Template talk:Copyvionote

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added line[edit]

Good wording, Samulili. I just added another line because sometimes stuff is tagged mistakenly. It's not always the tagger is 100% correct. :) pfctdayelise (translate?) 10:05, 14 June 2006 (UTC)


Hm... after seeing this in action for a couple of weeks, I'm not so sure it's a great idea. Notifying the uploader is good but I think more specific personal messages are better for getting exactly what they did wrong across, e.g. "Screenshots don't create new copyright" / "Logos are generally unfree, so please don't upload them here" rather than this generic message. Guess it's better than nothing though... pfctdayelise (translate?) 11:50, 2 July 2006 (UTC)

What if we added a field for reason to both this and {{Copyvio}}. Not only would it solve the problem you mention but also the anxiety I feel trying to empty Category:Against policy and going "Why is this an obvious copyviolation?" -Samulili 11:56, 2 July 2006 (UTC)
If you can't tell why it's a copyvio, definitely don't delete it. Untag it and post on the image talk page or tagger's talk page requesting them to nominate it on COM:DEL instead, since it's not clear. This is good because it still makes Category:against policy smaller even though you didn't delete anything. :) Or you can nominate it yourself like Arnomane does.
I don't think making the deletion process any more complicated is a good idea because many people already are confused, by the number of nominations in wrong places. --pfctdayelise (translate?) 12:04, 2 July 2006 (UTC)
Adding the reason from {{Copyvio}} to {{Copyvionote}} would better inform all readers of the uploader's user talk page, especially useful after the file has been deleted.   — Jeff G. ツ 13:20, 13 May 2017 (UTC)


There was copyright-violation-alert concerning my published on Flickr photo "Burg Hirschhorn2" (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Burg_Hirschhorn2.jpg) I changed the copyright conditions, it's all right now. greetings Raymond — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:57, 1 December 2009‎ (UTC)

@Kurpfalzbilder.de: You are welcome to request undeletion at COM:UDEL.   — Jeff G. ツ 13:32, 13 May 2017 (UTC)


Lisäsäsin uuden "Copyionote" mallineen eli tuon saman mallineen suomeksi.Se on tässä([1]) voisiko joku ylläpitäjistä laittaa sen tuohon kilipalkkiin{{copyvionote/lang}} ?--Terveisin:CHELLBER 114 (Keskustele) 23:56, 26 July 2008 (UTC)


I changed the unnecessary heading from autotranslate to a simple == [[:File:Foo.jpg]] ==. Regretably the subtemplate Template:Copyvionote/heading/en is now used on many user talks and should stay. --Martin H. (talk) 13:21, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Wording too strong[edit]

Despite the fact that this template is only used for so-called "obvious" copyvios, in some cases these may be uploaded by the original author, or otherwise okay. I think we should avoid language implying that the work is definitely a copyvio, like "pay attention to copyright," since this may scare or offend users who didn't do anything wrong. Something more like "One of your uploads has been flagged as a possible copyright violation, and will be deleted if an explanation is not provided." Dcoetzee (talk) 23:29, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

I agree with your proposal. Often enough a supposed copyvio isn't obvious. The author may always come up with a proof that it is no copyvio. However we'd need a broad consensus on this, otherwise we don't get every translation reworded. PanchoS (talk) 16:17, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
The only strong wording for me as a non-native English speaker is the phrase "pay attention to copyright".
The suggested phrasing "One of your uploads has been flagged as a possible copyright violation" is to me just a slightly more complicated version of the current "[image] has been marked as a copyright violation."
But I agree that "pay attention to copyright" should be altered. I would suggest "Copyright is important". If that is too bold change, then at least a "please" could be added, e.g. "Please respect copyright", which would be a direct translation of the German phrasing "Bitte beachte Urheberrechte" and not need any translation rewording.
Fred J (talk) 09:27, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
Hmm, not sure how I feel about "Copyright is important". How about "Notice of copyright issue" or "Please review copyright status" or something along those lines? Or maybe just remove the box on the left altogether? Dcoetzee (talk) 22:49, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

If I may weigh in as someone who recently got very (unreasonably) angry about receiving such a notice.... It seems to me that the current wording is a bit abrupt and rude. It came across to me as harsh and high-handed. I would suggest somewhat softer wording, and also adding a mention of COM:UNDEL as a means of recourse and appeal. Personally I think I would not have been so upset if the language were slightly softer, and a means of adjutification were identified in the note. I'm all in favor of complying with the law, but seem to have gotten angry with the specific words used. With best wishes, Daderot (talk) 23:33, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

I tried to bring the ideas above together. The phrase, "that is, images and other media files that can be used by anyone, for any purpose" seems to me to be of little use. The links in the following sentence provide clarity and should be emphasized. Since most users will be concerned with images, I would consider placing "Commons:Image casebook" first; readers that only view the first link will find it most helpful.
2009-01-16 version:[2]
|title=Pay attention to copyright
|text=[[:{{{1}}}]] has been marked as a copyright violation. Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content, that is, images and other media files that can be used by anyone, for any purpose. For details on what is acceptable, please read Commons:Licensing. For images, you may find Commons:Image casebook useful. You can ask questions about Commons policies in Commons:Help desk.
Proposed wording:
|title=Possible copyright violation
|text=[[:{{{1}}}]] has been marked as a possible copyright violation. Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content. For images, please see Commons:Image casebook. For more information, see Commons:Licensing. You may ask questions about Commons policies at Commons:Help desk. For incorrectly deleted files, you may request undeletion.
Walter Siegmund (talk) 16:31, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
It has been two weeks with no comment since I proposed new wording. In a week, or so, I'd like to make that edit. Your comments are welcome in the meantime. Walter Siegmund (talk) 21:58, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
I actually have an issue with the phrase "The file you added will soon be deleted." That seems too strongly worded and assumes the file is definitively a copyright violation. It also contradicts the sentence immediately following it. A simple swap to "may soon be deleted" would resolve it imo. ~ Amory (utc) 12:55, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Broken link in some translations[edit]

