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Information doesn't show

Can someone fix that image info please?,_Some_owls_from_the_genus.jpg Get in Edit mode to see the sources and info – Dorhi (talk) 23:18, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Cleaned, I hope to your satisfaction. The main problem was that you didn't close the {{en}} template. Also, a gallery works better than a bunch of thumbnails. - Jmabel ! talk 00:44, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the help and tips. – Dorhi (talk) 07:54, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Dorhi (talk) 07:54, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Freely redistributable without modification

Is it OK to upload the screenshot to Commons if the screenshot is showing GPLv2-covered free software in process of handling a somewhat lesser free book? I mean, the book in question (and the very article in question) are labeled at the publisher's website as "freely redistributable without modification". I've searched the Commons for the answer, but found contradicting statements on the matter. The Commons:Licensing#Acceptable_licenses says that "Publication of derivative work must be allowed". This seems to exclude such material. But Commons:FAQ#What_licenses_do_the_files_I_upload_have_to_use.3F seems to allow the simple CC-BY license, which, as far as I know, do NOT permit modification.

So, is it acceptable to upload a screenshot showing a few pages from this book to Commons?
--Limmeren (talk) 18:12, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Publication of derivative works must be allowed, which indeed excludes works that may only be redistributed without modification. {{cc-by}} explicitly permits modification ("to create and reproduce Derivative Works"). Creative Commons licenses prohibiting modification have "ND" in the name, such as {{cc-by-nd}}. LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

"Bob and Hillary in simpler times"

I found this article and decided to look up the photograph of the Clintons. Here it is. Is it in public domain though? It would be nice to have it, but I am not sure if it's been released into public domain. Surtsicna (talk) 18:24, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

I see no reason to think that it has. As stated in the site's FAQ, permission to reproduce copyrighted materials contained in the audiovisual or textual holdings of the Clinton Presidential Library must be obtained from the copyright holder. LX (talk, contribs) 22:35, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 23:01, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding User talk:Diako1971

When I uploaded my image,Shohre Solati, I've forgotten to choose the license and I don't know now how to choose a license for it. Please help me. Diako1971 (talk) 20:04, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

You mean File:Shohre Solati.jpg that you grabbed from You can't choose a license for other people's works, and uploading them to your own Flickr account first does not make you the author. LX (talk, contribs) 22:42, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 23:00, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Asked for help on WWII-era Nazi pictures by another user


I have been asked for advice on pictures by another user.

I have in my possetion two German books printed in Berlin 1940 and 1941, they are called "die Wehrmacht 1940" (covering "the war year" 1939-40) and a simular of the following year. These were actually sold in Sweden (untranslated) during the first years of thewar.
Question is if f.i. a picture with (only) Hitler and Walther von Brauchitsch looking at some maps can be upoaded. And in this case the German text would be of sourceful use. It simply states "Die Oberste Befehlshaber der Wehrmacht mit dem Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres Gerneralfeldmarschall von Brauchitsch". Or something like "The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (die Wehrmacht) with the Supreme Commander of |the Army/all Armies| Fieldmarshal von Brauchitsch.
So my question is, can this picture be uploaded with or without it's German text.(if at all) ? And what about photos of the books frontsides? (Originally posted by Boeing720 at Ubcule's talk page)

While I'm able to spot obvious copyvios (e.g. screenshots of recent TV dramas, uploads of 1970s album covers), this one isn't so clear to me, so I'm passing it on in the hope that you can provide the advice this user is looking for. Thanks, Ubcule (talk) 23:18, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

German/Swedish books are in copyright for 70 years from the author/photographer's death. In Germany, that applies even if the photographer is anonymous ({{Anonymous-EU}}). It's also likely they're in copyright in the US, too.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:25, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
I think we need more information about the author and publisher of the book. The current rules may or may not apply to WWII-era German publications. I remember seeing someone say that materials published under Nazi Germany were considered public domain in the US. So the first question is whether or not this is true, and the second is whether or not this book was a Nazi government publication or something done by a private party (because that might make a difference, assuming that the assertion is true in the first place). This related news article suggests that anything published before 1942 might be public domain now under German law, but presumably that's only for corporate works rather than single-author works (the difference between 70 years and 70 years after the author's death). WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:53, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Well it's two books (annual 1940, covering 1.Sept 1939 until summer of 1940 and the fall of France, 1941 covering Battle of Britain and the beginning of the war in USSR) written and printed by the former German Wehrmacht, that replaced the Reichswehr aaround 1934 or 1935. "Wehrmacht" was the entire armed forces of Nazigermany. They are to be concidered as war-time propaganda (but not really nazi-political stuff.) Made by "Verlag die Wehrmacht Berlin". It seems to me that the photographers worked for the Wehrmacht. No photos are given any credit to the photographers. The stories are sometimes written by some leftenant or other officers (named). Other text are not signed in any way. But it's only about certain photos, and their text, in at least one case. (text under the photos). It's difficult to be more presisive than this. Size is a rather common one. A6 perhaps. Around 300 pages. The Wehrmacht kapitulated at 7. May 1945, but these books are some years older. I recon finding any other author than the former Wehrmacht is impossible as of today. Certain photos are of great value, I find. Like a picture of Hitler (who only appears in very few photos) and his supreme commanderof all German armies until the first defeat close to Moscow, december 1941, Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch looking down at some maps. The text do state the official (?, or some kind of) relationship of Hitler towards von Brauchitsch,before Hitler also became supreme commander of the German armies. There is absolutly no other stated author or publisher than "Verlag die Wehrmacht Berlin" Boeing720 (talk) 23:41, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Had a look at the link You provided. This is completely different. It is not a question of reprint, nore are there any specific relation to the BRD-republic of Bavaria. That the US would have the copyright, when Berlin was taken by the Russians (and later splitted between France, the UK, US and USSR) stands to little reason. And it is not political "only" military stuff. No offensive photos (certain texts to some of the phothos, like calling the British for "Tommies" exists though, but is not was I had in mind of uploading) The photos are pictures of German soldiers and officers, often in combat situations.Of very little interest. But atleast the "Hitler& von Brauchitsch looking down on maps" -picture is of great interest, I think. Boeing720 (talk) 23:56, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Prosfilaes "In Germany, that applies even if the photographer is anonymous" - does it? The template you point to, makes it clear that any image or text would no longer be copyright "70 years after the work was made available to the public and the author never disclosed their identity", rather than after the anonymous person's death. I think I'm missing something in the rationale here, and as I have personally uploaded quite a few thousand WWII period photographs, could you point to the right bit of Commons policy or guidelines, or confirm that I am misreading what you intended to say? Thanks -- (talk) 08:22, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
The template says "In Germany and possibly other countries, certain anonymous works published before July 1, 1995 are copyrighted until 70 years after the death of the author. See Aktuelle Rechtslage in Deutschland, last paragraph." Maybe I'm misunderstanding; it's certainly not at all clear to the English reader.--Prosfilaes (talk) 10:06, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I think this is a misinterpretation as the full text makes it clear that there is only a concern if the anonymous author has identified themselves (thereby becoming non-anonymous). I can imagine this applying for WWII photos that were not associated with a named photographer at the time, but decades later, someone might come forward, or be identified with the work after their deaths. There are wrinkles in this, for example it may be *possible* but not guaranteed that a photograph could be researched an analysed sufficiently to work out who is likely to have taken a previously anonymous photo, it is unclear if Commons should host a photo where such a possibility exists but has yet to happen. I suggest these sorts of wrinkles are raised elsewhere and when needed though, it's a bit of a diversion to the original topic here. Thanks (talk) 10:35, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
Okay. It'd be nice for the template to be clarified, though.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:18, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
So is this a confirmation of that photos that once belonged to the German Wehrmacht (as from the books I've describen -and without mentioning the photographer)is OK ? Boeing720 (talk) 03:34, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

are OK to upload at Commons ? Boeing720 (talk) 03:34, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

It's my belief that photos, text, and other normally copyrighted materials, created for and published by the German Wehrmacht (the German Army under the Nazis), are in the public domain as far as the US and UK are concerned, because the Allied powers voided their copyrights. It's my belief that the story would be different if you were talking about individual people (e.g., an independent newspaper or an author of a work of fiction), but actual Nazi government publications seem to be public domain. However, based on comments at Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Surreydocks1941.jpg, it's possible that these are not considered public domain in Germany, and PD status in the country of origin is (I believe, but haven't double-checked) required for Commons, not just in the US. I haven't found any information about Sweden's view of Nazi copyrights; I'm not sure that Sweden would really be the country of origin anyway. WhatamIdoing (talk) 04:06, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
(Wehrmacht was the namefor all armedforces, but beside the point). As I understant it the photographers were low lanked officers. Have You ever seen the German film "das Boot", by the way. About a German u-boat (submarine) and it's crew. Onboard is a photographer with officer rank. I guess that the pictures in these books also were f.i. sergeants or leftenants and that they were a part of the Wehrmacht. I cannot find any clues in the books that contradicts this assumption. Boeing720 (talk) 13:08, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
I've never seen the movie, but I understand that the Nazis had whole units that did nothing except document military activities. The question is whether it meets the Commons policy standard: "Uploads of non-U.S. works are normally allowed only if the work is either in the public domain or covered by a valid free license in both the U.S. and the country of origin of the work." It appears that these are free (public domain) in the US but maybe not in Germany. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:02, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
Sweden would be the country of origin if that's where they were first published.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:18, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
I think that it is considered to have been published in Germany, given that it says "Verlag die Wehrmacht Berlin" (roughly, "Armed Forces Publishing House, Berlin"). WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:19, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
To clearify - the two Wehrmacht annual books are in German, but were actually sold in Sweden during the beginning of the war. However I fail to see how any BRD copyright can exist. The photograpers didn't own the pictures, that did the armed forces ("die Wehrmacht" in German). So any German copyright must in such case belong to this no longer existing military force. In any case the Wehrmacht "died" 7.May 1945. Perhaps shall I wait uploading any photo until 7.May 2015, 70 years after the death of "Wehrmacht" ? (Seems a bit silly to me though) Boeing720 (talk) 04:31, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
What matters is where the book was published, not where it was sold. In this case, it appears to have been published in Germany, not in Sweden.
Copyrights do not cease existing when an organization disbands. In the USA and UK, there is no copyright at all on these because the Nazi government copyrights were explicitly voided in special laws. In Germany, I believe that it would follow the same rules as anything else published at the time (e.g., an advertisement or newspaper), which is usually 70 years after publication for things created by a group or a person whose identity has never been disclosed, not 70 years after the group disbands. In other words, if the book is 72 years old, it's probably okay now. (But all things Nazi are weird under German law, and it's possible that there is some special, extended copyright term for Nazi government works.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:36, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Inbound from a strange Wiki

Who can tell me, what the cause, that this image does not appear correctly in Wienwiki in origin or in a a Wikimedia wiki it's working correctly. All the other images on Wienwiki works correctly too. many thx.--K@rl (talk) 08:06, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Question copied to Commons talk:Community portal - K@rl (talk) 12:00, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
That's caused by WienWiki running on a Windows machine and not having a "locale" set. (I don't think the "locale" can be set to UTF-8 for the file system on Windows at all; at least I hadn't found any way to do so last time I looked on Win XP.) Windows doesn't use UTF-8 as its file system character encoding, but some other character encoding. Hence the windows machine stores the file not where php expects it (under D:\Webs\mediawiki-live\WIENWIKI\images\thumb\8\85\Eröffnung-Donauregulierung-1875.jpg\800px-Eröffnung-Donauregulierung-1875.jpg) but mangles all the non-ASCII characters. In this case, "ö" is mangled. The thumbnail is there on WienWiki, but under the URL, while it should be at See bugzilla:1780. The same problem also exists on WienWiki for other files that have non-ASCII characters, such as German Umlauts, in their name. Lupo 20:08, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Windows uses UTF-16 as its filesystem character set; the problem, at least, is not at that level.--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:14, 1 April 2013 (UTC)


Esto esta permitido en los archivos de commons --Chico512 (talk) 03:54, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

Respuesta corta: sí. Pero, ¿De cuál manera cree Vd. que hay problema? - Jmabel ! talk 05:27, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi there,

