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Uploading from Commons

Using Bryan's toolserver tool to transfer an image from Commons, something I've done hundreds of times, I've encountered an error I've never seen before. For File:Dining on the Seattle waterfront, circa 1970.jpg, when I click on "click this link" I get an unclear and misspelled error message, "The image page on Commons was never editted by the user who issued the upload." I have no idea what this means I should do. Does anyone have a clue? - Jmabel ! talk 16:09, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Tool is clearly not totally broken, because I just successfully uploaded File:Woodland Park, Seattle, circa 1910.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 16:17, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 19:37, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

is this video cc-zero??

Transfer from my talk page --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 01:12, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Hello, i would appreciate if you can see if the license is correct in this file, i founded here and then i have uploaded to commons, but i am not sure if cc-zero is the licence for a video in public domain. The file is: --KundaliniZero (talk) 00:39, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Hello, CC-0 is not the proper template if the author or copyright owner did not make a CC-0 declaration about this work. You can't issue this declaration in their place. The source says that the copyright status is expressed with the CC "Copyright-Only Dedication or Public Domain Certification" and nothing else. Although that dedication / certification is ambiguous and is now deprecated, it is what the source associated with the work. If we want to reflect that information from the source, we must keep it associated with this work and not replace it with something else. Commons seems to have the template:Prelinger for files like this (although I don't know how accurate that template is when it adds interpretions instead of just referring to the actual declaration.) -- Asclepias (talk) 02:46, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I think that clears it up a little! License updated --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 05:17, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 09:09, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

re yahoo mail

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Whatever you are trying to tell us: This is the wrong place for it. --El Grafo (talk) 08:41, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: El Grafo (talk) 08:41, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Metadata and batch uploading photos

My institution, NIST, would like to make our library's archival photograph collections available on Wikimedia Commons. However, we have a large number of photos to upload in batches. Each photo does have embedded EXIF metadata, but I wondered if there was a way, using the Wikimedia Commons batch uploading software, to automatically populate the title, author, and description fields with the metadata already embedded in the photos. This would save us a lot of time that we would otherwise spend copying and pasting the individual titles, dates, and descriptions for each of several thousand photos.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Katelynd.bucher

eta: wasn't sure how to sign this, apologies.

Commons:GLAM has members listed that may help with batch labels and other stuff. There is a little signature button on the edit tool bar that creates the " --~~~~ " string to sign posts. -Canoe1967 (talk) 19:25, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Photo deleted that was in use on arwiki

If you copy and paste that link in a new browser, it will show you some pictures I looked up on Abdullah Beg Benari, a Kurdish tribe leader. I want to upload this photo on the normal Wikipedia, because I know that the original owners of this photo is Wikipedia itself, so I can download this from Wikipedia (Kiwix) onto the normal Wikipedia. This is an original photograph by Wikipedia, so I think it is safe to put it on this Wikipedia. I am gonna use this to help improve an article. When you click on one of the links, choose the Arabic link that looks like this, here is the information: الموسوعة الحرة. That's how the link will look like when you choose a language, then try to type in Bradost or Abdullah Beg Benari. When you translate it, one of the links for the articles will say this: Your Abdullah Binary or this: عبد الله بك بيناري. For the Bradost version of the Wikipedia article, it will say this: Pradost or برادوست. But unfortunately, you will only be able to see it on the link in the subject bar, because it probably was deleted. Tell me if you give me permission to download it on this Wikipedia encyclopedia. Thank you! It recently got deleted, so I am trying to put this photo on this Wikipedia. The photo depicts a turbaned middle-aged man gripping a walking stick. -Foleo -- 19:38, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Your link doesn't work and a Google image search for Abdullah Benari returns nothing. The place where you are posting this is Wikimedia Commons (not Wikipedia), and you can use any image that is hosted here the same way on any Wikipedia like you can use local images, you don't need to copy it to that Wikipedia. Or am I misunderstanding your question? darkweasel94 19:49, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

I think you misunderstood. Abdullah Benari was part of a Wikipedia article at another Wikipedia website (Kiwix). Since the image originally belongs to Wikipedia itself already, then can I put it on Wikipedia's articles? (I am an editor and contributor.) Here is a link that can help you. Check it out: Then choose a language (Arabic, ويكيبيديا) and look up Bradost, but you will not find it there. Look at the article Pradost once you find it and look at it's history. The image must have been erased and I am trying to put this image back onto this Wikipedia. -Foleo -- 19:55, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes it seems like I misunderstood. Am I right that the article you mean is ar:برادوست? I can see in its history that some images were removed from that article in January because they had no source. If you want to reupload them here, you can do that, but be sure to provide adequate evidence that the file is licensed under a free license - that means at least giving a source. darkweasel94 20:14, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes, but it is entirely from Wikipedia. Plus what would happen if you yourself made an edit to the image, like made this edit yourself? Like used photoshop or other tools to create a new image based from an older one? This image was made in 1916. So it's license would be too old and would have expired. It was made nearly a century ago. Still, I will upload it from Wikipedia and show it to you, and you will say if it's okay. Apparently, it is photoshopped and it has old Arabic script on the side like a tiny box. -Foleo -- 20:27, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

I can never guarantee you that it will be ok. Please give the source, author and date when you upload it, and if somebody nominates it for deletion (or tags with no source or no permission), you'll see that and be able to fix anything that's still missing or incorrect; or perhaps it's not compatible with our licensing policy, then we can't keep it here. BTW, I've edited the section header so as not to break the section link in the edit summary. darkweasel94 20:34, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
What you seem to be trying to do is reupload the deleted image File:Abdullah Benari.PNG. As you can see from its log, it was deleted because it did not have the necessary informations, in particular the information about the actual source where it came from. It cannot be "entirely from Wikipedia". It had to come from somewhwere before it was put on Wikipedia or on Commons. This somewhere is the source that must be disclosed. It was uploaded to Commons by a user who had almost all his uploads deleted because they were either copyright violations or they did not mention their sources [1]. Please find an actual source (book, print, website, card, whatever) of this image (but not an unsourced copy of the deleted Wikimedia file) and provide verifiable information about its origin and its publication, so that its copyright status can be known. If the source and informations are provided and allow a conclusion that the image is free, you can ask the undeletion of the file on the page Undeletion requests. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:35, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Commons : Deletion request

Hi, I would like to delete a picture that I uploaded yesterday. It is called "Thérèse Faublée dans les Aurès". There has been a misunderstanding with the owner of the picture (family archives) and I'm allowed to put all others photos BUT this one on line. Can you help be please ?

Thanks Cixi12

Hi, I've filed a deletion request for you. --El Grafo (talk) 08:48, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
Aaand it's gone … --El Grafo (talk) 12:02, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: El Grafo (talk) 12:02, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Lost "Long Image Names in Categories" functinality

I appear to have lost the "Long Image Names in Categories" functionality. I've toggled it in preferences, and nothing happened. Anyone else having the same issue? Or know what I need to do to fix it, if it's just me? Ultra7 (talk) 09:46, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

It was me who made a mistake on this edit. The gadget silently returned execution. It didn't have any side effects except that the gadget did not work. I regret the inconvenience. Next time, please mention this also at the gadget's talk page so I am aware of those issues more quickly. Thanks for bringing this up. -- Rillke(q?) 23:27, 2 August 2013 (UTC)


I'm stupid and new to modifying SVG files. With File:Unix_history-simple.svg, the location of (0,0) isn't where it's supposed to be. It isn't in the top left-hand corner of the canvas; it's lower for some reason. How do I modify the location of (0,0) with Inkscape or its XML editor? I want y=0 to be the top edge of the canvas. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 21:34, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

AFAIK you can't, this is a known issue in Inkscape. A web search for "inkscape coordinate origin" gives some more resources. darkweasel94 04:33, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
That's not the problem that I'm talking about. Try inserting a line that goes across the document at y=0. You'll see the problem then. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 12:33, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
I took a closer look and learned about the "viewBox" attribute. I think that the problem is the result of Timothy Gu modifying the height without modifying the viewBox values in June 2012. I'll do some experimenting and try to become familiar with how viewBox works. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 14:27, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
Update: When the height of the canvas was changed from 1450 to 1600, the height of the viewBox should've been changed from 1160 to 1280. I'll try to repair the SVG when I have the time. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 15:05, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Fixed. I'll now work on making the file more up-to-date. Thank you, darkweasel94, for trying to help. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 20:10, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Is wikimedia a good beginning ....

