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.

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.

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:

  • 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

File:The Ultimate Warrior.jpg

The reason stated in a previous discussion was that there was suspicion of "Flickrwashing". The user who uploaded this to Flickr, DianesDigitals, has been a reliable source for photos in the past. You can see a list of photos that are from that account, many of which appear to be from the same wrestling event here. The user has uploaded many more photos from the same wrestling event that this picture was taken, including more featuring The Ultimate Warrior, which they chose not to make available for free use. Many of these are of poorer quality, but Warrior appears in the same attire, and it is at the same venue. It's far more likely that the websites which used this picture got it from this very source, otherwise it would be hard to explain how this user was able to take similar pictures themselves only to steal the one which they made available for free.LM2000 (talk) 21:02, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Exactly. Unless another source on the web has a better quality version of this picture or has all of these pictures in this particular Flickr set, I think it's safe to say that the Flickr uploader is the original. Starship.paint (talk) 05:51, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

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File:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R98690, Hitler und Franco.jpg

Данный файл удален не правильно. Если его автор Генрих Гофман (а это так), то это изображение может свободно публиковаться, как и все его работы. --Kolchak1923 (talk) 20:55, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Thats not true. The works of this photographer are still copyrighted. We can only host the files that the copyright holder allowed to publish under a free license. You cant simply take unfree content from their website and claim that it is freely licensed. --Martin H. (talk) 11:20, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

 Not done per Martin -FASTILY 01:30, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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Undelete File:Heleenmees2.png

Epa has agreed with usage outside Wikipedia. So there is no objection for usage on Wikipedia. It needs to be classified as cc-by-sa-3.0 Bmwz3hm (talk) 20:50, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Related to Ticket:2014040910020553 and Commons:Deletion requests/File:Heleenmees2.png. Hi, It seems that the permission received is not sufficient. Regards, Yann (talk) 07:32, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
Instead of asking for undeletion you could also awnser the question which the OTRS-agent asked you of course. You never responded to the email he send to sort this out. Natuur12 (talk) 08:14, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

 Not done per above. This needs to be resolved via COM:OTRS -FASTILY 01:30, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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File:Cary Lee Peterson 2014 at UNODC.jpg

'RVPLPR' is an Authorized Publicist for RVPLUS, a Publicly listed company controlled by Cary Lee Peterson, Chair and CEO to ECCO2 and RVPLUS, INC. as displayed on federal government records at the URL link below. Therefore, the images or intellectual properties were wrongfully deleted and should be restored immediately. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rvplpr (talk • contribs)

Related DR is Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Rvplpr. Yann (talk) 07:19, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
  • @Rvplpr:Please follow the procedure at COM:OTRS to show that you are the copyright holder, they will then be restored. LGA talkedits 08:38, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
  • @Rvplpr: has, by the looks of it uploaded further copies of these files. LGA talkedits 09:14, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Re: An email with the requested content has been sent to OTRS. Hopefully this is resolved soon.(Rvplpr (talk) 09:22, 19 April 2014 (UTC))

Procedural close: this is being resolved via COM:OTRS -FASTILY 01:30, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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File:Ledavsko - blejski labodi.jpg

Reason for deletion: Out of scope. But this picture was used in SL:WP as an example while voting for another featured photo. Therefore it is well in scope. Nominator frequently nominates pictures of a deceased Slovene Wikipedian Lanfra and removes notification messages from his talk page; that's why DRs like this remain uncontested. ℳ₪Zaplotnikcontribs 16:17, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

If it is used in a 2006 discussion to illustrate a point then it realy is time now to delete it. The discussion Commons:Deletion requests/File:Ledavsko - blejski labodi.jpg says all: Its a montage of two other files (with failure to credit the authors), its not realistic, not usefull for other purporse, we must not host it perpetually. --Martin H. (talk) 17:45, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
I was only objecting the deletion reason. If it is used in one wikiproject in any way (maybe to illustrate a point in discussion or to be used in some user's user space) it falls within Commons' scope. Part of that discussion page now lacks context because of the deletion of this photo. I hope you are not suggesting we should delete that discussion page as well because is pretty useless after 8 years? And is it really in the benefit of the project to delete 8 year old photos of now-deceased contributors? ℳ₪Zaplotnikcontribs 18:34, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Since it does not credit the authors of its constituent files as required by their licenses, it is, itself, a copyvio, and cannot be kept -- a copyvio cannot be kept even if it is in use. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:46, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

 Not done no consensus to restore --Steinsplitter (talk) 22:21, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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File:Rivers of Russia from East to West.jpg

A person who claims to be creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of this picture has sent to the Wikimedia OTRS system the permission to publish this file under cc-by-sa-3.0. Permission is stored as ticket:2014031510009995. Please undelete if you find this an apropriate reason. Ankry (talk) 17:27, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 20:05, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

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This photo go out and and I did in my home with my consent. I need pictures like this to improve an article from wikipedia.   thanks

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Esta foto salgo yo y y la hice en mi casa con mi consentimiento. Necesito fotos como esta para mejorar un articulo de la wikipedia.


Willy GFFG (talk) 17:32, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Please send an email to OTRS and explain your situation to them. If everything checks out, they will restore the file for you -FASTILY 01:30, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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McLoughlin Gallery

Wikimedia OTRS team received the permission to publish the following files:

under cc-by-sa-3.0. Permision is stored in ticket:2014041810014829. Thanks in advance. Ankry (talk) 19:48, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 20:04, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

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File:Cosmos at cipo 1980.jpg

Deleted due to URAA issue, it could be restored per M:Legal and Community Advocacy/Wikimedia Server Location and Free Knowledge

 Not done Unless it can be demonstrated to be PD in the US as of the URAA date, then it cannot be hosted on Commons. russavia (talk) 22:41, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Unless it can be demonstrated to be PD in the US. LGA talkedits 22:52, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment My request was based on the restoration of files such as this (still copyrighted in the US so the photo was taken in 1976). I still see contradictory p.o.v. among the administrators. This debate: Commons:Massive restoration of deleted images by the URAA makes me doubt even more about a definitive position from Commons. - Fma12 (talk) 22:58, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
We can't take a vote to ignore a law because we don't like it which is what Commons:Massive restoration of deleted images by the URAA was. If the WMF does not like the law they need to work to change it, perhaps by having the US adobt the rule of shorter term, but ignoring it is not an valid way forward. The image you linked to should have been deleted. LGA talkedits 23:12, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
I agree with your position LGA; in fact, I had nominated a lot of files for deletion due to URAA problems but all the efforts done were in vain so the WFM decided to ignore the law. No further comments from me, I wish all the admin had a similar opinion than you. Regards, - Fma12 (talk) 23:21, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

 Not done no consensus to restore -FASTILY 01:30, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Cosmos at cipo 1980.jpg

I am reopening the request, there isn't signs of copyright on the picture so the USA's copyright law doesn't apply here and it is in PD in Argentina so we can restore it Ezarateesteban 22:16, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose As per the above request, absent any proof that this is PD in the US and did not get it's copyright restored by the URAA this can't be hosted on commons. LGA talkedits 23:22, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

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File:Fravashi (film) Poster.jpg

Please restore this file per Commons:Undeletion_requests/Archive/2014-04#File:Fravashi (film) Poster.jpg as the confirmation that User:Aukiman is the owner of the copyright to this picture has been received by Wikimwdia OTRS (ticket:2014041710003922). Ankry (talk) 23:31, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 23:33, 20 April 2014 (UTC)