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I don't get it.

I don't understand what is wrong with File:Map-Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw-district-of-Los Angeles.png. Yours, GeorgeLouis (talk) 06:40, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 10:51, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
Well, you are totally wrong. If I say I don't get it, then I don't get it. Perhaps you should consider replacing the boilerplate with something a bit more understandable. Thank you for nothing. GeorgeLouis (talk) 14:47, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
Hi. For consistency reasons we use licence templates in our files. The bot browsing through new uploads couldn't find any licence template in File:Map-Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw-district-of-Los Angeles.png, even though you explicitly mentioned the file was under CC-By-SA. User:Ryan Vesey recognised the problem and added {{Cc-by-sa-2.0}}, which is the licence template corresponding to what you had written. This led User:McZusatz to mention your problem as solved. I hope it's clearer now. Jastrow (Λέγετε) 14:55, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

FBI Release

The FBI released a new image of fugitive Eric Justin Toth after his capture. Are FBI releases in the public domain? Revolution1221 (talk) 00:56, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Pictures the FBI took are in the public domain. The FBI also releases a lot of pictures that someone else took, and unless that someone else is a Federal employee, those pictures are not in the public domain.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:11, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
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Bad geocoordinates?

See also COM:AN#Broken location template

Can anyone figure out why these coordinates are marked as invalid? It has got me stumped. I have marked thousands of pages with coordinates, but this is the first time that Commons has told me that the coords are not valid. •••Life of Riley (TC) 04:52, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

  • P.S. The coordinates work just fine when linking to Google maps or other map sites. •••Life of Riley (TC) 04:54, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
It doesn't like the decimal values in both "seconds" parameters. Seems like a new bug, but the error was already reported on the template talkpage. GermanJoe (talk) 07:11, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
This appears to be a new bug, please see COM:AN#Broken location template –⁠moogsi (blah) 07:30, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Now Pictogram voting keep.svg Fixed –⁠moogsi (blah) 10:12, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Works properly again. Many thanks for your help. •••Life of Riley (TC) 01:33, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Search box monobook.PNG

-- 21:07, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Fixed it for you - the license tag is best kept in the "licensing" section. You can remove warning tags yourself, when you are certain, the problem has been fixed (unless stated otherwise in the template text). GermanJoe (talk) 07:03, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: GermanJoe (talk) 07:03, 3 May 2013 (UTC)


Adam Kanak.pdf serves no purpose and must be deleted immediately. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎ (talk • contribs)

You are right, and I have deleted it and blocked the uploader. -mattbuck (Talk) 15:47, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
Nitpick: Actually it's libel. Slander would require speech. Palosirkka (talk) 19:34, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
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No subject

how do you make an image compilation from images on wikepedia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jamaican college grad (talk • contribs) 22:42, 4 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Please don't crosspost, especially without mentioning that you've done it. It causes forking of discussions and needless duplication of efforts to answer your question. Your question has been answered at Commons:Upload help#image compilations. LX (talk, contribs) 08:24, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Abida Parveen.jpg This is the website privacy policy, it does not discuss about the use of pictures. However everything they made is freelyavailable including songs and video. I have seen newspapers using pictures from their site. --Reddony (talk) 15:03, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Not everything which is publicly distributed is free. You wouldn't expect music to be free because you hear it on the radio. The same goes for publicity images on the internet. None of the content of the site is free. In the absence of a declaration to the contrary, you can expect that the entire content of that site, including the images, is subject to copyright. The same applies to every photo you find on the internet –⁠moogsi (blah) 15:23, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
Why do you think copyright issues would be discussed in their privacy policy? Those things have nothing to do with one another. Their copyright policy is at the bottom of every page on the site: "© Coke Studio Pakistan 2012. All Rights Reserved." All rights reserved means this stuff is completely non-free. 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) 15:34, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:36, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Source Map

Does anyone know which map on Wikimedia Commons was used as a source/basis to create this map: File:Rael Nuclear use locations world map.png?

Never mind. I found out that the source/basis map for the map above is an earlier version of this map: File:BlankMap-World-Subdivisions.PNG
This section was archived on a request by: –⁠moogsi (blah) 15:03, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved

Copyright help regarding File:Samiyam.JPG

Ich habe den Urheber des Bildes angeschrieben und er war einverstanden dass ich das Bild für eine Website nutze. Beweis: --NorbertRalfK (talk) 13:11, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Leider ist aus der eMail nicht zu erkennen, zu was die Zustimmung gegeben wurde. Du müsstest schon nach diesen Regularien eine Zustimmung einholen. --Maxxl2 - talk 13:22, 1 May 2013 (UTC) --NorbertRalfK (talk) 13:33, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
Auch dies reicht nicht aus. Die Veröffentlichung hier schließt ein, dass Dritte ein Foto von hier auch gewerblich nutzen dürfen. Das sagt aber deine Anfrage nicht, denn der Fotograf nimmt hier an, dass die von ihm auf Flickr gewählte Lizenz CC-2.0 von dir beachtet wird, die die gewerbliche Nutzung nicht einschließt. --Maxxl2 - talk 13:51, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Should Category:한국의 명승지 이미지 be renamed?

I believe our category system should be in English? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 11:12, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/05/Category:한국의 명승지 이미지. I nominated the category for discussion because I thought maybe the creator might be able to shed some light on it... but on their user page they don't even claim to speak Korean. Very odd, maybe it was moved from somewhere else –⁠moogsi (blah) 13:45, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Philadelphia Record

I have gone through much of your information and instructions in attempting to understand how we can discuss and actually add information to your site. I wish to enhance some truth to a specific subject as I have a personal background to a history of The deceased Philadelphia Record. A significantly connected to the history of the l930's national political scene. I am stumped. Don"t get it. How can one add to truth of USA history in your wonderful system? Do I give up? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Steve Ackerman (talk • contribs) 22:30, 3 May 2013‎ (UTC)

w:The Philadelphia Record is the article over at the English Wikipedia. This is commons where we just store media. Do you have images or other media? I also added a header to this section.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:36, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
Also, if by "truth of USA history" you mean your own opinion (as people often do when they use that phrase), it will not be allowed there. You need to cite your content from reliable sources. - Jmabel ! talk 00:29, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

License CC BY-NC 3.0 ??

Hi, Is it allowed to upload to WikiCommons pictures from open access journals that are licensed as (CC BY-NC 3.0) or (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) ? For example Korean Journal of Parasitology or Thanks.--Flukeman (talk) 09:14, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

As per Commons:Licensing, non-commercial licenses are not accepted at Commons. If you're interested in the reasoning behind this, read Commons:Help desk/Archive/2011/10#Question about CC BY-NC-SA licenses from Flickr. (or search the archive) -- Rillke(q?) 09:38, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 08:54, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Unhelpful error message

Hi! I just saw this unhelpful error message. Maybe there is some logic behind it after all? I guess people make vector versions all the time and probably at least should use a very similar name... Palosirkka (talk) 19:17, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Looks like it's this bug. Palosirkka (talk) 19:30, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

It is indeed that bug. Unfortunately there is nothing we can currently do about that bug except ask for it to be fixed –⁠moogsi (blah) 16:33, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Purulia Pumped Storage Project 1.jpg

[1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ariktps1 1989 (talk • contribs) 21:22, 8 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • So it's presumably a copyright violation. Deleting accordingly. - Jmabel ! talk 00:52, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
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Copyright help regarding File:Richard Engel.jpg

Is this a suitable image? --Silas Diego (talk) 02:55, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

No. We need the copyright holder to license it. See: Commons:Licensing--Canoe1967 (talk) 07:29, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
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Cannot create category

I just attempted to create Category:Meals on Wheels, but for some strange reason the title is on the blacklist. Could an administrator please create this page for me? Thanks! Kelly (talk) 02:01, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

  • You'll have to indicate what content you want the page created with. - Jmabel ! talk 04:16, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
  • If someone simply creates the page and adds Category:Charities I'll be happy to add the rest of the links/content, etc. I have it on my watchlist. I suspect the filter is blacklisting the title because of the old vandal (Willy on Wheels?) Kelly (talk) 04:23, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Yeah, I did some digging, the creation is being blocked by the expression ".*? on wheels" in the local blacklist, undoubtedly due to WoW. In any case, Meals on Wheels is indeed a legit encyclopedic topic, with articles on several projects. Kelly (talk) 14:32, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:08, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Local Business


I live just south of Hillsdale and am looking for a massage therapist just inside of Hillsdale. Can you give me the telephone or email address of Therapeutic Massage located on Hillsdale Road?

Regards, Barb Shamberg — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 11:58, 10 May 2013‎ (UTC)

You seem to be on the wrong site. This is Wikimedia Commons, a repository of freely-licensed images and other works. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 13:04, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
Yep, definitely the wrong site. Though you might find this map helpful - assuming you mean Hillsdale in NJ, USA. -- (talk) 13:28, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: –⁠moogsi (blah) 14:47, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

لماذا تم حذف صفحتي ؟ تعب لما خلصتها ؟

لماذا حذف صفحتي — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amerassi (talk • contribs) 06:05, 30 April 2013‎ (UTC)

This editor asks why his (or her) file was deleted. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:11, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
Amerassi has not uploaded any files to Commons; Special:Log/Amerassi contains no entries apart from the account creation. LX (talk, contribs) 20:57, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Robert Joseph Greene Press phto

Hi, i emailed wikicommons the permission by Ben Odynski and I "believe" I added both source (Source is Odynski Studios photographer is Ben Odynski) yet someone keeps sayings this information is missing. What am I missing for my two recent photo uploads? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Desaderal (talk • contribs) 23:39, 4 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Nothing is missing. {{OTRS pending}} simply states that the permission from the copyright holder has not yet been verified. You don't need to do anything else. –⁠moogsi (blah) 10:36, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Maharishi Shiv.jpg File:DataDayalShiv.jpg

Hi, these images

Maharishi Shiv Brat Lal Maharaj
Maharishi Shiv Brat Lal Maharaj

are from monthly free booklets distributed by Manavta Mandir, Hoshiarpur, India. They were published in the booklets over 50 years ago. I had these booklets and scanned the images. These images cannot be found anywhere else on the internet and are rare images of this author. These images are not available in their original any more. The copyright status of these images is not known given the original images are not available. I am not sure if this is enough information to publish these images on wikipedia. If it is not, please feel free to remove the images as I understand that the fair use is not accepted. Thank you. --Shivbratlal (talk) 00:39, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Template:PD-India seems to suggest that the pictures enter the public domain (free of copyright) 60 years after publication. Do you have an exact year for publication? If so, add 61 and they will be public domain on 1st January that year. -mattbuck (Talk) 00:58, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! The image titled 'DataDayalShiv' is from 1942 publication and 'Maharishi Shiv' from 1929. How do I tag these to reflect their public domain status? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shivbratlal (talk • contribs) 01:12, 5 May 2013‎ (UTC)

{{PD-India}}, as Mattbuck referred to. - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Can't upload an SVG version of a PNG

This bug is still causing me lots of problems. How do I get it some more attention? --Slashme (talk) 16:07, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Search and Go to

Sometimes Search is activated for me and sometimes Go to. I haven't figured out any reason. I want Go to always to be default, so I can reach the pages I want just by hitting enter. Anybody knowing how to do that?

Also, when I've performed a search, the cursor is in the search-field, and then I can't navigate with arrows without first clicking outside the field. Can I change that? --Jonund (talk) 19:05, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

I can't help you with the first, but I want to add my sympathy for the second. I search for something and want to hit the space bar to page down, but it only inserts a space in the search string. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:15, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
You can Tab out of the search control or use the Page up and Page down keys. If you are using Monobook, the default button is Search per MediaWiki:Monobook.js (see line importScript('MediaWiki:DefaultSearch.js');). Now you have written GoButton=true; to User:Jonund/monobook.js. MediaWiki:DefaultSearch.js looks if this variable is set and if it is, it does not change anything.
Since 2 years, scripts are asynchronously loaded. This means that your user script may be loaded after MediaWiki:DefaultSearch.js which will then change the default because it doesn't know about the preference in your custom JavaScript file.
To solve this issue, I wrapped a "stop until the user's personal javascript is loaded" around the call to MediaWiki:DefaultSearch.js. I hope this solves the issue.
In future, please use window.globalSetting = value; instead of globalSetting = value; in your personal JavaScript file.
Best -- Rillke(q?) 21:02, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but it still uses Search as default. After I have clicked Go to and the page is being loaded, that button is briefly displayed as default, but then the Search button is switched on. I don't remember whether that was so before. --Jonund (talk) 09:19, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
You don't have to be sorry, just purge your client's cache. -- Rillke(q?) 16:54, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! --Jonund (talk) 07:36, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
As for tabbing out of the search control, it's an option, but a disadvantage is that if I click an image in the list and go back, I'm taken back to the top of the page and the search field, so I have to scroll down again if I want to look at the rest of the images. If there are many images, it becomes quite annoying. --Jonund (talk) 07:42, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

derivativeFx not recognizing license

Is User:Luxo the only person who maintains derivativeFX? For some reason it no longer recognizes {{PD-USGov-Military-Air Force}} as a valid license. Kelly (talk) 15:14, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Just had the same problem with {{PD-USGov-Military-National Guard}}. Kelly (talk) 19:52, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Image Approval

Hi, I am a webmaster for Fran Hauser. I created a record in sandbox, so far. for Fran Hauser, President of Style & Entertainment of Time Inc. The image in the record causes me a problem Joseph Moran, is the photographer who made the shot.