I would like a dynamic, public domain, repository that will display affiliations of people, corporations, products, groups, and career data. Example: Corporate: Pepsico - affiliations such as executive team, corporate board-members, products, parent company/subsidiaries etc. OR People: Career positions, membership of groups (CFR, Skull & Bones..), membership on corporate boards, thinktanks etc. The goal is to develop a publicly accessible data repository which connects the dots of people, corporations, organizations, products, that can be queried and/or edited (updated) by the public. Is wikimedia a good tool to begin this endeavor? I would hope that whatever and wherever this data begins to live that it will morph into an easy to navigate, visually intuitive platform that can provide people with a bigger picture understanding of the interrelationships of these (and perhaps other) mentioned categories.

Just don't want to waste time/energy starting in the wrong place but I understand that although there might be a better tool, ultimately, the speed at which the data could begin to serve the public may be delayed due to the learning curve of a more sophisticated software. Just want to see it get off the ground and hope others will make it soar.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jatp Jags (talk • contribs)

  • Mediawiki (our technology) might be useful for this; as far as I know, Wikimedia (the foundation and its affiliated projects) would have little interest. Which is to say, you could either use Wikia or obtain a copy of the Mediawiki software & host it elsewhere, but it wuld not belong on Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 15:21, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Not at all understanding the above comment (Wikimedia - the foundation and its affiliated projects would have little interest). This endeavor is for the global populace and the primary query is whether or not wikimedia (proper) is a useful tool to begin transferring data to. Anyone else have a more comprehensible response? Jatp Jags (talk) 15:41, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

This is commons help desk. Commons stores media files for all projects that are within Commons:Project scope/Summary. Other projects that could fit your criteria if you wish more than media such as data pages could be , , etc. I hope these links help answer your OP.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:30, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
  • I'll try again. You asked "Is wikimedia a good tool to begin this endeavor?" Wikimedia is not a tool. It is the name of a non-profit foundation and also embraces several websites (including the Wikimedia Commons, the site where you are asking this). Wikimedia's sites, and many non-Wikimedia sites are built using the tool known as MediaWiki, about which I would agree with Rimshot's comment below. So if you are asking about a software tool, that would be MediaWiki, not Wikimedia. If your use of tool was much looser, and you were asking "can I put this stuff on your (Wikimedia Foundation's) websites" the answer is almost certainly no. What you are asking to do is not even vaguely in the scope of the Wikimedia Commons; it doesn't seem to me to be within the scope of Wikipedia or Wikibooks; and WikiData is so far limited to a few very structured databases and while they could imaginably someday be interested in something like this, it's hard to imagine them being interested in the near future. I hope that is clearer. - Jmabel ! talk 05:07, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

It looks like you are trying to build an w:Ontology. The MediaWiki software can be used to create such structures, through categories and links, but as it offers a lot of freedom, it can get messy quickly. Take a look at Wikispecies for a good (non-messy) example. A good keyword to look for would be "Semantic Web", for example here: [2]. --rimshottalk 19:47, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Creator:Cotton Milbourne

In the Authority control template, the WorldCat link is dead. How can I fix it? Thanks for your help. Hamblin (talk) 14:24, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

It should point there. I suggest asking at Template talk:Authority control why the LCCN does not work there. -- Rillke(q?) 23:07, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. I will. Hamblin (talk) 09:55, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Change WikiMedia Commons user name

My user name was successfully changed for Wikipedia, however, it did not automatically change my user name for Wikimedia Commons to match. How do I merge my user name for both accounts or change my Commons name to connect with my Wikipedia user name? Thank you. --Canoe1967 (talk) 20:13, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

ESRB icons

ESRB have updated there icons will someone change the icons on wikimedia commons too so they are up to date? -- 14:47, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Hopefully the old ones are all in Category:Entertainment Software Rating Board. If they are used in many projects we should just overwrite the files and split the older ones out to a historical folder. The graphics lab will need to do the .svg ones.--Canoe1967 (talk) 16:54, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Opinion on ownership/copyright


I have permission from the recipient of a letter to use it as reference. It was written in 1966 by a public figure, Diana Vreeland while editor of Vogue magazine on Vogue letterhead. Is permission required from Vogue to use it? Ms. Vreeland is deceased, may I presume that permission from her estate is not necessary?

Semmes868 (talk) 20:08, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Presumably a letter written in the U.S. in 1966 would never have been copyrighted, so I can't see any problem about uploading an image of it to Commons, assuming that is your question. As for using it as a reference, that would be a matter for whatever web site or other work required references. Normally, using something as a reference is just a matter of mentioning (and perhaps quoting) it, not a matter of uploading. - Jmabel ! talk 03:53, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
    • Well, it's always good to have something to back up your claim (reference). Don't ask me how I know....Face-smile.svg I would welcome a letter from someone like Vreeland on Commons. Either way, your choice, Semmes868. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 04:15, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
      • I thought anything was copyright (for a period) without having to "be copyrighted". If I write a letter now, the copyright in it is mine, isn't it ...? Afterbrunel (talk) 20:54, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
        • Yes, but that was not always the case in the US. darkweasel94 22:02, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

CTRL-Click isn't working properly

G'day there, any reason why this doesn't open a link in the background?

When browsing, it's FAR easier to open several links in the background, and then visit them after they've all loaded.

This is one of the VERY few sites which does this, and it's rather annoying.

Apart from that, I love the site, and all similar sites like Wikipedia.

Thanks for all your hard work! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

On which link exactly does that happen to you? Also, which browser and operating system are you using? I'm on Firefox on OS X and cmd-click works perfectly here. darkweasel94 09:57, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Flickr upload bot goof

For some reason, the Flickr upload bot created File:Olate dogs - on wheel.jpeg for the picture I was uploading and File:Olate dogs - on wheel for the description. If someone could fix the discrepancy, I would appreciate it. --ThaddeusB (talk) 05:03, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Merge the description manually into the file page and mark the former for deletion. Ruslik (talk) 05:38, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
Done. Liamdavies (talk) 08:21, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Liamdavies (talk) 08:21, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Bulk downloading

I need to move ~600 files to Wikipedia as they are PD in the US only (not in source country), what is the best way to achieve this? Also they are all svg images and catdown only downloads png thumbs from a category... HELP! -- Nbound (talk) 10:01, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

In case they are deleted, ask for undeletion at COM:UR. A modified version of User:Rillke/Down'NUp (runs in client) could do the transfer but I have no time to adopt the script right now. -- Rillke(q?) 13:23, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

why cannot use a file I already uploaded?

In Wiki Chinese, I tried all the methods to use the files that I uploaded, but failed.[Problem Description: Only File name is shown there instead of the picture itself]

(1)Not sure if it's because the file names are in Chinese? (2)If yes, how can I change the Chinese names into English?


Fannie — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fanniechengxue (talk • contribs)

I'm guessing you are asking about, for example, File:RAID系统故障恢复机制.JPG. I don't see any problem with that (see thumbnail here). I did that thumbnail with [[File:RAID系统故障恢复机制.JPG|thumb]]. Are you saying that is not working in the Chinese-language Wikipedia? - Jmabel ! talk 03:49, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Ah, you typed jpg and png in lowercase in the article but the filenames of those two files are named with JPG and PNG in uppercase. -- Asclepias (talk) 04:22, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Oh you are genius!I tired the uppercase words and it works! Thanks a lot:) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fanniechengxue (talk • contribs) 06:15, 6 August 2013‎ (UTC)
But those have now apparently been deleted as copyright violations, which I didn't look into, I just answered the technical question. - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 6 August 2013 (UTC)


please block the user SCHUYLER1 forever. he is keep uoploading pictures to cross-wiki articles about an hoax/not notable teen actor (himself). -- 11:04, 6 August 2013 (UTC)


If some but not all the files in a category belong in a parent category, should the whole category be placed in it? Sometimes that seems like it may be appropriate, other times not. Hamblin (talk) 11:26, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

