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Is this image OK for Wikimedia?

For some reason, I doubt File:Official press photo of Princess Isabella, 5 years old, April 2012.jpg is really "free enough" for Wikimedia (i.e. I suspect there are copyright issues, otherwise there would be tons of pictures from the official website of the Danish monarchy). Surtsicna (talk) 10:11, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

You are correct. The uploader, who has "contributed" nothing but copyright violations to Commons simply made up a false licensing claim. Tagged for deletion. Thanks, LX (talk, contribs) 11:00, 4 November 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 11:00, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Image needs a minor modification

The image of the flag File:Naval Jack of Namibia.svg needs to have a thin outline drawn around it - because most of the flag is plain white it disapears against the page background. It creates the impression that the flag is actually just a smaller version of the Namibian national flag - which actually is only one quarter of the flag. Dodger67 (talk) 09:34, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Naval Jack of Namibia.svg
If you want a border around any image, you can just use the "border" option. [[File:Naval Jack of Namibia.svg|border|right|50px]] results in the example on the right. LX (talk, contribs) 10:34, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Dodger67 (talk) 10:39, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
No worries! LX (talk, contribs) 15:29, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:29, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Has uploading a file become more difficult?

I have been trying to use the form at to upload a file. I know that in the "permissions" field, I am meant to type something like "{{CC-SA}}", but I can't remember what. There are two links next to the field, "Permission" and "License tags", which look as if they might help; but neither of them tells me what to put in the field, and using either of them means that when I use the back button to return to the form, some of the fields I had already completed have been blanked so I have to start again. After going round this loop three times, I have given up for the day.Maproom (talk) 16:31, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Before you start the upload process, you should already have decided what license you want to offer with your work. The two links you referred to (Commons:Licensing and Commons:Copyright tags) may help make that choice and indicate which template expresses your choice. But nobody can tell you what to write, because the taking of this licensing decision is your exclusive right. But, if you ask, other people may offer you their suggestions about their favorite licenses. If you want to look at the information pages without leaving the upload form, you can open separate windows in your browser. Once your choice of template is made, then technically you write the chosen template's name, i.e. "{{Replace this with the chosen template's name}}". -- Asclepias (talk) 17:54, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
I know what license I want to use, it's {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0|GFDL}}. A new problem is how to get it into the edit box. I think there used to be a select-box to select it from, which had the advantage of doing the formatting automatically, so I didn't need to guess whether or not to type in the enclosing braces and tags. Maproom (talk) 18:32, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for the tip about opening separate windows for the help pages. At last I have managed to do the upload. I had been confusing the "Permission" field with the "Licensing" field. I also realised eventually that you are meant to specify the original source of the work in the "Author(s)" field, not in the "Original source" field. Maproom (talk) 19:19, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Ti prague nov98.jpg

the image is available under a free license, but despite what it says copyright all three parts of the picture. is not that a contradiction? In addition, I do not understand why all mail conversation between requesters and holder are included. it should probably be enough to use the correct template, also ending there.-- 22:04, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Convenience link: File:Ti prague nov98.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 23:51, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
    For what it's worth, probably roughly half the content on Commons is copyrighted. For example, I don't waive copyright on my photos: I just provide a license that allows others to use them, if they conform to the licensing terms.
    I don't think the presence of a copyright notice on the graphic is actively good, but it's no more of an issue than any other watermark. And while the inclusion of the complete correspondence might be a bit excessive, it's basically harmless. - Jmabel ! talk 23:55, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
That pic is out of a time where we didn't had any com:otrs and it was back then also normal to publish your E-Mails on a page--Sanandros (talk) 12:36, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Upload File Error

For the past few days I have been trying to upload pictures into Wikipedia Commons and when I click on the Upload File option on the left the File Upload Wizard never properly loads. The only thing I ever get is the loading circle on my page. Is there currently technical issues? Researchassistant101 (talk) 01:24, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Looks like it based on Commons:Upload Wizard feedback. We've had these reports with varying frequency since the wizard was introduced 1½ years ago. Commons:Upload tends to be broken a lot less frequently. LX (talk, contribs) 10:40, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Satisfying copyright requirements- old postcard image

I have been attempting to add a photo to 'SS Oronsay (1925)'. It is an old postcard image found on the internet. I have quoted a source andTemplate:PD Unknown and though the UK license has come up the copyright requirements are still not satisfied, and automatic deletion after 7 days is still due to happen. I have looked at other old ship entries- eg 'RMS Mauretania (1909)' and though the licensing info. is identical the copyright is satisactory. Why can this be?

Please note that I have used 'PD Unknown' correctly though it has not come up as typed above! ie underscore does not appear!

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Larryjen (talk • contribs) 11:13, 1 November 2012‎ (UTC)
There is no template named "PD Unknown". You were trying to use a template that does not exist. You can find existing PD templates in categories such as PD license tags by author type and PD license tags (ignore the fact that they use confusingly the term "license" instead of "status"). Anyway, do not worry too much about templates. Finding the proper PD templates that will match the status information for a file is a technicality that can be handled by other users, as long as you provide the relevant information about the author and original publication of the photograph and if that information is verifiable. The important thing for you to do, before anything else, is research and provide that information. When, where, by who, was the photograph originally published? You did not explain what research you did before you could declare that the author is unknown. Did you contact the website from where you copied the file to obtain more information about the origin of the image? What is written on the back of the print? Who published the postcard, if it is a postcard? The boat made its first voyage in 1925, but what is the source of your information that that particular image was published in 1925? From all those informations, then describe your line of reasoning to arrive at your conclusion that the photograph is in the public domain in the United States. If those informations are provided, then the proper templates will come naturally, so to speak. -- Asclepias (talk) 13:58, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

how do you create the space filling models that wikipedia uses?

The space filling models that wikipedia/wikimedia commons has is very interesting. What software do they use to create those space filling models? they have the -3D-vdW extension at the end of their names. - unsigned

There are lots of different pieces of software that various users use to generate space-filling models. I use Avogadro and Jmol. Commons:WikiProject Chemistry and w:Wikipedia:WikiProject Chemistry are good places to discuss them. If you see an image you particularly like, you can always try contacting the listed contributor of it to see how he/she did it. DMacks (talk) 02:30, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Newbie uploading photo

Hi I am a complete beginner trying to upload a photo to an existing biography page of Henry Heathcote. The image is a jpeg of a portrait painting - the subject died in 1851 and the image is from a book published in 1899, so I am sure it is out of copyright.

I have tried reading all the help pages but I still can't work out how to enter the information requested.

Please help, in plain English!!

— Preceding unsigned comment added by The Tree Lady (talk • contribs) 11:25, 2 November 2012‎ (UTC)
I'm sure the image should be fine for upload.
It would help if you would be specific about which requested information you can't fill in. I'm sure you can work some of it out.
What country was the book published in? If it was the U.S., this is all a bit simpler than if otherwise.
- Jmabel ! talk 16:00, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Download an index of painters and index of paintings

A user's question from Category talk:PD-Art (Yorck Project):

"Is it possible to download just an index of painters and index of painting in any database format (without or with images of paitings)?"

IP, 2010-07-17. --Mattes (talk) 05:30, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

You may be interested in DBPedia, which builds databases from Wikipedia content. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:52, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Lizensierung: File:Grossmünster - Zwingliportal Ausschnitt.jpg

Das ist ein Ausschnitt von [1], muss ich das als mein eigenes Werk angeben?--Ginkgo2g (talk) 11:23, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Hast Du den Link mal ausprobiert? Bei mir funktioniert der nicht. Ist die Quelle vielleicht dieses Bild: File:Grossmünster - Zwingliportal 2010-08-30 16-29-50 ShiftN.jpg? Dann würde ich das so angeben. Autor und Lizenz würde ich vom Quellbild übernehmen. Einen Stück von einem Bild auszuschneiden ist keine schöpferische Leistung, die ein eigenes Urheberrecht erzeugt. --rimshottalk 12:06, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
Danke Rimshot, jetzt gerade geändert in diesem Sinn. --Ginkgo2g (talk) 17:24, 3 November 2012 (UTC)


I'm not sure why the permission Template:Cc-by-sa.3.0 did not get added to my uploaded File:Intaglio Angel by Chaim Koppelman.jpg. I got notified it would be deleted if the permission was not added but I do not see how to do it. Can someone please help? DorothyKoppelman (talk) 03:37, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Either the upload process had a glitch or you didn't press the right button or something. Anyway, you can just add the license template by modifying the description page, like you did on the pages of other files in the past. (Make sure you use the correct name of the template.) -- Asclepias (talk) 03:53, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Finding Animation artists

To find animators, you click on 'Community portal' on the top left of any page, and then click on 'User's Graphics abilities'.