I am in the process of revising my company's (Infortrend) wiki page and would like to upload our logo. However, I just created a Wikipedia account today and do not have the ability to upload an image yet. I want to upload it via Wikimedia Commons, but I need to know whether or not I'm allowed to. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IFT-Philip (talk • contribs) 20:55, 4 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Here's a link to our website for reference: — Preceding unsigned comment added by IFT-Philip (talk • contribs) 00:47, 5 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Does someone want to weigh in about whether that logo is eligible for copyright? I'm wondering about the not-so-simple geometric shape at left. If it's ineligible, we can upload it as {{PD-ineligible}} (with the usual proviso about trademark). If not, we'd need them to pick a license and go through COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:24, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
    I think that's much too complex to be public domain. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:20, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Philip, can you explain why you want to upload this logo at Commons rather than at the English Wikipedia? Your account will be old enough to upload images there on Monday. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:20, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
I uploaded to en:wp as fair use a day or so ago. See:w:File:Infortrend-logo.gif. I looked on help desk over there and just discovered the request was here. I will resolve this section. Feel free to discuss TOO at pump/copyright if you wish a higher resolution or for projects that don't allow fair use logos. I will resolve this section for now. :This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 05:30, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

boxers in Canada

Boxers in Canada Canadian Hall Of Fame boxer Eddie Carroll inducted may 17 1974 Ottawa Ontario Canada Top Canadian Lightweight and Welterweight in Canada and U.S.A.1930's40's Ref To Box Rec..[--~~] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dannyboy492 (talk • contribs) 02:53, 8 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • This page is for people who need help with something on this site, Wikimedia Commons, the media repository for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. I don't think there is a question here, so I am closing this section unless you have something particular to add. - Jmabel ! talk 05:07, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 05:07, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Lossan Tondub2.jpg

Dear Administrators, Please delete this file. This is my mistake. I wrongly upload the file which there is in Commons Hunu (talk) 06:46, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Done. In the future, the best way to ask for this is to tag it with {{Duplicate|other file}}. - Jmabel ! talk 15:20, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:20, 8 April 2013 (UTC)


Hi,Where to request for username change as i would like to rename it same as my en.wikipedia account.Thanx---zeeyanketu talk to me 21:00, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Strangely enough, the page is called Commons:Changing username. :) LX (talk, contribs) 21:29, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 21:29, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Photo file given provided to me with permission (Verbal) to put on Wikimedia Commons

I went to photographer's house. He gave me file of picture (of an insect) that he took - provided on CD for me. He is in 80's. He gave verbal permission to put on Wikimedia. Picture will be of use in educational material in WA state, USA. What should I say/mark in licensing section. Thanks. RMKerr17 (talk) 17:16, 15 March 2013 (UTC) p.s. By licensing I mean that once I mark I am not the author I am asked to specify license for the photo I just uploaded.

  • By "verbal" I assume you mean "oral" as against "written". I don't believe it's possible in the US to release copyright orally, but maybe I'm mistaken. The normal procedure would be the one outlined at COM:OTRS; you might want to take this to Commons:Village pump/Copyright, which is where you'd find the experts. - Jmabel ! talk 00:43, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for answer. Is there a way to provide permission without the original photographer sending an email as this would be difficult. He in fact asked me if I wanted him to sign a release, etc. I can follow up. Could I ask him to fill out a printed copy of the form that is required and specify a license,etc. Would there be a way to upload a scanned version or in some other way get the form on file?

It turns out I would like to put up four of his photographs. Do we need a separate permission for each one?RMKerr17 (talk) 21:05, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

You may wish to ask at Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard. A scan or photo of a signed document may be acceptable but to save time you may wish to have them clarify the format.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:08, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
You don't need a separate permission for each one. He could say that he authorizes you to upload several photos on his behalf, etc. Just make sure that the license is specified clearly (e.g. CC-BY-SA, or whatever else). - Jmabel ! talk 05:37, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

I am still working on this - need to visit photographer which I hope to do soon. RMKerr17 (talk) 00:23, 27 March 2013 (UTC) Thanks to all for help. I have uploaded four photos.RMKerr17 (talk) 15:43, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

need help with template

I havent had aanything to do with this template since the Day of the Dead photo contest done by my school. I have the basic template made Template:Concurso_Semana_Santa_2012_ITESM-CCM but I cant figure out how to change the photo. (Id like to use File:OCR-coimbra.jpg)Thelmadatter (talk) 21:41, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Try changing it by editing Template:Día de Muertos ITESM-CCM/layout--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:17, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Емкостные датчики Iris Power.jpg

--Dasha-1403 (talk) 08:59, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Oops, looks like you forgot to describe the problem you need help with. Commons:First steps/License selection/Commons:Первые шаги/Выбор лицензии perhaps? LX (talk, contribs) 10:12, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Somenergia logo1.jpg

Hi, I talked to the cooperative, and they told me that this file does not have copyright nor creative commons. I uploaded it because I thought that it was "free". Keep in touch, --Sorneguer (talk) 13:23, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

  • It cannot "not have copyright". It is inherently copyrighted at creation. Either you need to go through the process outlined at COM:OTRS or we have to delete it. - Jmabel ! talk 14:56, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Deletion of 三变数

We have edited the article countless times but it keeps getting deleted, please advise us on the solution to this problem. Everything written are based on facts and the pictures are there to prove all the predictions from newspapers and can be checked on for confirmation.Three Variables itself is a new theory created by Master Jason Tan and through the Three Variables, he have succesfully predicted many events for the past five years. Please allow us and guide us on how to prevent this article from being deleted.

- 3variables — Preceding unsigned comment added by 3variables (talk • contribs) 13:28, 2 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • I'm not at all sure what article you are talking about, but there are not supposed to be any articles in Wikimedia Commons and that itself would be sufficient reason to delete it from this site. Wikimedia Commons is a media repository (images, sound files, video). If you were trying to add it to some other site, you'd have to take this up with them. - Jmabel ! talk 14:59, 2 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Do not try to write an article at User talk:3variables. Try putting the article at en:Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/3 Variables (三变数) (in English) or at w:zh:三变数 (in Chinese). Do not violate anyone's copyrights when you upload images to Commons or write sentences at Wikipedia. Write in your own words, without copying anyone else's words. Upload your own pictures, that you took with your own camera, without copying anyone else's pictures. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:33, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:WFP School Feeding Program Beneficiaries 2008.jpg

Hello, I am unsure whether UN-produced documents are allowed to be used on Wikipedia. Could you help me determine this? Thank you, and I understand if this image should be deleted.

--Laurenpedia (talk) 16:15, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Photo of newspaper article retrieved from public library.

There is a factual inaccuracy on the OR Tambo International Airport page and the author is adamant that he is correct. The incorrect information is in conflict with the correct information on the Palmietfontein Airport page, which I created. I went to the Johannesburg library today and they allowed me to photograph the original copy of the newspaper article (I had to pay a fee) which proves that my information is correct, and that the information on the OR Tambo International Airport page is incorrect. I would like to upload the photo into Commons (with credit to the newspaper) and place it in the Palmietfontein Airport page. I am not sure if there will be any copyright issues, however I don't believe that there will be any. The article concerns the airport at which the first Comet aircraft landed on May 3, 1952, and the article is from that date. Can somebody tell me if there will be copyright issues? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nolween (talk • contribs) 12:13, 3 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Per Commons:Copyright rules by territory#South Africa a photograph published in 1952 in South Africa is in public domain and can be hosted in Commons. Use {{PD-South-Africa}} license tag. MKFI (talk) 13:33, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
It would have needed to be public domain in South Africa at the URAA cut-off date (1996). In 1996, as now, the copyright duration in South Africa was 50 years. This means that only photographs from before 1946 were certainly public domain then. A 1952 photo might therefore still be copyrighted in the US. --rimshottalk 20:31, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

vintage bike that you show in this web site.

I would like to know who I can contact about the bike that is in this web site. I have one of these in oranginal condition. What is the value? contact me at [redacted email] Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:49, 3 April 2013‎ (UTC) has a contact page. He would probably want a few pictures including those of the bike's worst parts. We don't usually respond by email so I redacted yours.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:05, 3 April 2013 (UTC)


My files say the are lacking author info but i have written the author info if you try to edit the file and look. The files is Udkast til hvælvingens dekoration i Christian IV's kapel i Roskilde Domkirke. Udsmykning i midten med statue af Christian IV.jpg and En ung faun ifærd med at plukke druer.jpg. --Gajolen (talk) 21:17, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Is Heinrich Eddelien the author/artist?--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:11, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes. -- 05:30, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
Do not try to use the parameters of one template (Artwork) into another template (Information). It does not work. If you use the template "Information", then use the parameters of the template "Information" with it. If you use the template "Artwork", then use the parameters of the template "Artwork" with it. -- Asclepias (talk) 12:45, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Picture License

Hello, I have a problem adding a license to this photo File:CH-113 Labrador.jpg, and I already think that I approved the source, I'm looking forward for help, Thanks Latristelagrima (talk) 01:49, 4 April 2013 (UTC) states non-commercial use only so we can't host it here. Admin may wish to speedy it. We have Category:CH-46 Sea Knight and its sub cats if you need images of the same bird.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:11, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

i've uploaded book contents to commons.

I'VE DECIDED TO BAIL OUT OF WIKI WILL AN ADMINISTRATOR PLEASE DELETE EVERYTHING IN THE COMMONS FROM grantwmiller? they told me to tag it for deletion but i don't know how. --Grantwmiller (talk) 16:55, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:06, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Koldo Saratxaga.jpg

I want to delete this file: File:Koldo_Saratxaga.jpg| because is CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (I realized too late, I'm very sorry). I would like to delete it myself but I can't. Would anyone do it for me, please? --gorkaazk (talk) 16:59, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Done. In the future, if as the uploader you realize you accidentally made a copyvio, you can get it dealt with pretty quickly by using the {{copyvio}} tag. - Jmabel ! talk 00:34, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 00:34, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Hatikvah instrumental.ogg

At, a reader pointed out that this audio file includes antisemitic graphics beginning at the 28th second. I don't have the slightest clue how to replace the file, or (if possible) remove the graphics and keep the audio. I was hoping that somebody with some expertise in ogg files might be able to help. Thank you. — Malik Shabazz (talk · contribs) 03:34, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

The source of the anti-semitic slurs is – the ogg is fine. Can an admin delete the page (I've currently blanked it). Inkbug (talk) 04:57, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for resolving this so quickly. — Malik Shabazz (talk · contribs) 02:51, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

How to properly license photo?

Hi, I've received a notice regarding a photo I uploaded to the page for "Theresa Schwegel" (author). I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out the correct license when I uploaded it, but couldn't quite home in on what I needed to do. The photo was provided to me by the author and uploaded at her request; she definitely "owns" it and/or has permission to use it, but I'm not sure who took it. Could someone give me some guidance on how to do this?

Thanks, Kevin --Kevinladkins (talk) 14:00, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

  • She may have "permission to use it" (effectively, some sort of informal license) but it is almost impossible for her to own the copyright and not know who took it, because the only way she could own the copyright of a picture someone else took is for them to have explicitly signed over those rights, in which case she would know who did that. I think you are going to have to find a different image whose provenance and permissions are clear. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Trouble uploading an authorized picture

Hello, I had the copyright send permission for this file: File:Images-stories-Photos-roger scruton 16 70dpi photographer by pete helme-267x397.jpg This file had been deleted from the French Wikipedia page I had done for Roger Scruton. Now, the picture is still not on Commons, and the system still won't let me upload it. Please help me out of this. Many thanks, AlexandraSl

File:Images-stories-Photos-roger scruton 16 70dpi photographer by pete helme-267x397.jpg You need the photographer to email permission. See:Commons:OTRS. If you have Pete Helme use the template on that page and send an email to the address there then that should work. The file name is rather long. If you still have the picture then "Roger Scruton (year here) by Pete Helme.jpg" may be better. We do have File:Roger Scruton.jpg if you want an image for his article. Is it the same person?--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:36, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
✓ Done and apologies for the delay. Trijnsteltalk 21:49, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons ID

I have an active ID that I am attempting to use as a login to edit a Wikipedia article.

It does not work.

When I attempt to create an ID to edit, the use of the same ID that I have in Wikimedia is said to be claimed.

If it is claimed due to my valid Wikimedia Commons ID, then, why is it not allowable for use in Wikipedia edits?

Are these accounts separate, or, are they co-joined? They act as if they are both.

