Template talk:Copyvio

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{{Copyvio}} or {{Copyvio| source }}

An optional source of the image can be specified.
If the source URL contains an equal sign, the argument can be passed as {{Copyvio|1= source }}.

California Caltrans[edit]

From the Caltrans web site is this posting, found on this page:

OWNERSHIP In general, information presented on this web site, unless otherwise indicated, is considered in the public domain. It may be distributed or copied as permitted by law. However, the State does make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs) which may require additional permissions prior to your use. Furthermore, the unique branding of the site and various official seals and marks may not be used without permission of the State.

So if there is no indication that a copyrighted work requires additional permission, couldn't images from the site be used? If a CalTrans logo is part of the picture, it can be digitally removed before uploading. -- Samuel Wantman 23:21, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Well this is sadly a disclaimer saying not much helpful (it contradicts itself). NASA for example has a policy that every foreign copyright is noted along side the image (and this policy is noted in the disclaimer). Ask at Commons talk:Licensing what the others think about it. Arnomane 08:32, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

we have got permission to use the photo Image:Wolfgang Clement.jpg from German ministerium of econmy and the german Gouvernment. --12:43, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

Nobody will read it here. Please post copyright questions to Commons talk:Licensing. Arnomane 13:32, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

Informing the uploader[edit]

The templates {{nsd}} and {{nld}} have a nice line to copy and paste to the talk page of the uploader. I think that such a line would be nice and useful for this template, too. I got the idea from a tip by Pfctdayelise ("-- -- it is a good idea to tell the uploader what they have done wrong and ask them to read Commons:Licensing and ask questions at the Commons:Help desk."). Samulili 09:20, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

I agree that would be nice. However, such notification should not be required for copyvio deletions. Certainly, those admins who take the time to do so should be provided with a copypasteable line to do so, but I'll fiercely fight against any attempts to make such notification mandatory :) —UED77 20:24, 13 June 2006 (UTC)
I think it's actually in your best interests to do so, if you catch it, UED77. Otherwise they will just keep uploading copyvios with no idea of what they are doing wrong == more work later on.
Then there's people who upload stuff and tag it {{logo}}, and then leave it...! I'll never understand those people. Maybe they freak out and just leave it and assume it will be deleted. pfctdayelise (translate?) 10:04, 14 June 2006 (UTC)
Most people that tag their images with "logo" or "fair use" have only one single edit at this very image. This indicates that they just uploaded the file (and directly entered there the image description) and even didn't look at the image page after upload ("our upload and forget problem"...). Arnomane 20:29, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Misuse of {{copyvionote}}[edit]

For the love of Jimbo please don't spam users' talk pages with these warnings. :/ The aim is not to merely notify them, but to make sure they understand what they're doing wrong and why it's not acceptable. If you need to tag 10 images from one person as copyvio, then they don't need 10 copyvionote warnings. They need ONE strong, personal, last-chance explanation and warning, and anything after that they need to be blocked. pfctdayelise (translate?) 14:51, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Well said. -- Duesentrieb(?!) 22:23, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Against Policy -> Copyright violation[edit]

I modified the category for easier maintenance. --Cat out 19:02, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Keep the Consistency (Change the layout)[edit]

Dear Administrators,

Why don't you change a little bit the layout in order to keep the consistency with Speedy Request {{Speedydelete}}?

Please refer to {{Copyvio/ja}}

Followings are very smal things, though...

  • Deletion Guidelines : ALL languages don't have to be shown. User can click "Language Changer Bar" at the bottom.
  • Be more clearly: Upper Messages are for READERs and Lower Messages are for ADMINs without mixing up.
  • Explain the usage simply: The explanation should be OUTSIDE of the main box. The main Message Box is automatically shown on all tagged pages; Whom is it for? Without making READERs confused, Admins or People helping maintenance can come to check the Usage details here.

What do you think? --SantaClaus 08:56, 24 February 2007 (UTC)


Please change either the colour of the deletion reason text within the box or the corresponding background colour to increase contrast. Violet on violet isn’t legible. —xyzzyn 17:04, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Done, thanks to Fred Chess. —xyzzyn 11:46, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Problematic links[edit]

For some reason when I enter the link [1] into the parameter field the template suddenly considers that parameter to be empty. The same thing happens if I write the link in plain text (i.e without using []). The link still diplays fine when writing it outside the template so there must be some part of the template code which stops it. /Lokal_Profil 10:28, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

MediaWiki templates support named parameters, which are assigned with the = character. Links that have the character thus assign a parameter that doesn't exist and can't be used by the template. A workaround for this is to write {{copyvio|source=link}} or {{copyvio|1=link}} (as noted at the top of this page :). --Para 10:52, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, had completely missed the comment on the top of this page. /Lokal_Profil 13:47, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

it doesn't work[edit]

The revision on 2008-05-12T01:03:59 doesn't work. Please see Image:Chihana chan.jpg. Thank you.--miya 15:16, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Hopefully fixed. Thanks for the notice. --Mormegil 15:54, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Reason as parameter[edit]

Would it be better, if ”This image is a copyright violation because it comes from:” were ”This image is a copyright violation because”, if you would indicate the parameter not as ”1” or ”Source”, but as ”Reason”. Because sometimes you don't write the source directly, you write the reason, e.g. Non-free screenshot. So, my idea would be that {{Copyvio|Reason=Reason, not source}} would create the following template:

Nuvola apps important.svg

This talk page may meet the criteria for speedy deletion.