In the subcategory tree, Animation editors for the advanced level (ANI-3), I click and look at that page, and it seems somewhat hard to use. That's because when I look at the first two entries alone , I can see that there are either inactive or never were active editors. Of just the first two, one only made a single edit globally and that was to add the category to their userpage. What can be done to improve the chances that someone looking for an advanced animation editor would find assistance ? Is it ok to deactivate the categorisation without any other changes to the editors page, and leaving a note of expatiation just in case ? Naturally, only in cases where there is pretty much no chance they can assist with animations, like the first one or two examples. Penyulap 15:16, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

Where to request more feedback on proposed merge


I'm not actually a new user of Commons (far from it), but after proposing a category merge at Category_talk:Microchips, I realised that I wanted to get more feedback and discussion, and wondered where I should be raising the issue to get the opinion of interested parties. Thanks, Ubcule (talk) 15:36, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

May be on Com:Village pump. That's how I do it (but on com:forum)--Sanandros (talk) 21:47, 4 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks- I hadn't been sure if the Village Pump was appropriate, but I'll give it a go. Ubcule (talk) 13:09, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
COM:CFD might trigger more participation. --Foroa (talk) 13:22, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

BBC public domain

Did the BBC really release files into the public domain? I'm skeptical. Dismas (talk) 11:00, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Nothing in the BBC's Terms of use seem to support this view. I believe the uploader confused "public domain" and "made available to the public" (it happens a lot). Jastrow (Λέγετε) 11:21, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Flickr video

Is there any way for us to upload a video from Flickr (e.g. just uploads a single static image. - Jmabel ! talk 04:55, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

c com:video--Sanandros (talk) 22:15, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
And 4 the download i use DownloadHelper. Hope I could help u--Sanandros (talk) 22:16, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
As far as I can see, com:video says nothing about how to upload a video from Flickr. And when I search Commons for "DownloadHelper" I find nothing. - Jmabel ! talk 05:20, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
No that's a firefox add on. u can donwload it as a flv file and then convert it to a ogv file. after that u can upload it to commons again.--Sanandros (talk) 15:19, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
OK. Using that and FireFogg I created Can you please take a look at this and tell me if you see anything in the description, etc. that you think I should do differently? - Jmabel ! talk 03:24, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
Now the vid is fine. I hope u can upload vids in the futer on your own. But if u have more questions feel free to ask.--Sanandros (talk) 07:24, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
I see you added the {{Flickrreview}} template to the page. I'm also an admin. I take it that is a step I should take when doing this, right? - Jmabel ! talk 15:26, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes I did that cause they're changing sometimes the license and so to be sure that nobody can legally against us I prooved the license. But when u r admin y I can't c that admin button on your user page? (And if I talked stupid things it's cause I just had 3 h of sleep)--Sanandros (talk) 06:24, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Bernd Wilmert.jpg

Hallo ich benötige Hilfe. Folgendes Foto wurde hochgeladen Es ist ein offizielles Pressefoto Mit welcher Lizenz muss es markiert werden, damit es keine rechtlichen Probleme gibt? Da es ein Pressefoto ist, müsste doch die Möglichkeit bestehen, es im Artikel einzupflegen. (?) Danke für die Hilfe! --Bildforyou7 (talk) 01:07, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

--Bildforyou7 (talk) 01:07, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Where best to mention a semi-urgent deletion request for an image scheduled to appear soon on en's Main Page?

At Commons:Deletion requests/File:Bert and Ernie.jpg, I've nominated a photo of two lovely Sesame Street characters for deletion; as the image is due to appear on en's main page on 10th November to accompany the "Today's Featured Article", where's the best place to mention this discussion to get some early views on whether I'm right or wrong? It would be potentially awkward if en displayed a non-free image from Commons on its main page, and if it does need to be deleted the more opportunity the TFA folks have to think of an alternative, the better. On the other hand, if I'm wrong (which is entirely possible) then the sooner I'm told so, the better! Thanks, Bencherlite (talk) 21:40, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Village pump/Copyright seems like a good place for this. --Avenue (talk) 22:40, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you, mentioned it there too (and thank you for joining in). Bencherlite (talk) 01:36, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Help needed with pic

G'day all, I am having issues with File:POW Camp Maribor.jpg, which I uploaded basically as it was. I subsequently cropped it and whilst it appears OK on the file page here, at [[2]] it still shows the uncropped version which looks crappy. Could someone give me some guidance on what I can do to fix it? Thanks, Peacemaker67 (talk) 09:07, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Hello. Please do nothing to the image. In particular, please do not save more copies of the same version on the server. The image is fine. If you have problems displaying the current version in your browser, try purging your browser's cache. You can also try purging the server cache. Please read the FAQ at: "Commons:FAQ#Why is the old picture and not the new uploaded picture on my screen? (Or-- my thumbnail is wrong.)". If nothing works, just wait some reasonable time for any cache that might exist between the image and you to update. If there's an emergency for you to view the image as a thumbnail, try to display it in a different and previously uncached size of thumbnail. If you still can't display the image on your browser after a few days, then ask again and we'll see if anything more can be done to help you. But remember that there is no problem with the image. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:51, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

No subject


— Preceding unsigned comment added by KashiwaY. (talk • contribs) 21:25, 7 November 2012‎ (UTC)
  • Assuming I understand correctly that you are asking how you delete an account, the short answer is that you can't. If you can be clearer about what you are actually trying to accomplish, someone may be able to help you. And if someone can translate what I just wrote into Japanese, that would be good, because I have no idea whether KashiwaY reads English. - Jmabel ! talk 16:34, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Ebrahim Patel - World Economic Forum on Africa 2011.jpg

This file was tagged for no license - I suspect something went wrong when I used the upload tool I have tried to fix it - How do i know if the license is now correct? Gbawden (talk) 12:12, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

In the page history, we see that the Flickr upload robot added the license information that it found with the image on flickr. Everything looks fine now. (Although perhaps you can add more precise categories to the page, if possible.) -- Asclepias (talk) 16:19, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

A question

I have a question. I think I have logged in, but my name in the uppermost part remains red, while other letters are blue. I am going to upload photographs, and can I upload photographs ? --Ichiro Kikuchi (talk) 12:21, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

The color of your user name just means that your user page is empty. Uploads without log-ins are not possible here. --Mattes (talk) 12:28, 7 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you very much. However, reading information, I have created User name Jirokikuchi. Which one is preferred, Ichiro Kikuchi or Jirokikuchi ? Is this to be recommended ? --Jirokikuchi (talk) 02:46, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Two Qs, What Speedy Tags to Use?

Q1) What specific Speedy Deletion template should I use to remove an image file from Commons that is not used and not needed?

Q2) What specific Speedy Deletion template should I use to remove an image file that has a duplicate by another name on Commons?

Thank you. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 07:18, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

1. "Not used and not needed" would be COM:Scope issue. This is not a valid Commons:Criteria for speedy deletion, start a regular deletion request.
2. {{Duplicate}}. MKFI (talk) 08:56, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for those answers! (No wonder I couldn't find any Speedy i.d. that applied in my Q1!)
May I ask another question ... I have some files on Commons I would like to rename, but when I researched this I found that files can't be directly renamed but must be added under new name and old file deleted: [3]. But now I see clicking the Duplicate template you provided, that there is a Rename template, and the instructions there are to use Rename template and not add any duplicate files in order to perform the rename! (Is the EFAQ#RENAME info out of date? Someone should correct that!) I'd like to use the Rename template (simpler), should I just add it with the necessary parameters, to the Commons File's Description page at the top? Or ? Thank you! Ihardlythinkso (talk) 11:56, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
(Correction: I don't see a "Description page", just an Edit tab, with info including the description line. Is the Rename template put at the top of that info? Or please explain where to place the Rename template. Thank you.) Ihardlythinkso (talk) 12:04, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
What do you mean by EFAQ#RENAME? Commons:File renaming and COM:FAQ#MOVE both seem to be up to date. LX (talk, contribs) 12:05, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes, you add the rename template at the top of the description page of the file to be renamed. The description page is the page that is in the "File:" namespace. (And the file is at the url beginning with "", which you reach when you click the thumnailed image displayed on the description page.) When you speak of a description page with no info, I'm guessing you may be confusing the websites of Wikimedia Commons and of en-Wikipedia. Make sure you are editing the description page at the source, here on Commons, not its mirrored page on en-Wikipedia. Also, after doing some searching and looking around, I'm guessing that when you say EFAQ info, you're talking about a section of a page on the en-Wikipedia, relating to the renaming process on that Wikipedia. That page is not on Commons and is not about Commons. For the help on Commons, please see the pages suggested by LX. And for a regular deletion request, you can use the link "Nominate for deletion" in the toolbox of the description page of the file. For more information, please see the page Commons:Deletion requests. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:02, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Ok, EFAQ#RENAME where it says image files cannot be renamed, that applies to Wikipedia, and not to Commons? Okay.
I'm sorry, even after your description I don't understand how to get to the "description page". (When I click on the thumbnail, it brings up a page for the Commons file with tabs only "View", "Edit", and "View history". Here is an example: [4].)
When I click "Edit" tab, there is info there, and a description line, I'm not saying the description page has no info, I don't know how to get to the description page, so haven't viewed it, so haven't seen what's there.
This seems confusing (conflicting existences of rename on the two sites; finding the "description page"). (Is it just me? Perhaps I'm dense.) Thanks for further assist, clearly I need it! Ihardlythinkso (talk) 00:00, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
I took a guess and added a rename template to the above-linked page. (Did I do right?) Thank u. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 00:13, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes, that is the description page. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:24, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
Ok, I get it. (It's called, but not labelled, that! Whew.) Thank you for answers. (The rename template is manually processed by admins on Commons site?) Thanks again. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 01:52, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
p.s. Isn't there any problem implementing renames in regard to old vs. new names for the duration of the time difference? (E.g. if the rename is done first then the article using image is in error; if the article is changed first, then the article is in error until rename is done.) How is that coordinated? Is there predictability re how quickly rename requests are processed? Are WP uses of old file name automatically redirected as a result of the rename function (i.e. a REDIRECT automatically created)? Thanks for input to understand. Ok, Ihardlythinkso (talk) 02:02, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
See Help:File redirect and history of File:Millennium 3D Chess init config.png. -- Asclepias (talk) 03:11, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. Have submitted some others, too. Will monitor. (Only a temporary "not found" condition when file names don't match. Better than making unnecessary redirects, me thinks.) Thanks again for all the help. Ihardlythinkso (talk) 08:01, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Help: Uploading a Photograph

