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Need to remove code text visible in infobox

I need to remove Wiki code text related to a photo file that is visible (for users) in the infobox person for Michael Blakey (musician). How do I do this? It currently reads below the subject's name as: [[File: |frameless|alt=]] It shouldn't be there.

Also, I determined through research that this same subject is primarily a record producer instead of a musician, as currently indicated. How do I correct this in the parenthetical disambiguation? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DanielleLevi (talk • contribs) 22:31, 1 September 2012‎ (UTC)

I'm not aware of any infoboxes here on Wikimedia Commons (a media repository used by the different Wikipedia editions, other Wikimedia projects, and others). I'm guessing you're talking about wikipedia:en:Michael Blakey (musician) at the English Wikipedia project. The help desk for that project is at wikipedia:en:Wikipedia:Help desk. LX (talk, contribs) 08:52, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
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How can I ask someone to re check my files?

This topic was moved here from Commons talk:Community portal because it had nothing to do with the contents of Commons:Community portal.

Hi can someone tell me how can I contact someone to review my files? I don't know how to? And also how can I stop my files to be erased? Does anyone knows? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fxz100 (talk • contribs) 04:12, 2 September 2012‎ (UTC)

All your files have already been reviewed and deleted as copyright violations. The best way to stop your files from being erased is to only upload files that are actually yours, instead of uploading other people's non-free content to a project that only collects free content. You also need to stop abusing multiple user accounts. LX (talk, contribs) 08:48, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
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Another querry?

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How can I find photos on wikipedia should I just write the name of the image I'm looking for? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fxz100 (talk • contribs) 04:13, 2 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Step one would be to go to a Wikipedia project that hosts images (such as English Wikipedia) and look for their help texts on searching (e.g. wikipedia:en:Help:Searching).
If you want to know more about searching on Commons (the site on which you asked the question), see Help:Searching and Help:Image searching. If you have more specific follow-up questions, feel free to ask them here. LX (talk, contribs) 08:45, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
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Clearing User's Talkpage

Hi, How do I create an archive page for my "user talkpage"? (Or would some admin perform this for me) Thanks. Orrlingtalk 22:03, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

See Commons:Talk page guidelines#Archiving - when there is too much text. No administrative privileges are required. LX (talk, contribs) 08:53, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Can someone say how one can clear one's talkpage into a personal "archive"? Or is there people who regularly do it across the users' zone for others? Orrlingtalk 13:16, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Simply move the page and replace the redirect with your talk page header or blank the redirect after moving. -- Rillke(q?) 08:21, 3 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. ! I hope I can figure out correctly what "moving the page" specifically means,, as well as the further instruction. Thanx again. Orrlingtalk 13:26, 3 September 2012 (UTC)
Hooray, it worked for me :-) (Untill this moment I haven't been aware of the possibility to perform page-moving for my userzone's pages by myself. I invite you to view if everything is done OK) Thankz Orrlingtalk 13:58, 3 September 2012 (UTC)
What you're asking for is described on the page I linked to. Was there something that wasn't clear in those instructions? We usually don't archive each other's user talk pages, but there are bots who can do it automatically. That's also described at Commons:Talk page guidelines#Archiving - when there is too much text and the pages that it links to. LX (talk, contribs) 11:09, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Yes, looks good. Now, you may set up a bot like SpBot (archiving on demand) or MiszaBot (archiving when a time elapsed and nothing was added to a thread) for archiving your talk page regularly or you keep it with moving when the page is full. I can just recommend what Alex said: Read the guideline. It also contains other useful stuff. -- Rillke(q?) 17:01, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

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New Version of Image 'internal storage backends' problem when uploading

I am not able to upload a new edited version of this image:

After selecting the new file and pressing the Upload button I get the message:

"The file "mwstore://local-multiwrite/local-public/4/42/Akong_Rinpoche_and_a_monk.jpg" is in an inconsistent state within the internal storage backends"

This has been the case for two days now. I have not had any difficulty with other files, only this one.

Many thanks.

Any help appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Fountain Posters (talk)

Known bug, added there: Yann (talk) 11:48, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks Aaron and Yann. It is now resolved for me.
Fountain Posters (talk)
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problematic entry

Hello, Volunteers, and thanks for your contribution to this phenomenal source.

   (If I am writing to the wrong team, please pass this message to the right one.)

I write to report an incorrect entry:

The subject - legal matters in inheritance - is not something I know much about, but it's very clear that someone inserted a sly joke into the Wikipedia entry for "per stirpes." See the definition of the term in the first line:

   "Per stirpes (play /pɜr ˈstɜrpiːz/; "by branch") (alternately known 
   as "first serve fees" and "first herpes") is a legal term in Latin. 

Searching (Google) for both "legal term" and "per herpes" turns up 4 entries, including Wikipedia not only Wikipedia but From this list, however, one sees that a contributor to must have already seen this:

    "Note - per stirpes is not first herpes. [edit] Modifications. At least 
    in one state, New York, a statute modified this definition. Under New 
    York law, the number of ..."

C Bledsoe — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 18:44, 4 September 2012‎ (UTC)

This a problem at the english Wikipedia, not at Commons. But I reverted the IP edit over there. --Denniss (talk) 18:50, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
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This is the second time I have uploaded this poster for the documentary:

I am the creator, I am the director of the documentary and each time I try to explain this. How am I supposed to prove this? I have tried to directly email the users who attempt to take it down. Why are they taking my poster down? - unsigned

  • See COM:OTRS for how to grant the relevant permission. - Jmabel ! talk 03:46, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
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Droits d'auteurs

salut , on ma envoyé c message a quatre reprises  :

Il semble y avoir un problème concernant la description et / ou de licence de ce fichier particulier. Il a été constaté que vous avez ajouté dans la description de l'image seulement un modèle qui n'est pas une licence et même si elle fournit des informations utiles à propos de l'image, ce n'est pas une licence valide . Pourriez-vous s'il vous plaît résoudre ce problème, ajouter la licence à l'image lien ci-dessus? Vous pouvez modifier la page de description et de modifier le texte. Téléchargeant une nouvelle version du fichier ne change pas la description du fichier. Cette page peut vous donner plus d'indications sur quelle licence choisir. Merci. Ce message a été ajouté automatiquement par Sz-iwbot, si vous avez besoin d'aide à ce sujet s'il vous plaît lire le texte ci-dessus à nouveau et suivez les liens en elle, si vous avez encore besoin d'aide pour demander à l' → communes: Help desk dans n'importe quelle langue que vous souhaitez utiliser . - Sz-iwbot 16:54, 31 Août 2012 (UTC)

Je ne sais pas omment résoudre la passage en gras car je ne connait pas l'auteur de la photo , comment faire car les photos vont bientôt être supprimés ?

Les images en questions sont :


Merci Anthony ... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 22:09, 31 August 2012‎ (UTC)

  • If you don't know who is the author of the photo, and it is clearly recent enough to be inherently copyrighted, how can you possibly be in a position to grant a license to it? Or am I confused (French is not one of my half dozen or so best languages). - Jmabel ! talk 02:32, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
Bonjour. Wikimedia Commons a pour but d'héberger des contenus libres, c'est-à-dire dans le domaine public (auteur mort depuis plus de 70 ans) ou que l'auteur ou les ayants-droit ont diffusé sous licence libre. Vos images sont des images promotionnelles ou reprises de Facebook, donc nous ne pouvons pas les accepter ici. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 11:11, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lake Kuttara 3.JPG


あと「著作権」の定義が「撮影画像データ」なのか「被写体」なのかが曖昧で分かりません。 ウィキコモンズで車やオートバイ、鉄道車輌などのアップロード画像を見かけますが、それだってメーカーや所有者の著作権に引っかかるのあれば削除の対象になって然るべきですが如何でしょう?

そう考えると自然くらいしか安心してアップロードできませんが、ウィキの主張を解釈すると穿った見方をすれば環境庁や都道府県の山岳や河川を撮影した被写体も著作権の対象になりますが如何でしょう? 著作権の定義が曖昧な割には規則がガチカチで辟易させられます。

--Highten31 (talk) 07:46, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

Failed Upload Wizard

Hey. One of my uploads (this one) has just been deleted by I-don't-know-which circumstances or decision (couldn't find the discussion page to support the deletion. A mistaken bot generation maybe?) and my attempt to reupload it to restore the gallery results in the Upload Wizard saying "There was another file already on the site with the same content, but it was deleted", and won't allow me proceed. Any hint what error or logic effectuates this. Thanx, Orrlingtalk 22:35, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

On your talk page you can see who tagged your file as a copvio and then ask this user.--Funfood 23:13, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
What do you mean? It looks too crude. What does the file we're speaking about have to do with a copvio ? What's that tag? Orrlingtalk 04:15, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Any instruction for how to overpass that Wizard's thing which won't let my image reupload? Orrlingtalk 04:18, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Because the file is deleted, I have no clue what was shown on it, but you can ask Vera who tagged the file as a copvio (that is: put a copyright violation note on it) why she did. You should wait with a new upload until this copyright question is cleared. If there is no copyright problem with the file, it can be undeleted and needs no new upload. --Funfood 10:05, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
What is that copyright thing? I was photographing T-shirts with sarcastic texts displayed at a dusty stall in a market, that's what the file shows. Can we undelete that file?? How can one harm a fair contribution of mine in such a way? Orrlingtalk 17:31, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Perhaps the design of the T-Shirts looked copyrightable, I don't know. You can try an undeletion request, so other admins can have a look and decide what to do. --Funfood 18:16, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Why wouldn't the tool-holders discuss that matter openly (actively involving the uploader) prior to deleting which bases on look-like?.. Will post it at that undeletion request page. Thank you very much. Orrlingtalk 18:25, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Just a last hint: The copvio note was posted on 4th Sept at your talk pake and it was deleted on 7th Sept. You have been active on commons in the days between and should have noticed it. --Funfood 18:52, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
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"Noticed it"? Then what? Orrlingtalk 19:14, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
and then discussed the issue with the admin responsible, instead of ignoring the opportunity to discuss it and later accusing them of not discussing the matter openly. Maproom (talk) 22:45, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Help on uploading from

  1. Their usage policy says,
All of the images produced by HiRISE and accessible on this site are within the public domain: there are no restrictions on their usage by anyone in the public, including news or science organizations. We do ask for a credit line where possible: Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
So can I upload it. There are many images in those sites, is there any limit to the number of images that can be extracted from a site.
  1. How can I upload those images. Should I use save image as... option by right clicking the mouse.
  2. What file type should it be uploaded (.png, .jpeg etc. I cannot have .svg)Vanischenu mTalk 17:37, 2 September 2012 (UTC)


No FOP in France... What to think of the licences of some or all the mages in Category:Futuroscope? --Havang(nl) (talk) 20:35, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

We're in for a mass deletion request, I'm afraid. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 09:59, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

File name disappears when renaming

I regularly request renaming of files due to spelling mistakes. Until recently, the existing file name stayed in the first box, making renaming it (often only changing one or two letters) fairly easy. However, now when I click on the file name it totally disappears, so I have to enter the entire name. Is this something I've accidentally turned on, (XP, IE8, Vector) or is this someone's idea of an "improvement" - it isn't it's just a nuisance. Arjayay (talk) 17:17, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sensualidad.png

i want this file to be deleted, copyright reason --Trottola82 (talk) 15:29, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Speedy deleted. Pretty likely copyvio, low value image, & the uploader wants it deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 18:26, 9 September 2012 (UTC)
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Доброго Вам времени суток ! Благодарю и надеюсь на сотрудничество.:) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tsabiy Sergey (talk • contribs) 18:39, 1 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Thank you. Do you have a question? Graeme Bartlett (talk) 12:46, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Apparently not. Closing. LX (talk, contribs) 10:34, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Jocker.jpg

--Frank Konitzer (talk) 10:27, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

This looks as if it is your painting. If it is really your painting then you are permitted to load it here. But we need you to give a free copyright license. You can specify {{CC-BY-SA-3.0|Frank Konitzer}}. Or if you do not require attribution say: {{Cc-zero|Frank Konitzer}}. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 12:44, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Well, the file has been deleted, so I'm going to go ahead and mark this as resolved. Sorry, but it's kind of hard to provide help if you don't say what help you need and don't reply to questions. LX (talk, contribs) 10:37, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Images not displaying on category pages

