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Can't reply to a message

For the past day or two, I've had a Red 1 next to my talk page in the upper right hand corner, but when I tried to click on what may be a message, I couldn't get anything. Am I the only user with this problem? ----DanTD (talk) 19:18, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Notifications are working for me, have you tried using another browser? Liamdavies (talk) 06:36, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
Does Special:Notifications allow you to select the message? MKFI (talk) 07:47, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, that did it. I see somebody reverted an attempt to narrow down a category. Looking carefully at the image, I realize my mistake. ----DanTD (talk) 14:02, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 01:39, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

I want to delete a test image

I have uploaded a test image to experiment with including a Commons image in an external wiki. File:Lcv alois 14 jul 2011small.jpg

Now I want to delete this test image again from Commons, to find out what happens in the external wiki once the file no longer exists on Commons.

Can some admin please delete the image? or rename it without leaving a redirect?

Thank you. --Aloist (talk) 23:38, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 01:47, 5 December 2013 (UTC)


Jag har laddat upp ett foto av "Gröna hissen"-drinken, men jag fattar inte hur jag ska få den att hamna på Wikipedias sida som handlar om just den, det stod att det behövdes foton där.

Hälsningar Email address removed — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kim Stenlund (talk • contribs)

This section was archived on a request by: Jmabel ! talk 01:54, 5 December 2013 (UTC)


Im not very sure of the licensing requirements for using photos of Flickr. Is Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic sufficient for use.Blethering Scot (talk) 22:31, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

No. We only accept the following licences from flickr:
Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons (CC-BY-2.0)
Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA-2.0).
-mattbuck (Talk) 22:53, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
Can i ask what the difference is between the Attribution 2.0 Creative Commons and the no derivs one. Essentially I'm wondering if they have released the image in full but you cant cut or make changes to it whats the difference in effect to commons when the image is uploaded in full.Blethering Scot (talk) 22:55, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
That's really a fundamental principle here - we allow only free cultural works and modifiability is an important trait of that. It does have practical reasons: we often do need to crop images so that they show only a certain part (just look at Special:ListFiles/Cropbot to see how often we do that). Other images may be wrongly rotated, have bad colors, etc. - we want to be allowed to fix such things, and we want everybody else to be allowed to do so as well. darkweasel94 23:02, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
Personally feel thats very much a technicality and when an item is on a commons licence we should be able to use with the stipulation it cant be altered. Surely we could have tags and rules in place to deal with that. For instance the image I'm looking at is available in multiple sizes so wouldn't need reduced in size, and wouldn't need anything altered at all. Why should everyone be allowed to edit or crop, personally think we should be looking at our own processes and seeing why technically we cant take these and forbid changed to be made. Where is the harm to the project, don't see it but there you go. Do you guys have RFC processes on commons like on Scot (talk) 23:18, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
Sure we do, COM:RFC, but I don't think you'll get very far. What you are calling a technicality I would call a fundamental underpinning of free licensing; reusers should be free at the very least crop and colour shift images as they see fit for the purpose they wish. I'm not a huge fan of the ND condition, and would oppose us hosting files with said restriction on Commons. Liamdavies (talk) 07:25, 30 November 2013 (UTC)
This is, however, not a question that we can decide through an RFC, because wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy is a global policy that we can't just override even with community consensus. darkweasel94 09:06, 30 November 2013 (UTC)
We can accept only Free content as darkweasel said above. Try to click the "No" buttons at It will show a message "This is not a Free Culture License". More info at (In my knowledge, from version 4.0 onward, CC ND licenses allow adaptations; but not allows sharing of adapted material which is a must for us.) JKadavoor Jee 09:21, 30 November 2013 (UTC)
This is what I'm not getting. The file is free, it simply cannot be amended. I'm not seeing why it not being allowed to be amended harms wiki when the content has been freely released. Even if a global policy its worth reaching out and establishing legally why it is not allowed when user gives rights. I will have to see if the photographer is willing to amend commons licence to allow editing. Blethering Scot (talk) 02:49, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
Yes, if you can get rid of the non-derivative restriction, please do so and upload it. Otherwise - there is really no point in discussing this because this is simply a fundamental rule of Commons. It's like asking Wikipedia to abolish the requirement to have a neutral point of view. darkweasel94 11:03, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Gadgets especially for administrators

Hello, I can't find the gadgets specifically for administrators as I am triying to become an administrator.--Mensham49 (talk) 20:39, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

See Commons:Administrators#How do I become an administrator?. You can't use administrator tools until you are an administrator by making a successful request for adminship. However your account in Commons is only a few days old which makes it very unlikely your request would succeed at this point; usually at least several months and several thousand edits of experience is required. MKFI (talk) 15:44, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Reloading file accident

How do I remove the latest revisions from one of my files. I accidentally believed it didn't reload, so I reloaded three times, only to realize the revision already happened when I refreshed the page, and now there are extra revisions. Can you please help me? Thank you. --SmartAn01 (talk) 03:38, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Duplicates like this in the upload list are completely harmless. Suppressing them from view won't save any server space. This really isn't worth fixing (someone would end up putting out far more effort than it's worth.) - Jmabel ! talk 18:20, 1 December 2013 (UTC)


Hi, can someone take a look at the copyright status of Media:Zidisha_Inc._Microloan_Explaination.jpg? It is tagged as "own work", but the author is listed as a corporation. Vectro (talk) 15:41, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Mõisaküla raudteejaam (2005).jpg

Information is confirmed by the author of photo J. Jeerland by private e-mail. Copy of e-mail can be added if necessary. In case of additional problems please don't hesitate to contact me at "".

--Tibukonn (talk) 16:31, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Please forward the email per the instructions in COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 18:26, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sigaste raudteepeatus.jpg

Information is confirmed by the author of photo J. Jeerland by private e-mail. Copy of e-mail can be added if necessary. In case of additional problems please don't hesitate to contact me at "".

--Tibukonn (talk) 16:32, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Please forward the email per the instructions in COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 18:26, 1 December 2013 (UTC)


I've made this picture on a flight from Amsterdam to John F. Kennedy Airport between Nova Scotia and the airport in New York. I took this picture half an hour after I took one overhere so it must be somewhere between Cape Cod and New York but I really can't find this place. Does anybody have any idea? - Supercarwaar (talk) 20:13, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

I don't live there, but it looks awfully like this place (coastline shape). This looks to be the patch of development to the immediate left of the bottom-most cloud in your picture. (I came here from the en-wiki post) Chris857 (talk) 20:47, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Yes that's the right place. I thought the airplane entered the USA more southwards but this is the right place. Thank you very much. - Supercarwaar (talk) 09:37, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Supercarwaar (talk) 09:40, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

unable to upload a photo for which I now have permission, but which was previously deleted

Today I tried to upload a photo for which I now have written permission. The system blocked the upload because the photo had been deleted months ago, when the permission had not been properly entered into wiki commons.