Hi, I am writing about an Architect in Wikipedia and I would like to upload his photo which is present in this museum to wikipedia commons. In the museums website concerning of the usage of photographs it is written; "Photographic reproduction of archival material is permitted in accordance with the laws concerning intellectual property and copyright." So, I wonder if I can upload this photo to commons without breaching the relevant rules. Thank you in advance Khadkhall (talk) 07:38, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

It is not possible to offer this photograph on Commons on the sole basis of the line you quoted above. As such, it may only mean that you can reproduce an item if it is old enough that the copyright has expired or if you use it under an equivalent of a fair use provision. Maybe more can be said if you tell what photo exactly and if you link to the full notice of the website. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:30, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for your response. Here is the photograph and the notice at the bottom of the museum page. And How old is old enough? This photo is at least 70 years old. Maybe it is best if I contact the museum then.Khadkhall (talk)
Unfortunately, the notice of the website does not contain anything that can be used as a permission. It seems to only refer to the ordinary rules of copyright law and it adds nothing more. As to how old is old enough for the copyright to have expired, the answer depends on the precise facts and informations that can be found about the particular photo. From the look of this photo and the biography of the architect, it might be estimated that the photo was taken approximately between 1921 and 1927. The necessary informations can be some of the following facts: the year of the first divulgation of the photo, the year of the first publication of the photo, the identity of the photographer who created the photo, the year of death of that photographer, etc. The website does not seem to mention those informations about this photo. As you say, you can contact the museum and perhaps they can tell you those informations. If not, you would need to do a research and try to find those informations from other sources. For example, if you can find a mention that the photo was published before 1923, then the situation is simple and the photo can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. But if the photo was published after that, the situation is more complex and you will need to find more of the facts mentioned above. And after you find those facts, you will need to look at the copyright law of the country where the photo was first published, and calculate if the copyright on that photo had expired in 1996. If yes, it can probably be uploaded to Commons. If the country of first publication was Greece, the present copyright law of Greece can be found on this site. But the duration of the copyright in Greece was shorter than that before the law was changed, so you must find the previous versions of the law to calculate how it applied to this photo. As you can see, it can be complex. Anyway, the first step is to find the facts about the photo. After you found the facts, you can ask more help here or at Commons:Village pump/Copyright about how to calculate the duration of the copyright. -- Asclepias (talk) 19:55, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:STĘSZEW.jpg

--Bialo-zielony (talk) 19:36, 8 November 2012 (UTC)


diese Datei habe ich von einem Verlag erhalten, der Verlag hat mir in der e-mail geschrieben, dass er mit der Veroeffentlichung auf wikipedia einverstanden ist, wenn die Quelle (der Link zu seiner Webseite) angegeben wird. Gruss Bialo-zielony (talk) 19:36, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Iqbal Manzil.jpg

How to upload internet download picture?

--Tonic Bell (talk) 11:54, 9 November 2012 (UTC) Tonic Bell

This is a project for free content only. Please don't upload random non-free pictures that you found on the Internet. You need to read Commons:Project scope/Summary#Must be freely licensed or public domain to understand what kind of content you can upload here. LX (talk, contribs) 12:29, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Carthage Aqueduct.jpg

How can I put the requested licence information to this file? I scanned it myself and it's out of copyright. --Bibhai (talk) 13:39, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

What you need is a copyright tag that explains why the file is out of copyright. This case is quite straightforward, because the work in question is so old that the different copyright terms in different countries don't come into play. Both authors died more than 100 years ago, and it was published during their lifetime, so the tag to use is {{PD-old-100}}.
To add it, go to the file description page and click the edit tab. Remove the line that says Remove this line and insert a license instead and replace it with {{PD-old-100}}. Also remove the {{no license}} template.
I'd do it for you, but letting you go through the steps yourself is probably more instructive. Thanks for your contribution, LX (talk, contribs) 14:16, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
(edit conflict) In this case I think the correct tag is {{PD-old-100-1923}}. It means the engraving represented in your picture is in the public domain 1. in the United States because it was published before 1923 2. in countries where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less. Scanning in itself doesn't create a new copyright. I added the correct licence tag and switched to a more precise description template. Can you please make sure everything is OK? Jastrow (Λέγετε) 14:24, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Header template and undocumented parameters

The Header template is not producing a proper rendering for my essays, mainly in that the first or only shortcut fails to appear on the screen, apparently because I need an undocumented valueless parameter named after an abbreviation of the page title, which implies that I need to add the abbreviated title somewhere else also, and I don't know where that is. This affects my new pages, Commons:Personality rights and Commons:Nonphotographs, video, and inaccuracies. On the other hand, I've seen a proper display with Commons:Photographs of identifiable people, which has the parameter "Lang-PhotoOfPeople" (without quote marks, an equals sign, or a value), and Commons:Administrators/De-adminship, which has the parameter "Lang-DESYSOP" (likewise without quote marks, an equals sign, or a value). I checked the documentation but it says nothing on point. How should I get the proper rendering? Thanks. Nick Levinson (talk) 17:30, 9 November 2012 (UTC) (Clarified heading: 17:41, 9 November 2012 (UTC))


Is this licence acceptable? The bot doesn't think so? Haberdashers (talk) 16:26, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

The bot is correct. This license is not allowed, here on Commons, unless the file is also offered under another, allowed, license. For details about what types of licenses are accepted on Commons, please see the page Commons:Licensing. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:37, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
The reason it is not acceptable is that it does not allow commercial use. - Jmabel ! talk 16:40, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 16:40, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

use of nineteenth century image

I want to use the image of DuBay from this web site:

Under permissions, the Portage County Historic Society grants permission to use for non-commercial purposes. The image was take while DuBay was alive, and he died in 1887. Can I upload it to Commons?

It depends when the image was first published. It does look like a type of image that would have been published a long time ago, but it is always better if you can find a source documenting an early publication. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:16, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Removing an incorrect photo?

Hi - The photograph of a perched bird, under the 'Little Eagle' entry in Wikipedia, is incorrectly, a 'Whistling Kite.' The photograph of a bird in flight on the Little Eagle, page is correct. I don't know how to get the photo removed. The author of the photo is someone named Mribbans - but I don't know how to contact the person. How do I get this pic removed and a correct one added? Kind regards, Skyscanner12

Hi. It's very simple. Just edit the page of that article on the Wikipedia site by removing the title of that file on the line "image =". Also remove the description on the line "image_caption =". If you want, you can replace the image with the title of a correct image of a Little Eagle. if no other image is available, you can move the title of the image of the bird in flight, so that it will be displayed there. Also, if the description of the File:Little Eagle.jpg is incorrect, please edit its description page here on Commons and write the correct description. Also, if the bird is a Whistling Kite, remove the Category:Hieraaetus morphnoides from that description page and replace it with the Category:Haliastur sphenurus. Optionally, if you want to leave a message to the person who uploaded the file to explain the modification, his talk page is User talk:Mribbans, but apparently this was his only upload, so he may not watch his talk page. (N.B.: Email removed. It's not recommended to post it in public messages.) -- Asclepias (talk) 20:04, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

On the images in Hanaguri Ide

Thank you for the information regarding the uploading of images in Hanaguri Ide. Yano Seiya, who is the top of the Hanaguri Ide Preserving Association, sent me these images for the use of Wikipedia. Will this solve the problem, after he becomes a Wikipedian, can he upload these photographs which he had taken ? Or is there any other way ? Please teach me. By the way, my name is Ichiro Kikuchi. --Jirokikuchi (talk) 21:38, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Two accounts: how to merge?

Hello. I've mistakenly created two accounts: User:Krisse and User:Krissen. Is there any way to merge them? If possible, I'd like the uploads and history from Krisse to be moved to Krissen, and (thereafter) the account User:Krisse to be deleted.

See Commons:Changing username, make an usurp request with rationale 2: "Both accounts are owned by the same person". MKFI (talk) 11:17, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
Ehm, note that it's technically not possible to merge and/or delete accounts. We can only rename accounts. Trijnsteltalk 16:46, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
But it's really easy just to have the respective user pages indicate that these are the same person, and to use only one in the future. I'm in a similar situation: before there were global logins I was "Jmabel (US)" on several non-English Wikipedias. - Jmabel ! talk 17:12, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Can't add notes to Pictures

Exception TypeError: Cannot call method 'replace' of undefined
Die Notiz konnte nicht gespeichert werden (Bearbeitungskonflikt oder anderes Problem).
Kopiere bitte den Text im Textfeld und füge ihn von Hand ein, indem Du diese Seite bearbeitest.
Text der Notiz (darf Wiki markup beinhalten)

This requires me to edit the page manually and manually increase the NoteId. Has been easier before. --Hans Haase (talk) 14:09, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Cannot reproduce. On which image page (link, please) in which browser (IE, Firefox, ...; which exact version?) using which skin (vector/monobook,...) did this happen? Lupo 08:36, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Gu Jingzhou.jpg

This file from the site Baidu is, according to it's translated policies, a free copyright licence. Baidu is in it's licence policy like Wikipedia. The difference is that Baidu is especially for Chinese people. If I'm wrong the file should be deleated, but check the site on your own. In my opinion the file has a free licence.

--Bluesmagic8 (talk) 19:33, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

The reason the bot tagged it is that you didn't indicate a license. Does Baidu use some commonly known license? If not, where is Baidu's statement of licensing policy (in whatever language)? - Jmabel ! talk 02:14, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
Unfortunatelly the site has some troubles in showing it at the moment, but when its available you can click the picture and at the bottom of the site there is the policy-button (in chinese language) --Bluesmagic8 (talk) 17:41, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

How to contact the picture owner?