Hi, I've uploaded two images for wiki loves monuments competition. On both the pages of these images in the bottom section the hidden category Category:ASI Monuments with known IDs is well displayed BUT ON THIS category page my images are not displaying. Please help...
File:Nili Mosque Delhi Side Pallav-journo.JPG
File:Neeli Masjid Delhi Pallav-Journo.jpg

-Pallav.journo (talk) 05:07, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Both do show up in the category, note that Category:ASI Monuments with known IDs is sorted on the monument ID number, not alphabetically. Just click the "next 200" link. MKFI (talk) 05:38, 3 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Marathovounos from a helicopter in the 1950,s..jpg

Can you let me know how I can use this photograph from the internet. The photograph was taken by the British Colonial Government in Cyprus in the 1950's. The website that I gave credit to is run by a friend of mine. Will it suffice that I got his permission? Ta, --Christos Evangeli (talk) 07:19, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Permission from someone who maintains a website that happens to include the image is irrelevant if they're not the copyright holder (and it seems very unlikely that he would be). You claim that the photo is in the public domain, but there's not enough information to determine whether that's true. Such information would include
  • When and where was the photo first published?
  • Who created the photo and when? Are they alive? If not, when did they die?
LX (talk, contribs) 15:12, 3 September 2012 (UTC)
The file has been deleted, so I'm going to go ahead and mark this as resolved. Sorry, but it's hard to help if you don't reply to follow-up questions. LX (talk, contribs) 10:42, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Hola me gustaria saber cual es la diferencia en el kiwi entre macho y hembra GRACIAS — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 14:13, 3 September 2012‎ (UTC)

This does not appear to be a question related to Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. LX (talk, contribs) 10:43, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Log in problem

I can not figure how to "Log in". Please help.Would like to enter photo contest. A.W. Austin at — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 2012-09-03T17:59:56 (UTC)

Up in the top right corner of the page you should see a create account. Then fill in the captcha box, make up a user name and password, and put in your email. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:55, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
Go to Special:UserLogin. LX (talk, contribs) 10:45, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Photos from public domain FaceBook pages

I am trying to figure out if two photos I previously uploaded (that appeared to comply with all of this wiki's terms and copyright policies) from a public FaceBook page are allowed to remain on the Commons. They are now up for deletion, as I did not enter sufficient copyright information. Both of these photos originated from the same page, and according to the terms and conditions are in the public domain (they were taken at the San Diego Comic-Con, which qualifies as a public event). When I tried to look up FaceBook's copyright policy to find a suitable license to enter, I could not find the information I was looking for. Should I simply delete the photos now and look elsewhere? (User talk:Bookbugtink), 17:58, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Only the photographer of these images can give a free license which is needed for the pictures to stay on commons. If you can't find it somewhere the images will be deleted.--Funfood 22:03, 3 September 2012 (UTC)
Most FaceBook pictures are not in the public domain. See public domain for a good explanation of the concept. - Jmabel ! talk 15:35, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
File:Emilia Clarke 2012 Comic-Con.jpg and File:Michelle Fairley 2012 Comic-Con.jpg have been deleted. Sorry, Bookbugtink, but you have fundamentally misunderstood what public domain means. Please do some reading, starting with the link Jmabel gave, before attempting to upload anything again. LX (talk, contribs) 10:48, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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I was under the impression that I could download photos that were copyright free. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Borrower (talk • contribs) 22:09, 3 September 2012‎ (UTC)

How do you know the photo is copyright free? Either we need permission from a written license, or proof that it is public domain. If there is no information then you cannot assume it is copyright free, as in most countries copyright automatically applies. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:50, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
Yes, you can download photos that are (actually) copyright free (and you can also upload them to Commons). It's kind of hard to help if you don't state more clearly what you need help with, though. LX (talk, contribs) 10:51, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Wiki Loves Monuments question:

Soldiers standing in front of monument with eagle and boars'heads Hello to the help desk. I would like to upload a photo of my father, taken during the war, for the 'Wiki Loves Monuments' contest. The problem is that I don't know where it was taken: possibly in Belgium or in Italy, the two countries he was posted to by the Canadian army. Is this possible? He has passed away, so I have copyright. A main reason I am requesting this is for my own information, if someone recognized it I could update my photo album of his work. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Larry in Waterloo (talk • contribs) 23:39, 3 September 2012‎ (UTC)

If it is a photo of your father, then you most probably don't own the copyright. The copyright holder is the photographer, or if the photographer is dead, the photographer's heir. Usually, you don't take photos of yourself, so the copyright holder is probably someone else. --Stefan4 (talk) 00:01, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
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if someone changed the license on flickr to non commercial use

If someone changed their license on flickr to non commercial after it has been uploaded to Commons, what the status of the picture on Commons: it is still free for me to make money from the picture or not? If not, then it 's not free, then it should be deleted on Commons altogether? Ebaychatter0 (talk) 08:04, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

the license is irrevocable so that any earlier copies of the image have the original license. We do not have to delete off commons if it is confirmed. However if the original was a copyright infringement or the flickr uploader did not have permission to grant a license, then if that can be proved it should be removed. But for a mere change of mind on flickr there is no need to change any copy. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:48, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
Yes, assuming that's what happened and the license was valid at the time it was uploaded here, it's still free. If you name the file, we can probably help you assess whether the license was correctly represented at the time it was uploaded. LX (talk, contribs) 10:22, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
Okay, I guess you didn't want that help. LX (talk, contribs) 10:53, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
If the image was properly reviewed before the license changed, it should be tagged with Template:Flickr-change-of-license.--Funfood 16:33, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
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Photos from Russell military museum

Hi, I just visited the Russell Military Museum near Chicago (official website: and took various photos (about 100, maybe less). Being that I can't find any other photos from them on Commons, nor a page on it on Wikipedia, do you know if I can upload the images, or should I ask them directly (if so could someone do it, being that I've never done it)? Thanks, --Amendola90 (talk) 19:36, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

If taking photos wasn't prohibited and you didn't take photos of artworks or other copyrighted material, you should be allowed to upload them if they are in scope. If you want to play safe, you ask them before starting uploading something. -- Rillke(q?) 19:07, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, I asked at the Commons:Village pump/Copyright and they also said it should be OK. If I e-mailed them, and they said no, I shoulden't upload them, right? Or could I do it anyway because I'm within all regulations (I'm not sure if it's a private collection, though)? Thanks, --Amendola90 (talk) 10:28, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
See Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Museum and interior photography. In short: Commons will accept the photos. If there were rules against taking photos at the museum that were clearly posted on signs or printed on the ticket, you may be personally liable for violating those, and you could theoretically be banned from returning, sued, or both. If there were no rules communicated and they were to object after the fact, they wouldn't really have a leg to stand on. Hopefully, though, like most museums, they understand that seeing photos of their exhibits does not really compete with real-world visits. LX (talk, contribs) 11:10, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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File:Анджело е върхът.jpg

The license of hasn`t been added. Please, delete.--Iordan2000 (talk) 18:59, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

The file has been deleted. LX (talk, contribs) 11:11, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Cave painting 1.jpg

--Elizabeth-vitter (talk) 14:12, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

  • See COM:OTRS. Obviously present-day published material, we need an email from the copyright-holder. - Jmabel ! talk 15:37, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
Tagged with {{no permission since}}. Sorry, Elizabeth, but it's hard to provide help if you don't say what you need help with. LX (talk, contribs) 11:17, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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I Could Not Upload a Picture File

Please help me. I want save some picture in a article but unable to so. I upload the file but unable to save it. Save button is not clearly mention in upload wizard — Preceding unsigned comment added by User:Saleemi tariq (talk • contribs)

As seen here your two files are uploaded to commons. You can use them in a wikipedia article by editing the article and insert them for example using the "insert picture" button in the edit toolbar.--Funfood 17:25, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:1996 Olympic Torch Relay Patrick McCullough Los Angeles.jpg

I am the subject and torchbearer and author of this file. I have permission by Kenneth Samuels, Photographer to use this photo taken by him. I want to proceed with this file but don't know how. Permission is granted for public domain use. Patrick McCullough

--Niteprss (talk) 20:20, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

See COM:OTRS for how the copyright holder (which would be the photographer) can grant permission. As the subject, you are not the author: the photographer is. - Jmabel ! talk 20:41, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

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Rename request

Hello! I uploaded and made a typo. It should be named 'Everclear_Rainbow.jpg' thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Getsutora (talk • contribs) 20:49, 7 September 2012‎ (UTC)

  • ✓ Done, with suppression of the redirect.--Ymblanter (talk) 20:52, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Hayatımın Rolü.JPG

--Cagan12 (talk) 18:18, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Please tell us where you see that the file can be used under the GFDL license at the source site you specified. Thank you. -- Rillke(q?) 19:12, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Well, the file has been deleted, so I'm going to go ahead and mark this as resolved. Sorry, but it's kind of hard to provide help if you don't say what help you need and don't reply to questions. LX (talk, contribs) 17:22, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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VHS bootleg - screen capture question [NirvanaVHSBootlegs]


I am hoping to upload the following images to the Commons:

29moS.png [Nirvana performing in 1990] IRmAn.png [Kurt Cobain seen during a 1993 MTV rehearsal]

Both are 720x540 screen captures sourced from publicly available amateur-made VHS tapes; in at least one of these cases, it is unknown who recorded the master tape, so permission to use a frame from it cannot be granted explicitly. However, the tapes are publicly available and easy to procure in transferred (DVD) form free-of-charge.

Would these images be acceptable for upload to the Commons?

Thank you,

NirvanaVHSBootlegs — Preceding unsigned comment added by NirvanaVHSBootlegs (talk • contribs) 21:59, 8 September 2012‎ (UTC)

No. Permission must be had from the creator of works before uploading here.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:44, 9 September 2012 (UTC)
That's an obvious and emphatic no. Commons is a repository of legal, free content. We do not traffic in bootlegging or other copyright violations. LX (talk, contribs) 18:07, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Uploading Images

Can I upload a google earth image of an area on to the wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SamirMansingh (talk • contribs) 11:30, 9 September 2012‎ (UTC)

No. Google Earth is under copyright by Google. Yann (talk) 11:36, 9 September 2012 (UTC)
Again, that's an obvious and emphatic no. Google's terms are completely non-free. Wikimedia Commons (this site) only accepts free content, and Google Earth content also wouldn't quality for fair use on any Wikipedia project. LX (talk, contribs) 18:15, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Missing name of monument for the Competition posted at WIki.

While attempting to Upload pictures for a very significant tomb in Delhi for Program named: Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 India Upload Wizard, in the list named " Monuments of National Importance in Delhi', The name Jahan NUma i Masjid, aka. jama Masjiod is missing. I have pictures that I wish to upload, so it is my request to please add the above mentioned monument in the list and if possible additionally, send a notification at Else, I will be trying to re-visit the page frequently. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anshul.vijan (talk • contribs) 20:00, 11 September 2012‎ (UTC)

  • Was resolved off-wiki.--Ymblanter (talk) 11:25, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Rand Estate (site of present day Porter Square).jpg

Hello. I've uploaded a historical image from the Cambridge (MA) Historical Society. I don't see any licensing or (c) info on the CHS website.

The image is labeled as being from 1900 or earlier. I believe it's in the public domain and should be available for use on Wikipedia.

I've added it to an article on Wikipedia at I hope that doing so is allowed and appropriate. (If not, please let me know.)

