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Flickr permission question

A user on Flickr who has many photos of Pennsylvania state parks agreed in early October via a Flickr email to me to license all of them for use here (CC-BY-SA license). I told him that he should send an email to Commons OTRS releasing the images in that set on Flickr under a free license, and that would suffice (and then we could upload the images that were useful and add a template with the OTRS ticket / permission). FYI, the PA State Parks set is here on Flickr.

The problem is that the user still has not sent the email to OTRS to my knowledge (I asked him to copy me, but have received no CC or BC). Also the license of File:Buchanan's Birthplace State Park Pyramid.jpg (from the set) which is now on Commons is still OTRS Pending. He recently posted this to his talk page on the English Wikipedia. Ignoring the obvious problems with his post there (no free license specified, not sure what the Flickr Universe is, etc.). I am nearly 100% sure that it needs to be an OTRS email, not a Flickr mail or a Wikipedia talk page posting, right? I thought I would double check here before pestering him to send an OTRS email again. Thanks, Ruhrfisch (talk) 04:35, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

I was not able to find anything searching on "PA State Parks", "Pennsylvania state parks" or "*cngodles*". You might want to pester him again (-; Did you consider asking him to change the license in Flickr to Creative Commons (tell him NOT to chose NoCommercial and NoDerivative). Changing the license in Flickr would also make it an easy bot-task to upload all photos at once. Nillerdk (talk) 13:52, 6 November 2009 (UTC)
Yes, if the user wants to license all the photos under a free license, then it is just one click in the flickr menu. Much easier than sending an e-mail. Saves OTRS time, as flickrreview is already set up to do that, plus we have bots to upload the files. Furthermore, there is no way to send flickrmail to OTRS without forwarding it, so it isn't possible for us to verify the identity of who is sending the e-mail, without them some how editing their account. -Andrew c (talk) 15:19, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Enwiki image

Could someone check the permissions for this image. Especially what the ticket covers. Thanks, feydey (talk) 23:00, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

The ticket seems to cover all images at However, the bulk of the ticket is in Russian, so perhaps someone else can confirm the validity and text. -Andrew c (talk) 14:56, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
It would be great if the matter would be resolved. The previous query I posted was archived as none could read the Italian part in the ticket. I gave a note to user:Blacklake. feydey (talk) 16:56, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
It may help if you could be more specific on what needs resolving. The image in question has passed OTRS. Why does it need review? Do you have additional evidence that the image is a copyvio or something along those lines? Or are you trying to see if you can upload more images from that webpage under the terms of that ticket? or some other situation? -Andrew c (talk) 18:09, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
The permission covers all the images from The last reply in Russian can be translated as "put hyperlinks and feel free to use [the images under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike]". Is that what is needed to be translated? --Blacklake (talk) 18:46, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
All is fine then. Thanks. feydey (talk) 22:21, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Files uploaded by User:Rawa77

I'm trying to verify if this is true. User:Rawa77 uploaded several images from the popular Afghan site, including this sick one (File:Front cover of payam e Zan Publication of RAWA Issue 50.jpg)--Officer (talk) 14:52, 9 November 2009 (UTC)


Yes check.svg ResolvedTryphon 14:04, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

This file has an unconfirmed OTRS ticket since 2009-08-09. Can someone check it? –Tryphon 12:42, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

You may want to contact the user who added the pending template to the image. Normally for these, the person who added the pending is the person who handled the ticket, and they are normally the best person to close it out. I've examined the ticket. It's in German, but with a fairly straight forward translation. The initial permission wasn't adequate, and nothing came in after the first reply from us, so at this point, I'd think it would be safe to simply delete the image, and restore it if a reply is ever sent in. But Yellowcard should probably make the call. -Andrew c (talk) 16:57, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, I completely missed your reply. I'll follow your advice and contact Yellowcard, thanks. –Tryphon 16:22, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
The e-mail in the OTRS system doesn't content a valid permission, another response of the uploader or sender of the e-mail is not to be expected, I think. I agree with Andrew - we should delete. If necessary we can restore the file. Yellowcard (talk) 13:15, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Request (en Francais)


Nous sommes une association (l'Office français de prévention du tabagisme et des autres addictions) et nous allons publier un livre sur le cannabis en entreprise à destination des médecins du travail et des chefs d'entreprise. Nous y annexons un dossier sur le cannabis médical. Pourrions-nous utiliser l'image Medical-cannabis-card-california.jpg pour illustrer ce dossier, en citant les sources ?

Merci d'avance.


Pascale Sommero Directrice administrative OFT — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

Oui, c'est possible; veuillez voir les conditions de licence sur la page File:Medical-cannabis-card-california.jpg, et la traduction en français qui se trouve à Template:PD-author/fr. Stifle (talk) 10:38, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

File:Виталий Лазаревич Гинзбург.jpg

Could someone check the permissions for File:Виталий Лазаревич Гинзбург.jpg? (OTRS #2009052410018107, uploaded by User:Kap677) I am planning to use this image on English Wikipedia's ITN section, if verified. Thanks. --BorgQueen (talk) 17:07, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

It's in Russian. Hopefully a Russian speaker will help you soon. Stifle (talk) 10:40, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

requesting permission confirmation for Now That's What I Call Music! album covers

Category:Pop albums contains several Now That's What I Call Music! album covers, all of them uploaded by Kingskip09 (talk · contribs), who claims to be the copyright holder. I know I should assume good faith, but my gut feeling is telling me that these are blatant copyright violations. Even if Kingskip09 were indeed the designer of those covers, I believe releasing such covers under a free license would require permission from Universal, EMI, Sony Music and Virgin Records. Assuming that this was the case, the description pages should have an OTRS template, which none of them have. Can anyone please confirm whether Kingskip09 is indeed the copyright holder? Thanks. --Ixfd64 (talk) 00:32, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

I marked those with cover template and give information to uploader to send OTRS-permission, let'w wait that some admin deleted those covers.Motopark (talk) 05:28, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Template:Attribution-Ubisoft listed for deletion (again)

{{Attribution-Ubisoft}} has been listed for deletion again, this time at Commons:Deletion requests/Template:Attribution-Ubisoft 3. (For the record, the template has previously been listed for deletion twice, both times by the same user, and it had survived both DRs.) According to the template, Ubisoft allows players to release screenshots of its games under a free license, which has been verified by the OTRS team. However, the nominator's "new" concerns are that the employee in question did not have authority over copyrights, and that the OTRS e-mail exchange does not explicitly indicate that such screenshots could be used under a free license. What is more troubling, however, is the employee's claims that Ubisoft has the right to have certain images removed (free licenses cannot be revoked). Other uses have also pointed out that it was unlikely for a large game company like Ubisoft to allow users to allow players to use its games' contents for any purpose.