You created your account on Commons in 2011. As you can see in the log at the English-language Wikipedia, the account of the same name there is already taken since 2005. Are you the person who created that Wikipedia account in 2005? If so, the problem may be that you are not using the password you used at that time. If not, the problem is that it the account of another user and that's why you can't use it, but because that user made no edits, you could ask on Wikipedia that this user name be reattributed to you. Please see en:Wikipedia:Changing username/Usurpations for the procedure. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:05, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

A question about upload

I have uploaded a new version of a the picture But it did not work properly. The picture here looks correct but both the picture in Wikipedia ( and the Thumbnail of the current version are the old one. In fact the previous Thumbnail becomes correct when I upload a new version but then the current one is wrong again.

Thank you very much, Aizenr (talk) 21:37, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Currently all thumbnails are ok. Ruslik (talk) 15:50, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

I need help me to contact with gen Peter pace

Hi whom , I need help , I want to contact with gen Peter gave , I don't know how to contact gen pace , please help me , I have something very important , that I need contact with gen pace , I'm live in New York , hope someone can help me , my email. [redacted email] , thanks who can help me , have a nice day , — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 00:52, 11 April 2013‎ (UTC)

You can contact any user here by using their user talk page, but we don't have any user called User talk:Peter pace, User talk:Gen Peter, User talk:Gen Peter gave or User talk:Gen pace, so I'm guessing your question has nothing to do with the Wikimedia Commons media repository. LX (talk, contribs) 14:06, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 14:06, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Probably means w:Peter Pace. His article has the place he lives in now. You could try the phone book or a vetrans affairs type organization in the same area.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:01, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Cannot watch video (2)

Hi, folks! Again I can't watch this video, which I have converted with Miro and uploaded. Can you help me? Thanks! --NaBUru38 (talk) 00:02, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

I managed to watch it when I set "WebM 360P", but with "WebM source" it did not work. Windows 7 64bit, Firefox 19. MKFI (talk) 13:25, 2 April 2013 (UTC)
I am not sure what is wrong with the file. You could try to convert the .mov to any lossless (ffv1) or raw format first – Avidemux can do this – and then apply editing and conversion to WebM. --McZusatz (talk) 18:02, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

OTRS request for help uploading

Folks, we have received an e-mail from an elderly reader who has some very early photographs of Waikiki and Diamond Head that may be of interest to the project. I have given standard advice about uploading but it may be too complicated for our e-mailer. Would someone be kind enough to volunteer to help this gentleman? If so, please e-mail me and we will take it from there. If an OTRS agent responds I will provide the ticket number. Thanks in advance.--ukexpat (talk) 02:30, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

This post seems buried so I gave some meagre advice on the en:wp talk page.--Canoe1967 (talk) 05:50, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

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Could we get a few people to look at Wikiwatcher1 latest flurry of uploads. i.e File:Kristofferson - 78.jpg - have no clue were hes guessing on copyright - ebay does not mention any thing about copyright.Moxy (talk) 22:33, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Such requests are better suited for Commons:Administrators' noticeboard. Ruslik (talk) 15:47, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
Huh? He's showing you both sides of a stock photo, and establishing that there was no copyright notice on it. He's not guessing; I'm not entirely comfortable with his claims, but he's making a clear copyright claim, and whether that's solid enough is for a DR to decide.--Prosfilaes (talk) 13:19, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:USS Russell DD 414 Crew.jpg

I am trying to include this photograph that is in my possession for use. It was taken when I was in the Navy in 1943. I have tried to apply the proper tag, but it still says it is missing some information. I would appreciate if an admin could fix this for me. Thanks. --Barry Friedman1297 (talk) 13:52, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

If it was taken by the gov for the gov then Template:PD-USGov may fit.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:01, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

No subject

Hi, Mr. Christofle sent a new version of the photo and wants that to be used but when I upload it. The sites that are using the photo reflect the old photo. How can I fix this? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Desaderal (talk • contribs) 22:17, 7 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • No idea who Mr. Christofle is, and assuming you are referring to File:USS Russell DD 414 Crew.jpg only one version has ever been uploaded. - Jmabel ! talk 00:18, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
    Pretty sure Desaderal's question is unrelated to Barry Friedman's question above. Moved it to a separate section. LX (talk, contribs) 17:45, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Robt Ptak photo

hi I;m trying to add a photo to wiki enty Robt Ptak. Robt Ptak himself has give me permission to upload a photo how do I get this photo onto the Wiki entry? I'm very new to wiki but I keep having the photo deleted which is frustrating! :D

Thankyou Chris

This is a question from User talk:Subtitlemeplease from my talkpage, I'm a bit busy at the moment, so I've moved it here.

Background === hi Subtitlemeplease ===

it can seem nasty if someone deletes a image you uploaded, and it seems nasty from your side of the matter, but from the other people's side there are so many images that are copyright and are copied off the Internet that it is very hard to do much more with each one than just delete it. There are that many, gazillions. Well, from their side, it almost seems like you're yelling even though you're not, you're just a bit upset and that's understandable.

About the image, you can probably read up about COMMONS:OTRS which will tell you what you can do. If you try to approach people with enough care so they don't think your really upset then they'll talk to you as well. You can talk to me on my talkpage. Penyulap 13:31, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Penyulap 03:01, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Question from Irina Shuiskaya which is probably unrelated to WWII-era Nazi pictures

Moved to separate section from #Asked for help on WWII-era Nazi pictures by another user LX (talk, contribs) 17:59, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi, would you please give me some explanation what is the problem in my work?Irina Shuiskaya 09:58, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright status query

There is a Wikipedia article about British actor Freddie Jones.

I live in his home town and I have just added to the article text to mention that a plaque to Freddie is located in the local town hall.

I would like to include a photograph of the plaque, but I'm not sure about the copyright position.

As regards the plaque :-

a) it was produced in association with the British Film Institute under the '100 years of cinema' project. b) it is posted in a public building and is obviously designed to be seen by the widest possible audience.

I took the photo of the plaque myself and intend to make no restrictions on its use.

Could you please advise. — Preceding unsigned comment added by PRR SoT (talk • contribs) 08:20, 8 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • My guess would be that the plaque itself *would* rise to the level of something copyrighted, but you would probably get a more knowledgable answer at Commons:Village pump/Copyright. - Jmabel ! talk 15:24, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Image source based on the file name

There used to be somewhere a list of websites that an image was likely copied from based on its filename. Like if it's 0000000000_a000000000_m.jpg, it's flickr, etc. I'm drawing a blank on where this list was. Can anyone point me to it? Thanks. --UserB (talk) 13:12, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

I don't know if it's what you're looking for, but if you speak regexp, see the "Other common patterns" of MediaWiki:Titleblacklist. LX (talk, contribs) 21:38, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, kinda. But really what I'm looking for is suppose I have, say, a facebook photo named N123456789 1234 5678.jpg. How do I get from that back to the Facebook account it came from? I'm more interested in this for purposes of verifying copyright status and less so for purposes of preventing meaningless filenames. (Quite the contrary - I think preventing these filenames is a very BAD idea - if someone is uploading an image they stole from some guy's Facebook account, we should encourage them to advertise that fact by using the Facebook filename for it.) If I find a file in that format - if the user name is BigJimmyP and I determine that it came from the Facebook profile of James Patterson, then we can reasonably infer that the license is probably legitimate. But if it came from the Facebook photos of some TV show or some company, then it's less likely to be legitimate. That's what I'm driving at. --UserB (talk) 02:15, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
Don't know if this is mentioned anywhere here on Commons, but for Facebook, given a filename like 11111_222222222222222_3333333333_n.jpg, grab the second part and go to to see its description page on Facebook. For Flickr, given a filename like 1111111111_42deadbeef_o.jpg, grab the first part and go to I have these as quick search bookmarks in my browser, which is quite handy. LX (talk, contribs) 18:09, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

License Now OK? => for NASA image - File:PIA16915-MarsCuriosityRover-Humidity-GaleCrater.jpg.

License Now OK? => for NASA image - File:PIA16915-MarsCuriosityRover-Humidity-GaleCrater.jpg - for some reason, the upload file procedure didn't seem to apply the license as usual - please update the image status accordingly of course - in any case - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 00:55, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

What is exactly wrong with this image? Ruslik (talk) 08:18, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
Image was tagged earlier by Nikbot as lacking the appropriate license - the NASA license has since been applied and the tagging notices removed - hopefully all's now ok - please let me know if otherwise of course - in any case - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 12:59, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Volga Resources Group Логотип.png

Good day! This file - is logo of Volga Resources Group, and all rights of it belong to its owner. All information can be found in this page:

Please give me some advice, what else information needed, and I'll try to find it. --Russian Bear2010 (talk) 08:02, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

I think {{pd-textlogo}} will suffice. Ruslik (talk) 08:21, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

action=purge not working

First version shown


I uploaded two updates for File:North_Korean_missile_range.svg but pages using it still show the first version, even after I added ?action=purge on its description page.

Can someone please help?

Thanks, cmglee (talk) 18:30, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

It's not showing Korea or Hawaii for me, either. I apologize if this sounds like "is it plugged in?", but are you absolutely sure that you uploaded the correct version? WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:30, 4 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, I've checked that the image on the description page has updated but not the 300px thumb. cmglee (talk) 11:14, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
It's all working for me today (image at top of the description page and under the most recent item in ==File history==, not here). Perhaps it was just a delay in the database somehow. Is it all working for you now? WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:10, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
Strangely, the 300px thumb on the right has not been updated. I'll just use a different size for now. cmglee (talk) 18:50, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
And this morning, the 300px image on this page is finally showing Korea (and Hawaii) for me. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:28, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Rights / pictures

Hello, for reason that I do not understand, some personal numerical photographs of a drawing I own have been removed from an article I contributed to. I tried to upload the file again, by paying more attention to the rights/licences (creative commons...), but I always get the same message : "There was another file already on the site with the same content, but it was deleted". Does it mean that it will never be possible to upload these files again ? Thanks for your help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jdbontemps (talk • contribs) 19:28, 9 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Deletions usually happen for a reason, so rather than attempting to unilaterally recreating the file yourself, you should request undeletion. I'm not an administrator, so I can only see the names of the files that have been deleted and the reasons they were deleted. (They're listed in Special:Log/Jdbontemps, and the deletion reasons can be seen by clicking the redlinked filenames.) Do note that if the drawing is protected by copyright, it will only be possible to restore the file if the copyright holder agrees to publish it under a free license. Physical ownership of the drawing does not mean that you hold the copyright to the drawing. LX (talk, contribs) 19:38, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I think you'd do best to go to Commons:Undeletion requests and request restoration of the images. I take it these were all old & public domain, but if you claimed them as being recent and your own work it is no surprise someone thought something fishy had to be going on. - Jmabel ! talk 00:28, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

I'm going to delete this /my/ foto, because it's a double and not necessary. do you (administration) do it or am I able to do it by myself? concerns [] (talk) 10:05, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

  • If it's a duplicate, just tag it with {{duplicate|filename of image of which it's a duplicate}}, it will get deleted. No, you cannot delete it yourself. - Jmabel ! talk 15:54, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Problem with a javascript routine

Bility (talk · contribs) wrote this .js script for me almost two years ago (and hasn't made any contributions since), but recently it seems to have stopped working correctly. It's intended function is to find and list all recently-uploaded BSicon files. Can anyone debug it to determine the problem? (Also, while you're "poking around under the hood", would it be possible to have it default to checking the last seven days, but have an option to allow searching a specific date range?)
Thanks, AlgaeGraphix (talk) 00:59, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

I tested it both in Vector and monobook skins (in Chrome browser) and it works fine. Can you describe your problem in more detail? What browser, OS do you use? Ruslik (talk) 18:36, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Sorry, I should have been more specific. The problem is that the scrips is only returning a handful of results or the "No new files found." message when I know that there have been numerous new files uploaded.
This problem is occurring under both Windows 7 and Mac OS X with Explorer, Foxfire and Safari. (I don't use Chrome because I can't cut & paste from the results list.) AlgaeGraphix (talk) 14:01, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

lost pictures (talk) 11:10, 11 April 2013 (UTC) has about 32 fotos in his uploads. i uploaded some more > like: [Datei:Notfallordner.jpg|thumb|hochkant=0.8], [|miniatur|260px] and [ Büste.Thierig.JPG|miniatur|210px] where did they go? now I want to ask, whether you can arrange to bring them 'back' to my list. thanks, (talk) 11:10, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Die Bilder sind nicht verloren. Nur hast du sie nicht bei commons sonder in der de:wp hochgeladen. Die Datei:Notfallordner.jpg ist dort sicher - auch für den Notfall - gespeichert. --maxxl2 - talk 11:20, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
danke -was es nicht alles gibt?- also liegen lassen und tee trinken, kein re-arrange? gruß (talk) 11:27, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Die sind da zwar gut aufgehoben, aber wenn das Urheberrecht es zulässt, solltest du diese Bilder der Wikipedia-Welt zur Verfügung stellen und nach hier (commons) verschieben. --maxxl2 - talk 11:55, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Common asks for original source with 'Own work' inserted

Common asks for original source with 'Own work' auto inserted - why ? Tfitzp Tfitzp (talk) 15:16, 11 April 2013

  • Sounds wrong, but hard to say without knowing what image you are talking about. Can you be more specific? - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lyudmila Savelyeva as Natasha Rostova from the 1967 film “War and Peace”.jpg

--Marina kartashova (talk) 15:32, 11 April 2013 (UTC) Dear Officer of Editing Commons,

I am not sure how to describe the licence for this file.

