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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

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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/headline: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:Image: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.
  • Sign your request using four tilde characters (~~~~). If you have an account at Commons, log in first. If you were the one to upload the file in question, this can help administrators to identify it.

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:Brasão de Itatira.jpg

Solicito o restauro do arquivo Brasão de Itatira.jpg. A figura é o brasão real do Municipio, é de uso público e não tem direitos autorais conhecidos. Favor verificar em: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Valberto Silva (talk • contribs) 13:20, 26 June 2015‎ (UTC)

A figura é de uso público. Foi recortado de uma figura já existente no site ou Ninguém tem direitos autorais sobre essa figura. Além disso esta no meu álbum particular no flickr, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:14, 27 June 2015‎ (UTC)

File:FC8.H8177.879dc - Des destinées de l'ame - Harvard.jpg

There should be no copyright for this book. This may be a 3-dimensionial photograph but it has no additional creative element other than the original design from the 19th century. Further, as an official representative of the alleged/presumed copyright holders (Houghton Library, Harvard College), I was granted permission to offer a public domain license to the file (under the name User:Rob at Houghton. --Midnightdreary (talk) 15:40, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose As you say, the book has no copyright, but the photograph certainly does. Assuming that the photographer who made the image is an employee of Harvard and has a work for hire agreement, Harvard owns the copyright to the photograph. Therefore, policy requires that in order for it to be restored, an officer of the library must send a free license directly to OTRS. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:07, 28 June 2015 (UTC)
Just to clarify, in case it isn't clear: I uploaded the image as an employee/officer/representative of the library with the blessing of a PD tag. The image was created specifically to be entered into the public domain. --Midnightdreary (talk) 16:58, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Uploaded by a Wikipedian in residence as part of their job at Harvard. My deletion was likely mistaken. INeverCry 19:31, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
With all due respect to my colleague INC and to Midnightdreary, the latter hasn't answered the question of who took the photograph. The fact that Midnightdreary is Wikipedian in residence says nothing about whether he or she has been appropriately authorized by Harvard to give away its property.
If the image was taken by Midnightdreary, then it should be labeled as "own work" and we have no problem. If not, then policy requires that we have OTRS confirmation from Harvard in one of two ways -- either that Midnightdreary has a blanket authorization to upload works for which Harvard owns the copyright or that Harvard gives a free license (which could be CC-0 = PD) for this image. In either case, since Harvard will be giving away valuable property, that OTRS e-mail should come from an officer of the Harvard Corporation. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:20, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
True, I did not take the photograph myself. I hope you understand that I was employed by Harvard for this work, not merely a volunteer, so I was acting as an official authorized representative of the College. Nevertheless, I will have my former supervisor send an email, as you suggest. --Midnightdreary (talk) 12:43, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
As a general rule, only an officer (President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc.) of a corporation can give away corporate property, which includes giving away free licenses to corporate owned-copyrights. That authority can be delegated, but the delegation must begin with a corporate officer. As far as I know, we have no evidence on record that Harvard has delegated that authority to you, hence the requirement for OTRS. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:06, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I think that we can undelete, and add {{OTRS pending}}. Regards, Yann (talk) 06:45, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Maldita Ramona.jpg File:Nahiara.jpg

son fotos sacadas por mi y tengo derecho hacer lo que quiera con ellas

(Franco Ramono (talk) 21:46, 28 June 2015 (UTC))

File:Nokia N1 tablet (16928811487).jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Images are licensed as cc-by-2.0 and were verified as suitable for use on commons by the Flickr2Commons upload bot.

It seems the user who deleted the files (User:1989) has been blocked for misuse of these tools.