I thought I'd post this as a FYI. --Ixfd64 (talk) 21:27, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Hello! I stumbled across these photos from en:File:AArshavin.jpg File:D-Bulykin.jpg with OTRS permission. As there are still many footballers without a photo, I wonder what permission was given by the site, whether I'm allowed to use other images from the site for Wikipedia purposes and what steps I need to follow to get OTRS permission for them? Barocci (talk) 12:41, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

This was discussed a few topics up, see Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard#Enwiki_image. -Andrew c (talk) 15:16, 13 November 2009 (UTC)
Wow, unexpected. Thank a lot! I've uploaded a photo, File:Kurban Berdyyev.jpg, could you be so kind as to tell me what I need to do now to get a ticket? Barocci (talk) 16:08, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

File:Mariangela Johansen Cacace.jpg

Yes check.svg ResolvedTryphon 08:46, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Is this ticket really valid? How can she own the rights to the picture, if she doesn't even know who the author is (the only way for her to become the copyright holder is to have a contract with the photographer specifically transferring the rights to her, in which case she'd surely know his name)? And to whom should it be attributed (as the license requires)? –Tryphon 13:05, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Not in a permissions queue, so I cannot access the ticket. If I had to guess, I'd say it's in the Norwegian info queue. Often we do get tickets from the subject saying "I am the copyright holder, and release it under free license X". And with official photos and/or headshots (which this appears to be), it seems entirely likely and plausible that they do won the copyright (and as long as we have a clear statement of declaration on file, we don't question the veracity of their declaration). It's probably the case that she just didn't mention the name of the photographer, and that isn't necessarily part of the OTRS process. We are looking for "who owns the copyright" and "what license are you using". Hopefully, someone who speaks Norwegian can fill in the details if my assumptions are wrong. Hope this helps. -Andrew c (talk) 15:46, 12 November 2009 (UTC)
I can't access it either. Stifle (talk) 10:27, 13 November 2009 (UTC)
Is there a better place for me to ask then? –Tryphon 08:03, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
I'll see if I can find someone who has access. Stifle (talk) 09:43, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
I've asked her, but as far as I see it should be far enough. she has released it under «Creative Commons Attribution 3.0», and we must assume that it's ok? (It's still on the Norwegian OTRS-queue). Nsaa (talk) 13:50, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
She has again stated that she owns all the rights to the picture ("Ja, alle rettighetene til bildet er mine." translated: Yes, all the rights to the picture is mine.[1]), so it should be ok? Maybe it's confused with File:Mariangela.JPG? Nsaa (talk) 22:19, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
Okay then. I still wonder who the picture should be attributed to, in order to comply with the license. Even though she owns the rights, she's clearly not the author, so it's a bit weird to just credit her. But strictly from a copyright point of view, all is fine; it's just a bit fuzzy on moral rights. So I'm marking this as resolved, thanks all for your help. –Tryphon 08:46, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

still pending?

Hi colleagues,
around October 27th I've uploaded about 50 images from a friend (all in Category:Images by Bojin), who confirmed permission to OTRS the same day. However, as of today (November 15th) OTRS clearance is still pending. Though it's a bunch of images, it will be only one ticket for all. Could somebody take a look into that? Thanks. --Túrelio (talk) 13:24, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

This is a German language ticket. Looks like that queue is backlogged about 50 days, and therefore there are about 30 tickets in front of yours. It's an unacceptable response time on our part, I know, but I guess we are in need of more German speaking respondents. Sorry for the wait. I'm sure someone will clear the backlog eventually, and perhaps this will help motivate someone. -Andrew c (talk) 15:30, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
✓ Done I fixed this one. Permission mentioned 59 images. --MGA73 (talk) 17:22, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
Thank you, MGA73. --Túrelio (talk) 19:51, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

Hungarian anyone?

Hi! I noticed this File_talk:Gyurcsany_Ferenc-mszp-2.jpg. It looks like a permission. Any suggestions. Is it ok? Should it be moved to OTRS? Anything? --MGA73 (talk) 21:30, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

It does not look OK (yet).
The message above (from the rights holder) reads: "I wouldn't have anything against it. Which pictures would you mean and what is it for?" The message below is a reply to that, explaining that the pictures are meant for Wikipedia. The third and most important message, stating that the author agrees with that, is missing. Fransvannes (talk) 12:46, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

My pictures where deleted



I have some problems whit my account on wiki-commons, there where three pictures in my account and now they where deleted on falls grounds (some one claimed copy right over my pictures).

The three pictures are the following: File:MildAdh Web.jpg File:Abrassiv Web.jpg File:SevereAdh Web.jpg

The pictures in question where inserted in an wikipedia article on the subject galling. I would be very happy if my pictures are reinstate in the article and also are made accessible on the wikipedia commons as they where before this problem appeared. I have full copyright and ownership over my pictures but according to Wizard191 (talk) I must talk to an administrator at the Commons to get them undeleted. (The whole discussion can be read in the end of this message)

I hope my wish isn´t a problem for you and I thank you in advance.

Harald W

Hi. I donated three pictures from my own work and research to the wikipedia commons. I have full owner ship and copy right of the pictures and I want to make them public and free and also to be used in the article galling found in the wikipedia archive. Please help me get my pictures back and if not, please guide me through the authorization and download process. Notably, the pictures where downloaded and authorized by me and already in the wikipedia commons for over 1 year white out any problems. --Haraldwallin (talk) 16:43, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

The problem is that they are published elsewhere on the internet that claims copyright, specifically [1]. If you want to donate them you have to go trough the proper channels, as outlined here: Commons:OTRS. Wizard191 (talk) 17:09, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

I don´t think claims copyright to the three pictures because the is not the owner and publisher of my original. I published my examination report including the three pictures using the library at Karlstaduniversity (

The conditions I publisch my work under was clear, I have full owner ship over my work and if somebody claims copyright I waqnt to know who they are. I don´t beleve that are claiming becouse they are only a website that provide acces to reoports and not a publisher. --Haraldwallin (talk) 18:35, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

There is a copyright logo on the page therefore one can only assume it applies to everything on the site unless otherwise noted on the page. Wizard191 (talk) 18:37, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Harald, the chances are good that you can get this sorted out, you probably will just need to e-mail DIVA or your university administration. They will know more about the copyright of self-archived content in institutional repositories in general as well as in regard to them in particular. I suspect that you own copyright to your thesis, but it could be that your university owns it. — ¾-10 19:35, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi. I have spoken to both the library at Karlstad University and The message was clear, I have full owner ship over my work and the published pictures according to the contract between myself and the two publishers(see § 5 bellow). Even if I give the pictures away to some one and let them use them I still have the the main copyright, den ideala upphovsrätten(Swedish), which never can be lost. In other words, I can give them away to an infinite amount of people. I can also make new pictures on the steel plates because I have the original material.

§ 5 Transfer of the Author?s Rights Any transfer by the Author of the copyright to the Work shall not affect the rights of the University under the Agreement. This agreement regarding electronic publishing shall not impose any limitations of the Author?s right to make use of the Work.

