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Welcome to WikiProject Permission requests!

We are volunteers dedicated to the task of requesting permission from copyright holders for their works to be used under a license compatible with Commons. See also Commons:OTRS.

To maximize gain, we concentrate on outstanding works that are not yet available under a free license, but for which there is a good chance that the author might relicense them when being told about our project.

If you know of any such works, please post a message here containing, at the very least:

  • A hyperlink to the work
  • The name of the author, along with his contact information (email)
  • Why you think that the work is exceptional
  • Why you think that the author might relicense it
  • Your signature

Better yet, join the permission requests team! This is totally informal and requires no special skills. If you are wondering how to write a convincing permission request e-mail, this page might help you.

Files tagged with Template:No permission since[edit]

File:Brick s.JPG[edit]

This is a message initally written by me on COM:VP Teofilo (talk) 08:37, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

We have E-mail receiving volunteers at COM:OTRS but do we have E-mail writing volunteers ?

Writing E-mails is not something I enjoy doing, so I would be glad if someone could send an E-mail to artist user:Maccallum and explain what he can do to increase the probability that his file is kept. The best would be to confirm that the picture was taken at the Southampton bargate or to provide a different photo from the Bargate exhibition, so that the picture would be in scope as a piece of information about the Bargate, leaving open the question about the in-scope-ness of an artwork from an artist who has no Wikipedia article yet. A confirmation of the exact title of the artwork ("Brick s" ?) would not be bad either. Or provide a picture for en:Artparks Sculpture Park where an artist with the same name is mentioned. Teofilo (talk) 19:03, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Pending permission requests[edit]


I have been attempting to update the Human Rights Foundation's logo (see on their wikipedia page to the following image. I have an email from the HRF stating the following:

On May 13, 2014 at 8:32:04 AM, S.E. Parker ( wrote:

Dear [Comatmebro],

Thank you for your call yesterday. You have the Human Rights Foundation's permission to use the new logo to update the Wikipedia entry about our organization.


Sarah Parker _______________ S.E. Parker Senior Program Director, Human Rights Foundation +1 212 246 8486 Empire State Building, #4515 New York, NY 10118

Is this sufficient permission to change the photo, and, if so, how do I go about properly updating the photo? I apologize if this is the wrong platform to ask this question - I am having trouble comprehending the rules and regulations for uploading photos to wikipedia, but would really appreciate some help!Comatmebro (talk) 22:47, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Russian Video Game Rating[edit]

am i allowed to upload this?

i see various other rating system being uploaded, so is it? Its an example of the rating system for video games in russia.--Crossswords (talk) 10:03, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Messier 87 Radio Lobes Image[edit]


  • This image of galaxy M87 is important because currently wiki article has only textual description of the radio lobes and readers will benefit from the presence of an image, given that M87 is a radio galaxy and so radio lobe thing is an important topic. Also, no other image is available, all authors reuse this image.
  • I contacted the original author (Dr. Frazer Owen, Email: and he replied that it can be used as it is not copyrighted.

Thank you --AhmadLX (talk) 13:30, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

Major photo request petition[edit]

There is a major petition on Russian Wikipedia (ru:Википедия:Петиция к ТАСС и РИА Новости) requesting some very much needed photos to be under free licences. I have so far been unable to contact RIA Novosti and TASS (phone doesn't work, emails and tweets have been unanswered) but they have donated us images in the past. I would be much appreciated if somebody could help get the word to RIAN and TASS and (and, since TASS and RIAN often give them freely licenced images). There is currently a huge shortage of freely licenced Soviet era photos, and I hope OTRS can help with this.--PlanespotterA320 (talk) 00:51, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

Photo of Congressman Carter Manasco[edit]

A Photo of Carter Manasco (January 3, 1902 – February 5, 1992) would be useful. Particularly in filling out this list at US House Committee on Oversight and Reform#Chair .

One image is directly found in these places:

and are found from:


The following page lists three email addresses and a phone number for usage requests [2]

Just for completeness sake, there are also two group photos with Representative Carter Manasco (D-AL) in the Truman Library:

  1. His face, in the upper right most corner, is classic "Are you taking the picture now?"

but the Truman Library appears to punt on checking out copyrights, as shown here.


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Thanks for anything you can do on this/these request(s). Lent (talk) 01:41, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

English Translation of the 1984 German excavation report: Hauser in Pompeji: Casa del Principe di Napoli Volume 1[edit]

I requested permission from the editor of this text Professor Volker Michael Strocka to translate the text and make the resulting English translation freely available on the web. Professor Strocka granted permission in an email to me dated February 5, 2020. I also contacted the original publisher, the German Archaeological Institute, to be sure they did not claim any kind of copyright and they confirmed to me in an email dated 2/4/2020 that sole copyright was held by the editor Volker Michael Strocka. Meanwhile, one of Italian Wikipedia's directors asked me if I could save the translation in epub format and upload it to Wikisource. Are there any other permissions needed? Professor Strocka's email address is: I can forward copies of the permissions emails I received to whichever email address you wish. I have been a contributor to Wikipedia and Wikimedia commons since 2007, but I have never submitted anything to Wikisource before. Mharrsch (talk) 17:40, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

See also[edit]

Requesting an image for a photog's article[edit]

For Loudes Grobet I request help in obtaining permission from the copyright holder (Lourdes Grobet) to use one of her "lucha libre" photographs to illustrate her article. She can be reached via her website here. If anyone knows how to do that, and can please do it? Thank you!!! --Soydeaguadilla (talk) 20:06, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Permission for a Photograph[edit]

Hallo, ich bitte um Erlaubnis zur Veröffentlichung des Fotos "Siegbert Kardach" in seinem Artikel Siegbert Kardach, an dem ich auch mitgearbeitet habe. Die Erlaubnis von Siegbert Kardach und des Fotografen liegt vor. Mit Dank und Gruß Wikswat Wikswat (talk) 16:32, 6 September 2020 (UTC)