I don't understand what I need to do to claim the rights for this picture, before it got deleted from Wikipedia.


Thank you, Alla Gringaus, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Agringaus (talk • contribs) 17:08, 5 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Hi Alla! You've uploaded three photos so far:
You've claimed that you personally created the first photo. Is that correct? I found a previously published higher-resolution version at If you actually took this photograph yourself, please provide the full resolution version with intact metadata.
File:President, Digital for Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group.jpg and File:Fran Hauser, President, Digital of Time Inc.'s Style & Entertainment Group.jpg differ only in resolution. Please note that there is no reason to upload low-resolution duplicates; all files can be automatically scaled to the suitable resolution. The first time you uploaded the file, you claimed that the photograph was created by Fran Hauser, and the second time you claimed that it was created by Joseph Moran. As Fran Hauser appears to be the subject of the photograph, and it does not appear to be a self portrait, I'm more inclined to believe the latter. Indeed, the file's metadata states that Joseph Moran is the author and copyright holder. If that's the case, Fran Hauser has no legal authority to release the file into the public domain, as you have claimed that she has.
The metadata also states that "Images may not be reproduced, copied, or used in any way without (a) express written permission on our invoice stating the rights granted and the terms thereof, and (b) payment of said invoice. All images and rights relating to them, including copyright and ownership rights in the media in which the Images are stored, remain the sole and exclusive property of Photographer. Any use or additional uses not specifically stated herein require the prior written agreement of Photographer on terms to be negotiated." According to our licensing policy, we can only accept content that can be used by anyone for any purpose. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary, part of our first steps guide, to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. If you think that Joseph Moran is willing to release his work under a license that allows anyone to use it for any purpose, please see Commons:OTRS for how to obtain and submit evidence of such a release. LX (talk, contribs) 17:58, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
Minor clarification: "If you actually took this photograph yourself, please provide the full resolution version with intact metadata."
You're not required to release the original version or to provide metadata (which might contain personal information). We recommend it because that's a fast and simple way to prove that you have the original picture, from which we infer that your fingers were the ones pushing buttons on the camera. If you don't want to provide the original image, then you can follow the directions at Commons:OTRS. Of course, if the image is "your own work" only in the sense that you copied it from another website (and perhaps changed the resolution or color balance or something), then we can't accept it at all. WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:45, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Adding file descriptions in another language

How do I add a description in a second language to an image that already has an english descripton? Passengerpigeon (talk) 08:17, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

It's very easy: You just type in the description.
If you want to label them (recommended), then you wrap each language in the template for that language. So the English description gets wrapped in {{en}}, and a French description (for example) gets wrapped in {{fr}}. Here's an example:
{{en|An apple and an orange}}
{{fr|Une pomme et une orange}}
which produces this:
English: An apple and an orange
Français : Une pomme et une orange
(It's not necessary to put each language on a separate line, but I prefer it. The |description= item in the usual template handles multiple paragraphs easily.) Good luck, WhatamIdoing (talk) 14:51, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Yuri Olkhovsky Circa 1990s.jpg

I am trying to tag this article as an heir of this photograph and releasing any copyright claims. I am having trouble finding the template to create and tag this photo. My intent is to permit the free use of this photo without restrictions. Can you assist? --Polkhovsky (talk) 14:16, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

--Polkhovsky (talk) 14:16, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

  • Sounds like you are looking for {{PD-heirs}}. - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
  • But you say the photographer is unknown. How can you be the photographer's heir and not know who the photographer was? - Jmabel ! talk 15:41, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

PKS 1127-145

Where does the proper motion of the quasar points at [=the direction of the quasar's own velocity] relative to the direction of the jet? Thanks for the feedback K Zioutas — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 15:46, 6. May 2013‎ (UTC)

That's not known as probably nobody tried to estimate the different redshifts.--Sanandros (talk) 21:40, 6 May 2013 (UTC) may have the wisest in the world to help with answers. is usually good at answering his twitter and may help as well.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:47, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Picture for Haralson County High School Page on Wikipedia

Hi! I am new to all of this, and I have a question about the copyright/license on a picture. The picture is of the Main Building of Haralson County High School and was posted on the schools public Facebook page as a cover photo. If I want to post this picture onto the Commons, what steps should I take to make sure that it is all legal? The picture is located at Thanks! Username2016 (talk) 17:20, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

I didn't find anything at the facebook site wich would indicate that one can use this photo under a free license. I am concerned, you have to ask for written permission. -- Rillke(q?) 17:27, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
Okay. Another quick question. If I take a picture of the building myself, can I upload and release that picture? Thanks! Username2016 (talk) 17:46, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
This is a good idea. However, please confer to Commons:FOP#United_States. It explains under which conditions you can take a photo of architecture and publish it freely. -- Rillke(q?) 19:49, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:JSR 039 (2).jpg

How do I add the licence (Own work, copyleft, attribution required (Multi-license GFDL, all CC-BY-SA) to this image? --ChupacabraUK (talk) 19:45, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

It would be better if you send an e-mail to our OTRS-Team-Sanandros (talk) 21:46, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:José María Quijano Wallis Canciller.jpg

-- 03:49, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi I want to publish the Jose Maria Quijano Wallis picture but always someone delete, I supply all the information but the author died 100 years ago,

please contacte me arcosarcos86

Assuming you have that information, add the full author name (google offers several "Gaitan") and the author's year of death to the image summary. If the author died 100 years ago and you can verify that information, simply delete the warning tag and add "PD-old-100" as template (you always need atleast 1 valid Commons license tag for the image) in the licensing section of the image description. GermanJoe (talk) 07:54, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Lake Phoksundo in Dolpo, Nepal.jpg

Hi, How can I add a valid licence for this image as I have got permission from the author.

--Ashishlohorung (talk) 06:56, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

You will need verification of this permission via mail. See COM:OTRS and COM:email templates for more info about that process. Make sure the permission is free for all users for all kinds of usage, including commercial (see COM:licensing). Or as alternative solution: Get the Flickr uploader to change their license on Flickr to a free version (and add that license as template to the image summary). GermanJoe (talk) 07:41, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Labtech Data.gif

hey I uploaded a Image but i choose the wrong copyright status, how do i change it? --Ninjaen (talk) 11:43, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

  • You remove the line where it says {{Remove this line and insert a license instead|year=2013|month=05|day=07}} and replace it with a legitimate license tag. In this case, I suspect the logo is ineligible for copyright, so {{PD-ineligible}} would be appropriate, but I'm not sure it's quite simple enough for that. If not, you'd need to go through the COM:OTRS process to get permission from the copyright holder. - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
  • I would recommend using {{PD-ineligible}} - I do think that the logo is simple enough –⁠moogsi (blah) 15:32, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:The Alloy Valve Stockist logo.jpg

With reference to the following logo uploaded to Wikimedia Commons:

Grupo Compas logo.jpg

This is a corporate logo, all rights reserved. How should this be tagged??? Specifically, what code should I insert into the Wikimedia page containing the logo?

Sorry, newbie teething problems.... =(

--JohnLockeLost (talk)

If it's really "All rights reserved", then it cannot be posted at Commons. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:16, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
  • A mere claim of "all rights reserved" doesn't create copyright on a logo that is not eligible for copyright. This is right on the edge of being complex enough to be eligible for copyright. If it's not, it just needs to be tagged with {{PD-ineligible}}. Otherwise, you'd need to go through the COM:OTRS process to get permission from the copyright holder, which probably we wouldn't get: people don't tend to free-license their logos. - Jmabel ! talk 15:11, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Easy admin help with free Flickr image

Yes check.svg Resolved– Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 17:40, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Apologies in advance because this looks like a scary mess, but it's not. In regards to File:Girl Sitting in Chair.jpg, I uploaded a free image from Flickr. I then noticed the metadata was incorrect because it stated "All Rights Reserved", which is no longer true (it was true up until recently). So I changed the metadata, and reuploaded the image. This would "break" the FlickreviewR bot since it hadn't gotten the chance to swing by yet. I then went ahead and tagged the image with a very specific speedy deletion request to remove the original image tagged as "All Rights Reserved", simply because this is neither true nor is it correct. But I'm worried the speedy delete tag may frighten off volunteers swinging by to clean up after the FlickreviewR. Can I have someone help me with this? I only need: #Confirm the Flickr image is free to use.

  1. Delete original upload and remove that record.

I'm just housekeeping here, and I appreciate it. (I don't want to revert to the original image upload, reset the FlickreviewR tag, and then revert back to the correct upload, and then request an admin to delete three records.) Hope this makes sense, thanks so much! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 04:22, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

So.... you would like the first and last file revisions to be deleted? I don't understand "Confirm the Flickr image is free to use", do you want it to be reviewed again manually? Sorry for being a bit dense. –⁠moogsi (talk) 07:34, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Hi Moogsi, the confusion lies entirely with me. I didn't realize first and last revisions could be suppressed before I re-uploaded the image. Could you suppress the three revisions time stamped "07:37, 14 May 2013" (most recent), "06:24, 14 May 2013" (temporary revert), and "00:06, 14 May 2013" (user created page with UploadWizard). What I did was revert so FlickreviewR could tag the image properly, and then I completely forgot to come here and update my post with that information. I greatly appreciate this! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 07:42, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
I removed the sd tag since my request here explains my suppression request. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 08:36, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Is that anything like what you want to happen? :) –⁠moogsi (talk) 17:37, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
That's it exactly, thanks so much! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 17:40, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: –⁠moogsi (talk) 17:51, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Attribution lines for printed, but modified images

I uploaded an image which is to be published in a magazine. The original image is an image of musical notation, a clef in D major. This file was in a second version converted to SVG, and I took this file SVG-file and added another cross, so it is now an image of a clef in A Major. My first question now would be: How could a reasonable printed attribution line look? I know the credit should go to the original author, but I'm confused, since on the page there would be an image that the original author didn't "produce" (D Major bmp vs. A Major svg). My second question would be: What data would my publisher need? Regards Christian — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yellowhenry (talk • contribs) 07:50, 5 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Very likely a musical notation this simple would be Public Domain ineligible (PD-simple). If so no attribution is needed. For this sort of thing you can credit the original saying that yours is a derivative of the other image. You can give a link to the other image. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 10:01, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Download got cut on big files

Hello. I'm experiencing problems trying to download big files like this one:

For some reason download stops after 2 or 3 mb. Even uding a download manager, the same situation.

I´d appreciatte any help with this issue.


Martin Ruta

If you are using the upload wizard then try Special:Upload or Commons:Commonist. There are others but these are my main two.--Canoe1967 (talk) 02:37, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
Try using a downloader that supports the "Range" header, like wget. (@Canoe, his problem is with DOWNloading.) Palosirkka (talk) 19:27, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:灝府千歲 Wao Royal Lords.jpg

--黃才耀 (talk) 03:09, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright status: File:灝府千歲 Wao Royal Lords.jpg

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Thanks for uploading File:灝府千歲 Wao Royal Lords.jpg. I notice that the file page either doesn't contain enough information about the license or it contains contradictory information about the license, so the copyright status is unclear.

If you created this file yourself, then you must provide a valid copyright tag. For example, you can tag it with {{self|GFDL|cc-by-sa-all}} to release it under the multi-license GFDL plus Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike All-version license or you can tag it with {{PD-self}} to release it into the public domain. (See Commons:Copyright tags for the full list of license tags that you can use.)