I'm new here, created an account with email support and wanted to contact a picture owner. But I cannot find the place where I can send him a mail.

Please help.


  • If the person accepts emails, there will be an "e-mail this user" link in the toolbox on the left pane. If not, then the best you can do is to leave the person a message on his/her user talk page. - Jmabel ! talk 19:24, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

SVG version for CC-BY-3.0 file

I've uploaded this vector graphic file which is based on this JPG file. The JPG file uses this licensing {{self|GFDL|cc-by-3.0}}, so i want to ask what license i should add to the file i created, as, after all, it is based on someone else's file.
Deuterium (talk) 20:34, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

  • You have to add GFDL and at least CC-BY-SA, but it would probably be simplest to offer GFDL and the more generous CC-BY that was on the original (rather than the more restrictive CC-BY-SA), unless you have a strong reason to the contrary. - Jmabel ! talk 00:56, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
I would have thought one would "have to" add only one or other license, not both. If they choose to use the original work under the GFDL license then license the new work under GFDL. If they choose to use the original under the CC-BY license, then so long as they attribute the orginal, they can use any free license that we accept? I usually just copy the original licenses to my derivative work, especially if there is virtually no new "creative" content. --Tony Wills (talk) 18:16, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Copy of pigeon frame 1dcxqssrz.jpg

--Seema rizvi (talk) 06:51, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

  • There is no license even stated, so I'm not sure what to comment on. You can't put something here without granting some sort of free license or placing it in the public domain. Also, how is this in scope for Commons? - Jmabel ! talk 17:00, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Filemoves broke usage links

Hi. I recently noticed something that clearly isn't a big problem but still bugs me just a little. There might be a clearer answer here. - It has to do with many files that I lately renamed (mostly fixing minor script issues) and all of them evidently had links each to one or more Wikipedia pages that were using them. – and now, after the renames are done, they all "lost" these links, ALTHOUGH in practice the pedia articles do still show the files, just encoded with the older name versions. This made me assume that in some cases the authomatic swap doesnot run on the Wikipedias. Here in Commons these names have become redirects. In many cases I did not send these redirections to deletion, and I there wonder if this has to do with what I described here.

I listed the "lost links" here, to make convenient any batch-action required, if I have any instruction from you here. Thanx Orrlingtalk 01:25, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

The rename was done using the Move-option from the collapsible multiple-choice list located to the left of the Search field at the top-right of each filepage; I don't know the other things you've mentioned Orrlingtalk 20:19, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Picture named File:C13657-361.jpg

I was stupid enough to forget to give a proper name to File:C13657-361.jpg. How can I correct this? Thanks, Surtsicna (talk) 18:09, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

  • In the bar at the top of the page, with the Talk page and Page history, there is also a down arrow, just next to the star. Hover above it, and a dropdown with several links, including "Move" option will be visible. Deuterium (talk) 19:37, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Substituting images

Hi all, I want to update this chart - File:Leo Minor IAU.svg - into this one - File:Leo Minor IAUflamsteed.png, except keeping the name and formatting as the first name. I am not good on .svg and .png this a straightforward fix?

The rationale is this page on en wiki, the constellation infobox of which only accepts a particular filename and I need the latter map inserted....cheers, Casliber (talk) 21:41, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Enlarging tags

The following image not only needs to be renamed, but enlarged(File:Th IMG 28052.jpg). Is there a tag we can put on this picture notifying the need to enlarge images? ----DanTD (talk) 23:08, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding product photo

How to license a photograph made by myself showing solely a product everyone could buy some years ago? Can I add a free license to the photograph and upload it to wikicommons or is it up to the producer to license it because the photograph shows the producer's logo, design, ...? Herbstlaub (talk) 12:43, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  • It depends on whether the logo, etc. is itself complex enough to be copyrightable. Lacking that information, there's no way to answer your question, so it would help if you would be more specific. - Jmabel ! talk 06:37, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

It is something like this one Now I see, that there are many photographs like this one in wikicommons. Looks like it is legal to publish it. Herbstlaub (talk) 09:20, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Google Rechenzentrum.jpg

Hallo, ich habe ein Bild auf gefunden, dass gut zu einem Beitrag passen würde. Leider steht auf der Seite nichts zum Urheberrecht. Was ist die Lizenz? Bitte um schnelle Hilfe... --Flo2608 (talk) 17:57, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Looks like something you simply found on their website, with no indication of any free license. Looks to me like a straight-out copyright violation to upload it here. Or am I missing something? - Jmabel ! talk 06:40, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:تصویر جلد کتاب بشنو از نی، اثر کاسپین ماکان.jpg

Hello, I added a picture of Caspian Makan's book with his permit. Now It's has been written under the picture that I should attach a source and permit for it. Please let me know how can I attach the permit from the owner of the book. Thanks a lot. --BlindWorldBlindWorld (talk) 20:17, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Please see COM:OTRS for how to pass that permission to Commons. And note that it's not enough for him just to give permission for it to be used on WMF projects: it must either have a free license or be placed in the public domain; he'd have to specify which license. - Jmabel ! talk 06:41, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:سخنرانی کاسپین ماکان در مراسم افتتاحیه نمایشگاه عکس طبیعت جادویی ایران.JPG

با درود. چطور می توانم اجازه رسمی از نویسنده کتاب برای انتشار تصاویرش را ضمیمه ویکیپدیا کنم؟ با سپاس --BlindWorldBlindWorld (talk) 20:18, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

I can't succeed in uploading files

I've tried to upload a picture selfportrait by a painter with permission, but the picture kees getting banned. Even the asrtist himself tried to upload a picture, with the same results. Why can other people instantly remove material that is placed with all the correct license?

Regards, Nico Groenenberg

  • Please see COM:OTRS for how the artist can send appropriate permission to Commons. And note that it's not enough for him just to give permission for it to be used on WMF projects: it must either have a free license or be placed in the public domain; he'd have to specify which license. - Jmabel ! talk 06:42, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Distorted image

Hello,one of my photos appears distorted (it looks too wide) when viewed at any of the sizes below full resolution.It looks perfectly OK when viewed full size.Is this due to anything I've done and can it be corrected?Thanks,Daveleicuk (talk) 09:12, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for your help,it looks better now! Daveleicuk (talk) 16:55, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 06:35, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Clarification on scope of copyright

Hi - would like to confirm if permission granted to "copy, distribute and/or modify" includes publishing in a magazine as part of an editorial feature?

Thank you. - UNSIGNED

  • Probably, but it would help a lot if you would point to a specific license. Many of the licenses impose certain conditions: most require that the author/photographer be acknowledged, and some require that the license itself be reproduced or that any modifications be shared under similar terms. - Jmabel ! talk 16:21, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Carga de varios archivos mediante xml

Hola: queremos cargar una importante cantidad de imágenes de obras del fondo antiguo de nuestra biblioteca. Nuestra pregunta es si existe algún modo de automatizar la carga, por ejemplo mediante una hoja xml, porque subir de uno en uno los archivos es inviable. Muchas gracias y un saludo. - UNSIGNED

  • Rough translation: library wanting to do a major batch upload, needs to automate it with a bot, seeking help and advice. Not viable to do one-by-one uploads. - Jmabel ! talk 16:23, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

copyright breach

Hey, I do not know how to specifically report when any of the images are downloaded from google, and you ikek think that is obtained permission for them.

File:Alvaro Morata vs Levante.png is copied from [5] File:He-man33.jpg is from a cartoon so I do not think it can be published under a free license I can not figure out whether File:Alvaro Morata.png also been copied so I was hoping you could help me. sorry disturbance!-- 12:40, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

All 3 images are clearly copyvios. Many thanks for your help! --Túrelio (talk) 13:00, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
All files deleted. Thanks for reporting. Yann (talk) 13:03, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Uploading multiple files using xml

Hello: we want to load a large number of images of works from our old library. Our question is whether there is some way to automate it, for example by a xml file, because up files one at a time is not feasible.

Thank you very much and best regards.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Roderic uv (talk • contribs)
Try Commonist. Yann (talk) 11:12, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
That's good for a couple of thousand well documented images- but seriously, how was the upload done- that was /is aseriouly large library. However a small how-to could be useful for the guys working on the GLAM project. --ClemRutter (talk) 20:15, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Commons:Batch uploading can be requested for large museum collections etc. This is how Geograph was uploaded: Commons:Batch uploading/Geograph. MKFI (talk) 08:43, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Büchsenkasse.png

Hallo, in einen Artikel über die früheren sog. "Büchsenkassen" im Bereich der Berg- und Hüttenleute, bei dessen Ausarbeitung ich jetzt bin, habe ich vor, die Abbildung einer "Büchsenkasse", die ich aus gedownloadet und bearbeitet habe (aufgehellt, geschärft und in png-Format konvertiert), in Wikipedia hochzuladen. Ich weiß aber nicht, welche Lizenz ich angeben muß. Ich bitte um Hilfe.