I can give you the whole contract if you want or the contact but I hope it´s not necessary, I would be very happy if my pictures are reinstate in the article and also are made accessible on the wikipedia commons as they where before this problem appeared, thank you in advance. and my self would also like to know who claims owner ship over my work in their ( name. They said it´s very unfortunate if somebody act on their behalf without authority and the representative for would like to know, who is this person (or organisation)?, and if needs to take actions to prevent unsuitable behaviour. --Haraldwallin (talk) 12:25, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

You would have to talk to an administrator at the Commons to get them undeleted and then file an OTRS as I had stated above. It will probably be easier for you to just re-upload them and then file the OTRS. Wizard191 (talk) 18:53, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps you should send permission in the form at COM:ET to Stifle (talk) 22:29, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, I will try using the COM:ET application formula.--Haraldwallin (talk) 17:37, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Anime Nut ticket

Hiya... I'm wondering if someone can do me a favour and pass along some details about what a ticket covers. I'm trying to source images of porn stars and I see there's an OTRS ticket for a number of images from the Flickr account of Anime Nut (e.g., File:Hillary Scott 2007 2.jpg) where the Flickr license is still listed as "copyright". Ticket # is 2007081610000479. I'm just curious as to what the terms of release are - can we take any image from the site we find? Only specific/specified images?? Tabercil (talk) 15:56, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

There is a long list of images which have already been uploaded that the Flickr user agreed to. I wouldn't say that the user's flickrstream is fair game under this ticket. However, the user seems agreeable, and if you see more images you like, you may want to contact them personally (and to avoid the OTRS wait time, you could just ask the user to change the license on Flickr). Hope this helps. -Andrew c (talk) 17:01, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Fred Dibnah image

Hi there. The owner of this image sent the permission email to commons some time ago, but the OTRS ticket hasn't yet been given. What to do? Parrot of Doom (talk) 10:36, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi Parrot of Doom, unfortunately I was unable to find an email by Paul Hindle in the OTRS system relating to this image. The last email we received from the owner was related to a case in 2008. Please ask him to send an email or send yourself an email including the email address of Paul Hindle. In the latter case we will contact him ourselves and ask for confirmation. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 11:36, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
Ok, I'll send an email to permissions, with a link to this thread, and with his email address. Thanks. Parrot of Doom (talk) 16:59, 22 November 2009 (UTC)


Hi! I'd like to confirm the permission a file below:

or here is a ticket link:

all the best! Archandżello

It's in Polish; hopefully a Polish helper will be along soon to help you. Stifle (talk) 16:24, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

File:Alli harverd.jpg

Could you check the OTRS ticket for this image? I find it unlikely that Allison Harvard contributed it as her surname is incorrect in the filename and author name and it is sourced to "" - Harvard wouldn't have to source her own self-portrait from 4chan. The pic is also smaller than the largest size I can find using TinEye, which is 600x938. Fences and windows (talk) 00:58, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

It appears to have a proper permission. -Andrew c (talk) 03:00, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

Still pending? 2

Both on October 10 and November 3 I sent an email to the Contact address for the Netherlands to get the OTRS clearance done for the two images: File:Mami Awuah Asante 1.JPG and File:Mami Awuah Asante 2.JPG. Up to now no action whatsoever was taken. Can anybody tell me what to do to get things going? Thanks in advance.--Piet.Wijker (talk) 13:49, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

Which address did you send it to? Was it info-nl, permissions-nl, or something else? Stifle (talk) 16:23, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
It was, the address I have been using for several years to get my images done on Wikimedia Commons.--Piet.Wijker (talk) 20:08, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
Permissions should be sent to, or (if in English) This is because there are more users with access to permissions emails than info-nl, so it is dealt with faster and is easier to verify. Stifle (talk) 10:06, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Two files

They are tagged with {{no license}} (more than a week now). The first one apparently has a ticket on the OTRS (but has no link to the ticket in question nor there is an OTRS agent listed on the page history putting the template), the second one is "on hold". Can you please verify? - Thanks in advance, —Dferg (disputatio) 07:55, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

There is currently a backlog of 25 days on OTRS permissions in English. These images were uploaded under two weeks ago; please be patient as emails are answered in the order received. Stifle (talk) 18:44, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

Need an uninvolved OTRS-volunteer

In Commons:Undeletion_requests/Current_requests#Image:Portail_Sylvipedia_Illustration.jpg I asked author for a permission and got one ( I think we should let another OTRS-volunteer to look at it so we have two pair of eyes on it. As I read it the permission is for all his files on Commons/Wikipedia. --MGA73 (talk) 16:37, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi MGA73, I've read the ticket and can confirm it. In his statement, Mark A. Taff puts all images which were uploaded on any Wikimedia project as of November 26, 2009 and put under {{GPL}}, version 2 or 3, under the {{Cc-by-sa-3.0-us}} license. This includes File:North Fork Skykomish Trail 0201.jpg which is licensed under {{GPLv2 only}}. Cheers, AFBorchert (talk) 17:54, 26 November 2009 (UTC)
✓ Done - just a note that it has been fixed now. --MGA73 (talk) 19:19, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

en:User:InkHeart OTRS check

I need an OTRS Check for uploads with the claim of images beeing provided via photosubmission, uploaded by various sockpuppets.

I suspect File:Lee Jun Ki 2009 JapanFM Press Conference.jpg beeing the bad guide for that user. The author of this image is written in the EXIF, he repeated the author for en:File:SongSeungHun2008.jpg e.g. where it is not written in the EXIF. --Martin H. (talk) 23:28, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

FWIW, I think the author name "Yu Sama Katasomichi" is jibberish. I think it's meant to sound like a Japanese name, but it's a poor attempt. --Ytoyoda (talk) 01:51, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

The ticket numbers 2009112610004847, 2009112610001564 and 2009112610002489 (the first three Commons files) and 2009111010006653 (on en:File:SongSeungHun2008.jpg) are not valid, and I cant find applicable tickets via a search on the filename. The ticket link on en:Special:undelete/File:ParkSiYoun2009.jpg tells me I don't have permission to view the ticket.

The tickets for File:Aoi Miyazaki 2009 Elan D’or Awards.jpg, File:LeeJunKi BDAY.jpg, File:Sang-mi 23.jpg, en:File:Lee Jun Ki K&C.jpg do exist and were approved, but I haven't reviewed those permissions carefully. I am informed that we have a permission coming for en:File:Episode_II_Shanghai.jpg. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:35, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

The deletion of the images on en.wp not makes it easier for non-admins ;) Thanks for your notes, including an incomming ticket for File:Episode_II_Shanghai.jpg in a comparison might be a good idea. I gave the above list some optical   marks according to your comments so that I will not forget to delete them.
I suspected File:Lee Jun Ki 2009 JapanFM Press Conference.jpg (uploaded August 7 2009 by User:J Milburn) to be the example for InkHeart to fake photo submissions, the author name Yu Sama Katasomichi is the same name he used for en:File:SongSeungHun2008.jpg, uploaded on November 13. Above Ytoyoda called the author name jibberish, so maybe the correctly uploaded photosubmission File:Lee Jun Ki 2009 JapanFM Press Conference.jpg needs a check too, InkHeart was active in August already and long time before. --Martin H. (talk) 13:49, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
Again an addition: I just checked some older IP edits and found User talk:ColleenC16. File:Aoi Miyazaki 2009 Elan D’or Awards.jpg (Yu Sama Katasomichi, OTRS photo-submission) was uploaded shortly after ColleenC16 flickrwashed a batch of photos of Aoi Miyazaki. It appears that this user pulls out all the stops to place copyright infringement here. --Martin H. (talk) 15:50, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
I have noted down some of my thoughts on this issue. I am not going to oppose or support the removal of these images at this time, but I do have no issue with them being deleted if others are of the opinion that this permission was fake. J Milburn (talk) 22:40, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Request for check on ticket #2984812

