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Help please

May I upload images from this site [1] to the Jay Cooke State Park article? Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 05:00, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Assuming you are asking about uploading to Commons, I don't think so. Do you see anything on that site indicating that the images are either public domain or available under a free license? I don't, but I didn't explore the whole site. - Jmabel ! talk 05:22, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
OK, thanks. I found it: Copyright Notice All material on this website is protected by copyright Gandydancer (talk) 14:10, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
So that's a pretty clear "no". - Jmabel ! talk 22:54, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 22:54, 1 December 2012 (UTC)


Hi, I have had a quick skim through the help pages but cannot seem to find an appropriate way to delete an image - sorry if I'm just being a bit dim this morning! The deletion doesn't seem to fit into any of the deletion requests I can see. A few days ago I uploaded this file, which did not appear to be copyright free. However, I have now found a copyright free image to use instead. Could you either let me know how to delete the incorrectly uploaded file or (if you have time) delete it for me? Sagaciousphil (talk) 13:03, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

  • It's deleted, go ahead. In the future, if it is your own recent, problematic upload, you can tag it with {{speedydelete}}. - Jmabel ! talk 19:13, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 19:13, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

File:Martha Scott Mel Powell 3.jpg

Ok, I may need some help repairing the licensing on the file listed in the header. I was unsure exactly how to license it when I uploaded earlier today. It's from Flickr and is tagged as "no known license restrictions" since it's a work from the Library of Congress. My delima when uploading was that one of the Creative Commons options didn't really seem to fit, nor did it being a work of the Federal government, since it was from the William Gottlieb collection and he originally took the photograph. Do I need to ask for this to be deleted then reload under a different license? Or can the licensing info be altered? The photo is free to use here, just like others from the Gottlieb collection are already (i.e. Jack Teagarden and other Jazz musicians). Any help much appreciated, and apologies for the brain cramp! Sector001 (talk) 17:33, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Licensing info can be altered. It's just like editing anything else. Just make sure your edit summary clarifies what's going on. If it's too complicated for the edit summary, use the corresponding talk page and refer to that in the edit summary. - Jmabel ! talk 01:52, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
Coolness. Thanks for the assist! Sector001 (talk) 04:41, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Convenience link File:Martha Scott Mel Powell 3.jpg. I did a bit more cleanup, should be fine now. Do remember always to use a template to indicate licensing, so the bot can tell what's going on. - Jmabel ! talk 17:04, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 17:04, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Author died over 100 years ago but image still copyrighted?

Can someone please help at Commons:Village pump#Author died over 100 years ago but image still copyrighted? I am not sure whether the Help desk or the Village pump is more appropriate so I hope you don't mind me asking at both places. (By the way, which one is more appropriate?) Surtsicna (talk) 15:38, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 16:42, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Log needed

Hey guyz. Please restore the history log recently-deleted of Category:Israelis of Ethiopian descent, it's required since this discussion contains links referring to <<diffs>> in the deleted category's versions. The cat itself is empty (we evacuated the content after the cat was "locked") and you may turn it into a redir to the non-locked page. Thankz Orrlingtalk 19:56, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

  • I'm a little hesitant to revert another admin in an area that I know has been controversial. Could you make Foroa aware of this request, since he was the deleting admin? - Jmabel ! talk 01:47, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
Hehe no... I've straight published this requirement at what for me is the natural environment for technical permissions - your noticeboard, and I can't be sure I fully understand a stance of hesitating to revert an action that poses a patent difficulty upon the discussion that two editors are maintaining. I can say that in an ironic way the deletion reverted the "lock" that the deleting person first tried to apply on the cat so I'm now able to return the content back to the cat's original title and continue working there, but the problem remains that the history log is absent which affects some links from the discusspage as you can see. Orrlingtalk 02:58, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
And that from the person that is always whining that we should not change categories while being discussed. Hypocrisy. Restored. --Foroa (talk) 17:06, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:F1050002.JPG

Hi, I'm trying to insert the licence on this file, but I don't know how and where to put it! It's my first time on wikimedia and I'm a bit confused... Thank you

--Rosalbavenezia (talk) 00:18, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi, You can't decide to offer a license about a copyright that you do not own. Roberto Recanatesi owns the copyright. Only he (not you) can decide and tell if he wants to offer a free license on this photo. You must contact him and ask him if he would accept to offer a free license for his photo to be freely used by anybody. Please see the pages Commons:OTRS/it or Commons:OTRS for details about what to ask him exactly and how he can answer by e-mail and offer a free license for this photo if he wants to. If he does not want to offer a free license, we can't use the photo. -- Asclepias (talk) 01:17, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
  • More specifically, Commons cannot host a photo that is licensed only "for Wikipedia use". Do see Commons:Licensing. - Jmabel ! talk 01:49, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Swithland slate gravestones photos

I am not very computer-literate, so please bear with me. I need to correct mis-typing in a couple of my photo titles ( in one, deatail should read detail, in another, chhurch should read church) and I need an IDIOT'S guide to doing it please! Daveleicuk (talk) 08:52, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Add {{rename}} to file description, example: {{rename|The new correct name.jpg|numeric reason|Text reason for rename}}. "Numeric reason" is one of these, you can use 1 (uploader request) or 5 (obvious typo). MKFI (talk) 09:30, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Thank you,I'll have a go at it.Daveleicuk (talk) 11:58, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Shunichi Yamashita 2011.jpg

I uploaded the copyrighted file by mistake.So please remove the file anytime. --Biyue (talk) 02:08, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Done. You can always tag with {{speedydelete}} to remove a file recently uploaded in error. - Jmabel ! talk 09:01, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 09:01, 8 December 2012 (UTC)


I have accidentally come to create a more user (TradeDK)... --Michaelrose (talk) 19:39, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

That's not an issue as long as you don't abuse it. -- Rillke(q?) 17:53, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Paper Pegasus and Wiradech Kothny + Sutipong Santitevagul

Hello; Can you delete old version of File:Paper Pegasus.jpg and new version of File:Wiradech Kothny + Sutipong Santitevagul 1.jpg ?

Thank you. --B20180 (talk) 10:23, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

  1. Administrators only delete old file revisions if there e.g. are copyright violations / personal information in it constituting a pressing need for doing so. (What is the pressing need here?)
  2. Administrators can't delete new file revisions without reverting back to old file revisions.

-- Rillke(q?) 17:56, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Interactive SVGs

I'm experimenting with interactive SVG maps like this one], where you can hover on regions and get hover effects and links(Try the Long Island counties). The uploader says the file is corrupt, even though it displays fine in Firefox. Does Wikimedia Commons/Wikipedia support these kinds of SVGs? —Kelvinsong (talk) 01:05, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi Kelvinsong, please have a look at Help:SVG#Scripting: SVGs containing scripts are refused. If the error message in the uploader is not specific enough, please report this at buzilla: (Enter a new bug -> MediaWiki extension -> UploadWizard). Thank you. -- Rillke(q?) 18:01, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Whats wrong with the personaltools/buttons here

The buttons are almost invincible ????--Ezzex (talk) 12:32, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

That's because Wikimedia Commons is abused as big sandbox by the developers, I guess: It is one of the first wikis where their new MediaWiki version is rolled-out. If you still have display trouble, please open your browser's help and read how to delete all cached files (temporary internet files in MS IE). -- Rillke(q?) 18:05, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

category additions in batch

I am aware of the "Cat-a-lot" tool, which under certain scenarios allows categories to be added or changed in batches. This is limited to the files that are displayed on the current page. If I use a toolserver tool like Cat Scan to find a set of relevant Files for which I would like to add a category in batch, do I have any options? (Could Cat-a-lot be modified in principle to take a flat list of files as input, since it is I assume using an API that has nothing to do with whatever page the user happens to be on.) Boo-Boo Baroo (talk) 17:02, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

If you can export the list in a way it makes the files rendering at the page (e.g. through a gallery), you can post this list to our/your sandbox (actually save) and use VisualFileChange (action custom replace or append text) to operate on all files of that page. But it was not specifically written for Categories. — I admit more than a crappy solution. There is also CommonsCommander which has advanced options for loading files, more at Commons:Batch editing. I will, for sure, alter VisualFileChange to edit lists in future but I am currently too busy. -- Rillke(q?) 18:14, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

"The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughs - scanning the book cover

I think that the Wikipedia article of the book titled "The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes would be enhanced by showing the cover of the book. I would like to upload a scan of the cover here in Wikimedia Commons, and then use the link process to show it on the Wikipedia article. Is this acceptable? Cosmo1976 (talk) 19:00, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Presumably copyrighted, so it can't be uploaded to Commons. You could presumably upload a low-res version to en-wikipedia and fill out a {{Non-free use rationale}}. -- Jmabel ! talk 19:16, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

Brown sugar

All i would like to know is for many years every time we buy brown suger once we open it it turns to a rock of brown suger and we always end up throwing it out befor we can use it all, PLEASE HELP Thank You very much Don Cadiz [Personal info redacted]

This page is for questions about Wikipedia Commons. As for your sugar - I suggest you try keeping it in a sealed, watertight, container. Maproom (talk) 09:53, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
Agreed, not an appropriate question here. But it's fun, so ... try putting it in the microwave for a few seconds (not enough to melt it, just enough to soften it). For non-wiki research matters, though, they generally belong at the en:Wikipedia:Reference desk. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 12:55, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Tibbals House comp.jpg

I work at Erie Insurance. I am trying to upload two images that connect with the Wiki page for "Federal Ro", a group of row houses in Erie, PA that Erie Insurance owns these buildings, and the Tibbals House, which is mentioned in the "Federal Row" article, and is next to the row houses. The two images I am uploading were taken by an employee of Erie Insurance, are owned by Erie Insurance, and I am posting them as an employee of Erie Insurance. What more copyright information do I need to provide? I have already posted these two files. Thank you, Joseph Popp

--Joseph Popp (talk) 19:32, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons hosts only freely licensed media. Please see the help page Commons:First steps/License selection. The two files you uploaded do not mention any license at all. Therefore, they can't be hosted. However, if Erie Insurance accepts to offer those images under a free license, then the images can be hosted, but then there are two facts that Commons must verify to make sure that Erie Insurance's copyrights are protected: 1. That you occupy a position at Erie Insurance giving you the legal authority to bind the company relatively to selling or giving some of the intellectual property of the company on those images. And 2. That you actually offer those images under a free license. The way to do that is though a declaration of a specific free license that you will send from an e-mail address verifiably associated with Erie Insurance. Please see the help page Commons:OTRS for the details of the procedure. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:15, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

Need files to be deleted

I need the "—paths" ending on the following files removed:





Thanks—Kelvinsong (talk) 13:59, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

If you want to rename files, please use Template:Rename. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:05, 9 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 18:12, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Rename request

Could someone move/rename File:Univesity of Vermont 9.jpg to File:University of Vermont 9.jpg to correct a typo in the title? It is one of my more recent uploads. Thank you. (And please don't send me to the FAQ or some such. I couldn't find the correct move template after looking for 20 minutes. It kept saying the request was "incomplete".) AlexiusHoratius (talk) 19:21, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

The template to use is {{rename}}, and the instructions are at Commons:File renaming. I've tagged it so you can see how it's done. Powers (talk) 20:00, 9 December 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. AlexiusHoratius (talk) 20:01, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Also, in the future, when mentioning a file on the help desk or similar page, it helps to write it as [[:File:University of Vermont 9.jpg]], which becomes a link like this: File:University of Vermont 9.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 20:41, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 20:41, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Buying prints

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am wondering if there is any way in which I can purchase a paper copy of THE BOOKWORM by Carl Spitzweg, at present in the Museum Georg Schaefer. I am thinking of a copy about 11 inches by 8, or 15 by 10. I wonder what the cost might be also. Thank you for any information you have, and very best wishes in your fine work. Thomas Blantz at

You cannot order prints at Wikimedia Commons. As this particular image is in the public domain, however, you can order a print of it at any on-line print service. Be sure to download the full resolution version of the image for the best print quality. If you're in the US, the price won't exceed a few dollars, including shipping, going by this price list. Other countries should not be much different. --rimshottalk 20:32, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Request to overwrite Masku.vaakuna.svg

Requesting to overwrite this with this

I have made it more uniform and reduced size. --19:29, 5 December 2012‎ User:Vecci

You normally don't need to ask permission if your account has been registered for more than four days, and you pay attention to COM:OVERWRITE. It could be considered courteous to inform User:Hautala of your intentions, but is not required in this case. AnonMoos (talk) 01:12, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Pictures of Carnegie Libraries of Missouri

I can contribute additional pictures to fill in the missing ones. How???? -- 20:29, 5 December 2012‎ User:JeanVMorrison

We don't currently have a category Category:Carnegie libraries in Missouri, but you could establish it as a subcategory of Category:Carnegie libraries in the United States and Category:Libraries in Missouri. If you have relevant useful photographic images which can be licensed under a free license, then by all means upload them... AnonMoos (talk) 01:18, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Jean, did that answer your question, or do you need to more detail? - Jmabel ! talk 16:36, 6 December 2012 (UTC)


I'd like help on how to color the Raelian symbol from blue to black here. Can someone do it for me? Thanks. Pass a Method (talk) 00:01, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately, File:Diverse religions 4×5.svg seems to contain little or no real vector data, but instead a bunch of embedded PNGs. In such cases, it's generally best to just upload as a PNG file, because an SVG-of-embedded-PNGs will display lousy at most resolutions, and will not be too good for many of the purposes that SVGs are supposed to be useful for. AnonMoos (talk) 01:00, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Help me

I need someone to color the symbol (3rd row, 3rd column) from blue to black on this and this image please. Thanks. Pass a Method (talk) 17:09, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

I did several fixes on the PNG (File:Religions 4x5.png), but the SVG is kind of messed up, and is not easy to fix or worth fixing in its current form (multiple embedded PNGs with no real vector data). AnonMoos (talk) 18:38, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

Request to overwrite Mei Foo Sun Chuen Map.svg

I have stumbled upon which has some typos in it: "Broadway" and "Road" is misspelt many times.