Vielen Dank im Voraus, Berginspektor--Berginspektor (talk) 14:54, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Die Rechte an dem Bild hat im Regelfall der Fotograf. Je nach Vertrag können die Rechte auch beim Museum liegen. Eine Lizenz kann aber nur der Rechteinhaber vergeben. Man könnte vermutlich beim Museum anfragen, ob sie das Bild unter eine freie Lizenz (z.B. CC-BY-SA) stellen wollen und können. Selbst einfach eine Lizenz zu vergeben funktioniert nicht. --rimshottalk 10:20, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:F.W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven.jpg

Die Datei ist von einem Foto aus dem Jahre 1938. Nirgends fand ich im Formular diese Option auszuwählen. das Foto wurde von mir aus meinem (ererbten) Fotalbum gescannt. Wie kann es weiter auf Commons gespeichert bleiben? --Deklamat (talk) 23:14, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Das ist zwar potentiell etwas kompliziert, aber ohne weitere Informationen muss man davon ausgehen, dass der Fotograf oder dessen Erben das Urheberrecht an diesem Bild haben. Das Einscannen selbst erzeugt kein eigenes Urheberrecht und der Besitz des Abzugs ist für das Urheberrecht unerheblich. Um genaueres sagen zu können, muss man wissen wer das Foto gemacht hat und wann es (zuerst) veröffentlicht wurde. --rimshottalk 15:59, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Vierne Photo.jpg

Hello, I've just uploaded this photo, which I found on IMSLP ( I am guessing the file is not copyright since the composer depicted has been diseased for more than 70 years, but I am not sure what kind of information needs to be added to the info page. If you could help me that would be great, thanks :-) --Chrysalifourfour (talk) 19:09, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

What's important is when the photographer died, not the person depicted. Yann (talk) 19:12, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Request to change file name

Gränna Västanå Manor.JPG

Please change the name of File:Gränna Östanå gård.JPG to File:Gränna Västanå Manor.JPG. Östanå and Västanå manors are two different manors, both situated close to the small town of Gränna in Jönköping Municipality in Sweden, and I did a mistake when originally naming the file. Boberger (talk) 11:55, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

  • I'll do this, but in the future just use {{Rename}} to make requests like this, no need to come to a systemwide page like the Help desk. - Jmabel ! talk 18:45, 18 November 2012 (UTC)


--Guda42 12:34, 18 November 2012 (UTC) Hello there, I had wanted to possibly have Hugo Burkner added in catergory of signatures. It also is asking for a license again, and it has been licensed prior. My computer keeps getting mirror sights on here and it has been crashing and been a big problem for me. I do apologize for the trouble. I am so sorry once again, but have been limited on access fo a while. Thank you for all you do.--Guda42 12:34, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Hello, Although you attributed licenses to your other photos, you never attributed a license to this photo. Commons requires a clearly mentioned free status for each file. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:18, 18 November 2012 (UTC)


Bien reçu votre message sur le copyight de mes images. Je n'ai aucun problème de droits car les photos et les maquettes de mes livres en autoédition (Sisyphes)sont faites par mes soins. D'autre part je ne suis plus sous contrat avec l'éditeur Thélès et les photos de couverture sont aussi les miennes. Il n'y a donc aucune raison de remettre en cause mes chargements sur Wiki-Common, is sont parfaitements légaux. Si nécessaire je peux le confirmer par écrit (courrier signé). Je ne vois pas d'aure oyen. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:40, 18 November 2012‎ (UTC)

--Hello, I seem to be a bit confused. I was asking a question about a license--
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Guda42 (talk • contribs) 16:36, 18 November 2012‎ (UTC)
He is also asking another question about a license, not answering yours. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:18, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
Ça ne va être facile de deviner de quoi vous pouvez bien vouloir parler si vous ne donnez aucun indice sur votre nom d'utilisateur ni sur les titres des fichiers. D'après ce que je crois possible de comprendre du sens général de votre question, vous semblez dire que vous auriez téléversé du matériel qui avait déjà été publié ailleurs. En ce cas, il est en effet habituel de valider par un courriel. L'idée, bien sûr, est tout simplement que Commons doit s'assurer de ne pas contrevenir à vos droits et donc doit s'assurer que vos oeuvres n'ont pas été copiées sans votre autorisation par un quidam qui les aurait téléversées ici en se faisant passer pour vous. La procédure de validation est détaillée dans la page Commons:OTRS/fr. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:18, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Need to Delete Category

I created the category Blank Maps, but I didn't realize there was already a category Blank maps. (In my defense, the second category never showed up in any of my searches for it). I need it to be deleted or merged. Thanks!—Kelvinsong (talk) 22:00, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 07:27, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Mixtape cover

I just uploaded this image of an album cover. It is of a mixtape that was released by the artist for free online, along with the cover, so it is ineligable for copyright and in the public domain, right? Just wanted to make sure in the event I get warned for uploading copyrighted images. Howigotover92 (talk) 20:19, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Offering something for free does not place it in the public domain. Nothing short of an explicit release into the public domain will do that, and even then there is some question whether you can really waive all intellectual property rights, which is why declarations like CC-0 exist. - Jmabel ! talk 00:26, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Furthermore, in this case there is no apparent reason to believe that the person who made that cover had cleared the rights to the photo that probably constitutes the only copyright-eligible portion of that image. - Jmabel ! talk 00:28, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
Appreciate it. Just nominated it for speedy deletion. Howigotover92 (talk) 01:25, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Prebischj 1.jpg

Estimados: he aportado imágenes, muchas de ellas pertenecientes a archivos públicos, cuya utilización está libre de derechos en la Argentina. Algunas han aparecido en diarios. Sin embargo,no puedo utilizarlas para ilustrar otros artículos de Wikipedia. Solicito reveer la situación de esta clase de aportes. --Tucumanensis (talk) 20:21, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

--Tucumanensis (talk) 20:21, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

  1. File:Prebischj 1.jpg da una fecha de 18 nov 2012 (hoy). Lo que debe ser aquí es la fecha de la foto. ¿En cual año sacó la foto, y quién lo sacó? Y "Casa Witcomb" es editor, no fotógrafo, ¿no?
  2. Después de algunos años, una foto viene en el dominio público, pero sín saber la fecha de la foto (y, por usual, la fecha de muerte del fotógrafo) es imposible saber si es el caso en esta instancia o no. El mero hecho que es en el Archivo General no indica nada: por supuesto, el Archivo pueda incluir algunos imagenes cuyos autores ya viven, y quienes retienen sus derechos. - Jmabel ! talk 00:41, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Helena Araujo.jpg

I am trying to upload a picture (portrait) or a writer (Helena Araújo) so i can place it in the page i am writing about that author. Could i have some help? I don't seem to be able to provide the necessary information about that picgture and it will get deleted in 7 days. I will appreciate the help.

--Jocelyne1960 (talk) 22:31, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Well, if you took this photo yourself in 2011, maybe you should begin by explaining how it came to appear on an invitation to a conference in 2005 and why you uploaded such a very small version without the "exif" data. Once those little details are clarified, then you should choose a free license and add the corresponding template on the page. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:10, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

I understand the misunderstanding. I will then use another picture which has not been passed from hand to hand. I appreciate the help. Thank you.

Copyright help regarding File:WheelTug Nose Gear.JPG

I have uploaded a file without a liscence. I have persmission to use creative commons for it but don't know how to change the status of the image already loaded.

what do I need to do?

--Chovesh (talk) 02:05, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

  • If the picture is not your own, and if they have not published their permissions, I strongly recommend going through COM:OTRS so that the permission is on file.
  • From a technical point of view, you indicate permission on a photo page by adding a license template such as {{Cc-by-sa-3.0}}. - Jmabel ! talk 01:05, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:SPG1.jpg

The file is from Steam Powered Giraffe's official press photos (here) and, while they state clearly that it is free for anyone to use, they do not have any sort of license listed. --Mademoiselle9311 (talk) 02:58, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

  • "Free for anyone to use" doesn't necessarily mean free to modify, which we require. I suggest you contact them and go through the COM:OTRS process either for some specific license or for a release into the public domain. If they won't agree to that, then they probably didn't mean to make it "free" in the sense we require. - Jmabel ! talk 01:03, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The truth will make you free.jpg

This image "The truth will make you free.jpg" which I downloaded from "Word News" ( is an image from Nazi footage from 1945. It is commonly used in documentary movies, old and made by Nazi propagandists, thus I believe it is License free. Could help to clarify that? --Burham (talk) 03:05, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

  • That doesn't necessarily hold: someone else violating a copyright does not mean that the copyright no longer exists. In general, copyrights that were held by the German state in the Nazi era are held by its successor state today. - Jmabel ! talk 01:00, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

replacing an old image with more current one

Hi I am trying to replace an image on Tiger Army's wiki page with a more current file. I work in the office that manages the band. The image is a commons image. Philchamberlain (talk) 20:32, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

If by "wiki page" you mean an image in Wikipedia in some language (hard to be sure without a link), and if the picture you want to use is already on Commons, then that would be entirely a matter of which picture is referenced by Wikipedia in its article. Conversely, if you want to use a photo that is not already on Commons, then you have to start by uploading the image either to Wikipedia or to Commons (I recommend the latter). I also recommend that, assuming this is a professional photograph, you provide explicit permission as explained in COM:OTRS so that no one mistakes this for someone violating a copyright by giving out permissions they don't own.
If the situation is yet a third thing, then I'm afraid you'll have to be more specific; these seemed the two most likely from what you wrote. - Jmabel ! talk 00:59, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Photo of Venezuelan musician

Hola subí de Internet una foto de un destacado músico Venezolano recientemente fallecido. y no se como colocar la licencia adecuada para que la foto no se a borrada de Wikimedia Commons. cual debería ser la licencia adecuada para conservar la foto de ser borra.? requiero información. gracias. - unsigned

  • Por lástima, lo más probable es que no se puede. Por usual, los derechos de propriedad intelectual pertenecen al fotógrafo. Si él no ofrece una licencia libre, las reglas de Commons dicen que no se puede ponerla aquí. Si conoce Vd. la identidad del fotógrafo, usted puede solicitar una concesión de derechos, pero no sea probable que el los concedería. Vease COM:OTRS/es. - Jmabel ! talk 06:34, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

How to delete wrong uploads?