Hi, ticket ID #2984812 was attached to File:Third Reich AH.JPG by MBisanz on 24 May 2009.[2] The issue is that the board game is copyrighted to Avalon Hill and per Commons:Image casebook#Board games, unless the game is trivial in a photo, it is considered a derivative work in violation of copyright. Can someone check if the OTRS ticket is specifically permission given by Avalon Hill to release such detailed images of its games? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jappalang (talk • contribs) 09:07, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi Jappalang, this ticket does not cover a permission by Avalon Hills but just by the photographer. I agree that this photograph is a derived work and I have filed it for deletion. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 09:57, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Template:AntWeb permission

This template's OTRS has been waiting a while, it's for a bulk upload of many thousands of images. — raeky (talk | edits) 10:37, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Do you have some hints as to how to find the ticket, like the subject line? Finding the ticket is often half the battle. Would the email have been sent from the domain? I ran a search for antweb in the mail body and did not find anything. Contact me offline if you don't want to share all the email details ... ++Lar: t/c 17:00, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
I sent you via e-mail the e-mail address the ticket likely came from, hope that helps. — raeky (talk | edits) 19:13, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
Got it, thanks... still came up empty. Perhaps you could encourage that person to send me the mail they sent to OTRS and I'll look again... please extend our apologies to that person for the delay and extra effort but I just can't find it. Thanks! ++Lar: t/c 20:04, 29 November 2009 (UTC)

Multiple ticket

Is there anyway I can upload multiple pictures taken/owned by the same person and sourced from the same website and just use one ticket to avoid hassling him a lot? FreddiusMercurium (talk) 14:28, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Yes, sure. You can send an e-mail with the standard permission text, but with a references to something like "any picture taken by me and uploaded by User:X" instead of the name of the picture, and the OTRS agent will be able to set up a custom license/permission template just for you, if the permission is validated (or he will simply put the same OTRS ticket on all the files). --Eusebius (talk) 15:44, 3 December 2009 (UTC)


Hi there, I'd like to get permission for this following images: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

My name is Benjamin Cheh a graphic designer from ASIAN Geographic's magazine, Singapore. It's for one article that regards the shaping of Gondwanaland. Please feel free to contact me and my editor Lunita at

Cheers, Benjamin

Those images should already be found in Category:Map_of_tectonic_plates with OTRS. — raeky (talk | edits) 08:26, 7 December 2009 (UTC)


I had requested OTRS on an image quite a while back, its tagged, but hasnt changed since. The email was sent to the designated address at the time of tagging, i'm afraid its lost or something. Can a volunteer check it?

File: link Thanks. Suede67 (talk) 11:52, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

I located your ticket, so at least you know that we received it. Currently, we are abnormally backlogged. There is a ~24 day backlog, meaning over 120 tickets are in front of yours. Please be patient while we attempt to clear the backlog and eventually get to your ticket. Sorry about the wait. Thanks! -Andrew c (talk) 15:23, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
No problem! Thanks for the heads up Andrew, its good to know the email isnt lost. Suede67 (talk) 18:43, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Help Confirming Permission Image Usage

Hello, I want to request assistance with the confirming of the correct permission usage for the below list image:

I sent an email to on December 7, 2009, confirming my correspondence with the image's copyright owner wherein the owner granted me authority to use the image. This image has been nominated for deletion based upon a question of whether or not I had authorization to use it. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. MatrixEditor.MatrixEditor (talk) 13:18, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

I've changed the deletion template to {{OTRSpending}}. Your image won't be speedy deleted. Please the post above this one about how we are backlogged. Thanks. -Andrew c (talk) 14:56, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Request: for an oral examination

Hello, my name is Raphaël GROZ, I am a french student at Isara, which is an engineer-school in Agriculture, ad I would like to know if I can use this photo for an oral examination about Acherontia atropos:

Raphaël GROZ []

Please read our FAQ for this page, Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard/FAQ, and then see COM:REUSE. We do not and cannot give personal permission for you to use images. However, you are already free to use them under the terms of the specific licenses listed on the image description pages. -Andrew c (talk) 14:57, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Permission Inquiries for Wikipedia Commons Images for use in forthcoming Book

Hello OTRS,

I am the co-editor of a book about Transmission Arts to be published in fall 2010 by PAJ Books in collaboration with free103point9. I am really interested in using three images available in wikipedia and I would like to ask for you permission to do so. These images are:

Would it be possible to inform me about any copyright and credit issues relating to these images as well as about the process to be followed in order to get a permission to use them.

Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation. I look forward to your reply.

Best Regards, Maria

Hello! Please read our FAQ for this page, Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard/FAQ, and then see COM:REUSE. We do not and cannot give personal permission for you to use images. However, you are already free to use them under the terms of the specific licenses listed on the image description pages. The links I gave you should help more in determining how you can properly reuse them. Killiondude (talk) 19:26, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Confirming a ticket

I submitted this file a few days ago: File:Two Lumps 26 April 2006.jpg

The email subject I told the cartoonist to use was: File:Two Lumps 26 April 2006.jpg

I understand that there is a backlog in processing permissions right now. I just feel a bit odd having the "pending" message up for so long, so I wanted to confirm here that the email is in the system.

Notyourbroom (talk) 02:07, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

  • The e-mail is in the system and the ticket has already been handled: link. odder (talk) 16:43, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

request for permission to uses photos - Urgent

Hi, I am working on a non commercial short documentary on biomimicry and I would like to know if I can use the following photos :

File:Eastgate Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe.jpg Ticket link:

Fichier:Somalia termitstack BÅn.jpg Photo: Bengt Olof ÅRADSSON

Thank you very much for your help. Cathy Caraveo : [redacted] France

Hello! Please read our FAQ for this page, Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard/FAQ, and then see COM:REUSE. We do not and cannot give personal permission for you to use images. However, you are already free to use them under the terms of the specific licenses listed on the image description pages. The links I gave you should help more in determining how you can properly reuse them.-Andrew c (talk) 14:43, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Anuj and Smriti Mishra.jpg

I recieved a message from the author releasing the image under CC-BY-SA that I forwarded to permissions-commons:

"I hereby affirm that I am the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of "Anuj and Smriti Mishra", [located online at ].

I agree to publish that work under the free license CC-BY-SA version 3.0."