I have corrected these typos and slightly adjusted the kerning of the Chinese title for aesthetics and uploaded it as since I could not overwrite the original file. It is a minor improvement of the original file. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Philklc (talk • contribs) 16:23, 31 August 2012‎ (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 16:57, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Different timezones?

Hi guyz!:] There’s that notice I lately get when reaching for my contribs log stating that the recent block on my wiki account is due "21:00, 3 December 2012 ...". This, while the notice on the initial block 3 days ago came at 17:34 if I'm getting it right and I didn’t see any notification anywhere as to this change so some strange bug has possibly affected the technical terms of my username creating a delay of 3.5 hours in the unblocking… Please be thus sure to immeduately fix this so that we can perform the needed edits from within the major account and not from outside of it ;-), Thanx (posted it now on the Admins’noticeboard but might be acceptable here too, just for any case). Orrlingtalk 19:52, 6 December 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:52, 6 December 2012‎ (UTC)

It's clear in your block log. The block was modified two times. 21:00 was the time of the last version of the block. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:01, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
And no, block evasion is not acceptable behaviour. You should stop that. LX (talk, contribs) 18:33, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kuttab-maqamat.jpg

Hi, I uploaded this image after sending an e-mail to the owner and I have a permission from the owner to use this particular image in wikipedia. The owner replied "The Bibliothèque nationale de France give you permission to use the picture of "Maqamat al-Hariri, Kuttab School" on the page of Wikipedia free"

Is it possible to use this specific image? Under which (tag)? best regards -- 15:59, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Permission to use in Wikipedia is not enough, nor is your (presumably translated) quotation from an email. Please see COM:L and COM:OTRS to understand what would need to happen. - Jmabel ! talk 16:41, 7 December 2012 (UTC)



Le délai est passé pour fournir la licence pour deux logos que j'ai voulu télécharger il y a 3 semaines. Je viens d'obtenir le document qui prouve que la marque de commerce des logos (Banque Nationale du Canada) est bien enregistré. J'ai tenté de télécharger à nouveau les logos aujourd'hui, mais le site ne me le permet pas puisqu'ils ont été effacés. Comment puis-je recommencer à nouveau?


Jean-François Lauzon Conseiller en communication Affaires publiques Banque Nationale du Canada

Vous n'avez pas besoin de prouver que les logos de la Banque Nationale sont enregistrés comme marques de commerce. Vous pouvez les téléverser de l'une ou l'autre des façons suivantes, selon le cas :
  • S'il s'agit de logos qui ne sont pas sous droit d'auteur (i.e. logos dont le graphisme est en-dessous du seuil de complexité nécessaire pour générer un droit d'auteur selon les lois sur le droit d'auteur), vous pouvez les téléverser ici sur Commons et placer dans leurs pages de description les deux modèles PD-textlogo et Trademarked. Si vous choisissez cette méthode et que le logiciel du site bloque le téléversement des fichiers, alors allez à la page Commons:Demandes de restauration et faites une demande de restauration (undeletion) des fichiers que vous aviez déjà téléversés.
  • S'il s'agit de logos qui sont sous droit d'auteur (i.e. logos dont le graphisme est suffisamment complexe pour générer un droit d'auteur selon les lois sur le droit d'auteur), vous pouvez les téléverser sur la Wikipédia en français et placer dans leurs pages de description le modèle Marque déposée. Vous pouvez les téléverser sur la Wikipédia en anglais et placer dans leurs pages de description les trois modèles Non-free logo et Non-free use rationale logo et Trademark.
Si vous n'êtes pas certain si les logos sont suffisamment complexes pour générer un droit d'auteur, vous pouvez consulter la page d'aide Commons:Threshold of originality (en anglais) et comparer avec les exemples fournis tirés de la jurisprudence des tribunaux ayant interprété le degré de complexité requis pour générer un droit d'auteur en vertu des lois sur le droit d'auteur. Dans le doute, la prudence est de considérer les logos comme étant sous droit d'auteur et donc de les téléverser par la seconde méthode mentionnée ci-dessus.
Dans tous les cas, évitez de téléverser les fichiers sous des titres peu significatifs comme «BN 3D c.jpg». Téléversez-les plutôt sous des titres significatifs, comme par exemple «Banque Nationale logo 3D c.jpg» ou n'importe quel autre titre significatif de votre choix.
-- Asclepias (talk) 04:27, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Categories: how to attach to a photograph

Your friendly manual is not helpful to a noobie such as me. It is long, assume knowledge I do not have, and has instructions such as "Select them on the upload form". I am at the "friendly manual" precisely because I could not figure out how to "Select them on the upload form". So the "help" tell me to do what I do not know how to do.

I finally followed the links through the tree of categories and placed Category:Satellite pictures of North Korea into the entry box on the upload page. I was immediately told that the category would be created. I have no idea why it said that since I did my best to avoid that.

You need to be more explicit or have a browse button next to the box that let users move through the category tree and just double click the one they want.Nwbeeson (talk) 14:28, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

I'm guessing this is about File:KoreaAtNight20121205 NASA.png. You somehow ended up with double Category: prefixes in your category links. I fixed that (and removed Category:Satellite pictures of peninsulas from the image, because that's a parent category of the image's other two categories). If you could tell us which page you're referring to as our "friendly manual" it might help us improve it. LX (talk, contribs) 16:22, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Unsure about Picture License and copyright

I want to upload picture of Jessica Marais at I am not sure about the copyright info — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gunjansachdeva (talk • contribs) 07:59, 13 December 2012‎ (UTC)

Please don't upload non-free Internet images. You need to read Commons:Project scope/Summary#Must be freely licensed or public domain, part of our First Steps guide. LX (talk, contribs) 14:16, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 16:09, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Moving pictures


it is sad that nobody (except I) responded to my recent comment. It was about moving free pictures to Commons, the redlinked ones on [2] and [3]. Regards.--Kürbis () 15:17, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I don't see any red links on those pages, so I have no idea what you want done. - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Perhaps because a user removed them again (despite telling him not to do it), but the redlinks are now visible (in the table, noted with 80px). Regards.--Kürbis () 22:56, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
      • I now see redlinks in the first one. Where are these to be moved from? The second one is just a photo: I take it you want it moved to Commons. (Doesn't ru-wiki have a routine template to request that? If not, you might propose one.) - Jmabel ! talk 01:51, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
        • So: I've transferred the photo. It could use categories, and I don't know the subject so I can't add them. Kürbis, could you please add categories to File:Ald foto12122006.jpg? Also, I don't see anything involved that requires admin privileges, so you really can do the rest of this yourself. Use to generate the content describing the transfer; download the highest resolution image to your machine & upload it to Commons. That's really all there is to it. - Jmabel ! talk 06:29, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
        • BUT someone promptly nominated it for deletion, saying it looks like a copyvio. Kürbis, I think it is on you to sort this out, not on me. - Jmabel ! talk 16:33, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, I did not know that it is a possible copyright infrigenment. The other pictures ([4], [5], [6], [7]) could be moved to Commons. The last two are from the 20th/21th century and may be copyrighted. However, the other pictures should be ok. Regards.--Kürbis () 18:03, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Benutzer löschen

Hallo liebe Leute,

ich habe am 30.11 und am 07.12.2012 Mail von der Adresse Mails mit folgenden Inhalt erhalten:

"Jemand mit der IP-Adresse, wahrscheinlich du selbst, hat eine Erinnerung an deine Benutzerkonteninformationen für Wikimedia Commons angefordert .. hier folgt der Link

Dann folgen mein Benutzernahme und ein temporäres Passwort im Klartext. Weiter heisst es in der Mail:

"Dieses temporäre Passwort läuft innerhalb von 7 Tagen ab. Du solltest dich anmelden und ein neues Passwort vergeben. Falls jemand anderes diese Anfrage getätigt hat oder du dich wieder an dein ursprüngliches Passwort erinnern kannst und es nicht länger ändern möchtest, kannst du diese Nachricht ignorieren und weiterhin dein altes Passwort benutzen."

Ich habe die Seite nicht über den Link in der Mail aufgerufen, sondern die Adresse in die Adresszeile des Browsers eingetragen. Anschließend konnte ich mich mit meinem Benutzernamen und dem in der Mail enthaltenen Passwort einloggen und wurde aufgefordert direkt ein neues zu setzen, was ich getan habe. (deutlich mehr als zehn Zeichen mit Sonderzeichen, Zahlen und Buchstaben).

Am 07.12. folgte erneut - wie oben beschrieben eine Mail. Wieder mit meinem Benutzernamen und einem anderen temporären Passwort im Klartext. Wieder konnte ich mich damit einloggen und wurde aufgefordert, ein neues zu setzen. Hinzu kommt, dass ich die in den Mails angegebenen IP-Adressen an den Tagen 30.11. und 07.12. nicht genutzt habe. Ich logge meine genutzten IPs, daher weiß ich dies. Im Übrigen tragen die Mails im Betreff einmal kyrillische Schriftzeichen: Сведения об учётной записи Wikimedia Commons und in der Mail vom 07.12. arabischen Zeichen: جزئیات حساب در Wikimedia Commons .

Diese Mails sind irritierend und verunsichernd. Kann mir bitte jemand erklären, was das zu bedeuten hat? Ich habe nirgendwo Hinweise/Erklärungen gefunden? Zudem suche ich jetzt nur noch eine Möglichkeit meine hinterlegten Daten zu löschen. Leider habe ich auch dazu keine Hilfe gefunden. Also lautet meine zweite Frage: wie lösche ich mein Benutzerkonto bzw. meine hinterlegten Daten?

Danke für Eure Hilfe rosebud

  • Das is zu bedeuten genau was dort steht: Jemand hat fuer deine Benutzernahme eine Erinnerung angefordert. In diesem Fall, kommen dein Benutzernahme und ein temporäres Passwort zum deinen Konto. Einfach zum Vergessen, und dem alten Passwort weiter benuetzen.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:12, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi Ymblanter,

thanks for your feedback.

O.K., my mistake. I gonna ask in a different way: what is the sense of this feature? Why should somebody ask for a reminder to my user name? I did'nt happen for the last four years. And now twice in a week. And again: does anybody know how I can delete my account?

Regards, rosebud

The feature is there, for example, in case the legitimate user forgets his password (see meta:Help:Preferences#E-mail options). Then the legitimate user can ask a new password to be sent by the system to the-mail address that he has associated with the account. But of course the only place where this password will be sent is the e-mail address that the legitimate user has specified in his account preferences. If a thief tries to steal the account, the thief will not get any information (unless he has a personal access to the user's e-mail). It is only the legitimate user who will get the e-mail at the e-mail address he has associated with the account. If you receive a message like this when you have not asked a new password, you know that someone was trying to steal your account, but you can just ignore it. However, I suppose it can get annoying if the thieves try to steal repeatedly the same accounts. If you do not use the wiki e-mail feature for anything else and if you know you will never forget your password, you can deactivate the e-mail address that you have written in your account preferences and then you not receive e-mails. You can't delete an account. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:23, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Hello Asclepias,

thanks for the explanation. It's near of what I thought. But it's still a little bit confusing to me, that I got temporary passwords without asking for. O.K. however, I will follow your tip an delete the mail address.

Regards, rosebud

Request to understand my wikipedia???? Please Help Vermex Van Croix

Hello and thank you for your time im having problems to understanding how to have my picture image appear on my wikipedia page when i google my name or someone else looks me up online, How can I have my image appear like the rest of the artist I already uploaded my images but first of all they are my images I have the rights to them and two of the images was said that they were not by your site! there is a lot going on in your site for me to understand 1) can you help me put one of my images appear on my Bio? 2) and yesterday I was trying to delete my username to change it from Vermexvancroix7 to Vermex Van Croix and someone from your site deleted my page luckily I was able to recreate my page!!!!! please let me know and understand! thank you for your time Best -- Vermex Van Croix

  • Their are several separate unclear matters here. I'm going to have several separate questions for you. To start off with, could you please provide a link to the page where you want the photo to appear, since there does not appear to be a biography of Vermex Van Croix in the English-language Wikipedia. - Jmabel ! talk 18:06, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Ludwik Wittchen.png

The file has been sourced from page 107 of a book "Spod znaku rodła", available at Zielonogorska Biblioteka Cyfrowa Digital Library:

-- 21:53, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

  • What would be the basis that this file would be either in the public domain or available under a free license? You didn't provide any indication of this. - Jmabel ! talk 18:08, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Category for Fire Escape tubes?