If you did not create the file yourself or if it is a derivative of another work that is possibly subject to copyright protection, then you must specify where you found it (e.g. usually a link to the web page where you got it), you must provide proof that it has a license that is acceptable for Commons (e.g. usually a link to the terms of use for content from that page), and you must add an appropriate license tag. If you did not create the file yourself and the specific source and license information is not available on the web, you must obtain permission through the OTRS system and follow the procedure described there.

Note that any unsourced or improperly licensed files will be deleted one week after they have been marked as lacking proper information, as described in criteria for speedy deletion. If you have uploaded other files, please confirm that you have provided the proper information for those files, too. If you have any questions about licenses please ask at Commons:Village pump/Copyright or see our help pages. Thank you.

黃才耀 (talk) 03:09, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Well there was a misplaced license, fixed, but the source is unspecified. Did you take the photo yourself? Graeme Bartlett (talk) 09:57, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

uploading a photo

Hi, I'm creating a wikipedia page for author Sarah Stonich, and I'm having difficulty uploading a photo of her for the page. The page is in draft form on my account page at the moment.

I requested the photo from her and she sent it to me via email. When I followed the uploading a photo prompts, however, I wasn't able to select "upload" although I thought I had satisfactorily answered the prompts. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks, Elaine Kenny (username: lieutkenny) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lieutkenny (talk • contribs) 21:09, 7 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • There are quite a few ways to upload a photo. Could you be more specific about what you are trying to do (e.g. which upload tool you are using). Also, if a third party provided a photo, we'll need you to go through the process described at COM:OTRS (or that third party can upload the image herself). - Jmabel ! talk 05:04, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:New cpfc crest.PNG.jpg

[2] New Crystal Palace badge. Could someone please help me add the correct licencse. Please see source new crystal palace badge --Rockybiggs (talk) 08:50, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

--Rockybiggs (talk) 08:50, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

I doubt that either {{PD-shape}} or {{PD-textlogo}} are applicable. The image IMHO meets the threshold of originality requirement. So, it can not be hosted on Commons without a permission. Ruslik (talk) 14:48, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
I would agree with Ruslik. Palosirkka (talk) 19:20, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

hello onu

Hi my name is charle i have a question about bresil — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 14:12, 9 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Probably not the right place to ask it. This is a page to ask for help using Wikimedia Commons (this site). - Jmabel ! talk 16:58, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Ottavio and Rosita Missoni.jpg

This file is owned by the Missoni family, Missoni spa. They would like to donate this picture in order to see it on the wikipage dedicated to Ottavio Missoni, recently deceased. It's royalty free. The picture was taken in 1984 by the photographer Giuseppe Pino.

--Lanleony (talk) 14:20, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

The copyright is Giuseppe Pino's. Unless we get a release of this photo under a free license from Giuseppe Pino, we'll have to remove it. ("Royalty free" is not a free license.) Lupo 09:38, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:OTTAVIO MISSONI.jpg

This file is owned by the Missoni family, Missoni spa. They would like to donate this picture in order to see it on the wikipage dedicated to Ottavio Missoni, recently deceased. It's royalty free. The picture was taken in 1990 by the photographer Giuseppe Pino.

--Lanleony (talk) 14:38, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Please, specify source and/or author. Ruslik (talk) 16:33, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
The copyright is Giuseppe Pino's. Unless we get a release of this photo under a free license from Giuseppe Pino, we'll have to remove it. ("Royalty free" is not a free license.) Lupo 09:40, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:زیرگذر.jpg

منبع:پورتال شهرداری تنکابن استفاده از عکس با ذکر منبع بلا مانع است. چه مطلبی ذیگر باید اضافه شود؟

--Cougar1123 (talk) 15:38, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Likely copyrighted. You need a permission from copyright owner. Ruslik (talk) 16:33, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Categories for scanned books

Hi! I uploaded some scanned books to Commons so that we can use them in Wikisource and I am going to upload more. But I wonder what is a proper category for them. I found several categories that may apply. For instance, for books in English: Category:Scanned English texts, Category:Scanned English books, Category:Books in English, Category:English Wikisource books. Could anybody explain what should be proper categorization? --DixonD (talk) 11:05, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

hmm i would spontaiously put that in the Wikisource English Book category. But it looks like that these cats need to be tidied up.--Sanandros (talk) 14:39, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Why you people delete my pictures/Images ?

I never violated any Copyright and never do it in future but you people are deleting all my pictures saying that I violated copyright . Does any one complained to you people about my pictures ? . I am uploading pictures which I have taken personally or pictures of free sites. Some of pictures are not new and i have uploaded them to many sites . Please understand , I am not violating any copyright. This is crazy , when I am uploading images taken by my camera are removed by stating that i violated copyrights. If you people don't want us to upload pictures just say that but removing our pictures on name of copyrights is non sense . — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sunnieee (talk • contribs) 19:02, 11 May 2013‎ (UTC)

The ones you take with your camera should be ok. The ones you find on the net probably have copyright for 50 to 120 years depending. For pictures you take see: Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:59, 11 May 2013 (UTC)
Pay attention to the notices left on your talk page:
File:Actor Nani.jpg has been marked as a possible copyright violation. Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content—that is, images and other media files that can be used by anyone, for any purpose. Traditional copyright law does not grant these freedoms, and unless noted otherwise, everything you find on the web is copyrighted and not permitted here.
The text is different depending on the language you view it in, but the bold part is important. Most things you find on the internet are copyrighted by the creator. The file mentioned above, for example, is found uncropped here. If you took this photo, then you probably need to direct your anger at because they are stealing your work without crediting you (and somehow got hold of the original uncropped version of the photo). Do you have the original photo as it came from your camera? Without the watermarks? –⁠moogsi (blah) 21:24, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Генерал Рослый Одесса март1965.jpg

? -- 02:21, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I assume you query is about the tag that has been applied to the above image? If so, please note that all images uploaded here must state a source, and there must be sufficient information to prove that the picture is freely licensed by the photographer or is in the public domain. If that's not done, the picture will eventually be deleted. If you need specific help, please post a query here. Regards, --MichaelMaggs (talk) 08:31, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
This is quite a nice high resolution scan from a printed document, probably a book (looking at the marks left from the printing process), which has been immediately included in the Russian article on Lieutenant-General Ivan Pavlovich. As the photograph was taken in 1965, there is quite a high probability that any copyright that applied then, has yet to expire. The Precautionary principle (a policy) applies in these cases. -- (talk) 11:02, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

MY photo which *I* took has been deleted.


My photo of William G. Swank has been deleted.

Here is the photo:

I TOOK this damn photo. And I took it with the subject's permission (which I DO NOT NEED to post a photo here).

Since I took the photo, it has become his official photo for newspapers, articles, the dust jackets on his books; it's fine for everyone but WikiCommons.

WHAT GIVES? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ‎Timwayne (talk • contribs) 16:51, 12 May 2013‎ (UTC)

For clarity, the image in question is File:William G Swank.jpg, which was deleted on 17 October 2011 by Courcelles, having been tagged as lacking permission 8 days previous.
I'm very sorry this has happened, but I hope that you can understand the reason it was deleted: when something is a publicity photo, we tend to assume that the copyright rests with the author, and further tend to assume that that author is not the uploader - we get so many photos of celebrities which are clearly promotional works but are claimed as own work by anonymous accounts, and 99.99% of those will be simple copyright violations - people falsely claiming others' work as their own. We try and avoid this happening, and so when we see such a work we ask for more evidence of authorship, as we did in this case. You contacted MissVain, the person who originally tagged the file, who informed you that the file description actually states that the license is Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0), and then you have CC-BY-SA listed as well. Your Flickr account also states it is CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. It also appears as if you took the photograph, but I guess you did not? We need the direct website link to where the image came from.
While we do not disallow a mix of free and unfree licensing, it does tend to make us suspicious, especially when the given source states it is not free (in no uncertain terms). The simplest way to resolve this would be for you to simply relicense it on flickr to CC-BY-SA - that way there's no ambiguity about licence. Alternatively you can contact our OTRS team.
We take your copyright seriously - there's nothing to stop a random person having signed up with the name Tim Wayne in order to claim that they have the rights to the photo. We deleted it because we wanted to make sure we weren't infringing copyright. -mattbuck (Talk) 17:20, 12 May 2013 (UTC)


Does anyone else see spam when they play File:En-us-humour.ogg in a video player? I do with VLC.--Canoe1967 (talk) 08:56, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

It seems there is no video stream (per ffmpeg). Nevertheless I could fix it with "ffmpeg -vn". The output was:
 Input #0, ogg, from 'En-us-humour.ogg':
 Duration: 00:00:00.90, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 108 kb/s
   Stream #0.0: Audio: vorbis, 44000 Hz, mono, s16, 80 kb/s
     TITLE           : humour
     TLAN            : eng
     ARTIST          : Betsy Megas
     ORIG            : United States of America
     REGIO           : San Jose, California
     MATER           : ENG
     BIRTH           : 1976
     GENDER          : F
     LICENSE         : Creative Commons BY-CA
     DESCRIPTION     : Language: eng; Prononciation: ENG
     GENRE           : Pronunciation
--McZusatz (talk) 20:41, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
I viewed the file with w:VLC media player. The image I think is spam is in the 'album cover' dataset. My player may have just grabbed an image of the net that matched or I may have some spammish VLC corruption. The image is a single frame of a fitness company with phone number painted on a large rubber band. VLC won't let me rip the image to host on an ftp for others to see what I see. I could take a screenshot though.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:17, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Sry, I forgot to mention that I saw it, too. And yes, 'album cover' makes sense. The new version I upload is fixed, though? --McZusatz (talk) 21:23, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
I still see it but it may be my sys caches. Any other way to check if it is gone from commons?--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:39, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 00:23, 19 May 2013 (UTC) It has cleared from my caches now.

Wrong category

Hi, the pictures on are tagged "Electric Multiple Units of Deutsche Bahn".

While they do have pantographs, those are for testing and for short-circuiting the catenary wire (to allow safe maintenance on the catenary wire) only. These vehicles are based on the Uerdinger Schienenbus, the famous DB Class 798 railbus, and thus are Diesel Multiple Units, powered by two Diesel engines. And they're never run in multiple mode - when they were converted from 798 to 701, the cabling that allows multiple mode was removed. -- 11:06, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

That category includes the 702 as well. Same thing? I removed it from the Multiple Units category assuming it is.--Canoe1967 (talk) 11:14, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Until 1972, Class 702 were single-engine versions, from 1973 onwards, a Class 702 designation meant added additional hydrodynamic and track brakes. All of them are solely Diesel-powered. -- 08:31, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 00:26, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

TOC failures

I just tried three different templates on Category:Images from the Canadian Copyright Collection at the British Library to try and get an alphabetical table of contents for searching images. All failed and would not return any images. Is it because it is a hidden cat or other reasons?--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:36, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

The problem is that {{Picturing Canada image}} which adds this category also adds a sort key based on photograph id number. Every image in this category is sorted between 1 and 9; if you add a table of contents and select "C", it will not find any images with this sort key. For example File:Dorothy (HS85-10-11625) original.tif is sorted at 11625, not in D. MKFI (talk) 16:16, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation. I will see if the uploader has a reason to sort by number.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:17, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Permission of people depicted

If I take a photograph of someone I am clearly the copyright owner so can presumably upload it to Wikimedia Commons. But I seem to recall from somewhere that I ought also to have the permission of the person(s) depicted. Certainly when using photographs for publicity purposes for other organisations I've been required to get the models to sign a release form. What's the situation with the Commons in this respect? If it makes a difference, I'm resident in the United Kingdom. --Ross Burgess (talk) 11:14, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi. Please see COM:PEOPLE. In the UK, you should be OK if you have taken a photo of a person in a public place, where there is no expectation of privacy. The UK is easier in that respect than some other countries. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 12:00, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
Classic marginal examples are someone notable speaking at an event open to the public would have no expectation of privacy, even if the location were not a "public" place and even if members of the public needed a ticket, but someone notable sitting in an outdoor cafe eating a pile of pie and mash, might be considered to have an expectation of privacy, and not expect to be photographed by someone walking by on the street using a zoom lens. In the latter case, if you shouted "Hi Elvis!" at the notable person, and they smiled or waved back with their fork as you took the photo, one might reasonably assume that there was a form of tacit consent; certainly no judge would be likely to consider that photograph intrusive given a demonstrable rationale/context of consent. -- (talk) 12:45, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
I created File:Visual consent image.jpg to make it a little easier to show consent. This may be better than OTRS which has a backlog and should be accepted by the community as a form of consent.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:12, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Photograph I took of a commemorative plaque in public place ? copyright

I took a photo of Plaque on Stratford Broadway in London UK that commemorates Gerard Manley Hopkins' birth and early life in Stratford, including part of his poem 'The Wreck of the Deutschland'. Would there be a problem uploading this to Commons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Krebiozen (talk • contribs) 15:28, 13 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Most likely that would not be allowed. Assuming that the plaque has some textual or artistic copyright in itself (and most do) we would need the copyright owner's permission. In the UK the level of originality needed for copyright to subsist is very small. The fact that the plaque is displayed in public does not help, unfortunately. Sorry. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 16:04, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
I'm not sure about the specific case, because it depends on the exact details, but I don't believe that a plaque normally counts under the otherwise Commons-friendly Commons:Freedom of panorama#United Kingdom rules. They want a "work of artistic craftsmanship", which doesn't include "graphic works" like most posters and signs. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:21, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Генерал Рослый Одесса март1965.jpg

I have uploaded this photo from my family archive. (The author is unknown, date is certainly March 1965, digitized by myself.) I want to keep it on Wikimedia Commons for it is needed on a page about my grandfather. Please, help me to obey the formalities required. Thank you.