I wish to try again to upload the photo with its proper permission.

The photo is of Felix Fechenbach.

Alan T. Sherman — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alantsherman (talk • contribs)

  • Just send the permission on (as described in COM:OTRS) and the prior upload can be undeleted. But I don't see any deleted uploads on this account, so I'm a bit confused. Did you upload it from a different account? What was the filename you uploaded it to? - Jmabel ! talk 00:25, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
    Perhaps File:Felix Fechenbach age 23 in Munich, Germany..jpg? Lupo 14:39, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
    OK, so he has two similarly-named accounts. Thanks.
    Same comment about COM:OTRS applies, except: how does the museum own intellectual property rights to this? Ownership of a physical copy of a photo is completely unrelated to ownership of intellectual property rights. When was this photographed, and by whom? That's what would determine the rights. It looks like a half-tone, so it was almost certainly published at some time, probably rather contemporary to when it was photographed. - Jmabel ! talk 16:43, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

PD because template

Is there any cc-by-sa-because substitute to that template? Thanks, Bharel (talk) 17:54, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

I don't think so. Simply write the reason or other evidence for the licensing into the "Permission" field. darkweasel94 18:00, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
  • The only reason a file can be CC-BY-SA is because it is licensed that way. Under what context are you referring to a situation where a substitute template would be needed or appropriate? If you could link the the file, or explain what it is we can give more concrete advice. Liamdavies (talk) 06:48, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

how to re upload deleted files

hello im new to wiki and i wanted to create a page on a character called Raava, i am having trouble uploading images to use on commons and want to know how to get them online and not deleted? These photos already exist online and are aloud to be published with recognition. --Jessjordan (talk) 23:54, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Could you point more specifically to where one or more such images are hosted online, and in particular to a page that makes the free-licensing provisions clear? The exact details will depend on the license terms granted. - Jmabel ! talk 00:57, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright holder allowed me but...=

Hi. The copyright holder allowed me to use his photos but I've some problems. I cannot add it. Because when I select the "another reason that is not mentioned above" I cannot progress. I don' know what I should to write in blanks. 'Cause when I write sth in there, I can't select the next step. Sorry for my English. I cannot explain myself ver well in English but I hope you understand my problem. Medea Mēdeia (talk) 20:35, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

But what exactly the copyright holder permitted you to do with his photos? Ruslik (talk) 11:32, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

I have full ownership of image, but upload blocked - due to (possibly wrongful) deletion of previous different image?

For a Wikipedia article about author Tess Collins, in September I uploaded a photo of her from this author's web site, for which I had permission for use on Wikimedia by Ms. Collins. The bot didn't like this, however, and deleted the photo. OK, so I took a photograph of Ms. Collins myself. It was made at a public event. I also obtained her permission to upload it on Wikimedia and to attach it to my Wikipedia article. The photo and its filename are different from the one the bot previously deleted, yet my upload is being blocked.

I am releasing this photo into public domain. I have ownership of it and have the right to do so. It fulfills every standard I see on your site, and know of, regarding intellectual property rights. Why is my image being blocked from being uploaded? -tashery

  • Could you clarify "blocked from being uploaded"? There is no way the system would know that you'd previously uploaded a different image of the same subject. - Jmabel ! talk 16:50, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Eurocinema logo.jpg

The Eurocinema company owns this graphic. It is their public identity, as declared on their website and in the 10+ cited articles. What additional information do I provide in order to keep the image on their page? Thanks!

--Chilamin (talk) 17:18, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Please send OTRS-permission Motopark (talk) 17:53, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Wrong portrait across several Wikipedias

This portrait is used in several Wikipedia articles to depict King Louis I of Naples. The Latin text associated with the original image describes the man as King Louis, son and successor of King Philip, predecessor of the short-lived infant King John. That can only refer to King Louis X of France, Louis I of Naples' near contemporary and agnatic cousin. Is there a way to remove the image from articles about Louis I of Naples? It is very misleading. It could be replaced with this one, but removing the wrong one is much more important. Surtsicna (talk) 21:13, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

  • You can go into each of those articles & substitute the correct image. (Can't do it from the Commons end, have to edit Wikipedia.) - Jmabel ! talk 01:41, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Twist - Infrastructure.JPG

Hello, I created this file "Twist - Infrastructure" by doing a screenshot on The red sketch of Twist was already in the map, I did add the the colour two roads and the four tags of the road name. Now I have no idea how to declare this file, and how I can change liscense settings. Someone can help or change the liscense settings to the correct ones? --M.Wilken (talk) 21:52, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

  • I believe maps are copyrighted and rights are reserved. Am I missing something? Can you show me any evidence that these are, as you've tagged your upload, public domain? - Jmabel ! talk 01:43, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Jitsoniya (6).JPG

I want to upload my all files which are very useful but in free.they are all created by me and i am thankful to wikipedia that they are supporting to me in my work.


--Jitsoniya (talk) 11:56, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Can't find uploaded images

Judge Ronald Whyte official portrait United States District Court by Scott Johnston.jpg


I've uploaded images to commons and they are on a special page FILE LIST, but when I search for images in commons I can't find them. Are they actually in commons or do I need to move them? File name is: Judge_Ronald_Whyte_official_portrait_United_States_District_Court_by_Scott_Johnston.jpg Thank you.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Scott Wallace Johnston (talk • contribs)

Everything is fine, the image is there. The search index has probably not been updated yet. That's why it cannot be found through searching. --rimshottalk 00:02, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

THANK YOU!!— Preceding unsigned comment added by Scott Wallace Johnston (talk • contribs)

Is "You may use any of these photos" enough?