However, the author has not responded to requests to change the licence on the flickr page. I guess the file will have to be deleted.

SPat (talk) 13:35, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

User talk:Amb3a changed on 12 December 2009 by HersfoldOTRSBot

Hello ! From Amb3a

I well received your messages and send emails to OTRS for two pictures. I think there are two problems. 1°) The picture of Joseph Bologne de Saint-George are not originals but "pastiches". That is a point I am studying as historian researcher by collecting images of Saint-George apearing on the net. 2°) The second problems is linked to the first one : Using Wikipédia — and Commons — to make a research I do need a special place in back office. Conclusion : I try to solve the problems by having my own wikimedia. But I need time. So you can delete the pictures if there is no other solution for Commons and Wikipedia. I invite you to follow Bleue comme une orange la nuit des mers des Suds.

Here is the notification I received

Dear Amb3a,

The Wikimedia Commons page User talk:Amb3a has been changed on 12 December 2009 by HersfoldOTRSBot, see for the current revision.

See for all changes since your last visit.

Editor's summary: /* Files you uploaded may be deleted */ new section

Contact the editor: mail : wiki.

There will be no other notifications in case of further changes unless you visit this page. You could also reset the notification flags for all your watched pages on your watchlist. Your friendly Wikimedia Commons notification system

Best regards. --Amb3a (talk) 13:44, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

HersfoldOTRSBot running again

Hey OTRS Volunteers,

As many of your probably noticed from your orange bars of doom this morning, User:HersfoldOTRSBot has been upgraded and is running again. The bot is now set up so that you will only receive one notice per run, instead of one for each image. If you still find this problematic, or you feel you don't need these reminder notices, please add your name to the appropriate opt out list and the bot will stop editing your page starting on the following run. Hersfold (talk/work) 18:39, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Please delete File:Buchanan's Birthplace State Park Pyramid.jpg

Please delete File:Buchanan's Birthplace State Park Pyramid.jpg - the photographer on FLickr originally said he would send an email to OTRS, but none has been sent in nearly 2 months. Now he says he will change the license on Flickr. When that happens I will upload here with the Flickr Reviewer bot, but the current image needs to be deleted as the OTRS email is not forthcoming. Sorry, Ruhrfisch (talk) 14:40, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

THe license has been changed on the Flickr file so I uploaded that with the bot and tagged this copy with {{duplicate}}. Thanks, Ruhrfisch (talk) 19:11, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

File: Tango_one_cover.jpg

I uploaded Tango_one_cover.jpg in September 2009 and sent an permission email to '' at the same time. I have received no reply. I recently received a notice that my file may be deleted because no record of my permission email can be found. I have resent my permission email to '' with the subject heading: "Permission to upload: Tango_one_cover.jpg". Can someone please help me by tracking this email down and acknowledging that permission has been received? Thank you!

Volutin. Volutin (talk) 01:54, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done Sorry for the delay, there was a little quiproquo with this ticket. --Eusebius (talk) 09:04, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Blanket permission

I had obtained permission for a whole bunch of images that were uploaded on behalf of a contributor. The ticket for some images has been logged - for instance File:IridescentShieldtail.jpg - at that point it seems the handler did not include the ticket for File:Chrysomelid_wynaad.jpg - perhaps someone can verify this and do the needful. Shyamal (talk) 06:58, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Two other missed in that set File:Spid_wyn2.jpg, File:Weevil_wynaad.jpg - the rest seem to have been tagged. Shyamal (talk) 09:45, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Kingston railway station from the platform.jpg and File:Kingston Railway Station 2007.jpg

Following a prompt by HersfoldOTRSBot, I've sent an email to OTRS for each of the above files. These should be sufficient to allow one of you to locate the original emails sent to OTRS by the copyright holder and verify them against the files. -Arb. (talk) 00:38, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Please advise on progress. -Arb. (talk) 00:12, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Yes, I've found them. Done. PeterSymonds (talk) 13:07, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Many thanks. -Arb. (talk) 16:44, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Gleisbahn der Hamburger Hochbahn.png

I uploaded File:Gleisbahn der Hamburger Hochbahn.png in August 2009 and sent an permission email to '' at the same time. I have received no reply. I recently received a notice that my file may be deleted because no record of my permission email can be found. I have sent this email once again now (subject "permission for File:Gleisbahn der Hamburger Hochbahn.png"). Can someone please help me by tracking this email down and acknowledging that permission has been received? Thank you! --Chumwa (talk) 06:50, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

The ticket number is Ticket:2009121310005968. I've placed it in the German queue; there are only 12 emails there so it should be dealt with soon. Stifle (talk) 15:00, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
This appears to have been replied to now. Stifle (talk) 16:41, 14 December 2009 (UTC)


File talk:Simonsm1.jpg states that there is a valid OTRS ticket: 2006090310006158 for the file, can someone check and add the template thanks. -- Deadstar (msg) 11:25, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Indeed, this ticket does cover that image. I've added the template. Thanks, PeterSymonds (talk) 12:56, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Thank you! -- Deadstar (msg) 14:13, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Re: Files you uploaded may be deleted

I received this message [User talk:Nion44 has been changed on 12 December 2009 by HersfoldOTRSBot, see for the current revision.] I sent an e-mail to permissions-commons dec. 14 2009 giving permission for the use of my photo File:Ric+yanina.jpg and releasing said image into public domain(Nion44 (talk) 20:57, 14 December 2009 (UTC)).

Hello, I've receaved an email from your bot (here: [3]. Please, feel free to delete all pictures as I haven't receved a reply from the respective Central Banks, except these ones:

  • File:SVN-10t.jpg
  • File:SVN-20t.jpg
  • File:SVN-50t.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t1.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t10.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t11.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t2.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t3.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t4.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t5.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t6.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t7.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t8.jpg
  • File:SVN-5t9.jpg

These ones are from Slovenian currency, which is elegible from copyright, and these ones:

  • File:SVK-10c1.jpg
  • File:SVK-1c1.jpg
  • File:SVK-2c1.jpg
  • File:SVK-50h1.jpg
  • File:SVK-50h2.jpg
  • File:SVK-5c1.jpg

These ones are from Slovak coins. According with Central Bank of Slovakia policy's, the bank hasn't got the copyright, is the designer, who was emailed on 9th october asking for the permission and was given, and contacted to user Eusebius for not to delete them (email sent to commons permissions today again for Slovak coins)

I wait for your answer, best regards--Manu (talk) 19:41, 12 December 2009 (UTC)


hello, i received this notice [[User talk:Nion44 has been changed on 12 December 2009 by HersfoldOTRSBot, see for the current revision.]] i have sent an e-mail permission to "permissions-commons" on dec. 14, 2009, also releasing my image to the public domain, thank you. User talk:Nion44--Nion44 (talk) 00:48, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Found it. Done. Thanks, PeterSymonds (talk) 17:49, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Confirming a pending ticket

Could someone verify if has really been sent an e-mail for File:FifaYouthCup.png? All uploader's file were deleted, this could be another copyright violation. Thanks. --Simo82 (talk) 18:56, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