--Vistawhite (talk) 22:18, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Sure enough Nikbot sent me a message that I haven't included the proper permission for the image I discuss above. I still believe that the image, which is from 1900 or earlier, is in the public domain. ( says "Works published before 1923 are in the public domain.") Can somebody please let me know how I'd go about adding the necessary info to the file? I don't see a place to do so on the file page on wiki commons. Thanks.--Vistawhite (talk) 00:30, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
  • The bot is correctly noting that you have not tagged it with license information. Presumably the tag you want is {{PD-1923}} (published in the U.S. before 1923, hence public domain). However, if the image was not published at that time -- in particular if it was published only recently -- it might not be in the public domain. In any case, the bot is simply scanning for the presence or absence of a tag indicating the licensing status. - Jmabel ! talk 03:51, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
The file has been deleted because the required information was not provided. LX (talk, contribs) 11:14, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
It's a pity this has been deleted. The photo would be a valuable addition to the article. I had changed the info associated with the image to show that it's pre-1900 and should be Public Domain, but it was deleted anyway. I'd re-upload the image, but Wikipedia doesn't seem to let me. The source of the image is: Does anyone have any ideas? Any help would be appreciated.--Vistawhite (talk) 16:34, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
I'd strongly suggest that you do not attempt to recreate previously deleted files yourself, as doing so may lead to loss of editing privileges. If you can show that the photo was published (and again, date of publication is what's required – as far as I can tell, your source does not provide any information on that), you can request undeletion. LX (talk, contribs) 21:00, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
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Not sure if picture I uploaded is allowed

Hello. I have just uploaded Gondola car 20060409 No background.jpg to Commons. The problem I have, is that it is the same as Gondola car 20060409.jpg except no background, as I have edited it out. I am unsure of what tags and info to put, or even if I am actually allowed to have uploaded it in the first place. Sas1998 (talk) 22:08, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

Actually, I think I may have worked out the correct solution. Please check to see if it is correct. Sas1998 (talk) 10:13, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Looks good to me! --Philosopher Let us reason together. 14:28, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
I added in both files to the "other version" fields the derived from/derivated templates. --Funfood 14:54, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
I forgot about those - good idea. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 15:26, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:AMG-Logo-100x100.gif

I uploaded the photo and hit the submit button by accident. I do not know how to go in and edit to add licensing info. Please advise.--Canyouhearmenow (talk) 12:48, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

  • If this were below the level of originality needed for copyright, you'd just add {{PD-ineligible}} to the page. But I am not at all sure it is, so I'm not at all sure we can host it. Others' thoughts on that would be appreciated. - Jmabel ! talk 15:33, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
There's an edit box at the top of every page so you can edit the description and licensing information.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:12, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
Well, the file has been deleted, so I'm going to go ahead and mark this as resolved. LX (talk, contribs) 11:12, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:The Monument ERECTED TO LUTHER AT WORMS THE 25 JUNE 1868 AFTER THE SKETCH OF RIETSCHEL 03.JPG

hello, i would like to tag this print and do not know what to do. please help Thank you Julie Mitchell

--Guda42 (talk) 19:32, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

  • I fixed your license tag. It would also be good if you (or someone) would add categories. - Jmabel ! talk 15:17, 6 September 2012 (UTC)


I created Template:Cite_software for images used in software. It is a copy of existing cite templates. I am not good at editing templates so it need an expert touch. --Nevit Dilmen (talk) 09:47, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

Converting Template:Coord data into Template:Location data

I was in Germany over the summer and took hundreds of photos, but because I'm not very good with locations and directions outside of my native Michigan (where I now geotag all the photos I take) I have not done any geotagging for the German images. Because I have a lot of trouble finding the German locations with the Google Maps "crosshairs" method, and just because there are so many different ones, I'm curious if there is a way to convert Wikipedia "Template:Coord" data to Commons "Template:Location" data. Most of the photos I've taken match up to individual Wikipedia subjects, such as buildings, museums, stadiums, or small towns. Currently, none of these images are geotagged, but I could get started on geotagging if I could figure out a simple way to convert between Template:Coord and Template:Location. Thanks! Michael Barera (talk) 15:25, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

As far as I can tell, en:Template:Coord accepts both degrees/minutes/seconds notation (e.g. {{coord|52|30|2|N|13|23|56|E}}) and decimal notation (e.g. {{coord|52.500556|13.398889}}). The equivalent on Commons would be {{location|52|30|2|N|13|23|56|E}} and {{location dec|52.500556|13.398889}}, respectively. LX (talk, contribs) 17:20, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. I tried the first conversion technique you suggested (for the degrees/minutes/seconds notation used on Wikipedia), but all I got was an error message: "Expression error: Unrecognised word". The "location" template does not render the coordinates correctly when I try to implement this template. Are there any other suggestions, or is this just a lost cause? Thanks for your time and your effort: I really do appreciate it! Michael Barera (talk) 05:02, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
You might get that if you use an incorrect number of arguments such as {{location|52|30|N|13|23|E}} or {{location|52|30|2|0|N|13|23|56|0|E}}. What were the exact arguments you used? LX (talk, contribs) 08:58, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, LX. Yes, I was using only two arguments instead of three: I've got it working now thanks to your help! Michael Barera (talk) 17:09, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
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for two days uplaod wizard doesn't work anymore

Yesterday and today I tried to upload a new picture, but the upload wizard doesn't start anymore. After successful login and pressing the button 'Upload file' the wizard starts by rotating a small grey flower. Thats it. It doesn't stop rotating and it doesn't run. Any new bug? Regards Frank Gosebruch (talk) 20:02, 6 September 2012 (UTC)Frank Gosebruch

Use the plain old basic form. You find links to them at Commons:Upload or Commons:Hochladen. I don't forward bug reports to bugzilla: any more. You are free to report this issue yourself. Thank you. -- Rillke(q?) 19:01, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
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Upload a Picture of Luiz Palhares

I have several pictures saved on my com puter......they are jpeg format. Every time I try to upload them from my computer by hitting the browse button in the upload form and choosing the picture, it tells me: file cannot be found, try again.

Can someone else upload a picture in the commons section for me to add to the wiki info box? — Preceding unsigned comment added by FloridaFaye (talk • contribs)

How did you try to upload the picture? Did you use the Upload wizard? --Funfood 19:42, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, but it's kind of hard to provide help if you don't reply to follow-up questions, so I'm going to mark this section for archival. LX (talk, contribs) 16:46, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
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Marco Polo's visit to Andhra in India-failure to mention in your a/c of his travels

The famous Venitian merchant traveller Marco Polo is stated to have visited India in 13th century while returning from China to his Venice.While going through your a/c of hi travels I do not find mention of his visit to Krishnadevaraya's court in Vijayanagar when he is credited to have stated that Telugu is Italian(or Latin) of the East.There is however mention of his opinion of Pandyan empire.As far as I am aware of,the Andhra community consisting now of 70 million population had been,not only priding itself in the compliment,but had also made it into official text-books for the last seventy years !If this were not a historical fact fit enough to deserve a mention in your write-up on Marco Polo,then it is utterly wrong and foolish to pride on a non-existent incident and should be corrected whatever be the lapse of time,after all pride of a ancient race with a classical language need not depend on such matters.But if it is a omission for reasons only Wikipedia knows then it should be examined if it hurts pride of a race for no fault of their own.Pl examine and also why none has touched thi point till now. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 21:15, 9 September 2012‎ (UTC)

What, if anything, does this have to do with Wikimedia Commons. Can you link to some page this pertains to? - Jmabel ! talk 02:36, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, but it's kind of hard to provide help if you don't reply to follow-up questions, so I'm going to mark this section for archival. It seems like you're on the wrong website anyway. This is Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media used by the different Wikipedia editions, other Wikimedia projects, and others. LX (talk, contribs) 16:50, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:ALEXPLATT104A small.jpg

I am attempting to upload a photograph of Alexander Platt to his page. The photo was given to me by the photographer (Dion Ogust) at Alexander's request, for use on his website and wiki page. I am the author of Alexander's website, and a former employee created Alexander's wiki page a few years ago. Alexander has asked me to please put an image of him on his wiki page. The image in question belongs to Alexander Platt. How do I proceed? I do not see a clear choice in the copyright options.

--Dmccal (talk) 19:53, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

The photographer should write an e-mail to COM:OTRS, in which he declares his authorship and approval to give it a free license (choose one from here: COM:L) --Funfood 20:21, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
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Problème de licence ?


Travaillant sur Wikisource depuis plus de 6 mois, je mets en forme des ouvrages qui sont depuis longtemps dans le domaine public.

J'en extrais des illustrations pour les faire figurer dans l'espace principal et les fac-simile de WS.

J'utilise Commons pour stocker ces images comme WikiSource le recommande.

J'utilise toujours l'assistant d'importation de Commons.

Je viens de recevoir le message suivant :

"La description ou la licence de ce fichier pose problème. Il s'avère que vous avez ajouté à la description de l'image uniquement un modèle (gabarit de présentation), qui n'est pas une licence. Même si ce modèle fournit des informations utiles sur l'image, il ne constitue pas une licence valide. Pourriez-vous s'il-vous-plaît corriger le problème en précisant la licence de l'image indiquée dans le titre ? Pour cela, il vous faut modifier le texte de la page de description de l'image : télécharger une nouvelle version du fichier n'en changera pas la description. La page « Licence incomplète » donne des indications sur le choix de la licence. Merci."

à propos de deux images :

Si quelqu'un veut bien m'expliquer ce qui ne va pas en termes clairs ? --Marceau (talk) 19:25, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Eh bien, c'est exactement la même chose dans les deux cas : 1) Lors du téléversement du fichier, vous aviez omis d'inclure un modèle de bandeau de statut. 2) Un robot a détecté cette omission et vous a laissé un message pour vous en aviser et pour que vous pussiez corriger cet oubli. 3) Après avoir reçu ce message, vous avez corrigé la situation en ajoutant un modèle de bandeau.
Ce qui précède répond à votre question. Toutefois, je me permets d'ajouter que votre choix de modèle de bandeau semble quand même étrange. En effet, d'une part vous affirmez ci-dessus que les ouvrages sont dans le domaine public, mais d'autre part vous affirmez sur leurs pages de description qu'ils sont protégés par droit d'auteur en les étiquetant avec une licence Creative Commons et vous dites que leur auteur serait Wikisource. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:18, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
Je ne comprend absolument rien aux problèmes de licence. En temps que contributeur à Wikisource, j'ai travaillé sur ce tome et les 3 suivants, ces ouvrages ont été édités de 1854 à 1857, c'est pourquoi je pense qu'ils sont dans le domaine public.
Pour l'image du 4 mars 2012, j'ai corrigé le problème le même jour, pourquoi me ressortir le message seulement hier ?
La publication sur le site WikiSource constitue-t-elle ou non une nouvelle édition ?
Pouvez-vous me préciser quelle licence j'aurai du employer et quel auteur j'aurais dû ou non préciser ?
J'ai l'impression que contribuer à WikiSource est susceptible de m'attirer plus d'ennuis que de satisfactions.--Marceau (talk) 06:41, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
Tout d'abord, félicitations pour votre travail sur Wikisource.
J'ai corrigé les descriptions et les licences de vos images. Les auteurs de ces images sont respectivement "François Arago", et "La Nature - Revue des sciences", car l'article dont elle est extraite n'est pas signé. En conséquence, la licence correcte est {{PD-old}}, car les auteurs sont morts depuis plus de 70 ans. Cordialement, Yann (talk) 07:06, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
Merci Yann, enfin une réponse utilisable, dommage que le problème ne m'est pas été signalé plus tôt alors qu'il était connu depuis le 4 mars 2012, je n'aurais pas eu environ 500 images à corriger !--Marceau (talk) 10:28, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

ABCOM Suisse - Sélim Djem

Good morning,

I am totally lost :(

I would like to add some pictures (belonging to Sélim Djem) to the above page. Mr Djem has already sent you his authorization on the 1st September and, at the moment, I am still unable to load these pictures because it is written :

“There was another file already on the site with the same content, but it was deleted”

Could you please tell me how to skip this message and help me to proceed. Thank you. AB — Preceding unsigned comment added by ABCOM Suisse (talk • contribs)

Vos images ont été supprimées car vous n'avez pas spécifié une licence. Si vous êtes le photographe, indiquez quelle licence vous souhaitez donner à vos photos, et elles pourront être restaurées. Cordialement, Yann (talk) 05:21, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Media source

Hello, I've uploaded several files and the filenames contain spaces. Therefore URL link appears to be broken and as a result file source is not accepted by the licensing section. What needs to be done?Rdr. Michael (talk) 12:11, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Can you give an example? Spaces in the filenames should be no problem (as long as they are URL-encoded), so I suspect something else is going on. - Jmabel ! talk 15:35, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

African American Monument at Vicksburg National Monument

i'm trying to answer Smallbones regarding my upload of the African American Monument at Vicksburg National Monument. I can't figure uoot how to answere his comment dirrectly. I do not know the date of the sculpture but it is part of ther National Park system and I thought that made it public domain r4egaardless of the date. Sorry. also I was trying to add these images to the contest I love Monuments. I accidentally uploaded using th eregular wizard. Does that make any difference? If so how do I correct that and get them in the contest? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Katyrw (talk • contribs) 01:33, 6 September 2012‎ (UTC)

It would really help if you would provide a link and sign your post. - Jmabel ! talk 15:13, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
This question seems to be completely unrelated to the question above about File:The Monument ERECTED TO LUTHER AT WORMS THE 25 JUNE 1868 AFTER THE SKETCH OF RIETSCHEL 03.JPG, so I've taken the liberty of moving it to a separate heading. I'm guessing your question is about this message on your user talk page. You can reply to it simply by following the edit link for that section of your talk page, type your response and sign it with four tilde characters (~~~~). LX (talk, contribs) 17:00, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Question from User:Chossid

I have transcluded his question below. Trijnsteltalk 12:30, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Exactly how do I obtain a license for my photos for the monument contest? And what is the easiest way to upload multiple photos? I have Chrome.