No. darkweasel94 11:53, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Or, more precisely, "usually not". Examples of exceptions:
  • A museum is placed in a geographic category based on the location of its building, but some images in the museum category relate to an off-site event.
  • A person is placed in a category based on an affiliation he or she had at some point in his/her life, but the category for the person includes photos from other phases of his/her life.
  • A city is placed in a country category based on who currently ruled it, but prior to World War I that country didn't exist, and some of the pictures are older than that.
So if you really need definitive advice, you'll have to provide a concrete example. - Jmabel ! talk 15:58, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Well I do have a concrete example for a case that I think is done totally wrong right now at least in the Vienna categories: Category:U-Bahnlinie U1, Vienna (a metro line) has subcategories for each station of that metro line, but many of these, e.g. Category:U-Bahnhof Praterstern (Wien), are also served by other lines so that e.g. the categorization of File:Bahnsteige U2 Praterstern DSC07569.JPG says nothing about the line that the platform this file portrays belongs to. darkweasel94 16:12, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Why not create a category for the line served by that platform, and place the platform in both categories? Hamblin (talk) 23:52, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Here is one: Category:St. Philip's Episcopal Church (Manhattan). (The "View history" page reveals a disagreement.) There are three pictures of one church (which is destroyed) and a fourth of a different church, extant, belonging to the same congregation. The name St. Philip's Episcopal Church applies to both churches as well as the congregation. The following categories only apply to the extant church:
  • Harlem, New York City
  • 134th Street (Manhattan)
  • Built in New York City in 1911
  • Churches in the United States built in 1911
  • Vertner Woodson Tandy
  • George Washington Foster, Jr.
  • Gothic revival churches in New York City
  • New York City landmarks in Manhattan above 110th Street
  • Buildings of religious function on the National Register of Historic Places in Manhattan
Hamblin (talk) 00:04, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Finding where duplicate images are

I've been using the "Share images from Flickr" option of Special:UploadWizard to upload freely licensed pictures. Once or twice it has told me the upload has failed because a duplicate image existed on Commons. The frustrating thing, however, is that the error message doesn't seem to tell you what the image's file name is on Commons. One time, it was pretty easy to find the duplicate image, but now I've run into a supposedly duplicate image which I can't find anywhere. I've searched related categories but without any luck. I could just upload a cropped version of the image I suppose (I am only interested in using a small portion of the image), but it would be helpful to know if there is any better way to search for the Flickr image which is supposedly on Commons. Is there any way to do this? This is the image in question if it helps. Thanks, IronGargoyle (talk) 23:46, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

File:Mexico City 6.jpg. Found with Google search by image. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:44, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Please delete two empty categories

Please, delete the two categories: - "Category:Look inside, Steinway Pianos of Calgary" - "Category:Look inside the grand pianos, Steinway Pianos of Calgary"

Steinway pianos are NOT from Calgary. The pictures in the categories have now been moved to the right categories. -- 11:32, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

  • I'm not sure how best to sort this out (not an area I've worked on the category tree) but I've hooked these into Category:Steinway & Sons so they can at least be found. Someone should sort this out better. - Jmabel ! talk 16:52, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyrighted images

Hi, I'm an Admin over at en.wikipedia but don't really (i.e. ever) use Commons so please forgive me if this is in the wrong place, however all of these uploads are copyrighted, please can you delete? GiantSnowman 12:21, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the note, I've tagged them all with "no permission", so they'll probably be deleted soon. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 12:31, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Holodomor memorial Candle and Hall of Memory.jpg

Good morning. I would like to request your assistance with the images I uploaded ot the Commons and the Memorial in Commemoration of Famines' Victims in Ukraine wikipedia page.

  • File:Holodomor memorial at night.jpg.
  • File:Holodomor memorial Candle and Hall of Memory.jpg
  • File:Holodomor memorial candle of memory.jpg
  • File:Holodomor memorial entrance angels.jpg
  • File:Holodomor memorial girl statue.jpg

The files were taken from an open Internet source, the project called My Kiev ( On the project's website (, it is stated that "any reprint of text or photos on other Internet resources allowed only when placing an active link to the source". I believe that by properly referencing the Internet source, I am not violating any licensing rights. Please advise. Thank you, Newdata

--Newdata (talk) 13:00, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi, the problem is the following: A permission to re-use is good an necessary, but unfortunately that's not enough. In order to keep those files on Commons, we also need permission to 1) modify the images/create derivative works from them and 2) use them commercially (i.e. sell them). See Commons:Licensing for details. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 13:54, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Proper Photo Restoration Uploading Policy

I have been extracting images of Philadelphia from Stereographs that I find on the Library of Congress site. I usually get rid of the sepia color and turn it into a black and white photo, correct perspective and clean up scratches and dust. I have only uploaded 2 images because I wanted to make sure I am following protocol.

Do I upload the original stereograph cards 1st and then upload my photo as a revision or do I just upload my extracted photo with a link to the original in the details? (I did the latter on my 1st 2 uploads and don't want to proceed until I find out if I'm doing it right)

I have been routing through the maze of articles and haven't really found an article specifically about photo retouching and extracting policies. If you could direct me to one I'd appreciate it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bill Somogyi (talk • contribs)

In this case, where there is historical significance to the sterograph cards as such, I would upload the originals under one filename, upload your cleaned-up version under another file name, and link the two using {{Derivative versions}} and {{Derived from}} to link the two.
If you were just uploading (for example) your own raw shot from a camera and the cleaned-up version you intended as "canonical" then I would say to upload the original and then the cleaned-up version as a revision, because in that case there would be no independent interest in the original; it would be there just in case someone wanted to do a different retouching, so that they could have the maximum 'information' possible. - Jmabel ! talk 02:28, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the response. I followed the template links you gave and there is also information on extracting. Again thank you I really appreciate it.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Bill Somogyi (talk • contribs)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 17:58, 13 August 2013 (UTC)


Hi, I'm trying to help [Frank Merle] post a picture of himself for use on his Wikipedia biography. It appears the file has been deleted, but I can not find any history. I would like to know the reason so that it may be remedied. Can an Admin help me out? --Dkriegls (talk) 03:11, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

  • You'd need to give the name of the file or at least the account that uploaded it, or we won't even know what to look for. I'm guessing that the file was deleted because authorship & permissions weren't clear. Also, when you specifically need admin help, it's usually better to ask at COM:AN. - Jmabel ! talk 16:47, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. File name is in the title File:FrankMerle.jpg. Sorry that wasn't clear. It appears the deletion log is now there. Not sure why it wasn't showing before.--Dkriegls (talk) 03:07, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Siegfried.Wiessner.jpg

This image was loaded via our account (signed under Roy Balleste) by Siegfried Wiessner, owner of the image. Please let us know what is needed to avoid deletion. We are not clear as to the alleged error.

Siegfried Wiessner contact: 305-623-2305

-- 20:23, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Hello! Here is the reason for deletion as stated by the admin: No license since 31 July 2013: you may re-upload, but please include a license tag. Please refer to Com:L on how to license properly. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 13:07, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Benutzer hat keine Mailadresse

Hallo, Im Zuge der Benutzerkontenzusammenführung bin ich darauf gestoßen, dass im Commons mein Benutzer eingetragen ist, allerdings ohne Mailadresse. Somit kann ich mir auch kein Passwort schicken lassen. Ich vermute irgendwas historisches, da meine Zugänge schon recht alt sind. Was ich also suche ist ein Armin der mir beim Aufräumen hilft. Wie kann ich den einen solchen kontaktieren? Gruß und Danke. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 20:29, 7 August 2013‎ (UTC)

Hallo, unter Commons:Administratoren gibt es eine Liste aller Admins. Da könntest du dir einen mit Sprachcode de raussuchen und ihn einfach mal anschreiben. Alternativ einfach mal beim Commons:Administrators' noticeboard eine Nachricht hinterlassen ("Amtssprache" ist dort englisch, deutsch geht aber selbstverständlich auch). Ich weiß allerdings nicht, ob dir ein "gewöhnlicher" Admin da helfen kann, vielleicht versuchst du's am besten gleich direkt bei einem der Commons:Bürokraten … Grüße, --El Grafo (talk) 08:16, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Posting picture of personally owned artwork

I own a portrait of the artist Etienne Jeaurat, as a young man, that I have had restored, and would like to post a picture of it on the Etienne Jeaurat Wikimedia site.

James Radosevich — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jamesrado (talk • contribs) 21:03, 7 August 2013‎ (UTC)

  • Ownership of the physical object is not relevant. Intellectual property rights are completely independent of that. The copyright would presumably belong to the painter or the painter's heirs, and that is whose permission would be needed (via the process outlined at COM:OTRS). - Jmabel ! talk 21:17, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
    • Étienne Jeaurat died in 1789, I think that's gonna be PD. darkweasel94 21:30, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
      • My understanding is, the portrait is not from Etienne Jeaurat. Question is: who made it and when? If Jeaurat painted the picture, it can only be PD. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 23:55, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
        • If the portrait was painted in the 1700s then, yes, it is almost certainly in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 06:07, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
It sounds like a good idea. If you're asking how to upload a file to Commons, you can consult the help pages at Commons:First steps. -- Asclepias (talk) 00:43, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

You forgot to post at the roumanien porn actress Joana Romain. Please cheek!