--Aliosha.en (talk) 14:27, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

The same as below. Ruslik (talk) 16:36, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Dear Ruslik0, This photo cannot be copyrighted. Please, give me a solution to my problem, which, I guess, should be a very frequent and typical. What should one do with family photos? Thanks. --Aliosha.en (talk) 00:09, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Please, have a look at "Copyright help regarding File:RoslyIvPav 1.JPG" --Aliosha.en (talk) 02:19, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Every photograph can be copyrighted, and unless we can prove for certain that it is not copyrighted or that the copyright has expired (usually 70 years after the photographer died, no matter when the photo was taken), then we assume that the copyright is valid. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:08, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much! I have finally understood that there is no way to post such photos. It was only yours reply, which explained this. Thank you once again, for the previous answers sounded like mockery: find the author from 1940, if he died check if he did not sign out the copyright to this particular photo to his heirs, then, according to the time passed, I would likely be directed to the heirs of heirs... -Aliosha.en (talk) 23:36, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
You're welcome.
I know it's frustrating. Dealing with this complicated issue makes me wish for a very simple copyright system, one that says "Anything more than 100 years old is always free, all countries, all people, all works, no exceptions!" Good luck, WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:22, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:RoslyIvPav 1.JPG

I have uploaded this photo from an url (, but I also have a similar, but worse in quality copy in my family archive. (The author is unknown, year 1940.) I want to keep it on Wikimedia Commons for it is needed on a page about my grandfather. Please, help me to obey the formalities required. Thank you.

--Aliosha.en (talk) 14:33, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Likely copyrighted. You need a permission from the copyright owner or his heirs. Ruslik (talk) 16:36, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Dear Ruslik0, Do you really think the photo of 1940, made in Soviet Union, could be copyrighted? What should I really do? Thanks. --Aliosha.en (talk) 00:13, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

My personal opinion: I don't understand why you question the answer that you received. Feel free to read ? --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 01:16, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Dear everybody, I am not going to discuss the copyright laws, I am asking for help: what should I do if I take a photo from my family archive, digitize it and want to place on Wikimedia? You, experts must know the answer, finding which would take weeks for me. There is a small difference in origin between the present file and the file Генерал_Рослый_Одесса_март1965.jpg, as I explained in some detail. Please help! Saying "Find the author of the photo from 1940 or 1965" is no help! --Aliosha.en (talk) 02:18, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

The answer was already provided: get a permission from the author (copyright owner) or his heirs. Ruslik (talk) 08:52, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

As far as I could find out, the expiration time for copyright in Russia is 70 years. The photo File:RoslyIvPav 1.JPG was made in Russia in 1940. What should I do then to keep it on Wikimedia? Please, answer me in practical terms. --Aliosha.en (talk) 02:06, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

It is 70 years from the death of the creator, not from the day the photo was taken. The first step would be to find out when the photographer died.--Ymblanter (talk) 15:23, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much! I've got it: my business is hopeless. --Aliosha.en (talk) 23:38, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Problem with my gallery

When I want to see my gallery I get a message like this:

Database Error: User 'daniel_www' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource (current value: 15) on sql-s4/commonswiki_p Fatal error: Call to a member function addQuotes() on a non-object in /home/daniel/public_html/WikiSense-live/web/common/WikiQuery.php on line 940

Could someone tell me what I should do to get it fixed? Thank you for your help Dinkum (talk) 16:00, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

It looks like a temporary problem. I can see your uploads okay on this page. What tool or special page are you using? By the way, you could always consider having a user upload category, similar to mine, which then does not rely on special queries. -- (talk) 16:13, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
He's using Duesentrieb's wikisense on Toolserver. Evidence: daniel_www. You may use Gallery tool (which requires JavaScript enabled and a modern browser) instead. You can't fix the issue; Toolserver has technical problems with its Solaris servers. -- Rillke(q?) 16:22, 14 May 2013 (UTC)



最近入手した昭和初期の音楽研究家(祖父)の論文をアップしようと思っています。入手を手伝ってくれた大阪大学の図書館の方からは以下のコメントを頂いています。 『論文なので譲渡していない限り、通常は著作権は著者にあるはずです。ただし、Webにあげるには著作権の一種である公衆送信権も必要ですが、いずれも保護期間を超えています。公表後50年、死後50年 いずれも経っていますので、許諾を得る必要はないかと思います。』


--Migikura (talk) 01:21, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, use {{PD-Japan-oldphoto}} –⁠moogsi (talk) 17:48, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Royal Greenland

Hello my name is Shane and I'm from England .could I request an application form please for possible vacancies on board the royal Greenland .thankyou — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 18:41, 13 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • I'm not sure where you intended to post this, but you've posted it to the help desk for the site (for people with difficulties using the site). No one here is likely to be able to help you with this question. - Jmabel ! talk 00:59, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Neue Version einer GIF-Datei hochgeladen, es wird aber weiterhin die alte Version in der Dateivorschau und im Wiki-Beitrag angezeigt.

Hallo, ich habe eine neue Version der Datei hochgeladen. In den Ansicht Dateiversionen wird auch die richtige Datei (Rotorblattanstellungen unter über der Erklärung) angezeigt. In der großen Vorschau und im Wiki-Beitrag ist aber weiterhin die alte Version zu sehen. Ich habe die Aktualisierung der Datei ein zweitesmal probiert. Das Ergebnis ist allerdings unverändert. Was ist hier falsch gelaufen? Kann jemand eine Version der Dateiaktualisierung löschen?

I uploaded a new version of the file Although no errors were reported, the large preview of this file and the picture within the wiki article show the old version. So I repeated the upload without any success. What went wrong? Can anyone delte one of the uploades new version?--UlrichHeither (talk) 19:02, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Lokales Cache-Problem, vermutlich im Browser. Bei mir wird nur die aktuelle Version angezeigt. --Denniss (talk) 20:03, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Please purge your browser’s cache . (You only need to do it once.)

Internet Explorer: press Ctrl+F5, Firefox: hold down Shift while clicking Reload (or press Ctrl+ Shift+R), Opera/Konqueror: press F5, Safari: hold down Shift+alt while clicking Reload, Chrome: hold down Shift while clicking Reload --McZusatz (talk) 20:23, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Danke für die schnelle Hilfe. Es lag tatsächlich an den alten Daten im Cache.--UlrichHeither (talk) 20:42, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Help - Speedy-Delete Corrupted Image File Needed.

Please Speedy-Delete the following corrupted image file => File:Mc6 mola.pdf regarding the article - to make room for a newer, better version - Thank You in advance for your help with this - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 01:09, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Is it possible for an uploader to insist that larger images be deleted leaving only low-res versions?

My question applies to the image File:EPSON009.jpg, which was uploaded by User:アオイソラ ("Aoisora"), who appears to be the subject portrayed in the photo. The uploader replaced the original 1,808 x 1,216 file with a much smaller (326 x 220) version, and has recently nominated the entire file for deletion on the grounds that it compromises his personality rights. I'm not experienced enough to comment on whether this is a valid reason for deletion, but my secondary question applies to a copy of the same image recently uploaded by the same user at File:個展「饗宴」後藤 仁(GOTO JIN).jpg. This is also a small (326 x 220) image, and includes an unnecessary watermark. I would like to ask whether it is permissible for other editors (e.g. me) to upload the large 1,808 x 1,216 version of File:EPSON009.jpg as a new version of File:個展「饗宴」後藤 仁(GOTO JIN).jpg? This would make it a usable photo that could then actually be used on Wikipedia articles (such as en:Jin Goto). --DAJF (talk) 04:39, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

I'm having trouble understanding the reason for the nomination, but it seems to be something to do with the copyrighted painting in the photo. I think the idea is that if the image is low-res enough, then the paintings will be de minimis, as they will not be detailed enough to be infringing. But I don't speak Japanese so it's kind of opaque to me –⁠moogsi (talk) 07:08, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Placing photograph of person on Wikipedia page from Commons

I have uploaded photo, how do I place it on Wikipedia page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saxonss (talk • contribs) 05:11, 14. Mai 2013‎ (UTC)

I added it to the article on en:wp. You can see the syntax I used there for future reference.--Canoe1967 (talk) 05:30, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Kota Tolikara Papua Indonesia

File:Kota Tolikara Papua Indonesia.jpg
Kota Tolikara Papua Indonesia

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Tolikarawone (talk • contribs) 07:19, 20 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Convenience link: File:Kota Tolikara Papua Indonesia.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 15:02, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Has no license tag, no meaningful source or author. Google search turns up a lot of copies of this on the web, including at which claims copyright & does not grant rights. So unless I'm missing something, this should simply be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
The uploader is a block-evading sockpuppeteer, vandal and habitual copyright violator: Commons:Requests for checkuser/Case/Kabupatentolikarapapuabarat. Marking as resolved. LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:29, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Problem with gallery on user page


When I display this image (File:Prince of Orange royal 19th century.PNG) on my homepage, it won't display in the gallery it is in, yet every other image does and it is marked up the same way as: File:Prince of Orange royal 19th century.PNG|Arms of the Dutch Crown prince, the prince of Orange in the 19th Century

I must be making some obvious error, but I can't see it.


JMvanDijk (talk)

Hello, There is no file named "File:Prince of Orange royal 19th century.PNG" on Commons. You are trying to display on your Commons user page a file that is hosted on the English-language Wikipedia. Files hosted on Commons can be displayed in the pages of Wikipedia, but files hosted on Wikipedia cannot be displayed in the pages of Commons. The file must be uploaded to Commons before it can be displayed on Commons. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:07, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
thought it was some obvious error like that. Thought I had posted it on commons. Do I need to repost or can it be moved? Thanks. JMvanDijk (talk)
You can just upload it normally to Commons. Much simpler and faster to upload it yourself than to tag it for moving and wait for someone else to upload it. And as you are the only contributor to the file and to its description on en.wp, there is no need to copy the en.wp history. -- Asclepias (talk) 17:51, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
ok, txs! JMvanDijk (talk)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:34, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Image on website only 1x1px

Sometimes images on websites (for instance this) are only 1x1px when downloaded. It's strange, since they display well on the websites. Can anybody explain why that is so and whether it's possible to download a version that can be uploaded to Commons? --Jonund (talk) 20:25, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Use right click and select "See page source". I think you were searching for 1. --McZusatz (talk) 08:48, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Protest signs with photos of unknown copyright status

I have a various photos taken at public protests in the United States of people holding signs with one or more photos whose origin and copyright is unknown; all have some sort of hand written or printed text on or about them making it clear they are protest signs. Can my photos of these signs be used here? (I see others have been put up on commons. Mine are likely to be challenged on some articles where I might want to use them, so at least I can cover the copyright base in advance.) Thanks. Carolmooredc (talk) 18:28, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