I just saw the notice about the monument contest, and have many such photos of my own, but the form seems to be a pretty big pain. I have been searching and searching, and cannot find out exactly how do I obtain a license for my photos for the contest? And what is the easiest way to upload multiple photos? I have Chrome. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chossid (talk • contribs) 12:17, 10 September 2012‎ (UTC)

You have to grant the license. There is a recommended license to use. The easiest way to do that here is to pick the CC-BY-SA-3.0 license when you upload. If you click the upload file you can upload multiple photos and easily specify that license. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 21:19, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Image upload not appearing on page

Hello I am trying to upload an image to my company's wikipedia page and it is not showing on the page. I'm trying to figure out why it is not showing. The photo is free and not copyrighted. Where can I find more information or how do I make sure this appears on our page?

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DTZ UGL (talk • contribs) 18:34, 11 September 2012‎ (UTC)

  • It would sure be easier to help if you would provide links to the wikipedia page and the image.
  • Please sign your posts with ~~~~
  • You say the photo is "not copyrighted". Unless it is either very old or extremely simple, that's just plain not true. It may be licensed in a very open manner, but pretty much any photo made in the last few decades would be copyrighted.

- Jmabel ! talk 01:26, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

File:Old Executive Office Building at night in Washington, D.C. in 2012.JPG

If someone has the ability to correct the slight tilt on this image, which has been nominated in the WLM 2012 competition, assistance would be much appreciated. --Another Believer (talk) 18:02, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Try it with GIMP? GIMP is open source and if you don't load it from a malicious/fraudulent web site, you don't have to pay anything for the this excellent graphic program. -- Rillke(q?) 19:10, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
I guess the image is File:Old_Executive_Office_Building_at_night,_Washington,_DC_in_2012.JPG, and it needs tilting to the right a bit. But I do not know quite how much. Give me an angle in degrees, and I will do the tilting for you. Maproom (talk) 21:03, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

notices re copyright questions

I have a couple of notices relative to my uploads to 'Buccaneer (dinghy)' that need attention relative to your administrators comments/questions about copyright issues for recently uploaded pictures. Can you please let me know where to go to fix these things so that the pictures are not deleted in the coming days Agbonner37 (talk) 14:36, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

You indicate sources but (1) you don't indicate under what license these are released and (2) you don't provide any basis why you would be authorized to release these images. Since these are pre-existing images, unless there is already an online indication on some other site that these images are either in the public domain or under a free license, you'll need to go through the process described at COM:OTRS to demonstrate that you have permission. - Jmabel ! talk 00:52, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Unable to upload

I am trying desperately to contribute a JPG image but it won't let me.

Could not create directory "mwstore://local-multiwrite/local-public/6/67".

Wikidwitch (talk) 14:38, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Is that an error message you got? Can you provide a bit more context? There are quite a few ways to upload images to Commons, what were you using? - Jmabel ! talk 00:54, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Replace Coat of Arms of the City Wehr (Baden)

Dear Administrator Team!

Six years ago I drew a version of the city's cote of arms:

For long time it was better than nothing, but the self-drewn image made its way to print media like newspapers and other more or less "official" documents. To correct this, an agent of city's administration bureau asked me to replace the cote of arms by this (correct & official) version:

Because my account was not linked to wikimedia commons until now (just german wikipedia) I was not able to replace the file by myself. Could you please take care of the replacement? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Waldstrom (talk • contribs) 15:05, 12 September 2012‎ (UTC)

If you mean you would like to overwrite File:Wappen Wehr Baden.png with File:Coat of Arms of Wehr (Baden).jpg, that is not technically possible, since they're different file types (PNG is the more appropriate format – SVG would be better). Of course, you don't need any special privileges to edit the articles on the different project to use the most appropriate version of the coat of arms. LX (talk, contribs) 16:48, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
You can use {{superseded}} on the inferior image. - Jmabel ! talk 00:55, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
Also, consider requesting a universal replace at User_talk:CommonsDelinker/commands. - Jmabel ! talk 00:56, 13 September 2012 (UTC)


File:Optical_illusion_03_pm.svg file became corrupted after replacement upload. Reverting does not work :( --Nevit Dilmen (talk) 18:14, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Looks fine to me. Maybe you have something in your browser cache. - Jmabel ! talk 00:58, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Final-Perion-logo-jpeg.jpg

Hi, I want to upload an image that is the company logo. It is in the company Media Kit, so using it is permitted by the company. What do i need to do?? tnx!!

--Keremberem (talk) 08:12, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Having a look at the companies terms of use, (see 3.) they do not allow free licensing of the websites content. Though regarding the logo, {{PD-text}} may apply. --Funfood 10:13, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

How can I delete files

I used upload wizard to upload some files. Is it possible to delete those files? I have not categorized them yet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ICUAuto (talk • contribs) 12:06, 13 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Looking at your files I understand why you want them deleted, but not why you uploaded them. I will delete them, but you have to know that this might not be for sure for future uploads from you. --Funfood 12:45, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

about 007-copy.jpg

some days before i had upload a photo of Surendra Mohanty from flickr . Actually it's a photo of a writer , famous odia(oriya) writer , who had died long ago . I can't find his photo any where else . According to rule old photographs should be copyright free . But commons delinker deleted it . What's the problem ?--ଶିତିକଣ୍ଠ ଦାଶ (talk) 17:36, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

See Commons:Deletion requests/File:007 - Copy.jpg. LX (talk, contribs) 20:27, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Uploading a picture from someone else

Hi, I have a basic question... I need to upload an image sent to me by the person who took it (he can not upload it himself). I understand that I need to clarify the source of the picture, but since it is the original picture it's not downloaded from any site. What do I need to do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Silverara (talk • contribs) 19:57, 12 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Look here. --Funfood 20:12, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright on Nature publication, Moscow

I'd like to upload several images from a publication in the journal Nature. I believe there is a copyright on it, but I don't know what license. One upload on the Wikipedia Commons (here: uses the cover page of a Nature magazine to illustrate the magazine and lists it under a specific copyright license. Am I able to upload an image to illustrate the purpose of the article in the same manner or is the cover a different issue? (Here is the article: (talk) 21:05, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Your linked image is not on commons, but on english wikipedia, where fair use is allowed, Commons doesn't allow fair use. --Funfood 21:27, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
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How does one install the browser gadget stockphoto? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davidcottamosborn (talk • contribs) 02:30, 15 September 2012‎ (UTC)

The StockPhoto MediaWiki gadget (not a browser gadget) is enabled by default. If you've disabled it, you can enable it again by going to the Gadgets section of your preferences. Scroll down to the "Interface: Other" heading, place a check mark next to "StockPhoto" (which should be the first item), scroll down to the bottom and press the "Save" button. LX (talk, contribs) 09:06, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
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Car pictures - Fotografie di Automobili

I took pictures of cars and would like to upload them on Wikimedia Commons. Can I do that without asking a permission to the cars' manufacturer?

Ho scattato alcune fotografie di automobili e vorrei caricarle su Wikimedia Commons. Posso farlo senza richiedere un'autorizzazione al costruttore delle automobili? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Team 503 (talk • contribs) 08:31, 16 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Yes; see Commons:Derivative works#Isn't every product copyrighted by someone? What about cars? Or kitchen chairs? My computer case? LX (talk, contribs) 14:34, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
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Camera mega-pixels


I was just wandering whether we are still able to upload a photo if our camera exceeds a certain mega-pixel count i.e. is their a limit to acceptable camera MP?

I know that we cannot upload a photo greater than 100 MB in size, but what about the actual pixels of a camera?

Thanks for the help.Fotoriety (talk) 04:14, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

No limit about mega-pixels, AFAIK. Yann (talk) 05:03, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
True for most practical intents and purposes, but do note that thumbnail generation may fail for PNG files with more than 12 megapixels and for large progressive mode JPEG files. See Commons:FAQ#What resolution should the images I upload be? LX (talk, contribs) 17:31, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
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Upload from French website


I wish to upload onto wikicommons a photograph of a French War Memorial The information given with the photograph is

Photo MA 15-08-2011

Cette oeuvre est mise à disposition selon les termes de la Licence Creative Commons Attribution - Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale - Partage à l'Identique 2.0 France.

If an upload is successful I would use the image in a wikipedia article on Maurice Ringot the sculptor.

Please advise how I should set about the upload


Weglinde (talk) 07:02, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Files with licenses restricted to non-commercial use are not accepted at Commons. Please read Commons:Licensing. LX (talk, contribs) 07:37, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
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Deleting double / inappropriate redirects

Hi there, I write this in here because I have a feeling that I have done something wrong. For example in here, I wanted to make a new, more appropriate redirect to the right category, and sometimes a long time ago when I didn't know the policies in here, I made redirects, that now seem odd to me, like, for example: DVD player and DVD players. And only other of those two is really needed, since when you write DVD player in search, it automatically suggests DVD players. Because of that, I have put this template to the redirect pages which I believe has to be deleted.

Since that template is for files, and not for pages, I was beginning to fear that it wasn't the best solution that I came up with. Somehow I thought it was appropriate, since in a way the redirects were same kind / duplictes as the other redirects, which I believe, are worth saving, since they are more appropriate. Can somebody suggest for me, what could be more suitable template or policy for deleting those unnecessary redirects ?
Hoikka1 (talk) 08:30, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Deleted. Yann (talk) 09:30, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
Thank you very much Yann. Was the template I added right or wrong, and what would be the right way ? Because I have some more useless redirects. I thought that it would be nice to clean them away.
Hoikka1 (talk) 09:49, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Well, I'll answer to myself. The speedy deletion did the trick, and I believe that in the future, it is the way to go.
Hoikka1 (talk) 14:04, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Template {{Duplicate|better name}} is the best way as it generates a clickable destination link in the deletion edit summary. --Foroa (talk) 15:51, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
That was precisely what I did before I posted this matter in here, so it was the right way after all. But I was worried that the template was meant for files, not for pages, galleries etc... You got a point there, although I did that link manually myself to the speedy deletion reason. That link went also to the summary in the history.
Thanks ! Hoikka1 (talk) 16:56, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
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Government document on a non-government website

Regarding the file —

This appears to be a government document that was reproduced on a non-government website, which is my source for the document. Is it permissible to upload this document without getting permission from the website and if so, how do I specify suitable license and source information? Thanks. --Bob K31416 (talk) 12:34, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

It's a Florida state government document. I don't know whether Florida places such documents in the public domain (although routine police documents are often in the public domain even in states where government documents in general are not). If we have a valid PD tag that covers this document, it doesn't matter at all on whose site you found it, except for being clear about your source. - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
The PD tag in this case is {{PD-FLGov}}. LX (talk, contribs) 17:23, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Would the following be satisfactory for the Summary box of the upload page?
|Description= Florida Department of Law Enforcement, laboratory reports regarding shooting of Trayvon Martin
|Date= March 8, 2012 to May 9, 2012
|Author= Gorgone A, Guzman A, Krejci S, Myburgh MM, Siewart AL
|Permission= {{PD-FLGov}}
--Bob K31416 (talk) 18:19, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Yep – looks good! LX (talk, contribs) 19:19, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
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Thumb not updating

Any way to flush the server cache for File:GlobalWindPowerCumulativeCapacity.png for 320 px?[1] If you select 320 px you get an old, incorrect file, if you select any other size you get the current, correct image (showing GW at the left instead of MW). Delphi234 (talk) 20:55, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

None of the methods described at Help:Purge seem to help. LX (talk, contribs) 10:09, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
When I ask for 320.0px I get the correct image, but at 320px I get the old one. Delphi234 (talk) 02:17, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

Alle Bilder einer Kat (einschl. Unterkats) anzeigen

Ich würde Commons häufiger nutzen, wenn die Bilder nicht in x-Unterverzeichnissen einsortiert wären. Gibt es eine einfache Möglichkeit, sich beispielsweise alle Bilder der Category:Views of Moscow anzeigen zu lassen, ohne sich durch die Hauptkategorie, plus 9 Unterkategorien (Category:Panoramic views of Moscow‎, Category:Views of Moscow from Vshivaya Gorka etc.) einzeln durchklicken zu müssen? --Kolja21 (talk) 23:44, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Schau mal hier.--Funfood 09:33, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

Uploading Historical pictures of the Rio-Niterói Bridge


A few days ago I wrote an extensive article about the Rio-Niterói Bridge which I would like to share with Wikipedia. Though, I didn't find any historical pictures related to the construction and inauguration of the bridge or the time before the bridge was built. As I would like to make the article as complete as possible I would like to upload some pictures here. I see that there are special licenses for images provided by the US government which makes it possible to upload historical pictures related to the USA. My question is, is there some kind of license for other historical pictures too? Won't historical pictures loose their license after some time? And what are possible ways to upload historical photos which aren't mine?