This file is a copyright violation because it is copyrighted and not published under a free license.
The file is subject to speedy deletion unless it is relicensed according to the Commons licensing policy.

  • This file is a violation because Reason, not source
Usage: This template should only be used for obvious cases. For non-obvious cases, use {{delete}} and follow the instructions.

If you have a URL that shows the image is a copyvio, use {{copyvio|URL}}

Please notify the uploader by adding the follow to their talk page:
{{subst:copyvionote|Template talk:Copyvio}} -~~~~

For multiple images from one user, explaining copyrights might be more useful.

Appeal: If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page.
If this page does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion, please remove this notice.

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--Joku Janne(Fi) (Wikiwiki) 01:23, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

I've changed the text there, but not the variable. Just use {{copyvio|Whatever}} if you don't want to use |source=  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 03:41, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Image overlap[edit]

{{editprotected}} Can someone remove the "|left" parameter from the image? It causes the text to overlap the image due to a known bug in IE; the "|left" creates a floating div that does not fair well inside tables. EdokterTalk 21:42, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done--Waldir talk 22:55, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
Thank you. EdokterTalk 00:15, 18 January 2009 (UTC)


adding the follow should read 'adding the following'. Classical geographer (talk) 15:27, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

✓ Done --Mormegil (talk) 17:11, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

This template may meet criteria for speedy deletion![edit]

Every time I visited this template, which is not often, I was shocked by this message: "This template may meet criteria for speedy deletion." It only takes some time for the realization to hit me and I realize that this message is due to a consequential technical implementation of the template. So, dear Administrators who have modification permission, please fix this shocking bad implementation by replacing the following piece of code:

'''This {{namespace}} may meet the [[COM:D#Speedy deletion|criteria for speedy deletion]].'''

...with the following:

'''This <noinclude>file</noinclude><includeonly>{{namespace}}</includeonly> may meet the [[COM:D#Speedy deletion|criteria for speedy deletion]].'''

Thanks! Fleet Command (talk) 11:07, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

P.S. Actually, regardless of whatever namespace you put this template in, the template body text always reads: "This file is a copyright violation because it is copyrighted and not published under a free license. The file is subject to speedy deletion unless it is relicensed according to the Commons licensing policy."
As you can see, this template is only usable in file namespace. So, it is safe to replace the above code with:
'''This file may meet the [[COM:D#Speedy deletion|criteria for speedy deletion]].'''

Fleet Command (talk) 11:07, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

Creating a category parameter[edit]


This template adds categories to Category:Copyright violations. Can we make that cat optional? I created a subcat for Picasa copyvios but they shouldn't appear in the parent category. It may seem like it would complicate the process but a script will being treated this way so there won't be any hassle. To enable that function:

<includeonly>{{{category|[[Category:Copyright violations]]}}}</includeonly><noinclude>

Replace with

<includeonly>{{#if:{{{cat|no}}}||{{{category|[[Category:Copyright violations]]}}}}}</includeonly><noinclude>

The parameter would be |cat=no|. ZooFari 05:06, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Why not just set category= to nothing? That's what it's there for. No need for a parser function. Rocket000 (talk) 12:52, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
And I think this is what you want anyway: <includeonly>{{#ifeq:{{{cat}}}|no||{{{category|[[Category:Copyright violations]]}}}}}</includeonly><noinclude> Rocket000 (talk) 13:05, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing that out. ZooFari 17:19, 28 February 2010 (UTC)


This template should automatically change its language via the /layout and /lang subpages. ~pikolas [[mia diskuto]] 17:53, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

I Symbol keep vote.svg Agree! And why the languages redirects to Speedydelete templates? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mizunoryu (talk • contribs) 19:40, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
✓ Done. I've finished the conversion to {{autotranslate}} today after getting the full protection lifted. Most of that work had already been done by others, mainly User:The Evil IP address, User:DieBuche and a bunch of translators. It turns out we had two slightly different copies of the English text of this template: the text shown directly in this template before the change and the one in Template:Copyvio/en, which I changed a bit, partly by bringing stuff over from here and partly according to my own whims. My edit summaries should explain fairly well what I was doing, but if anyone thinks I've made a royal mess of things, please pipe up. LX (talk, contribs) 13:59, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

The "appeal" section[edit]

Recently, Krinkle changed the appeal section, without any discussion as far as I can see, telling the person that disagrees with deletion to make a regular deletion request. That is not a logical procedure. It should be up to the tagger to make the DR, if that person persists that it is a copyright violation. I restore the wording in Template:Copyvio/en. See also Commons:Village pump#Proposal to prevent unnecessary aggravation. /Pieter Kuiper (talk) 15:58, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Hiding notifying template[edit]