  • A bit of a gray zone, but in general for contemporary US photos (since the US adopted the Berne Convention), if the sign raises to the level of originality to be copyrightable, and the photo is primarily or exclusively of the sign, we'd need permission from the person who designed the sign. Conversely: (1) if the sign is just a small amount of uncopyrightable text (e.g. "No War" or "No new taxes") written in a manner that did not rise to the level of significant graphic design, then there would be no copyright issue (2) if the sign was primarily of a person and they happen to be carrying a sign, that's probably OK on a de minimis basis, much like the person's clothes. - Jmabel ! talk 01:05, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Of course, in real life people at political protests (as opposed perhaps to commercial artist protests, for example) usually want their signs to be photographed to get their message out. In any case, it seems if there is a proper mix of photo of unknown copyright status, non-remarkable text and person carrying sign it should not be a problem. Or is the photo always a problem unless one can prove it's copyright status OK?? Carolmooredc (talk) 02:37, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
The problem is, there's a line between "want their signs to be photographed to get their message out" and "are willing to license under a Free license". I think if a corporation used their sign in advertising to make the point of how loony their objectors were, many protesters would turn to any source, including copyright, to stop that, even though a Free license must be permissible to use like that. Free licenses are hard masters; I know there are uses of my photos on Commons where the user had better cross their i's and dot their t's as per the license requirements, because I would be looking for a justification to force them to stop using it. We can't assume that other people have accepted the limitations of a free license.--Prosfilaes (talk) 11:35, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
A photograph of a protest sign that itself contains a photograph of unknown origin is inherently problematic. If your photograph depicts a whole bunch of said signs, then the photos on the signs are probably de minimis. But if it's a photograph of one sign that shows a photograph, it's a derivative work and not allowed here. Powers (talk) 15:24, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Are these "pictures of signs" or "pictures of people holding signs"? Something like File:Halloween92McGovern.jpg is probably fine, even if the sign itself contains copyrighted works. Something like File:Head poster Garden District.JPG is probably not okay if the sign contains copyrighted works. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:27, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Like the former. Lots of background. Thanks. Carolmooredc (talk) 16:45, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
File:Head poster Garden District.JPG is actully okay if tagged with Template:PD-text. You can't copyright simple signs.--Canoe1967 (talk) 16:59, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
I thought that might be getting into extreme pro-copyright territory (or whatever the funny en.wikipedia userbox I saw last night said). Thanks. Carolmooredc (talk) 17:49, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

I have found that many at en:wp don't know copyright as well as commons. I have seem them actually delete many public domain images that are used as fair use there. One recent one is File:Nighthawks by Edward Hopper 1942.jpg which I came across over there. After a discussion at Commons:Village pump/Copyright I decided to upload it. With the very helpful research by others here it will probably survive deletion. Commons:Village pump/Copyright may be your best forum for copyright in the future. We are not without drama with copyrights as you can see with Commons:Deletion requests/File:NewarkJustice1.jpg which was also kept after a bit of drama. Template:Commons policies and guidelines has more details in the copyright sections than en:wp does.--Canoe1967 (talk) 18:23, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Musiclanka ask help

please help me to prove copyrights for this picture, i have rights for this picture,but i dont what are the details that i should submit to prove it mine,please give an advice,musiclanka — Preceding unsigned comment added by Musiclanka (talk • contribs) 06:11, 15 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Assuming you do have the rights, you'll have to go through the procedure at COM:OTRS. In this case, you'll need to clarify how you have the rights, since unless you are the photographer and designer, both of those would have to have sign over those rights. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Photo taken by a friend

I have some photos taken by a friend. He is very happy for them to be uploaded to Commons, but doesn't have the ability to do so himself. Can I upload them? In which case what form of words do I need to use? And does it make a difference if he wishes to remain anonymous?

Sorry if this is a question that's been often asked before, but I can't find anything covering it.--Ross Burgess (talk) 11:47, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi Ross. The best way is to act as his uploading "agent". If you can get reasonable looking permission to do the uploads, in an email from your friend (using a verifiable address) that explains that he is happy for you to upload any of his photos on the license chosen, then an OTRS volunteer can add a "ticket number" to any of the images that you later upload, which means that anyone can confirm that permission was granted if this is ever questioned. The original email can stay confidential, indeed there is no need for you or your friend to even use your real names on the public image pages if you prefer not to. Contact details and the process is described at COM:OTRS. -- (talk) 11:59, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Advice from a New Yorker please

5th Avenue (2).jpg

Hi, could someone work out the copyright status of this statue on 5th Avenue? The release from the photographer is fine, but as I don't know anything about this statue, I now think this might be a speedy deletion candidate. Thanks -- (talk) 11:54, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

w:Atlas (statue) was unveiled/published in 1937. If there was no copyright renewal within the 28 year window they would be public domain. Until a search is done then the whole category is in question. is where to start 28 years after 1937.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:25, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
Commons:Deletion requests/File:5th Avenue (2).jpg looks like we keep them all.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:34, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

How to keep my photo in article?

How do I take care the RobertEarlSawyer.jpg can be used in the Robert Earl Sawyer article and stay there? It is mine and I use Wiki Commons but threat to delete it after 7 days. Fred Bokker (talk) 21:39, 15 May 2013 (UTC)Fred Bokker

Convenience link to the file: File:RobertEarlSawyer.jpeg; to the article: Robert Earl Sawyer –⁠moogsi (talk) 21:52, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

The copyright belongs to the photographer back in 1942. If that was you back then then it is ok to keep.Canoe1967 (talk) 21:43, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
If you don't own the rights to this image, and you don't know where it was first published or who took it, then it will be deleted at Commons because we only accept free content. As the subject is no longer living, you can upload it at Wikipedia (not at Commons) as "fair use". See Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline –⁠moogsi (talk) 22:06, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Abada of Momogun.jpg

The file is to make a lesson purposes. I take from his Facebook but I can't put his URL facebook in to the public. But this is another URL that the file have: I think the file no need to removed from here. Thank you.

--Puunbatu (talk) 13:54, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Template:PD-text may work.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:11, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
Template:PD-ineligible is another.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:14, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Location of original work reproduced on your website

I am researching this drawing by John Singer Sargent:,_John_Singer_(1856-1925)_-_1917-20_-_Disegno_1.jpg#filehistory I am primarily interested to know where the drawing is located, in what collection. I am disappointed that this source information is not included with the information about the work. Can you tell me where this drawing is located?

Thank you, Jonathan Greenberg. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:43, 16 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Hi Jonathan, the drawing seems to be in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums (record online at I would contact them for more information –⁠moogsi (talk) 23:06, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright of paints that I am the owner but not the painter?

If I am or I know owners of paints, photos, sculptures, carves, or any artistic may I publish photos of such of objects? (for those which I know the owner: we their verbal agreement) Are such of photos free of any rights? May I publish them on wikimedia commons without any restriction, free of any rights?

And what about photos of artistic sculptures, paints in the street, on the public domain?

Thanks for your comprehensive answer. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chris00toph (talk • contribs) 23:01, 16 May 2013‎ (UTC)

As the owner of an artwork, you don't own the copyright to the artwork. To upload a contemporary artwork, you need the agreement of the artist, who retains all the property rights to their work. If you obtain the artists permission via the process at Commons:OTRS, you can upload it on their behalf. We don't accept any assurace of a verbal agreement with the artist, because it's not verifiable that they've given their permission.
If you are uploading a photo of a sculpture, both the sculpture and the photograph are copyrighted. It's OK to upload if you yourself are the photographer, but if you are uploading someone else's photos then you need the verifiable permission of the photographer (again, sent to OTRS).
Note that the copyrights on artworks of which the creator died before 1926 have usually expired (depending on the source country of the artwork), and are not relevant. I hope this answers your question –⁠moogsi (talk) 23:19, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
To answer the last question, it depends on where you are in the world whether publicly-installed artworks are free to take pictures of. See Commons:Freedom of Panorama. –⁠moogsi (talk) 23:24, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

How to clarify the ownership of images from the internet?

I got a message from user Takeaway:

"I saw that you have uploaded four images on May 19, 2013. These four images seem to have been copied from the internet although in the file description, you claim to be the author. Can you please clarify the ownership of these images? - Takeaway (talk) 10:20, 19 May 2013 (UTC)"

The images he is referring to

Come from a website ( That I designed, created, own, and manage. So how can I clarify these are indeed my own images just that I published them on the website first before wikicommons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tuner tom (talk • contribs) 16:56, 19 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Please, see Commons:OTRS for instructions. Ruslik (talk) 18:02, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 14:35, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

The ones I checked have OTRS now.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:35, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Category:Bochum (Kultur)

please rename my catogory above into Category:Bermudadreieck (Bochum); thanks, (talk) 10:39, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

  • Done, but next time please do this yourself. The only thing I did that you couldn't have done was to delete the emptied, old category, and you can get that to happen by slapping an appropriate template on it asking for deletion: e.g. {{delete|reason=empty, merged into Category:Bermudadreieck (Bochum)}}. - Jmabel ! talk 00:40, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 00:40, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Roy Lichtenstein Drowning Girl narrative.jpg

I beleive that I have cropped a free portion of a copyrighted work at File:Roy Lichtenstein Drowning Girl narrative.jpg. How do I license this?--TonyTheTiger (talk) 12:17, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

If it is really uncopyrightable then use either {{PD-ineligible}} or {{PD-text}} license tags. MKFI (talk) 12:37, 22 May 2013 (UTC)
If it is a USA work you could check if the copyright was renewed 28 years after publication. If not then the original work may be public domain. is a good place to start.--Canoe1967 (talk) 12:54, 22 May 2013 (UTC)
Aren't letters and shapes PD?--TonyTheTiger (talk) 22:44, 22 May 2013 (UTC)
This fragment looks {{PD-ineligible}} to me. - Jmabel ! talk 00:41, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Marked {{PD-ineligible}} - Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:40, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

A photo with incorrect information

File:Hermannsburg (Natal).jpg is misidentified. It is not of the Hermannsburg in Natal, South Africa. It is in fact of a place with the same name in Northern Territory, Australia. The information on the sign in the photo (including the currency symbol - $) makes it perfectly obvious. This file needs to be renamed and its description and categorisation changed too. Dodger67 (talk) 14:05, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Template:Rename if you can pick a good name.--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:28, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
Template done. Dodger67 (talk) 20:32, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: McZusatz (talk) 13:31, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

ప్రసాదు (talk) 14:49, 24 May 2013 (UTC) Can a file downloaded from on the internet be uploaded. As everybook in is available to all for free download, can it be assumed to be licenced for free use.

  • No. Pretty nearly everything on the Web is available to all for free download; that says nothing about its copyright status. The majority of what is on that is copyrighted; some is not. You'd need to be more specific if you need advice on a particular case, and would do better to ask that question at Commons:Village pump/Copyright. But you cannot assume as a general rule that content is public domain: most of what they host is hosted on a fair use basis. - Jmabel ! talk 15:49, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 15:49, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Picture was overwritten with other content

User:Jo.Fruechtnicht overwrote File:Menckmal.jpg with other content. His version should be deleted. How can I or can anybody else do it? --Hydro (talk) 20:48, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

I deleted this revision and notified the user not to do this. Information about revision deletion is at Commons:Revision deletion –⁠moogsi (talk) 23:33, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

The same user overwrote a 2,31 MB picture (File:NYC-Railbus.jpg) with a 43 KB version. Can this be correct? I think this version should be deleted, too. --Hydro (talk) 07:52, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

No need to delete it. Canoe1967 already fixed it, thx. --McZusatz (talk) 20:31, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

How in the world do you download photos from WikiMedia commons? Should be simplest thing in the world, but it's not..

I simply want to download a photo to my hard drive, but it just doesn't happen.

I go to a section of photos -- let's say the category of Lakes. I pick out a lake and click on "Download all sizes" to the right of the photo.

Up comes a window that says "Download this file". At the bottom it gives me an option on image size. I click on the size I want.

Up comes a beautiful copy of the photo in the size I requested. And absolutely no indication that there is any way to download this photo.

What's going on? What am I missing?

Thank you so much for any help.

Don — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 00:42, 18 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Once you have the image on you screen then 'right click' your mouse. Select "save picture as..." Make sure it is fully expanded in case it is shrunk to fit your screen. If the magnifying glass shows a '+' then click that for full size. Rembember where you saved it or Bill Gates will hide it deep in your computer. This is all for Win7 and the IE9 browser.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:50, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
Or you can right click on any link under Size of this preview:, Other resolutions:, or on the Full resolution‎ link and select Save link as... JKadavoor Jee 03:19, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

license issue


My name is Baldev from india.