I just finished adding Fire escape categories for every state in the United States that had fire escape pictures. 4 of the images left in Category:Fire escapes in the United States are of Fire escape tubes. These cannot go in the Fire escapes categories as those all have outside stairs as a sub-category. Any ideas how to categorize Fire escape tubes? --Mjrmtg (talk) 22:45, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I wouldn't worry about the fact that a parent category does not strictly contain its child category. This happens pretty often for outlying cases. You could certainly create a new category for fire escape tubes and give it "Fire escapes" as a parent category & some other parent category related to tubes. - Jmabel ! talk 18:11, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

I'm new in Wiki and I'd like to upload the new logo of my employer SMP Deutschland GmbH (former Peguform). According to the definition on the wiki upload page it's not my work, it belongs to the company, so is it allowed to upload it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jake143 (talk • contribs) 12:18, 10 December 2012‎ (UTC)

If you're talking about this logo, that would be ineligible for copyright protection, so you can upload that using {{PD-textlogo}}. If you're talking about some other logo, and if that logo consists of anything more original or creative than simple text and simple geometric shapes, you'll need to send in a permission statement from the copyright holder to publish it under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 14:27, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

if the shot framing was my own

hello there! got a question i am sure was asked and answered before, but i cannot choose the right words to input to search and find... here is it: i was at a meeting somewhere, bringing along my camera. wanted to have a shot - framed one and asked someone passing idly by to take it. what am i supposed to write in the author field to ensure that my file will not be deleted? am i to send a letter to OTRS agents and explain the situation? and thus get a permission to publish a picture here? --antanana 00:47, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

While framing is important, it might not the only element that could lead to copyright here. What about timing (e.g. making sure you were all smiling when the shutter was released)? The photograph could thus be a joint work, and you and the passerby might each hold copyright over it. Is there any reason to think timing was unimportant here?
A safer approach in general could be to set up the timer on your camera and ask the passerby to just hold the camera in the spot you want, i.e. to use them as a human tripod. --Avenue (talk) 12:21, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
  • But that's a pretty minor technicality. It is extremely unlikely that the passerby would make any claim to copyright. I would certainly consider a shot taken under these circumstances to be something you could claim authorship of, and just say that the other person snapped it with your camera under your direction. - Jmabel ! talk 19:12, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Aslam Technology Global logo.gif

hi i asked aslam technology global if i could write an article on them and they agreed then the CEO Adam Aslam gave me an image to put on the article the image was the logo designed by aslam technology global and it had no copyright on so i am not sure what license it would come under.

--Sredman (talk) 17:32, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I'm not certain what you mean by "it had no copyright on it" but if you just mean it lacked the © symbol, that is not relevant. With a few exceptions (mostly very old logos), if the logo is complicated enough to be copyrightable, then it is copyrighted. Almost no company will waive any rights on its logo, so if it is copyrightable it is unlikely to be eligible to appear on Commons. If you can provide a URL to a page that shows the logo, someone can say something more specific. - Jmabel ! talk 18:03, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
    Sorry-I didn't see that the title of the section was a link to the logo. - Jmabel ! talk 01:40, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
    • That's an interesting case. I honestly don't know whether a logo like that is eligible for copyright or not, and it might vary in different countries. If we can get permission via OTRS, that question is moot. If not, probably ask again at Village pump/Copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 01:40, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Separate question, not related to Commons: I took a look at your draft article. For that to make it into Wikipedia, you are probably going to need some indication that this organization is more notable than a random recent startup and that it has received coverage from at least two independent sources. - Jmabel ! talk 01:43, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Updating the numbers on the Oslo metro map

I tried making some updates to the English Wikipedia article on the en:Oslo Metro after the subway company reshuffled the routes giving many new line numbers. Among the out-of-date elements on the map is the map File:Oslo t-bane.jpg. I made a replacement file (at File:Oslo t-bane 091212.jpg) where the numbers on the lines are changed. I tried putting the latter image "over" the old image at File:Oslo t-bane.jpg but for some reason the new image was only an exact replica of the old image, instead of an updated image.

Can someone help fix that? (BTW, I am an experienced user at English Wikipedia, but I know virtually nothing about how Commons works.) Sjakkalle (talk) 17:23, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Could someone else have a look at this? I thought it was just the usual case of someone not noticing that a cache hadn't updated & then accidentally reverting himself, but it looks worse than that. I tried (and failed) to fix it myself. I'm not sure what exactly is going on here. - Jmabel ! talk 20:38, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Karenmariemoning.jpg

I am Karen Marie Moning and I have a legal document granting me full copyright to the photo posted under my entry. However I received notice it would be pulled. What do I have to do to clear this up? I would also like to credit the photographer. How do I do this? --Unseelieking (talk) 22:24, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi, Wikmedia Commons is a repository for freely licensed content. (If you are not familiar with the site, you can find more information at Commons:Project scope). Files must be uploaded with a free license. The file "Karenmariemoning.jpg" was uploaded without a license, by user Katkitminh (someone you know?). If you are the owner of the copyright on this photo and if you want to offer this file for free use by the public, you can specify what free license you want to use. However, to preserve the rights of the copyright owner, Commons must take some elementary precautions to verify that you are who you say you are and to obtain a confirmation of the license. That can be done by your sending an email from an address publicly associated to KMM. Please see the page Commons:OTRS for an example mail and for the details of the procedure. If you have questions about the procedure, please ask at Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:16, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Picture of a celebrity

I uploadeda file, but how can i edit a pcture of a celebrity on wikipedia? I don't understand... Maleehakhan97 (talk) 12:50, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Could you please be more specific with that question and say exactly what you are trying to do (specific links or URLs to the pages in question would help). - Jmabel ! talk 16:50, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

File:Cimeli varii.jpg e File:Cimeli e testimonianze su Garibaldi, Museo del Risorgimento.jpg respinti e non ammessi a partecipare al concorso di WikiLoves Monuments Italia 2012

Ciao Barbaking, ma però volevo farti notare una cosa: sull'elenco dei monumenti che hanno partecipato al concorso di WikiLoves Monuments Italia c'era anche il Museo del Risorgimento di Asti, e quindi si potevano fare le foto anche all'interno mi vien da chiederti, o soltanto alcuni particolari? Questi due file "incriminati" e "bocciati" da parte tua e respinti legittimamente (...e che ci può stare) dalla giuria d'esperti (senza alimentare pesanti polemiche nei loro e vostri confronti, per carità), secondo me rientravano benissimo all'interno del concorso: so perfettamente che non sono propriamente monumenti quelle immortalate in queste istantanee dei due file (ma quindi cimeli) ma però, fanno sempre parte di un racconto della storia italiana, che è giunta ed arrivata qui a noi fino ad oggi e che è pur sempre una testimonianza rilevante. Mi spiace per questi due file che non sono stati ammessi per il concorso, nonostante i restanti siano stati accettati in zona cesarini che riguardano sempre il Museo del Risorgimento, però è una scelta che rispetto ma purtroppo non la condivido pienamente. Sono dispiaciuto per ciò, ma comunque ti ringrazio. Ciao — Preceding unsigned comment added by Palladino Neil (talk • contribs) 16:14, 4 October 2012‎ (UTC)

I am sorry that I can't help you. You may ask an Italian speaker directly.
You can try it at Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments/Help desk or Commons:List of administrators by language. -- Rillke(q?) 17:23, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help please

Attribution 3.0 United States (CC BY 3.0) seems to be the license I need for all of theFile:The Monument ERECTED TO LUTHER AT WORMS THE 25 JUNE 1868 AFTER THE SKETCH OF RIETSCHEL 01.JPG Thank you. Guda42 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Guda42 (talk • contribs)

I suggest you start an undeletion request including the author of the photo and of the depicted work. Thank you -- Rillke(q?) 17:26, 12 December 2012 (UTC)


He volgut penjar una fotografia a la llista de monuments d'Olot. Sembla que ja ho he fet, però quan torno a mirar a la llista, no hi és. On l'he penjat doncs? La fotografia és la casa Masramon. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ancopa (talk • contribs) 18:51, 28. Okt. 2012 (UTC)

If you would link to the subjects in question, someone could perhaps help you. -- Rillke(q?) 17:39, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Hardwick House

Hello. I recently saw an article on the Hardwick House (Quincy, Massachusetts) on Wikipedia which eventually took me to your Commons page. Who can I contact to get more info on this House? I am sure that one (or more) of my ancestors lived there. (59-61 Spear Street.) There is also a Hardwick Street nearby. Thank you. ( )Richard Hardwick ```` — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:54, 28. Okt. 2012‎ (UTC)

You can ask the person who uploaded the photo (the user name is in the file history table) at their talk page. -- Rillke(q?) 17:37, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Quick question about EXIF data

I just came across some pictures where the camera manufacture is listed in the EXIF metadata as "Gretech Corporation" and the camera model as "GomPlayer 2, 1, 28, 5039 (ENG)". Now, the en:GOM Player is actually a media player (like VLC), and not a camera. Does that mean that the pictures have to be screenshots (and therefore are most likely copyvios)? Or is there another way to explain this information? --Conti| 14:46, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

  • Sounds likely. Could you be more specific about what images? - Jmabel ! talk 01:44, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Sure. See File:Labia and pubic hair regrowth a week after shaving.jpg for instance. Doesn't really look like a screenshot to me, but I can't explain it any other way. --Conti| 10:39, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
      • I think you're right. Probably someone was viewing someone else's image and did a Printscreen. Yes, I think you should nominate these for deletion with this explanation. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I missed your response. - Jmabel ! talk 16:41, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
        • Thank you for the reply, it's much appreciated. I already nominated the picture(s) for deletion, since I couldn't come up with a better explanation myself, either. I searched Commons with Google to find a few more pictures with the same EXIF information, but the Google search didn't include my example from above. Is there a better way to search for images by EXIF data on Commons? --Conti| 16:47, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
          • Google search is more likely to be useful than the onsite Commons search, but no promises. Confine it to Commons with the search term ''. - Jmabel ! talk 16:54, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

deleted pictures

Hello, On november 30th, i have put somes pictures of an ecological guesthouse we have found with my wife in 2010. Pictures (Jpeg) & text explained our way of houses's renovation with ecological materials et our organic restauration. When I have seen a lot of pictures of guesthouse on wikimedia in "bed& breakfast" categories, so I thought it was possible to me to put pictures on wikimedia. Why did you deleted my pictures & texts ???? Please answer to



An admin would have to confirm this, but you currently have 8 images uploaded to Commons (Special:ListFiles/Epilobes), and no warnings of deleted images. Your userpage (User:Epilobes) has been deleted as out of COM:Scope. We do welcome images, but userpages should not be used for advertisement (which I suspect was the case). See Commons:Project scope/Pages, galleries and categories. MKFI (talk) 22:25, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
It sounds like advertising. You can perhaps report about your experience with this guesthouse at your user page on wikivoyage but Commons user pages should be about your work here or about your professional photographer live or similar. -- Rillke(q?) 17:45, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Zundapp-82-ZR20.jpg

Hallo, welche Urheberrechte sind auf dem Werbebild. Das Bild ist von 1984 und die Firma Zündapp ist 1984 in Konkurs gegangen. Man findet solche Bilder öfter im Internet auf Privaten Seiten (siehe Quelle). --Zündapp-Fahrer (talk) 19:56, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Das Urheberrecht liegt (und bleibt) beim Fotografen oder dessen Erben, bis es ganz normal abläuft. (Exklusive) Nutzungsrechte, die die Firma Zündapp hatte sind mit der Insolvenz der Firma erloschen oder wurden mit der Insolvenzmasse verwertet (siehe z.B. hier). Das ist aber hier unerheblich, die Bilder sind in keinem Fall frei. (Ich habe mir mal die Freiheit genommen, die Unterschrift hinter den Text zu verschieben). --rimshottalk 20:54, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

uploading photogrqphs I took of Western Greenland (Evighedsfjorden etc). Can't find where/how to do it despite going round and round. Just upload photos. Thanks.Caroline Walker

uploading photogrqphs I took of Western Greenland (Evighedsfjorden etc). Can't find where/how to do it despite going round and round. Just upload photos. Thanks.Caroline Walker

Interesting and welcome! I love photos from Western Greenland! Have you tried to follow the instructions at Commons:First steps? I took the liberty of removing your email address here as you will risk receiving an awful lot of spam mail if you write your email address in public. --Slaunger (talk) 23:14, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:SCPL.jpg


I am working on an article for a company and it seems I didn't provide the right licensing info. Could you guys let me know what I need to do so the image doesn't get removed? here is the article I'm working on for reference:

--Anonymouswhovian (talk) 01:37, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I guess this relates to File:SCPL.jpg, which you uploaded without saying where you got it from exactly, or who made the file. Fundamentally, if you didn't make the image yourself, it needs to be in the public domain (eg due to being old) or released by the author/copyright holder under a free license (see Commons:Licensing). Explain where you got the image from for more help, if you need it. Rd232 (talk) 01:46, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I got it from the company itself will I still need to provide the info for it? Also could you tell me where to change that info? Anonymouswhovian (talk) 02:17, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

You change it in the template on the file page. I can show you how if we establish what needs to be changed. "from the company" isn't enough info. You got it from their website? Or in physical form? Most fundamentally, what made you think that it was OK to upload it? Rd232 (talk) 11:53, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
In particular, you may want to look at Commons:Licensing and COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 17:00, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Josef Willmann.jpg

I uploaded the picture and described it but cannot insert it in my text. If I retray, it says a file already exists and upload failed. What can I do? Please, try to explain not too complicated --RvSchumacher (talk) 07:13, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi RvSchumacher, that is because you did not provide sufficient information (a valid and suitable tag) on this media's copyright status. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 08:15, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
It seems to be a Swiss photo - look at Commons:CRT#Switzerland and try to explain why the photo is in the public domain. For example, did the author die before 1943? It could also be argued as a {{PD-Switzerland-photo}} case. It also needs to be in the public domain in the United States - was it published before 1923? Rd232 (talk) 12:00, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Verwendung in Wikipedia

Ich habe in der de-Wiki im Artikel de:Stephanskrone in der Literatur File:Die ungarischen Reichsinsignien.pdf eingebunden. Wieso wird die Verwendung hier auf COmmons nicht angezeigt? danke K@rl (talk) 09:56, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

I'll try it in english too: I linked in the german wiki inside the article de:Stephanskrone in section Literatur to the File:Die ungarischen Reichsinsignien.pdf. But I miss the File usage on Commons. What's the reason? --K@rl (talk) 12:53, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
Hallo K@rl, wenn Du ein File so einbindest, wirdt der Link nach Commons nicht angezeigt. Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 12:56, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
Wie kann ich PDF-Files anders einbinden, ohne anzuzeigen - (Medium habe ich versucht, da ist nicht gut, weil ich in einer Sackgasse ende) --K@rl (talk) 14:11, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
Sackgasse? Die Datei sollte bei Verwendung von Media:Die ungarischen Reichsinsignien.pdf direkt angezeigt oder heruntergeladen werden. Wenn Du "Medium" nicht verwenden möchtest, kannst Du noch <span style"display:none"> [[Media:Die ungarischen Reichsinsignien.pdf|(download)]]</span><!-- Dateinutzung auf Commons anzeigen --> hinzufügen oder Du bastelst Dir eine entsprechende Vorlage. -- Rillke(q?) 18:19, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
Die Anwendung ist mir schon bekannt, hat aber den Nachteil, wenn ich das PDF Dokument öffne, komme ich nie auf die Category, wo dieser Text liegt, sondern nur mit Zurück wieder in Wikipedia (das meinte ich mit Sackgasse (File:Hinweiszeichen 11.svg) - das wollte ich verhindern. Aber vielleicht löse ich es mit einer Vorlage. Aber danke für die Hilfe. --K@rl (talk) 18:29, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

License for an image of a poster and for a postal stamp?

Firstly, I would like to upload this image: The site belongs to Calvin College, Michigan. On the professor involved states that he has "no claim to the images". There is no mention of an author on this site and I found no mention of an author anywhere else on the internet. Since it is an image of a 1936 poster, is it possible to upload this image to Commons, using the Anonymous-EU license? Or should I use another license?

Secondly, how about an image of a postal stamp like I found it on Is it possible to use such an image and if so, under what license? Encyo (talk) 14:53, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

SVG not getting updated

I have an image, which I discovered had an error in it (kinetochores in Prophase when there should be none), but when I add a new version, the file does not get updated! There should be no blue dots on the chromosomes next to "Prophase"—Kelvinsong (talk)

Resolved—Picture was updated—Kelvinsong (talk) 19:58, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
Running into this problem once again, now with File:The Centrosome Cycle.svg. It's been a day since the first revision, and the full resolution SVG link is still only serving the original version. Curiously, clicking on past revision links takes you to the correct files. The PNG thumbnails are also correct. This seems to happen only on large pictures.
I realize that the server needs some time to update the files, but 22 hours is just ridiculous. There are errors that need to be corrected, translations needing proofreading! Can someone tell me why this happens and how to fix it? —Kelvinsong (talk) 23:23, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
At the time of writing, the Centrosome cycle picture's SVG link has still not been updated(45 hours and counting). Re-uploading and nominating them for deletion. This problem really needs to be fixed soon.—Kelvinsong (talk) 21:51, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Rashid SemaanSmall.jpg

I have linked the picture to where I got it. Do I still need to add Template:Pd Lebanon?

-- 20:50, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I'm guessing you mean {{PD-Lebanon}}. I've fixed that. What you mainly need to do now is to add some relevant categories. Category:Photo is not very useful. Try finding categories related to profession, nationality, year of birth, etc. - Jmabel ! talk 01:47, 11 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Why does {{PD-Lebanon}} apply? Example #97,317 of why PD-country templates need abolishing... Rd232 (talk) 02:23, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Unless I'm mistaken, in Lebanon photos have only a 50-year copyright, and I gather that is where the photo is from. But feel free to check it: I'm hardly an expert on the copyright laws of a country I've never visited. - Jmabel ! talk 03:28, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Marking locations on OSM maps

Hello, I am looking for the tool to mark locations on OSM maps as was done by user futuretrillionaire with (a Gaza photo correlated to a site on an OSM Gaza map. I would like to do this on a larger scale, or at least know how to do it. It seems that the user behind the tool is Kolossos. How do I contact these users? Markierer

  • Are you just talking about indicating the camera location? What he/she did there was to use {{Location dec|31.516667|34.45}} (using decimal latitude and longitude). - Jmabel ! talk 16:52, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

In meantime I have a direct email contact to somebody who may be able to help me with this project. It is a bit more complicated, because I want to connect a larger number of photos to a single map, in a way similar to what Google Maps does with its advertisers in the search mode. - unsigned 2012-12-12 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 08:43, 12. December 2012‎ (UTC)

Please use ~~~~ to sign your postings! -- Rillke(q?) 15:35, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I need some help here. Would someone upload this file to Commons? With this .gif extension I am not so sure. The category added should be AMVC Letterenhuis.Lotje ʘ‿ʘ (talk) 06:19, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

What's wrong with the gif file extension? Do you doubt ownership or one of its essential information? You can use CommonsHelper for the transfer. I guess the license would be something like {{PD-Art/1923|1886}} -- Rillke(q?) 15:56, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Two pictures

I would like to upload two pictures to commons that are already uploded to Wikipedia on German. The one is presented on the article on Armand von Ardenne and the other on the article on Emil Hartwich. Is there any doubt that they can be uploaded? --Trygve W Nodeland (talk) 20:30, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Doubts are rarely hard to find... so here they are. de:Datei:ArmandvArdenne.jpg would be {{PD-Art}}, but we don't know the painter (it's clearly a photo of a painting), and the painter needs to have died before 1925 for it to be PD under URAA rules. de:Datei:Hartwich5.jpg is a scan of a printed photo, so would be {{PD-scan}} if the photo is PD, but again we don't have the photographer's deathdate, and 1886 is not so early that we can easily assume death by 1925. Rd232 (talk) 23:35, 12 December 2012 (UTC)
Thank you! I'll work on it, don't you doubt about that.--Trygve W Nodeland (talk) 12:28, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Picture found on IMDb

Can I upload a picture found on IMDb if the author's name is on it? If so, what license would I use? Thank you.--Mimi Cee (talk) 04:41, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

No. Unless the copyright holder has specified a license, it isn't covered by a license. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary#Must be freely licensed or public domain, part of our First Steps guide. LX (talk, contribs) 14:14, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Navigating between Commons and Text page

Good morning: I am very new to both Wiki and web input in general, so a little bemused: I have just successfully uploaded a number of images and now want to copy the text for each into my actual page. I can't figure out how to navigate between my Compliance Medicine page and the Commons showing my image texts. Can you help? Thanks! Martine Complianceinfo21 (talk) 11:13, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I'm not at all sure what you mean by copying the text for an image. Could you try to say this a different way? - Jmabel ! talk 17:35, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
I guess he wants to use in en:Compliance (medicine) the images he uploaded to Commons. He already got an answer at en:Wikipedia:Help_desk#Navigating_between_Commons_and_actual_text_page.--Pere prlpz (talk) 18:37, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Ah, yes, and the question was worded much more clearly there. - Jmabel ! talk 00:57, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 00:57, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:High5 Logo.png

Ich habe das Logo des Youtube Original Partner "High5" hochgeladen weiß aber nicht welche Lizenz ich benutzen soll. Wenn es nötig ist kann ich auch eine Bestätigung de Urhebers holen, weiß aber nicht wie dies auszusehen hat.

--Churchymayer (talk) 13:29, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I'm unclear on whether that is above or below the threshold of originality for copyright. Does someone know confidently, or should this issue be moved to Commons:Village pump/Copyright? - Jmabel ! talk 16:11, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Renaming to category namespace

Yes check.svg Resolved

Is it possible for admins to move a page to a category namespace. I want to move Animations of professional wrestling moves to Category:Animations of professional wrestling moves without leaving a redirect. Thanks for your helpVanischenu mTalk 14:15, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

I do not have admin rights, but I am able to see an option to move it to MediaWiki namespace and no any for Category namespace. And when I tried to move (my sandbox, as a test) to MediaWiki namespace, it failed and gave me a notice (You do not have permission to move this...). So I am wondering if admins too aren't able move to cat namespace.Vanischenu mTalk 16:42, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

The page got deleted now but it would be great if someone could answer it.Vanischenu mTalk 16:45, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Vanischenu asked the same question on my talk page and I answered there -- "no". Since the gallery page was empty, there would be little point in moving it in any case. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 16:57, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. (But I made it clear in that post (diff) by saying I have posted a section at Commons:Help_desk#Renaming_to_category_namespace, could you please check.... And it was to you, the administrator who performed the deletion, as I thought it would be easier for a user who has seen the page to answer this question than someone who hasn't. Also I was going to mark this as resolved here)Vanischenu mTalk 17:16, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Unsure about picture licenses

I want to upload a picture of a Chinese movie but i am unsure about the copyrights. here is a picture of it

I have found multiple pictures of the same kind everywhere on the internet so it is a movie campaign but i m not sure if I am allowed to upload it. I want to use the picture to put in a Wikipedia about a movie called A Chinese Odyssey as it has no picture on it. Megabombs (talk) 19:34, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Having something reasonably current all over the Internet usually just means either (1) a lot of people are ignoring copyright and posting it or (2) it's a publicity photo, which you are allowed to use for a lot of purposes, but which usually isn't "free enough" for our purposes because derivatives aren't allowed. Do you have some specific reason to think this is either free-licensed or in the public domain? Because it seems very unlikely to me. - Jmabel ! talk 01:52, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
    • By the way i'm new to Wikimedia commons where can i find any picture's licenses and what do you mean by public domain. Megabombs (talk) 18:43, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
      • For public domain you can see Public_domain#Material_in_the_public_domain. There are links to wikipedia, too.
      • For most images found in the Internet, the copyright is owned by the person who created the image. If that person doesn't explicitly say that the image is published under a free license, or gives a permission to do so, the image can't be uploaded to Commons.--Pere prlpz (talk) 12:43, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Pronunciation recording request

Hello, I recently requested a few pronunciation recordings of names for some articles I am editing and preparing for evaluation and I am not sure I did it properly. Though I wanted to use them in the Spanish wikipedia I used the {{Reqaudio-pr}} template in the corresponding English articles' talk pages (there being no equivalent template in the Spanish wikipedia). I am not sure this is the right thing to do to request the recordings or if anything else is needed. Is it? Any idea how long these requests take to be fulfilled in average (I just would like to get an idea if I can expect them done in the near future or not) or if they are still being done at all? Thank you!--Rowanwindwhistler (talk) 11:31, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Most requests in article talk pages in most wikipedias take years to get a response - if any. If you need recordings of pronunciations, I suggest asking in the village pump in the Wikipedia in the language you need. There might be native speakers willing to help.--Pere prlpz (talk) 12:38, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kalinga.jpg

I have uploaded this file as an example File:Kalinga.jpg

I have 3 postcards and 2 pictures of Igorot people that I can add to the Igorot article

The postcards and pictures were the property of an Australian lady who worked in the Philippines as a teacher during the 1920's and 1930's. Knowing I have a Philippines website, the son of the teacher has given them to me to share with the world.

My questions are, - can I upload the postcards as clearly they would be some one else's work? - what licence do I use for the photos?