You forgot to post at the roumanien porn actress Joana Romain. Please cheek! —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Whom are you talking to? This is the help desk, which many people read, most of whom have probably never heard of Joana Romain. Did you mean to post this to a user talk page? darkweasel94 09:39, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 04:21, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Category:Baptism registers

What's wrong with it? Type it into the search window above and you will be told that "The following 9 files are in this category, out of 9 total." But when you type it into, it remains red. And on this page it's even invisible, although it's there >>>>> Category:Baptism registers. Take a look into "edit". (talk) 16:57, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi, by typing [[Category:Baptism registers]] above, you have categorized this page into Category:Baptism registers. It's perfectly normal that this doesn't show up here in the text – it goes down to the end of the page where all the categories are being displayed. If you want to create a link to a category, you need to put a colon (":") before the "Category": [[:Category:Baptism registers]]. (I've corrected that in your text).
Concerning File:Tauf-Register von der Pfarrey Sigmaringen 1851 23-31.jpg (the trick with the colon works for files too, see "edit"): You had written [[Category:Category:Baptism registers]] instead of [[Category:Baptism registers]]. I've fixed that. Cheers, El Grafo (talk) 18:55, 10 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you so much. I should have know and am ashamed. (talk) 19:40, 10 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 04:25, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Adding a picture by the CDC (work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

I have already seen some pictures at Commons that were originally from the CDC, e.g. File:Clostridium_septicum.tif. So I think it is allowed to add another picture ( ID#:14347), when using the correct permission. The picture I want to add is a high-resolution image (16.82 MB), so my questions basically are: Is it OK to add the picture and does it have to be the large size of the original? Thanks in advance, --A doubt (talk) 02:20, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

(Edit: I just downloaded the picture, it is only 3.7 MB in size --A doubt (talk) 02:26, 12 August 2013 (UTC))
Yep, no problem. Just make sure there are no copyright notes somewhere. Sometimes a gov-agency uses images from other sources, like contractors. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 02:56, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
ACK. I'd suggest to use {{CDC-PHIL|14347}} for the source=-field in addition to the {{PD-USGov-HHS-CDC}} for the license. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 09:04, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
Though not relevant for the CDC, please always check that the website has no reuse restriction (which may be a separate issue from copyright) for downloading the large size images. Some institutions release "web quality" versions but are not happy to grant permission for "research quality" versions. Whether this is legally enforceable or not, would be something to discuss on a case by case basis. -- (talk) 07:38, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your help! Besides the codes for permission=-field and license=-field El Grafo proposed, I also added a text to the permission=-field. Now I would like to ask for comments if all required fields have the correct info, because the field description here at commoms of pictures by the CDC is varying, please compare:
File:Clostridium septicum 01.jpg(my upload) – File:Clostridium septicum.tifFile:Clostridium perfringens.jpg Thanks, --A doubt (talk) 10:05, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
Looks perfectly fine to me. I like the fact that you shortened the original description to the bare headline: I always get a little bit uncomfortable when people copy the full description of a picture from its source (be it CDC, Flickr or whatever), a) because the license the picture is published under does not necessarily apply to the description and b) because it may be biased (see the uploads from the german Bundesarchiv which have a special disclaimer for that or all those uploads from (US-/UK-/…-) military resources). Personally, in those cases I usually at least include a note that this is the original description of the image provider. --El Grafo (talk) 10:51, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 04:29, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

geograph2commons tool

Anybody know what happened to geograph2commons? It's disappeared! :-( Cnbrb (talk) 11:24, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Maybe something went wrong during the port from the toolserver to wikimedia labs? The easiest way to find out would probably be to ask User:Magnus Manske directly … --El Grafo (talk) 12:02, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Category names

I'm reviewing the categories about capitals (architecture). I know that the category names should be in english. But what's if there is not a proper english translation of a technical word largerly used in the scholar leterature in italian, french, spanish and german? This is for a tipology of capital that we call in italian "corinzieggiante" (that means similar to corinthian, that is: with some corinthian vegetal elements and some others transformed, like, for instance, palmettes instead of acanthus leaves, and so on). This kind of capitelle is not so rare, but there are not very many eglish-speaking scholars in this domain. I've tried on books I had and on google, but I couldn't find a proper translation in english: usually this word would be translated by a periphrasis, but not always in the same way. So: could I use the similar german locution "Korinthiesierende Kapitelle" (font: for instance the tilte of this scholar monography: U. W Gans, Korinthiesierende Kapitelle der römischen Kaiserzeit, Schmuckkapitelle in Italien und den nordwestlichen Provinzen, Köln Weimar Wien 1992). Does this have sense? I don't think right to put this kind of capitals in the Corinthian capitals categories or in any of the already existing capitals categories and I'd think it would be a pity to let them in the indefinite category of generic capitals.

Thank you MM (talk) 13:20, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

My English dictionary has the word "corinthianesque" (def.: "approximating to the Corinthian architectural style"). Could that be the same notion? -- Asclepias (talk) 16:54, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I think it will fit. I have looked on google and it seems to be used in that sense. Thank you very much :-) MM (talk) 21:41, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Hikari-music-video-utada-hikaru-15435031-500-375.jpg

--Thicknick 5 (talk) 02:12, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Oops – it looks like you forgot to mention what you need help with. In any case, this is a copyright violation. You're obviously not the author or copyright holder of the music video that this was taken from, so you can't claim that you are, and you can't issue a valid copyright license for it. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary and Commons:Screenshots. LX (talk, contribs) 12:11, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Image probably in public domain, but under what license?

It is more than likely that this image is in public domain, as it's an image of a 164-year-old document, but I am not sure what license applies to it. Any ideas? Surtsicna (talk) 10:39, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

It's {{PD-old-100}} because the person who wrote it died in 1890. darkweasel94 11:10, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
We have to consider three separate things here: 1. Copyright status of the original document in the country of origin (Netherlands), 2. Copyright status of the original document in the United States and 3. Copyright status of the scan.
So they all died more than 100 years ago and we can go for {{PD-old-100}}
  • Now copyright status in the US is easy: other than {{PD-old-70}}, {{PD-old-100}} works for the US too (otherwise we would have needed an additional {{PD-1923}})
  • Copyright status of the scan is {{PD-Scan}}
So all in all, I'd go for {{PD-scan|PD-old-100}}. --El Grafo (talk) 11:52, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! I've uploaded it as File:Proclamation of William III.jpg. It will surely come in handy. Surtsicna (talk) 12:00, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Deleting files

Can I upload a scan by Warbird-Manuals of a US Government document and state PD-Scan? Pi3.124 (talk) 13:39, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi, see Commons:Deletion requests. However, the manual itself should qualify as {{PD-USGov}}. The act of scanning such a document is just a mechanical reproduction and according to Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag does not create a new copyright for the person who scanned it (here: Warbird-Manuals). IANAL, but wrapping the PD-US-template into the PD-scan-template ({{PD-scan|PD-USGov}}) should be enough. --El Grafo (talk) 14:15, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

File shown in category, but without image

Empty file ENI 02311344 FRISIA (07).JPG, uploading failed with Commonnist.

However, the file is shown in Commons:Category:Frisia (ship, 1962).

Reuploading failed. What to do? --Stunteltje (talk) 07:08, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Picture is there! Probably just a little lag. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 07:36, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Funny. --Stunteltje (talk) 07:56, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 15:14, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

"Aparato para esquila manual"

Les ruego me indiquen dónde obtener el material ( huincha con serdas , clavitos ?¡,con que fabrican los " peines o cepillos cardadores".o si es posible me contacten con quien lo hace (los fabrica )¡¡. Les agradeceré mucho.

Jacqueline Droguett m. ( ) Chile

  • No me aparece que su pregunta pertenga de ninguna manera a este sitio del web (Wikimedia Commons). Esto es una página de ayuda por el mismo sitio, no para preguntas en general. (Pero si alguién puede contestar, siéntase en libertad de hacerlo.) - Jmabel ! talk 01:55, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Is this image of a coat of arms too simple to be copyrighted?

Is this image of a coat of arms too simple to be copyrighted? Surtsicna (talk) 17:10, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

IANAL, but that's really very simple. Imho, {{PD-shape}} should be fine. --El Grafo (talk) 19:10, 10 August 2013 (UTC)
I agree, but it is always preferable to redraw something like this as SVG. darkweasel94 19:35, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Alicia-sixtos-brazilian-film-festival-2013 3792058.jpg

hi! i have a written a page about american actress alicia sixtos. i want to upload her picture from contact website but i am not getting the copyright details of the picture i want to upload. kindly guide me with the process

--Doctorqumoxo (talk) 19:32, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

You can ask the owner of that website if they will agree to release it under a free license, such as {{cc-by-3.0}}, and if they agree they should send a confirmation to OTRS. But as they have a big copyright notice at the bottom of their page, it's unlikely that they'll do so, and so most likely the image cannot be hosted here. You can still try however. darkweasel94 19:39, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Image posting help

I want to use the logo of a college for its wikipedia article. Am I allowed to do this?