I want to create a website for m company and i want to use some pictures -

can i use pictures with these license ?

 > Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Kindly guide me thorugh which pictures are free for commercial use?

Regards Baldevsinh Chauhan — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 07:28, 18 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Hi Baldev! All files accepted by Commons (with the exception of Wikimedia logos and photographic reproductions of public domain works, where Wikimedia has elected to ignore local legislation) are free for commercial use with respect to copyright, including files published under a valid Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. However, there is no pre-approval process for uploads, users often upload copyright violations with false copyright claims, and we don't catch all of them. Assessing that the copyright information provided is correct as well as accounting for non-copyright considerations such as trademark and personality rights is your responsibility. Please read Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. (This is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should consult a lawyer.) LX (talk, contribs) 13:48, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Use of CC BY 2.0 on the commons

I upload a derivative (invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast) of an image (siliconoma) on the commons. The original work was licenced under CC BY 2.0. The upload form doesn't let me choose that as a valid license. Is the original work in violation or should CC BY 2.0 be available as an option? I changed the copyright to CC BY 2.0 after uploading it. I'd like to have a confirm this is all kosher. Thanks! Nephron  T|C 20:09, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, you can choose any Commons-compatible license for files you upload. If the Upload Wizard isn't doing what you want, you have the alternative of Commons:Upload, which in some circumstances will direct you towards the old upload form, which allows you more freedom in what you can put on the page. CC-BY 2.0 should perhaps be an option in the Upload Wizard, it is still in development and some of the design goals are simplicity and usability compared to the other methods. It's difficult to give each CC tag we do allow as an option –⁠moogsi (talk) 21:44, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
The CC-BY-SA 2.0 license that you used is fine. A lot of free licenses are accepted on Commons. But for practical reasons only a small sample of those acceptable licenses are automatically included into the particular upload tool that is called the upload wizard. If you want to use an acceptable license that is not included in the sample of the UW, you can still use it, like Moogsi explained above. Also, note that when you make a "derivative work" (not in the copyright law meaning, but in the particular meaning attributed to that expression in the text of the CC licenses of the series 2.0, that is to say, basically when you make any modified version of the original work), the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license of the original work explicitely allows you the option to either offer the modified work under the same license as the original work or, if you so choose, to upgrade the "derivative work" to a later version of the license, that is to say, to relicense the modified work under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license instead of under a CC-BY-SA 2.0 license. Thus, technically, you could have offered the modified image under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. However, in the present case, given the particular nature of the original image (a juxtaposition of two images, which you separated) and given the nature of your modification, which does not generate a distinct copyrightable authorship, I think you made a good choice by choosing to offer the modified work under the same license as the original, CC-BY-SA 2.0. For conformity with the license, do not forget to describe in the description page the nature of the modification you made. Finally, if I may ask, why did you reduce the size of the modified image? You uploaded it in the size 318x250 px, when it could have been uploaded in a size of about 650x470 px. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:26, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
I didn't realize I didn't download the largest size. I fixed the size. Thanks for the quick replies Asclepias and Moogsi! Nephron  T|C 23:28, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Metadata of an image I just uploaded inadvertently reveals private information.

I have just uploaded File:Plastic laundry basket.jpg which, on the face of it, seems to be a completely harmless image - some might even call it boring. However, the image metadata contains the GPS coordinates of my home! That's not something I want to reveal to the entire Wikiverse. Can the metadata be redacted to remove it?

(Note to self: Don't upload photos taken with my phone camera onto the interwebs! Use a camera without a GPS.) Dodger67 (talk) 12:12, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

  • You can download to a computer, use the freely available 'exiftool' to remove any EXIF information you don't want in the image, and re-upload. Meanwhile, you should probably ask for speedy deletion (uploader request on recently uploaded image) on the one you find too revealing. - Jmabel ! talk 14:47, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
I've deleted the file for now, you can upload it again after removing your personal information from the Exif.  ■ MMXX talk 15:14, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, the issue is resolved and File:Plastic laundry basket.jpg is now available for free (PD) use. Dodger67 (talk) 15:34, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Search only for featured images


just now I wanted to execute some queries but limit the result set to "featured pictures" only. That turned out to be surprisingly hard to achieve. I found the advice of using "incategory:" not on Commons but on de:WP. It turned out not to work ("mysearchterm incategory:Featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons").

I think this type of advanced search should be supported by commons in a more intuitive way. Or did I overlook something? Many thanks for your answers in advance. --Wiki-observer (talk) 15:12, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Mediawiki's search functionality is woefully arcane, is not really well-suited for anything, and is particularly ill-suited for a media repository. However, the "incategory:" keyword is actually mentioned on the search page on Commons if you click on "View other tools". There is also a link to en:Help:Searching, which in turn links to en:Wikipedia:TCAT#Categorization using templates, which explains why your search doesn't work: Category:Featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons is populated using a template rather than by directly categorising the files. None of which actually helps you do what you want, I know. A Google search for something like

"your search term" "Featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons" intitle:File:

might be your best bet. LX (talk, contribs) 18:56, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:LilianS.jpg

Hi, I upload pictures but all this are Material in the public domain... the main pages does not have copyright status on the publication of the images --Rhesmutenggert (talk) 14:52, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

See Commons:PD#Material_in_the_public_domain. Unless it was created 120 years ago then you should verify public domain before upload. That image will probably be deleted quickly but don't let it upset you. Any pictures you find on the net may seem free but most are not.--Canoe1967 (talk) 15:26, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
[via edit conflict] I see no reason to think this image would be in the public domain. Can you explain your rationale for believing it is? - Jmabel ! talk 15:29, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
"© 2013 Todo los derechos reservados." is at the bottom of the source page. You need to look for "CC-by-sa" or something similar for uploads to commons.--Canoe1967 (talk) 16:11, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: JustBerry (talk) 17:53, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kevin Avery at Bookcourt 121311.jpg

The photographer, Mitchell Bilus, has given permission to use this photo on Wikipedia. I have an e-mail from him saying so, and can forward it. Please advise what else I have to do.


--Chidder (talk) 19:22, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

See Commons:OTRS. There is a template there that he should follow and email. "..use this photo on Wikipedia" doesn't cover enough.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:30, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 02:08, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Schwerer Gustav.jpg

Hi, I've found this old photo, it is present on various websites and I don't think there is any copyright on it. So what to do now? Sorry for this trouble but I'm new in the community so I don't know what to do!

--Stalker1917 (talk) 12:22, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Why do you assume there were no copyrights on this photo? It was taken on March 19, 1943 at Rügenwalde. The German image agency Ullstein has it as image #00644023. Ullstein attributes the image to Walter Frentz who died in 2004. The image is copyrighted in Germany until the end of 2074 (barring future changes to the German copyright law :-) and thus not acceptable here. Lupo 13:58, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: JustBerry (talk) 17:50, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

No subject

I got accused of not being a real user. I just registered and I am a real user. Please explain.


Kimberly McIntyre — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kimberly McIntyre (talk • contribs) 14:42, 25 May 2013‎ (UTC)

There is no doubt that you're a registered user. Are you referring to the problem tag on File:Alligator Pond and the Fingernail Moon.jpg? That's not meant as an accusation. It's just that for previously published content, we need to verify that the copyright holder is really the one issuing the free license. Since anybody can register an account under any name, you'll need to follow the instructions of that notice and send an e-mail to our permission archive to confirm that you are you. Thanks, LX (talk, contribs) 16:40, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: JustBerry (talk) 17:44, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Math Image - Prime Factorization Diagram

Would it be okay to upload a simple math image, such as a diagram explaining prime factorization?. I think it's a fairly simple image, but I just want to make sure it's okay to upload onto the Wikimedia Commons. JustBerry (talk) 14:46, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Of course you can. See {{PD-text}}. But there is a chance that you can produce the same using the <math>-tags. --McZusatz (talk) 15:02, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Cool, I have already put a similar copyright tag on the image. Thank you. --JustBerry (talk) 17:23, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: JustBerry (talk) 17:37, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

How to delete a file I uploaded

I uploaded File:Willacoochee GA old school.jpg (to Wikipedia) and it got transferred here. It has an improper license. How can I delete it? Bubba73 (talk) 17:46, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Go to 'Edit' at the right side of your menu bar and delete the content on that page. Then, click 'Save Page' --JustBerry (talk) 18:36, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
It gave me a warning and didn't delete it. I added the speedy tag. Bubba73 (talk) 18:47, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:24, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Newly-arisen text scrolling issues

What's going on with text scrolling in edit windows? When I'm using my up and down arrows on the keyboard to scroll between lines, it always puts the cursor at the left end of the new line. I've never before noticed this in seven years of editing here, and it's greatly inconvenient. I'm using IE8 with Monobook in Windows 7. For an example of what I mean, look at File:Scrolling problem, Commons screenshot.png. In the past, if I put my cursor before "edit windows?" and hit the down arrow, it would always put the cursor before "new line", but it's suddenly started putting it at the new line, immediately before "puts the cursor". The change appears to have happened within the last few hours; I was working on images several hours this morning and early this afternoon (UTC) and wasn't witnessing anything unusual. This isn't a browser problem, since en:wp scrolling works fine. When I load a page here and place the cursor before the page has downloaded completely, it scrolls normally, but when the download finishes, it starts scrolling wrongly. Nyttend (talk) 21:21, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

I can't replicate this in IE10 (the only version I have access to right now). Perhaps you could try enabling or disabling the "Old edittools" gadget in your Preferences - that affects the behaviour of editboxes in some ways. A recent change which affects editboxes is the enabling of the mw:Translate extension on Commons, perhaps it's something to do with that. I know it's very unhelpful to say "don't use IE", but... don't use IE, or upgrade it to a version that works, if possible –⁠moogsi (talk) 11:21, 22 May 2013 (UTC)
Just a guess into the blue, try to disable IME of ULS, if you do not need it: First click the languages menu next to your user name, then Input (the option with the keyboard) and then the green button for deactivating it, then reload the page and try it again. If you found the issue, please also report back here so we can report it to Bugzilla. -- Rillke(q?) 11:45, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Elsieallen.JPG

Please i did not add my license this picture was taken with my camera by my classmate please add licenses to it --Elitrea (talk) 23:54, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

The source website says "Photo:Sopheary Kiu", "Copyright © 2012 Elsie Allen High School. All rights reserved." Is that false? -- Asclepias (talk) 00:15, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
yes that is correct that is my classmate --Elitrea (talk) 18:01, 21 May 2013 (UTC)
Ok, then as the photographer, your classmate would be the creator of the photo (unless you personally arranged the angle of the shooting and adjusted all the setings, etc.). However, the copyright notice on the webpage, where the photo is published, specifies "Copyright © 2012 Elsie Allen High School. All rights reserved.", which seems to imply that the administration of Elsie Allen High School owns the copyright. Please ask your classmate and the school to sort out this situation between them. If it turns out that it is your classmate who owns the copyright, then she is the person who can offer a license, if she wants. In that case, please ask her if she wants to offer a free license and, if so, what free license. However, if it turns out that it is the school who owns the copyright of the photo, then the school is the entity that can offer a license. In that case, please ask the school administration if they want to offer a license and, if so, what license. In any case, we, here, are not allowed to add a license from our own initiative. The license can be offered by the copyright owner only. (If the copyright owner does not know what license to choose, some users may suggest the CC-by-sa 3.0 license.) Also, the copyright owner should either certify the license by sending an email through OTRS, or to mention the license on the school's webpage. Finally, who is Weiss? If your classmate is the author, she should be credited as the author, unless she refuses to be credited or wants to be credited under a pseudonym. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:23, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

Please help to add to commons

Please can anyone help to put this picture on Commons ? This is a candidate to be copied to Wikimedia Commons, but i don´t get it how... I would like too use it on the Swedish Wiki....

Luther's tombstone in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Hafspajen (talk • contribs) 10:32, 17 April 2013‎ (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Moved to Commons. Kelly (talk) 00:40, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

License/Copyright question File:Hana M Herodes a Herodias.jpg

I received notification that the file can be deleted because it doesn't have a "source" or copyright information.

The photo is one of many of my mother's aunt and was scanned from mother's family album. It is dated 1937 in the album and I have no way of verifying who actually took the picture as it was taken years before I was born and my parents are both deceased and I can't ask them.

My father was a photographer and the picture is dated from about the time he met mother so one could presume he is the author but that can't be verified. I have donated other unique photos of mother's aunt to the Slovak National Library archives but chose that one as representative of her work to publish, at mother's request, before she passed away.