Regards: Jim

--Sibbick1 (talk) 03:23, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Was the teacher the author of the postcards? Or she just bougth the postcars in Philipines? If she was the photographer:
  • If she died more than 70 years ago, then the images may be in public domain, although copyright terms for photographs are shorter in some countries.
  • If she died later, then copyright is owned by her heirs, and they can license them under a free license, or even under public domain. They need to send a permission according to Commons:Permission, stating that they are the heirs of the photographer.
If the images were taken by anybody else, the issue might be more complicated, and who owns the postcards doesn't matter. We would need to know when the photographer died, and maybe when those postcards were published. If they were taken in the 1930's, it's not very likely that they are in public domain.--Pere prlpz (talk) 12:25, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
For the postcards reproducing photographs, in what country were the postcards first published? If they were first published in the Philippines, then upload them with the template:PD-Philippines and one of template:PD-1923 or template:PD-1996, as the case may be. Still, add as much information as you can in the description pages, for example information that may be written on the backs of the postcards about the photographers, the publishers, the years of creation, etc.
For the photos other than postcards, try to find information about who was the author, in what year the author died, if the photos were published, in what country and in what year.
-- Asclepias (talk) 17:25, 16 December 2012 (UTC)


The teacher took the photographs. She died in the 1960's. Her son is the owner of the photos and postcards now,

There are more than 40 photos and postcards all together. The postcards are all 1920's. Beginning in about 1922. It is not clear who took the photos for the postcards however, one postcard, not related to this discussion was a picture of 5 women. She has named all 5 women on the back of the postcard. No postcard had info about author but every postcard is marked Mountain studios Baguio.

Regards: JIm

As the postcards were published by a studio based in Baguio, then I think it is safe to consider that they were published in the Philippines and they can be uploaded using the templates mentioned above.
About the photos taken by the teacher, it could be more complicated. They may not be in the public domain in the United States. If the teacher's son has inherited the rights of his mother, then the safest thing may be to ask him if he wants to release the photos to the public domain or under a free license of his choice and to send a confirmation of his decision through the procedure explained at Commons:OTRS.
-- Asclepias (talk) 00:08, 17 December 2012 (UTC)


Copyright help regarding File:Man Gong.jpg

This file from I sent letter about permission for this work to and they is said sent standard permisssion letter to < > from < > but status did not change. --North Cat 2 (talk) 05:34, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

  • When did this happen? OTRS can easily take a week or more. - Jmabel ! talk 19:13, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Ko Bong.jpg

This file from I sent letter about permission for this work to and they is said sent standard permisssion letter to < > from < > but status did not change.

--North Cat 2 (talk) 05:37, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I've taken the liberty of making this a subsection of the previous section, since they are clearly closely related. - Jmabel ! talk 19:14, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, it's common cases, and today passed 8 days. Will wait more. I'm not sure very well about formalize of this files. May be problem with this? North Cat 2 (talk) 02:00, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Roland Bauer.jpg

hallo, darf ich diese von mir aus der de:Berliner Zeitung vom 18.03.1988 gescannte bilddatei auf commons und de.wikipedia so bei de:Roland Bauer verwenden? mfg

--Ronny van Berlin 08:54, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

hallo! ich komme leider mit meinem schlechten englisch nicht weiter. die datei soll gelöscht werden, bitte! --Ronny van Berlin 14:18, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Carl Czerny Grave in Vienna.jpg

HOW CAB I INSERT THE COPYRIGHT TAG? IN File:Carl Czerny Grave in Vienna.jpg--Carlczernyblog (talk) 15:10, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

  • It isn't just a matter of inserting a copyright tag. You indicate a site (rather than a particular page on that site) as a source, and give no reason to think that the image would be free-licensed or in the public domain. My guess would be that it is not. - Jmabel ! talk 17:15, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

tracking use of one's uploads

Yes check.svg Resolved

Is there a way to track use of one's own uploads? I see the tooolbox item "usage of all files" only works on categories. If I need to create a hidden category, then is that 'allowed' or only for the super duper uploaders? Actually, the "usage of all files" toolserver thing has so little detail that I'm not sure I would bother creating a category just to use it. Is there some way short of clicking on every file to see if what you uploaded, specifically, is used on other wiki pages, specifically? Thanks, Boo-Boo Baroo (talk) 03:45, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I believe that all you need to do to add a hidden category related to your own work is to make a category and include {{User category}} on the category page, so there's nothing "super duper" about that. - Jmabel ! talk 08:23, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
    • But the question was: having done that, how can I see if those files are in use on other wikis? The above-mentioned toolserver item tells you nothing specific (3 files on the English wiki, 1 file on the Russian wiki...and those would be...?). I get it, it doesn't exist. Boo-Boo Baroo (talk) 10:47, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
You can use Glamorous to see detailed file usage: example. MKFI (talk) 11:03, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Specifically, Glamorous is the tool "usage of all files" links to, but you need to check the "Show details" box. MKFI (talk) 11:06, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Perfect, thanks. There are so many interfaces out there in tool-land that it's easy to miss options... and the interfaces often tend to not be particularly self-documenting/explanatory. Boo-Boo Baroo (talk) 11:50, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

There are also Gallery tool and Gadget-GlobalUsageUI. -- Rillke(q?) 22:31, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:SV Empor Berlin.jpg


wir haben gerade für den SV Empor Berlin unseren 1. Wikipedia-Eintrag erstellt. Nun wurde uns mitgeteilt, dass wir für das Vereinslogo nicht die nötige Lizenz besitzen. Wir finden uns gerade aber nicht zurecht wo wir die Lizenzeinstellungen ändern können. Wir sind offizielle Vertreter vom SV Empor Berlin. Über Hilfe wären wir sehr dankbar.

Beste Grüße

--NoDiceMagazine (talk) 21:44, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

  • If you own the copyright on the logo, and are willing either to place it in the public domain or to provide a "free license" (erklärt hier auf Deutsch), then follow the procedure at Commons:OTRS/de (auch auf Deutsch). But if you want to hold your rights more tightly than that, then the image does not belong on Commons. Ich habe genug Deutsch für Lesen, sondern schreibe schlecht. Kann jemand bitte übersetzen, was ich gesagt habe? - Jmabel ! talk 02:28, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Rosemary-vandenbroucke.jpg

Hi - I am trying to upload an image of Rosemary Vandenbroucke to the wiki page about her. She has provided me with 3 images that she owns. I am not sure however which 'license' I should be using in this situation, since there is nothing 'online' that specifically states she has given permission. She can however be contacted through this site:


Ed Williams Hong Kong

--SkankinEd (talk) 10:10, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

  • She can send permission as explained on COM:OTRS. But not that it is not sufficient to give permission for use in Wikipedia: it must be general permission for a "free" license. The most restrictive license allowed is CC-BY-SA. - Jmabel ! talk 17:27, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

me podrian ayudar con una imagen?

buen dia

les escribo por lo siguiente: recienteme he editado un articulo Titán (satélite) en español sobre el nuevo descubrimiento de un rio parecido al nilo pero la imagen que coloque se eliminara en 7 dias por derechos de autor, entonces quisiera pedirles el favor de aceptarmela ya que no soy el autor pero lo deje en claro en informacion

muchas gracias por su coloboracion

cordialmente jeiserrano

  • Convenience link: File:Nilo titan.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 17:28, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
  • ¿Es una imágen de NASA, o de quién? Vd. dice que al autor es (no probable, para decir lo menos: ellos lo utilizan, no lo hacen). Sería más útil tener un enlace a la página donde ellos lo usan, no a la imágen misma. Y necesitamos una plantilla (template) que indica los derechos (el bot respondió a la falta de dicha plantilla), por ejemplo, si es de NASA, {{PD-USGov-NASA}}. - Jmabel ! talk 17:38, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Name change

Hi, how can I change (move) the name of a file uploaded by me ? Thanks Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 16:30, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

See Commons:File renaming. Since you are the up-loader, you can place {{rename|newname.ext|1|text reason}}. An example :) Vanischenu mTalk 17:18, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Old images, a complication

Suppose an image is obviously too old to be protected by copyright (19th century), but it appears to be from a private collection whose owner has allowed it to be used on someone's professional website. Does it become a copyrighted part of that website?...or does it become Public Domain by default? If so, would it be unethical to upload it?...or merely a bit rude? WQUlrich (talk) 23:48, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Most of 19th century images are not old enough to be obviously too old to be protected by copyright, unless something else is known about them (for example, that the images were first published in the US before 1923, or that the author died more than 70 o 80 years ago, depending on source country).
If they are actually in public domain, it's allowed to upload them to Commons. In a rough summary, Commons and WMF is that it's unethical to prevent the public from accessing public domain images. Then, Commons allows public domain images to be uploaded, independently of where they came from. You can see {{PD-Art}}.--Pere prlpz (talk) 12:31, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Do note that it's not uncommon even for very old works from private collections to be protected by copyright, because the copyright status often depends on the date of the first publication. It would help if you told us what image you have in mind. LX (talk, contribs) 19:27, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

The picture of Hutchins Hapgood halfway down this page. It would have been taken somewhere between 1888 and 1897.WQUlrich (talk) 23:27, 17 December 2012 (UTC) (Very useful answers! Thank You both.)

OK, since that appears to be a U.S. work and signed by the photographer, there are a few different possibilities. As far as I can tell, there is not enough information to tell which, if any, of the following applies:
  • {{PD-old-100}} – the author died more than 100 years ago
  • {{PD-US-unpublished}} – never published prior to 2003
  • {{PD-1923}} – published before 1923
  • {{PD-US-no notice}} – published without a copyright notice prior to 1978
  • {{PD-US-not renewed}} – published between 1923 and 1963 and copyright was not renewed
  • {{PD-US-1978-89}} – published in the United States between 1978 and March 1, 1989 with neither copyright notice nor registration within 5 years
If you cannot determine that one of those cases apply, you should not upload it to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 16:58, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

The LOC has a picture of his brother Norman, in the same style by the same photographers. It's in the Public Domain, but that may not necessarily mean anything. I'll see if I can find a copy of the book it was used in...that might provide a clue. Thank you very much!WQUlrich (talk) 20:56, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Screen Shot 2012-12-18 at 11.25.57 AM.png

How can I add licensing to this file that I have uploaded? I don't see any link that would let me add license to an already uploaded file? Or please delete it so that I can upload it agin and add license at the time of uploading.

--Fereshteh (talk) 20:06, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

You can use the edit tab: [8] and insert the status template. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:27, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

I have the same question as this user but I don't know what you mean by "insert the status template".

I give up with Wikipedia

Absolutely no help available whatsoever for the simplest of queries. This commons page is about 50,000 words long - impossible to take in unless you are a computer. I posted a picture recently and FULLY described the license. It then had a message that it didn't show a license and would be removed inh 7 days ... WITHOUT ANY INSTRUCTION ON HOW I CAN ADD A LICENSE!!!!! Just endless text ABOUT licences - NOT AN INSTRUCTION!!!! My picture is now due to be removed and there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT Wikipedia is 100% USER UNFRIENDLY and only a small percentage of people will ever be able to contribute to it - FANTASTIC!???

You came to the right place to ask for help. Licensing is not an easy matter. Law is complicated. More complicated than Commons, and we can't make it simpler.
For reference, I think the user asks about File:Willingham House, Lincolnshire.jpg. For this image, we need to know when the photographer died to assert it is public domain.--Pere prlpz (talk) 20:34, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
No we don't - see tags applied. "unknown author" is fair for an old postcard that doesn't give the author on it. Rd232 (talk) 23:14, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
If copyright term in UK is 70 years pma (is it?) it's not very safe to assume that a circa 1900 postcard is free while author is unknown. Am I wrong?--Pere prlpz (talk) 01:45, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
That is the term. And no, it's not safe - I've seen 1890s photos which aren't out of copyright yet. -mattbuck (Talk) 02:14, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
Not anonymous, definitely-published-at-the-time ones though. Rd232 (talk) 02:23, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
See Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United Kingdom - I have no doubt that {{PD-UK-unknown}} applies here (based on the supplied information!). You're right of course that 1900 is too recent to make 70-pma-type assumptions. Rd232 (talk) 02:23, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Tskhinvali.jpg

Can I ask you how can I upload and publish pictures from my own collection so that no one could use them without permission --Makhomakho (talk) 20:41, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons is a repository of images that are free to use for everyone, for every purpose, without asking for permission. You have a choice of a number of free licenses that put different restrictions on the images, but making users ask for permission would go against the purpose of this project and is never part of an allowed license. Besides, if you aren't the painter (in case of a painting) or photographer (in case of a photograph), or their heir, you don't own the copyright and cannot give a license anyhow. --rimshottalk 21:26, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Diritto d'autore: l'opera è il contenuto dell'immagine o la sua riproduzione?

Se trovo un file su un sito che riproduce un'opera non più coperta da diritto d'autore posso caricarla così com'è in Commons? In questo caso l'opera qual è? Il contenuto dell'immagine o la sua riproduzione (in questo caso il file jpg)? Se l'opera è conservata in un museo e l'autore è morto più di 70 anni fa come mi devo comportare? Devo chiedere l'autorizzazione alla pubblicazione in Commons anche se trovo in internet una riproduzione?

