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Replacing a file

I would like to replace the following 2009 self-portrait:


with an updated 2013 version. How does one replace a file? I can't find instructions for doing so.

SdegerSdeger (talk)

since there is a 4 year between the photos, just upload the new photo separately. replacing a file is only for when the uploader of the file makes changes to the file (such as lighting, crop) but it is basically the same file.
--SuperJew (talk) 06:12, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

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How can I download the Shania Twain Video album - Live in Chicago? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 06:02, 9 May 2013‎ (UTC)

This is a page for asking for help with uploading files to Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media. Since a Shania Twain concert would not be an example of free media, you can neither download it from Commons nor upload it to the site. The rights appear to be held by Universal Music, so I suggest contacting their customer service to ask if they have made it available for digital download through any online store. LX (talk, contribs) 10:16, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 10:16, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Upload Wizard hangs in Opera

Within the last 2 days Special:UploadWizard hangs in Opera browser when I try to upload a file. I click the "Upload file" link on the main page. The Upload Wizard page loads with its "Please visit Commons:Upload help if you need to ask questions" line, but the animated "wait" icon spins and the "Select media files to upload" button never appears. I have tried bypassing the cache. I am using Opera 12.15 build 1748 (the latest version, installed today) and XP Professional version 2002 Service Pack 3, with all updates applied. In Opera, javascript is enabled and the popup blocker is off. The Upload Wizard works fine in IE8. Thanks in advance for your help. --Chetvorno (talk) 07:50, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

I too am having a problem with UploadWizard properly loading in Opera. Fry1989 eh? 19:15, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
I use Special:Upload when the wizard fails. Commons:Commonist is another good one I use for bulk uploads.--Canoe1967 (talk) 22:31, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

days are gone and still hanging

and now-body cares ..... Who the hell changed that upload page? Can this be followed up? (his permission to change pages should be withdrawn :) ) Tonton Bernardo (talk) 20:03, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Choose one of the options at COM:Upload or, if you like, Disable the UploadWizard gadget now! and report the issue to bugzilla:. You can see all changes made to the MediaWiki software in gerrit: -- Rillke(q?) 21:12, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
See also Bug 48091 --Indeedous (talk) 11:42, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

image compilations

how do you create an image compilation and how do you upload it — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jamaican college grad (talk • contribs) 22:45, 4 May 2013‎ (UTC)

GIMP should work to create it. File:Photomontage (Forggensee Panorama) -2.jpg is a very good example of how to link all the source images and find a license to match them all. Commons:First steps has uploading help.--Canoe1967 (talk) 23:27, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
You may also wish to read Commons:Collages. LX (talk, contribs) 08:14, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Inhabilitado para subir imágenes?

Alguien me puede decir porque ya no puedo subir imágenes a Commons?, he subido cientos de imágenes pero algunas, muy pocas, han sido borradas por no satisfacer con los requerimientos de Commons, fue esta la razón? como lo puedo subsanar para seguir subiendo imágenes? --Gustavo Velarde (talk) 14:18, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

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Pasar mi fotografia de Cristina Peri Rossi de Wikimedia a su página de Wikipedia que está sin ilustración? Mai C. Álvarez — Preceding unsigned comment added by Salypebre (talk • contribs) 04:24, 31 March 2013‎ (UTC)

No puedo cargar una imagen a una biografia

Hola Wikipedia, gracias por su tiempo.

Les quería preguntar por que cuando cambio el archivo de una imagen me sale un link rojo y no se ve la imagen. Es una imagen de un template del Club Atlético Temperley y quiero modificar la casaca titular por que la que esta cargado actualmente no es la que usa ahora. En fin, muchas gracias y espero su respuesta. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nahuelgasolero2012 (talk • contribs) 19:56, 1 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Actualización de fotografia

Hola Wikipedia!

Hace años subi una foto de la plaza de toros de mi pueblo a su entrada en wikipedia. Ahora tengo esa misma foto pero en mejor resolución y quería actualizarla, pero el sistema no me deja subirla, porque detecta que ya la subí en su momento. Espero que alguien me pueda ayudar en este asunto, gracias!