Thank you very much for your time and help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Massimiliano W (talk • contribs) 11:48, 15 September 2012‎ (UTC)

  • Convenience links: en:Rio–Niterói Bridge, pt:Ponte Rio-Niterói. This is a bridge in Brazil, completed 1975. Typically in Brazil, everything is copyrighted for at least 70 years -- life plus 70 years for known authors -- so unless material has been explicitly placed in the public domain, it's going to be another 30 years or so before any relevant photos are in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 14:30, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

File does not appear

File:Rodgau Bildstock 3 Büchnerstraße 20.JPG does not appear on screen. What may be the reason? --Presse03 (talk) 11:28, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

File:Rodgau Bildstock 3 Büchnerstraße 20.JPG appears for me, but it is saved as a progressive jpg, so there are problems with the preview pictures. Please upload as a new version with no progressive jpg mode.--Funfood 11:44, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Today I had this problem with multiple files uploaded by many different users. I never ad this problem before. It should be some bog or smth.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:15, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Example.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:17, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
I see, looks like a hickup of the thumbnail generation servers. Full image works. I guess it will soon be working again.--Funfood 12:25, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Seems to be a problem on ie. on firefox it works. --Presse03 (talk) 05:37, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
To me it looks like it was fixed yesterday somehow, but today I started to see these non-thumbnails again. I am on FF.--Ymblanter (talk) 06:28, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
Hi Presse03. Some of the answers you've received are not quite correct. The problem with the previous versions of File:Rodgau Bildstock 3 Büchnerstraße 20.JPG was not that it was saved in progressive mode. Progressive mode is not a problem with such low-resolution files. The problem is that it was saved in the CMYK colorspace. This colorspace is unsupported by legacy Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers and by the Mediawiki thumbnailer (see and Category:Bug 24854, respectively). The latest version is saved as RGB, which is more appropriate for web use, and it looks OK to me in both Firefox and Chromium. (I don't have the ability to test with legacy browsers.) LX (talk, contribs) 16:42, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I am wondering how/if I can upload an organization's logo in their infobox on their wikipedia page: I have permission from this organization to upload their official logo but am really confused on how to go about this.

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mp2000 (talk • contribs) 03:09, 11 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Since you don't link to a copy of the logo, there's going to be a series of things to work out in order to known how best to proceed. Question 1: is the logo so simple that it is ineligible for copyright? (By the way, it would help if you would sign your posts with ~~~~.) - Jmabel ! talk 04:19, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
I'm guessing the logo you refer to is If that's the case, download it to your computer and go to Special:UploadWizard. Read the guide (it contains stuff you should know so that you don't have to ask for detailed instructions for every file you want to upload) and click Next at the bottom. Click Select a media file to donate and find the file on your computer. When the file has been uploaded, click Continue. Select This file is not my own work. In the Source field, enter from In the Author(s) field, enter Not applicable; contains no original authorship. Click on Another reason not mentioned above and in the text box that appears, enter {{PD-textlogo}}{{trademarked}}. Click Next. In the Title and Description fields, enter Eno Center for Transportation logotype. In the Date created field, enter the date when the logotype was created. If you don't know and you can't find out, enter {{unknown|date}}. Click Add categories and more information and add some appropriate categories such as Category:Blue and white logos, Category:Logos of organizations of the United States, Category:Square logos, Category:Think tanks and Category:Transport organizations. Click Next.
If you are referring to a different logo that is more complex, the above may not apply. In that case, please link to the logo in question so that we can provide more appropriate instructions. LX (talk, contribs) 17:21, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Monument ERECTED TO LUTHER AT WORMS THE 25 JUNE 1868 AFTER THE SKETCH OF RIETSCHEL 05.JPG

Hello there and thank you for your help. I would like to add links like maybe Germann Painters Lithographs , Lutheran Religious movement.I am trying please don't give up on me. I really think this is a one of a kind and do not know how to share it with the world for art and religious study I have this 16x24 block print sitting in a not too safe place. It was hidden away in something that I had. Hugo Burkner as I have been reading does not have any credit for the Monument At Worms. I understand E.Rietschel died before starting it. Hugo dated signature 1860, and the Monument in print says 1868. This print has 4 artists names in the outside of print. Then Hugo Burkner has signed inside the print itself. Julius Hubner is listed on it and it seems that Hugo had worked with him before. It is an amazing piece of history and it gives me a nice feeling when I look at it . And I really do not even know how to take care of it.--Guda42 15:48, 16 September 2012 (UTC) Template:Help ME I do not know where to stick my license on all of these images of the same print. I think all of my images are not licensed. Do I list something here on this page? This is really fun but hard Thanks

--Guda42 18:58, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

The print itself is old enough to be certainly public domain. What license do you intend to provide for your photos of it in the cases where you are showing frame, etc. that would not be part of the print itself?
By the way, for anyone trying to help this user sort this out, I see a ton of correspondence pasted into the description of File:The Monument ERECTED TO LUTHER AT WORMS THE 25 JUNE 1868 AFTER THE SKETCH OF RIETSCHEL 01.JPG. - Jmabel ! talk 01:55, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

Tortuga Armored Car

I recently uploaded an image to the Tortuga Armored Car page and I was given a notice that it would be deleted because it did not have the proper amount of copyright data. I took the picture at a museum and I later checked on another reference for the article the other details of the picture like where it was taken and when. However, I do not know the original author or copyright status. I believe that since the photograph in question is over 70 years old that it would be in the public domain. --Smithy71 (talk) 04:02, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Just being over 70 years old is not sufficient. For example, if an image was take 70 years ago in most European countries by a young person who is still alive today, then that picture won't enter the public domain until 70 years after that person's death. - Jmabel ! talk 08:16, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Request to overwrite Coat of Arms of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk oblast).svg

As I'm new here I can't overwrite existent files. Somebody, please, replace Coat of Arms of Yekaterinburg with newer version which is more geometrically accurate. Coat of Arms of Yekaterinburg newer version — Preceding unsigned comment added by Frost20 (talk • contribs) 15:45, 16 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Please don't replace other people's entries with your own, and please sign your posts. There doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the two. Of course, you don't need any special privileges to edit the articles on the different project to use the most appropriate version of the coat of arms. Your version is missing copyright information and categories, though. LX (talk, contribs) 16:26, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
Looking at the source, it seems that the new coat of arms fails COM:COA#Coat of arms "found on the internet", although someone must have made an SVG file out of the original JPG file. --Stefan4 (talk) 19:26, 16 September 2012 (UTC)
I have add the copyright information and categories which is essentially the same. The SVG file has been made by myself out of the CorelDraw file that I've got from the Ekaterinburg City administration representative ages ago. And there IS significant difference in geometry accuracy, you can clearly see it on full scale . Frost20 (talk)

Category for a certain type of windows

Centralia, WA - Northwest Tub Co. 01.jpg

Do we have a category for (or is there even a proper term for) the type of windows leaning against the wall at left of this picture? I believe it would not be considered leaded glass, since the dividers are wood, not leading. - Jmabel ! talk 06:18, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Atm I would only consider Category:Leaning. If there were more windows a new subcat may be possible. --Funfood 06:28, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
I believe they would be called (true) divided-light windows. The dividers themselves are called muntins. LX (talk, contribs) 10:31, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Should I ask permission to take photo's of Govt. Colleges.

Hello! I want to take photos of various Govt. institutions. Particularly, I want to take the photo of Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. Should I ask permission first? Shall I release it in PD? Sorry if this too is a poor/silly question. Many thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vanischenu (talk • contribs) 15:40, 12 September 2012‎ (UTC)

If by taking photos, you mean creating photos yourself with your own camera, you generally shouldn't need anyone's permission to do that. (Theoretically, local bylaws could prohibit photography, but I'd imagine that would be pretty rare.) You can release such photos into the public domain or publish them under a free license, provided that they aren't unauthorised derivative works of someone else's copyrighted work. On the other hand, if by taking photos, you mean using photos created by someone else, then you need the copyright holder's permission to release it into the public domain or publish it under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 16:43, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
Thank you so much for the answer. It will be photographed by me myself.
But there is another peoblem, my camera (of mobile) is only 5 MP. And the panorama mode gives only 3 MP.
  1. If I photograph myself with my friend's camera, should I need to give attribution to the owner of the cam?
  2. Does a 3Mp picture get some real use?
  3. Will the same applies to tools and instruments inside the college?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Vanischenu (talk • contribs) 18:38, 12 September 2012‎ (UTC)
  1. No, the ownership of the camera does not affect copyright.
  2. Yes, while we ideally always want the best version available, a 3 megapixel photo would certainly be sufficient for many uses.
  3. Generally, yes. I could see some cases where some areas may be off limits to photography, but that would probably be clearly signposted. If in doubt, ask the institution in question. LX (talk, contribs) 20:20, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
It's always a personal choice; there are risks. But the rule of thumb for me is that very rarely will you get blowback if you take some pictures of stuff, but it's a much safer decision for most people to refuse you permission then to grant it. (Refusing you permission won't generally come back to bite them, whereas granting it might possibly.) So unless it's something like Professor Joe's project, where someone specific might get annoyed (especially if they haven't published yet)--from the other direction, if it's something that just random people can look at--then I wouldn't ask permission. It's easier to ask forgiveness then permission, the old line says.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:42, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks and you both answered it clearly. By the word tools and instruments, I just meant something like Lathes, Compression molding machine, and such instruments whose name I don't know yet - which can be found everywhere, but seldom at WMF projects.
Yes check.svg ResolvedGot the required answers.
Vanischenu mTalk 04:22, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
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Where Can I Find a List with Links to All the Photos I've Uploaded?

Trube Castle

At the top of the page there are headings or menu items titled My Contributions and My Uploads but they fail to contain all of my contributions.

For example, I uploaded this picture a couple of months ago but it doesn't show up in either of the above mentioned menu items. This is one of many. Wiki name (talk) 23:21, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Yes, the reason File:Trube Castle.jpg is not listed in your Special:ListFiles/Wiki name page is because it was overwritten by cropbot (and is thus listed in bot's page). MyUploads only lists files where you have uploaded the latest version. It is still listed in Special:Contributions/Wiki name however.
You can use Gallery tool instead to view your uploads even if they have been overwritten by someone else. MKFI (talk) 07:25, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
In My preferences/gadgets, one can enable this tool; it shows only picture related to last uploader too I think. --Foroa (talk) 08:37, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
  • The Gallery Tool doesn't seem to display as many of my images as My Uploads. Is there some kind of special configuration I have to do?Wiki name (talk) 13:35, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
Gallery Tool generates pages "on the fly" depending on settings, and because of this shows page 1/? when loaded. Just keep clicking >> to go to the next page. I count 49 files on Special:ListFiles/Wiki name and 62 on Gallery tool. MKFI (talk) 14:06, 14 September 2012 (UTC)
If you don't click too hasty in GalleryTool, and you are at page 3, a statistics button is displayed. GalleryTool is even able to show you each single file revision you've uploaded. (see filtering options) -- Rillke(q?) 21:07, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
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Pdf documentation from National Register of Historic places - what to do with it


I posted this question over at wikipedia teahouse but figured i might as well ask here because it's possible that the solution to my problem will lie in loading the information i have to Commons.

while working on my article on Brow Monument [2] it was suggested that I contact the national register people to see if they had the nomination papers for the monument. they finally got back to me with 23 pages of pdf documentation. This is all very interesting stuff that includes old photos and maps and the nomination information itself. However, all of it is on an in-house server in Washington DC to which the public does not/can not have easy access. it took me over a week to get the files. Any suggestions as to how to handle this pile of information? I believe that the article includes most of the pertinent data (but i'll look over the pdfs to see if there is something missing) but I think the pdfs are extremely useful to anyone wanting to do serious research It is all department of Interior documentation so there should be no problem of it being in the public domain.Abearfellow (talk) 23:23, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