--Carlo.benini (talk) 21:09, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

  • That sounds pretty clear-cut. If the image is clearly in the public domain then, no, you don't have to ask anyone's permission to use it, and can just upload it here with an appropriate public domain tag (e.g. {{PD-Art|PD-old-70}}). - Jmabel ! talk 17:31, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
See also Commons:Bar italiano#Diritto d'autore: l'opera è il contenuto o la sua riproduzione?. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:40, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Wimsatt-May-16-2012.jpg

Hi, I uploaded the image as an ignorant new Wikipedia, but now you should have received a proper free license from the University of Minnesota. I'll paste it below:

I hereby affirm that The Regents of the University of Minnesota are the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of

I agree to STANDARD CHOICE; SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TYPE OF LICENSE: [publish that work under the free license "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0" (unported) and GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).]

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by me.

I am aware that the free license only concerns copyright, and I reserve the option to take action against anyone who uses this work in a libelous way, or in violation of personality rights, trademark restrictions, etc.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the work may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

Tessa Eagan
Hired & arranged the contract/licensing for the photographer of this photo

-- Tessa Eagan Media & Public Relations 131 Johnston Hall | 101 Pleasant St. S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455 Tel: 612.625.3781 | Fax: 612.625.2927

--I am One of Many (talk) 02:21, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Please see COM:OTRS for how to submit this. An email should come from the person granting the rights to, rather than you posting it here. - Jmabel ! talk 17:33, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Stele-vultures1.jpg

Hello! I can't choose fitting type of licensing. There is next condition in the Conditions for Use of Images: Non-commercial re-use is authorized, provided the source and author are acknowledged. ( --Poletniy (talk) 06:51, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Content restricted to non-commercial uses is not permitted on Commons. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary, part of our First Steps guide, to understand what this project is about. LX (talk, contribs) 11:58, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
{{PD-Art|PD-old-100}} would apply if the work was 2-dimensional (like a painting). The stele doesn't have much depth, but enough to be 3D, so you can't upload the photo. Rd232 (talk) 12:04, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Frans Malschaert - De Toren.jpg

Please check following website:

As you can see the file is free of use.

--Oliviercollin (talk) 11:07, 19 December 2012 (UTC) states only that you are free to access it and use it for personal uses only. Files on Commons must be free for any purpose., however, seems to suggest that the file is licensed under some version of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license ("Auteursrechthebbende Nationaal Archief, CC-BY-SA"). Including the abbreviated name of the license with no version number is not exactly a crystal clear release statement. We seem to have a licensing tag for this source: {{Nationaal Archief-license}}, but it is currently tagged as missing evidence of the permission. LX (talk, contribs) 12:09, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright about barbie

there are a few pictures of Barbie dolls under a free license, in the category Barbie dolls even if it is covered by copyright because of their unique design.-- 15:16, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

See Commons:Deletion requests/Files in Category:Barbie dolls#Files in Category:Barbie dolls 2. --Stefan4 (talk) 21:17, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Stefan4 (talk) 21:17, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

FAZi7 /File:Kravica_Author_S_Hense.jpg

Mein Vorhaben ist: das Südost Europa (Westbalkan)ggf. Erstellung einer Dokumentation-Mappe ggf. Suche einer Lösung zu den da anwesenden Problemen

Ich habe mich mehrmals an die Commons und Lizenzfragen gesetzt, dennoch bin ich nicht sicher zum Hochladen meiner Fotos noch zu Benutzung der Vorhandenen. Zum Test benutzte ich eine Datei. Ich bitte wenn möglich um Überprüfung ob ich die Datei korrekt übernommen und mit erforderlichen Angaben dargestellt habe. Die Datei:

(Die Datei sollte nur eine zusätzliche Kopie sein, die Software beim Speichern sendete die Datei zurück ggf. als erste Kopie. Vorsichtshalber habe ich die Bearbeitungskopie bereits davor mit Namen des Autors benannt).

Meine größte Fragen sind, 1. ob ich die erforderlichen Angaben zur Datei ausgefüllt habe.2. wenn ich kleinere Größe zu WordPress oder Facebook (sehr wenig Platz zu zusätzlichen Angaben)sende, wie erreiche ich das erforderiche Minimum; 2a. existiert ein Symbol/Avatar/Grafik Creative Commons "Nammensnennung/Weitergabe ..." bzw. über die gemeinfreien Dateien -zum Einbinden in das Werk?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen FAZi7 P.S. ich benutze das Windows 8, diese Zeilen verschwinden bei mir standing. Das Problem hatte ich noch bei zwei Presse Seiten. — Preceding unsigned comment added by FAZi7 (talk • contribs) 16:16, 15. December 2012‎ (UTC)

Dein Anliegen kann ich leider nicht völlig erfassen, kann Dir aber sagen, dass Du keine herunterskalierten/kleinere Versionen vorhandener Dateien hochladen musst.
2. Nein Du hast die erforderlichen Angaben nicht verstanden. Die von Dir gewählte Lizenzvorlage ist falsch. Sie erlaubt mehr (inklusive uneingeschränkter Weiterveröffentlichung), als die Originallizenz (CC-By-SA 3.0), welche zusätzlich fordert, dass bei Weitergabe der Autor genannt wird und abgeleitete Werke ähnlich lizenziert werden. -- Rillke(q?) 15:40, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Double categories

Hi, I think these two categories are doubles: Category:Bolt-action mechanisms and Category:Bolt Action (Firearms), should they be united in your opinion? --Amendola90 (talk) 17:42, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Probably more a Commons:Categories for discussion matter than help desk. Or you could just contact the people who created the respective categories & see whether they have any objections to a merge. Either way, it would be good to have a concrete proposal as to the proposed cat name. The latter is poorly named, in any case, with unnecessary capital letters. - Jmabel ! talk 01:00, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
Ok, thanks, I'll go to there, see what they say. --Amendola90 (talk) 10:48, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Flickr images the owner would like to keep private

Hi all. I've uploaded a number of pictures in the last 2 days by a freelance photographer kind enough to allow us to use his images. A number of these he has left visible as they were taken some time back and are of no commercial use to him; a couple however (1, 2, 3 & 4) he has left private as they are. Is there a process (without involving the OTRS rigmarole) to confirm these licenses without the contributor being negatively impacted? E.g., a Flickr user willing to be added as a contact, or to check something within a certain time period when the source files are visible? Thanks, Nikthestunned (talk) 16:14, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

You could try asking a license reviewer who has a Flickr account for help; there are at least 29 of them.[9] I think it'd be good for them to check that the photographer understands the main license conditions too. Versions of those four photos have been separately uploaded to Flickr, publicly visible but watermarked and with all rights reserved,[10][11][12][13] which seems to conflict with the CC-BY-SA license you've uploaded them under here. Along with the fact that he has left the other versions private, this makes me wonder whether he understands that this license allows anyone free commercial use of the photo. --Avenue (talk) 06:13, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
I'd say that that indicates he understands the license perfectly and doesn't want the non-watermarked versions easily available; they're marked as available for Getty licensing (and hence of possible commercial interest)... They were re-uploaded without a watermark and in larger size at my request only - they were not like that when I first spotted them. Also note that 7 of the images re-uploaded have been named "wiki" and left visible with the CC license - it's only the newer batch that aren't. I shall contact a member of that list anyway to get some corroboration, cheers. Nikthestunned (talk) 11:44, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
Fair enough, although Commons files are easily available too. Anyway, if you have any trouble contacting people on the first list, admins with Flickr accounts may also be able to help.[14] --Avenue (talk) 12:01, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
I added the photographer as a contact, but am still unable to see the photos. There are different levels of privacy available on Flickr, after all:
  • Only you (private)
  • Your friends
  • Your family
  • Anyone (public)

mr.choppers (talk)-en- 18:43, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help

I am the artist who created the painting shown in the image file "Gary Locke official portrait for Department of Commerce by Michele Rushworth.jpg". I see there's a notification that its copyright information is unclear or incorrect and I want to fix that. I've read many of the Wikimedia Commons help pages regarding the different licensing and tags but don't know how to apply that information to this file. I'd like to license it to the Creative Commons where attribution is required. Do I use codes like {{Self|cc-by-sa}} or {{cc-by-3.0}} ? If so, how to I actually apply them to the image file? Thanks! - unsigned

  • Convenience link: File:Gary Locke official portrait for Department of Commerce by Michele Rushworth.jpg - Jmabel ! talk 21:17, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
  • For most images, adding a tag like that to the "permissions" section of the information template would suffice. Also, in the {{self}} template, you'll probably want to fill in the optional author= value, because you presumably want to be credited by name, not as "3651Crabtree on Wikimedia Commons". However, for an image like this, you should probably also follow the procedure outlined at COM:OTRS and send an explicit email with permission, preferably from an address that makes it clear who you are. This is because a JPEG of that image would be pretty readily available to a different person who wanted to violate your copyright, and so it's worth verifying that you really are who you say you are. This is for your own protection: you wouldn't want arbitrary strangers to be able to upload your work and release rights.
  • I'd recommend that when you send the email as mentioned in COM:OTRS (and on the file page itself) you should be explicit about whether you intend to grant CC license to the original work or only to the scaled-down JPEG.
  • Also, as at least a semi-known person, you might do well to indicate on your user page who you are, so that people will be less likely to be suspicious when you upload the sort of images most people would not have rights to.
  • I know that's a bit lengthy, but I'm trying to give you a comprehensive answer that will protect your rights as an artist. - Jmabel ! talk 21:25, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks!! - Michele

Derivative of copyright text

Can someone please explain to me the 'Derivative of copyright text' explanation on here? How is this text copyrighted? The response was 'Text is always copyrighted unless explicitly stated not to be' Then why are we allowed to have photos of billboards? City welcome signs? Gas station signs? Historical markers? Plaques? Please, someone explain what is copyright text? --Mjrmtg (talk) 01:53, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Most historical markers that are recent enough to be under copyright and contain non-trivial text do indeed raise a copyright problem for Commons. You can't copyright "Ronald Wilson Reagan gave a speech on this site July 7, 1973," or the name of a building and the fact that it is on the National Register of Historic Places, but once it gets much past that, copyright laws come into play. - Jmabel ! talk 04:35, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
  • The example you give is almost certainly above the threshold in terms of eligibility. Unless there is some other reason it is in the public domain, you'd need to go through COM:OTRS to license this in accord with Commons policies. - Jmabel ! talk 04:38, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
  • I agree. The "text is always copyrighted" response was too sweeping, but I'd presume the text on this sign is under copyright unless we can identify some particular reason why it wouldn't be (e.g. first published in the US before 1978 without a copyright notice, or the work of a federal government employee). And while many billboards and some city welcome signs would be under copyright, things like File:PrairieduSacsign.jpg and File:Billboard Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters 2011.jpg seem too simple (assuming the logo in the latter is de minimis). --Avenue (talk) 05:15, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

HBO documentary the West Memphis Three

HBO documentary the West Memphis Thee.....can u help me locate the documentry? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 13:15, 22 December 2012‎ (UTC)

What does this question have to do with Wikimedia Commons? Commons is a repository of free media files. HBO does not release its content under a free license, so you won't find their content here. A better bet would probably be to start at LX (talk, contribs) 16:39, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Arquivo com problemas

Por algum motivo o arquivo Mapa de Três Pontas.svg que eu carreguei não abre. Por que?

For some reason the Mapa de Três Pontas.svg that I uploaded doesn't open. Why?

WOtP (talk) 15:53, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Neither does it thumbnail nor does it show in an SVG viewer. The latter one is caused due to an encoding error, the first one is more difficult to debug. Did you use Inkscape to edit this file? If so try to save it as "normal svg" (not Inkscape SVG). -- Rillke(q?) 15:05, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Spesific watchlist

I want to see every changes/file uploads that related to Category:Turkey. Is there a way to do that?--Rapsar (talk) 21:39, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately, there isn't. See bugzilla:7148. LX (talk, contribs) 11:53, 23 December 2012 (UTC)
You could use OgreBot's daily gallery updater for new uploads. See User:OgreBot/gallery for examples and how-to or ask its operator. Cheers -- Rillke(q?) 15:11, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Linking a recently uploaded image to a Wiki article

[[File:Spanish Ibex Portrait.jpg|thumb|Spanish Ibex Portrait]]

Hi, I am a wildlife photographer and would like to start uploading my images to Commons as a free contribution, so that the images are seen in the relevant wikipedia articles about the different animal species. But I am not sure how to link the image to the article, or who does that... What has to happen so that an uploaded image is seen in an article? Many thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arturo de Frias (talk • contribs)

Once you have uploaded an image, go to the article and add it there.--Ymblanter (talk) 12:54, 23 December 2012 (UTC)
You can click on the "use this file on a wiki"-button at the top of the page. It gives you the wiki-code for embedding. --McZusatz (talk) 14:03, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Aerial Photos

I have two photographs taken in the late 1960s/early 1970s in Taipei, Taiwan. (Taiwan is NOT a part of CHINA)

I received one of these photos from a historian who has since passed on. The original photo, circa 1969, has no markings what so ever. The photo was used in an unpublished historical document, which I possess the original work copy of. The author, worked at an US Air Force office in Taipei. The US Military has no presence in Taiwan today. I have used this photo in my blog. The photo is the first one, the aerial shot in Color. I have the original copy of this photo. But, of course there may be more out there.