JC — Preceding unsigned comment added by Juan Carlos Ruiz Miranda (talk • contribs) 18:12, 7 April 2013‎ (UTC)

Funny urdu

how to upload photos — Preceding unsigned comment added by Funny urdu (talk • contribs) 09:39, 14 April 2013‎ (UTC)


Hi, can I upload this image or is the licence wrong for Wikimedia Commons. Thanks,--Altaileopard (talk) 22:19, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

See Commons:Flickr files, the license not allows derivative works Cc-nd.svg , therefore not ok on Commons. --Martin H. (talk) 05:17, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. That´s what I thought, but I was not sure. Best, --Altaileopard (talk) 13:10, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --Canoe1967 (talk) 21:31, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Update an existing image

Hello, I have spent quite a bit of time researching the Frisian Flag and I would like to update the flag But I am apparently not experienced enough to accomplish this. I would like to publish it under my name (preferably my real name, and not my handle) and off course free for any usage what so ever) Can you provide an small "how to"? AceT (talk) 15:43, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Maybe you shouldn't overwrite File:Frisian_flag.svg if you don't feel too confident, but instead upload your version under another name for now... AnonMoos (talk) 00:21, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Sidney cooper RA 1872 cattle on marsh scene in old style frame had since 1955 not shown in sub/categories just interested as enquiry if known about left to me as boy

just an enquiry may or not be of interest I have a Sidney cooper picture dated 1872 RA of cattle scene marsh land has a 1"border and in an old style frame left to me in 1955 as I noticed your web page I looked up the subject but didn't see my particular picture thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 10:57, 4 May 2013‎ (UTC)

This is a page for asking for help with uploading files to the Wikimedia Commons media repository, but it's quite difficult to work out what your question is. Could you try to rephrase it, perhaps using punctuation marks? Do note that you'll need to have an account to upload files. LX (talk, contribs) 11:32, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
I think he owns a painting which is not in either Category:Thomas Sidney Cooper or Category:William Sidney Cooper... AnonMoos (talk) 00:17, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Could not create directory "mwstore://local-multiwrite/local-public/0/01" error


When I tried to upload Dewan_Rakyat_2013_Equal_Area.svg based on Dewan_Rakyat_2008_Equal_Area.svg using , after submitting it, I'm forwarded to this form: (which is now normal), but when I submit it here, I am returned to the same form but with this text in red under "Upload warning":

Could not create directory "mwstore://local-multiwrite/local-public/0/01".

Can someone please help? Thanks, cmglee (talk) 12:30, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

After trying a few more times, it works! cmglee (talk) 12:36, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

New version

I noticed that I made a mistake in a file I made (PLP_mechanism.svg), but the new version (a word needed changing) does not stick. What am I doing wrong? --Squidonius (talk) 23:12, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Probably a caching problem. I see "cysteine" under second chemical structure in bottom row. AnonMoos (talk) 00:10, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

upload picture for Wikipedia article with permission of the professional photographer

At the Dutch wikipedia version, categories "Nederlands schrijver" & "Nederlands journalist", I wrote an article (nickname: antinoos) about the Dutch writer and journalist Annemieke Hendriks. A picture of the journalist/writer Annemieke Hendriks is made available by a professional photographer, mr. David Ausserhofer. Mr. Ausserhofer has sent me a digital letter, stating that he gives permission to use this picture. I want to load it up now, but what procedure can I follow for that? Han Borg/antinoos — Preceding unsigned comment added by Antinoos (talk • contribs) 13:17, 10 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Commons:OTRS has the instructions. The photographer may have to send them an email from their official site to verify.--Canoe1967 (talk) 16:32, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Why I don't have the Sharing rights?

Why I don't have the Sharing rights of TV News Capture(photo)?

Because you not own the copyrights. Read the copyright law. The file in zh:互動新聞台 is used under fair use, see the explanation on the file description zh:File:TVB 0083.png. Here on Wikimedia Commons fair use is forbidden. --Martin H. (talk) 16:11, 11 May 2013 (UTC)


File:Backsippor 2.jpg



Date 130513
Source photo: Erik Engström
Author Dix08

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Dix08 (talk • contribs) 21:39, 14 May 2013‎ (UTC)

What is this? Clarify your question! --Tito Dutta (Send me a message) 02:14, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
No actual question asked and no response to follow-up questions, so I'm marking this for archival. LX (talk, contribs) 15:04, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:04, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

txt and word

1 why does the txt and word can't be accepted

2 what kind of files that i can upload — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lanxunshuma (talk • contribs) 01:48, 15 May 2013‎ (UTC)

See Commons:Project scope/Allowable file types --Tito Dutta (Send me a message) 02:13, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
Lanxunshuma -- Wikimedia Commons is really for media fixed in a particular concrete visual, audio, or audio-visual form. General text files and word-processing files don't really fit this description; however, in some cases you can upload documents in PDF or Dejavu formats. AnonMoos (talk) 17:21, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:02, 18 May 2013 (UTC)



Soy ingeniero y estoy relacionado con el mundo del motor y los coches clásicos. El caso es que poseo un vehículo que no está en wikipedia y he creado una página web sobre él, y al intentar subirla me dice que no me deja subir archivos HTML.