It is a screenshot from a soviet film of 1967, and it is unclear who holds copyrights to it. However, I believe that is should be allowed to use this image for non-commercial, especially educational purposes.

The information on this web-site:, link to which appears on top of the uploaded file, if clicked on it on the source page: claims that the file is free to use.

Yours sincerely Marina Kartashova --Marina kartashova (talk) 15:32, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Commons does not accept images that can only be used non-commercially. - Jmabel ! talk 15:53, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Кот в сапогах(1968).jpg

It' s my file

--Обратная сторона Луны (talk) 18:03, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Does "It's my file" mean "I made the screenshot from someone else's video" or does it mean "I'm the person who drew this scene in the video 45 years ago"? WhatamIdoing (talk) 19:17, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

I have problem about my upload picture.

I was uploaded copyright Date A Live light novel cover and gave the information about this picture to filling more detail that article. But it's warn that this picture will be delete in 7 days. So, I need some help for adding some important data or prevent any copyright warning sign. Because I see picture that copyrighted but it allowed to uploaded and these pictures still appear without problem. Please help. - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Polwath (talk • contribs)

  • Context: this appears to be about the deleted File:Date A Live volume 1 cover.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 06:54, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
  • "Non-free use rationale" exists on the English-language Wikipedia, but not on Commons. Commons accepts only free-licensed content and public domain content, not "fair use" content. - Jmabel ! talk 06:56, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Stele M i B.jpg

-- 08:39, 12 April 2013 (UTC) Cette photo est tirée d'un site universitaire d'épigraphie et se trouve dans le domaine public!-- 08:39, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Why would the photo be in the public domain? Obviously the object represented is old enough to be public domain, but a 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimensional object is always a derivative work carrying rights of its own, and I don't see any basis to say this one was ever released into the public domain. (If someone can translate my remark here into decent French, that would be appreciated. I read French decently, but don't write it well.) - Jmabel ! talk 15:18, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

The following remark is moved here from a separate section. - Jmabel ! talk 15:21, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

This stele is in a public base: [1] --Alainauzas 08:51, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

--Alainauzas 08:51, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

End moved remark. - Jmabel ! talk 15:21, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

  • The fact that something is published does not mean it is in the public domain. Most content on the web is not in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 15:22, 12 April 2013 (UTC)


Dear Sir, Is a scan of a front page newspaper article/picture after more than twenty years considered to be under copyright? Thank you, Saflieni (talk) 08:03, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Generally, yes. (Copyright term is usually death of author + 70 years.) Ruslik (talk) 08:16, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
if in the US, pre-1923 is public domain, and 1923-1978 could be if not renewed. front pages are uploaded to english wikipedia with a fair use rubrick, if illustrating an article about the newspaper, see [2] Slowking4†@1₭ 17:26, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding Ebiz logo.gif

--Sandeepkedia (talk) 08:45, 12 April 2013 (UTC) [spam removed Rillke(q?)] Dr. Pawan Malhan [spam removed Rillke(q?)] who is a great educationalist and has also been a former deputy director of Association of Indian Universities(AIU) as well as an inspiration and mentor for more than a million youths has no mention on Wikipedia. And when I am trying to put the information here, it is saying that it might be deleted in 7 days. kindly look into the matter and please do the needful. Your kind support is highly solicited. Thank you, Sandeep Kedia

Wikipedia is not a promoter and the same is true for Wikimedia Commons (this is here; the media database). Please confer to COM:SCOPE and COM:NOT and stop this promotional language and linkspam. Also all uploaded files need an appropriate Copyright tags. If you did not create the logo/ are not the copyright holder, you also need to prove permission. -- Rillke(q?) 09:55, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:TomRogerAadlandBlodPåSporaAlbumCover.jpg

The copyright for the use of the album cover of Blod på spora belongs to the record label Embacle Records, which I own. So I am positive that it is not a copyright violation to use this picture on Wikipedia. How do I state this, and where? Tom Roger Aadland

--OslWis (talk) 19:59, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Since it is previously published you need to email OTRS. Commons:OTRS has details. If you fill the form out correctly and provide the file name so they can find it then it should go smoothly.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:04, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Inappropriate use of File talk pages

I've edited Wikipedia before but last night I began preparing my first edits on Wikimedia on the file talk pages associated with the file pages where I thought I might add a more detailed description. Unfortunately two of the file talk pages I wrote have been deleted in their entirety as Inappropriate use of File talk pages. As per the page, Commons:First steps/Quality and description, one of the items that it never hurts to have in descriptions is the location that a picture was taken. I also understand that Talk pages are for suggesting content for a page. Therefore I put notes about the location of the pictures based on landmarks and details in the backgrounds and a search of Google, Google Maps, and Google Street View. I also put some notes about whether the picture was legal on the talk page (human subject old enough to give consent). I know that I forgot to sign my posts. I also realize that some of the details I added may not have been clear in purpose and may even have been inappropriate. However, it was my first posts and if there was room for improvement then partial deletion seems like it would have been the better route. My question is, Overall, is that not an appropriate use of File talk pages? and Should I reinstate my posts, perhaps with some material removed, and, of course, with a signature? Bluetetrahedron (talk) 20:55, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Probably because your comments, especially those at File talk:Nude on Public Highway.jpg looked awfully like stalking, and your conjectures about the exact age of the subject certainly were a bit creepy, and your link to a mugshot that I see no particular reason to connect to the subject of the photo is beyond creepy.
  • In any case, if you want to follow up something like this, you would probably do best to start by contacting the deleting admin rather than coming to the help page, which he probably does not check regularly. - Jmabel ! talk 00:26, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
I hear what you say about it looking like stalking but the exact age of the subject touches on whether the image is legal. If the subject was underage then the subject couldn't give consent and the image should be deleted. She looks like she might be underage to me and so I was concerned. I realized afterward that posting notes about it was inappropriate. I probably should have just asked the question; 'Does this subject look underage to anyone else?'Bluetetrahedron (talk) 03:22, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, that would have been much more appropriate than conjecturing that she was a particular individual with an arrest record. Again, though, you would do much better to take this up with the deleting admin. - Jmabel ! talk 17:26, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload bot for DVIDS?

Does anyone know if there is an upload bot friendly to DVIDS? (The en:Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System - website is It looks like it would be friendly to a bot retrieving the files - the authorship, copyright, location, and date information is all in a standard format for their image files. Kelly (talk) 21:31, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Logo Deleted how to restore

Hello, I had the copyright send permission for this File:QuickQuackDDDhighres.jpg. This file had been deleted from the English Wikipedia page I had done for Quick Quack Car Wash. Now, the picture is still not on Commons, and the system still won't let me upload it again. Please help me out of this. Many thanks,

Nitu Borah

File:QuickQuackDDDhighres.jpg You claimed on the page to have created this yourself. Does that mean that you are either the artist who drew the duck, etc. or someone to whom the copyrights have been legally assigned by that person (e.g. you hired them to create it and the contract stipulates that they are handing over copyright)? If so, and if it was indeed your intent to release this under cc-by-sa-3.0, then you can send an email as explained at COM:OTRS and it will presumably be restored. If someone else was the artist (or is the copyright holder by assignment), then they are the person who would have to send such a release.
Otherwise, you might be able to upload a scaled-down version of this to the English-language Wikipedia with a non-free use justification template filled out, but Commons doesn't allow "fair use" of images like this. - Jmabel ! talk 05:16, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Own Work

Commons refuses load and asks for original source or license even when the Original Source slot is auto-filled as 'Own work' This result appears after first attempt to load a different picture worked OK - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tfitzp (talk • contribs)

  • Tfitzp, could you be clear about (1) the file type you were trying to upload and (2) what tool you were using for the upload (Special:Upload or something else?). - Jmabel ! talk 17:30, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Also: this is not something I know a lot about. Can someone else take this one over? I'm trying to move it forward a step because it sat here a while with no answer at all. - Jmabel ! talk 17:30, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  • It would be really helpful to know what you're trying to upload. Can we get a file name, a description, or other details? WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:03, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Repurposed buildings - categorization

Looking for some advice on categorization - there is a former small college in South Dakota (Yankton College) that closed and is now a prison (Federal Prison Camp, Yankton). I was looking to upload some older images from the Library of Congress here dating to the facility's college days. I had created Category:Yankton College but we also have Category:Federal Prison Camp (Yankton, South Dakota) - should these categories be merged? Should images be cat'd based on time frame taken, or should one be a subcat of the other? This is the first time I have run into this situation. Kelly (talk) 00:26, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Subcat would be one possibility, but in this case {{See also}} would seem more appropriate. And I'd say yes, based on time frame taken whenever verifiable. - Jmabel ! talk 16:17, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Valued image candidates/File:Fernand Léger - Grand parade with red background (mosaic) 1958 made.jpg

Hi, After I uploaded my nominated VI candidate image "File:Fernand Léger - Grand parade with red background (mosaic) 1958 made.jpg", I found the wording "Review it!" becomes red colour, but all other nominated images with the wording "Review it!" are blue colour. Could you let me know where I did wrong so I can fix it. Thanks in advance Donaldytong (talk) 05:25, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

When you created the VI candidate subpage you accidentally included the "File:" namespace part of the file name. The link from Commons:Valued image candidates includes only the file name part. I have moved Commons:Valued image candidates/File:Fernand Léger - Grand parade with red background (mosaic) 1958 made.jpg to Commons:Valued image candidates/Fernand Léger - Grand parade with red background (mosaic) 1958 made.jpg to fix the problem. MKFI (talk) 07:25, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks MKFI for your help. Very much appreciated. Donaldytong (talk) 08:44, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: MKFI (talk) 13:35, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Link to spanish wikibooks

I would like to include in a commons-file a link to a spanish Wikibook ([3]) I thout that :es:wikilibros:NAME or :es:wikibooks:NAME would work. But it didnt ([4]). --Thirunavukkarasye-Raveendran (talk) 14:34, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Fixed, but for the information about interwiki links see m:Help:Interwiki linking. Ruslik (talk) 08:07, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Z10 black ENG Gen FrontNoShadow.svg

Please delete this file. It is an error

--Brout8 (talk) 21:09, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

✓ DoneMono 00:30, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Krish-j-sathar.jpg

This is the first time i am trying to upload a image. The picture was published in a Cinema website, I want to put this image in wikipedia. Not sure how to proceed further.

Many thanks Gokul

--Jgokul (talk) 09:04, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

This is probably a copyright violation and will need to be deleted.
With very few exceptions, you can only upload a picture if you personally took the picture (your fingers pushed the camera's button). You must not copy photos off of copyrighted websites like this one. WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:59, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

raj sinha - detail

  • I have absolutely no idea why you linked this. What help are you asking for? - Jmabel ! talk 15:56, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Help naming category for specific type of "itemfill" photo

I'm thinking of creating a category for photos where a single type of item/object fills the entire image (for example see File:BilberriesBig.jpg). I just can't for the death of me come up for any concise way of naming such a thing, and I suspect that there would be an existing term as well. --Pitke (talk) 06:49, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Probably "extreme closeups". But why would this category be useful? - Jmabel ! talk 15:58, 16 April 2013 (UTC)
"Extreme close-ups" would encompass all other super macro images as well. The cat would be useful as a subtype for Category:Textures. --Pitke (talk) 18:41, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Cropped photos

How do I attribute a photo (fill out the questionannaire) when I have cropped a CC-BY-SA photo ?