I searched around a bit, and didn't find it. I think it is safe to tag as {{npd}}. Killiondude (talk) 17:49, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
{{npd}} added, thanks. --Simo82 (talk) 18:36, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

SpaceX images

Could somebody check the OTRS ticket for this file, and confirm that the permissions are correct, and that they cover these files as well?: image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6
Also, if there are any problems with the permission for those images, please check the ticket on this image as well. Thank you! - Gump Stump (talk) 22:24, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Everything checks out okay with the files you've listed. Killiondude (talk) 03:23, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Excellent, thank you. - Gump Stump (talk) 19:51, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Station Echteld.jpg

This file states: "Wichor Bramer, Wichor heeft schriftelijk toestemming gegeven dat zijn foto's op Wikipedia geplaatst mogen worden. Zie de kluis voor de toestemmingsmail." - translates as "Wichor Bramer, Wichor has given written permission that his photos can be placed on Wikipedia. See the vault for permission email". There is no OTRS ticket on the file, and the licensing is a "Self" license which would then be incorrect. Can someone check if there is an email for this file on the system? Thanks. -- Deadstar (msg) 12:40, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

“The vault” was a system used by the Dutch Wikipedia before OTRS was used by Wikimedia. All vault-files are now saved into OTRS ticket:2008060410029446. However, I was unable to find the specified-permission. I might be missing something, so I’ve asked some other Dutch OTRS-volunteers to look into this. I’m sure one of them will respond here soon enough. Thanks, m:Mark W (Mwpnl) ¦ talk 16:35, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
I just happened to come across another few files from that website, and I then checked the licensing. The website is a private collection of old photographs mostly with no author specified. In this case, the source is the webmaster, Wichor Bramer. The site however mentions no specific license for use. Not sure how these files would need to be licensed. Let's hope there is more info in the OTRS ticket. -- Deadstar (msg) 16:58, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Unfortunately, we’ve been going through all vault-files and none of them concerns images from that website. Luckily for us, the uploader is still an active user on nl-wikipedia, so I’ve asked him on his userpage to help us out. I hope he can and will. Regards, m:Mark W (Mwpnl) ¦ talk 22:50, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for your help Mark. -- Deadstar (msg) 08:54, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Permissions - Griffith Mansion Images


I've uploaded images taken by myself for use on the "Griffith Mansion" wikipedia page that I created (my family's home), and have received a message saying that my files may be deleted due to OTRS pending. I am not sure exactly what I need to do, but these are the files that have been flagged:

Please let me know if I need to do something further, as I'm not sure exactly how the permissions process works.


Greg Ciro Tornincasa

When you uploaded the images, you said that you had sent an email to in the form at COM:ET giving permission to use the images. The reason you got the message is because you haven't sent in that email. Stifle (talk) 11:23, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Abendgymnasium Koeln.jpg

Hi there!
I recently completed my first upload, a photo of the Abendgymnasium Köln, taken by the Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume (which means something like Montag Urban Spaces Foundation) for an article I am writing on. Their project leader Mrs Kirstin Gehm gave permission to use it under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, but unfortunately her mail (which i forwarded to permissions-commonsNospam was in german (though very simple, I guess Google is able to translate it correctly).
So i'd like to ask if this is a problem or if there are german volunteers who could check this (right now, no ticket has beeen assigned to the picture). Otherwise I would ask Mrs Gehm for an English mail based on your template. Thanks people! -- Thomas aus Köln (talk) 07:08, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

There are German volunteers (but the correct email for them is Your email has been placed in a queue; they are handled in the order received. Stifle (talk) 11:21, 16 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks Dude, didn't know about the de-email-address (in fact I just found out that there's a German translation of the Wikimedia Commons). -- Thomas aus Köln (talk) 14:04, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

[Ticket#2009081210053711] OTRS: 2 pictures may be deleted: Norwegian OTRS-request in progress but not completed

See User_talk:Ohedland#Files_you_uploaded_may_be_deleted.

I requested OTRS approval from the Norwegian Wikipedia Info Team on 12 August 2009. The process is still in progress and is handled by Hans-Petter Fjeld. I have just sent an e-mail to the Norwegian Wikipedia Info Team and as requested in User_talk:Ohedland#Files_you_uploaded_may_be_deleted.
--Ohedland (talk) 10:59, 16 December 2009 (UTC)


Not yet done, noone reminded me to delete the tagged but never sent photosubmissions ;) and it is still unclear how to deal with the rest of this imposters uploads. --Martin H. (talk) 16:41, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Motuweta isolata.JPG: Please get your act together!

I have just received notification that permission is still needed for the above file, despite the fact that permission has been already sent (see below), and I got an email receipt back from permissions (though I deleted it from my email ages ago). If you have lost record of this, then that is your problem, not mine. Please feel free to email Chris Winks for confirmation that permission was granted as per the email copied below. How many times are you going to lose the permission info? I can't be expected to provide the permission info again and again? I see that user Lycaon has edited the file page after permission was granted. He is well known to try to cause trouble for me. Please, get your act together! Stho002 (talk) 23:06, 12 December 2009 (UTC) From: Chris Winks [] Sent: Monday, 14 September 2009 4:25 p.m. To: Cc: Stephen Thorpe Subject: To whom it may concern I grant Stephen Thorpe my permission to upload this image Cheers Chris

✓ Done Whoever closed it forgot to tag the image. OhanaUnitedTalk page 16:35, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
 Not done actually, the image was not tagged because the email did not give sufficient permission. Please see the reply for details of what you need to do next. Ask here if you need it to be sent again (Ticket:2009091410007578). Stifle (talk) 16:43, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
This is rubbish! Further email correspondence (not reproduced here) clearly shows Chris trying to release his file under whatever license is appropriate, but Commons people like <name redacted> being unclear as to what is required and generally being overly pedantic and obstructive ... Stho002 (talk) 21:35, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Forship logo - simple.JPG

I have just forwarded to you a message from Fabio Fares, president of Forship Engenharia, approving the upload of the image file Forship logo - simple.JPG to Wikipedia Commons. I believe this will solve the pending permission highlighted by your warning, below.