¿Cómo subo la página? Yo soy el autor y deseo compartir mis conocimientos sobre dicho vehículo. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sportbocanegra (talk • contribs) 18:29, 15 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Wikimedia/Wikpedia is not a web-hosting service. Textual content should be incorporated into Wikipedia, Wikisource, etc. (if suitable), not uploaded... AnonMoos (talk) 00:15, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:02, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Can I upload this image?

Hello. Im trying to find images of singer Brandy that can be used on Wikipedia. I think I have found something here --->

But I'm not sure :S Can somebody help me out?

Kind regards 20:28, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

That one has the wrong license. "No Derivative Works". We need to allow derivatives here. Sometimes if you email them then they can provide images through Commons:OTRS.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:03, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
Category:Brandy Norwood has a few lame images.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:05, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 15:01, 18 May 2013 (UTC)


I am trying to retrieve a Facebook acct that Facebook told me was hacked .I tried every thing for days to get a new pass word . I opened a new acct with Facebook. my dilemma is that I had hundreds of pictures on Facebook and I lost my files to the pics.Like I said I have been4 days trying to set a new password and no luck can you please help me .I don't even know if I have the right dept.I tried to log in with Wikipedia No Luck thank you <redacted> — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 20:58, 15 May 2013‎ (UTC)

I doubt we can help you here. Can you try emailing Facebook directly? may help.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:00, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
You don't just have the wrong department, you have the wrong site. This is Wikimedia Commons (, not Facebook ( LX (talk, contribs) 14:59, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 14:59, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Cannot upload a file that was previously deleted

Hi. I cannot upload a file that was previously deleted. I have all the information required to fill its description, right from the owner of the photograph. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Naveen.s1987 (talk • contribs) 17:23, 16 May 2013‎ (UTC)

You should not recreate previously deleted files yourself. Instead, please request undeletion. Be sure to mention the name of the file and provide the source, authorship and licensing information. If you are not the copyright holder, you will most likely have to send in an e-mail with evidence of the copyright holder's permission to publish the file under a free license allowing anyone to use the file for any purpose. LX (talk, contribs) 14:40, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 14:40, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Obtaining permission for using an image

I have used an image from wikimedia fom my M.Tech.thesis. The link of the image is I declare that I am not using it for any commercial purposes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 06:35, 12 May 2013‎ (UTC)

That image has a CC-BY-SA license, so you don't need to ask permission (and since there's no "NC" restriction, you don't have to worry about commercial use). All you have to do is properly attribute "Jimfbleak at en.wikipedia" in your dissertation... AnonMoos (talk) 07:57, 13 May 2013 (UTC)


WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO UPLOAD VIDEOS.NOTHING IS COMING OUT RIGHT WHY? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Victorious Life T.C. (talk • contribs) 18:00, 12 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Did you had a look at help:CV? If there are still problems please let me know – either here or on my talk page. Don't forget to be precice what you already tried and what did not work. Thanks. --McZusatz (talk) 07:19, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

upload picture

I made a picture of a public grave in honnour too brave off 487 NZ RAF SQDR in Belgium can i upload this picture? how do I upload this picture — Preceding unsigned comment added by Farman be (talk • contribs) 19:15, 13 May 2013‎ (UTC)

See Commons:First steps--Canoe1967 (talk) 19:21, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

State flag of New Mexico

All I want to do is up load the state flag of New Mexico. This is such a hassle. I always contribute during fund raising. Why when you enter a name of a person or place under 'All' do you now have to go the Wikipedia to get results. All meant all at one time. I use Wikipedia many times a day. Thanks for the service. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jemezcat (talk • contribs) 23:40, 13 May 2013‎ (UTC)

We already have File:Flag of New Mexico.svg for you to use; please don't try to overwrite that file unless you're proficient in relevant SVG technical details... AnonMoos (talk) 02:50, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Upload quality

I realized that the photos that I uploaded appear much darker on the site than my photos. I would like to replace them.. How can I do this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by CaryllB (talk • contribs) 00:42, 14 May 2013‎ (UTC)

If they do, it's probably due to idiosyncrasies in handling image gamma. There are specialized tools that can remove metadata without reediting the losssy image data, which may be appropriate... AnonMoos (talk) 02:55, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

HELP - PDF to SVG Image Convert/Upload Problem.