Today, on 24 November 2012 :15:02, I uploaded: File:FRANK B. MCDONALD.jpg

After a few hours, at 20:43, I tried to upload a revised version of the file. I am sure I typed the correct filename from my computer. However, after the file was uploaded, the original 15:02 version appeared as the 20;43 thumbnail. So, I tried to upload the revised version again at 20:47, and the original 15:02 version appeared again as the 20:47 thumbnail, but the revised version appeared as the 20:43 thumbnail. Next, I tried to revert the 20:47 upload, but I just got another original at 20;48, and two revised versions at 20:43 and 20:47. This is the current situation.

At this point, because it seems pointless to continue, I am turning to the help desk. All I want to do is keep the original 15:02 version, but make one of the revised versions the current one.

Thanks for your help. Deer*lake (talk) 21:18, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

I just looked at the file again, and there are 3 revised versions along with the original. I realize now that I did not wait long enough for the uploads to get into the system. Please delete 2 of the 3 duplicate files. Thanks. Deer*lake (talk) 21:27, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
Once they are uploaded, they are on the server and there is no way to remove them. We could, in theory, hide them, but there is really no point to that: it wouldn't save any server space. - Jmabel ! talk 01:13, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
Also, what is your basis to say this is a NASA photo? I see that it is on their site, but it seems to be one of a set of photos related to an event, and there is no indication that these were taken by a NASA employee. On the other hand, if it is a NASA photo I'd strongly recommend replacing this with the higher-resolution version at - Jmabel ! talk 01:16, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
On the Boldt symposium page it states: "Pictures, contributed by Craig Markwardt". On this person's page it lists: "Employer: NASA".
I agree that the high resolution image is better than the current one. Under these circumstances, it might make sense to just delete the current file and upload a new high resolution version. If this makes sense, please go ahead and delete the existing image. When I see that it is gone, i will upload the new version under the same file name. Thanks again. Deer*lake (talk) 15:44, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
No need to delete, just upload the new version & edit the source accordingly. Also, you should definitely explain on the page, not just here, the basis for knowing that the pictures are by a NASA employee. - Jmabel ! talk
I just revised the file description and uploaded a higher resolution version. Deer*lake (talk) 16:13, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
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my pictures


how do i send my pictures of the program on my page, so that when one reads about travel bound one can see pictures as well. they seem to be different from read only. i would like them to be part of the read page.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Travelbound (talk • contribs)
  • I'm not sure quite what you are asking to do. For starters, does "my page" mean your user page here, or a page on a different site? And I'm not sure what you mean by "send my pictures of the program", but I'm guessing that you mean "display pictures that are on Commons". It looks like someone has already shown you on your talk page how to place Commons-hosted pictures on a page within Commmons (same thing works on Wikipedia & other WMF projects). Is that what you wanted, or are you asking something else? - Jmabel ! talk 06:38, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

info foto

Ciao, nella pagina Alessandro Grazian, è stata rimossa la foto, come mai? Grazie Lassarimiaccussì

About File:WWFLogo98dislike.png Uploading

I'm sorry to say that I didn't wanted to upload this file. I had to upload a different file. I have uploaded this file by mistake. Now I want to delete this file. How can I remove this file?--Pratyya Ghosh (talk) 04:01, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Given that it's a recent upload, and unused, just tag it with {{speedy|Uploader request, accidental upload}}. - Jmabel ! talk 04:48, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

incorrect author listed on paper

A movie taken from our publication and posted at lists an "Ding S" as a coauthor multiple times on the page. This person is not known to us and was not an author on the paper referenced.

Seems the bot has picked up the line "Editor: Shou-Wei Ding, University of California Riverside, United States of America" from PLOS Pathogens page. MKFI (talk) 18:36, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Aivazov Artemiy Vasilievich2.jpg

I added all requested additional information. Боиович М. М. Члены Государственной думы (Портреты и биографии). Первый созыв. М, 1906. С. 284. (книга - public domain) I do not understand, why you suppose that it is not properly indicated. It was published more then 100 years ago. Sincerely, Hunu (talk) 18:33, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Zhilkin Ivan Vasil2.jpg

I added all requested additional information. Боиович М. М. Члены Государственной думы (Портреты и биографии). Первый созыв. М, 1906. С. 284. (книга - public domain) I do not understand, why you suppose that it is not properly indicated. It was published more then 100 years ago. Sincerely, Hunu (talk) 18:33, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Kalyanov Pavel Vasilevich2.jpg

I added all requested additional information. Боиович М. М. Члены Государственной думы (Портреты и биографии). Первый созыв. М, 1906. С. 284. (книга - public domain) I do not understand, why you suppose that it is not properly indicated. It was published more then 100 years ago. Sincerely, Hunu (talk) 18:33, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Now everything is fine, with all three files.--Ymblanter (talk) 21:43, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
    • Thank you Hunu (talk) 06:07, 29 November 2012 (UTC)
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Moving public domain pictures to Commons


please could someone move the pictures currently redlinked on [6] and [7]? Regards.--Kürbis () 22:16, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

...--Kürbis () 23:18, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Category:Commons community

Frage zur Lizenz von File:AWM 061717 2 23rd Bn mortars Peak Hill 10 December 1943.jpg

Ich habe gerade bei einer Datei die ich von en:wiki hochgeladen habe die Botnachricht bekommen, dass sie nicht ausreichend gekennzeichnet ist und in sieben Tagen gelöscht wird. Wenn ich nun die Dateiseite aufrufe, ist dort auch der entsprechende Hinweis, direkt drunter steht aber die australische Lizenz sowie in der Beschreibung das Entstehungsdatum (1943), wodurch es ja nach meinen Verständnis gemeinfrei ist. Hab ich was übersehen, dass nun der Bot das Bild als nicht ausreichend lizenziert aufgefasst hat? --Bomzibar (talk) 19:11, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

English: I got messaged that the file mentioned above is not correctly licensed but there is the australian license and the date the photo was made (1943) which for my understanding would make it common free. Have I oversighted something that the bot tagged it as not licensed? --Bomzibar (talk) 19:13, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
I don't have a complete answer, but the template talkpage for PD-URAA (Template talk:PD-URAA) contains some information about reorganisating this template and its categorisation (see last thread about autocat). Maybe this is related to your problem - the timestamps of your upload and this change do match. GermanJoe (talk) 11:19, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Asking a media source for free images

Surely there's a page on this, but I can't find it. The Las Vegas Sun has many photos of the MGM Grand fire of 1980, like these. How should I best approach them to get copies for Commons? We currently have nothing contemporary to the fire. But it's one thing to approach them for copies for Wikipedia, and other to ask them for copies under free licenses with notification sent to OTRS.--Prosfilaes (talk) 14:29, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

  • The short of it: newspapers that continue to publish almost never will offer free licenses on their intellectual property. - Jmabel ! talk 20:56, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
It's a local company, and I figure it's worth a shot. Surely there's some sort of recommendations on how to ask companies to free up photos?--Prosfilaes (talk) 15:03, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Using images from Wikimedia Commons in print


I would like to use an image from Wikimedia Commons in print form for a magazine. It says the image is the work of a US Airforce airman or employee and has public domain status- am I free to reproduce it in the magazine? Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 17:24, 22 November 2012‎ (UTC)

Yes, normally, if the image was correctly identified with a "public domain" tag to that effect, you are free to reproduce it in any way you want. However, some images may not be correctly tagged, so you should check the source and verify that it is actually the work of a US employee in the course of his duties. You may want to tell what file you are talking about exactly and people here can probably help you verify if it was correctly tagged. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:57, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

About File:Raphaeljoven.jpg

Tengo una duda, no sé cómo poner la licencia y no entiendo las instrucciones pues están en inglés, no entiendo inglés porque mi idioma nativo es el español, soy español puro. Le pido que me ayude, no quiero que destruya el archivo que descargué. Saludos. --Humberto del Torrejón (talk) 01:55, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Aparece que la foto viene de Dicho página no da indicación de ninguna licensia libre. Y Vd. dice en File:Raphaeljoven.jpg que es "own work" (su misma obra). ¿Quiere decir que Vd. es el fotografó? ¿O cual? Porque si Vd. es el fotografo, es un estraño que pone solamente esta versión pequeño de la foto. En suma, sospecho que no exista licensia libre para la foto, y que no debe quedar en Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 07:05, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Get Squiggling.jpg

This is a website that I found. This is a public domain, but I am not sure how to provide the correct copyright information. This is a logo for a TV show. --JHUbal27 (talk) 04:51, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

  • What is your basis for saying it is public domain? Nothing I see on the linked website indicates to me that their images would be in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 07:06, 23 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Free Download is misleading. It just means that you can download the file, not that you can publish it on Commons. Deleted. Yann (talk) 09:35, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Delete large amount of files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

A large amount of files has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons from one source: I have a few problems with this upload.

  • 1. the name of the website is mentioned in the name of the uploaded files (e.g.: File:Wadowice, Stacja kolejowa Wadowice - (81159).jpg. Is this fotopolska-site a commercial site? If so, then this shouldn't be allowed in my opion.
  • 2. All of the files uploaded have one or more watermarks and they are difficult to remove. Why is it possible to upload pictures with watermarks in the first place and can they be deleted because of that?
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Citypeek (talk • contribs) 06:15, 23 November 2012 (UTC)
You could discuss the naming with the uploader and see what he has to say about why he names the files like that.
Only the watermarks are not a reason for deletion, if an image is useful. Think of it the same way as an image with bad contrast or color balance: it can be somewhat corrected and if the image is useful about a subject, it is better than no image.
-- Asclepias (talk) 06:40, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

How to effectively search Wikimedia Commons

I can not for the life of me figure out how to search Wikimedia Commons.