I want to upload (some of) these images to Commons: On the page they say that "You may use any of these photos as long as you reference this website". Is that enough for use here and how do i tag the images? Perhaps {{Copyrighted free use}} ? --Exonie (talk) 05:40, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

I would say it is not sufficient permission to upload to Commons. Remember that our free license policy requires images that can be freely used and modified. CubeSat images probably fall under Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Press photos. MKFI (talk) 08:49, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

WWII personal photo

Hi, I would like to upload a photo to use in an article but I am unsure if there is a copyright problem. The photo is of my father repairing a WWII aircraft (the plane being the subject of an article) and was taken circa 1944/1945. The photo was taken by a friend of my father. It is a personal photo and not published anywhere. Neither party is alive today. Can I use it in the article? Any help appreciated. Melbourne3163 (talk) 03:49, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

This depends entirely on the country in question. Based on your user name I presume that you, your father and his friend are/were Australians. If this is the case then yes, the photograph is in public domain and can be uploaded to Commons: see Commons:Copyright rules by territory#Australia "Photographs (published or unpublished) taken prior to midnight on the 31st December 1954 are in the public domain." Use {{PD-Australia}} licence tag.
If the country is not Australia, then the above does not apply. MKFI (talk) 08:38, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I am Australian and so too were my father and his mate. The photo was taken in northern Australia. I appreciate your advice. Cheers. Melbourne3163 (talk) 10:29, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
No worries, use the {{PD-Australia}} licence tag and all will be well. Liamdavies (talk) 13:22, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

A fair upload?

I need to report this image, of which I question the authenticity of the source given the digital quality and watermark. (Taken from here) Cheerz, Orrlingtalk 04:32, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Then raise a COM:DR or ask at COM:Village pump/copyright or COM:OTRS/Noticeboard. What exactly do you need help with? Liamdavies (talk) 13:17, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Can modified images be uploaded for a simple fair-use?

I have downloaded photograph a well-known journalist whose wiki page does not have the photograph. And I modified it. I am not sure whether it is okay to upload it here for fair-use (I am only using the term in an intuitive sense).

If it is not possible then it is really a difficult situation since you have to take the photograph yourself in case you want to put a face on a well known name. Please tell me if it is not okay to upload such modified images. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Contact '97 (talk • contribs)

  • Commons does not accept unlicensed, copyright-protected images on a "fair use" basis. Period.
  • Yes, it is difficult to obtain free licenses to other people's work, especially if the work is that of a professional photographer. Unsurprisingly, most professional photographers will not give away their work for free with a license that says that anyone can modify it and or use it for any purpose.
  • Some WMF wikis allow the use of certain photographs on a fair use basis. I'm guessing that you are referring to the English-language Wikipedia, although you don't state that. They do make some allowances for fair use, but as far as I know they will not typically accept a non-free use justification for a photograph of a living person. If the journalist in question is alive, then it is unlikely that en-wiki will accept a non-free photo. - Jmabel ! talk 06:51, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Tracking image use

The federal library I work for is planning to upload our archival photo collections to Wikimedia Commons, and I wondered if anyone could help me determine the best way to track the use of those photos. Would anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to do so? Is there any way to track how many times an image uploaded to Wikimedia Commons has been used or viewed? Thank you! --Katelynd.bucher (talk) 18:27, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Glamorous can tell you the usage stats of all files in a category (or in a gallery or by an uploader) across Wikimedia projects. Non-Wikimedia uses don't show up there. darkweasel94 18:40, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding The SuryaNarayana Mandir of Handiya.jpg

it is my own pix which description i am giving it that i have taken with my mobile phone which model no is also describing ,i am use is pix only to promote my NAWADA as Well as Handiya Sun Temple that why i am using this .if any problem then . My personal mail i.d Do write i will reply you .


--NiranjanNawada (talk) 13:59, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

If you mean File:The_SurayaNarayan_Mandir_of_Handiya,_Nawada.jpg, the image seems to be OK. Ruslik (talk) 19:25, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Register TUSC account

I am trying to register for a TUSC account, but the registration page[1] is not working for me. After I enter my user name and new password (twice) there is no button I can find to send the data for registration. What am I doing wrong? Dolovis (talk) 20:30, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Family Inquiry

I would like to add information about my family. How should I go about it? Who is the person or agency to be contacted. I hope I stated this correctly as I am a first time user! — Preceding unsigned comment added by A.D. Hilliard (talk • contribs)

  • I'm not sure to what you would like to add information about your family. You are on the help page for Wikimedia Commons, the media repository associated with Wikipedia (and a sister project under the Wikimedia Foundation). This is a collection of public domain or free-licensed images, sound files, and video. Unless perhaps there is a photo of your family here that you want to caption more clearly, I can't think where you would appropriately add information about your family. But maybe I'm misunderstanding your question. If so, could you be clearer about what you are trying to do, and in particular, what are you trying to add this information to? - Jmabel ! talk 17:00, 11 December 2013 (UTC)


buon giorno/hi you published a picture: "Whitwell White Horse Christmas tree during snow 2010" this picture is BEAUTIFUL good blessings to All .] alba

This one: File:Whitwell_White_Horse_Christmas_tree_during_snow_December_2010.JPG? Feedback is always appreciated. Maybe you want to let the uploader know directly. --Dschwen (talk) 15:30, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Need a little help cropping

Need to crop this image (File:USMC-02276.jpg) to only feature the director (to the left), but without overwriting or removing the original picture. Seems like I just did that. I only want a new version of the picture if you like. To be used here: w:Christopher_Nolan

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sammyjankis88 (talk • contribs)

Your crop is fine, but you need to upload it as a separate image. Regards, Yann (talk) 14:53, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Transfert de fichiers volumineux

Bonjour, Peut-on se servir de Picasa 3.9 pour transferer des fichiers volumineux (film de 1 à 3.2 Go) En vous remerciant par avance, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 11:36, 31 May 2013‎ (UTC) -- 02:11, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

User:Yann, can you please help this persons? (Sorry, I don't speak French, you do.)— Preceding unsigned comment added by Liamdavies (talk • contribs)
Non, on ne peut pas utiliser Picasa. La limite est de 1 Go avec l'application "chunked uploads". Au delà, il faut demander à un opérateur système. Voir Help:Server-side_upload/fr. Yann (talk) 06:10, 14 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Yann. Liamdavies (talk) 06:51, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

File:Проект колористического паспорта. 1996-1997 гг..jpg

Please help to restore image File:Проект колористического паспорта. 1996-1997 гг..jpg. Permission {{разрешение OTRS|2012072010005154}}Висарик (talk) 08:13, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Please request undeletion at Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard --Sreejith K (talk) 22:47, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
I'll copy it there. - Jmabel ! talk 01:10, 14 December 2013 (UTC) copyright

I'd like to ask if pictures from the above site can be uploaded here? I have emailed permission from the creator (known as Talbot Munce) to use it's text so on the same logic the pictures would be fine. However, I'm not sure whether he'd be happy or even able to give permission to have the pictures sold on? I will provide this email to admins in private. Kiko4564 (talk) 22:53, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