Seems converting a PDF Image File to an equivalent SVG Image File via Inkscape (0.48.4 r9939) - and then uploading to Wikimedia Commons - could have gone better in some way? - seems the *uploaded* SVG image is substantially different from the original PDF image (and converted SVG image) - Please Advise? - Thanks for your help in advance - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 14:10, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

It's not convenient for me to download a 19-meg SVG file and look inside it, but when the SVG is 20 times the size of the original PDF, is a safe bet that something slightly strange has happened. Part of the problem may be that the PDF contains two JPEG2000 images, where JPEG2000 is completely different from ordinary JPEG... AnonMoos (talk) 15:49, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank You for your comments - I *entirely* agree - something seems amiss - I'm trying to update the Mars Casius Quadrangle article - should note that other similar articles include the "PDF" version of the Quadrangle and seem to be ok (?) - other similar PDF images seem to be ok also - but a tag to upgrade to a SVG version is noted on the PDF image description - Suggested Solutions Welcome - Thanks Again - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 16:49, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
UPDATE: Seems converting the original PDF file to a PNG File (via or GIMP v2.8.4 program) - and uploading to Wikimedia Commons - works much better than the SVG Conversion/Upload - seems ok at the moment - Comments Welcome (in case I may be overlooking something?) - in any case - Thanks Again for the help - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 17:25, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Upload File not working again!!

Here we go again. Firefox 16. Upload File stopped working for me for a long time a couple months ago and I posted here; it mysteriously started working again, so no complaints. But as of RIGHT NOW (within the last couple of hours), Upload File now no longer works for me on this browser and even worse, my private .js "Direct upload" link is gone from my Participate menu on the left. What happened?? – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 21:11, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Ok some more details: Upload Wizard (which is what I mean by "Upload file" above) is also missing links at the top (AGAIN) to the direct upload links. I do have a private "DerivativeFX" link in my Participate menu that fortunately did not disappear, so I can still easily access the original upload menu links—including an upload page that when I go to, my "Direct Upload" link (which links to here) appears. So something is messed up here. I can try a different browser later but this freaky stuff just shouldn't be happening. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 21:14, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
Apparently this is a site-wide problem, according to Commons:Village_pump#Gadgets_and_tools_have_disappeared.2C_and_other_problems. So at least it's not just me. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 21:23, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Rillke(q?) 17:50, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

meaning of 'remix' in the licenses

I am currently translating the commons file uploading licences at In the text "(Anyone may use, share or remix these works....)" is "adapt" an acceptable synonym for "remix"? Or does "remix" refer specifically to remixing an audio file? Lloffiwr (talk) 11:35, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Adapt is indeed an acceptable synonym (and in my opinion, it's the preferred term). It's what Creative Commons themselves use in their summary, and "adaptation" is the term used in the actual legal code (see section 1 a for the full definition). LX (talk, contribs) 18:15, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: LX (talk, contribs) 18:15, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Unable to Upload (Catalan)

Quan acabo de posar els drets de Llicència al pujar una imatge, no puc continuar: al pitjar el botó SEGÜENT, no salta al següent pas i es queda paralitzat sense dir si hi ha cap mena d'error. Algú sap perquè passa això? I com es pot solucionar? --Ferran Mir (talk) 18:28, 17 May 2013 (UTC)


Как мне загрузить фото на википедию? Как бы аву свою сделать?!! Или нет, или я должен выделатся, то есть быть популярным, Заранее спасибо. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Дима7 (talk • contribs) 21:14, 18 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Для загрузки файлов в Википедию необходимо получить там статус загружающего. Для этого нужно: стаж в проекте не менее 14 суток и сделать не менее 20 правок. Stas1995 (talk) 16:16, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