Hi, logos are not freely licensed, unless they are just letters and shapes, so you would be better off uploading them to Wikipedia, not here. --Jakob (Scream about the things I've broken) 20:26, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
Assuming you mean the English-language Wikipedia, they allow non-free use; commons does not. Do make sure to fill out en:Template:Non-free use rationale or something similar on the relevant image page in the English-language Wikipedia. - Jmabel ! talk 22:46, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Rancagua New El Teniente Stadium.png

this is a free file provided by the goverment of chile for public use of how the stadium will look. Im not really sure how i could put this so the picture does not get erase.

--Ivanaguilar86 (talk) 22:09, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

See #Copyright help regarding File:Nuevo La Serena.jpg -- Rillke(q?) 13:45, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Nuevo La Serena.jpg

Picture was provided by the Government of Chile for public use. Im not really sure how to put this so the picture would not be deleted.

--Ivanaguilar86 (talk) 22:11, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

  1. The file is lacking a link to the specific source page. is usually not sufficient.
  2. The author must be acknowledged. The government is an institution without the ability to take photos.
  3. Where did you read that works by the Government of Chile are free? Public use may not include commercial use. And please provide a link to the public use-clause.
Thank you. -- Rillke(q?) 13:44, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Vina del Mar- Rene Brito Orlando Stadium.jpg

Picture was provided by the Government of Chile for public use. Im not really sure how to put this so the picture would not be deleted

--Ivanaguilar86 (talk) 22:12, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

See #Copyright help regarding File:Nuevo La Serena.jpg -- Rillke(q?) 13:44, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:NuevoEstadioConcepcion.jpg

Picture was provided by the Government of Chile for public use. Im not really sure how to put this so the picture would not be deleted

--Ivanaguilar86 (talk) 22:12, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

That an image was provided for public use does not mean that it was released into public domain or under an appropriate license. So, all four images above must be deleted unless the government of Chile explicitly releases them into public domain or under an appropriate license. Ruslik (talk) 12:17, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:NuevoplayaAncha.jpg

Picture was provided by the Government of Chile for public use. Im not really sure how to put this so the picture would not be deleted

--Ivanaguilar86 (talk) 22:13, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Template:PD-Chile?--Canoe1967 (talk) 23:33, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
You really didn't have to open a separate discussion for each of these, since the issues are presumably the same for all.
For this one in particular, you give the source as http://, but that isn't even a well-formed URL. The page does not contain this image, though it might be somewhere on that site. What is the actual source?
Government works in Chile are not automatically in the public domain, so Canoe's answer is not necessarily on the mark. I'm sure the picture was intended to be seen by the public, but what is your basis for saying that it is public domain or otherwise "free"? Please see Commons:Licensing or Commons:Licensing/es (in Spanish) if you don't understand exactly what I'm asking. - Jmabel ! talk 05:56, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Errors using Flickr upload tool

I have used Bryan's Flickr upload tool many times in the past without difficulty. For that ability, I am very grateful. Recently I attempted to upload a batch of photographs of Shemanski Fountain (see category here). Four of the images did not transfer properly. Today I tried to use the tool to override one of the images (using the tool the same way and entering the same file name at Commons). The image still does not appear. Would someone mind taking a look at the four images in the category link provided above and determining if there is a way to transfer the files successfully. The original authors and Flickr links are included on the file pages, but without actual images. Any assistance would be very much appreciated--the English Wikipedia article for Shemanski Fountain is currently undergoing a Good article review. Thank you. --Another Believer (talk) 21:57, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

I deleted Shemanski Fountain, Portland, Oregon (2008) - 3.jpg, -4, -6, and -7. Hope it works now. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 00:45, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. --Another Believer (talk) 03:20, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
✓ Done Anytime. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 15:14, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Name changing

Hello there,

Today I made a small picture correction (watermark removal). But it seems I can't upload the new picture with the same name as the old one because my account is too young. As suggested on the uploading page, I did upload the new picture with another name, and I request your help to solve this situation.

First picture

New picture

For now I will wait a little before making new picture correction in order to avoid needing help to upload them.

Thanks a lot.

Tangram (talk) 18:44, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done; you can make similar requests at COM:HMS. --O (висчвын) 19:17, 16 August 2013 (GMT)

Can't remove a stray character

File:Creep in cardboard.jpg has a stray 0 character between the {{Location}} and the {{Information}} templates. There aren't any stray zeroes in the page code, and other images I've uploaded with this pair of templates (e.g. File:Alexander Bagby House.jpg) have no such problems. What's happening here? Nyttend (talk) 21:43, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Call me crazy, can't find any stray characters. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 06:53, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
I guess it's fixed. --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 14:37, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
In that case: closed. :) --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 18:10, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 18:10, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Picture from the National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum of Denmark recently released a batch of images to the commons on Flickr, they have all been released with the tag "No known copyright restrictions" which the museum expands in a rights statement that i.e. state the following

"The objects entered into The Commons have no known copyright restrictions. They are marked "no known copyright restrictions", indicating that The National Museum of Denmark is unaware of any current copyright restrictions on the items displayed, either because the term of copyright may have expired, or because we believe, that no copyright restrictions apply.

The National Museum of Denmark does not warrant that the use of the photos shared on The Commons will not infringe upon the rights of third parties, as yet unknown, who may own the rights to these works. You are required to determine and satisfy copyright and other use restrictions that may apply to these works."

Given what I've seen around the commons, I believe these images are more safe than a rather large portion of the images hosted here, but I'm unsure what license to choose for this image. My first hunch is public domain with the waiver specified, but I'd like some input. Sertmann (talk) 15:06, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces in Battle of Shanghai 1937.jpg

There is a dispute here on whether or not the photo is PD in the US. Can someone shine some light on the matter?--FutureTrillionaire (talk) 00:15, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

How do I link and image to a subcategory?

I have uploaded a photo for the first time and wanting to link it to stone sculptures as it is one. How do I do this? the image is the subcategory I would like to show it in or link from is stone carving.

  1. go to the file description page
  2. At the top of the page, click "edit"
  3. Type (or copy and paste) the following at the end of the textbox (including the double square brackets): [[Category:Stone carving]]
  4. click "save"
--El Grafo (talk) 11:52, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
More details at Commons:Categories. Please note also that files without permission for commercial use are not allowet here per Commons:Licensing. Hence, I've filed a deletion request for the file. Please visit the deletion request (→→ click here ←←) and state whether you accept to allow commercial use or would rather have the file deleted (that's entirely up to you). Thanks, --El Grafo (talk) 12:06, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
It is simpler to use HotCat. darkweasel94 13:02, 19 August 2013 (UTC)


I noticed that votes tend to attract much more users on Commons compared to wikipedia. Why is that? Pass a Method (talk) 18:24, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Well - compared to which Wikipedia? There are Wikipedias in a lot of languages, I presume you mean the English-language Wikipedia. And the answer is that Commons is a central repository, so it will naturally attract people from very different Wikimedia projects, and make them care about it - whereas a regular on the English-language Wikipedia probably does not care too much about the German-language Wikipedia, and vice-versa. In addition, I believe I read somewhere that Commons is the only Wikimedia project that's still growing, while the others are losing editors - I don't have a source for that though. darkweasel94 18:28, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Are these images really Public Domain?

I ask because I will be using them for personal use now but, in the future, they may be used for commercial use. I want to cover my bases and not get in trouble in the future.

