Commons:Undeletion requests

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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

Finding out why a file was deleted

First, check the deletion log and find out why the file was deleted. Also use the What links here feature to see if there are any discussions linking to the deleted file. If you uploaded the file, see if there are any messages on your user talk page explaining the deletion. Secondly, please read the deletion policy, the project scope policy, and the licensing policy again to find out why the file might not be allowed on Commons.

If the reason given is not clear or you dispute it, you can contact the deleting administrator to ask them to explain or give them new evidence against the reason for deletion. You can also contact any other active administrator (perhaps one that speaks your native language)—most should be happy to help, and if a mistake had been made, rectify the situation.

Appealing a deletion

Deletions which are correct based on the current deletion, project scope and licensing policies will not be undone. Proposals to change the policies may be done on their talk pages.

If you believe the file in question was neither a copyright violation nor outside the current project scope:

  • You may want to discuss with the administrator who deleted the file. You can ask the administrator for a detailed explanation or show evidence to support undeletion.
  • If you do not wish to contact anyone directly, or if an individual administrator has declined undeletion, or if you want an opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion, you can request undeletion on this page.
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  • If some information is missing in the deleted image description, you may be asked some questions. It is generally expected that such questions are responded in the following 24 hours.

Temporary undeletion

Files may be temporarily undeleted either to assist an undeletion discussion of that file or to allow transfer to a project that permits fair use. Use the template {{Request temporary undeletion}} in the relevant undeletion request, and provide an explanation.

  1. if the temporary undeletion is to assist discussion, explain why it would be useful for the discussion to undelete the file temporarily, or
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To assist discussion

Files may be temporarily undeleted to assist discussion if it is difficult for users to decide on whether an undeletion request should be granted without having access to the file. Where a description of the file or quotation from the file description page is sufficient, an administrator may provide this instead of granting the temporary undeletion request. Requests may be rejected if it is felt that the usefulness to the discussion is outweighed by other factors (such as restoring, even temporarily, files where there are substantial concerns relating to Commons:Photographs of identifiable people). Files temporarily undeleted to assist discussion will be deleted again after thirty days, or when the undeletion request is closed (whichever is sooner).

To allow transfer of fair use content to another project

Unlike English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects, Commons does not accept non-free content with reference to fair use provisions. If a deleted file meets the fair use requirements of another Wikimedia project, users can request temporary undeletion in order to transfer the file there. These requests can usually be handled speedily (without discussion). Files temporarily undeleted for transfer purposes will be deleted again after two days. When requesting temporary undeletion, please state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

Projects that accept fair use

Note: This list might be outdated. For a more complete list, see meta:Non-free content (this page was last updated: March 2014.) Note also: Multiple projects (such as the ml, sa, and si Wikipedias) are listed there as "yes" without policy links.

Adding a request

First, ensure that you have attempted to find out why the file was deleted. Next, please read these instructions for how to write the request before proceeding to add it:

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Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

The undeletion discussion in the following section is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

Files uploaded by Ser.Silv. taken by Mário Novais

Although this user has laundered licenses for the vast majority of his photographs, as well as added false claims of file reviews from other reviewers, treated to remove deletion requests and no permission marks and –in a more personal case– he has said that he was going to report me, the truth is that these four photographs are in the public domain in Portugal and in the United States according to the PD-Portugal-URAA template.

In addition, I've myself reviewed three of those photographs –the one of Salazar in black and white already presented the complete information when I saw it–, and they were taken, according to information from the sources of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, by Portuguese photographer Mário Novais, deceased in 1967. 13:48, 25 July 2022 (UTC)

Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question Were they published before March 1989? If no, URAA does not apply and they may be copyrighted in US if their author(s) died less than 70 years ago. Ankry (talk) 18:28, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
For File:Mário Novais, António de Oliveira Salazar (1959).jpg, it's dated in 1959. Something that applies also to File:Salazar 10.png which is a colored version from the same photo session. For File:Américo Thomaz.png and File:Gertrudes Thomaz.jpg, both files come from the same archive from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. here is one of the other files alvailable in the same archive, uploaded by @RAN and, in the soruce from which this image comes, it is dated circa 1960. According with RAN's comment in Commons:Deletion requests/File:Américo Thomaz.png, "images prior to 1970 were not eligible for copyright so they do not fall into the URAA loophole". 18:19, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
@Ankry: Yes, it's prior to 1989 because in Flickr there is a credit to those files:

This credit says in Portuguese: "Fotógrafo: Mário Novais (1899-1967). Produzida durante a actividade do Estúdio Mário Novais: 1925-1985." (Photographer: Mário Novais. Produced during the activity of the Novais Study (1925-85).) 21:51, 27 July 2022 (UTC)

The question is not when were the images taken, it is when were they first published. That is not the same thing. --Rosenzweig τ 16:17, 30 July 2022 (UTC)
According with the article of Mário Novais in portuguese, his photographs were adquired by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and transferred to its archive in 1985, this is, prior to 1989. 00:33, 31 July 2022 (UTC)

✓ Done Discussion has gone stale. As these were deleted in an IAR mass purge, it is best for the discussion to continue in a DR when the situation is not clear. King of ♥ 23:50, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

File:New moon. Snapshot RVB.jpg

Thank you so much.

File:New moon. Snapshot RVB.jpg

Description English: MOON: ASH LIGHT.

This is a phenomenon that takes place a few times a year.

The Moon sporting an earthshine on Friday February 4 twilight.

Earthshine is considered one of the most beautiful astronomical phenomena, and was first explained at the beginning of the 16th century by Leonardo da Vinci.

There was a request to delete my file so I wanted to let it known that this area was extremely thin at the time of filming.

I thought it was good to share this file precisely because of this.

This is pretty great data (from a ongoing project since 2018) so I don't think I posted anything useless.

This file contains a series of knowledge. Besides, in the PDF on my web space, we see a galactic view of the crescent and how thin it is at that moment.

To obtain the crescent like that and the moon a little visible, therefore the phenomenon, it was not easy. In addition without a tripod.

Optical illusion. (Astronomy)

This snippet shows a light portion very different from what is seen from the ground at the time.

So this is an image that demonstrates two phenomenons, an ash light and, the astronomical optical illusion (which is wide in terms of phenomenons, but here is one.

Everyone can make mistakes) Date ‪4 February 2022‬ Source Own work Author VeronicaInDream

Date/Time 00:24, 6 February 2022

Dimensions 360 × 202 (10 KB)

User VeronicaInDream

File:No. 25 Squadron B-24 Liberator c January - August 1945 on a bombing mission over the Netherlands East Indies (aka the DEI - now Indonesia).pdf

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Both files appear to be {{PD-AustraliaGov}} but used free text instead of the template — JJMC89(T·C) 00:38, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Flag of Gyumri.svg, File:Coat of arms of Gyumri.svg, File:Flag of Ejmiatsin.svg, File:Coat of arms of Ejmiatsin.svg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: {{PD-AM-exempt}} applies to the images, therefore it is not a copyright violation. Flagvisioner (talk) 01:46, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question The template declares that the exception applies to state emblems and signs and these are emblems of cities, not of the state. Any comment to this? Ankry (talk) 17:55, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
Hm. I would like to mention then, that it also does say "c) official documents: legal acts, treaties and the official translations thereof;".
In that case, it seems that [1] counts as an official document, meaning that the flag of Gyumri and its coat of arms are not protected by copyright.
The flag of Ejmiatsin is an official document (which is currently down, but fortunately available on the Wayback Machine at [2]). I am not too sure if it means the coat of arms is public domain, though, since the flag is the coat of arms with a cross on it (which can count as pd-shape). Flagvisioner (talk) 19:00, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

The undeletion discussion in the following section is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

File:BSMRAU Logo By Lava.png

Hello, the file in question has been redone by me and uploaded, no copyright intended. Can you help me restore it cause our university page doesn't contain a logo currently. So how can I do that without infringing a copyright? Thanks.