No subject

The Photo you have of Villa Richter is NOT located on Veilchenweg. It's on Robert Diez Strasse 9. Please correct. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 03:35, 19 May 2013‎ (UTC)

This is a wiki, so you should be able to correct most mistakes you find yourself. In any case, it's going to be really difficult to help you if you don't indicate which photo you're referring to. We have at least 10 photos of something called "Villa Richter", but searching for files mentioning "Villa Richter" and Veilchenweg yields no results. LX (talk, contribs) 10:27, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I uploaded the above file to Commons a few days ago using Toolserver :: ~Bryan Somehow the image itself did not arrive and this is the result: File:1934 Austin Ten 192404899.jpg

What should I do now? Thanks and regards, Eddaido (talk) 07:45, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Done, uploaded it manually using the upload link on the already created file description page. --Martin H. (talk) 12:24, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Meaning of identify in licenses

I am (still) working on the translation of the Upload Wizard and Commons licenses on I would like clarification of the meaning of "identified" in the public domain license. The word is written in bold but I have been unable to find it in the Creative Commons glossary. Does anyone know where this word is defined on Creative Commons?

The definition in is "to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing", and in Wiktionary is "To establish the taxonomic classification of an organism" (biology) or "To establish the identity of someone or something". Failing receipt of chapter and verse from Creative Commons, is it correct to take (or identify!) the meaning in this context to be "to establish and record that a work is 'free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.'"? Lloffiwr (talk) 20:05, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Can't help you with those philosophical conundra, but there seems to be an official Spanish translation already at -- AnonMoos (talk) 03:50, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I believe that your interpretation is correct. The phrase "determined to be" is another suitable English synonym for "identified" in this context. I assume that the word is boldfaced mainly to distinguish the Public Domain Mark from the Public Domain Dedication. The latter indicates that the copyright holder has released the work into the public domain. The former means that someone (with no particular relation to the work) has asserted that the work is in the public domain (on grounds which may or may not be specified, but which do need to be specified for Commons to host it). LX (talk, contribs) 14:08, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for the detailed notes. Documentation added to Lloffiwr (talk) 11:36, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

May I upload file from a News Paper

Kindly see this image. May I upload it on wikicommons? If yes, what will be the licensing terms? Please help me. Thanks-- Krantmlverma (talk) 04:53, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

It is a recent picture from the Times of India. So they own the copyright for it, and you may not upload it. Maproom (talk) 21:35, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

historic photo

I have some autographed photos of my mother's (but taken by an official photographer -but I'm not sure who) of the Naval Tripartite Commission of 1945 (in Berlin), including autographed photos of the 3 leading Admirals, (British, Russian and American) which might be interesting for readers on one or two of your existing pages (e.g. while you have a file photo of the US Admiral, Robert Ghormley, you have no photo of British Admiral Geoffrey John Audley Miles or the Russian Admiral Levchenko, who headed the respective teams, on their pages). So it would be 68 years old...the photographer might still be alive, although he might not have had the copyright anyway...? — Preceding unsigned comment added by PaulJBarker1 (talk • contribs) 10:43, 22 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Without knowing the author or date of first publication we may have to wait until 120 years after the date of creation. See: Commons:Public_domain#Material_in_the_public_domain.--Canoe1967 (talk) 10:54, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Upload a profile picture

Hi! I am new here. I can not upload my profile picture! Please, help me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shoishob Ahammed (talk • contribs) 01:35, 22 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Your account needs to be registered for four days. Make sure to tag the picture with {{userpage image}}... -- AnonMoos (talk) 01:50, 22 May 2013 (UTC)
Unless something has changed recently, there is no such waiting period for new accounts on Commons (unlike on some Wikipedia projects that have local uploads enabled). But without knowing more about what specific problems or error messages were encountered, nobody is going to be able to provide any help. LX (talk, contribs) 17:18, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Microsoft word files

I shouldn't even ask it because that WARNING should be in large red letters!