  • If it is, indeed, all public domain, then the PDF can be posted to Commons. However, NRHP nominations often contain a lot of documents (and photos) by people completely unconnected to the federal government who prepared the nomination. Are you sure that isn't the case? - Jmabel ! talk 01:00, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
hello. thanks for the response. I believe that the 23 pages are in the public domain but, obviously, that needs to be confirmed by you. If it makes sense, I would be willing to upload the PDFs to Commons with the understanding that they can be rejected and deleted if you find they are not public domain. my reasoning that they are is that the nomination is done on the National Park Service nomination form. It was prepared by two archeologists who list their organization (section 11) as the Kaibab National Forest. the topo map and drawing (pages 14, 15 have no citations on the pages) the 8 black and white photographs of the site are cited with a photographer's name and the information that the negatives are at the Kaibab National Forest office in Williams, Az. Being a photographer, my understanding is that the inclusion of where the negatives are indicates who owns the photographs - thus they are owned by the National Forest Service and should be considered public domain (just my opinion). Please advise as to how you would like me to proceed. I would love to include these as links to the article. If that is not possible, I will merely reference them in the article so that readers of the article can go request them from the NRHP. thanks again bpolkAbearfellow (talk) 18:06, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
NRHP docs have to be approached with caution, since any authors or photographers who are not on the federal payroll make it non-public domain. The Park Service is in the process of placing all NRHP nominating docs on their servers, but haven't gotten to Arizona yet. There's no reason you can't reference the docs you have in hand as you would for any print source, and when they are finally available on the NRHP Focus site they can be linked. I will note that the great majority of NRHP noms aren't public domain, despite being on a federal form, and the Park Service has confirmed this to me directly when asked. General policy at the NRHP wikiproject on enwiki is to avoid using nomination documents for images and text, only as sources: you might want to check in there (en:WT:NRHP). Acroterion (talk) 18:29, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
thanks much. i will reference them in the article and let people go get them themselves. i'll keep the NRHP site on my list of things to check should they ever show up in pure public domain. Abearfellow (talk) 18:50, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

trouble uploading photo

I am daughter in law of George Jackson Mead and have photo of him to add to Wikipedia but system won't let me because it says photo already uploaded. Thus can't get into next step. We have permission from photographer to release it. Help completing upload so photo can be put on Wikipedia. Thank you. Mimi Mead — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pmeadmd (talk • contribs)

  • It looks like you already uploaded the image almost one year ago. You can use it already. --Funfood 15:20, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

Toolbox issue

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask about this, if not, please feel free to either move it or point me to the right location. On File:EswaranKovilBelur RouteMap.jpg I don't see the many toolbox options that I normally have. However, I see the same toolbox options on at least another five images that I randomly opened after I encountered this issue. Refreshing/bypassing cache don't help either. Is this a problem unique to me or is there a solution? cheers. —SpacemanSpiff 14:33, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

fixed. It was an error in the stockphoto gadget along with an error in {{Copyrighted free use}} (still needs to be adjusted) -- Rillke(q?) 20:52, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! —SpacemanSpiff 06:06, 24 September 2012 (UTC)
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Eliminar un archivo

Me gustaría eliminar algún archivo (fotografías) de los que he subido pero no sé cómo hacerlo. Gracias — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jriveropaz (talk • contribs) 17:12, 18 September 2012‎ (UTC)

  • A mí, no es claro en cuál sentido use Vd. la palabra archivo aquí. ¿Cuál, exactamente, quiere Vd. eliminar? (Sería útil indicar con un URL.) - Jmabel ! talk 22:36, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

Uploaded a File in my A/c but cant link it to the Wiki Loves Monuments

Hi team,

I have uploaded two files for the "Wiki Loves Monuments" section.

But I cant find an option to link using the filename or html code. It only starts with upload wizard and if i upload it again it says that the content already exists.

Please help.

thanks, Sanmukh — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sanmukh.putran (talk • contribs)

Your uploads are here. Please sign your posts with the signature. --Funfood 17:17, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Incorrect file name title

This file,_1983.jpg has an incorrect date in the title. We have corrected it in the State Library's local collections but have had a client request to correct it in Wikipedia. The descriptive metadata has been changed. How do we get the file name changed so that the date is correct?

Kind regards

Margaret Warren

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Copyright help regarding File:Komponist og musikkritiker Klaus Egge.JPG

The owner of this picture Music Information Centre Norway have given me the approval to use this picture on Wikipedia. But I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Can you please help me?

--Sveintraserud (talk) 18:54, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

  1. "Permission to use the picture on Wikipedia" is not enough: we need a release under a specific "free" license. You didn't specify a license, which is what the bot noticed.
  2. When uploading images by a third party, you need to document permission.
  3. Both of there matters are, I think, pretty clearly covered in COM:OTRS. Have a look there, and then come back here either with further questions or to say you now understand what's needed and we can close this section as "resolved". - Jmabel ! talk 00:13, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Uploaded images not seen

I have uploaded 12 images for wiki loves monuments.I can see all to them in "my uploads". But in this link only four images are shown. what is the reason... my user name is Ramamanu. Thanks - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ramamanu (talk • contribs) 01:21, 21 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Look here for your iamges: Special:ListFiles/Ramamanu. Some of your upload descriptions have this:{{Wiki Loves Monuments 2012|in}} and if you edit that in to the other upload descriptions then htey will be in the category. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 08:36, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your reply. I have done as you indicated. But no result. I now realized that if i am uploading my photos on this link, then the photos are appearing in WLM site. If i am uploading them using the link : then the photos are not appearing in this link : i.e the link showing the up loaders to Wiki loves monuments 2012 India. Can you help please... regards — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ramamanu (talk • contribs) 15:37, 22 September 2012‎ (UTC)

File:Map of Sapognicov.jpg

Прошу помочь мне выбрать лицензию для этого файла:File:Map of Sapognicov.jpg Автор схемы давно (1922 году) умер, фалй хранится в моих личных архивах. --Alexei Rudoy (talk) 03:14, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

File recently uploaded not appearing

The file which I recently uploaded does not appear in the search list when I search for it. What can I do? The name of the file is- Taj Mahal & it's reflection.jpg

Jayadevp13 (talk) 14:11, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

It takes a day or two for new files to appear in search list. The file uploaded fine however: File:Taj Mahal & it's reflection.jpg. MKFI (talk) 14:39, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
It shows up in search results now. LX (talk, contribs) 16:42, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Sabel m1893 manskap kavalleri.jpg


I've got a warning on an image regarding it's license: The page I got it from clearly says "Denna bild skyddas inte längre av upphovsrätt." (This image is no longer protected by the copyright law) After that, there's a symbol with a crossed (C) with the text "Public Domain". Link to the site with the image:

What do I tag it with and how?


--Undanurvägen (talk) 22:05, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

I have put the url in the permission field and confirmed that it says public domain. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 08:42, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
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Japanese keywords to search for files

There seems to be a malfunction in using Japanese words to look for the files whose descriptions are partly or entirely written in Japanese language.

If the searching keyword contains the same letters in the same order as those of the targeted Japanese phrase (without either spaces or any words in other languages between the Japanese letters), the results will be satisfactory because every Japanese context essentially never has any space letter in itself.

However, when the keyword just matches to some parts of the whole phrase, or when it contains not the suffix but only the body of a Japanese file name (e.g. not "あいうえお.jpg" but only "あいうえお"), it will never be successful for the wanted files to appear in the results.

I would like you to make it possible for the searching engine to recognize some fragmentary letters which are the parts of the entire Japanese phrase, and to identify Japanese file names without its suffixes, so that it will be a great help to all the users who have to discover files in Japanese.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:15, 23. September 2012‎ (UTC)

The functionality of the search function is determined by the Mediawiki software that this site uses. The usefulness of the functionality you describe would most likely not be limited to Commons. I'd suggest filing a feature request at instead. LX (talk, contribs) 16:57, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
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new acct

I have tried four different times to create an account but was unsuccessful. Keeps indicating pwords don't match. Can you help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:37, 23. September 2012‎ (UTC)

You have to enter the same proposed password twice. Perhaps you are picking a password that is too difficult to type. Pick something that you can remember and type. But make it long enough and unusual enough so that no one else will have ever used it before. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:18, 26 September 2012 (UTC)
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Requirement to use photo of George Burns?

I want to use the photo of George Burns that is at this location: File:George_Burns_Allan_Warren.jpg.

I want to attach a quote by him onto the photo and post it on my Facebook Fan page. It is not clear to me what the permissions are to do this. Do I have full permission to use the photo for this purpose? Do I need to give attribution or anything like that? What exactly do I need to do? I hope I am asking this question in the right place. It is very confusing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Begoniaflower (talk • contribs)

  • Frankly, in practice, on FaceBook no one is likely to enforce copyright for something like this. If you want to do it more or less right, when you upload there, indicate who took the photo and clarify that it is used on a fair-use basis. - Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
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Attempting to contact a photograph contributor


I would like to contact Matthias v.d. Elbe about the photograph, Bristol 400 Farina.jpg, he posted in May this year, as I am interested from where it was sourced, and any background information. I tried clicking on the 'Talk' link against his name, but it says that the name page has not been created.

The Help Item 54 How to contact a contributor, suggests clicking on Talk link, but when I do it says the user page has not been created, and it invites me to create it. As it is headed Matthias v.d. Elbe, I thought best not to.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AdeB (talk • contribs) 15:21, 27 September 2012‎ (UTC)

According to the file description page, the source of the photo is Matthias' own work, meaning he claims to have created the photograph and edited out the background himself (and I see no particular reason to doubt that). Matthias has not created a user page (User:Matthias v.d. Elbe), but he does have a user talk page: User talk:Matthias v.d. Elbe. He's been active recently, so you'll probably get a response if you write to him there. LX (talk, contribs) 16:25, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Geograph-2623148-by-John-Salmon.jpg

Upload of file without licence information

- the licence is Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike licence 2.0

this option was not given in the selection offered so not sure if it is usable

--Grahamrob (talk) 09:51, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

You could have added this {{CC-BY-SA-2.0}} to the file page once uploaded. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 11:53, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Trouble Uploading

I was trying to upload the following image from the Russian Wikipedia to here, so it can be uploaded to the English Wikipedia.

However, the upload form keeps telling me I have not filled in the form, at all, when I have for sure. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chipmunk46 (talk • contribs) 2012-09-21T19:05:52 (UTC)

Russian Wikipedia appears to list the image as unfree. Fair use files aren't allowed here. See COM:FU. --Stefan4 (talk) 19:56, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

how to cure errors

i have uploaded a picture when i was giving its description i used some names of some places and then they became underlined so i thought that it won't effect anything but when i clicked next it responded as there are some errors so how to fix them without doing any changes — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aditya singh shekhawat (talk • contribs) 13:18, 22 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Do you mean this image? There is no underlined text for me, the description looks alright, only a bit short. You might want to re-take the photograph without the date tag, however. Scanning the stamp would be even better. I have added a category and added a bit text to the description. I have also corrected the license, as you do not own the copyright in the stamp. You can correct errors in the description by editing the image page, just like you would edit any normal Wikipedia page. --rimshottalk 15:01, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Professor Kamal Asgar.jpeg

Dear Sir/Madam, I have uploaded the photo of "Kamal Asgar" to his biography on his wikipage. Before that,I have asked the owner of this picture, Dr.Ali Saghiri and he displayed his agreement by mentioning it under the the picture of "Kamal Asgar" on the reference site: Could you please let me know how should I provide sufficient information (a valid and suitable tag) on this media's copyright status to prevent the deleting of this image from his wikipage? Thank you for your help and consideration Maryam Elyasi ( -- 14:40, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

  • "Under a free license" is not enough, he needs to specify the license. I'd recommend a Creative Commons license, probably "CC BY 3.0", which you can then credit indicate on Commons as {{cc-by-3.0}}. - Jmabel ! talk 16:33, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

False direction

I saw, that a lot of photos of User:Bjalek Michal, which are vertical high, have only in the highest resolution teh false rotation. How it's possible to order the correct bot to rotate a images. As sample the File:Smolenicky hrad 1.JPG is as thumb correct but in full seize its rotated. --thx K@rl (talk) 14:44, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately no answer till now ;-) - please help K@rl (talk) 21:07, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
I think this is more a problem with your browser (or whatever program you are using to view the high resolution image) than with how the image is stored on Commons. The EXIF metadata for the file you mention (File:Smolenicky hrad 1.JPG) specifies that its orientation is "Rotated 90° CCW" (or "Right-top"), so programs that understand this field can display it correctly. Programs that don't understand it, will not. On my computer, for instance, Firefox displays the high resolution image incorrectly (lying on its side), but when I save the file and open it with Image Viewer (the default JPG viewing application in Ubuntu) it displays correctly. So I think you should use smarter programs, not change how the file is stored here. --Avenue (talk) 00:34, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
I have this problem only with fotos of this user and my Firefox is the actual (15.0.1) - K@rl (talk) 06:54, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
I repeated your test with me and stored this picture local. But with Irfanview shows me false too. Image direction in Exif is "right top" should be okay so, bu I dont'know further. --K@rl (talk) 06:57, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Use {{rotate|0}} or enter "0" in the input field of the dialog if it is likely that someone will view it in full res. -- Rillke(q?) 20:58, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
Many thx. --K@rl (talk) 14:48, 28 September 2012 (UTC)
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Request for move

My account is "too new" to overwrite an image. Could somebody please move this to here? –– Anonymouse321 (talk) 05:34, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Face-smile.svg Thank you to the person that moved it (BTW I just moved that other discussion to another section below – it's unrelated.). –– Anonymouse321 (talk) 15:37, 29 September 2012 (UTC)
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Hi. I just uploaded this image but unfortunately identified it incorrectly. The church is in fact in Aliwal North and not in Burgersdorp so the file name is incorrect. It was entered into the Monuments competition and it is not eligible for the competition (as far as I can see). How do I correct my mistake? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anita Koetsier (talk • contribs) 13:21, 29 September 2012‎ (UTC)

  • Please edit the file to introduce the correct number in the description, and request renaming by placing {{rename|newname.ext|numeric reason|text reason}} in the description field.--Ymblanter (talk) 13:42, 29 September 2012 (UTC)
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Vandalism case?