  • We can only accept content that is freely licensed. If the owner of is able to release all/some of the images under a free license, there are two options: they could place a CC notice on the website, or could follow the COM:OTRS process. Liamdavies (talk) 14:01, 15 December 2013 (UTC)


I've been given permission to use a copyrighted image by the author, we've communicated via e-mail. How do I go about proving so (OTRS) maybe? Need help putting a ticket together. - FOX 52 (talk) 01:17, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

  • You are correct, COM:OTRS would be the next step, all the requirements and steps are outlined at COM:OTRS. Liamdavies (talk) 13:57, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Photos from Flickr

When I upload a photo from flickr (eg. File:Katelios-bay.jpg) have I to specify "uploaded by"? thanks --Lkcl it (talk) 16:45, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Not particularly. It depends how you are uploading. If you use one of the tools like Flickr2Commons, that will be done automatically. If you simply download from Flickr to your machine, then upload to Commons, the wiki software will keep track of who uploaded. The important thing is to link the correct Flickr page as the source and to indicate the correct license (per that Flickr page). - Jmabel ! talk 17:03, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks --Lkcl it (talk) 17:49, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Lkcl it (talk) 19:15, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

R C Gorman

If you search R.C. Gorman, you'll see a photo of one of his bronzes. You may note that in the description, it mentions the silkscreen of Gorman by Andy Warhol and says it is in a bathroom. It was actually in a hall, never in a bathroom. I realize I could edit this, but I have something more interesting. Would you consider replacing the bronze photo with one of my photos (that I took and own) of my wife and Gorman standing by the Andy Warhol silkscreen. Gorman was a personal friend and business associate of mine for several years until the time of his death and all material I submit about him is unquestionably accurate. I think this photo would receive considerable attention and embellish the page. If you approve, please advise how I can submit the photo and caption. Thank you, Ralph Oliver archaeologist with more than 30 years specializing in Native American material culture. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Archaeo Oliver (talk • contribs)

  • I'm not sure how this relates to Commons. We can't handle materials like you are suggesting because they would violate Warhol's copyrights on the underlying work, but also we couldn't handle a photo of a Gorman bronze without permission for similar reasons. I can't really imagine we could get a release of rights from the Warhol Foundation and I'm unaware of a release from Gorman or his heirs although I could be missing something. The only representation we have of Gorman that I'm aware of is File:RCGormanAndJohnNichols.jpg, which we have with the permission of artist Vergel Bradford. Could you possibly provide a link to the page you are talking about with "a photo of one of his bronzes"? - Jmabel ! talk 05:15, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Book cover picture in commons

My question is: I have taken a picture of a book cover that i need to illustrate an article i've published at Is it ok to publish it to Commons and then insert it as media in the article?

Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vahidmasrour (talk • contribs)

  • Probably not OK, but I can't say anything definitive when I haven't seen it. Most book covers contain enough non-obvious design to be copyrightable. The only exception would be very typographically simple covers, possibly incorporating public domain imagery but no copyrighted imagery. - Jmabel ! talk 05:23, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:TUSDM Logo.jpg

Hi, Need appropriate way to copy right this image. it is a university logo and every university on wikipedia has their logo on here. How do I do this for Tufts?

--Ericci8996 (talk) 03:54, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Please send OTRS-permission.--Motopark (talk) 04:42, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Are these contributions OK?

Hello all CC-wise editors, there's now the pictures in Category:Adorned in Ash, all of which bearing watermarks, whose relationship with the actual uploader might need your check-up, not that I'm sure, but just reporting. If there's rather no problem there, that's even better. Cheerz, Orrlingtalk 05:10, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Clearly correctly attributed as the work of Vlademirovka Photography. The only question would seem to be whether the uploading account is authorized to upload the work of Vlademirovka Photography. Since it's the name of someone in the band, I'd guess it is that person and he is authorized, but either the photographer or band would be easy enough to contact for clarification. - Jmabel ! talk 05:30, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Photos from Flickr

When I upload a photo from flickr (eg. File:Katelios-bay.jpg) have I to specify "uploaded by"? thanks --Lkcl it (talk) 16:45, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Not particularly. It depends how you are uploading. If you use one of the tools like Flickr2Commons, that will be done automatically. If you simply download from Flickr to your machine, then upload to Commons, the wiki software will keep track of who uploaded. The important thing is to link the correct Flickr page as the source and to indicate the correct license (per that Flickr page). - Jmabel ! talk 17:03, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks --Lkcl it (talk) 17:49, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Lkcl it (talk) 19:15, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Kjnkee.jpg

Ich habe das Bild auf gefunden und bin mir wegen der Lizenz nicht wirklich klar, da sie wohl für nicht kommerzielle Benutzung frei ist.

--Maxetar (talk) 15:12, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Nothing on the page you linked as source gives any indication of free-licensing. - Jmabel ! talk 17:01, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
    • Terms On this site is written: By making your content public, you are also giving other Members on Photobucket the right to copy, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and create derivative works from it via the Site, third party websites or applications (for example, via services allowing Members to order prints of Content or t-shirts and similar items containing Content, and via social media websites), provided such use is not for a commercial purpose. --Maxetar (talk) 19:02, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
      • But it doesn't seem to indicate that those rights are going to anyone who is not a Photobucket member. - Jmabel ! talk 07:51, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Question about categories names ('to')


I'm a native German speaker and my English is only average. So I'm not sure, but for me it seems there are several category names which aren't right. Here are some examples:

So, my question: Is the word 'to' right? I would say yes if the title would be in example "... of Lucerne from 2010 to 2012" or even "... of Lucerne (2010 to 2013)", but "... of Lucerne to 2012" sounds unfamiliar to me. So can someone confirm this is right English or not? -- 22:42, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Seems like a clumsy (though not entirely incorrect) way of saying either "prior to" or "up to and including". Either way, I don't see how these are useful categories. - Jmabel ! talk 07:59, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks for confirming. The question is, if the categories should be renamed or not. But useful they are, why do you think they are not useful? -- 08:47, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Ștefan Petică

Since on 17 October 2014 will be 110 years from the death of our first self-declaired Symbolist Romanian poet, Ștefan Petică, I would like to propose you on that day to put his picture on the Start page of Goolge, as you do with many other personalities. You may take the picture from the page that i created on him on Google. I am one of his descendants and I would be very honored to do somtehing in order to maintain alive the memories on him. Thank you! My best regards, Nicoleta Calina, University of Craiova, Romania.