How come .doc are not downloadable? Alexnodopaka (talk) 10:11, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

I assume you mean "uploadable". Because 1) Traditionally ".doc" format is proprietary (the latest version of Microsoft word format is pseudo-open, which is a whole long story in itself). 2) Wikimedia Commons is really for media fixed in a particular concrete visual, audio, or audio-visual form. General word-processing files don't really fit this description. AnonMoos (talk) 17:23, 23 May 2013 (UTC)
We don't host any .doc files. Naturally, you cannot download files that don't exist. If you're wondering why you cannot upload files (after all, this is the upload help page), there are two main reasons:
  • .doc is a file suffix typically used to denote files that primarily consist of text. Wikimedia Commons is a media repository. We primarily host media files: images, video and audio. See Commons:Project scope/Summary.
  • .doc is a file suffix typically used to denote a non-standard, proprietary legacy file format. Commons only hosts free content in free file formats. See Commons:File types.
LX (talk, contribs) 17:29, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

No subject — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hazzaselo (talk • contribs) 10:15, 23 May 2013‎ (UTC)

His main tumblr page looks like the image is CC-by-2.0 but the syntax linking it to the CC license page looks broken: "<a rel=”license” href=””><img alt=”Licencia Creative Commons” style=”border-width:0” src=”” /></a>
Este obra está bajo una <a rel=”license” href=””>Licencia Creative Commons Atribución-CompartirIgual 2.0 Genérica</a>"--Canoe1967 (talk) 13:40, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

File deleted because of unfree flickr license?

Hello there,

I was going through my flickr stats and noticed some activity on one of my photos. I found my way here and found this within it:

"Warning: A file by that name has been deleted or moved. The deletion and move log for this page are provided here for convenience: 14:13, 23 May 2013 High Contrast (talk | contribs) deleted page File:Chris Wolstenholme in 2013.jpg (Unfree Flickr license: is licensed under cc-by-nd-2.0) (global usage; delinker log)"

I tried to change the licensing on the photo and upload it myself, but now it's not letting me do so. I don't mind my photo being used. What can I do to allow it here?


Jessica S. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JessicaSarahS (talk • contribs) 08:31, 24. May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for changing the license. Note that CC-By even allows commercial usage and it is more unlikely that you get cash through getty images for it in future. -- Rillke(q?) 09:10, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Undesirable characters?

Why is this considered "undesirable characters" when uploading title for an image?

"The Property of Michael J. and Catherine Kreibuill, Canton Tp. Stark Co: Ohio. 1886."

Thanks. Northwest111Northwest111 (talk) 14:43, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

My guest is the colon, " : ". I may be wrong though. Try Stark Company, Ohio--Canoe1967 (talk) 20:35, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Northwest111 -- there can sometimes be various semi-exotic character problems with filenames (Code page 1252 characters, LTR marks, non-BMP characters, etc.) which are not always visible in your uploading browser... AnonMoos (talk) 03:54, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Archive of this page

Apparently there is an archive of old questions on this page. But where? I don't see a link to the archive anywhere on this page. I have tried adding /archive to the URL but no luck.

Also, automatic archiving is set at 4 days. That's a bit short for those of us who only have the chance to visit here at weekends. However, if we were to have easy access to the archive (via a link, or a hint on how to find it) this wouldn't be a problem. Lloffiwr (talk) 17:02, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

I tried a few from Category:Archival templates but none seemed to work. Probably my syntax.--Canoe1967 (talk) 19:37, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
That's a rather glaring omission – thanks for pointing it out. I've added a link and a search box to the top of the page. LX (talk, contribs) 19:56, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for adding a link to search the archive. However, I think that the link goes to the wrong archive, the 'help desk' archive, instead of to the 'Upload help' archive. Also, I note that on the page Commons:Help_desk/Archive/2013/05 there is a link to the parent page 'Commons:Help desk | Archive' at the top of the page. But there is no such link at the top of Commons:Upload_help/Archive/2013/05. Lloffiwr (talk) 13:17, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Well silly me. Now it should point to the right place. The reason the archives didn't link back to Commons:Upload help/Archive is that it didn't exist. I've created it now. LX (talk, contribs) 13:34, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Lloffiwr (talk) 19:40, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Image Confusion

Hello Upload help staff,

I have uploaded two different images with the same file name. Perhaps the uploader did not catch my mistake, but now I can do neither of the following:

  • Upload the same image (in an attempt to chose another filename). I received an error saying that the image has already been uploaded.
  • Open the image on the filename page (see image on the right).
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    . Although the filename page displays one of the images I uploaded with this filename, the other image shows up here.