I have some difficulties to use English, so don't pay attention at my mistakes. And I'm note sure about a place, but I want to report about a vandalism case (as I think). It concerns UploadWizard. At step "Release rights" => "This file is not my own work." => "Another reason not mentioned above" link "copyright tag" (in Russian "указание на авторские права") in Russian language sends user at page "Шаблоны_лицензий" instead of "Шаблоны_лицензий". That's all. Доктор рукиноги (talk) 09:27, 21 September 2012 (UTC).

The same in Russian is lower.

Не уверена насчёт места, но хочу сообщить о случае вандализма (как мне кажется). Это касается Мастера загрузки. На шаге "Авторские права" => "Этот файл не является моим собственным произведением." => "Иная причина, не указанная выше" ссылка "Указание на авторские права" отправляет пользователя на страницу "Шаблоны_лицензий" вместо "Шаблоны_лицензий". Доктор рукиноги (talk) 09:34, 21 September 2012 (UTC).

  • Спасибо, сейчас разберёмся.--Ymblanter (talk) 09:38, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
    • Вам спасибо! Доктор рукиноги (talk) 12:13, 21 September 2012 (UTC).
      К сожалению, сам я это исправить не могу, а никто из администраторов пока не заинтересовался. Будем ждать.--Ymblanter (talk) 18:18, 22 September 2012 (UTC)
      • Всё равно спасибо за внимание. А администратор и нашёлся.) Доктор рукиноги (talk) 07:28, 24 September 2012 (UTC).
  • Vandalism is intentional; this seems to be happened accidentally. I'll investigate. Paying attention to mistakes - no time ;-) -- Rillke(q?) 20:27, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
  • All languages are affected (deed is appended which almost certainly comes from a CC-license). Please report this issue at bugzilla:. -- Rillke(q?) 20:37, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
    • Unfortunatly, I have never used bugzilla earlier. I tried and failed. It requires great efforts from my side with translation and merely understanding, so I doubt in the success of my future attempts. =[ Maybe, someone else will report? Доктор рукиноги (talk) 07:28, 24 September 2012 (UTC).
      • Basically it's easy if you know what you have to do: 1) Create account 2) In the side bar click "Enter a new bug" 3) Select MediaWiki extensions 4) Select UploadWizard from the list 5) Write you bug report (even in Russian if you like; but your English would be more than sufficient).
      • I have forwarded your bug report. Thanks for drawing our attention at this issue. -- Rillke(q?) 10:04, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Inadvertently uploaded photos to wrong location, how do you delete them?

New user. I uploaded several landmark photos from different landmarks to the wrong landmark. How can I delete them from the wrong location? Apc106 (talk) 05:02, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Would you please explain in more details what you mean, preferable indicating some of the files.--Ymblanter (talk) 07:10, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

I was uploading photos, the first two were meant for National Historic Landmark 'Arneytown Historic District', Burlington County, New Jersey. I did not realize that I was not going back to the page to click on the other upload photo button for the photos after, up until the time of the original message sent above. The other files I uploaded have their file names that correspond to the landmark in Burlington County, New Jersey. Also, I tried using talk from my page to answer you back, the file names are listed on it, but I can not find it in talk. I noticed that some of the files that I sent found their way to the correct page for posting, so maybe I am worried about nothing. Thanks Tony Apc106 (talk) 03:03, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Here is a cut and paste of the 'talk' that I thought you would answer to: I started uploading photos to 'Arneytown Historic District', Burlington County, New Jersey, USA. Only the first two photos were for that area. Photos I uploaded after that, without even thinking of going back to the Burlington County page, and then clicking on 'upload photo' for that landmark, were I believe sent to the 'Arneytown Historic District'. But I did notice that the photos that posted at that time made it to the right location. I named the photo files after the landmark location and then also provided it in the description. The files that I kept uploading to "Arneytown Historic District" are: All of the above are located on the National Historic Landmarks page for New Jersey, Burlington County. Also, at most locations I took numerous photos to show different features or locations in that district, as well as information signage, I am uploading them(not all of them), only the ones that I think may be pertinent, do they show up on that landmarks page? Thanks Tony Apc106 (talk) 20:08, 23 September 2012 (UTC) Apc106 (talk) 03:10, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

how to categorize my pictures

i have a few pictures of landmarks in istanbul-turkey, kiel canal-germany, lisbon-portugal, pictures of ship's in which i worked that i can share. but i cant figure out where should i post them... thanks.. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chisla 8180 (talk • contribs) 07:31, 23 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Select a suitable subcategory from these, and put it at the category field in upload form:
For ships you can put them in a proper subcategory in Category:Ships by country and Category:Ships by function. (Also, please sign your posts with ~~~~.) MKFI (talk) 08:10, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

To delete or not to delete

I recently uploaded a picture I scanned from a book which is of an Afrasiab painting. I thought this is the original, however, after comparing it with another picture of the same painting, I'm thinking that this s a modern copy, there are for example a lot more imperfections in that one than the one I uploaded. It could be that the picture had deteriorated but I am doubtful if this is true. I talked with the person who uploaded that picture here, he wasn't sure if mine is a copy. Before I send this file to be deleted, I thought I just ask for another opinion. I'm assuming that a modern copy has a copyright and therefore should not be used here, but let me know if I am mistaken. Axb3 (talk) 16:14, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

I think your upload is definitively a modern copy. But because it is meant to be an exact copy there would be no new copyright.--Funfood 16:40, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. So a simple change in description by adding the words "copy of" should suffice? I was wondering about it might trip up on the "exact copy" criterion since it improves on the original by removing the imperfections. Axb3 (talk) 20:08, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

sorting images according to license

I came across this problem when I was trying to find public domain images for my project. There doesn't seem to be a way to do that... or is it just me not being able to find it? If so, please help me, if it's not there - then I hope some day it will :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

No, there is currently no proper way to sort categories or search results by license. See Commons:Village pump/Proposals#Sorting within categories. LX (talk, contribs) 12:46, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
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Request for patrol

File:Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg seems not to be patrolled since last upload on 12 September. Is there any formal way in commons to place a request for patrolling? --FordPrefect42 (talk) 17:24, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Not that I know of. Apparently, upload log entries in the file history can't be patrolled. I have patroller rights, but I don't see a link to mark this diff (which isn't really a diff) as patrolled even though I see from the patrol log that it isn't patrolled. See bugzilla:9501. Patrolling never really caught on here on Commons, probably in part because of that shortcoming. LX (talk, contribs) 20:03, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
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Hie, i've beent trying to upload some pics here but it wants SARHA ID and i have no clue what is that, can you help me! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sdnxumalo (talk • contribs) 18:49, 29 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Based on your contributions, I presume you mean SAHRA, which is the South African Heritage Resources Agency. You can find a list of heritage sites and their SAHRA identifiers at en:List of heritage sites in South Africa. There is, however, no requirement to provide this when uploading files to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 15:14, 30 September 2012 (UTC)
On the other hand, LX, for the Wiki Loves Monuments competition, that is probably required. Can someone help this person further? - Jmabel ! talk 18:50, 30 September 2012 (UTC)
Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments/Help desk is probably a more appropriate place to ask questions specifically related to that. LX (talk, contribs) 19:55, 30 September 2012 (UTC)
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public domain images on a web page

If I use a public domain image on a web page does it need to have an image caption with some type of credit?

For example, I want to use an image of a pencil and a piece of paper as a button to a sign up link in the sidebar. If the credit is in the caption, there isn't room to explain what the button is for.

Can this credit be filed somewhere else related to a picture? 13:26, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

If the image is really PD, there is no need to credit the author somehow. If the image has a cc-by license you have to credit the author in the way he wants it written in the license template found on the file-site on commons. --Funfood 15:29, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! Where do I find this cc-by license? I admit that I am still lost enough that looking at all the photo information is a bit confusing for me. Is there a way to search for images that have no cc-by license on this site? 16:45, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

I found an image that might match your example: File:Notepad_icon_small.svg. The license is Public Domain, so you can use it in every way you want without any credit. --Funfood 17:36, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Thank you! I will learn to recognize it from the example. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 21:40, 30 September 2012‎ (UTC)

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Copyright help regarding File:Ivan-b-15.jpg

Hi there, I have permission to use this photo via Omnific Publishing and Ivan Rusilko for his wiki page. An email was sent to on 9/21/12 at 123pm from Omnific Publishing. Please let me know what else needs to be done to keep this photo up on his page. Thank you very much! If I need to add to the description or add it differently, please advise.


--Angelinagirl317 (talk) 05:06, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Hopefully they granted a free license for any use and modification and not just to you. The OTRS team should get back to you if there is a problem, or arrange restoring the image if all is in order. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 21:49, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Lost my uploaded file by Rotatebot?

I used rotatebot to rotate 3 picture and now it don't appear in my uploads page? Can everyone help me? Tuankiet65 (talk) 06:16, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Because rotatebot performs a new upload, your files are now in rotatebot's upload-list.--Funfood 07:54, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
But not in Gallery tool and not in wikisense gallery. -- Rillke(q?) 00:50, 26 September 2012 (UTC)


how can i upload photos — Preceding unsigned comment added by Narasimman (talk • contribs) 10:20, 26 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Go to Special:UploadWizard and then read and follow the instructions there. If you have specific questions, you can come back here and ask them. LX (talk, contribs) 10:35, 26 September 2012 (UTC)
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I can not find an appropriate tag (or information on wikimedia on how to deal with the issue) regarding uploads of graphs. I have taken the pdf source of the trajectory on the graph displayed on page 14 in this publication [3], and then made an otherwise self designed graph in an svg file. The reason for doing it this way is that I can not for the life of me find the values to plot a graph between 1950-1970 anywhere. Looking up the relevant copyright laws I found this page from the University of Michigan, which states that "Charts, graphs, and tables are not subject to copyright protection because they do not meet the first requirement for copyright protection" according to Section 102(b) of the Copyright Act.

So my question is, how do I upload the file, is it automatically public domain? or do I tag it as ineglibable? but then, I can not find the relevant template here Template:PD-ineligible#Specific_PD-ineligible_tags. Who to I credit as the author/creater, would that be self made, or do I credit the Dutch bicycle council? --Sertmann (talk) 17:56, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Graphs such as the one on page 14 in the PDF you refer to indeed lack the creative originality required for copyright protection. (A graph with custom 3D effects or other original decorative elements might be a different story.) The generic {{PD-ineligible}} is fine for such graphs, and in such cases, I typically enter "Not applicable; contains no original authorship" in the author field. However, the source code of a handcrafted SVG could be protected by copyright. If that's the case, you'd be the author, and you'd be free to license it or release it into the public domain as you please. LX (talk, contribs) 15:04, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
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Glitched format?