Files you uploaded may be deleted
The files listed below, which you uploaded, have been tagged <<OTRS pending>> for more than 30 days. This tag indicates that an email setting out permission to use the file was sent to the OTRS team. Unfortunately, we cannot find any record that such an email has been received, and accordingly the file remains without permission. Unless the OTRS team receives evidence that permission has been granted within 15 days of today's date, the file will be deleted. If you have already sent the permission, please re-send it to "permissions-commons" now. Please quote the file name in your email. At the same time, please leave a message at the OTRS noticeboard so that a volunteer can follow this up. Alternatively, you can contact an OTRS volunteer directly. Please note that this message is being left by an automated bot, whose operator is not an OTRS volunteer, therefore please do not send this information to me, as it will not save your images from deletion. Thanks for your time! Please help translate this message! HersfoldOTRSBot(talk/opt out) 01:58, 13 December 2009 (UTC) >> File:Forship logo - simple.JPG

Please advise whether there is any other action I should take. Regards, --Antonio Prates (talk) 21:23, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Request for check on ticket #2009110910044061

Hi, the ticket is mentioned in the article Bernhard Eichkorn, nevertheless an administrator said me there is no ticket of this number. Could somebody control it? --Petrus Adamus (talk) 17:59, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

I also could not locate any ticket by that number, and a search for "Eichkorn" yielded zero hits. Sorry. The only thing I can think of is that perhaps it is in a non-English language, non-permission, info queue (I don't have access to those), so maybe that's the deal.-Andrew c (talk) 15:27, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
It is in info-cs, but it seems to be in Esperanto. I'm afraid I can't read that and Google translate says they can't translate from Esperanto to English. A native speaker might be helpful. Regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 18:06, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for looking that up. Also, didn't know there were any native speakers of Esperanto! -Andrew c (talk) 19:21, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
Well, under this conditions it is probably the correct item, the permission from Bernhard Eichkorn, written in Esperanto. There should be a scanned paper, therefore an automatic search isn't able. I think there is now a special address. Is it able to move this Esperanto item there or not? (For easier searching in the future, when a number isn't sufficient.) --Petrus Adamus (talk) 21:58, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
Could please somebody answer me? --Petrus Adamus (talk) 22:04, 17 December 2009 (UTC)


I have notified the author of the image to send his permission to wikimedia permissions, immediately after uploading, but he obviously forgot to do it. I repeated my request today and he will act at short notice. --Hans555 (talk) 09:51, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi Hans555, we received a message which I have taken care of. There is just some small question which has to be clarified. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 00:19, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Yanina Wickmayer Backhand at 2009 US Open.jpg

OTRS Pending by Emmett Hume.

The following note was just sent to

I can be reached at, if any other note is needed>

"I hereby grant persmission for the file:

Yanina Wickmayer Backhand at 2009 US Open.jpg

to be on the wikimedia site and to be used on the creative commons license.

The above photo was first uploaded by me to on September 8, 2009.

If any other note is need please let me know." —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 21:44, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi Emmett Hume, I've found the associated OTRS ticket and responded. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 00:33, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

OTRS check pls

Heya... I spotted this image - File:KatherineH.jpg - which states in the description that the author is "AP Photo/Dan Steinberg", and tracking back to the Flickr page it came from shows the license there is "All rights reserved". Now normally I'd just blow it away as a blatant copyvio except... there's a OTRS pending tag on the image, and given that it's copyright to the Associated Press, I have a very hard time figuring out how someone can get the image released to the public domain. Can someone check to make sure there's nothing in the OTRS queue tagged with this image?? Tabercil (talk) 23:37, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

I was unable to find an OTRS ticket associated with this image. I've posted a notice at the uploader's talk page regarding this case. Cheers, AFBorchert (talk) 00:03, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

OTRS Pending on photos by Tom Frost

File:John Salathé by Tom Frost.jpg File:Royal Robbins by Tom

I am Jim Heaphy, user Cullen328. I have uploaded several photos taken by Tom Frost, with his full knowledge and permission, and he has agreed to license his photos under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, version 3.0. He signed a letter to that effect, which was mailed to Maggie Dennis at the Wikimedia Foundation. Unfortunately, the wording of that letter was not quite specific enough despite my best efforts, so Maggie Dennis drafted a second version that made his permission crystal clear. Please be aware that Mr. Frost is about 80 years old and does not use a computer or email. I communicate with him by phone or the U. S. Postal Service. He guards his privacy and can be slow to respond, but he has been unfailingly supportive of having his photos on Wikimedia Commons. I have mailed him the revised letter for his signature, and will send it to Maggie Dennis as an email attachment with hard copy mailed as soon as he mails it back to me. Under these circumstances, I would be grateful if the Tom Frost images on Wikimedia Commons can stay there in the mean time. The same issues apply to the images Royal Robbins 2 by Tom Frost.jpg and Chuck Pratt by Tom Frost.jpg. Thank you very much. Cullen328 (talk) 19:02, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

  • I have received the signed copy of the revised permission letter from Tom Frost, and I will submit it by email, and will then mail the signed original to the Wikimedia office in San Francisco, attn: Maggie Dennis. Do I need to resubmit this permission with every image uploaded, or can all be covered by the permission letter on file? Cullen328 (talk) 20:27, 20 December 2009 (UTC)
    As long as the signed permission refers to all the images, there won't be any need to resubmit it. Stifle (talk) 12:43, 22 December 2009 (UTC)

Permission using image?


I am the author of the Norwegian Wikipedia page "Østfold Fylkesbibliotek".

I have also taken the photo that is on the page. For some reason I was sent a message a few days ago stating that the photo file is up for deletion because permission had not been granted for use of this picture on the site. I don't understand this, because I am the photographer of that picture.

Anyway, could you please sort this out? I would like to keep the picture on the page :) Thanks for your help. —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 09:23, 2009 December 21 (UTC)

The template was added by a bot, because you tagged your image with {{OTRS pending}} when you uploaded it but never sent an email. In this case, no permission is required since it is your own work, so I've removed the {{no permission}} tag. In the future, just remember that you don't need to use {{OTRS pending}} for your own work; you only need to send permission when uploading someone else's work. –Tryphon 09:47, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi again,

The message pending deletion of the image has still not been removed. Hope you can remove it soon :) —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 11:49, 2009 December 21 (UTC)

I don't know what you mean, I removed it yesterday already. –Tryphon 13:13, 22 December 2009 (UTC)

No Permission / OTRS Ticket

Following images have no OTRS tickets and are marked for delete (strange):

An EMail with an OTRS EMail template to the autor was sent by me on 2009/11/16. The autor sent an EMail to the OTRS on 2009/12/14 - (because the images have still no OTRS tickets);

Subject: My permission - second try
I hereby assert that I am the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive 
copyright of WORK

I agree to publish that work under the free license GFDL
I acknowledge that I grant anyone the right to use the work in a 
commercial product, and to modify it according to their needs, as long 
as they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.
I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the  
right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. 
Modifications others make to the work will not be attributed to me.
I am aware that the free license only concerns copyright, and I reserve 
the option to take action against anyone who uses this work in a 
libelous way, or in violation of personality rights, trademark 
restrictions, etc.
I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the work 
may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.
Konstantin Lanzet

P.S.: This is my second attempt to contact the OTRS. Unfortunately there 
was absolutely no reaction to my first e-mail which was sent on 24th of 
November 2009. :-(

Regards Appaloosa (talk) 12:34, 22 December 2009 (UTC)

The OTRS in English is backlogged 31 days at present. Please be patient; we should get to your email shortly. Stifle (talk) 12:40, 22 December 2009 (UTC)
And ✓ Done. But in future, please use the same license when you upload the image as when you send an email, it makes things much easier for us! Stifle (talk) 12:58, 22 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Randolph Childress Varese.jpg

I noticed that this image is a reduced version of this photograph found at an Italian basketball club's official site. The upload log has a number string "2008062410016921" that appears to be its OTRS ticket number. Could someone confirm this ticket and update the licensing information? Thanks much.