I need to find pictures under CC0 1.0 (or other non attribution), and while I can figure out how to get un-categorized results within that requirement, I can not figure out how to search for specific tags within that license.

Unfortunately a project I am currently working on does not allow attribution CC licenses because there is a potential problem of photographers who did not forsee their images being used in that context objecting to their name being used in a document of that context even if non endorsing attribution. The project lead simply does not want that scenario to come up, so CC0 1.0 is what I need (and I'm dedicated to trying to release several high quality photos of my own into that license as a thank you to those who have) but I just simply don't see any search interface to wikimedia commons that lets me specify that.

Am I just missing something? - unsigned

  • Category:CC-Zero? - Jmabel ! talk 04:32, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Or are you saying that the issue is how to combine that with other search criteria? - Jmabel ! talk 04:34, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Probably your best bet for that is to Google with '"Creative Commons CC0" FOO', where FOO is the other search criteria. - Jmabel ! talk 04:37, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
The search tool is not very specific. Also, it currently has a small bug and it doesn't always return the results on the first try. You may have to press the search button a second time before it works. You can look at Commons:Village pump/Copyright/Archive/2012/11#Help request: how can I search *only* public domain images and see if the two other suggestions there can work for you or you can try a Google search as suggested above. -- Asclepias (talk) 11:13, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Using google image search with string suggested by Jmabel works extremely well. Thank you! AliceWonder (the unsigned user who asked)

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New version of file doesn't work

As you can see, File:Ps205.jpg is crooked. I downloaded the picture, straightened it out in Picasa, and re-uploaded it. But the old, crooked version persists. What did I do wrong? Coretheapple (talk) 15:26, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Convenience link: File:Ps205.jpg. Looks fine to me. Try purging your cache. - Jmabel ! talk 17:00, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
Heh. You're right. I don't know how to purge my cache, but it looks fine when I use a different browser. Odd. Coretheapple (talk) 18:14, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
Various ways to purge caches. If you are on a Windows system, you might try CTRL=F5 while on the relevant page. - Jmabel ! talk 18:26, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
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bundesarchive pictures


Is there a way how to browse into all the bundesarchive pictures uploaded from WO2? I hope to be able to see them all. thx Nick H

You can find all images from Bundesarhiv in Category:Images from the German Federal Archive. MKFI (talk) 05:52, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
But it is not possible to limit it only to WW2 images. MKFI (talk) 05:54, 21 November 2012 (UTC)
Till now not--Sanandros (talk) 20:52, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica article illustrations

My apologies for asking a question that I asked in the Village pump earlier, but I just found this page and figured out this might be a better place to ask:

Keeping in mind that the articles published in the APP journal are distributed under the terms of CC BY, would this be alright to upload the figures used in an APP article to Wikimedia Commons (obviously crediting the original author)?--Macrochelys (talk) 15:37, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Yes an article usually contains also the pics--Sanandros (talk) 20:50, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sous-titrage de Folgers.ogv - Harold a un problème avec le café.png

Hello, I uploaded the file mentioned above in order to illustrate an article on This file is a screenshot, part of a video published under the "obsolete" CC-PD licence, and I was adviced to publish my file with a Cc-zero license. But it seemed strange to me, because I consider there are differences between these two licenses. And this is why I didn't put any license on this screenshot for the moment. Could someone please help me in order to make good choice?

Thanks a lot!

--KiwiNeko14 (talk) 00:13, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

(In case anyone asks, I'm replying in the native language of the questioner because it's much easier for me too.)
Certes, les deux déclarations ne disent pas la même chose et c'est d'ailleurs justement une des raisons pour lesquelles la déclaration CC-PD a été rendue obsolète, car son libellé était confondant. La déclaration CC-zero est claire, mais elle n'est destinée à être utilisée que par le propriétaire des droits d'auteur sur l'oeuvre, lui-même, pour signifier qu'il renonce volontairement à tous ses droits d'auteur (dans toute la mesure où cela est possible). Pour toi, la première chose à clarifier, c'est si l'apport nouveau que tu as fait à cette oeuvre constitue un apport créatif original suffisant pour générer un droit d'auteur à ton bénéfice sur ce contenu ajouté. Si la réponse est oui, alors tu peux, si tu veux, utiliser CC-zero pour déclarer que renonces à tes droits d'auteur sur ce contenu créatif original dont tu serais autrement le propriétaire. Si la réponse est non, alors tu ne peux pas utiliser CC-zero puisqu'il n'y a alors aucun contenu dans ce fichier dont tu serais l'auteur en propre (autrement dit, il est seulement possible pour toi de renoncer à des droits que tu as). Dans tous les cas, il serait très utile d'inclure, dans la page de description du fichier, en plus du lien vers l'autre fichier de Commons, un lien direct vers la source de la vidéo sur l'internet archive, puisque c'est cette source qui permet de comprendre d'où sort la déclaration CC-PD. Bien que même là on peut se demander pourquoi cette déclaration avait été attribuée à cette vidéo. Est-ce parce qu'elle était dans le domaine public de toutes façons par expiration des droits d'auteur d'origine, ou est-ce parce que la société archivante considérait qu'elle avait des droits auxquels elle a renoncé ? C'est exactement ce genre de confusion que peut causer cette déclaration obsolète. En conclusion, je dirais que si tu décides que tu as fait un apport créatif suffisant pour générer des droits d'auteur et que tu décides volontairement de faire une déclaration CC-zero, alors utilises le modèle CC-zero et ajoutes le lien vers la source d'origine. Mais si tu décides que ton apport n'est pas suffisant pour générer des droits d'auteur additionnels, alors l'idéal serait de savoir avec certitude la raison pour laquelle la déclaration CC-PD avait été utilisée et de remplacer le modèle CC-PD par le modèle de Commons adéquat, comme par exemple PD-US-no notice. Mais si tu ne peux pas déterminer cette raison et que l'incertitude persiste, ajoutes le lien vers la source d'origine mais utilises le modèle CC-PD, puisqu'alors tu ne fais qu'informer de la déclaration qui est celle de la source. Ce serait déconseillé de prendre l'initiative d'utiliser CC-PD si tu étais la première personne à identifier le statut de cette vidéo mais, dans ce cas-ci, ce n'est pas le cas. Il s'agit de la déclaration à la source. Il peut y avoir d'autres solutions. D'autres intervenants auront peut-être d'autres idées. -- Asclepias (talk) 01:33, 23 November 2012 (UTC)
Hi, seems that someone solved my problem. Thanks to him! ^w^ But it's true that I don't understand very well these questions about copyrights. I guess I'll pay more attention to it next time. Also, thanks to you too Asclepias for the info you have given to me.
Salut, apparemment quelqu'un a résolu le problème, merci à lui ^w^ Mais il est vrai que je suis un peu perdu au sujet des questions de copyright. J'ose espérer que j'y ferai plus attention à l'avenir. Merci à toi aussi Asclepias pour les renseignements que tu m'as donné.
KiwiNeko14 (talk) 20:34, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:APK new logo.jpg

hello, i have received this message on my uploads

This media file does not have sufficient information on its copyright status. Unless the copyright status is provided, the file will be deleted seven days after this template was added: (17 November 2012). If you have created this file yourself, you can choose to license under one of the allowed licenses at the licensing page.

where exactly should i put the sign, that i'm an author or i have a right to use the picture?

thank you

Oleksii Nab (talk) 00:25, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

I this case the file doesent have any Threshold of Originlaity, so I added such a copyright tag--Sanandros (talk) 20:24, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Stonetoolcache.jpg

I am trying to delete the files I uploaded because there is a problem with the license. I want to delete them and upload them later when I can find the license.

--Kirstiedurham (talk) 20:57, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

Only administrators are able to delete filse, but i did that for u--Sanandros (talk) 20:16, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

can't upload file correctly

i am trying to upload my file "File:DMURC mens 8+ at BUCS Regatta 2010.png" also "File:DMURC Mens 8+ BUCS 2010.jpg" it's thumbnail didn't show up correctly - it was just a blank thumnail with a broken light green icon in the centre. i just want to upload this picture so it is working correctly, it says i can't upload it again because it was already uploaded.

please can someone hlp me with this, its my own photo so i own the copyright -

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Joebrunton (talk • contribs)
Looks to me like the File:DMURC mens 8+ at BUCS Regatta 2010.png was uploaded perfectly well, then deleted by User:INeverCry with the comment "photo not showing, uploaded same photo a couple of times and it's still not working". Similarly for File:DMURC Mens 8+ BUCS 2010.jpg
Are INeverCry and Joebrunton the same person or different?
I will undelete these, because there is almost no chance that anyone can help without being able to see the photos. - Jmabel ! talk 17:44, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
Problem is the same for me. Will someone more expert on the tech issues please try downloading these, work out what's wrong with them, and possible fix and re-upload? - Jmabel ! talk 17:47, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
PNG is an unusual format for photographs anyhow, JPEG would be more common. Technically, both files appear to be perfectly normal and should work. I think the "+" in the file name might be problematic. The "+" character has a special meaning in URLs and some component in the thumbnailing process might have a problem with that. I have moved the JPG to File:DMURC Mens 8 plus BUCS 2010.jpg. You can move the PNG file too, if you think it is still needed. Someone who knows how to do that might want to file a bug report about this, too. A "+" in the file name should work, in my opinion. --rimshottalk 18:18, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
It is the "+", and the bug report already exists: bugzilla:42302. Lupo 18:21, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your help :) the "+" stands for a coxed rowing boat so if you could change the file name to just "File:DMURC Mens 8 BUCS 2010.jpg" that would be amazing. i am most grateful Joebrunton 21:17, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Prince of peace, Mile 91, Yoni Chiefdom, Tonkolili District of Sierra Leone.jpg

--Sesay91 (talk) 20:39, 24 November 2012 (UTC) hi help desk, please advice; how do I resolve the copyright issues with regards to my personal photographs?