It depends a little on how much you're cropping. Try looking at other examples, such as File:MartinScorsese(cannes).crop.jpg, and see what they did. There is a little more information and links to a few other examples at COM:CROP. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Problems with my svg diagram

Hello everyone. I'm an old wikipedian in commons but is new to vector graphics with Inkscape. I just translated a vector file into Chinese with Inkscape, but I found a black box on the top left corner of my diagram. I don't know and I didn't see it in Inkscape. Is the problem come from the original file itself, my own problem or anything else? Thank You.--Lokionly (talk) 09:39, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

The black box is deleted. For your information a short citation from Help:SVG:
  • Text in Inkscape by default uses a Flowed Text (SVG 1.2) box which can result in problems, it will likely not render at all or render as a (large black) rectangle. To fix this, simply use the ‹Convert To Text› command in the Inkscape Text menu.
  • Alternatively, before typing the text, first select the text tool and with the mouse click without dragging on the canvas where you wish the text to begin.
  • Empty Flowed Text Boxes will also appear black, although they are hidden in Inkscape. To remove them, go to the XML Editor in the Edit menu. Delete the elements that are named as following: <svg:flowRoot id="flowRootXXXX">. --maxxl2 - talk 10:00, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much!--Lokionly (talk) 14:06, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:30, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Mao Zedong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme and 10th Panchen after signing the Treaty.gif

Dear Administrators, Please help me. I did spmething wrong with the file. I would like to upload the part of it, which could be used as picture of Panchen-lama the Tenth. But I did it wrong way. Hunu (talk) 06:50, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Choekyi Gyaltsen 10th Panchen Lama crop.gif. Is this the correct person now?--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:36, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, thank you very much Hunu (talk) 16:05, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Picture deleted?

Dear Wipimedia Commons,

I'm trying to add a photo to an article but it's been deleted, claiming that the photo violates your copyright-rules. The photo was taken privately and hasen't been uploaded to any websites. It's been used on an intranet. Is that grounds enough for a violation?

All the best, Mette — Preceding unsigned comment added by DetCentraleHandicapråd (talk • contribs) 09:14, 10 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • It would help a lot to indicate your account name (just sign with ~~~~ and it will be appended to your post) and/or the name to which you are trying to upload the image, so someone can look into the specifics of the case. If you are the photographer, it should be possible to sort this out and use your picture, though it might require the COM:OTRS process. - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Normally what matters most is not whether the photo was taken privately, but whether you personally took the picture (i.e., your fingers pushed the camera buttons). WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:32, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I worked out from the history that this was asked by DetCentraleHandicapråd (talk · contribs), whose only upload was File:Tue Byskov Bøtkjær.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
    • The whole situation here is a bit confused. I'm guessing that the log referring to a problem with "EXIT metadata" means "EXIF metadata", but I don't think I have a way to look at metadata of a deleted photo.
    • It looks like a previous upload to the same name (different photo of the same person) by a different user may have muddied the waters here. DetCentraleHandicapråd/Mette: did you take the photo? Or is it someone else's? - Jmabel ! talk 00:28, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Hi, still new to Wikipedia and Commons, so thanks for your patience. Yes, I took the picture.--DetCentraleHandicapråd (talk) 07:24, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
  • @Jmabel. Why did you ask the OP to respond on this help page on their talk page? They claim to be the person that holds the rights to the image but you seem to be making it far more a Striesand Effect than it should be. If you wish advice on how to respond as an admin then you may wish to email a bureaucrat.--Canoe1967 (talk) 08:08, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
    • Canoe: I asked on his talk page for the same reason I'd leave a {{tb}}, but that is for discussions on user talk pages. I wanted to keep the conversation in one place, since several people had raised issues. - Jmabel ! talk 15:42, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
    • And in the same interest of transparency: I am about to ask the deleting admin what his basis is to have said it was a copyvio, now that DetCentraleHandicapråd has said he/she was indeed the photographer, which I'm inclined to believe. - Jmabel ! talk 15:46, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
    • By the way, DetCentraleHandicapråd, no reason you should have known this as someone new here, but the usual place to ask for undeletion is Commons:Undeletion requests. - Jmabel ! talk 15:46, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
      • According to the image's EXIF, the author is Henrik Naestoft Christiansen. The copyright field in the EXIF states: "Don't use without written permission - Copyright(2011)." If the uploader is this person, I would think that COM:OTRS permission from them is needed to host this on Commons. BTW, any admin can view the EXIF of a deleted file by downloading a copy and checking properties/details (MS Windows). INeverCry 18:13, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Note: I'm referring to the newest version - uploaded at 04:57, April 5, 2013 by User:DetCentraleHandicapråd. INeverCry 18:17, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Uploader is not the author of the photo because of her female name. Jespinos (talk) 19:28, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Or the feminine username is unrelated to the user's real-world identity, or the camera was borrowed, etc. I suspect that a sizable fraction of pictures that I take have my husband's name on them, especially when I borrow his iPhone or use Photoshop on his computer. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:24, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
It is true that there is the possibility that the uploader can be the author of the photo, but for the purpose of making an undeletion decision based upon the current evidence, the photo must not be considered as own work of the uploader. The name that I referred to above is Mette. Det Centrale Handicapråd appears to mean "The Danish Disability Council". Jespinos (talk) 20:46, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

file names

i see commons is now blocking file names that are identical except for the file extension, i.e. jpg vs. tif. when did this change? could you please change it back ? Slowking4†@1₭ 17:29, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

tracked... --McZusatz (talk) 11:53, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Portrai YadegarAsisi 2011 web.jpg

ladies and gents, please notice that the copyright status of this pic is a Creative Commons license.

could you please fit on? --Denise bei asisi (talk) 14:59, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

  • What's the basis to say it's Creative Commons? And which Creative Commons license (there are quite a few, and only some are suitable for Wikimedia Commons)? It comes from elsewhere on the web, and you provided a link directly to the image, which gives no context as to what license the source site might offer. - Jmabel ! talk 00:19, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
    • The website itself states "all photos copyright by asisi", see [[5]]. If you are (or are authorized to represent) the copyright owner, you'll need to verify a Creative Commons permission for all purposes over mail (see COM:OTRS for more details). GermanJoe (talk) 07:14, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Please, rename the file

Please, rename the file File:10Panchen part.jpg in File:Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme_part.jpg. I uploaded it, but wrongly named. Thank you in advance, Hunu (talk) 09:13, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done -mattbuck (Talk) 11:06, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
  • In the future, just use {{rename}}. No need to come to the help desk. - Jmabel ! talk 01:15, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Carole Bienaimé-Besse.jpg

This photo of Carole Bienaimé was taken by Thomas Deron. It is part of April Snow Films & Capital photo library as you can see on April Snow Films & Capital website

--Shoushanne (talk) 16:09, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

  • So what is the basis for it to be either public domain or under a free license (and, if the latter, what free license)? - Jmabel ! talk 01:16, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Queryen - DEMO (1994).jpg

Hello Today I uploaded several scans of files I have her ein my archive with given company and name of the author, because unortunately these files are not anywhere on internet so I do not know what kind of license should I use for them? I do not claim they are mine, I only uploaded them here cos they were not anywhere on internet, to be archived for history + I write for everyone of them their real AUTOR NAME and PUBLISHER NAME (peeriodic they were in), all those files are form 90-ties from local periodics, many of them do not exist anymore or have not these files in their archives anymore (for exampkle one of them ha sonly archives from 2005+, so from that point of view my files are the only existing copy), what should I do with it to be accepted?

--Bublible (talk) 19:31, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

  • You cannot upload other people's intellectual property here without their permission. Sorry. - Jmabel ! talk 01:17, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I've sent this one off for deletion. Bublible (talk · contribs) has uploaded several other images that will need to be checked for this problem; based on the file names, I suspect that most of them will require deletion.
    Bublible, this is illegal. You must not upload scanned copies of newspaper or magazine articles that someone else wrote. It's the exclusive right of the newspaper or magazine to put their articles on the Internet—or to keep them off the Internet. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:13, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Zhirov1927.jpg

What needs to be done to keep this file at Wikipedia?

This is a project dony by a dead (by now) architect in 1927. I believe all the rights for it are long gone. The image was taken from here:

--Nich marketing (talk) 05:37, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

The rights are not gone, they remain for 70 years after the death of the architect. Since he was still alive in 1956, there is unfortunately no way this file can be uploaded to Commons - unless the heirs agree to release it to under the appropriate license.--Ymblanter (talk) 09:18, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Dgr-2398-irccs-istituto-tumori-milano-diventa-fondazione.pdf

Questa è una Delibera della Giunta Regionale della Lombardia, in quanto tale è evidentemente un atto pubblico, non credo abbia un copyright. Non sono riuscito a capire che tipo di licenza attribuire. Grazie dell'aiuto :-)

--Franciaio (talk) 15:08, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Needs to be tagged with an appropriate tag indicating the basis on which it is in the public domain. (Does someone want to suggest which that would be?) - Jmabel ! talk 15:13, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Photograph published 79 years ago, author unknown

Is this photograph in the public domain? It was published in The Times in 1934. The author is unknown. Surtsicna (talk) 23:32, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Yes, it should be in public domain under {{Anonymous-EU}}. MKFI (talk) 08:53, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Surtsicna (talk) 18:02, 17 April 2013 (UTC)
For the purposes of Commons, it's not in the public domain, since it has to be PD in the US and its source country, and it's 95 years from publication, since it wasn't PD in 1996. This will be PD in the US in 2030, and uploadable to Commons then.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:38, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Category for egg stands

Do we have a category for what I, at least, would call an "egg stand"? I don't see anything for more general "farm stands," either. Trying to add appropriate categories to my recent File:Edison, WA - egg stand on Smith Road 01.jpg; same category would be relevant for (e.g.) File:Pensilva - with eggs for sale from an honesty box - - 708761.jpg and that or a related category for something like File:Cambodia 08 - 037 - eggs for sale at the market (3198826603).jpg at a market. I suspect there is no existing category; not sure where best to hang it in the category tree. - Jmabel ! talk 05:20, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

There is Category:Egg stalls in Mercat de la Boqueria, so perhaps a more general category should be created.
Category:Stalls or Category:Food markets might work if you don't want to create a category specifically for egg stands. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:20, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
That's suggestive, but I don't think "markets" is on the spot. The Boqueria is, of course, a market, but more typically these are on or near farms. Still, "stalls" may aim the right way (I suspect that's a more British usage than my American "stands"). We'd talk about a "market stall" (e.g. at Pike Place Market in Seattle) but would not usually use that for something, well, freestanding. Can anyone comment on whether something like this by a UK farm would be called a "stall"? I have no problem with the term if it's in common use somewhere with this meaning. - Jmabel ! talk 23:44, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
BrE opinion: "farm stand"/"farmstand" sounds like an americanism, maybe fairly recent, or local usage which has gained more currency recently, I've not heard it before. "Stand" in the meaning "a small stall or booth selling stuff" is universal afaict. I think "stand" in your usage "egg stand" is just a small extension of the meaning "small piece of furniture where you buy things", it's not a big stretch at all, although it does sound odd to me because I would expect even a stand to have someone staffing it. We have Category:Market stalls and Category:Stalls. If you consider "stands" as a specific case of "stalls" (same thing but smaller), maybe distinguished by subcats, then they can go in the stall categories. The awkward thing you hit on is, to distinguish the meaning of "stall selling things" from another kind of stall, the modifier "market" is used. Stalls in this sense very often are at markets, so it doesn't appear to be a problem. Stands, however, are less associated with markets, they could just be in the street or on a road somewhere... "egg stand", "hotdog stand", "lemonade stand", etc., so "market stand" or a link with "market stall" doesn't seem appropriate. This specific concept as I'm aware of it is an "honesty box", whether it's on a table or a trolley or a tree stump or a chair or whatever, though I suspect this is a britishism. I don't think of it as a stand (or a stall :) but I can see why it would be called that –⁠moogsi (blah) 14:47, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
You are correct that "honesty box" is not US usage. Also, I think the phenomenon of the "honesty box" is itself less common here, even in the rural areas; usually someone is sitting there. - Jmabel ! talk 15:18, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Can the Author of a photo be an organization?

I have an image I'd like to upload. It was provided by an organization and I have permission from that organization to release it. I also have the name of the photographer, but that person was hired by to organization and the organization owns the rights to the photo. Can I enter the name of the organization under the Author field?