  • You've written on the help page of Wikimedia Commons. We have no control of the start page of Google. - Jmabel ! talk 17:12, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Delayed attention to problematic-looking files

Guyz. I've lately come up with a couple of odd-looking images which had what I found as obviously questionable legality of use on Wiki, in two differnt occasions on the Desk, and those posts were probably somehow skipped/not seen. So here again for the sharp check, the images are:

Mark this notice in case there's no problem with the files, or otherwise attended. Cheerz, Orrlingtalk 13:49, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Ha, now saw that the aerial-view file had just been put on with the pink remark - following my post, great. :] Orrlingtalk 14:01, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Sorry @Orrling: forgot about the other one when I nominated the aerial image. Na univerzitě.jpg is now tagged for deletion too (→ Deletion request). Thanks for reporting them, --El Grafo (talk) 15:35, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
You're very kind for this notification, and even more for taking care of these clean-up tasks! :] Thanx, Orrlingtalk 16:29, 19 December 2013 (UTC)


Why are ther ywo of these, (1, 2), which aren't exactly identical but look like they derived from the same institutional photo? Is that a case for deletion? Danny lost (talk) 19:13, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Off by one pixel. If you like, you can merge the information in the templates (one mostly in Danish, the other in English) into one of them and mark the other as {{duplicate}}. - Jmabel ! talk 01:38, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Divorce Papers

A subject I am updated is divorced, but still listed as married. I have the court record, but no news citation. Is there a way to use a legal document to update information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jack90505 (talk • contribs)

What are you trying to do? Here on Commons we do not normally list people as divorced or married, but if we do somewhere, can you provide a link to that? If you are trying to edit Wikidata or some language edition of Wikipedia, please ask at their respective forums. darkweasel94 21:40, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

move gallery of photos to desired commons page, how ?

i have these photos under my own name but want to move them to my wikicommons village page. how ? tnx, Maartje — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maartje (talk • contribs)

I don't understand what you are asking. If there is some language where you can ask this more clearly, feel free, someone here should understand.
More specifically:
  • Links would be useful to show what photos you are asking about, assuming they are online.
  • No idea what you mean by having photos "under your own name".
  • What's a "wikicommons village page"?
- Jmabel ! talk 01:43, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Bots and batch uploads

What is the line between a bot requiring a separate account with bot flag, and a simple batch-upload I can do from my standard account with a semi-automated tool I'm currently hacking together (the parsing code is already pretty finished, I'm now doing the upload code)? The second one would have the enormous advantage that all uploads would automatically be added to my watchlist. Specifically, I'm writing a small Java program to do Commons:Batch uploading/Kurt Rasmussen - does anybody think I need to do that from a separate account and request a bot flag? Commons:Bots isn't very clear on that. darkweasel94 21:11, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Ok, as there has been no answer and my code works now, I'm going to ignore all rules and just do it from my own account. darkweasel94 09:30, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

adding a photo

Hi there. Today I uploaded this photo... File:Gerard Chittocque Brandon.jpg.

I'm not sure if there's a copyright on the photo. The photo is of a painting, and the painting shows a portrait of a US Governor from the 1800s. I found the photo on a website, and that website stated below the photo: "courtesy, Mississippi Department of Archives and History". So I'm not sure if it was ok to upload the image. Thanks for your help. Magnolia677 (talk) 13:58, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

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account unified

I'm Reiro in Korean Wikipedia, and wanna unified all account as 'Reiro'. But I don't remember my password of Wikimedia's, so I alternately unified it as changing username 'sample34' to 'Reiro'.--Sample34 (talk) 12:31, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Actor Kenneth Choi.jpg

I am attempting to add a photo that is on the actor's IMDB page. How can I properly do this???

--Ready4jimmyc69 (talk) 01:39, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Sorry but we cannot host that file here as it is copyright, we can only host images with a free license. There are two options here, if the copyright holder is willing to release it under a free license we can host it, the instructions are at COM:OTRS, but I very much doubt that will occur here. The other option is, depending on the Wikipedia project you wish to use the image you may be able to use it under fair use provisions. English Wikipedia's free use policy can be found at en:WP:NFCC. I hope this helps, and sorry but the file will have to be deleted. Liamdavies (talk) 04:09, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
    • Just to clarify: the problem isn't that it is copyrighted. Most of what we host is copyrighted. The problem is that it is copyrighted and lacks a free license. Adding a free license does not make it uncopyrighted. - Jmabel ! talk 00:52, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Commonist error

Itried to up some photos with Commonist for the first time. Looked like it is doing its work, but all he created is User:Danny lost/gallery. What can it be? Danny lost (talk) 00:33, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Problems with subcategorizing Albuquerque images

Hi, can someone please help me? I tried posting here a couple of weeks ago, but nothing came of it and my post was archived. Here is the original post I made:

I created the Flora of Albuquerque‎ and Animals of Albuquerque‎ subcategories, and placed all the images that were on the main Albuquerque page into those two subcats, but they're still showing up on the main Albuquerque cat page, even though I removed that main cat from each image. Any help? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 00:34, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

I've heard of transclusions, but I'm not clear on what they are, nor do I know how to fix them, and while I tried to contact User talk:Scoch3/Elena, she has not responded, as she hasn't made any edits since September 18. Can someone please help me move those files? Thank you. Nightscream (talk) 05:17, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

I tried contacting her, and she hasn't responded, and she hasn't made any edits since September 18. I tried leaving a message on Skoch3 as well, but that account hasn't edited since September 18 either.
Also, I still don't understand what you mean by a template being "called upon" by a file. And it really doesn't matter; I'm just asking for someone to help me.
You say you want to change the category so that the category is no longer Albuquerque, New Mexico but Elena Gallegos Picnic Area? Why in the world would we do that??? The files in question pertain to the city of Albuquerque. This includes everything from aerial photographs, buildings, schools, military bases, the Sandia Mountains, signs & symbols, etc., just as any other well-developed category on a major city. Why would we change the name of the category from the name of the city to a picnic area? I just want to put the photos of those animals in the Animals of Albuquerque category, where they belong. Or am I misunderstanding you? Can you please fix this transclusion thing so I can do so? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 20:05, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
Skoch3 (talk) 20:55, 17 December 2013 (UTC): Hi All -- Sorry I must have missed an earlier message, just now is the first I have heard of any problem. I'm happy to help -- HOWEVER, I am not sure what is the desired outcome. As Liamdavis says above, it may be helpful that I have used the template page. But I don't know what categories you would want added. Of course, I am happy to have anyone else edit the page(s) directly too. I am not sure how I can get notified of a response here, so I will try to remember to check back later tonight (in a few hours).
I want to add photos of plants and animals that are currently on the Albuquerque category page to the Flora of Albuquerque and Animals of Albuquerque category pages. Can you help? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 05:26, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
I changed the template to remove the Albuquerque category and add the "Elena Gallegos Picnic Area" category as suggested by Liamdavies above. Please let me know if that fixes your problem.
They're still showing up in the Albuquerque, New Mexico category, even though that cat does not appear in their edit fields. Only Animals of Albuquerque or Flora of Albuquerque appears in their edits fields, so they're showing up in those categories also. They shouldn't be showing up in the main Albuquerque cat but they are. Nightscream (talk) 06:24, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:DAS e.V.-Logo.jpg

