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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.

Commons deletion (policy)

Finding out why a file was deleted

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Appealing a deletion

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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.
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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
  2. if the temporary undeletion is to allow transfer to a fair use project, state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

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.

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:

  • In the Subject: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:File:DeletedFile.jpg]] is advisable. (Remember the initial colon in the link.)
  • Identify the file(s) for which you are requesting undeletion and provide image links (see above). If you don't know the exact name, give as much information as you can. Requests that fail to provide information about what is to be undeleted may be archived without further notice.
  • State the reason(s) for the requested undeletion.
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Add the request to the bottom of the page. Click here to open the page where you should add your request. Alternatively, you can click the "edit" link next to the current date below.


Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

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File:1911 Planul Urbanistic General al Capitalei.PNG and File:Planul Urbanistic al orașului București din 1911.PNG

The map is from year 1911 and the author is represented by the Romanian Army's Geographical Service.

The source from which the images were extracted: Sfințescu, Cincinat I.; Studiu asupra Planului General de Sistematizare al Capitalei; Tipografia Jockey-Club; București; România, 1919

I believe that the license may be revised per {{PD-RO-exempt}}. The image's information must be uptaded too, and if the photo will be recovered I will make it.--Accipiter Q. Gentilis (talk) 23:12, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

What line in {{PD-RO-exempt}} do you believe covers maps? Эlcobbola talk 15:43, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Look in the lower left corner of the map, where it says "EDIȚIA OFICIALĂ" (means "official edition"). I think in this case (but I am not sure) that the map is assimilated with an published official document. --Accipiter Q. Gentilis (talk) 19:41, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose The list of documents excluded from copyright protection in {{PD-RO-exempt}} does not include maps. The template does not say "official documents" but instead "official texts" which implies limitation to prose. Эlcobbola talk 19:59, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Otherwise, since the author is a "legal entity" as the Romanian Army's Geographical Service, the license could be revised per {{PD-Romania}} - "It is another kind of work, the author is a legal entity („persoană juridică” - not a person) and 50 years have passed since the date of its publication" (and the publication had occurred in 1902). --Accipiter Q. Gentilis (talk) 20:11, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

The legal entity approach with {{PD-Romania}} may have some merit; however, I am unable to find support in Romanian Copyright Law. Chapter V covers "Duration of Copyright Protection" and says nothing about 50 years for legal entities. Also, searching the document for "50" (i.e., to find references to 50 years after publication) yields no support either. Could it be this is the repealed article 29 in Chapter V? Otherwise, could you please find the chapter, article and section for the copyright duration of works by legal entities? I may just be missing it, but, if not, the template appears incorrect. Эlcobbola talk 14:51, 19 August 2016 (UTC)
It looks like that part is from Article 7 of the Decree No. 321 of 1956. That was probably eliminated in 1996 with the new law, but since the new law appears to not be retroactive, corporate works from before 1946 may be fine. Carl Lindberg (talk) 15:30, 19 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes, look at Decree 321/1956, Art. 7, last sentence (explanation here on page 125, the fourth paragraph). --Accipiter Q. Gentilis (talk) 00:37, 20 August 2016 (UTC) P.S. The template must be completed: "....and 50 years have passed since the date of its publication (only if it was before March 14, 1946)"

File:Nagaland map.png Own work

File:Nagaland map.png should be undeleted. I can confirm that I made the map using government of india website by using inkscape tool. i have not voilated any cc laws. i have released the map in common domain. --Wikigringo (talk) 05:02, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Does {{EdictGov-India}} extend to maps on a website? From the text in the template I'd think that only official edicts published in certain gazettes and the like are exempt from copyright in India. Any other governmental work is still copyrighted and non-free. De728631 (talk) 21:57, 21 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment There are multiple versions here. One map was uploaded in 2006 by Shizhao. In 2008, Wikigringo uploaded an entirely different map over the 2006 version, but reverted himself 6 minutes later. The 2006 "original" was then there until it was deleted 5 September 2015. For which version are you requesting restoration? Also, what is the "government of india website" you used? Эlcobbola talk 19:38, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
I think Wikigringo's version was then uploaded to File:Nagalandmap.png, which is still there. Out of curiosity though, what was the basis of deleting a file for "no source" after it was uploaded for nine years? Was it a valid tag to add? Shizhao is a longtime admin here, if I'm not mistaken. Carl Lindberg (talk) 11:35, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
Wikigringo said above "I can confirm that I made the map," which suggests we are talking about his short-lived version, not the Shizhao version. However, regarding the Shizhao version, @Ellin Beltz: tagged it as no source, which seems technically appropriate as there was no reference to the underlying map's source. (The file is not old enough to fall under COM:GRANDFATHER.) That said, I'm inclined to Symbol support vote.svg Support the Shizhao version, as the underlying map appears to be File:India-locator-map-blank.svg. Эlcobbola talk 14:42, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
File:Nagalandmap.png has source and is in use, the original layer of File:Nagaland map.png has no source and is not old enough to grandfather. I have no objections to restoring the file as long as a source can be agreed upon. Also, we have several other maps of the area, see Category:Maps of Nagaland. Ellin Beltz (talk) 18:54, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
I think what happened here is that Wikigringo got the deletion notice for File:Nagaland map.png, saw it had been deleted, and mistakenly believed the notice referred to File:Nagalandmap.png. That would explain the bizarre rationale ("I can confirm that I made the map") about a file made by Shizhao. @Shizhao: could you confirm the source of the file? Is it File:India-locator-map-blank.svg or something else? Эlcobbola talk 19:46, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
Correct; Wikigringo's version is still around, so the initial undeletion reason above was just a misunderstanding. I'm just wondering about Shizhao's version. If that said "own work", then it does not need a source -- that is the sourcing claim. If we are wondering about the source of data, that is an inappropriate use of a speedy delete tag, which is for copyright reasons only. I can't see the original though, so it may be obvious the underlying map was copied from somewhere else. That user is a long-time admin on Commons and I think meta, and usually knows what he's doing. Granted, it was uploaded a long time ago, and mistakes were easier to make then. Was the page text changed at all during the short-lived Wikigringo version? Carl Lindberg (talk) 22:54, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Gutscheinpony Superhelden-und-Boesewichte Infografik.jpg