Insight and recommendations appreciated! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hellolindsay (talk • contribs) 14:15, 19 April 2013‎ (UTC)

I suggest entering both: "Photograph by John Doe. Copyright held by This Charity." WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:46, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
And this almost certainly calls for going through the process laid out at COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:19, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:High Bridge in Kentucky.jpg

I uploaded this from The heading was Pictures I've taken for Wikipedia. So, since it was published on wikipedia, I assumed it was ok to use. Many of his photos have been uploaded to the Commons already, some by others, e.g. File:BondarantPharmJBM.jpg. Should I have formatted it like User:Fanvon did? The photographer hasn't edited since last year. Maybe I'm wrong. Thanks,

--Farrajak (talk) 19:53, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

You just forgot to include a status tag. You can use {{PD-user-w|project=w|language=en|user=Angry Aspie}} or another similar tag. It's also probably better to source directly to the en.wp file (File:Picture 467.jpg), not to the user page. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:18, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sevi band.jpg

The file, I am trying to use is sent personally to me by Svetlana Bliznakova, who is the owner of the picture. I got personal permission from her to use this photo in the article I am writing about Sevi band, and it seems there is no way I can use this picture without constantly receiving warnings that I cannot use it... What should I do?

--Alexandrazerner (talk) 23:32, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

See: Commons:OTRS 'Owning' the picture is different than copyright. If she bought the rights from the photographer then she would truly own it. Ask her to check with the photographer about who owns the rights. Then have the rights holder fill out the form on the OTRS page. Make sure they send the file name as well so OTRS can find it.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:33, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Page loading issues

Certain pages on Commons don't seem to be loading anymore. For instance User:Mattbuck/Railways/2013_April_11-20 or User_talk:Túrelio. This has been happening for the past few hours. It seems to sort of load, briefly, then starts to reload and never gets anywhere. I use Firefox, and never encountered this before. -mattbuck (Talk) 01:00, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

  • User:Mattbuck/Railways/2013 April 11-20 looks fine to me (also on Firefox). - Jmabel ! talk 01:19, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
    Several other people have reported this on IRC. -mattbuck (Talk) 01:22, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
    It seems to be getting worse - several pages which loaded before won't anymore, so far only in the user and user talk spaces. They open fine in MSIE, and no, I did not change anything in firefox. -mattbuck (Talk) 01:07, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

See also Commons:Village pump#Anyone else have problem with opening user pages in Firefox? –⁠moogsi (blah) 12:19, 21 April 2013 (UTC)


I've uploaded this SVG file today, but didn't realize that an older version for it is already available. How do i nominate my new version for deletion?
Deuterium (talk) 08:37, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Put {{speedy}} somewhere on the page to tag the file for speedy deletion. Provide a reason - in this case would be "uploader request" or similar –⁠moogsi (blah) 11:02, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much Deuterium (talk) 15:57, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Same name exists locally on Wikipedia

I am trying to use File:Transducer.jpg in an article on Unfortunately, there is another (unrelated) file of that name already on the local wiki. I thought I could solve the problem by creating a redirect at File:Orthomode transducer.jpg and linking to that instead. That works in that I now have a thumbnail of the correct image in my article, but clicking through it still goes to the incorrect local image (for reasons I don't really understand since that is now a different name). I finally tried to request that Transducer.jpg be moved, but the form is refusing to submit because of the redirect I created earlier. The file could definitely do with renaming anyway as "Transducer" is ridiculously too general. Can someone suggest a way forward, or better still, sort out the problem? SpinningSpark 16:10, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

The file is now locally at File:Orthomode transducer.jpg (swapped the file and the redirect around), I think that should fix it.. –⁠moogsi (blah) 17:03, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, I will change the link to point to the new title. SpinningSpark 22:03, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Uploading scan of book cover


I scanned a book cover by grandfather, from 1930. I am the heir of all IP and works after my father and mother passed away. Should I put the license under Template:PD heirs or is some other license more appropriate? Thanks, Mvanco (talk) 21:22, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Is it the text of the book or the art of the cover that is by your grandfather? If you are the only copyright owner of the work, the decision about the license is yours. You can release the work to the PD if you are sure that is what you want. If you're not sure, don't do it. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:39, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Both the book and the cover are my grandfather's work. The book has already been published on-line as he passed away in 1943. I'm just trying to add the scan of the cover to his wiki page and have had problems previously with a photo of his being deleted. Just want to make sure I'm not violating any rules.

Mvanco (talk) 21:52, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

  • If you mean to put it in the public domain, then the correct license would indeed be {{PD-heirs}}. - Jmabel ! talk 04:36, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Question about blanket Public Domain for photos from a state government website

Hi, hope I'm asking in the right place. I have sort of a unique situation to figure out. I'd VERY much like to upload and use official photos of member politicians from the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senate websites. I feel these would be a nice enhancement to each politicians Wiki. I've exchanged e-mail with the official state photographer for the website images, and he states that all photos on the site are in the public domain and free to use. I know that a "permission e-mail" is probably required. My question / problem is does there need to be a seperate e- mail for each photo uploaded, listing the file name, etc. or can a "blanket e-mail" of sorts cover all of them? I fear if I ask the gentleman to do a seperate e-mail for each photo he'll consider it too time consuming (which it would be) and tell me to go jump in the proverbial lake. Advice on how to proceed with this? Much thanks and have a great Wiki kinda day! Sector001 (talk) 14:11, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Blanket email is fine, as long as the covered scope is clear. - Jmabel ! talk 17:04, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Does Anyone Review Info for Relevancy?

I was a passenger on the SS Rembrandt during its final voyage as a Premier Cruise Liner in 2000. I have the original cruise brochure and Capt's notice to the passengers regarding the the turn around mid voyage. The brochure has the ship deck layouts, interior photographs etc. Would anyone be interested in this material? I also have the Line's brochure containing the deck plans for their other ships - Island Breeze, Ocean Breeze, Sea Breeze, Sea Wind and Oceanic/Big Red Boat I.

Fred — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 23:22, 21 April 2013‎ (UTC)

While people may be interested in it, we would be unable to host it, as you are not the copyright holder and thus are not able to release it under a free licence as required by our licensing policy. -mattbuck (Talk) 23:41, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

upload picture from Daily Mail article

I would like to update a photo of Sir Charles Lupton taken from the a Daily Mail article. The url for this article is : Am I allowed to upload Sir Charles Lupton's photo from this or similar internet sources? Could you please point me to the appropriate upload form? ____ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Monbulktrees (talk • contribs) 10:33, 22 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Sorry, but we don't accept any work over which the author asserts copyright (see the introduction to Commons:Licensing). The huge majority of photos published by newspapers will be copyrighted by a news agency (Reuters, Associated Press, etc.) It's best to assume content isn't free unless there is an explicit declaration to the contrary –⁠moogsi (blah) 14:44, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:News Story announcing ban on nudity at San Onofre nud ebeach.webm

I uploaded a recording of a local TV news broadcast. How would I categorize the licensing?

--Spacemountainmike (talk) 20:30, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

That's a copyright violations. Fox does not release its broadcasts under a free license. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary, part of our first steps guide, to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 20:33, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 20:33, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Refining search by pixel size and type of license

Can you search for a specific subject but 1) exclude pictures which have a smaller number of pixels than you want and 2) include only pictures with 3.0 license or public domain pictures? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Silvermines (talk • contribs) 15:24, 21 April 2013‎ (UTC)

I don't think either is possible now. A bot could probably do it though.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:10, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

is it ok to make categories for a class of pictures, so that when you want them you don't have to scroll through thousands each time?

I find the categories hard to use. If I want pictures just of a certain subject but if there is no category for them, it takes days to find them as often the categories have so many different subjects in them to sort through. Search is only of limited help and often misses it completely, like if you don't know that "Viirakkal" means "Hero stones". Maybe the only way is once you find a picture, start listing them somewhere? Keep them somewhere somehow? Or what? Any suggestions? Farrajak (talk) 19:09, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

  • It would really help to describe more concretely the problem you are trying to solve. In general, if there are numerous photos of the same subject it is appropriate to introduce a category. - Jmabel ! talk 01:28, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Rocio Durcal.

Quisiera saber porque la biografia de Rocio Durcal no tiene foto. Fue, es y sera una gran cantante española que triunfo en el mundo entero. Por favor hagan algo para solucionar este detalle. Es muy molesto para sus fans no ver una foto de Rocio. Gracias.

T.J.Cambra. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 20:48, 22 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Wikimedia Commons no hay artículos. Por supuesto la pregunta trata con es:Rocío Dúrcal en la Wikipedia inglés.
  • Para alberguer un foto en Commons, necesita o ser en el dominio público o haber una licensia libre. ¿Hay un foto que conforme?
  • La Wikipedia inglés (pero no Commons) se permite utilizar una imagen en acuerdo con la doctrina de fair use. Se necesita la plantilla en:Template:Non-free use rationale. - Jmabel ! talk 01:38, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Please delete my account Researchafricapacific

Please delete this account & the commons documents associated with it


— Preceding unsigned comment added by Researchafricapacific (talk • contribs) 00:35, 23 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Hello, I deleted your uploads. It's not possible to delete an account. If you would like to rename the account (e.g. to something random or unidentifiable), please see Commons:Changing username. Thanks, –⁠moogsi (blah) 00:51, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Alphabetizing in a "By country" category.

I created the category "Military parades in the United States", and assigned it the parent "Military parades by country", but it alphabetized wrong ("M" instead of "U"), so I changed the parent assignment to "Military parades". How can I assign it "Military parades by country" and have it come out right? Thanks for your help. Hamblin (talk) 13:15, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

By appending a sort key after parent category: [[Category:Military parades by country|United States]]. I have done this for Category:Military parades in the United States and placed it back into Category:Military parades by country. {{DEFAULFSORT:sort key}} can be used to change how a page is always sorted by default. MKFI (talk) 15:17, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! Hamblin (talk) 15:19, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: MKFI (talk) 15:53, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Upload Wizard

Hi there, I am attempting to upload an image using Upload Wizard, but at the upload portion of the process, there is no way to advance to the next step for "release rights". Can somebody assist me? Thanks very much, TBrandley (what's up) 18:12, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Unless this was just one of those temporary glitches and everything's fine now (I had trouble getting even user pages to load the day you posted this), I think we'll need more information. What exactly happened, and what did you expect? WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:44, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Börse (Stock Exchange) Hannover

Hello, I had permission to photograph in the hall of Hanover Stock Exchange for Wikipedia. Also I have made ​​a photo of a card and a painting that can be uploaded? Thank you. greeting --Jean11 (talk) 18:28, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

It depends on when these card and painting were made. Ruslik (talk) 04:11, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:KontorhausJoedebrunnen 1899sw.png

Hallo, Das Bild ist von einem Mieter des Hauses übegeben worden und trägt im Original den Vermerk "Anlage zum Mietvertrag". Vermutlich stammt es vom früheren Besitzer des Hauses, einem Mitglied der Familie Brachvogel. Derzeitig ist das Bild im Besitz des Ortsheimatpflegers Klaus Hoffmann. Der Besitz des Hauses hat gewechselt, es ist jetzt im Eigentum der Stadt Braunschweig. --Okernick (talk) 19:16, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

uploaded file is tagged as not having licensing info

This file File:High Bridge in Kentucky.jpg is tagged as not having licensing info. I think I screwed up because I changed the name from File:Picture 467.jpg to this name first - it being more descriptive. Now on wikipedia it says the file wasn't transferred. See [6]. It has the right licensing info on the original file on en wiki. What should I do? Thanks, Farrajak (talk) 21:37, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi, The file was tagged as having no license (by a bot) because when you uploaded it, it didn't have a license.
How are you transferring files from Wikipedia? There are a few methods at w:Wikipedia:Moving files to the Commons which will do the heavy lifting automatically and save you messing around with templates. FtCG for example will let you change the name as you transfer and then sort everything out for you.
I've updated the file's info on Commons to how it would look if transferred with FtCG. –⁠moogsi (blah) 22:18, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
The "Now Commons" template on the Wikipedia page says the file isn't on Commons because the parameter (the filename on Commons) isn't entered correctly. See w:Template:Now Commons –⁠moogsi (blah) 22:21, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I upload with the uploader helper that's on the picture's template saying that it needs to be transferred to the Commons. I forget what it's called, but this is the only time I've had trouble. (I just happened to notice that it had a warning on it here.) I won't know the name until I come cross another file that needs uploading! I think it's because I changed the file name to a more friendly one, so I've stopped doing that. What's the FtCG? Farrajak (talk) 22:48, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Ah then you were using CommonsHelper... I don't know what went wrong with it this time. FtCG (For the Common Good) is just another method for transferring things from Wikipedia (as mentioned at w:Wikipedia:Moving files to the Commons#How to transfer files to Commons). There's no reason to use one method over another –⁠moogsi (blah) 00:11, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Well, thanks! I probably screwed up somewhere, so thanks for fixing it. Farrajak (talk) 01:01, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

File viewing history

Is there a Commons equivalent of article / page viewing stats found on English Wikipedia? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 03:23, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

"Page information" (in the sidebar under "Toolbox") will give you various stats about a page. At the bottom of the info page there is a link to the page's stats at For example, here are the stats for the hypercube on the front page –⁠moogsi (blah) 03:59, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Measham Ware Teapot.jpg

Hello, I'm new to wikicommons and don't really know about or understand the licencing and copyright things.
If someone could take a look at this image I got from the V&A Museum and let me know if its allowed, and what licence things to use if it is.... I would be very greatful

--Rushton2010 (talk) 11:41, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

No. As stated on their image re-use rules , you can only use them for personal use - We don't fall into that. Cookies52(Operators talk)Bot 14:05, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Mispelling of city name in filename

I noticed that "Madrid" is misspelled in this filename:,_Still_Life_with_Watermelons_and_Apples,_Museo_del_Prado,_Madird.jpg

How does one go about correcting such an error?


