the picture itself. So if you photoshop the picture in some way, anything you do to it must be shared under the same license. The GFDL, again, is more strict. Under the GFDL you must make your entire brochure sharealike.
See also Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia, and read the licenses the images are released under (for long licenses, there are links to the full text in the license templates). If an image is released under more than one license (e.g. GNU FDL 1.2+ and CC BY-SA 3.0), you can choose to use it under either or both of them. --AVRS (talk) 21:41, 30 October 2008 (UTC)