Adding date for archival 16:52, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

File:Heddernheim Bus Museum.jpg

I forwarded a permission to the german OTRS on December, 17th. I understand, if there's a queue and i have to wait. But can i make sure, that the picture is not deleted on 27th if the request isn't handled until then? --Haselburg-müller (talk) 05:16, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

The German OTRS isn't very backlogged actually, so someone should hopefully get to it soon. The ticket number is Ticket:2009121710029471. Stifle (talk) 09:51, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

Dirty Diaries

Images in Category:Dirty Diaries are being threatened with deletion because of a missing OTRS, but when I contacted Mia Engberg, the director of the film, she claims to already have sent a permission e-mail. I don't know exactly when, but it could have been as early as October, quite soon after the images were uploaded. The permission e-mail should be from the adress Could someone look into this?

Peter Isotalo 16:27, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

We never received a response as to which Creative Commons she would like. I've emailed her again, letting her know the situation. For reference, it is Ticket:2009101610029986. Killiondude (talk) 20:34, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
I get the feeling that the exact choice of CC really wouldn't matter much to the copyright holder in a case like this.
Peter Isotalo 09:37, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
I suspect it probably would. There is a world of a difference between CC-BY-NC-ND and CC-BY, after all. Stifle (talk) 16:40, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
First time I've ever heard of NC-ND despite having edited Wikipedia for close to five years. Do you realize that NC-ND isn't even mentioned at Commons:Copyright tags? There really needs to be an easier way to find this information for experienced users and newbies alike.
Peter Isotalo 20:25, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
That's probably because Wikipedia/Commons doesn't accept NC or ND tags, so they're not emphasized as much. The Creative Commons' listing for all their copyright tags are here. Commons:Creative Commons copyright tags mentions those other tags. The Commons upload form for works from Flickr shows a box of which Creative Commons licenses are acceptable [4] and so does Wikipedia's counterpart [5]. Killiondude (talk) 03:11, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
The list of copyright tags only includes those for licenses that we accept; it doesn't do much good for us to have copyright tags that result in images getting speedied. Stifle (talk) 09:21, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
The declaration of consent alone appears to disallow NC-ND. So what would be the point of asking whether they want one or not? From my experience of a similar case it seems as if not all OTRS volunteers are quite as specific about these things.
Peter Isotalo 10:18, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
She still has a choice between cc-by and cc-by-sa, as well as the version of the license (3.0, 2.5, etc.) These permissions have to be specific, we cannot afford to guess what people meant to say. –Tryphon 10:24, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
The 15 day limit is getting closer. Has anything been sent?
Peter Isotalo 22:01, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Request for ticket verifications

The following two photos have their OTRS tickets attached by editors, who do not seem to be OTRS volunteers. Can anyone help to verify if the tickets are permissions from Noelle Neu, the photographer?

Thanks in advance. Jappalang (talk) 02:21, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Both appear to be in order, and have valid permission dating back to 2007. -Andrew c (talk) 13:59, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Mary Rose Trust release

I'm going to upload a group of images donated by the Mary Rose Trust in conjunction with a press release on January 3. After some queries at #wikipedia-commons, we agreed that the actual permission could be granted before the actual upload. The permission would specified the number of files to be uploaded and myself as the uploader. To clear the images for use on Wikipedia the day of the press release, however, I need the OTRS ticket number well in advance. Could someone check the ticket number? The permission e-mail was sent on December 22 from

Peter Isotalo 21:58, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

We haven't any emails from that address, I'm afraid. Stifle (talk) 09:15, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Darn. Just noticed that Barker sent the e-mail only to me. :-( Serves me right for not checking the sendlist before saying everything was okay. I've fired off a notice, but Barker went out of the country a few days ago, so I don't know quickly I can get another permission.
Peter Isotalo 10:49, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Just forward the email to permissions-commons. Make sure you include the headers. Stifle (talk) 12:15, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Mail forwarded. Hope I did it right.
Peter Isotalo 12:39, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
The ticket number is Ticket:2009123010020151. Under normal circumstances, emails are answered in the order received, and there is currently a backlog of three weeks of emails. I'll see what I can do to expedite this. Stifle (talk) 15:44, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
I received a reply from Joe Daly, but he was worried by the fact that the e-mail wasn't from Barker's Mary Rose-address. Barker also doesn't appear on the online contact list of the Trust. If you want to confirm his identity, there's this. Would that be enough for now?
Peter Isotalo 16:43, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Another OTRS agent is going to call the museum today to confirm. Stifle (talk) 09:52, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
That didn't go anywhere. It would appear that we will need a proper email permission from an official maryrose address. Stifle (talk) 20:54, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate the effort that the OTRS volunteers are expending on this and the priority placed on this request.
Peter Isotalo 10:56, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
Permission should now have been resent from Charles Barker's Mary Rose Trust email address. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 09:51, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
And now replied and verified. Stifle (talk) 12:57, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Mines ParisTech pictures

I understand that the 3 following pictures pictures are threatened of removal :

I followed exactly the procedure of authorizations.

What has still to be done ?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Robertmahl (talk • contribs) 17:59, 4 January 2010 (UTC) (UTC)

As far as I can see from the image pages, neither of these files is threatened of deletion on Commons. --Eusebius (talk) 21:18, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

Please help uploader

Uploader ask help in discussion File talk:951-core.jpg, can someone help with guides--Motopark (talk) 03:55, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Lactancia en tándem

Please, an OTRS agent who could undestand Spanish is needed to double check ticket:2009122710023887 and Commons:Deletion requests/File:Lactancia en tandem 3.jpg. --V.Riullop (talk) 10:10, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

On eight files

Following up on a notice left on my talk page regarding the eight pictures

I have just sent an e-mail to permissions-commons-de@wikipedia dot org. While I had received oral authorization to pubish Kilian's pictures at the time of uploading, I wanted to upload further pictures of his collection before providing one single formal e-mail authoriztation for ORTS regarding the entire bunch. Since further pictures didn't make their way to Wikipedia yet, I have now asked for formal permission for the eight pictures in question, stated above. An authorization should be on the permissions-de queue shortly. Please be patient. --Bigbug21 (talk) 16:13, 26 December 2009 (UTC)

Permission has been forwarded to permissions-commons-de three hours ago from bigbug21 dot web dot de. --Bigbug21 (talk) 18:15, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
All files now carry proper ORTS authorization. --Bigbug21 (talk) 07:07, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

File:Kleine Dealer2.jpg


Can somebody please check the ticket of this file (Ticketno. 2006052510008711)? --High Contrast (talk) 21:43, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

The ticket is completely in German, so I'm afraid I'm not of much use. I can confirm that that file is included in the ticket, however. If you need more info (for whatever reason) you'll need somebody who can understand it. :-) Killiondude (talk) 07:22, 12 January 2010 (UTC)