- RaviC (talk) 11:59, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose These are COM:DW of copyrighted software screens. INeverCry 19:26, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
That isn't true. The icons are actually from the open source Numix Project (circle theme - see here). The rest is just AOSP. --RaviC (talk) 10:59, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Desempleo España 2015.png

I, creator of the file, finally grant license CC-BYSA 30 for Wikimedia for this file, to avoid the deletetion.


faelomx (talk) 21:31, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Two pictures of Gandhi

Hi, Could you please restore 2 pictures of Gandhi, should be licensed under {{PD-UK-unknown}}. Thanks, Yann (talk) 09:06, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

  • File:Gandhi studio 1931.jpg
  • File:Gandhi Downing Street.jpg
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose According to the deletion requests, there is no evidence whatsoever that the photographers are anonymous. {{PD-UK-unknown}} requires evidence of this. Besides, according to COM:L#Interaction of US and non-US copyright law, the files also need a valid copyright tag which proves that the files are freely licensed or in the public domain in the United States. You therefore also need to provide a valid United States copyright tag which proves this. --Stefan4 (talk) 14:09, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
    • I am studying Gandhi documents for the last 22 years. The author of these pictures is unknown. The copyright also expires before the URAA date. According to en:Copyright law of the United Kingdom, the term was 50 years until 1995. So the copyright expired in 1982 for pictures taken in 1931. This is the same situation as all other pictures in Category:Mohandas K. Gandhi in England. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:58, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
      • No, the UK retroactively restored copyright to 70pma on January 1, 1996, which coincided with the URAA date, so those restorations had an effect in the US as well (even if they were PD in both countries the day before). They are likely now fine in the UK but not the US, unless they were published in the US within 30 days of their being first published in the UK. Carl Lindberg (talk) 19:46, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
        • That's not what the article says: they extended the copyright period for all works which were then still in copyright. These pictures were out of copyright, so why would the copyright be extended? Regards, Yann (talk) 20:20, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
          • That's only a partial quote; the rest of the sentence says ", and (controversially) revived the lapsed copyright of all authors who had died in the previous 70 years, i.e. since 1925." I'm pretty sure the author of that sentence was not taking anonymous works into consideration one way or another. There's another sentence about this extension:
It contained a controversial provision, which caused certain copyrights to revive; material which had been out of copyright came back into copyright. If the 1988 Act offered a shorter term of protection than the new Regulations, and if the work was still under copyright on 1 July 1995 anywhere in the EEA, then the copyright of that work was revived.
Which means Germany law would have reanimated the copyright in the UK.--Prosfilaes (talk) 21:00, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Right, the article says and if the work was still under copyright on 1 July 1995 anywhere in the EEA. That is anywhere in the EEA, not just in the UK. So far, I don't think we've found an example of a work exempted because it was PD in all EEA countries. (The "anywhere in the EEA" text was right from the directive; some countries dispensed with that and basically codified the intended effect, i.e. that it applied to all works basically in order to harmonize the terms.) For example, Spain had an 80pma rule and I think used the rule of the longer term, which would probably cover just about anything less than 70pma / 70 years from publication. Carl Lindberg (talk) 23:21, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
According to the Phil Collins ruling from 1993, it's illegal to discriminate EU citizens, so EEA countries are unable to use the rule of the shorter term if the photographer is an EEA citizen. For that reason, British photos taken by EU citizens (i.e. the vast majority of all British photos) get the full copyright term in for example Spain and were therefore copyrighted in Spain on 1 July 1995. The situation may be different if you have a British photograph (that is, a photograph first published in the UK) which was not created by an EU citizen. In that case, EU countries were allowed to use the rule of the shorter term, so maybe British photographs by non-EEA citizens were in the public domain in the entire European Economic Area on 1 July 1995, provided that they were at least 50 years old as of that date. One of the photos of Gandhi has a name suggesting that it was taken in London, so I suppose that the photographer was a British (i.e. EU) citizen. No idea about the other one. Is there some information on the file information page? --Stefan4 (talk) 20:13, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Both these images were taken in London during Gandhi's visit in 1931 there. On was taken in front of the Prime Minister's Office [1], the other one in a studio [2]. It is quite remarkable that Dinodia sells pictures on which they have no right, and without crediting the author (e.g. Cartier-Bresson). Regards, Yann (talk) 23:40, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, there isn't much penalty for claiming copyright when there is none. And they may just trying to claim copyright on a scan, or something like that. Carl Lindberg (talk) 00:36, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure that Spain used the rule of the shorter term before... here is their 1987 law; Google Translate is not the best but it seems as though they gave foreign authors the same terms as their own. I'm guessing at the least that would be any author from either Berne or UCC countries, which is most of them. Carl Lindberg (talk) 00:36, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment This is a typical case where URAA is a complete nonsense... How long are we going to follow this? Yann (talk) 10:40, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
It is complete nonsense to imagine that British photographers should have rights under US law? The photographers here have the same 95 years in the US they would have had had they been Americans (and followed all the paperwork.)--Prosfilaes (talk) 11:12, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes, it is a complete nonsense because it is in the public domain in the UK and everywhere else in the world for more than 33 years. Beside that, the photographer is anonymous, and most probably dead. Yann (talk) 11:23, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
It was required by the Berne Convention, and is the law, like it or not. I also don't like the retroactive 70pma terms the EU imposed around the same time but we don't get to ignore those either. Pretty sure the UK and US already had a bilateral treaty from 1891 which (if it was like the others the U.S. signed at the time) gave British authors the same rights in the US as U.S. authors. Granted that included the requirement of copyright notice, but the URAA basically returned to that situation without notice requirement. 95 years from publication is a very long time but quite often 70pma lasts even longer. Also, it has only been PD in the EU for 13 years (and Spain likely just for 3 years). Several EU countries had 70 year terms before the directive (80 for Spain) so it never became PD in those before 2002. And that is all assuming it qualifies as "anonymous" in those countries... some have some maddeningly vague requirements on that score. Carl Lindberg (talk) 00:37, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
I assume that the rule of shorter term is used. Regards, Yann (talk) 00:50, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Well, that is also not the law. (The U.S. has a number of bilateral copyright treaties still in force which would prevent it anyways, just as that same treaty prevented Germany from using that rule for U.S. works.) Carl Lindberg (talk) 02:49, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Amaia del Campo.png