Hi, I encountered a broken link to the image discussion page in several languages.
I felt comfortable fixing the German, German (formal) and French versions by replacing the broken link to the talk page by a link to the image description page itself (exactly analogous to the English version, see my change).
However the respective changes in Nynorsk, Norsk (Bokmål), Polish, Slovakian and Swedish should be done by native speakers.
Regards, PanchoS (talk) 16:10, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

Minor wording change[edit]


Please change "will soon be deleted" to "may soon be deleted" — adding this tag does not guarantee deletion. Nyttend (talk) 16:40, 5 July 2010 (UTC)

✓ Done (But you could have done it yourself, the English text is at Template:Copyvionote/en, which is freely editable.) --Mormegil (talk) 11:23, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

possible copyright violation[edit]

It is suggested to add the word possible to "has been marked as a [possible] copyright violation".
Regretably on my monitor this will cause an additional linebreak separating the help desk link to Commons:Help//desk, maybe we can save some space with removing the blank line before the deletion warning? --Martin H. (talk) 23:00, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

At least for me, when file name is entered (like here) it breaks lines even now. For what it is worth, "For images, you may" may be shortened to "Also, you may" --Justass (talk) 23:16, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Just use a     to prevent line breaks between words. -- RE rillke questions? 20:01, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Protected edit request[edit]


Hi. Would you please be so kind as to add Maltese/Malti to this template. Grazzi ħafna :) CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 02:07, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Nothing to do, template already displays correctly in mt. --Didym (talk) 13:01, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
When I look at Template:Copyvionote, the languages listed in the box below do not include Malti, unlike the other templates I've edited into the language. Is this one different in some way because it's substituted? CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 17:28, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Indeed, the text itself needs no change on the template, but the language box does. Fixed here. --Didym (talk) 12:24, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Didym. Is there any way that I am able to complete an "editprotected" without having to bug other people? I think it's sort of a shame to drag other people away from their work to fix up stuff that I'm creating. CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 20:31, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

‘Kinder wording’[edit]

On Twitter, user @16kbit notes: ‘dear @Wikipedia, I wish you would address new contributors like human beings. Why not use a kinder wording?’. He refers to the e-mail notification he or someone got when this template has been inserted on their talk page. The e-mail only contains a shortened version of the copyvio message: ‘Notification of possible copyright violation for [File Name]’. I couldn’t find this message in the template subpages, where is it located? We could replace it by the full note, or at least a longer and nicer variant indeed. I think it would be good to add a greeting in the beginning of the e-mail too, but that may be something to talk over on Phabricator instead. What do you think? ~ nicolas (talk) 20:38, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Oh, thanks for following up!
Indeed, I recently was assisting some people in creating their wikipedia user accounts, and doing their first edits – in this case, an artist, aged 78. The first thing she receives is the automated welcome message left on her user page with some advice for beginners – so far, so good. She then went through the file upload process, which is well engineered, and gives clear indications in an appropriate tone. However after having uploaded her first image (her own artistic work), she soon receives that email containing the one-liner "Notification of possible copyright violation for NameOfFile". Following the link, she finds the Copyvionote template which, in that circumstances, has a pretty harsh tone ("Wikimedia Commons takes copyright violations very seriously and persistent violators will be blocked from editing."). This interaction didn't leave a very positive impression of the wikipedia community.
I believe that the wording, both of the email and the template, could do a better effort of assuming good faith on the contributors part, and use a less menacing tone. --1904.CC (talk) 21:52, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

A touch of copy editing[edit]

{{edit request}} Please change: You may find Commons:Copyright rules useful. You can ask questions about Commons policies in Commons:Help desk.

To: You may also find Commons:Copyright rules useful. You, or you can ask questions about Commons policies inat the Commons:Help desk.

Sans of course the strikes and underlines to emphasize the changes. Thanks. TimothyJosephWood 12:12, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done Thanks! --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 05:29, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Edit request 2017-10-23[edit]

{{editrequest}} The reason parameter is not making it to the user talk page, please see this manual edit after I suspected the tool.   — Jeff G. ツ 09:41, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done Thank you! -- User: Perhelion 14:28, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
@Perhelion: Thanks, but it is not working in this case.   — Jeff G. ツ ping or talk 16:20, 26 December 2017 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Ah yes, I feared something like that. The reason parameter has no name, only "2". I guess a name would be not bad!? You insert it manually? -- User: Perhelion 16:41, 26 December 2017 (UTC)
@Perhelion: I copied it from the "further instructions" in Template:Copyvio when in actual use on (now deleted) File:Lisa May.jpg, see the sole example at Template:Copyvio/doc. We need the named parameters "reason" and "source" for backward compatibility with all the translated versions of Template:Copyvio.   — Jeff G. ツ ping or talk 08:56, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done @Jeff G.: Oh* that was me.●°.°● The parameter have now names, no need for edit all lang subpages. Happy New Year! See you next time. -- User: Perhelion 20:50, 27 December 2017 (UTC)