Hallo, Ich arbeite bei der Deutschen ASfrika Stiftung e.V. und möchte unser Logo bei Wiki einfügen. Wir wollen die Datei aber nicht zur Open Source deklarieren. Die Rechte sollen bei der Deutsche Afrika Stiftung e.V. bleiben. Was müsssen wir machen, damit die Datei nicht gelöscht wird? Ist Vorlage:Bild-LogoSH richtig? Und wenn ja, wie können wir dies einfügen? mit freundlichen Grüßen

--Martin-ramirez (talk) 16:15, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

  • "Open source" isn't exactly the issue, but free license is. You probably don't want to do that, either, though. Some individual-language Wikipedias do allow the use of images on a non-free fair-use basis (en-wiki does, de-wiki doesn't, you'd have to check them one by one). However, Commons does not allow this. We are precisely a repository of public-domain and free-licensed media. - Jmabel ! talk 00:41, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
    • Um das zu übersetzen, was Jmabel gesagt hat: gar nicht, wir erlauben hier auf Commons keine Logos, die unter keiner freien Lizenz stehen. darkweasel94 14:14, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
      • Oder PD. Aber ich vermute, das ist nicht der Fall. - Jmabel ! talk 17:34, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Curran North American Diptera

Can I use this file image ? [2] I need it for the Sepsidae page only. regards Notafly (talk) 12:46, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

  • You've uploaded that & listed it as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported, but non-commercial licenses aren't acceptable for Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 21:44, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Thankyou.Yes it is released under that licence and I thought this would be a problem. However the uploader BHL states Copyright Status: No known copyright restrictions as determined by scanning institution. Does this make a difference? Notafly (talk) 22:04, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
    • Yes. If you have reason to believe it's public domain, then use a PD license tag that indicates why this is public domain. Doesn't matter who scanned it. - Jmabel ! talk 22:40, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Very many thanks.You are most helpful. Best regards Notafly (talk) 11:56, 29 December 2013 (UTC)
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How to fix my tiny display

Hi everyone. Can someone help fix my tiny display? I must have accidentally pressed some shortcut key, but now I have a display I can hardly read the print is so tiny. I can't find how to fix this.I only have this problem on Commons. Note to software developers: hot keys are the curse of every user's life because if you accidentally trigger one you have to research how to fix it. Just go easy on hot keys, right? They are seriously bad news. Jennie Matthews 97 (talk) 01:27, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Hold your ctrl key down and roll the scroll wheel of your mouse. This should fix it. Jcb (talk) 01:51, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Brilliant Jcb! Thanks so much. It was giving me eye strain. Jennie Matthews 97 (talk) 01:55, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

British Museum collection

If it's ok, I want to upload this batch to commons. There is no problem downloading the images (thanks w:en:DownThemAll). But I don't know how to down the images coupled with each one's helpful alt-text. Pages like that have image and text alone in one simple HTML element. The problem is the full alt text is longer than the Windows/NTFS max filename limit. So I maybe somebody have an advice on how to automatically extract the HTML element and sort it locally. BTW I don't think the full descriptions should appear in commons per copyright, I just want them to title the uploads. Danny lost (talk) 03:17, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

"Warning: Unresponsive script"

What does this error notice mean, and how can I stop it happening? It's happened twice now, first time I visit commons yesterday and today. Thanks! - MPF (talk) 09:29, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

It seems to be related to the m:Central notice. Ruslik (talk) 18:53, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
So how do I stop it pestering me every time I first open Commons every day, please? - MPF (talk) 09:35, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
And still . . . MPF (talk) 12:39, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
jStorge issue. Line 85 is this whole mess:
push(key);}}}_fireObservers(updated,"updated");_fireObservers(removed,"deleted");}function _fireObservers(keys,action){keys=[].concat(keys||[]);if(action=="flushed"){keys=[];for(var key in _observers){if(_observers.hasOwnProperty(key)){keys.push(key);}}action="deleted";}for(var i=0,len=keys.length;i<len;i++){if(_observers[keys[i]]){for(var j=0,jlen=_observers[keys[i]].length;j<jlen;j++){_observers[keys[i]][j](keys[i],action);}}}}function _publishChange(){var updateTime=(+new Date()).toString();if(_backend=="localStorage"||_backend=="globalStorage"){_storage_service.jStorage_update=updateTime;}else if(_backend=="userDataBehavior"){_storage_elm.setAttribute("jStorage_update",updateTime);"jStorage");}_storageObserver();}function _load_storage(){if(_storage_service.jStorage){try{_storage=JSON.parse(String(_storage_service.jStorage));}catch(E6){_storage_service.jStorage="{}";}}else{_storage_service.jStorage="{}";}_storage_size=_storage_service.jStorage?String(

--Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 13:34, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Though I fear that means nothing to me ;-) I'd just like to know how to stop the error message appearing every day - MPF (talk) 16:44, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Has this been reported to Bugzilla? Also this minified code is ärrrm, a bit difficult to read. -- Rillke(q?) 16:19, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
_fireObservers(updated, "updated");
_fireObservers(removed, "deleted");

function _fireObservers(keys, action) {
	keys = [].concat(keys || []);
	if (action == "flushed") {
		keys = [];
		for (var key in _observers) {
			if (_observers.hasOwnProperty(key)) {
		action = "deleted";
	for (var i = 0, len = keys.length; i < len; i++) {
		if (_observers[keys[i]]) {
			for (var j = 0, jlen = _observers[keys[i]].length; j < jlen; j++) {
				_observers[keys[i]][j](keys[i], action);

function _publishChange() {
	var updateTime = (+new Date()).toString();
	if (_backend == "localStorage" || _backend == "globalStorage") {
		_storage_service.jStorage_update = updateTime;
	} else if (_backend == "userDataBehavior") {
		_storage_elm.setAttribute("jStorage_update", updateTime);"jStorage");

function _load_storage() {
	if (_storage_service.jStorage) {
		try {
			_storage = JSON.parse(String(_storage_service.jStorage));
		} catch (E6) {
			_storage_service.jStorage = "{}";
	} else {
		_storage_service.jStorage = "{}";
	_storage_size = _storage_service.jStorage ? String(

Is there a checklist or flow chart to help with handling sexual images?