This image has no source I can find. Is it ok for me to use?: File:Waterhouse_a_mermaid.jpg

The source for this image is from Am I allowed to use their images or not? It's confusing and I can't tell if they are allowing their images to be public domain.: File:Leighton-The_Fisherman_and_the_Syren-c._1856-1858.jpg

The source for this image came from a blog. Is that a legitimate source or should I discard this image?: File:Draper-Lamia.jpg

These images are just a few of the many I wish to use but I'm not sure if I can. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dearladym (talk • contribs) 01:28, 15 August 2013‎ (UTC)

With an unsourced image, the safe position may be to assume a type of worst-case scenario, for example that the photographic reproduction was made recently and was first published in a country where it is copyrighted, by someone who is protective of his copyright.
  • The first version of "File:Waterhouse_a_mermaid.jpg" was from this site, and their copyright notice is on this page. However, the current version of "File:Waterhouse_a_mermaid.jpg" apparently comes from some other source, which was not disclosed by its uploader. So, the current image is indeed unsourced. Perhaps you can ask the uploader where he copied it from.
  • The image use notice of is on this page.
  • "File:Draper-Lamia.jpg" is poorly sourced to a page that makes it practically impossible to find the original source.
You did not say in what country you plan to use images. Even with sourced images, you may want to read the page Commons:Reuse of PD-Art photographs, which provides some brief ideas, without being legal advice. Don't forget to verify what the copyright situation is in the country where you want to use the images, regarding the copyright status of photographic reproductions. You might want to consult a professional jurist of copyright law of that country. Even in a country where reproductions may not be copyrighted, unsourced images pose the problem of how comfortable you may be with using images without mentioning their original sources and photographers, if only for the principle of giving them moral credit for their efforts, and without knowing what the claims of the sources might be. Me, I don't think I would use images anywhere if I can't tell their actual source. -- Asclepias (talk) 05:27, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
Neither Commons policy nor the law of the USA places restrictions on these images. For reusers, the law of the country where the images were photographed doesn't matter: that's something the uploader might need to worry about. For you as a potential reuser, the big concern is the law of your country, since you could get in trouble if your country grants these photos copyright protection. Nyttend (talk) 21:38, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

PdF-Datei hochladen


Im Formular zum Hochladen einer Datei in Commons steht das PDF-Format nicht, obwohl Ihr in der Hilfe für mehrseitige Dokumente dieses Format ausdrücklich nennt.

Könntet Ihr Eure Formatliste richtigstellen?

Gruss - Studi321

  • Ich bin mir nicht sicher, welche Formular Sie sich beziehen. Sie laden ein PDF genau wie jede andere Datei. Wenn das Dokument ist ein PDF, wird es am Ende auf Commons als PDF. Aber ich habe nicht ganz fließend Deutsch, so vielleicht habe ich Seine Frage missverstanden. - Jmabel ! talk 23:19, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
    • Hier stehen unter "Permitted file types" bzw. der jeweiligen Übersetzung nur "png, gif, jpg, jpeg, tiff, tif, xcf, mid, ogg, ogv, svg, djvu, ogg, ogv, oga, flac, wav, webm". pdf fehlt hier, das sollte dort korrigiert werden. darkweasel94 23:44, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
      • Ah. I have no idea how to change that. - Jmabel ! talk 05:04, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
See MediaWiki:Upload.js, at the end. That code originally was added by User:Platonides on 2009-02-22. Lupo 09:38, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
So, the omission looks deliberate, because the comment there says, "Hide on the list of allowed types in the upload form that PDFs can be uploaded. Most pdfs shouldn't have been uploaded. Written at the wiki on the best case. Discourage its use by hiding that it can be uploaded." Not sure I agree, but I won't mess with it unilaterally. - Jmabel ! talk 06:32, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Uploading book cover to Wikimedia Commons

If any problem for copyright violation when uploading book cover as image to Wikimedia ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vikian (talk • contribs)

  • Depends on the cover. Year it was made, how complicated it is, where it was published...Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:03, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Can you give an example of what you would like to upload? --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 05:08, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
You're free to upload public-domain book covers as images to Commons. Covers that are in the public domain normally reach that status either because they're too simple for copyright (for example, File:Becuna 21.JPG) or because they're old enough that copyright has expired. Just please remember that almost all book covers published in the last several decades are still in copyright unless they're too simple for copyright. Nyttend (talk) 21:41, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Johann Leopold Zillmann.jpeg

Ich würde gerne die Lizenz zum Bild hinzufügen, aber welche? Zillmann ist seit mehr als 100 Jahren tot.

i need a suitable copyright-tag for this picture. zillmann is more than 100 years dead.

--Jack User (talk) 21:52, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

I've added the tag PD-1923, this along with the PD-Australia tag should be fine. Liamdavies (talk) 04:50, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:EUROLIGHT.jpg

Hallo liebes Wikimedia-Commons-Team!

Wir würden gerne Bilder einstellen und diese sollen mit Rücksprache des Fotografen die Lizenz cc-by-nc-nd-3.0 haben. Die Informationen über Quelle, Urheber/Autor und die Lizenz liegen mir also vor. In der Hochlade-Maske wird mir diese Lizenz jedoch nicht in der Auswahl angezeigt. Wie gehe ich hier denn am besten vor? Wo trage ich diese Lizenz ein? Und ist sie überhaupt zulässig?

Vielen Dank im Voraus für Eure Hilfe!

--DoroAt (talk) 14:08, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Nein, diese Lizenz ist nicht zulässig. Wir erlauben nur CC-Lizenzen ohne "nc" oder "nd" - cc-by-sa ist also das Strengste, was wir an CC-Lizenzen erlauben. Der Fotograf muss also entweder dieser Lizenz zustimmen oder die Fotos können nicht auf Commons hochgeladen werden. darkweasel94 14:12, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Tracking hits and/or downloads of uploaded images

Hello again,

Is there a way to track hits and/or downloads of images I've uploaded?

Thanks- Katelynd.bucher (talk) 15:30, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Question about permission for photograph

I want to upload a photograph of an individual that was taken by a professional photographer for press releases from another organization. I was given the photos and allowed to use them in any way desired. I would like to upload to Commons and use on the Laxmaiah Manchikanti article. Is this acceptable?

This is only acceptable, if you have or can get a written permission from the photographer for all purposes and users. Commons:OTRS has more information about this process and an example mail for the permission statement. (added a header for visibility, question was posted by User:Raymondelane) GermanJoe (talk) 07:44, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Question about this file

Hello, I have a question about this file, which looks like a screenshot of a tv serie. It says the file is verified with OTRS, but in the metadata it also states that manipulation of the file is not allowed (I thought this was also necessary for the commons license). Is this really properly licensed?

Cheers Halvar nl (talk) 18:50, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Aloha! I had to read through a ton of spam before I found the passage you're referring to. The file is properly licensed. They cannot give CC-BY-2.0 permission via OTRS and then restrict the usage to non-derivative works. I removed spam and restriction. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 21:14, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Schema geo.png

Hi there,

I made a Romanian version of a scheme, published first by the US Energy Administration. Uploaded at

I do not know, which License I have to choose for that scheme. Can you, please, help me with that?

Best wishes and thanks, --Jfcotaru (talk) 13:46, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

The underlying image seems to be {{PD-USGov}}. You may want to add {{self|cc0}} to clarify that your translation is also in the public domain. darkweasel94 13:55, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Categories for discussion#Closing a discussion

I initiated a discussion -- Commons:Categories for discussion/2013/05/Category:Gleason's Pictorial -- and now I want to close it, but I don't understand {{cfdf}} and {{cfdh}}. Thank you for your help. Hamblin (talk) 21:01, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done. You can now proceed. -- Rillke(q?) 13:49, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you . Would you be kind enough to see if I've done the rest correctly? Hamblin (talk) 17:33, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
Also done. I deleted Commons talk:Categories for discussion/2013/05/Category:Gleason's Pictorial/Archive 1 as I don't know which purpose it had and linked the discussion from Category talk:Gleason's Pictorial so it can be found when browsing the category. If you would like to clarify the instructions at Commons:Categories for discussion#Closing a discussion, feel free to do so and ask User:Foroa or User:Jacklee (they often deal with category-related stuff) to proofread after finished. Best -- Rillke(q?) 16:24, 17 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Hamblin (talk) 00:36, 18 August 2013 (UTC)
You are welcome. -- Rillke(q?) 21:49, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 21:49, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

census in Colfax Ca. between 2010-2013

Is it possible to receive information on Colfax Ca. regarding the censes between 2010-2013 We have lived here for more than 21 years and plan to remain here Colfax is away from the hustle and bustle of City traffic Colfax has grown in privacy of each resident here and has given back to the people that have made Colfax what it is today Where can you go in the world today and receive a tip of the hat and a hello to each passerby not many but Colfax for sure you greet each other with respect... A basket of garden vegetables full of fresh strawberries with ripen squash that measures 8" in length and that comes in every summer with neighborhood hospitality that's Colfax Ca.

  • No action required here. Liamdavies (talk) 18:09, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Liamdavies (talk) 18:09, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

disambiguition categories?