Then, I have this black and white, taken a few years later. The photo is the Black and White one with the red color outline. This photo was Emailed to me for use on my blog and web pages. The photo shows new buildings built in the early 1970s in relation to the old base, most of which was being destroyed to make room for a new highway.

Both of these photographs now belong to me.

Someone wants to include them in a new Wikipedia Page, and asked me to sign a form, which I do not understand. I'm an old man and am just trying to present the history of the US Military in Taiwan between 1951 and 1979. I am happy to help these folks in any way I can. It's all HISTORY.

I hope you can help me get these two photos in the Commons are so other folks (probably only 1 group wants to use them) can have the pictures they want to help explain their history on their Wikipedia Page.


Kent Mathieu

Hi Kent. If the photos were taken by a US Military officer in the performance of their duties, will be public domain, and you can use the licence tag {{PD-USMil}}. -mattbuck (Talk) 18:42, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Josef Willmann.jpg

Es handelt sich bei diesem Bild um meinen Grossonkel (Josef Willmann, Wikipedia,) und es befindet sich in meinem persönlichen Privatarchiv (Staatsarchiv Luzern). Alle nötigen Angaben habe ich gemacht. Nun wird von mir verlangt noch eine ausreichende Lizenzangabe zu machen sonst würde es nach sieben Tagen gelöscht. Was soll ich also in diesem Fall tun? --RvSchumacher (talk) 14:53, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Zuerst das richtige Datum eintragen. 2009 hast Du es gescannt oder mit Picasa bearbeitet aber uns interessiert der Aufnahmezeitpunkt. Wenn der Urheber (in diesem Fall der Photograph) vor mehr als 70 Jahren verstarb, dann bitte {{PD-old}} verwenden. Sollte das nicht der Fall sein und Du hast das Urheberrecht geerbt, kannst Du beispielsweise den gleichen Lizenzbaustein wie für Deine übrigen hochgeladenen Dateien verwenden. Dazu kannst Du ganz einfach eine andere von Dir hochgeladene Datei aufrufen, auf edit (im Abschnitt Licensing) drücken, die Lizenzvorlage kopieren {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0}} und diese bei File:Josef Willmann.jpg einfügen. Dabei solltest Du dann auch angeben (in der Zeile Edit summary: ), dass Du der Erbe des Urheberrechts bist. Wenn Du etwas nicht nachvollziehen kannst, lass es uns wissen. Grüße -- Rillke(q?) 15:22, 23 December 2012 (UTC)
Wenn der Hochlader der Erbe ist, gibt es auch {{CC-BY-SA-3.0-heirs}} (und {{PD-heirs}}). Rd232 (talk) 00:26, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:20121224zoogeographicalmap.jpg


Ich möchte euch auf

Biogegrafische Regionen Quelle: Journal Science / AAAS

aufmerksam machen. Ich habe es ausschliesslich in den Wikipedia-Artikel "Biogeographie" eingebunden. Alle Details - wie die Quelle - habe ich schon beim Hochladen zu den Commons angegeben. Bei der Quelle wird lediglich verlangt: "Any use of the map must be credited Journal Science / AAAS". Ich kann recht gut englisch, bin mir aber nicht ganz sicher, ob das Zitieren der Quelle hier wirklich ausreicht. Bitte überprüft das.

Danke, LG, Jo-Jo

--Jo-Jo (talk) 16:02, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Die Quelle, die Sie gegeben haben ist das Bild selber. Es gibt kein Kontext oder Berechtigung. Wo ist die Seite mit Berechtigungen? Es ist kein Problem Autorennennung ({{Attribution}}) zu verlangen, aber wir müssen sehen, dass es eine Erlaubnis zur Vervielfältigung und das Bild zu ändern gibt. (Entschuldingen Sie mich ob mein Deutsch hat Fehler. Ich kann Deutsch lesen besser dann ich kann es schreiben.) - Jmabel ! talk 16:55, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
    • If anyone can improve my German, feel free to edit the above comment. - Jmabel ! talk 16:55, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

Uploanding a new version

I'm trying to upload a new version of File:Brazil states1572.png, but something is going wrong. The correct version is [15] (of 16:22, 24 December 2012), not [16]. But when I upload the correct version, it appears the wrong. When I revert the upload, the correct version appears at the File History. Could somebody help me? Zorahia (talk) 17:29, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

You probably need to clear the cache of your browser to see the new version. Yann (talk) 17:34, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

I want to change my user name, because I made a mistake

I made a mistake when I was logging in. Now, I want to correct it. may I? Please help me, to correct my user name. I just want to separate my user name, to be 2 words not 1 word thank you Mazna Hashim (my correct name) not maznahashim — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maznahashim (talk • contribs) 15:57, 24 December 2012‎ (UTC)

You should be able to just create a new account with the correct name. If it shows that it is too close to the existing one then admin may be able to fix that. Are you sure you want to use your real name if that is it? Many would recommend you don't for privacy reasons.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:17, 25 December 2012 (UTC)
The project page for changing username on Commons is called Commons:Changing username. LX (talk, contribs) 10:28, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Rendor octavia 1.jpg

Hy, I've uploaded two picture, which wasn't taken by me, but I asked the author if I could use them for the Hungarian Skoda Octavia article, and he agreed. But I didn't find any copyright points for this when I've uploaded it! Hope you can help me! --Nandee94 (talk) 19:29, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

Would be great if the author would also send the Mail to the Mail address stated at com:otrs. --McZusatz (talk) 23:29, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
Wikimedia Commons (this site) is a repository of free media used by Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, and others. Commons only hosts content that can be used by anyone for any purpose. For Commons to host the pictures, the author would have to agree to publish them under a license that allows anyone to use it for any purpose. Permission that only covers the use in a specific Wikipedia article or that is limited to Wikipedia, Commons or Wikimedia is not sufficient. If the copyright holder is willing to publish the photo under a free license such as the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license or the Creative Commons Attribution license, please document their permission using our standard form and send it in to our permission archive. LX (talk, contribs) 10:35, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Okay, Thank I'll ask him to upload it, it is easier, than sending mails! Thank you for your help!

Ventura Aircraft, 27 Squadron South African Air Force, Tom Warder, Book- With no remorse... photo of the Venturians, Malta, WW2

YOU HAVE TOM WARDER listed among Musicians of South Africa, and now I am wondering why they can't all be found in one place. The article about Tom Warder -- which many commended --was deleted, leaving only the dregs, and you would have no problem getting the copyright as so many parts of it already are. Maluti (talk) 01:23, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

There are no articles on Commons. Is your issue perhaps with the English-language Wikipedia? - Jmabel ! talk 04:16, 25 December 2012 (UTC)
I'm also having trouble understanding the question (for starters: who are "they" and which "one place" would you expect to find "them"?), but I think this might be related to Category:Tom Warder, the editing history of which shows Maluti, Venturian, Syringa909 and repeatedly introducing big chunks of text on the category page[17][18] in spite of cleanup attempts by Techman224 and Rillke. Presumably this is because the article on English Wikipedia was deleted, but that in no way means the material is more appropriate on Commons. Maluti, please read Commons:Project scope#Excluded educational content. Also note that abusing multiple accounts or colluding with other users editing with a single purpose is not tolerated on any Wikimedia project. LX (talk, contribs) 11:09, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Geograph-2860386-by-El-Pollock.jpg

I have uploaded File:Geograph-2860386-by-El-Pollock.jpg which is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 but I do not know how to add the copyright information. Please advise. --Kenavonflag (talk) 19:51, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for uploading. Please go back to the geograph source page and click on "Find out how to reuse this image". You will see a copy-paste box with the appropriate wikimedia commons plain text for the file page. --McZusatz (talk) 20:07, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Image with incorrect data?

From a note received at OTRS 2012122510001166 - The images File:Mohammad Akbar Barakzai in June 2011-cropped.jpg and File:Mohammad Akbar Barakzai in June 2011.jpg state that the subject is Mohammad Akbar Barakzai - and this data comes from the original Flickr image. However the image of Mohammad Akbar Barakzai located on a US Embassy site - shows that it is not the same person. The OTRS poster agrees with the image at being correct, and suggests that the commons images are in fact Mr.Monshi Majid, Governor of Badakhshan Province - How do we sort this one out...? I would also ask is is possible to upload from the web site as being PD from a US gov site?  Ronhjones  (Talk) 22:10, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

General geocoding?

Is there any way to make a geocoding tag more general? I tagged File:Terry Branstad by Gage Skidmore.jpg with the coordinates tool and it gave a really specific location. This seems like a bad thing, since the only location information I have is that it was taken in w:Des Moines, Iowa. (Ditto for File:Terry Branstad attends recommissioning ceremony for USS Iowa, Apr 28, 1984.JPEG, which was at w:Pascagoula, Mississippi.) Is there a way to make the tag more general? – Philosopher Let us reason together. 01:04, 26 December 2012 (UTC)


I wanted to uplaod a vector version for this file, which has the public domain licensing ( {{PD-self}} ). Should i upload the vector version with the same licensing, or with a CC-BY-SA licensing?
Deuterium (talk) 17:24, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

  • If there is no visual creativity in creating the vector version, you really can't claim any new rights, so you would have no non-PD rights to claim (hence it should be PD). In the unlikely event that there is visual creativity, then you would have something you could license as you chose. - Jmabel ! talk 17:43, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Posting company logo onto Wikipedia

Hello. I work for a company that is listed on Wikipedia. The logo and information that you display is incorrect. I have been asked by the company to make the necessary changes on your site and I am extremely frustrated by my inability to get through your security protocols just in order to upload our current logo. Our President would like this listing squared away as soon as possible. Your system is unbelievably complex and incredibly difficult and frustrating. I can't even talk to a real person. If nothing else, can you simply tell me how to delete all of the information you have on Wikipedia about our company. We didn't even post this on your site in the first place! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Julie Berner (talk • contribs)

Hello, It would help if you mention which company and which logo is the issue. If you want to do it with more confidentiality, you can write to COM:OTRS. Regards, Yann (talk) 19:01, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
By "write to COM:OTRS" I presume Yann means "write to". - Jmabel ! talk 20:23, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
Perhaps, but it seems more likely that he wants Permissions-commons is for messages dealing with licensing issues on Commons, info-en is for general information/requests (not licensing or photosubmissions) on the English Wikipedia. Our local OTRS page could, perhaps, use some clarifying on that score. Not that it really matters - if it shows up in the wrong queue, a volunteer will just move it to the correct one. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 10:07, 27 December 2012 (UTC)
Hmm... or, the Commons equivalent of info-en. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 13:04, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

Changing the source of an uploaded image....

How can one change the source of an uploaded image? I do not want wiki page visitors going to the site of my source.

Thank you,

Kevin Gorrell

  • Technically, you can edit that just like any other content on the page. But, depending on the rights involved, the source is usually a necessary part of establishing those rights. If you are willing to indicate what image you are talking about, it's more likely someone can give you concrete help; if you don't want to do so publicly, feel free to email me via my user talk page; I'm an admin and can probably sort out what would be the options in the particular case. - Jmabel ! talk 01:39, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

File:Woroniecki, lata 20..jpg

Hi, I have just uploaded a file of a photo depicting a Polish priest Father Jacek Woroniecki. I have some biographical materials about him, but none of it specifies when the photo was taken or who took it. For now I am unable to determine this... But I guess that the copyright expired as it was made circa 1920? Regards Maksymilian Sielicki (talk) 02:35, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

The copyright status of this image depends on when it was published, was a copyright notice included and the death date of the photographer (if published after 1994 or before 1994 with a copyright notice included). Ruslik (talk) 07:40, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

move an image from Wikipedia to Commons

Yes check.svg Resolved

Hi. I want to move an image from Wikipedia to Commons. I uploaded to the image in Commons. Now I want to change the link in the Wikipedia article so that the image is loaded from Commons and not from Wikipedia. I'm doing something wrong. Can anyone help me? Thank you. Smarties (talk) 01:55, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

The two files are identical copies of the same photograph and they have the same name on de.wp and on Commons. Therefore, on de.wp, the de.wp file has priority. About what to do, it depends what you want to do with the de.wp file. If you have no objection to the deletion of the de.wp file and its replacement with the Commons file, then do nothing and, on de.wp, the deletion and replacement will take place when a de.wp sysop gets to this file in the maintenance jobs. But if you want the de.wp file to be kept there as a duplicate, then you can ask a rename of either the Commons file or a rename of the de.wp file, so that they will not have the same name. By the way, maybe you could harmonize the date of that photograph: its legend in the article Este (Fluss) dates it from April, 2010 (as does the EXIF data), but the description in the description page of the file dates it from October, 2010. -- Asclepias (talk) 02:46, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Hi, thank you for yor answer. I have corrected the date, it is 10-4 and not 4-10. Yes, the original picture can be deleted in Wikipedia. So i will do nothing and waiting for the admin. Smarties (talk) 11:40, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

i want to add a photo

hi i want to open a new article with a picture of the article i want to add (its an album)and its now my orignal i am alowed to upload that to the wikimedia commons and than add it to my article or i can't?