File:Philomathean Clubhouse (front-closer).png will not display, saying it has over 12.5 million pixels. I cannot download it to see if the error is from the format (.png vs .jpg). How can this be fixed? Thundersnow (talk) 05:20, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

See Commons:Maximum file size#Maximum size for thumbnails. There is no glitch or error in the file, and you should be able to download it just fine by clicking the "Full resolution" link below the preview placeholder. LX (talk, contribs) 05:44, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:אנדרטה לזכר חללי אוטובוס הדמים, הפיגוע בכביש החוף.jpg

--Shmueliart (talk) 19:39, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

If this is your own photograph, we need you to grant a free license that allows any use and modification. CC-BY-SA-3.0 is recommended. If you add {{CC-BY-SA-3.0}} to the file page it will resolve the issue. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 21:53, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
What do you need help with? It'll be easier to help you if you ask a question. Google Translate tells me that "עיזבון האמן" (the source of the photograph that you've listed) means "estate of the artist". If you did not create the photo yourself, the copyright holder (usually the photographer or the photographer's heirs) will have to agree to publish the photo under a free license that allows anyone to use the photo in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes, in order for Commons to use it. Please use our standard permission statement and send it in to our permission archive. As the photograph is a derivative work of a sculpture, the copyright for the sculpture also needs to be accounted for. I assume {{FoP-Israel}} applies. LX (talk, contribs) 17:08, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

I THINK I can, but I thought I'd ask to be sure

I asked a question aten:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions#PD Shape? and I think the response means that I could upload such a file here, but I wanted to be sure. Can the file described be uploaded here? - Purplewowies (talk) 21:51, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

  • I personally think the subtlety of the shading takes this out of the realm of simple geometric shapes. - Jmabel ! talk 01:06, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
  • What exactly do you mean? Are you talking about the weird gradient thing or something else? I was planning on making it with just four shades of gray, no fancy gradients (kind of like File:Own windows logo.svg), no drop shadow (I asked about it, but have decided to basically drop it). - Purplewowies (talk) 02:46, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
    • Then probably OK, I'd guess. - Jmabel ! talk 15:15, 27 September 2012 (UTC)


Jeg vil gjerne trykke dette bildet: i en lokalhistorisk bok. Hvordan går jeg fram? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gro Kvanvig (talk • contribs)

Du er fri til at bruge billedet hvordan du vil, da det er offentlig eiendom, det ville dog være god kutyme at angive 'De forente staters luftforsvar' som kilde i nærheden af billedet. --Sertmann (talk) 11:20, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
File:B-17 group in formation.jpg is a cropped version of File:Living Legends.jpg. The first file description page claims that it's a US Government work, while the second narrows it down to a US Air Force work. Is it really, though? The EXIF and the caption at states that it's a "courtesy photo", which implies that it's not a USAF photo, doesn't it? LX (talk, contribs) 14:42, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

"Copyrighted free use provided that..."

Bit surprised to find that a template exists called "Copyrighted free use provided that", where the uploader can specify any conditions they like. On File:Alexander_Liptak—Coat_of_arms_of_the_Spinolas—2012.png, the uploader overrules signature guidelines by saying that "The signature of the author, which is a mark and right of original authorship, is not to be removed from signed works". Users of the image are also "requested to give the author no less than three months notice of intent". Is this appropriate? Or would we just drop the image as useless if the given conditions crossed a line into "image must have my URL in the corner, you can't edit out the guy's hat, and also you have to contact me before you use it"? --McGeddon (talk) 09:05, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

I think this kind of license is too restrictive for use here. The non removable part should be the attribution, which will not be graphic, but text. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:21, 26 September 2012 (UTC)
I find "This original file which has been provided by the author is that which is to be used in Wikipedia articles; a derivative, modified, remixed and/or subsequent work work may not replace the original file in Wikipedia articles." to be way more cute then any watermark clause. In any case, he's a known pain and I'm taking him to COM:AN/U.--Prosfilaes (talk) 09:39, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Opus 4 72.jpg

Vom Hersteller des Projektors, der Fa. VEGA INTERNATIONAL D.O.O. wurde am 25.09.2012 eine Mail an permissions-commons@wikimedia .org<> geschickt. Ich stehe als cc in der Adresse. In dieser Mail ist ein Statement for Wikipedia. dox angehängt, in dem bestätigt wird, das die Fa. das alleinige exclusive copyright an dem Bild hat. Des weiteren folgt die Zustimmung zur freien Lizenz. Unterschrieben von Direktor Bojan Praprotnik. Der Vordruck ist von Wikipedia oder Wikimedia und nach bestem Wissen ausgefüllt und unterschrieben. Was fehlt oder muß ergänzt werden? Da ich verhältnismäßig neu bin, brauche ich hier Unterstützung. Die Antwort oder ein Hinweis bitte auf die Mailadresse oder die Mentorseite, sonst finde ich die Antwort evt. nicht. Grüße--Bomas13 (talk) 21:30, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
Ich habe ein {{otrs pending}} eingefügt damit das Bild nicht schnellgelöscht wird. In den nächsten Tagen sollte sich ein OTRS Mitarbeiter darum gekümmert haben. --Funfood 09:16, 28 September 2012 (UTC)
Wenn sich in den nächsten 14 Tagen niemand meldet, schickt Du am besten erst einmal eine E-Mail ohne Anhang. -- Rillke(q?) 11:46, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Wappen Turnovszky.jpg

Da es sich bei der Darstellung um ein Wappen handelt, bin ich der Meinung, daß es eine allgemeinfreie Darstellung ist. Eingescannt habe ich sie aus einer Unterlage, die ich vom Wappeninhaber bekommen habe. Liege ich mit meiner Meinung richtig und wenn ja, was habe ich zu tun. Danke bereits jetzt für die Hilfestellung.

--Manfred Kuzel (talk) 07:36, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Dann muss Dein Name als Autor raus; und wenn möglich der des Schöpfers rein (sowie das (ungefähre) Erstellungsdatum) Wenn das Wappen schon sehr alt ist, wäre {{PD-old}} oder {{PD-old-100}} u.U. angebracht. Wenn es aber weder alt noch ein Werk einer Österreichischen Behörde ist, kann es nicht auf Commons bleiben. Die Erinnerung auf Deiner Benutzerseite kannst Du einfach löschen. -- Rillke(q?) 11:53, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Thomas Groß.jpg

Hallo liebes Help desk-Team,

ich möchte o.g. Bild und zwei weitere Bilder ( und in einen Artikel einbinden. Ich habe alle drei Bilder aus dem Internet, die beiden letzten aus Artikeln unserer Regionalzeitung ( und

Der Link des ersten Bildes lautet:

Alle drei Bilder wurden von Fotografen der Zeitungsredaktion geschossen (Dietmar Funck und Thomas Neu). Nun meine Frage, muss ich die beiden Fotografen um ihr Einverständnis bitte, dass die Bilder auf Wikipedia veröffentlich werden dürfen?

Vielen Dank für eure Hilfe,


--Wasgescheites (talk) 09:54, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Hallo Alexander, Willkommen auf Commons.
Die Photos müssen unter einer freien Lizenz verfügbar sein. Da der Urheber keiner freien Lizenz zugestimmt hat, ist das wahrscheinlich eine Urheberrechtsverletzung. Zuerst musst Du beim Photographen anfragen, dann - und nur mit Genehmigung des Photographen - darfst Du sie hochladen.
Die E-Mail-Vorlagen könnten zur Beschaffung einer Genehmigung nützlich sein. Siehe auch COM:OTRS/de. -- Rillke(q?) 12:01, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Прошу помощи !

Alexander Aster - это моя старая учётная запись, которую я заблокировал... Моя постоянная учётная запись - Exist109... Программа по загрузке и установке фотографий требует Alexander Aster...) И ничего не хочет знать об Exist109...) Я понимаю, это какой-то сбой системы, что не редкость, но вот в такое попал я положение...... Претензии к лицензии фотографий мне тоже сбоем кажется - всё заполнял по инструкции.... не понимаю... С уважением, Exist109

Изображение было загружено по шаблону свободной лицензии... Но я не понимаю - захожу как Exist109, но перед загрузкой изображения меня просят вновь представиться системе под удалённым профилем Alexander Aster... Заблокированный профиль опять работает и я не знаю что мне делать...

С уважением, Exist109....... --Alexander Aster (talk) 14:12, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Используйте ту учётную запись, которая Вам удобнее. Или проблема в чём-то другом?--Ymblanter (talk) 11:48, 29 September 2012 (UTC)
Pictogram voting info.svg Info: User:Exist109 has never existed on Commons. Apparently, Aster Alexander Aster was blocked on the Russian Wikipedia project as the user wished to change their user name to Exist109 there. The user has then subsequently started uploading files here on Commons under his Alexander Aster user name, all of which have copyright problems. LX (talk, contribs) 12:10, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Upload problems

Hi, i've recently uploaded 2 photos to the featured section to be voted on but when i look at all of the submissions mine are not there. I'm doing something wrong but i can't figure out what. HELPPP!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ba7190 (talk • contribs) 04:49, 29 September 2012‎ (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean by "uploaded photos to the featured section". You can find a list of all your uploads, including any deleted ones (none of your uploads have been deleted), in your upload log. I see that you've created a nomination page at Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Common Grackle DSCO8983.JPG but didn't link to it from anywhere and that you made this edit to Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list. I don't deal much with the featured picture stuff, so I don't know exactly what you were trying to accomplish, but it seems like you need to re-read the instructions at Commons:Featured picture candidates#Adding a new nomination. LX (talk, contribs) 09:41, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Teilnahme am Fotowettbewerb

Ich habe alles so gemacht, wie es auf den offiziellen Seiten beschrieben ist, mich auch angemeldet (wozu?) finde aber keine Möglichkeit, Fotos hochzuladen. Es war auch nicht möglich für mich, voraus Informationen zur Menge, Größe oder Format der Fotos zu erfahren. Ich habe ein äußerst langsames Internet, einen alten Komputer und keine Flatrate. Ich möchte aber dennoch mitmachen. Was kann ich tun? Ich habe nun einen Ordner von 6 MB Größe vorbereitet, in dem 40 Fotos zum Denkmal "Bechelsdorfer Schulzenhaus" in Schönberg/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Deutschland sind. Wie kann ich die nun schicken, oder soll ich es lieber lassen?! Ich weiß nicht einmal, ob ich hier richtig bin. Also entweder bin ich zu blöd diese Seiten zu verstehen, oder die Seiten sind nicht benutzerfreundlich. Tut mir leid. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:35, 27 September 2012‎ (UTC)

Hallo, schön, dass Du an WLM (Wiki mag Denkmäler) teilnehmen möchtest.
Ich habe es mit Commons auch eher langsam angehen lassen. Das hochladen von Dateien ist überall schwierig und Commons ist besonders schwierig, weil man auch noch wissen muss, was eine Lizenz und Wikitext ist. Wenn es in diesem Jahr nicht wird, probiere es im nächsten Jahr und mach' Dich unterdessem mit der Wikipedia vertraut, die wesentlich bessere Hilfestellungen für Einsteiger bietet, als es die Commons Hilfe tut.
Aber um Deine Fragen noch zu beantworten folgendes:
  • Hier anmelden, wenn Du ganz oben Deinen Benutzernamen noch nicht siehst. Nach dem Anmelden ist er aber auf jeden Fall da.
  • Bei Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments upload/DE auf Dein Bundesland klicken.
  • Dann startet der Assistent zum Hochladen von Dateien. Diesem kannst Du ganz einfach folgen.
  • Beim Beschreiben der Datei musst Du Dir vorstellen, dass jemand aus Amerika sofort können sollte, wo sich das Gebäude befindet. Ein Blinder sollte anhand einer kurzen Beschreibung ein ungefähres Bild erhalten (wichtig für Suchmaschinen).
  • Wenn Du Die Koordinaten weist, kannst Du sie unter Kategorien und weitere Informationen hinzufügen … hinzufügen. Die müssen glaube ich, dezimal angegeben werden.
Gut Gelingen -- Rillke(q?) 11:40, 28 September 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 17:41, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Removing an erroneous image

221 Washington Street, Eau Claire, WI 01.jpg

Inadvertently I uploaded the wrong image on Wisconsin Historical Places (Eau Claire) The picture is of a house on Washington Street How do I replace this with the correct image (which I do have) -User:Mdaams

Go to the bottom of the page, and in the "File History" section, click "upload a new version of this file". -mattbuck (Talk) 00:36, 30 September 2012 (UTC)