Hello. I just had a few of my photos recategorized from Papyrus to Papyri as the category Papyrus is a redirection category there. However, my photos was of buildings formerly used by the company Papyrus. How should I do when there are several uses for a word that can be used as a category? - Averater (talk) 15:45, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

You can always create something like Category:Papyrus (company). darkweasel94 16:25, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Ok. That is probably the easiest solution... Thank you. - Averater (talk) 19:15, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:LogoToeristischeAttracties.jpg


Today I made the page I have the permission from the organisation in the article to use their logo. But I do not know exactly how to upload it properly to Wikipedia (which things should I select and which info should I fill out). Could you help me with this please?

Thank you in advance for your help.

Best regards Jeroen Callebaut --Jeroen.callebaut (talk) 19:34, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi! If you want to upload the logo to Commons (I don't know what the policies on the Dutch-language Wikipedia are), you need a permission not just "for Wikipedia" but for everyone (not just Wikipedia or Commons) to redistribute, even commercially, in modified or unmodified form from a copyright point of view (trademarks are ok) - please see COM:L for what restrictions are allowed. If you have that, upload it to Commons with the license they allowed you to upload it under (such as {{cc-by}}), add {{subst:OP}} to the information page and have an authorized representative of that company send a confirmation of the license to darkweasel94 19:42, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:PK J.jpg

this is a public and common news paper in hindi ... how can i overcome the message of deletion at "Copyright status" --Toons4i (talk) 08:50, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

You can not. This is a photocopy of a recently published newspaper and as such it is copyrighted and therefore must be deleted (unless released by the copyright owner under a free license). Ruslik (talk) 14:50, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:PK D.jpg

this is a public and common news paper in hindi ... how can i overcome the message of deletion at "Copyright status" --Toons4i (talk) 08:51, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

  • As with your other similar question: newspapers are generally copyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk 15:26, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Deleting files I have uploaded

I have read the sections on deleting files but I still don't know what to do. I am trying to upload a smaller version of one image and so far have uploaded the same image three times. I want to delete all three of them. I don't know how to do it. There is no copyright issue; I own the images. I also don't know where to look to find the answer to my question if an answer happens.

Your recent uploads are copyright violations unless you are the painter. Tag them with Template:Copyvio--Canoe1967 (talk) 03:54, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
More precisely, "...unless you are the painter or the painter has explicitly signed copyrights over to you." Ownership of a physical work does not imply ownership of the corresponding intellectual property rights. - Jmabel ! talk 16:52, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
The uploader states that it is his own work. Can't we assume good faith? Do you see a particular reason to doubt? -- Asclepias (talk) 20:41, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
You can request the deletions by adding the template Speedydelete in the description pages of the files. In the parameter of the template, specify your reason (ex.: deletion requested by the uploader). It should not pose a problem for your recent uploads from today. (But some users might give you a harder time about your uploads from last month.) Alternatively, you can use the template Duplicate in the description pages of the two smaller versions, with the name of the larger file as the parameter. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:41, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

Dealing with misleading valued image

I've read COM:VICR and associated pages, but haven't been able to find anything about misleading images that already are listed as valued. When first elected, do they remain as valued regardless? The reason I'm asking is this. A nice illustration, but it does not show Arborophila orientalis, meaning that its position as a valued image for that species is questionable to say the least. Should it be left as a (misleading) valued image for the wrong species, "de-listed", or should one change the valued image category to the right species? RN1970 (talk) 19:11, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

Moved to File:Francolinus pondicerianus (Hardwicke).jpg --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 21:56, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Someone else removed it from valued images. RN1970 (talk) 00:15, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved

Derived work based on commons image

If I use an image/photgraph from wikimeda commons in a painting/drawing that I produce (I paint it, use different colors, techniques and even modify the image in some way), is this painting now my property to do as I wish (even sell) or does the original photographer still have rights to my new creation? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Embuelna (talk • contribs)

That's an interesting legal question that a couple of days ago spawned a debate in a DR. Nothing really definitive can be said about it - if you are sued, the court will probably consider how similar they look to each other, the complexity of the original, possible fair use defenses, etc. This is something you may also want to read at least if you are in the US: en:Barack_Obama_"Hope"_poster#Origin_and_copyright_issues. We're not lawyers and can't guarantee anything. darkweasel94 00:11, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
Yes, the painting is your property and you can sell it. However, as the painting is derived from the photograph, both the photographer and you have contributed to the work to some degree, and are authors. Consequently, you must respect the terms of the license granted by the photographer. Different images on Commons have different licenses, so read what the license of the image says exactly. For example, licenses often require that, on the painting, you credit the photographer, specify the license, etc. Some licenses may also require that you place the painting under the same license, in which case someone who buys your painting could, for example, make a sculpture derived from it, as long as he credits the photographer and you. For more information, please see the page Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia. If you need more help, please tell what image you want to use, so we can tell what its specific license requires. -- Asclepias (talk) 05:41, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
Please also be aware that by using a CC photo, in most cases you must license the derivative work CC as well. And this means that others may freely use or copy your work your work for what ever purpose they wish - including commercial for profit activities. As others have said, can you link to the image you wish to use? Liamdavies (talk) 18:15, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Where are your Bureaucrats?

There is a 20 month backlog of requests for name changes (usurpations) on the Commons that are all marked as being "in progress" (Commons:Changing_username/Usurp_requests). Have no bureaucrats or admins looked at this page since January 2012? This is ridiculous! It took 7 days for my username change at Maybe in 2015 I'll hear back? Newjerseyliz (talk) 19:04, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Really? There is one at today by russavia --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 19:10, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Well, I wish they would take care of regular business, too. Newjerseyliz (talk) 19:25, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Request for deleting old versions of a file

Could an admin please delete the old versions of File:Tpuzzle.svg and File:T-puzzle,_three_common_variants.svg? I had trouble with svg files and the older versions are failed experiments. Thanks in advance!--Voorlandt (talk) 05:38, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done Someone has done this now. Thank you so much! Regards,--Voorlandt (talk) 19:09, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright - Work for Hire Portrait

My now deceased father hired a photographer for PR-Portraits of himself as he was a public figure. Who owns the copyright in a work for hire situation? The subject that commissioned the work or the photographer, that has been paid to take the portraits? I would normally ask the photographer for permission, but he died as well and his studio does not exist anymore. — Preceding unsigned comment added by C-galo (talk • contribs)

Languages in babel boxes

The second most spoken language in black Africa is Haussa, and doesnt appear to be listed for the languages. If Klingon is present under languages, Haussa definitely should be in there. Firry Floyd

All languages should be available for Babel boxes. It just takes some manual labor to add them. Instead of bagging on other languages, it would best if you provided the translations so someone with the template knowledge who didn't know Hausa could create them.--Prosfilaes (talk) 05:22, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:U.S. Stock market entropy 1980-2012.pdf

Dear Helpdesk,

I am a very new wikipedia contributor, so apologies in advance for my rather naive questions.

I have already uploaded the image (linked to above) once before and I'm worried about it being deleted again. The copyright holder has e-mailed permission for this file, and two other files to be released into the public domain, however only one of the three files has not been deleted. The three images were linked to on my sandbox page Stochastic Portfolio Theory (working draft). Any helpful comments would be appreciated.

Also, once this deletion issue is resolved I would like to know how I add this sandbox page to the main Wikipedia article area.

Thanks a lot,

--Jonhanke496 (talk) 21:57, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi Jonhanke496, and welcome! Just to clarify: this place isn't Wikipedia (an encyclopedia), it's Commons (a media repository whose files can be used to populate Wikipedia articles). That's also why your link didn't work - if you want to link to the English-language Wikipedia from here, you need to add :en: to your link: en:User:Jonhanke496/SPT. As for your question: Two of your uploads seem to have been deleted because COM:OTRS didn't receive an email with evidence of permission - if they do receive one this time, you should be fine, and if you're absolutely sure they should have, you can ask at the OTRS noticeboard what happened. Remember to ask the copyright holder to include the Commons file name in the email, otherwise OTRS volunteers may not be able to find it. darkweasel94 22:20, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
As for moving articles, see en:Wikipedia:Moving a page. darkweasel94 22:22, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Doing the right thing with a company page

Hi there

I have been asked by my client to improve content on its site ensuring it meets Wikipedia's standards.

There are multiple issues that have popped up with their entry article, namely :

This article relies on references to primary sources. Please add references to secondary or tertiary sources. This article appears to be written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by rewriting promotional content from a neutral point of view and removing any inappropriate external links. This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information

I would like to start editing right away, but I am conscious of the Wikipedia philosphy that this should be a collective effort from the Wikipedia community. Can you guide me as to how best to deal with this and improve content ?