Hallo zusammen,

meine Infografik wurde aufgrund möglicher Urheberrechtsverletzung gelöscht. Sie wurde durch mich im Rahmen meiner Arbeit bei Gutscheinpony erstellt und darf unter der Creative Commons Lizenz (3.0) verwendet werden. Die Einstellungen dazu habe ich leider nicht beim editieren finden können (ich bin ganz neu hier - offensichtlich).

Ich denke, dass die Infografik einen deutlichen Mehrwert für die User und Userinnen darstellt, weil es sonst nur Infografiken gibt, die ausschließlich Marvel ODER DC thematisieren. In meiner Infografik hingegen werden beide Universen verglichen.

Ich freue mich, wenn die Löschung wieder aufgehoben werden könnte bzw. ich die Möglichkeit bekommen würde, die Grafik noch einmal mit den geltenden Lizenzbestimmungen hochzuladen.

Liebe Grüße

--Aileen MD (talk) 08:55, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Files uploaded by ElisaQualizza

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Now i have all permission and also Lucio collovigh the copyright holder agree for permission , now please Undeletion the files because does not exist the copyright violation ElisaQualizza (talk) 11:59, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

provide the otrs ticket number please Ezarateesteban 12:22, 26 August 2016 (UTC)

Files uploaded by Barto920203

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Dicen que las imágenes de estos billetes son propiedad intelectual del Banco de la República, sin embargo, aún se mantienen las imágenes de los demás billetes intactas y solo han eliminado las imágenes que yo he tomado. Por favor restaurar y aclarar la razón de borrar mis imágenes y mantener las demás si se supone que son iguales. [[Usuario:Barto920203|Barto]] (talk) 02:22, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose You do not address the issues raised in Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Barto920203. If you have found other images that you believe do not belong on Wikicommons you can initiate a deletion request or report the files to an administrator. Thuresson (talk) 04:36, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Hongci Xiao at Central Park, New York in 2008.jpg

The copy right issue was resolved via email. Please recover the picture for me. Thank you. I appreciate it! Jdxzhu (talk) 03:05, 28 August 2016 (UTC)


@Jcb: it looks from the name, context, and Yandex search results that it was a copy of this file: (found through --AVRS (talk) 08:39, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

The file was uploaded here on October 13, 2011. The oldest entry in the revision log is from September 11, 2014. Thuresson (talk) 10:10, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

As for “the only "IceCat" from author asrafil” the nominator could find (uploaded to Commons and to on the same day, 7 Sep 2010), there are and which include the IceCat logo, both published there by asrafil on 23 Aug 2010. says all clipart there is public domain. --AVRS (talk) 12:02, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support The IceCat logo was designed and copyrighted by "the Hitflip team". Their images are licensed under GNU GPL, GNU Free Documentation License and the Free Art License. "asrafil" can not relicense the logo as public domain. Source here. Thuresson (talk) 22:59, 28 August 2016 (UTC)


Hello, please reverse delete this file. It is not copyright protected. thank you. I have this image in my personal collection. Thanks IQ125 (talk) 22:54, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

"In order to make sure that the claimed copyright status is accurate, the file description page needs to mention not only who generated the file/ image but where the file in question came from. This is known as its "source" and it allows others to verify that the licensing is correct and the file meets the licensing criteria to be used by anyone, for any purpose, even commercially.", see Commons:Essential information. Your personal collection is not a resource that others can use to verify the status. Thuresson (talk) 23:07, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Swing macht plattfuesse.jpg

The picture is just that of a newspaper's headline and has no threshold of originality. It only consists of text in a simple typeface, so it is not an object of copyright in respect to US or to German law.--User:Engelbaet 05:50, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Plakat Zoo Wuppertal.jpg, File:Witzzeichnung.jpg, File:Ludwig Koob, Selbstporträt.jpg

Not "Copyright violation"! The uploader (User:Kaleiko) is the son of the author, Ludwig Koob (1909-1993). He has inherited the right of use and is the copyright holder. --Holger.Ellgaard (talk) 07:13, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Countries believe in astrology.PNG

This has nothing to do with national laws or religious culture. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AKS471883 (talk • contribs) 08:53, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

From Commons:Deletion requests/File:Countries believe in astrology.PNG. Please clarify why this file should be undeleted. Thuresson (talk) 11:03, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Debugging in Visual Studio.png

The info about this image clearly references Microsoft. There are lots of screenshots from Microsoft products on the internet, including this site. This image is a teaching aid and should not warrant a deletion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thedavegray (talk • contribs) 11:06, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

File:Logoo BAP RAA.jpg

Logotipo de la Biblioteca y archivo de propaganda

Estoy autorizado por el propietario de la Biblioteca y Archivo de Prppaganda Ramon Adell Argiles para utilizar este logotipo

--Antoniodejuana (talk) 19:39, 29 August 2016 (UTC)