-Cadpick — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cadpick (talk • contribs) 18:31, 24 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Hi, use {{rename}}. The reason in this case would be 5. The full help page is at Commons:File renaming –⁠moogsi (blah) 18:54, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Chiloe0.svg image don't render text to path always


I uploaded an image with 3 text strings adhered to a curve.("Golfo de Ancud", "Golfo de Reloncavi" and "Estuario de Reloncavi")

Can any one of you resolve the issue?.

I had the problem already. How can I avoid the problem? --Createaccount 12:11, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

This is one of many SVG features which are unsupported by RSVG, the software used by Mediawiki to convert SVG files to PNG before displaying. See en:Wikipedia:SVG help#Invisible "put on path" text. LX (talk, contribs) 15:16, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, LX. I understand now. --Createaccount 08:29, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
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Cat move slow

Category:Katherine Hull. Is their a backlog on moving categories or did I tag it wrong? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Canoe1967 (talk • contribs) 20:31, 6 April 2013‎ (UTC)

✓ Done yes, there is something of a backlog... –⁠moogsi (blah) 08:19, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Getting permission?

I see nothing in the FAQ's, or here, about the form required to get copyright permission from a 3rd party. I would like to use a political cartoon on a Wikipedia page, which would require first posting it here. But even if the cartoonist is willing to grant permission--how does one document that permission? ElijahBosley (talk ☞) 15:45, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Please see Commons:OTRS. regards --JuTa 15:53, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks that is helpful. ElijahBosley (talk ☞) 21:07, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Joanna MacGregor.jpg

I'm trying to upload the image to Joanna MacGregor's Wikipedia page but am not sure how to go about doing that. I am also not sure about the licensing on this photo - we have permission from the photographer to use this photo but I'm not sure how to descrive the license in this instance. Any help would be great. Thanks.

--Iainingpen (talk) 15:07, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

  • Have the photographer email permission, as described in COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
  • Once that is done, as for placing it on the page the most common approach would be [[File:Joanna MacGregor.jpg|thumb|caption goes here]] - Jmabel ! talk 15:31, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Category naming confusion

There are a number of categories of the form "Queensland in the 1910s", "Queensland in the 1920s", etc, which were used for photos with "circa" dates. As there were some photos with exact dates, I added subcategories of the form "Queensland in 1911", etc. Then some user complained that I should have called them "1911 in Queensland" because that is the convention. So now I don't know what to do. The category help page gives examples of categories with the year both fore and aft. The categories "Queensland in the 1910s" were already in place, so I was following what I thought was the established style. I've got another few thousand photos to categorise and I don't know what to do. Kerry Raymond (talk) 21:30, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

  • I know it's weird that one style predominates for decades and a different one for years but, yes, that's how it is. - Jmabel ! talk 04:37, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
  • In any case, though, once a category exists, we have pretty decent tools to rename it if necessary. Generally it's best to do the appropriate categorization and not worry too much if the category doesn't immediately have the optimal name. - Jmabel ! talk 04:39, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, so how do I get rid of the "wrong" categories I have created? I thought they would disappear when I removed them from the images, but they are still there listed as empty. Kerry Raymond (talk) 04:18, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
How do I get the category help page changed so that this convention is explained? As it stands, it has caused me to waste a lot of time, so I'd like to get it fixed so the next person to come along doesn't find themselves getting yelled at and having to do a lot of re-work.Kerry Raymond (talk) 04:18, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
The instructions are at Commons:Rename a category#Should_the_old_category_be_deleted?. WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:35, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Michael Demers - The Ghost of Vannevar Bush Hacked My Server.jpg

The three images that I have uploaded have been given to me by the artist who made them. Can I send you a copy of the email he sent me with this permission?

--Apexspry (talk) 16:06, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Yes, see Commons:OTRS. -- Infrogmation (talk) 04:28, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Problem Updating files

I tried to update an SVG file (Vajra_Guru_Mantra.svg) I created some time ago - even after two days and clearing my cache the thumbnail still shows the old version. Now Having similar problems with a JPEG file (Lanydza_script_KA-examples_02.jpg). In this case the old version is displayed but the correct version is in the latest thumbnail.

Cfynn (talk) 07:02, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Someone had the same problem earlier this month, and as far as I can tell, it just magically started working after a week. WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:40, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

File Not Updating

I'm having problems updating my file Lanydza script KA-examples 02.jpg. When I uploaded a corrected version there is a new thumbnail but the main picture displayed remains the same. I tried this twice with the same result - and tried reverting - so now the whole thing is a mess - but whatever I do the wrong image is displayed.

The correct version is the one most recently uploaded which has a larger top on the second glyph.

Cfynn (talk) 13:11, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

I am experiencing the same issue with Ross-on-Wye station 1974.jpg. The file size for the new upgraded image is shown but the previous image is still displayed. I have tried reloading cache, clearing cache and viewing on different machines. Bruern Crossing (talk) 07:34, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
UPDATE: it's taken a couple of days but the correct image has now appeared. Bruern Crossing (talk) 19:44, 26 April 2013 (UTC)


I'm writing article about Jung Joon-Young. He is live person. How can I set up a Biograpy Box including picture image and personal information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mindenon (talk • contribs) 20:35, 25 April 2013‎ (UTC)

w:Template:Infobox musical artist if it is on the English Wikipedia.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:51, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
BUT this is not the English Wikipedia, it's Wikimedia Commons, and you might do better to ask questions like this at en:Wikipedia:Help desk. - Jmabel ! talk 00:00, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:GreatWhitePoster.jpg

Hello. I am here because of the poster image on the Great White (film) page. The previous image used on there was very small and low-resolution, and was not an accurate version of the poster. While trying to upload a newer, cleaner version, I was notified about a copyright claim, even though the image's copyright has ran out. What steps should be taken to keep this image up?

--SharkHunter55 (talk) 00:54, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright 1982 so it won't run out for decades yet. It should be speedy deleted from commons.--Canoe1967 (talk) 01:38, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
The original is on Wikipedia under a fair use license, which is why it is very small. I've uploaded a downsampled version of your poster to Wikipedia over it and reverted so it's in use on Wikipedia.--Prosfilaes (talk) 03:08, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

How to contact private user pf wikimedia - "Elgato2003"

Dear Sir/Madame, I wish to contact Mr. Elgato2003, who published his grate grandfather Wirtz Johann Kacob Paul's photo - I am new in wikimedia. Read carefully the conditions of use and rules, but did not find how to contact Mr."Elgato2003". Please help me to contact Mr. "Elgato2003". If it is impossible to contact him privately i am ready to write a letter that will be publicly allowed. Regards, MYWEBRIDGE — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mywebridge (talk • contribs) 15:30, 26 April 2013‎ (UTC)

You could try to leave a message at his talk page, but he has not been here for more than a year. Jcb (talk) 19:18, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Godo1.jpg

El retrato de Godofredo Daireaux está en el museo Sivori,está en la tapa libro Godofredo Daireaux aproximación a un retrato,en la portada de la revista El Tradicional n°105 de Mayo 2012 - El segundo cuadro pintado por Mario Canale está publicado el el libro de la la Fundación Espigas " Maestros y Discípulos" ano2006,espero que estos datos sirvan para validar su autenticidad.gracias --Gododx (talk) 18:46, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Lo que pasa es que la licencia no fue especificado. Pero como Sívori murió hace más que 70 años, ya no tiene copyright. He puesto {{PD-old}} y ya no pasa nada. Jcb (talk) 19:13, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

added to remove annoying red text at bottom of screen – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 19:30, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Numbers of files

How can i find the number of files i have upload in commons (without needed to numbering them one by one by the list); Xaris333 (talk) 22:19, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

This might seem like work, but it's fairly simple and I think it should work.
  1. Click on the Contributions or User page tab
  2. Under "Toolbox" on the left side of your screen, click "Logs"
  3. At the top, change the dropdown menu from "All public logs" to "Upload log"; click Go
  4. You'll get a list, and you'll see (Latest | Earliest) View (newer 50 | older 50) (20 | 50 | 100 | 250 | 500). Click on 500 (or the highest number you can)
  5. For me, I get a list of 500, and an option to view "older 500". So that's 500 so far... Click on "Older 500"
  6. Suddenly "Older 500" is no longer clickable. That means there are less than 500 files listed. So click on the next highest number, 250. For me, "older 250" is still not clickable, so I pick the next number down, 100. "Older 100" becomes available, so the list is now showing 100 more files. 600 total so far.
  7. Click "older 100", and for me, it's not clickable, so I choose "50", and "older 50" becomes available, so that means my list now shows 50 files, with more to go. 650 total.
  8. and so on. Does that make sense? At the very last page, you'll have a list of less than 20 files and you'll have to count them by hand. Fastest way that I can think of. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 23:39, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
Edit counter will also list file uploads. MKFI (talk) 10:20, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
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Wizard interface bug & suggestions

Moved to Commons:Upload Wizard feedback#Wizard interface bug & suggestions –⁠moogsi (blah) 19:51, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

thx EEng (talk) 06:33, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
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Is an image (consisting of text and lines) created with PaintShop a free image and thus uploadable to commons?King jakob c 2 (talk) 15:49, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

  • That's not enough to answer on. A sufficiently complex arrangement of lines, or a sufficiently complex text, could rise to the level of copyright eligibility. - Jmabel ! talk 19:29, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
  • You misunderstand. Sorry, I should've explained myself better. What I mean is that it's my own work, but created with PaintShop. In case it still matters, the image in question is a ball-and-stick model of a chemical compound.King jakob c 2 (talk) 20:56, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
    • If it's your own original work, I see no issue at all. Just license it appropriately with one of the acceptable licenses (e.g. {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0}}). - Jmabel ! talk 06:30, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
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I have verbal permission from an artist to use a photograph of one of her artworks made in the 1970s for her wikipedia page. Which license would this be under and how would I go about proving that I have permission to use the photograph? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Isluce (talk • contribs) 16:22, 27 April 2013‎ (UTC)

See COM:OTRS. The person who owns the rights (the artist) needs to specify the license. Permission specifically for a Wikipedia page is absolutely not sufficient on Commons: the image must be free-licensed. Some Wikipedias, including the English-language Wikipedia, are looser about that and allow limited use of non-free materials: on the English-language Wikipedia you would have to fill out a copy of en:Template:Non-free_use_rationale. Jmabel ! talk 19:27, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
Also note that if the artwork is three-dimensional, both the artist and the photographer will need to agree to publication under a free license for the photo to be hosted on Commons. The exception would be if the depiction is covered by Commons:Freedom of panorama, in which case you'll only need licensing permission from the photographer. LX (talk, contribs) 20:44, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
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I am trying to upload an image to my infobox to complete my wiki article. I have contacted the company I am writing about and they are happy to give me an image to use. What do I need to do to be able to use this image? — Preceding unsigned comment added by NuggetBerrisford (talk • contribs) 09:20, 29 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons (this site) can only host copyrighted content if the copyright holder agrees to publish it under a license that allows anyone to use the content for any purpose, including commercial purposes. Permission to use an image on a Wikipedia page is not sufficient. See Commons:OTRS for information on how to obtain and send in the permission needed for uploading to Commons.
If they're not willing to approve publication under a free license as required by Wikimedia Commons, you may wish to consult en:Wikipedia:Non-free content to see if it meets the English Wikipedia project's non-free content guidelines, and if so, upload it locally to that project. For questions on that process, use en:Wikipedia:Media copyright questions on the English Wikipedia project. LX (talk, contribs) 15:05, 29 April 2013 (UTC)
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If I take a photo of a soda can and it has the company's logo in it, can I upload it as my own work? Or do I need the logo copyright holder to give permission? HtownCat (talk) 22:45, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

See Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Product packaging. Kelly (talk) 01:52, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
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Is there a template for marking two scans that need to be stitched together?