--Bm.lava (talk) 06:55, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

 Not done @Bm.lava: Please have an official representative of the university send a license release via email, following the instructions at COM:VRT. King of ♥ 23:59, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

File:The cover of the book "Anthology" - the books of Eliezer Glaubach-Gal.pdf.jpg

שלום, אני שדמה שני שאולוף, ויקיפדית מזה שנתיים. אני עושה שירות לאומי עם קשיש ניצול שואה בשם פרופ' אליעזר גלאובך-גל. אליעזר הוא כותב הספר שהעלתי את תמונתו, והוא ביקש ממני להעלות תמונה זו לויקיפדיה. אבקש להסיר את מחיקת הקובץ. לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות אלי. תודה רבה. --שששאולוף (talk) 10:13, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

File:מעטפת הספר אנתולוגיה- ספרי אליעזר גלאובך.pdf

שלום, אני שדמה שני שאולוף, ויקיפדית מזה שנתיים. אני מתנדבת בשירות לאומי עם קשיש ניצול שואה בשם פרופ' אליעזר גלאובך-גל. אליעזר הוא כותב הספר שהעלתי את תמונתו, והוא ביקש ממני להעלות תמונה זו לויקיפדיה. אבקש לבטל את מחיקת הקובץ. לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות אלי. תודה רבה. --שששאולוף (talk) 10:17, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

File:כריכה קדמית ואחורית של הספר "לצידו של ענק".jpg

שלום, אני שדמה שני שאולוף, ויקיפדית מזה שנתיים. אני מתנדבת בשירות לאומי עם קשיש ניצול שואה בשם פרופ' אליעזר גלאובך-גל. אליעזר הוא כותב הספר שהעלתי את תמונתו, והוא ביקש ממני להעלות תמונה זו לויקיפדיה. אבקש לבטל את מחיקת הקובץ. לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות אלי. תודה רבה. --שששאולוף (talk) 10:21, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

File:כריכה קדמית ואחורית של הספר "ר' משה זימרמן".pdf

שלום, אני שדמה שני שאולוף, ויקיפדית מזה שנתיים. אני מתנדבת בשירות לאומי עם קשיש ניצול שואה בשם פרופ' אליעזר גלאובך-גל. אליעזר הוא כותב הספר שהעלתי את תמונתו, והוא ביקש ממני להעלות תמונה זו לויקיפדיה. אבקש לבטל את מחיקת הקובץ. לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות אלי. תודה רבה. --שששאולוף (talk) 10:22, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

File:אחד ממפעלי איכות חיים וסביבה שיזם הפרופ' אליעזר גלאובך-גל.pdf

שלום, אני שדמה שני שאולוף, ויקיפדית מזה שנתיים. אני מתנדבת בשירות לאומי עם קשיש ניצול שואה בשם פרופ' אליעזר גלאובך-גל. אליעזר הוא כותב הספר שהעלתי את תמונתו, והוא ביקש ממני להעלות תמונה זו לויקיפדיה. אבקש לבטל את מחיקת הקובץ. לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות אלי. תודה רבה. --שששאולוף (talk) 10:28, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Two Flickr PDMark owner images from Premsa Liceu

were both deleted back in 2016, before we had Template:PDMark-owner. They're images of ballet and/or opera dancers from the Liceu, a respected opera house, just under 200 years old, so seem to be exactly what PDMark-owner is intended for. Thank you! --GRuban (talk) 14:07, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

File:1920 - before the storm.jpg

IIRC this file had an OTRS permission and/or was uploaded by the creator. I am 100% sure I personally corresponded with the artist, who agreed to do this, and I am 95% sure I remember seeing either the OTRS permission or his name as the uploader in that file. I see the same fate also met File:Jakub Różalski.jpg and File:Jakub Rozalski.jpg which I also believe to have been uploaded by the author (selfies, IIRC). PS. The artist wiki account is User:JRozalski. He uploaded the image himself, correctly described it as his, correctly released the rights (used the free license), and in the description noted it's his artwork: "Before the storm is one on the most characteristic painting in the style and aesthetic of my 1920+ world.". Please undelete all affected images and revert Commons Delinker who removed the image(s) from various Wikipedia articles. Note I also found my correspondence to the author (although I was never CC'ed on an OTRS @ if one was sent), nd I notified him of this discussion. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 10:02, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