Victor/Appropr01 —Preceding comment was added at 10:49, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

You are asking this on Wikimedia Commons, a media repository. We can help you with uploading images and ensuring they are appropriately licensed, but we can't help you with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Please post your question on the appropriate forum on the language edition of Wikipedia where you want to edit. darkweasel94 11:22, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Nominating files for deletion

Let me first say that I'm more familiar with en.wikipedia than here since I'm there more often than here. Clear? Good.  :)

Every so often I run across an edit on my EN watchlist where a user has added an image to a page, usually a biography. They uploaded it to Commons as well as images of several other people. They're often screenshots, images of the character the real person played (in movies, TV, etc), or taken from the person's official site, Twitter feed, etc. Then they'll say that it's their own work and release it under a free license. So, I check the user's contribs here and see all the files and nominate them all for deletion.

Since the deletion date is a week away, the images get added back to the articles on EN again (and again and...) and I remove them again. The whole time that they're up for discussion, I don't generally see any voting or comments at all. It's just Nominate, Wait, Deleted. After the week is up, the files get deleted and that's usually the end of that.

What I'm wondering is if there's a faster way for the more obvious cases. Do I have to go through this week long process every time? If you check my contribs (Dismas (talk · contribs)) you'll see I've tagged several images lately. Thanks, Dismas (talk) 02:58, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

For deletions of obvious copyright violations, don't open a discussion page if there is nothing to discuss. Instead, tag the files with the template Copyvio. In the parameter(s), write clearly the specific reason for the tagging (for example, if it's obviously a screenshot of a copyrighted TV programme). Provide the evidence when possible (such as a link to a likely source if it's a file copied from the internet). And notify the uploader on his talk page. Please see the page Commons:Deletion requests/Speedy deletion and the other pages linked from there for more information. However, if it's not obvious and if you don't have solid evidence, open a discussion page. -- Asclepias (talk) 04:39, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! Dismas (talk) 06:59, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Old Photo from Japan

I found a photo of w:Thupten Jigme Norbu (brother of the Dalai Lama) in Japan from 1955 :

Description : "Thubten Jigme Norbu (right) bids farewell to the Buddhist Abbott of Hanganji Temple, Tokyo and other officials before departure to the US under the RRA, 1955"

Please note, that there is a copyright indicated : World Church Council. I guess it is the author.

Am I correct that it could be upload on commons.wikimedia under ?

Thanks for help. --Rédacteur Tibet (talk) 10:00, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

  • Was it actually published before Dec31, 1956? If they took the picture but never published it (which is possible) then it would still be protected. Also from looking at the website I'm not certain if they're claiming ownership of the copyright to the actual photo. The reason I say this is because they say the original photo is actually a reproduction. This makes is seem like they own a copy, not the actual photo itself. Caffeyw (talk) 17:35, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

unfree photos?

Please see uploads of user I am certain that they are not his photos. EG THe Meesha Shafi is watermarked with name Kohi Marri and is found all over the web such as this forum, the Ali Zafa at cannes is the same here. I have not checked the others, I'll eat my hat if they are legit. thx 16:44, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Keep your hat ;-) Tagged them all for speedy deletion since it's pretty obvious that the uploader doesn't own the copyright even without knowing where the originals came from. Thanks for reporting, --El Grafo (talk) 17:22, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

File:Margaret of Burgundy.jpg

Could anybody reupload File:Margaret of Burgundy.jpg to its original image of the queen by User:Franzy89 on August 1 and create a seperate one for the crop image of the Dauphine that User:Surtsicna accidentally upload other this one under a new title like File:Margaret of Burgundy, Dauphine of France.jpg?--The Emperor's New Spy (talk) 18:15, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

I reverted to the old version. 11:47, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
Can someone upload the other version by User:Surtsicna under File:Margaret of Burgundy, Dauphine of France.jpg? I think he needs it for a DYK nomination.--The Emperor's New Spy (talk) 15:19, 31 August 2013 (UTC)
Done. Ruslik (talk) 08:37, 1 September 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 19:43, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

CSD Removals

I've only started working on marking files on Commons so I'm not sure of the process. If I mark a file for CSD for copyright violation does it get reviewed by an admin? Or can any user come along and revert the edit? Thanks Caffeyw (talk) 17:22, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Just to be sure: We're talking about "speedy" deletions here, right? By adding one of the speedy-templates the file ends up in Category:Candidates for speedy deletion or one of the subcats – that's where admins look for files for speedy deletion. If the template is removed, it's not in the category anymore. Technically, anyone can remove the template. So theoretically, the uploader could remove the template in order to prevent the file from being deleted and nobody would notice (unless somebody else has it on their watchlist). --El Grafo (talk) 20:41, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
It depends. Files tagged for deletion will be reviewed by an admin. However, any user can replace a speedy deletion tag with a regular deletion tag if he thinks that the case is not obvious and should be the object of a discussion. Also, an edit can certainly be reverted by any user if the edit is obviously improper. For example, if you were to put a speedy deletion tag on a file that has already been the object of a deletion discussion with a result of "kept". If you want to contest that previous decision, then the proper procedure for you would be to start a new regular deletion discussion and provide a rationale for your deletion request. Another example is if you were to put a no permission tag on a file whose copyright status indicates PD-texlogo. That status does not imply a permission, so if you want to contest the validity of that status, you should either use the copyvio tag, if you believe that it is a very obvious copyvio, or a regular deletion tag, if it's not obvious or if it is a type of file similar to other files that are considered valid per previous discussions. Please see the deletion guideleines for more information. You may also find useful to review the help pages about Commons:Threshold of originality and Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:21, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
Hello. Given the date and time of the message, I believe User:Caffeyw's question concerns my review. (Although, even if it does not, maybe it is a good idea that I mentioned it.) Caffeyw had put {{no permission since}} on a large number of items in Category:Microsoft Windows logos, some of which had previously survived deletion nominations more than once. As you know, {{no permission since}} is to be put on images that claim to have author's permission for publication but do not exhibit an evidence to that effect. Well, this was not the case. In other words, the CSDed images in question did not make such a claim; rather, they were tagged with {{PD-textlogo}}. The fate of these images needs to be decided with a COM:DELETE. Like I said, some of these images had previously survived deletion nominations.
That said, Caffeyw, I noticed you did not send due notifications to the uploaders of the CSDed images. This is very bad mistake. Please do not forget to do so in the future. Best regards, Codename Lisa (talk) 11:33, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

upload photo to "Wiki Loves Monuments"

I went to the Wiki Loves Monuments project and went to the "Find a monument to photograph" page to find one to shoot nearby. I found one with a white pin that needed a photo and I went out and got the shot to upload, clicked on the white pin and followed the instructions to upload the photo which BTW is location ID 97001497. I know my photo went somewhere, but after some research I found it landed in Wikimedia Commons (although I started in Wikipedia) and the white pin where I thought I was uploading the photo is still white now, 2 days later. Am I missing something here? Or does it just take longer than I expected for such content to find its home?

Hi, I copied your question to the Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments/Help desk. That's really where the people of the contest can be found who can answer questions about everything relating specifically to that contest, including how the updates to the map work. However, if you know of a Wikipedia article where your photo would make a fine addition, you can of course go ahead and include it. -- Asclepias (talk) 22:56, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Can I...?

Hola. I have found this picture surfing on the Internet. I have search It in commons, using Google Images, and I couldn't found it. ¿Can I upload It on Commons? (not a fair-use-issue) It is supposed to be Hitler when he left jail the 20, november 1924, in w:en:Landsberg am Lech (actual Germany). So I guess the copyright cannot apply, but I´m not sure. ¿It is a free-use picture because of its age and location? Gracias! Albertojuanse (talk) 22:45, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

It depends what the copyright status is. The Library of Congress apparently attributes this photograph to Heinrich Hoffmann, whose photographs are not accepted on Commons, as explained on the page Category:Heinrich Hoffmann, unless they are photographs licensed by Bundesarchiv. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:24, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
I see, thanks a lot. This page also say that the pictures can be used in 2028... well, it says «These works or works by this artist may not be in the public domain, because the artist has not been dead for at least 2028 years.» Je je. Bye. Albertojuanse (talk) 23:49, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
Fortunately, 2028 years p.m.a. is not (yet?) any country's copyright expiration rule. ;) It's 70 years, which will be in 2028. darkweasel94 23:54, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Deleted files in a category

Is there any way to get a listing of files which were deleted from a specific category or subcategories thereof? · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 13:19, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

No. Ruslik (talk) 05:20, 30 August 2013 (UTC)


Hello, can you help me, i dont know how to delete photo. Thanks in advance. Bye. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nis018 (talk • contribs)

Please, read Commons:Deletion. Ruslik (talk) 11:35, 31 August 2013 (UTC)