At the time I posted the photo I was contacted by a Slovak administrator and explained this. The editor added “Hana Melickova, z osobnej zbierky Sula Vancova, (rod. Mitrovska)” (Hana Melickova, from personal collection of Sula Vancova, (nee Mitrovska)) to clarify the source.

I would appreciate any help as to how to license it as this is the only “representative” picture of her that I have and would hate to have it being deleted just because I can't verify if father actually took the it. --Mvanco (talk) 14:03, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

As source you can state that it is your own collection. But it's more instresting when it was first published. Cause we have severel gudlines and it is eventually PD:
But if you are pretty sure that your grandfather is the photographer and copyright holder you and all the ancetors of your grandfather have to agree to publish it under a free license which you can choose from here. I would advise you to choose {{cc-by-sa-3.0}}. The best would be also then afterwards to send an E-Mail with all the agreements of your ancestors to the OTRS-Team. I know that sounds very compicated but copyright and law is unfortunatly a very complicated field.--Sanandros (talk) 15:07, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the hints. Since in no way I can find out for sure who took that picture in 1937 and it is obvious I was the first one to post in anywhere since then, by scanning it from mother's family album, I will opt to go with *{{PD-EU-no author disclosure}} to honor her aunt's memory and to portray her in a picture representative of her career. I would appreciate feedback about my corrections applied to the file. Thanks --Mvanco (talk) 19:54, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I don't think we can host this file unless you know that it was published before 1926. I am assuming this is a previously unpublished picture taken in Czechoslovakia in 1937 by an unknown author, in which case we cannot host it at Commons. There are a few of things you can do:

  • If there are any pictures you do know the authorship of, then you can use one of those. For example, pictures that you know were taken by your grandfather, which his heirs own the rights to, can be released by the heirs at Commons using {{PD-heirs}}. You can do this with the pictures you donated to the Slovak National Library, as the heirs of the photographer still own the copyright.
  • A photo of her anonymously published more than 70 years ago would be eligible for upload at Slovak Wikipedia (if Slovak Wikipedia allows local uploads, Czech Wikipedia doesn't)
  • You can upload the picture as fair use at wikis which allow such uploads. This means that the copyright status can be ignored for illustrative purposes, as long as no other free pictures of the subject exist. (A partial list of Wikimedia projects which allow fair use is at meta:Non-free content, again, does not, I do not know about
  • Boldly assume that your grandfather is the author, and use {{PD-heirs}} on the photo, as above. However, I would not recommend this as Commons operates on a precautionary principle when it comes to copyrighted works.

There are options other than {{PD-heirs}} if you are uploading an old photo and you wish to retain the copyright for some reason, but judging by what you are saying I don't think you intend to do this. You can't use {{PD-EU-no author disclosure}}, as that is for works published in the EU more than 70 years ago. It seems as though this photo has not been published before.

Hope this is helpful in some way, sorry we can't host this file –⁠moogsi (talk) 17:05, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Correction: It was not my grandfather - My father was a photographer. I can't go on trying to prove that I have the right to publish OLD photos from the family album. I can't AFFIRM that my father took the picture. The date (1937) would indicate so but I can't be 100% sure and I don't want to play the game by posting that he was the photographer (It was taken before I was born.) I have written to the administrator that originally OK'd the posting asking if it can be uploaded there rather than to the Commons. By the Way, the photo was most PROBABLY published in 1937 as my grand-aunt is in full dress and makeup for the part she was playing then. It was probably used as publicity photo for the Slovak National Theater. Thanks Mvanco (talk) 02:43, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

To the best of my knowledge I changed the copyright to show only *{{PD-EU-no author disclosure}}. Reasoning for this is as I explained before:

  1. The photo is dated 1937 in my mother's album.
  2. It shows her aunt in full theater dress and make up.
  3. It appears to be a “posed” picture, most likely used for publicity of her role.
  4. If the picture was indeed used for publicity in 1937, which I presume it was, I would think this constitutes “being published”.
  5. Being that we are in 2013 that makes the photo 76 years old.

Considering the above factors, in my view the picture therefore qualifies for *{{PD-EU-no author disclosure}}

I will be submitting a ticket to OTRS for further confirmation of my right to post it. Mvanco (talk) 02:59, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Updated picture does not show latest version on my "File list" page

I have loaded a new version of a picture by clicking on the link "Upload a new version of this file". The new version of the picture is shown in the history section of the File page of the picture BUT NOT on the File list page where all my uploads are displayed! I even tried and cleared my browsers cache and even closed and reopened the browser. — Preceding unsigned comment added by D.streun (talk • contribs) 20:49, 22 May 2013‎ (UTC)

If it is File:Oekolampad Kirche.jpg then I see it as your last upload. Is it another image or your upload gallery you want it in?--Canoe1967 (talk) 14:53, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Images from

Do I need to upload these images here, or can they be directly transferred in some way?: [3], [4]. Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 21:09, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

You need to upload them here. Ruslik (talk) 14:38, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
You could try Commons Helper 2, which is designed to transfer images from other Wikimedia projects to Commons. --rimshottalk 20:09, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Stephane-delajoux.jpg

Bonjour, Les images que j'ai déposé proviennent d'informations publiques. Je ne sais pas comment le préciser dans mes sources. MErci d'avance de votre aide.

--Laetita bir (talk) 21:46, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Informations publiques et informations libres ne sont pas pareil. L'auteur de l'image doit donner l'autorisation pour une licence libre. Le site web de la Libération dit: Toute mise en réseau, toute rediffusion ... sont donc explicitement interdites sans l'accord exprès et préalable de la Sarl Libération.. Je ne pense pas qu'ils vont permettent une licence libre. --rimshottalk 20:25, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

licensing of images

Greetings, I uploaded images that I took and I want to use them on my companies wikipedia page. But I do not want other people to use them on other pages without permission. I used the standard license, but I was wondering how do I edit the license so that only I can place them on Wikipedia pages of my choosing? Thank you in advance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:17, 23 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Wikimedia Commons only hosts content that can be used by anyone for any purpose. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary to understand what this project is about. LX (talk, contribs) 19:21, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Commons accepts only free-licensed and public domain images. It sounds like the images in question are not in the public domain and you do not want them free-licensed. Assuming that is the case, you should request that the images be deleted from Commmons.
  • Some Wikipedias (including the English-language Wikipedia) allow certain limited use of non-free images. See en:Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline and en:Template:Non-free_use_rationale for further discussion of this possibility. - Jmabel ! talk 19:22, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Les Paul Roque creating music..jpg

Hello, I am attempting to set up a Wikipedia page for the musician, Les Paul Roque. I am his Public Relations Director and am having a little bit of confusion on getting his photo, which I have uploaded to Wikimedia, to link up with his Wikipedia page. He owns the photo and would love to put it out there for all to see. Can you please assist and let me know what I need to do to get this done? Thank you, Teresa Candelaria --LPpianistextraordinaire (talk) 20:30, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

The photographer is probably the copyright holder so you need him to follow the instructions at Commons:OTRS. Make sure he emails the file name or url so OTRS can find it.--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:35, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Please tell me why the image was deleted

Hello admin please tell me why the image was deleted and what are the procedures to update. Below is the name of the file which was deleted. Photo was mailed to me by the owner. Thank You

File:Devita Saraf.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shravanvizr (talk • contribs) 08:06, 24 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Did you see Commons:Deletion requests/File:Devita Saraf.jpg? So I would recommend the owner sends an mail to com:otrs including the file name and the licence. Thanks. --McZusatz (talk) 13:34, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the Reply McZusatz Where should she mail and one more thing how can we submit the proof ~~

Free images of living persons with a bit of text

Where can I read about policy/guideline/the-way-we-do-things-around-here about freely licensed images under CC-BY-2.0 of a living person with a bit of text? Typically, at events, openings, galas, etc., people meet the press in front of a promotional backdrop with event name or sponsor name plastered all over. I see why we don't want promo on Wikipedia or Commons images. But, if the image is cropped so that the person nearly completely fills the frame, so that only fractions of the event organizer's name are visible, what'e the threshold of that's-still-promo? My example is File:NewFront speaker Jenna Rose.jpg, which I just got the copyright holder (Digita) to release under CC-BY-2.0 on Flickr. --Lexein (talk) 11:51, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

  • No problem at all about the text in the background, although a cropped version would also be fine, as would one with a Gaussian blur over the logos. If you do that, upload it under a separate name as a derivative, so the original remains accessible. - Jmabel ! talk 15:43, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
  • When any logo shows in an image I usually add Template:Trademarked. With people I add Template:Personality rights and one from the Template:Consent choices.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:19, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:甲府商科専門学校外観.jpg

ヘルプデスク御中 アップロード者「又八郎」(このファイル名の学校の職員)です。 当該ファイルの著作権に関する記述が不十分とのことで警告のメールを頂きました。 この写真ファイルは当校のカメラで職員が撮影し、当校が所有するものです。 Wikiの当校のページにこの写真ファイルを掲載し続けるために どのような手順を踏めば良いのか分からないのでご教示ください。

--又八郎 (talk) 13:31, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Commons:OTRS/jaをご覧ください。端的には、 宛に公式メールアドレスからライセンスの宣言をお送りくだされば、ボランティアが対応いたします。できれば同ページ下部の書式をお使いください。 --whym (talk) 14:13, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Uploaded image not displaying

I just uploaded this and the main image won't display. Any ideas what's wrong with it? Viraltonic (talk) 16:31, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

It displays fine for me. Both copies. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:50, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
And now for me also! I think it was waiting for me to ask before working just to make me look the fool. Thanks anyway! Viraltonic (talk) 17:06, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
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Adding a school's logo to its Wiki page

I am the president of the Antelope Valley High School Alumni Association and I would like to add our school's logo to its wiki page. The logo is freely used for all school functions and I have the school's backing to do this. Would there be any problems? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lope73 (talk • contribs) 14:34, 20 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • "freely used" is not a legal category in copyright law. You need to sort out its copyright status. This is presumably U.S. Do you know when the logo dates from? - Jmabel ! talk 15:04, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
  • The article is at the English Wikipedia. You could upload it just to the English Wikipedia, with a fair use rationale, and then it could be used in that article. Look at en:File:TempleOwls.png or other schools' logos as examples of what to do. In other cases, if the logo is relatively simple, then it may not be copyrighted. The File:Best Western logo.svg, for example, is (just barely) too simple to be copyrighted. In that case, you may freely upload it to Commons. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:26, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Author email notification

An author of photos wishes to be notified of which images of his are being used on which article. He'd like to be directly contacted via email. I was going to put a notice in the Permissions section of {{information}} to the likes of "This file is licensed cc-by 2.0. Please notify the author of any uses at _____[email]". I've seen other photographers have a nice request like this, but only in passing and now I can't find any. Is there a way to hide an email address from being directly shown? – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 05:20, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

You can use {{@}} template. Ruslik (talk) 08:57, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Please make it abundantly clear that the e-mail notification is only a request and not a requirement. LX (talk, contribs) 09:21, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Both very helpful answers, thank you! I'll reword the phrasing, LX, thanks! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 16:19, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Multi-language notes

I wonder if there is way to use multi-language notes. I often use the note tool to describe important buildings on panoramic views, e.g. here: File:Muelheim-Teilpanorama-von-Styrumer-Bruecke-Nordosten-2013.jpg - unfortunately the notes and only in German (and with links to de-WP). It would be useful to add notes in multiple languages in a way that an annotated image could be used in the English and German WP for example. Any ideas? --Tuxyso (talk) 12:11, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Image notes support wikitext just as normal pages, you can use {{de}} for german description and {{en}} for english. See File:Finnish civil guard weapons.JPG. MKFI (talk) 12:24, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
OK, it works that way, but from user's perspective not very handy. The problem is that all texts from different languages are shown. If one uses the language codes in the file description only up to three languages are shown. When there are more than three language entries only one entry is shown (in the system language). Is there a possibility to get the same functionality for notes? --Tuxyso (talk) 14:23, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
{{LangSwitch}} works. See e.g. the notes on File:Spelterini Blüemlisalp.jpg. The notes are displayed in the user's language (default English). Try watching that page using different settings for the "uselang" URL parameter (e.g., de, fr, dsb). Lupo 14:40, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
Great. I have never used LangSwitch before. Is the use of it also suggested for image descriptions? --Tuxyso (talk) 15:48, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
Usually not. I can't remember the reason, however. Maybe because the descriptions are often of unequal extent and perhaps also because anonymous users may not set their user interface language. But as soon as it is auto-detected like at translatewiki:, this wouldn't be longer an issue. -- Rillke(q?) 21:52, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Khaled Muktadir Nahian.jpg

why this picture will delete? --Nahian will live (talk) 13:15, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

It looks like a professionally made photograph. So, the uploader may not be the author of it. In this case a permission from the photographer is required. Ruslik (talk) 11:58, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Berteau.jpg

How can I prove that some work is on public domain? Thanks! Guillermo --Guillermo Turina Serrano (talk) 20:53, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Have a look at this file. --Maxxl2 - talk 21:07, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Since he died in the 1700s it should be PD being 120+ years from date of creation. I found a source and higher resolution image.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:10, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Reproductions of visual art?