Ping User:Fitindia, the deleting admin. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 10:14, 11 August 2022 (UTC) PPS. Also ping User:Masur, nominator (eh, namieszałeś tym razem). --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 10:17, 11 August 2022 (UTC)
Have restored the said files.- FitIndia Talk 12:10, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Marcel Douwe Dekker down.jpg and File:Marcel Douwe Dekker inactive.jpg

Derived works of File:Marcel Douwe Dekker.jpg, which was restored recently, see here. These images were designed in 2010 especially for Wikipedia to serve as illustration for my own user page. For the sake of preservation I like to have them restored, thank you. -- Mdd (talk) 13:32, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Runtu Office RC1.png

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Runtu Office is free software. Here is an example of his screenshot File:Screenshot of Runtu Office.png Артём 13327 (talk) 14:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

Which is the license and who should be credited as the copyright owner? Thuresson (talk) 15:58, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Russian Olympic Committee flag.svg

Per User:Primefac's comment:

Opposed to this because it (and the Paralympic variant) were vetted more than a year ago and some of most on-top-of-it Commons admins (some of which I consider friends) have tacitly cleared it for use (and I should know, I've been dinged a few times now for not-quite-free flag files in the past). In other words, the licensing information is accurate. Primefac (talk) 07:57, 4 March 2022 (UTC)

Pinging @Ellywa and ShinePhantom: File:Russian Paralympic Committee flag (2021).svg should also be kept for the same reason. Tholme (talk) 14:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)


eklemiş olduğum fotoğraf dosyası telif hakkı ihlali nedeniyle silinmiş. silinen dosya telif hakkı ihlali olarak işaretlenmiş. ayrıca ortada bir telif hakkı sahibi yok bir tv dizisinden ekran görüntüsü olması telif hakkı ihlali yaptığımı ispatlamaz. zaten o tv dizisi telifsiz bir dizi. dolayısıyla silinen fotoğrafında telif hakkı yok. Kuruntu ailesi (talk)(UTC) 21:22, 11 Ağustos 2022

File:Sasa Mirkovic u 2021.jpg

Hello, please undelete this image, Sasa_Mirkovic_u_2021.jpeg, it is not copyright. If you check the email of wikipedia commons you will see that the image is uploaded in march of 2021. Since that news article is after in that year, it can only mean that the image was taken from wikipedia. The images in its first, is the owners sole ownership, taken from private archive, which was also confirmed in the email for copyright commons.

Please do not go arround and verify something that is not correct, just to do something in a day. Please be thorough, because this errors create a lot of problems for this kind of edits.. Regards,

Dj — Preceding unsigned comment added by Spawnjfk (talk • contribs) 18:22, 12 August 2022 (UTC) (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Probbaly out of scope. The only edits by this user are his own biography. Yann (talk) 18:26, 12 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Степаненко Олександр Данилович.jpg

The photo that now is posted in the biography of Stepanenko Oleksandr Danilovich is not his. The photo shows a person who has nothing to do with Oleksandr Danilovich Stepanenko. So I uploaded his real photo. I am his relative. Stepanenko Oleksandr Danilovich died a long time ago. I scanned his photo and uploaded it. What else do you need to have real photos of my relative on your resource. Now the photo of my grandfather shows some unknown person. Please undelete the photo of my grandfather, so I can set it in his biography. Now it looks like a desecration of my dead grandfather. On his page is a photo of another person. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrii13 (talk • contribs) 08:33, 13 August 2022‎ (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose File:Степаненко Александр Данилович.jpg and File:Степаненко Олександр Данилович.jpg. is the same photo, uploaded by different users with different copyright claims. Subject died in 1975 and it is unlikely that a Wikimedia user owns the copyright. Thuresson (talk) 14:43, 13 August 2022 (UTC)
That's a strong case for socking. Yann (talk) 16:50, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Madeira wine Borges polosuché 10 leté Portugal Shop.jpg

I made this picture Madeira wine Borges polosuché 10 leté Portugal Shop.jpg for this shop I have also the source files. Thanks for undeletion. --Hlavomet (talk) 20:10, 13 August 2022 (UTC)