I first thought, that this was deleted, but it is only hidden. At least the instrucion text should be in a different color or else. --Kungfuman (talk) 10:15, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Not sure what you mean, but It could be fixed now--DieBuche (talk) 12:13, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

Parameter source=[edit]

The parameters {{{1}}} and {{{2}}} did not show on the Dutch translation. I managed to fix parameter 1, but number 2 is still not shown. It works fine with {{copyvio/nl|1=test 1|2=test 2}} but not for {{copyvio|1=test 1|2=test 2}} with Dutch as language preference.
I solved it by replacing parameter 2 by parameter source. Should be {{copyvio|1=test 1|source=test 2}}
I also changed this on other languages, but upon checking (again) it does not work either. Revert my changes if they were wrong. Try to correct it if possible. HenkvD (talk) 19:28, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

The localised templates do expect the source as unnamed parameter 2; this is how the main template passes the parameters. The template was working fine for the language specified in the user's preferences. I'm guessing you mean that the parameters were not rewritten in place when clicking the language links. For this, we need to use {{LayoutTemplateArgs}}. I've made the necessary changes to the /layout template and to /en and /sv. Other languages should also be updated so that they pass the parameters back to the layout template. LX (talk, contribs) 22:17, 23 December 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. /en and /sv works fine. I canged /nl and this works fine too. I will chnage the others accordingly. HenkvD (talk) 10:00, 24 December 2010 (UTC)


Hi, my name is Oscar León, and I wants to report the image “Joaquin cordero 21.jpg” has been detected as a Copyvio, due to the image belongs to Televisa. I request the imagen must be deleted. Sincerely, Oscar León 2011 (talk) 23:51, 19 February 2013 (UTC).

"Freedom of Panorama cases"[edit]

I used this template on a copyvio file and an admin reverted me just saying "not a copyvio". Later I was told that I was to use deletion review on "Freedom of Panorama cases". If there indeed is such a rule, it might be useful to mention that on this page or preferably on the template itself. Palosirkka (talk) 10:50, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

This is mentioned in our criteria for speedy deletion policy. The template does link (rather prominently and several times) to Commons:Deletion policy#Speedy deletion, which has a "see also" box that links to those criteria. I don't think it would be a good idea to add too much detailed information directly in the template itself, but perhaps it would be better if those links pointed directly to the criteria, as that is what the link texts suggest. LX (talk, contribs) 13:55, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the pointer. Palosirkka (talk) 18:50, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Protected Edit Request[edit]


Hi! I've managed to now finish translating this template, and therefore, could I please request that it is now added to the main template's language support. Maltese/Malti is now available to go in. Grazzi ħafna. CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 18:42, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

✓ Done (Actually the page is only edit=autoconfirmed.) --Didym (talk) 23:10, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
I don't know why it wouldn't let me complete the edit then. I'm autoconfirmed on here, and when I went to try and edit the page, it would only let me see the source, not edit it. Not sure what the hades is going on there. CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 00:01, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
The only page I had to edit was Template:Copyvio/lang, which is only edit=autoconfirmed. (Template:Copyvio is indeed edit=sysop.) --Didym (talk) 00:11, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Oh f...ire me out of a cannon. I went to edit the wrong flunking page. Never mind. The brain does weird things when you're tired. Cheers Didym. :) CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 01:14, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Different actions suggested in different languages?[edit]

When viewing tagged images for deletion, if there is the large "Please check the talk page before deleting where information pertaining copyright might have been added" then I go and view that data, so I have been accustomed to always check for a talk page objection. However it transpires that the German version is saying that the objection can go on the image or the talk page - unlike the English version which directs one to the talk page. Could we be consistent and have all objections on the talk page? I was informed of this problem at User_talk:Ronhjones#File:Fantasy_Fest_2006_Wet_T-Shirt_Contest_24_Whipped_cream_titties.jpg Ronhjones  (Talk) 00:01, 4 September 2014 (UTC)


I suggest that the __NOINDEX__ code be added to this template, so images that are copyright violations will not appear on web search engines. This will help keep us from trouble. This change will not change the appearance of the template. It will just help keeping out copyright violations from being indexed by search engines. Thank you. Poké95 04:39, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Oppose. As far i know noindex is not real time. This won't help. --Steinsplitter (talk) 09:34, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

Any way to avoid using this template without parameter?[edit]

I seen several Copyvio tags without source (URL) provided, and as the Documentation suggests, the reason parameter is mandatory. But, no warning when some user use just {{copyvio}} without the mandatory parameter.

  • Is possible to unprotect the Layout and Language templates in order to add a warning if used without parameters?
  • Otherwaise (or better), is possible to create a Abuse filter to refuse saving the page (even for autoconfirmed users) containing {{copyvio}}.

This should resolve a lot of false copyvio tagging. --Amitie 10g (talk) 01:25, 12 March 2016 (UTC)


I cannot edit the template, but there should be a comma before “because,” because it starts a new clause.
PapíDimmi (talk) 09:35, 19 June 2016 (UTC)