  • This is really confusing, but I gather you are talking about adding a photo of a record album you want to use in an article in the English language Wikipedia. No, you cannot add that to Commons, because Commons accepts only public domain and free-licensed images. You'll need to upload that in the English language Wikipedia (not Commons) and you'll need to fill out a "non-free use rationale". See en:File:Sgt._Pepper's_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band.jpg as a good example of what you'd need to do. - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Uploading photos owned by me

I am a new user and have recently placed an article on Wikipedia about a local singer, who died about 65 years ago. I have several photos of her I'd like to upload. Most were given to me (without restrictions) many years ago by some of her descendants, who themselves are no longer living. Is there any reason I can't freely use and upload these photos?

K828 (talk) 14:58, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

You haven't told what country you live in (important, because copyright law differs), but anyway: in most countries nowdays copyright exists automatically (it's said that works are "born" copyrighted) and do not require any restriction to be valid. Given the age of singer however it might be possible that anonymous photos might have copyright expired due to age. Anyway: you should consult Commons:Copyright to see if it's possible to put these photos on Commons. A.J. (talk) 15:30, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
See also Commons:Village pump/Copyright#Uploading photos owned by me. -- Asclepias (talk) 18:17, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

is this flickr image ok to upload?

I am normally good at knowing what can and can not be uploaded from Flickr, but this one stumps me. I would like to use this image for an article on English Wikipedia and while it is licensed CC-BY, which is ok to up load, it also has a link to "Request to license BostonPhotoSphere's photos via Getty Images." If it is truly CC-BY I shouldn't have to license it right? Is this just something this user has place don all his images, even the ones he has stated are ok to use for free? Any help would be great.--Found5dollar (talk) 20:33, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

It looks like there are two (independent) licensing options: 1. CC-BY, 2. licensing through Getty images. If you choose the first one, you don't have to use the second one. There are good reasons for offering two licenses: for example, end users might prefer "traditional" licenses to a CC license or the Getty Images license might offer higher resolutions. --rimshottalk 20:53, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Ok, so I take it this means that I can upload it to commons with the CC-BY license.--Found5dollar (talk) 21:03, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Yes, that's what I meant to say. --rimshottalk 21:10, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your help!--Found5dollar (talk) 21:14, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Joseph Anton Felix Balthasar, 1737-1810.jpg

I do not know the procedure of how to licence my uploaded fotos. They are all my own work. Please tell me the steps.

--RvSchumacher (talk) 00:19, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

I presume that you are the same Renato Schumacher who published the book you indicate as a source. Are you saying that you are also the artist who painted or otherwise created this, and that it is not an older work? (If so, very impressive).
You give a date of 17 December 2012, but then you credit it to a 2001 book, so clearly the date cannot be correct.
You did not indicate the intended licensing. If the illustration is indeed your own work, you could choose any of a number of licenses, such as {{cc-by-sa-3.0}} or {{cc-0}}, depending on what rights you mean to grant. Because you published this previously in a book, you should go through the process outlined at COM:OTRS or COM:OTRS/de to clarify that you are the same person.
If the illustration is an older painting, then what should be done depends on the copyright status of the painting. If it is known to have been painted by a contemporary of Balthasar's, it is certainly in the public domain and could safely be tagged with {{PD-Art-100}}
Does that clarify everything? - Jmabel ! talk 01:52, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Google Art Project

After we have received new pictures from the project must be credited to the 3 different places! with a hidden category, with a template in the description and now in the article title. I do not think it's fair that everyone else will only be credited 2 sites, although their images are just as great historical value. it is not complaining because I am very happy that we have historical paintings in high quality, but I think just the limit of how much people should be credited to go?-- 11:11, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Convenience links: Google Art Project on en-wiki, Category:Google Art Project.
  • I'm not sure I understand what problem you are raising. What article title are you talking about? Other than that, a hidden category and a template are pretty normal as a means of keeping track of which works come from a major source. For example, we do this with Flickr images uploaded by Flickr upload bot.
  • Perhaps this is more a topic for the Village pump than the Help desk. I don't see anything here that you need help with.
- Jmabel ! talk 20:54, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Adding a category AFTER uploading a file

I uploaded photos of the destroyed paintings of Willy Fick without adding in a CATEGORY. How can I now give these photos a category? I created a category "Photos of destroyed paintings, Willy Fick" but I don't know how to apply that. - unsigned

  • To add a category, go to the file page of the image, select "Edit", and place the category name, in double square brackets, at the bottom of that page. Then save. If there is already a category there, you can use that as an example, but in case there isn't, what you will add will be something like [[Category:Some category name]]. - Jmabel ! talk 20:58, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Luft.jpg

--Jonas Herrmann (talk) 21:44, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I see no reason to think this photo would not be copyrighted by its photographer. I see no reason to think any free license is available. It presumably should be deleted from Commons. Does anyone think I'm missing something? - Jmabel ! talk 01:24, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Aerial view of Oxford Stadium.jpg

I don't have the licence information for this photograph but it is from my book 'The History of Oxford Stadium' and I am able to use the image as required. Do I need to do anything else?--Racingmanager (talk) 22:21, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Perhaps I'm confused. Someone took the photo. That person presumably held or holds its copyright. I gather you obtained rights somehow for your book, which is the only way you could be in a position to relicense it. So how can you not have license information? - Jmabel ! talk 02:13, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
  • You can't upload it here. You own the book but not the copyright to the image. Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter explains it somewhere. Most photographs newer than 50-100 years are still protected by the photographer's legal rights. I don't mean to be harsh, but I am going to put a delete tag on it.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:22, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Canoe, I believe that he is saying he is the author of the book, not just someone who owns a copy. Racingmanager, do I understand correctly? - Jmabel ! talk 06:10, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
Ooops! Very sorry Racingmanager. If you took the photo then it isn't a problem. If you are not the photographer then you may have to look at the contract with the photographer. They may have only licenced it for your book.--Canoe1967 (talk) 07:22, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Pictures of buildings / outside businesses

I want to contribute some local pictures of HQs and other "public" facing businesses / houses. I took these pictures myself from the street. What sort of inherit license do businesses or individual residents? I live in AL, USA. I want to give them out as public domain.

  • Pretty much any picture of a building you took in the U.S., you can license however you choose. The business in the building has no rights to your photo. If your intent is to put it in the public domain, I recommend {{Self|CC-zero}}. - Jmabel ! talk 02:15, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Valora Noland 1967.JPG

Hello Commons Help Desk: I wish I could use my age as an excuse for feeling unable to conquer the problem at hand, but I probably was not much different in the 1960s.

I uploaded an image to be placed on my "Valora Noland" bio pg. in Wikipedia (I was not the one who put the orig. in the Wiki), and didn't place it on the page because the only way I can do that, I'm convinced, is with automated buttons. So, the image sat in the system for a moment or two before getting tagged, as I PROBABLY should have said I was the source for the photo, rather than listing the photographer.

When I was in Hollywood, actors always took a few photos with them on interviews and usually left a copy behind. Actors probably had more stills taken of them than anyone else. The question is, can the shot I uploaded be changed to "created by self", even though I would not be the one to take my own picture, or is there another way to do it? I only met the photographer three times, once when we ran across each other, once when he took some shots of me, and then again, when he gave me the uploaded image. I don't know if he still lives in L.A. today, or is still alive.

I wish I could find someone to take it from here and get the jpg on the page in the right place and the size.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Valora Noland--Kamitra1 (talk) 20:38, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

One part of this is easy: to add the page on Wikipedia, you just type [[File:Valora Noland 1967.JPG|thumb|Caption goes here; e.g.: Valora Noland (1967)]].
You can change the author information by editing the page File:Valora Noland 1967.JPG, but you should not misleadingly state that it is your own work. On the other hand "given to me" is vague and you should definitely say "given to me (Valora Noland)".
The rights issue is more complicated. You were apparently not the creator of the photo, so you would not hold the copyright. However, if the picture was taken in 1967 in the U.S. and no copyright notice was given, and if you distributed it widely at the time, then it was effectively published without notice. Before 1977, in the U.S., notice was required on all copyrighted material. So you could just use the license template {{PD-US-no notice}} where it says {{tlx|Remove this line and insert a license instead|...}.
If you find that confusing, and can just reply here to confirm that there was no copyright notice on the photo and that you distributed it widely enough to constitute publication, then I can follow up and do the rest of this for you. - Jmabel ! talk 21:12, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
However, as the Wikipedia article uses an "infobox" and you probably want to insert the image into that infobox, you can just write Valora Noland 1967.JPG after "image =". -- Asclepias (talk) 21:45, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Valora answers here: I would consider it a true act of kindness if you, Jmabel, would follow up and do the rest. Indeed, there was no copyright notice on the uploaded photo of Valora Noland, and it was one of my (her) "actor photos" which was copied and given on interviews. --Kamitra1 (talk) 22:56, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Valora again. Thanks for putting it up. I've noticed on another actor's Wikipedia pg. that the line box around is longer than mine, and below photo, name and the year photo was taken. Would it be possible to remove the bold "Valora Noland" from the top and put the info below in light script? If not, could name above be made smaller and lighter? If I knew where the edit button is for the pic. I could do this, maybe.--Kamitra1 (talk) 15:20, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I've added the caption "Valora Noland (1967)". The other changes (e.g. the look of the name above) would come from the choice of template for the infobox, so unless you point me at the specific page for the "other actor" I have no way to replicate the look of that page. Right now it is using the standard {{Infobox person}}, which displays this way. - Jmabel ! talk 19:12, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

I took another look just now and everything looks good except name at top. I think, perhaps, were the line frame yet longer, the name above could go above hair. I went to three other wiki bios and saw slight differences in each, but name seems separated from face and hair in all. A white border around my pic. would be there, but since background is white, one doesn't see it that way in relation to name above.

Well, Jmabel, another day has passed, and I'm on here again to say, Okay as is if can't be changed. Good enough to have gotten this far! If I were on the V.N. page in the word processing program I like to use, I'd spread the letters of the name some to make less dominant. Don't know if this can be done in the text editor. Thank you again for your help, and Happy New Year! --Kamitra1 (talk) 17:42, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Keep in mind: (a) web pages look different on different browsers and (b) the look of these is driven by templates. You said above there were other pages where you thought the equivalent looked better. If you can indicate what page, I (or you) can use that template, but I am not one of the people who works on the subtleties of display for a given template. - Jmabel ! talk 23:56, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:20121224zoogeographicalmap.jpg

I have written an email to Ben Holt – Ben Holt is one of the leading authors of the study in which also 20121224zoogeographicalmap.jpg has been created. I asked him for information about the license. I didn't find any email address to write to wikimedia commons (cc) also. If you provide one I will forward the mail to you.

--Jo-Jo (talk) 12:43, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

--Jo-Jo (talk) 13:09, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

I tagged it cc-by with a quote to their requested attribution. Since it is a derivative of a PD work from the 1800's I don't think it has enough Commons:Threshold of originality to qualify for copyright in the country of origin. Someone may yet tag it as for deletion discussion, but that could be delayed until your emails are answered.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:35, 25 December 2012 (UTC)
THX. I will post it here if I get an answer of Ben Holt. Jo-Jo (talk) 11:14, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
Ben Holt has answered that he also doesn't know anything about the conditions how this file may be used. He asked Elisabeth Wuffield (, the Communications Officer of the CMEC. E. W. didn't answer up to know. Jo-Jo (talk) 22:06, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

You may wish to email a link to Commons:Threshold of originality. IMHO it is a derivative of a PD image that doesn't qualify for copyright. You may also see if they wish to put a CC type licence on the website. That way they may at least get attribution.--Canoe1967 (talk) 19:47, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Elisabeth Wulffeld has mailed me "provide the map on Wikipedia with the following license Attribution + NoDerivatives". Please change that at Thank's for your help :-) Jo-Jo (talk) 22:14, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
nd is not allowed on commons. Could you please ask her if she affirms to either publish this under cc-by or cc-by-sa ? --McZusatz (talk) 12:22, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your answer, McZusatz. I regret - I will not contact anybody for that purpose anymore. Feel free to contact Ms. Wuffield ( yourself. Feel also free to delete the file. Why this? I have read But I don't agree. The file reflects a huge scientific project's work which has never done before in this special area. Hence changing it usefully shouldn't be very easy. Furthermore the offered license contains a waiver for nd. I'am pretty sure that a new scientific project will get the waiver. If not - painting that map is no remarkable job compared to the work needed for a useful update of it. Jo-Jo (talk) 16:12, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Dear Helpdesk, I have been asked to confirm the license of the map. It may be published under cc-by-sa, as I understand that it is not an option to publish it as nd. Elisabeth Wulffeld

This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 11:15, 7 January 2013 (UTC)