File:Skany dokumentow historycznych 016.jpg and File:Skany dokumentow historycznych 017.jpg are the top and bottom of an old leaflet that need to be stitched together. I've used the other_version field to make this quite apparent, but I am also looking for a template I could add so that I can draw attention to this need. Post answers here. Thanks in advance. 03:25, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Graphic Lab/Photography workshop should be able to join them. I would but don't have time this weekend.--Canoe1967 (talk) 03:51, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
There was no rush...I asked about a template just to get it on a queue somewhere, in the way that {{Convert to SVG}} queues up a request by adding a category for images needing conversion to SVG. But I'll assume that there is no template, and take your advice. Thanks a lot. 07:56, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
In case you check back here, there is indeed a template: {{MakePanorama}}. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 05:45, 27 April 2013 (UTC)


This file File:LednickiA.jpg was deleted by User:Masur today, April 26, 2013. Reasons was declared as "No source since 19 April 2013."/ But I did not receive any warning on my personal discussion page. as I received regularly in similar situations before that happened. It seems to me that I uploaded this file, but I'm not able to check it now. Please restored that, and I will add necessary information or settled any problems with it. Sincerely Hunu (talk) 11:45, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

you could just reupload — Preceding unsigned comment added by Strak5587 (talk • contribs) 15:12, 26 April 2013‎ (UTC)


How much money can I make uploading files here? Are we talking big $$$ or just a part time gig? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Strak5587 (talk • contribs) 15:11, 26 April 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Zero. Strictly volunteer. - Jmabel ! talk 15:37, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
I heard you get $0.10 per upload (not much, but it adds up) but they wait 65 years to be sure there's no copyright or similar problems with a given upload. Then they send you a check. Make sure they have your address 65 years from now. EEng (talk) 01:17, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Q about download

Hi all--you remember me, I'm Dumbo from over at en-wiki. Can one of you tell me whether this image (hope you can see it) is downloadable? In the description (there's a "click for details"--"Meer objectgegevens") it says it's PD. If you can help, that'd be great, and if you can turn Jacob de Wilde into an FA, that'd be even better. (Please drop me a line on en-wiki.) Thanks! Drmies (talk) 22:47, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

If you're logged in to the site, you can click on the scissors and choose Dit werk downloaden. Though by uploading the file to Commons, you're sticking 2 fingers up at their image reuse policy (no redistribution for commercial purposes) –⁠moogsi (blah) 23:18, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Hmm thanks. We're commercial? Drmies (talk) 00:50, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Attribution of derivative works?

I think I'm still really confused about attribution on derivative works. For example, with File:Steve Roach, Tucson.jpg, I am using {{cc-by-sa-3.0|1=Linda Kohanov}}. But then I make a derivative here: File:Steve Roach, Tucson (bright).jpg. I used the same license tag with attribution to the photographer. Is this correct? I don't care about credit for me. But I also don't want to misinterpret the phrase "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work". I hope this makes sense. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 19:27, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

  • To express this, you'll need to be more verbose about permissions than just a single tag. You can explain the licensing situation on the relevant page, just like you did here. - Jmabel ! talk 02:58, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
I don't quite follow. The information template says Author = Linda, derivative = Keraunoscopia. But should I remove the 1=Linda Kohanov parameter from the license template and simply let anyone who decides to re-use the work figure it out for themselves? I've seen my derivatives used on news sites, and they'll credit both the original author, and "derivative: Keraunscopia", which is pretty much exactly what I'd expect. But really it's the 1= parameter that I'm wondering if I should just do away with, or should I actually have the parameter say 1=Linda Kohanov, derivative by Keraunoscopia? – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 03:29, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
I think what you have as of,_Tucson_%28bright%29.jpg&oldid=92661997 is fine, though it would seem more straightforward to say as author "Linda Kohanov; retouched (brightened) by Keraunscopia" or, if really don't care about being credited at all, it might be even more useful to say just "This is a retouched version of a photo by Linda Kohanov". - Jmabel ! talk 17:37, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

//OTRS pending// not accepted

I uploaded some images which the copyright owner said she would license under CC. Commons:OTRS says

If the link to the file is not available online, you may upload the file on Commons with the {{OTRS pending}} template and have the author link to it in the declaration of consent.

Well, the upload wizard wouldn't accept {{OTRS pending}} in the licensing field so I did... I don't know what I did -- left it blank maybe -- the whole process is very confusing. Now there's a scary 7-day deletion notice on the files which I wouldn't worry about since the copyright owner will probably email OTRS tomorrow... except somewhere I read that OTRS is 100 days behind, so how does that fit with the scary 7-day notice? Meanwhile, I tried to add {{OTRS pending}} to the files but that template says that an email "has been sent" to OTRS and that's not true since the email has not, in fact, been sent yet.

Help! The files are:

EEng (talk) 00:58, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

First of all, don't be scared of the deletion notice. The files may be "deleted", but they can always be retrieved if the OTRS ticket comes through. First thing first is to clean up your files. Go to each of them and place {{subst:OP}} in the permission parameter of the {{information}} template. Next, you need to add a license. Which CC license was agreed upon? CC-BY? CC-BY-SA? Perhaps another one. You need to add something like {{cc-by-3.0}} or {{cc-by-sa-3.0}} to the licensing section (where the scary tag is). Then, the URLs need to be included with the Declaration of Consent to help the OTRS team easily find the images that are licensed for free use by the copyright holder. You can go to the OTRS Noticeboard and try to ask for a rush job, if you'd like. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 05:33, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
Let me say first that you must be some kind of saint -- it must be very repetitive answering the same questions over and over. But I'm afraid I'm more confused than ever.
  • I am not the copyright holder, so why does it make sense for me to add the specific license tag? Doesn't OTRS do that when they get the email from the copyright owner? Or am I supposed to add the tag now, and OTRS simply confirms when they get the email?
  • I copied the boilerplate from Commons:Choosing a license, filled in the blanks, and emailed it to the copyright holder for her to forward to OTRS, which she'll probably do by April 29. I understand deleted material can be retrieved from history but the article in which they're used was recently a "Did you know?" and pointers to it are probably being emailed and facebooked and so on all over the place now. It would be an embarrassment for the images to disappear now. So I ask again -- if OTRS is 100 days behind like someone said, does that mean there's going to be a 93-day hiatus when the article just won't have images? You mentioned asking at OTRS N-board for a rush job -- does that mean without a rush, everything authorized by email routinely gets deleted? That doesn't make any sense.
Should I take these questions to OTRS Noticeboard? EEng (talk) 16:42, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
Nah, I'm only answering questions here while waiting for my own to be answered :) You're not the copyright holder, but the photographer is, but I was assuming you'd discussed which license she would choose to make sure she understands what licensing her images means. It would be unfair to "dupe" someone into licensing their image when they're ignorant of what that license entails. I'm not sure what the boilerplate you emailed her is, but when dealing with OTRS, you should email her the Declaration of Consent. It would be kind to fill out the information for her (sounds like you may have already done this), but the license must also be written in. If you sent her the Declaration, then maybe you're hoping she fills in the license herself. I would make certain she does this properly. It's not OTRS's job to fill in the blanks; they simply verify that permission has been given for that file to be used freely. You should keep in constant communication with her. The minute she has sent that email to permissions, you can go to the OTRS noticeboard and request that someone search for that email. As to how the 100 day backlog works, I'm not familiar with their procedures and I wouldn't worry about it, so long as you try communicating with them (or find someone on the list of OTRS volunteers and contact them directly. Ideally, these images should not have been uploaded without all the "paperwork" having been figured out. You upload the images, email her the URL links, she plugs them into the Declaration of Consent, and forwards it to permissions. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 20:53, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
By boilerplate I mean the Decl of Consent, and I filled it in for her though she's a plenty smart cookie -- trust me -- and knows exactly what she's doing. I guess I'm reassured enough to wait until she's email OTRS and then follow up with them. This is not a very smooth process, I must say. EEng (talk) 21:02, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:บุญ อาเธอร์ เบญจกุล.jpg

--Parichatchoo (talk) 04:02, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Please see COM:L for further information, also consider consulting COM:OTRS. Regards, →Nagy 08:52, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Lizensierung Bilder Stift Wilhering


Ich habe den Artikel "Stift Wilhering" erweitert und einige Bilder hinzugefügt. Ich habe mir die Beschreibung vom Upload & Lizensierung angesehen und eine Lizenzvorlage hineinkopiert, welche dort als gültige Vorlage aufschien.

Nun habe ich die Meldung bekommen, dass die Bilder ungültig lizensiert sind. ist Besitzer der Bilder und hat mir erlaubt, die Bilder für Wikipedia zu benutzen. W

Welche Lizenz ist nun die ricthige? Habe mich schon mehrmals durchgelesen, kenne mich jedoch nicht wirklich aus.

(Besagte Bilder sind als Link zum kopieren im Anhang unterhalb) Danke!

Liebe Grüße Fabs85

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--Fabs85 (talk) 08:29, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Hallo Fabs85, der Urheber sollte eine Nachricht an Commons:OTRS/de senden. Am besten von einer 'offiziellen' E-Mail-Adresse der oben genannten Webseite aus. Die Entscheidung über die Lizenzierung obliegt dem Urheber. Passende Textvorlagen finden sich auf COM:ET/de. Beste Grüße, →Nagy 08:48, 28 April 2013 (UTC)


I want to upload a picture of a bridge but I'm not sure if it's allowed. The upload your own work page didn't specify the rules for architecture. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CovertAgent183 (talk • contribs) 08:49, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Cheers, it would be important to know where the picture was taken. COM:FOP will answer your questions. In case you are not the author of the *image*, you will also have to provide an evidence of permission. Regards, →Nagy 09:02, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Please correct errors introduced on my images

You are using several of my images from the Geograph Project of the Loch of Strathbeg. However on all of these 'Loch of Strathbeg' has been altered to 'Loch Strathbeg' which is incorrect. I have edited the 'of' back into some of them, but I find I cannot correct the incorrect titles. Can you please make all the necessary corrections, because at the moment it looks as if it is I who have made the error. Thank you.

Anne Burgess — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:23, 16 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Seems it goes more commonly by your version w:Loch of Strathbeg. If you let us know which images then we can tag them for admin to rename.--Canoe1967 (talk) 19:49, 16 April 2013 (UTC)
I found 7 and put links to them here: User:Canoe1967/Transit page. If you just want the 'of' added I may be able to just put a rename tag on that page for admin. You can also put the new names under the old names if you want further changes.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:04, 16 April 2013 (UTC)
I put an edit request on my above transit page. Admin may deal with them when they have time.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:25, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
✓ Done Files found by Canoe1967 have been renamed –⁠moogsi (blah) 12:40, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Farm Security Administration photos

I am trying to photographs from the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression. This is a government agency and the files are in the public domain. This has been confirmed by a librarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel HIll. However, I keep getting error messages from Nikbot. Here is the link for the copyright info for the photo database -,%201935-1945%3C%2fa%3E&coll=fsaall&div=pnp&agg=fsa&default=ammem&dir=ammem prefix:Commons:Help desk/Archive — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cjr100B (talk • contribs) 18:45, 22 April 2013‎ (UTC)

You need to add a valid license template - check template:PD-USGov. If this template applies for your images, you can just add it to the image summary under the "licensing" header and remove the warning template. I would also suggest to add a brief explanation and the link (similar to your statement above) with the parameter "permission" to the image information. Then the situation is completely verifiable. GermanJoe (talk) 20:27, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

File:Palic lake.jpg shows no license but on en:wiki the rights were released by the person who took the picture

This photo was tag by bot for transfer to the Commons on en:wiki [7] with {{NoRightsReserved}} How can I fix it, please? Thanks, Farrajak (talk) 04:54, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Pictogram voting keep.svg Fixed How did you transfer this? The equivalent here of w:Template:NoRightsReserved is usually {{PD-user}} –⁠moogsi (blah) 05:47, 29 April 2013 (UTC)