  1. On the specific question you asked: you need to provide an acceptable free license. You haven't indicated one.
  2. Please don't write long essays when you upload a photo. The description of the photo should be just that: a description of the photo. At most, you might add a few sentences providing necessary context. But a social/political essay is definitely out of scope for Commons.
  3. Assuming again that you did take the photo yourself, may I ask: what did you take it with? Isn't there a higher resolution available? This is very low resolution, more typical of something snagged off of someone else's web site.
- Jmabel ! talk 01:11, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Cancelling a category

Hi, I created this category Category:9 × 18 mm Makarov, and right after realized that the cat already existed (Category:9x18mm Makarov). I already emptied the cat I created, should/could you cancel it? next time I'll look both ways before making a page Cheers, --Amendola90 (talk) 20:57, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Done. In the future, if something similar happens you can just use {{speedydelete|reason for deletion}} on the category. No need to come to the help desk. - Jmabel ! talk 05:24, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
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National Register of Historic Places photos at US federal government website

The photos here belong to the United States Department of the Interior (Record Owner = National Register of Historic Places). Can I upload any of them into Commons? If so, what license would I use? I'm working on a Wikipedia article for the hotel and would like to use them in the article. Thanks. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 10:17, 23 November 2012 (UTC)

  • I don't see any particular reason to presume those photos are by a federal employee just because they are on the Dep't of Interior site. Am I missing something? - Jmabel ! talk 16:58, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Uploading photos of artworks

Can someone clarify the rules on uploading pictures of works of art please.

The specific instance I am querying is where I wish to upload a photo of a sculpture, created in 1947 by a famous artist. This is to feature on a Wikipedia page about the artist.

I own the sculpture and also took the photo.

I this case, is it permissible to upload and use the picture?

Gewitty (talk)

  • Ownership of the sculpture is irrelevant: intellectual property rights move completely separately from physical objects.
  • You don't mention what country, which would have a great bearing on the situation. Also, in most countries the death date of the sculptor would be relevant.

- Jmabel ! talk 17:40, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Both the sculptor and the sculpture were/are located in the UK. The artist in question died in 1984.

Gewitty (talk)

  • Still copyrighted then. Sorry. You'd need permission from the heirs to the sculptor's intellectual property. - Jmabel ! talk 17:02, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:ChristinaAguileraAmericanMusicAwards2012.jpg

--XtinaThug (talk) 18:05, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

I am trying to find someone who I can request formal permission to use the picture of the Pelton turbine in a textbook I am writing

Hello, My name is Thomas Kissell and I am an author for Pearson Prentice Hall in USA. I would like to use the picture found at this URL

in a new textbook I am writing. Could you tell me who I need to send the formal request for permission to?

Thank you for your help.

Regards, Tom Kissell

You may use the image according to the licensing conditions stated on the image description page. If you feel you cannot meet these conditions, or you really need express formal permission, you would need to contact the author at User talk:Markus Schweiss. He does not appear to visit his contact page very often, so this could take a long time. --rimshottalk 19:09, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Buck Angel Headshot.jpg

--Liloltiny1 (talk) 04:14, 27 November 2012 (UTC) New to wiki - asked to change photo by Buck Angel - but am unsure on how to comply with licensing. please advise. Thank you! Liloltiny1 (talk) 04:14, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  • What would be the basis on which this photo has a free license? - Jmabel ! talk 16:00, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

permission licence

Hallo, ich habe ein störrisches Prpblem. Beim Hochladen meines Bildes "Myriameterstein 48 linksrheinisch Bonn-Bad Godesberg" gebe ich author = own work und bei permission = no ein. Ich habe das Werk selbst erstellt und will es allen ohne Einschränkung zur Verfügung stellen, daher bei licence ... Verzicht auf alle urheberrechtlichen ... Vom System werde ich gemahnt, eine richtige Lizenzangabe zu machen. Mehrfach habe ich das Hochladen geprobt, immer will das System nicht. Derzeit sind einige Duplikate im System. Bitte, was mache ich falsch? Könnt Ihr bitte helfen? Danke und Grüße volker39

Help in progress. --Hephaion (talk) 12:01, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

How to reactivate a deleted picture ?

Hello, I failed to upload pictures: they were deleted because of an unproper license. How can I find them again and give a proper license ?

Thanks for the answer. - unsigned

  • If you know the names where you uploaded them, they are still there, just not visible to the public. Even if you don't know the names, an administrator can work that out once you give your account name. Without that, though, I have no way to know what photos you are talking about. - Jmabel ! talk 16:02, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Import from Thai Wikipedia


I would like to use this image file from Thai Wikipedia in German Wikipedia. Is it possible to upload it to Commons? The Thai page asserts that it is under public domain, but maybe only under Thai law (?) I am not sure. --RJFF (talk) 20:06, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

It doesn't say who made the image, or when, so that we have no way to tell when it entered public domain in Thailand (if at all). --rimshottalk 23:08, 29 November 2012 (UTC)
So we cannot upload it to commons as the legal status is unclear, right? --RJFF (talk) 00:14, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
Precisely. - Jmabel ! talk 16:44, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Gaza rocket attacks.jpg

I copied the figure from the website specified. I have an email by the author saying that this figure is for free use, only requiring users to give credit to the author. What should I put in the license line? --Thank you

--Asaffield (talk) 06:54, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Nothing there complex enough to be copyrighted, I just marked it {{PD-ineligible}}. - Jmabel ! talk 01:43, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
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  • It would help enormously if you would say what country you are talking about. - Jmabel ! talk 16:59, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Monobook doesn't work

The monobook doesn't work correct since few hours, I think it's a problem of the new banner. The line with File-Talk-Edit-.... doesn't appear correct if a file or a category is shown. -- K@rl (talk) 21:54, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Please take a look at this thread at Village Pump. Yarl 22:46, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Speckled Wood lower valley.jpg

I am having problems with an image I uploaded that was given to us by Dean Thorpe to use on our Wiki Page. Currently the image states it will be deleted in seven days and I do not know how to change it?

--FOSWMT (talk) 09:02, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Your answer on my coment did not help from your bot I have been tod by the autrher that the tag should be

--FOSWMT (talk) 09:13, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

You didn't give any indication of what license applies to this, nor why it would be available either as public domain or under a free license. Usually images from Facebook are not; furthermore, many Facebook users have no regard for intellectual property issues and upload materials to which they don't own the rights, so almost anything from Facebook is highly suspect unless you have a specific reason to believe it is the work of a particular individual. - Jmabel ! talk 18:18, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

File:Henrik havrehed bøger.jpg

author died in 1971, which nowhere is long enough to his works (including covers of books) is PD. In addition, the book is photographed made ​​in recent times. -- 10:15, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Apollo Color TV Article.jpg

This image is a scan of a UPI article about me in the NASA Apollo days. From what I can ascertain, UPI articles like this one can claim no copyright protection since the demise of United Press International in 1991. (UPI Photos and other images may be subject to copyright, but not articles). Here's a URL about UPI photos that may be of interest to Wikimedia:

--K Dean Stephens (talk) 22:22, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  • From what you've linked: "the Library’s legal office has advised the Division that… works published after 1963… may be protected even if they were not registered with the Copyright Office." This is from 1969. Why do you think that it is not copyrighted? Am I missing something? - Jmabel ! talk 00:39, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
  • By the way, questions that require a knowledge of copyright law are often better asked at Commons:Village pump/Copyright, which is where the people with that expertise "hang out". - Jmabel ! talk 00:41, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:NASA Release Apollo Color TV.JPG

The above is a scan of a 1969 NASA news release. According to Wikimedia tags, such NASA material is in the public domain and free from copyright.

--K Dean Stephens (talk) 22:26, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

  • That seems entirely correct. So you should add a public domain tag to the page to indicate permissions, probably {{PD-USGov-NASA}} unless you see something more specific. - Jmabel ! talk 00:43, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Apollo Color TV Article.jpg and File:NASA Release Apollo Color TV.jpg

My questions with regard to the above a couple of days ago went unanswered. Can someone assist please?

Thanks in advance

— Preceding unsigned comment added by K Dean Stephens (talk • contribs) 2012-11-28 (UTC)
  • I've now responded to both. - Jmabel ! talk 18:23, 30 November 2012 (UTC)


I would like to use a (non-fair use) file on Italian wikipedia, for use in another wikipedia. how, you copy images to the commons? (or perhaps an example of an image that has been so). sincerely, -- 10:55, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Help in uploading with GFDL

I have a photo by a photographer who would like to give GFDL permission to a photo if I upload it for him, for an article on the Meher Spiritual Center on Wikipedia. He is a professional photographer who does not mind the photo being duplicated as it is is a low resolution JPG and he says anyone can use it in this low quality. An example of this kind of license is at Can someone tell me the procedure to do this? Dazedbythebell (talk) 16:52, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

E mphysematous bulla

can you plese axplain what is "there is also a large emphysematous bullae This is on my late file.

I think this question must be about this image. Maproom (talk) 10:56, 30 November 2012 (UTC)