Me parece que la imagen de Amaia del Campo no viola ningún tipo de derechos de autor, ya que es una imagen tomada por los servicios de prensa del Ayuntamiento, y ofrecida como material a los distintos medios de comunicación. Es más, algún medio digital ha utilizado una foto que es, evidentemente, de dominio público. --Barakaldotar (talk) 09:16, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment @Barakaldotar: Que el ayuntamiento la ofrezca a los medios de comunicación no significa necesariamente que permita cualquier uso de la imagen, incluso comercial y las modificaciones, para siempre, que es lo que se pide en Commons. Aún menos significa que esté en dominio público.--Pere prlpz (talk) 20:36, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment @Pere prlpz: Sin embargo, ¿sería correcto subir una imagen de esta persona si la he sacado yo mismo con mi móvil? Sino, no entiendo como poder subir una foto de una persona relevante. ¿Puedes explicármelo? Muchas gracias. --Barakaldotar (talk) 20:03, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment @Barakaldotar: Si la sacas tú mismo (con el móvil o con una cámara), entonces no hay problema. El problema es cuando subes una foto sin que quede justificado que tienes el permiso del fotógrafo.--Pere prlpz (talk) 20:51, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Decido Decision Ciudadana.jpg

It's a free file. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gumball2 (talk • contribs)

It looks to be free, but is it within COM:SCOPE? I don't see an article even on on this political party. INeverCry 18:45, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

File:David Cats.jpg

This image was given to me by the person in the photo to place on wikipedia and either he does not have any copyrights.7/3/15--Nocompromise16 (talk) 05:05, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

This undeletion discussion is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

File:Brasão da UFPE.png

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: {{non-free logo}} would seem amenable to application Fgnievinski (talk) 01:32, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Please read the text on the template you linked. Fair use is not permitted on Commons. --rimshottalk 22:57, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

 Not done : Fair use isn't allowed on Commons. INeverCry 19:04, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Example.jpgVaruthalaivilan map before 1990

Please put the map back

Bala Tahkur.jpg

The photograph is from a still usually available on the internet

Manojk jpr (talk) 07:59, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Salem, Forgotten Dreams, 2013.jpg - undelete request


The image in question is of the album cover by the band Salem.