Please look into the issue. --JustBerry (talk) 17:33, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

Just tag the one we don't need with Template:Duplicate. You may wish to add Template:Convert to SVG to the one that we should keep.--Canoe1967 (talk) 19:54, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

uploading a file

Why can't I upload a file from my Microsoft Word? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Salv Laurence Cachia (talk • contribs) 02:31, 27 May 2013‎ (UTC)

As it says above "Because 1) Traditionally ".doc" format is proprietary (the latest version of Microsoft word format is pseudo-open, which is a whole long story in itself). 2) Wikimedia Commons is for media fixed in a particular concrete visual, audio, or audio-visual form. General word-processing files don't really fit this description." -- AnonMoos (talk) 03:45, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Uploading photos taken by another person and given to me

How do I fill in the form for uploading a file which has been given to me with all rights, but was created by another person. In specific, how do I fill in the source and author blocks? Cheers · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 06:38, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

You could use Special:Upload if the upload wizard doesn't have the correct options.. They should normallly send an email to Commons:OTRS which has a backlog. Something like File:Photograph of tourists permission form.png may work instead of email. Just have them write: "I, the photographer, release this image under Creative Commons license 3.0 with commercial use and derivatives allowed." Upload an image of the license they filled out first and then overwrite the file with the actual image like we do with press photos. File:Pamela Reed 1977.JPG is an example. Creating their own account is another solution.--Canoe1967 (talk) 09:44, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
What I am trying to find out is what to do in the following circumstances where there is no release form available for one of several possible reasons. For example:
  1. The photographs were inherited as part of a deceased estate.
  2. The photographs were taken by a random bystander of the subject at the subject's request using the subject's camera and there is no record of who the photographer was or how to contact them
  3. The photographs were taken at the request and direction of the owner by a third party who was in effect, holding the camera and pressing the button, either employed to do so, or as a favour.
Thanks, · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 10:28, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
Something like Template:CC-BY-SA-3.0-heirs for the first but may need permission of all the heirs if you are not the sole heir. You probably can't upload 2. For 3. you may be accepted as the 'producer' and have copyrights to the images with a verbal contract. That may depend on which country they were taken in.--Canoe1967 (talk) 10:56, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Help please!!

Hello there,

I found this picture (Here) in Wikipedia Indonesia . Can I upload this picture in Wikipedia Arabic or Wikimedia Commons? Bo hessin (talk) 11:03, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

The file uses the template id:Template:HakciptaPenggunaanBebasTetapi. The equivalent here would be {{attribution}}, but I see no basis for the claim that the copyright holder of the file allows anyone to use it for any purpose – mainly because the copyright holder is not identified. It looks like just another non-free image grabbed from some random website. The source site is Imageshack, which isn't exactly known for its regard for authors' rights or even documenting who uploaded what and when. LX (talk, contribs) 14:21, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Logo of the Venezuelan Parliament

I want to upload the logo of the National Assembly of Venezuela (file); (source 1; source 2) yet I'm not sure what sort of license is applied or if there is any license to use. Being the logo of a governmental institution, is it free from copyright? Also I'm not entirely sure which are the specific laws regarding this in Venezuela. --Dainshku (talk) 22:13, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

{{PD-VenezuelaGov}} only covers texts, and none of the other points at Commons:CRT#Venezuela seem to apply either, so that would be a non-free logo. LX (talk, contribs) 23:17, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Gymnastics (public event) youtube video upload help

I may have access to a 720p gymnastics video currently located on YouTube. The competition is public event, on private property (arena), in case anyone's interested. My problem is this:

  1. Most gymnastics events use music to some extent. The video has sound—I would want it without sound naturally—but YouTube has recognized this music and has disabled the uploader from allowing the video to be licensed under a creative commons license. Without actually requesting the uploader to disable the sound in her video (which I believe is permanent) and therefore ruining her video for most of her viewers—and assuming she replies by email, agreeing to the Declaration of Consent with a URL pointing at the youtube video (sans audio), which would be emailed to OTRS—would the high-resolution version of her video be retrievable by any clever people on this board?
  2. I have never converted and uploaded a video using Ogg T... or any fancy things, and yesterday I was researching all the Python methods and to be quite frank, it's beyond my capacity (embarrassing but there we are). If the video is retrievable, would anyone be willing to convert and upload the video for me—and as a bonus, possibly crop a certain portion to make a much, much shorter, second video for me? This second video would have to retain the best quality possible as I intend to nominate it for FP at some point. I would be absolutely grateful. – Kerαunoςcopiagalaxies 21:26, 29 May 2013 (UTC)