When using Commons, sometimes via Wikipedia, I occasionally see questionable, usually sexually explicit, images. The image may raise these issues:

It is not uncommon for such images to have come into Commons via Flickr.

There is a huge amount of archived discussion relating to nudity and sexual images and it is difficult to determine best practices for tagging/editing such an image. For general image uploading there is a What can I upload graphic and for personality rights the identifiable people checklist is helpful.

What would also be very helpful would be a checklist or flowchart for handling sexually explicit images. The checklist can help with tagging for deletion, ensuring correct categorization and ensuring correct templates are added.

Does such as list or flowchart exist? Or does anyone have a concise and simple to understand guide to dealing with sexually explicit images. GR8DAN (talk) 14:02, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

If you create a flowchart, this would be truly welcome. I don't know of one but people at COM:VP or in IRC may know. -- Rillke(q?) 16:28, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Proving I have the license to upload a file.

I am attempting to upload an image of the drummer Jason McGerr. This image belongs to and I contacted the owner of the website, asking for permission to use the image to replace the current Wikipedia page image of Jason McGerr's page.

Jason McGerr's Wikipedia page:

Jason McGerr's current profile image:

Image belonging to Drummerworld I want to use:

Here is a screen capture of the email I received from Bernhard Castiglioni, owner of Drummerworld:

— Preceding unsigned comment added by JakeWolfe13 (talk • contribs) 09:06, 26 December 2013‎ (UTC)

Unfortunately, that permission is not at all sufficient for Commons to host the photo. We need permission to publish the photo under a license that allows anyone to use the photo in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes. Please see Commons:OTRS for instructions on how to request a proper permission and submit it for archival. LX (talk, contribs) 09:59, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
Good grief. The only way for Wikipedia to use a photo is if it's open for anyone to use and modify it? That's asking a bit much isn't it? The guy who owns the photo said Wikipedia could use it for goodness sake. No wonder only popular artists have decent Wikipages with photos that don't look awful. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 13:16, 26 December 2013‎ (UTC)
There are many encyclopædias and many media repositories, but what makes Wikipedia and Commons special is that they are a free encyclopædia and a free media repository, meaning anyone can contribute and modify their contents, and it's all free to reuse. For that to work, anyone who wishes to contribute has to agree to allow others to continue to build on their work. I don't think that's unreasonable at all. LX (talk, contribs) 13:59, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
That's great for Wikimedia Commons, but for anyone trying to upload new images to Wikipedia are out of luck. There should be an intermediary method for those who want only Wikipedia to use an image. Anyway, I was able to get the founder of the website/copyright holder to fill out the "email template" and I have forwarded that to
So now do I wait for them to reply, then upload the file, then download it again, then upload it to Wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 16:40, 26 December 2013‎ (UTC)
Wikipedia does not accept photos that can only be used on Wikipedia for the same reason they don't accept articles that can only be used on Wikipedia. That's not going to change.
If you're confident that the permission you've received is all in order, you may upload the file. Please make sure to indicate that you've submitted the licensing permission by adding {{subst:OP}} to the file description page. LX (talk, contribs) 23:09, 26 December 2013 (UTC)


Gary Cohen, NY Mets broadcaster, would like this picture removed permanently. He did not give permission for it to be posted publicly. Thank you, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 13:37, 26 December 2013‎ (UTC)

It is CC BY at (talk) 14:00, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
This appears to be a photo of a public figure taken in a public place with no expectation of privacy, and its use here does not seem to violate the subject's right of publicity or right to privacy. See Commons:Photographs of identifiable people. That said, the license may be invalid, as the Flickr user appears in the photo, meaning they are probably not the author or copyright holder. LX (talk, contribs) 14:08, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
For fan photos it is normal to assume a good faith verbal transfer, as a basis for deletion in this context there is insignificant doubt. -- (talk) 00:04, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Copyright transfers require a written agreement according to US law. LX (talk, contribs) 00:28, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Lost image part

I needed a new version of the file "Perifereia Poloponnisou Numbered.svg" in the category "Locator maps of municipalities of Peloponnese region", so I downloaded it, added a missing number and renumbered the rest, changed some colours and uploaded the new file "Perifereia Poloponnisou RenumberedRecoloured.svg". Then I notice that the small inset map up left is missing from the new file, even if it is in place in the file I have on my computer. Whatever did go wrong? And could anyone help fix it? --TU-nor (talk) 16:50, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Convenience links: File:Perifereia Poloponnisou RenumberedRecoloured.svg, File:Perifereia Poloponnisou Numbered.svg. The reason is that the map there is a PNG image that in your file is linked from an external file, which of course isn't on Commons, but is on your hard disk. You will need to find a way in your SVG editor (I don't know about Adobe Illustrator which you seem to be using) to embed it directly into the SVG file. darkweasel94 17:02, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanx, I'll look into it. But actually, the file is probably in commons, since it is similarly linked in the original file in Commons. --TU-nor (talk) 23:18, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

photo challenge

How do I upload the pictures for the photo challenge silhouettes? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Miosotis jade (talk • contribs) 17:20, 26 December 2013‎ (UTC)

I'm guessing you're talking about Commons:Photo challenge#2013 - December - Silhouette. As far as I can tell, there's no special process for uploading – you upload the way you normally would and edit the list of entries. LX (talk, contribs) 23:14, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Requesting specific media to be added to Wikimedia Commons

I would like to request if someone could kindly donate a photo to Commons (of a ship that is located about the opposite side of the Globe than me), to be used in a Wikipedia article. Is there some channel or process for this kind of requests? --Sivullinen (talk) 23:57, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Picture requests. LX (talk, contribs) 00:30, 27 December 2013 (UTC)


1) I have used Commons app for Android but i'm not able to categorize my photos, how can I do it?