What's the policy on photographic reproduction of visual art? In particular, I'm interested in contributing photographs of paintings by early-20th century German painters so that they can be used on their wikipedia pages. Is this permissible? One painter I'm thinking of (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner) has been dead for over 70 years, and the other (Otto Dix) has not, if that makes any difference. Any information you can offer will be appreciated! Sindinero (talk) 21:03, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Try Commons:Public domain. It would depend on date of first publication, countries of publication, author death date, etc.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:13, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Nutzung von google e-book

Ich beabsichtige, aus dem Google e-book

Martin Friedrich Seidels Bilder-Sammlung, in welcher hundert gröstentheils in der Mark Brandenburg gebohrne, allerseits aber um dieselbe wohlverdiente Männer vorgestellet werden, mit beygefügter Erläuterung, in welcher derselben merkwürdigste Lebens-Umstände und Schriften erzehlet werden, 1751  (Google eBook) ein Bild von Weinleben in Wikimedia einzustellen. Welche Aussagen muß ich bei den Lizensbedingungen machen? Kann mir jemand ein "Muster" erstellen, in dem ich nur den Dateinamen des von mir gefertigten Bildschirmfotos einsetzen muß. Mit dem Foto möchte ich den Artikel über Weinlöb versehen. Vielen Dank ludecus --Ludecus (talk) 12:32, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Wikimedia Deutschland 12.Mitgliederversammlung 2013 11.JPG

How can i add the licence (cc-by-sa 3.0)? --Sandra Muellrick (talk) 13:18, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

{{cc-by-sa 3.0}} - Jmabel ! talk 15:24, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Wikimedia Deutschland Offener Sonntag 2013 32.JPG

How can i add the licence (CC-BY-SA 3.0?) --Sandra Muellrick (talk) 13:20, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Redirect to wikipedia

Is it possible to redirect my user/talk pages to Wikipedia? I dont often come on here so dont want to miss anything that may pop up. I've given it a go on my userpage as you'll be able to see, but it doesnt want to redirect automatically. Am i asking to do something thats not possible? Narom (talk) 19:02, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

There are no cross-project automatic redirects (the closest you'll get is {{SOFTREDIRECT}}). You shouldn't discourage use of your talk page here, because it doesn't make much sense to expect Commons users to go to a different project for communication about Commons-related matters, and our standard notification templates also don't work on other projects. If you're worried about missing things of interest here, just enable e-mail notifications for changes to your user talk page and watchlist in your preferences. LX (talk, contribs) 21:08, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 09:35, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

I want to say 'thanks' for using an image

Hi friends

I have been hunting everywhere and I have no idea how to post my thanks to the photographer for an image we are using on our website. I don't have time to read screeds of stuff and I know I am a dinosaur, but I really just want to say the following:

Many thanks for allowing the free use of this image - - it will appear on our website at

I hope this will be successful but I have my doubts :-(

Margaret — Preceding unsigned comment added by Megibuc (talk • contribs) 00:21, 28 May 2013‎ (UTC)

That's very kind of you. You'll notice in the link you posted that the photographer wrote "I would be very happy to be informed" in the permission/reuse section, which itself is a link to his talk page. Simply click on that, then at the top of the screen, click "new comment" (or something similar) and thank away! – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 02:00, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
Also, be sure to sign your thanks (and any future posts) with four tildes: ~~~~. Thanks in return :) – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 02:03, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Friedrich Germanus Lüdke und Weinleben_Seidel

Auf meiner Benutzerseite wurde moniert, dass zum Bild von Lüdke keine License angegeben ist. Das Foto Friedrich Germanus Lüdke hat mein Großvater, der 1937 verstorben ist, entweder selbst gemacht oder fertigen lassen. Die Vorlage ist mir nicht bekannt. Das Bild findet sich aber auch in: Allgemeine deutsche Bibliothek. 63.Band, Erstes Stück, 1785, Berlin, bei: Friedrich Nicolai; [HAB: Za 73] Dieses Werk ist wohl eindeutig gemeinfrei. Ich bitte höflich um Hilfe, wenn ich die Beschreibung ergänzen soll. Abschließend habe ich in diesem Zusammenhang noch eine Frage: Aus dem kostenlosen E-book von google books habe ich das Bild von Johann Weinlob bei Wikimedia unter Weinleben_Seidel eingestellt. Aus dem e-book habe ich ein Bildschirmphoto gemacht:

Ich bin der Auffassung, daß das Werk gemeinfrei ist, habe deshalb auch keine license beantragt. Ich habe jedenfalls stundenlang im Internet gesurft, um herauszubekommen, ob und unter welchen Bedingungen google-books kopiert werden dürfen. Hier handelt es sich um ein Bildzitat aus einem umfangreichen Werk. Muß ich hier noch etwas unternehmen?--Ludecus (talk) 13:40, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Soweit ich erkennen kann, wurde dieses Problem von einem anderen User am 28. März behoben, diff ist: [5]. Die automatische Meldung des Bots stammt vom 26. März und kann m.E. ignoriert werden. In der Bild-Info wird jetzt PD-art mit PD-old-100 als Lizenz-Tag verwendet, eine der gebräuchlichsten Tags für solche alten Bilder. GermanJoe (talk) 14:03, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Use the Commons images on My project .

Is provides the Rest API to access the images(contents)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pankajvagare (talk • contribs) 09:39, 28 May 2013‎ (UTC)

  • I'm not sure I follow: HTTP is a RESTful protocol. What else do you want? - Jmabel ! talk 14:51, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


I need to remove the image that I posted. Is that possible? — Preceding unsigned comment added by MeVanReed (talk • contribs) 14:20, 29 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Unless you are an admin, you can't delete it yourself, but if it is a recent upload and not currently used, you can request a speedy upload and it will be done. Tag it with {{Speedydelete|1=uploader request, recent upload, not used}}. If it is not a recent upload or if it is currently used, you'd have to nominate it for deletion just like anyone else would. - Jmabel ! talk 14:54, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Image use for a medical congress

May I use a photograph of a city landmark that apears in WikiMedia to promote a medical congress to be held in this city? Thank you. Sincerely, Agatha Leon — Preceding unsigned comment added by Agatha Leon (talk • contribs)

Yes, you may. Ruslik (talk) 16:02, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Please remember that attribution and naming the license is usually required, and occasionally including the whole license can be required.--Prosfilaes (talk) 20:41, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Montenegrin Coat of Arms ERROR


There exist a problem with the Coat of Arms of Montenegro which is currently uploaded on Wikipedia: it is fake! (this one: )

The Original Coat of Arms does NOT have red claws or red&white jewels on the crown, but yellow/golden! Also, the fake one has weird eyes on the eagle and lion. (Originals available at the website of the Government of Montenegro , or Parliament of Montenegro )

I urge if someone can replace present image on Wikipedia ( ) with this one!Coat_of_arms_of_Montenegro.svg , because it is most accurate one. This file was uploaded before, but someone has replaced it with the wrong one.

Thanks in favor!-- ArmyRoar (talk) 17:20, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Problem solved!

How quickly do you delete clear copyright violations ?

See a clear copyright violator - - do you block such clear violators? How long is your actioning to delete the upload violations? Youreallycan (talk) 08:21, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Regular deletion discussions typically stay open for a week. If you can show that something is an obvious copyright violation, you should tag them for speedy deletion using {{copyvio}} rather than bringing them up for discussion. Copyright violators are typically only blocked if they continue to upload copyright violations in spite of multiple warnings, and then typically only for a few days initially. See Commons:Deletion policy and Commons:Blocking policy. LX (talk, contribs) 10:33, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia commons bot - it was on commons under a free license so it is free forever - lol - Youreallycan (talk) 09:00, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you're trying to say here... LX (talk, contribs) 10:33, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club Logo.png

Dear Sir or Madame,

I received this image from the club itself and the club agreed with me publishing it on Wikipedia. It's the club's logo but I'm not sure how to source it properly. Sorry, I'm new to Wikipedia.

You can find a similar version of the Logo on its official Facebook page:



--BerlinFan2000 (talk) 15:43, 30 May 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 the copyright holder is 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) 10:37, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Picture wasn't updated

Schéma varšavského merta.gif

Hi, I have updated this picture successfully. The thumbnail is OK, but the full size picture is still old. I reloaded the page, picture, use [Ctrl]+[F5], but I still see the old one. However, I uploaded it again and there is the same problem, but the previous picture is now OK!

Can somebody fix it?

It is the scheme of the metro and the change is on the end of the blue line. The part Marymont-Mlociny should be dark like other stations.

Thanks File:Schéma varšavského merta.gif

-- Tom120 (talk) 17:36, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

  • This is probably a caching problem, most likely on your browser. The image looks fine to me. -- Jmabel ! talk 22:59, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Creating a Wiki page

I am an author and I am interested in creating a Wiki page much like the one used for celebrities. How can I do this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marie A. Norfleet (talk • contribs) 00:12, 31 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Could elaborate a bit on what it is you want to do? The types of pages we have for celebrities here on Wikimedia Commons are typically gallery pages and category pages – for showcasing and organising images and other media files, respectively. If what you have in mind is an encyclopædia article, you're on the wrong project, and you're probably looking for en:Wikipedia:Starting an article over at the English Wikipedia project. Be aware, though, that they don't like it when people create articles about themselves. LX (talk, contribs) 11:39, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Vereinswappen von SG Germania Ulmbach.gif

Das Logo ist das Vereinswappen der SG Germania Ulmbach. Die Quelle ist: --Edelcraft (talk) 09:27, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Bist du sicher, dass dies das aktuelle Wappen ist? Oder ist dies hier das gültige Wappen? --Maxxl2 - talk 10:08, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Steve Adey image upload

I'm trying to use my image File:Steve64.jpg on Steve Adey (Wiki page). It works fine on Steve Adey discography, but does show up on the main article!? Thanks for helping me out with this. Grappling Hooks (talk) 09:56, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

First of all, links make things a bit easier. You're talking about File:Steve64.jpg, en:Steve Adey and en:Steve Adey discography. Regarding the photo itself, you're claiming that it's your own work and that you are the copyright holder, while the file's metadata contains "© 2010 Philippe Monthoux". Are you Philippe Monthoux?
Your actual question is more of a Wikipedia editing issue than an issue with Commons, but it seems to be that in this edit, you changed the image parameter in the Infobox musical artist template to Image with an upper-case I. Template parameters are case-sensitive. Change it back to a lower-case i, and it should work. LX (talk, contribs) 11:55, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Images from Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

We have a series of images relating to the museum collections that are out of copyright and in the museum photography collections that would be great to add to Wikimedia. How do I go about sorting this out? Is there anything special I need to do - I've looked through the FAQs and can't see anything that would help me. Sorry for annoying newbie question EllieBywater (talk) 13:44, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

What appears to be the actual stumbling block? Is the issue identifying the right template for describing why the images are in the public domain? There's a long list at Commons:Copyright tags. It's important to note that the images must be in the public domain both in the source country (presumably the UK) and in the US. To help you further, we'd need to know more (such as when and where the first publication occurred and/or when the author died). Or is the issue how to upload a large number of files? If so, how many files are we talking about? There's some info at Commons:Batch uploading. Or is it something else? LX (talk, contribs) 14:20, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Karlfried Graf Durckheim in 1914.JPG

I can't locate any permissions or licensing information for image Karlfried Graf Durckheim in 1914.JPG. I would like to remove the image, but I can't find out how to do that. Cmacauley (talk) 22:10, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

--Cmacauley (talk) 22:10, 31 May 2013 (UTC)