The band owns the copyright for the image.

I don't see why this breaks any copyright rules.


--SalemUK (talk) 14:13, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Tampico Madero Jaiba Brava.png

File:Tampico Madero Jaiba Brava.png(PersonAngel (talk) 19:43, 4 July 2015 (UTC))

File:Sami-ninne-Sri ragam-Ramakrishnamurthy.wav - deleted mistakenly for missing permissions

The File:Sami-ninne-Sri ragam-Ramakrishnamurthy.wav was deleted because I gave the wrong source link. The correct source link was provided both in my Talk page and on the Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard page, but it was too late I think. Since I am new to Wikipedia, I did not know to add a {{OTRS:Pending}} template on the file. Please undelete the file. This is the correct source link: - Arunasank (talk) 04:21, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

File:Ninnukori-Mohanam-ramakrishnamurthy.wav - deleted mistakenly for missing permissions

The File:Ninnukori-Mohanam-ramakrishnamurthy.wav was deleted because I gave the wrong source link. The correct source link was provided both in my Talk page and on the Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard page, but it was too late I think. Since I am new to Wikipedia, I did not know to add a {{OTRS:Pending}} template on the file. Please undelete the file. This is the correct source link: - Arunasank (talk) 04:22, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

File: Doodle Man.jpg

I own the copyright to this file and am able to use it as I wish. Therefore it should not be deleted.

File: Doodle Man.jpg

I own the copyright to this file and am able to use it as I wish. Therefore it should not be deleted.

Samcox94 (talk) 17:32, 5 July 2015 (UTC)


Non-free media information and use rationale - non-free logo for Illinois State University College of Business

Low Resolution?: Logo was selected in order to maintain the quality intended, without being unnecessarily high resolution.

Adheres to Illinois State University Graphics Standards:

Source: The logo is from the website.

Article: Illinois State University College of Business

Description: This is a standardized unit logo for the College of Business owned by University Marketing and Communications at Illinois State University. Further details: Unit Logo for the Illinois State University College of Business

Portion used: Whole logo used to avoid misrepresenting image.

Purpose of Use: The image is placed in the infobox at the top of the article discussing Illinois State University College of Business, a subject of public interest. The significance of the logo is to help the reader identify the organization, assure the readers that they have reached the right article containing critical commentary about the organization, and illustrate the organization's intended branding message in a way that words alone could not convey.

Replaceable?: Protected by copyright and trademark, therefore a free use alternative won't exist.

Other information: Use of the logo in the article complies with Wikipedia non-free content policy, logo guidelines, and fair use under United States copyright law as described above.

--Intelligent Editor (talk) 19:13, 5 July 2015 (UTC)7/5/15

File:JBDU Logo editado 2014.jpg

Estimado Mippzon, solicito considere restaurar el archivo citado, porque creo que Ud. no tiene ninguna razón ni argumento para calificarlo como "possible copyright violation".

Este logo viene siendo usado por la Comisión Organizadora Permanente de la JBDU desde el año 2004, y fue diseñado por quien suscribe como integrante de la misma.

A la espera de una respuesta, le envío saludos cordiales Danielspina (talk) 23:34, 5 July 2015 (UTC)Daniel SpinaDanielspina (talk) 23:34, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Austin Mahone - Dirty Work (Single Cover).jpg

I would like to request that his image be undeleted, as it is the official single cover for Austin Mahone's song "Dirty Work", and would be beneficial to the page to be included. Don't understand why it has been deleted since all singles have the cover art displayed?

Thanks, Rob