2) Could someone check this file (I found it on flickr but in Category:Piazza della Vittoria (Brescia) there is nouploads template. Thanks --Lkcl it (talk) 14:08, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

For the second one, the file looks ok. What nouploads template are you referring to? Gryllida (talk) 02:32, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
Presumably the {{nouploads}} template at the very top of the category page Category:Piazza della Vittoria (Brescia). In light of that, I'm not sure why you think the file looks OK. There is no freedom of panorama for buildings in Italy, meaning one cannot issue a valid copyright license to a photo that is a derivative work of a copyrighted work of architecture without the consent of the building's copyright holder. See Commons:Deletion requests/Files in Category:Piazza della Vittoria (Brescia). LX (talk, contribs) 12:26, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
So should I put the file in the Category:Italian FOP cases/pending? or Have I to request the deletion of the photo? Thanks --Lkcl it (talk) 12:34, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
As far as I can see, the file should be nominated for deletion. You'd then add Category:Italian FOP cases/pending to the deletion discussion page (rather than the file itself). LX (talk, contribs) 12:37, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Jonny-Polonsky.jpg

Hi this is my photo. What do I need to do to ensure the photo does not get taken down from wikipedia? Do I need to enter some sort of code or something?? thanks Jonny --Louisgossettsr (talk) 10:18, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

The file has been deleted, so I can't see what the file description page looked like, but it's likely that it was deleted because of the nature of the file itself rather than a problem with its description. You cannot upload other people's non-free works to Commons (which is the name of the site you're currently on, by the way). That includes photos you found on the Internet and photos of album covers, other photos, magazines or TV screens, for example. If by "this is my photo" you do indeed mean that you created the photo entirely yourself, you may request undeletion at Commons:Undeletion requests. If the file has been previously published elsewhere without a free license, you will likely be asked to send in a formal permission statement to our permission archive via e-mail. LX (talk, contribs) 12:44, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

InstantCommons: smaller sizes of images

I'm working on a wiki (the LGBT UK History Project) which uses many images from Commons via InstantCommons (and has uploaded some). Some of the Commons files fail to display properly in our project, which seems to be because they are too big. Other than downloading the images in question, resizing them, and uploading them to our Wiki, is there a convenient way of using Commons images at less than full size? --Ross Burgess (talk) 11:15, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Seems to be a known bug. LX (talk, contribs) 12:35, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

uploading photos

Hi I am creating a wikipedia page and want to use a photo. How do I upload the photo to wikipedia, and then make it appear in the upper right corner of the article, above the "background information" section?

The photo was taken by a friend of mine and he has given me permission to use it. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Louisgossettsr (talk • contribs)

  1. You say, "The photo was taken by a friend of mine and he has given me permission to use it. Thanks." At least on Commons, if you are uploading someone else's photo, you'll need to provide evidence that your friend has given sufficiently broad permission. See COM:OTRS.
  2. If you want to upload the photo only to a particular language Wikipedia, you should ask the question on that Wikipedia. Assuming you want to upload it to Commons and then use it on Wikipedia, see Commons:Upload and ask any questions at Commons:Upload help.
  3. Then to include it in a Wikipedia article at upper right, you'll want to put something like the following at the top of the article page:
Jmabel ! talk 21:53, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Linking same images but different formats

I want to upload a png version of the file here and I want to show that the image I uploaded came from here. So, how do I show that the image I uploaded came from the original version? Gacelperfinian (talk) 09:30, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Help uploading photos to the Hebrew Version of Wikipedia.

Having trouble with instructions. I have uploaded the files under my user name, but want to now link these photos to רבקה_בורשטיין-ארבר — Preceding unsigned comment added by NoraJeanDC (talk • contribs)

  • Do you mean you want to use the images in article he:רבקה_בורשטיין-ארבר, or that you want to mention that page in the description of the photos, or do you mean something else? - Jmabel ! talk 19:49, 29 December 2013 (UTC)
    • Now that I think of it, I'm guessing from your headline plus your question that you want to use the image File:Rebecca Burstein-Arber.jpg that you have uploaded to Commons in the article. However you have already uploaded two unrelated images to Commons under that own name, and claimed the as your own work, which they almost certainly are not, especially the first one. Could you please clarify precisely when these pictures were taken, by whom, and how you come to have the rights, and if you do have the rights please upload under two distinct names.
    • I have no specific experience with the Hebrew language Wikipedia, and I don't read Hebrew, but I believe that once you have sorted out the legalities so that the image is not liable to be deleted from Commons, sufficient instructions can be found at he:עזרה:ויקישיתוף - Jmabel ! talk 20:13, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

uploading a photo

I would like to upload a photo that I know to be 50 years old. Do I need any permission to do so?

In most jurisdictions a picture of 50 years old is still protected by copyright. You will need to have permission from the photographer to release it into a free license like CC-BY-SA 3.0. Jcb (talk) 02:00, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Another copyright question

A fellow on another board asked for some help with adding a photo to the Wikipedia article on Sir Harry Garner. Below is his response to my asking if he took the picture:

"My father, who died in 1965, took the picture. It is in my possession. I scanned and enhanced the photo. I can email you a slightly better resolution photo. It is scanned from one side of a 3D "Realist" format slide. If it went into public domain it would be fine with me. Photo credit should go to ... (his father)"

How should we proceed as far as uploading this? Thanks. --Lyncs (talk) 02:49, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

  • {{PD-heirs}} would be the obvious permission, but it would be useful to also follow up with COM:OTRS. - Jmabel ! talk 06:09, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

When can I add an image in an article?

Although I correctly uploaded pictures in Commons where I can visualize them, although I have a profile and do what requested, I still can't add the pictures in an article : when I try, it only shows other pictures, and the wiki media links just won't work. Anyone to help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chassezac (talk • contribs)

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  • This is pretty vague. I assume that by "I can visualize them" you mean to say "I can see them" not "I can imagine where they would be." Since I have no idea what you are trying to do to add it to an article, nor in what (possibly Wikipedia? In what language?), I can't really think how to tell you what you might be doing wrong.
  • As you can see, I've had no problem displaying one of your images here. I used the wiki markup [[File:Vue du Dugas, Saint-Ambroix, Gard, France.jpg|thumb|Caption goes here]]. Again, I have no idea how your failed markup might differ.
  • Also, when you upload to Commons, you should add categories. For example, you might add the most specific existing relevant geographical category. - Jmabel ! talk 20:56, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

"Source" problems on a photo in commons

Hello I tried to solve this problems about this photo I have uploaded but without great success. here is the photo :

I am his great grand son, and the picture comes from a familly album...

Please tell me what I should (I am a beginner on photo uploads in Commons...)

Thanks ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amaury dlv (talk • contribs)

  • You say there that the photo is your "own work" but here that it is "from a family album" and presumably someone else took it. Who took the photo? (Not who is it of, who took it?) Are you that person's heir? If so, you need to accurately say who took the photo (and, to the best of your knowledge, when), and give a license such as {{PD-heirs}}. If you are not the photographer's heir, then you will need that person's permission, which can be sent to us as explained at COM:OTRS. - 01:14, 31 December 2013 (UTC)