User talk:Jameslwoodward

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My formal name is James L. Woodward, but I prefer to be called "Jim"

Harry Mitchell/[edit]

Hello Jim, I have been in contact with Harry in England and he mentioned he spoke with you. The office of Congressman Duncan Hunter contacted Harry and the office of Congressman Juan Vargas asked if he could contact them directly regarding this. I have known Juan Vargas since he started as a San Diego Council after Bob Filner was elected to Congress in 1992. Filner was the first U.S. politician I met with on this project in 1991 when he was the Deputy Mayor and Councilman of San Diego, he spent a year in Sweden and we spoke in Swedish, not Spanish. I sent Harry a copy of his letter acknowledging that meeting in 1991. In 1998, Juan Vargas as a San Diego City Councilman flew with me to Mexico City when I was negotiating with Alfredo Miguel/SACSA to build the Tijuana cross-border terminal, at the time GAP (Mexico's Pacific Airport Group) had not been privatized. I have sent a series of documents to Harry including correspondence with Senator Diane Feinstein's office from September 1993 when I was in Washington meeting with her and her project's director trying to save Ron Roberts TwinPorts airport proposal. I also sent Harry correspondence dealing with negotiations with Johnson Controls World Services (at the time the world's second largest airport operator)when they were interested in Mexico's airport privatization in 1996, and also sent him the name of the airbrush artist I used in 1991-2. I still have over a hundred emails dealing with the land negotiations 2006-2007 with Sam Zell's people in Chicago and the Mexican investors in Mexico City. In dealing with all these people, my images were used in all the negotiations between 1991-2007, i.e. from Bob Filner to Sam Zell. I also sent Harry a copy of the letter from Mexico's Presidential Commissioner Ernesto Ruffo Appel when I officially became the "enlace" to him on this project in 2001 and my last correspondence with the Under-Secretary of Mexico's SCT in 2006 before Sam Zell and the Mexican investors became involved with the project. The Tijuana cross-border terminal is now fully built and will soon begin operations. The current Mayor of Chula Vista, Mary Salas was also involved in this project and remembers when I briefed her when she was a City Councilwoman in the 1990s. Any way I could contact you directly?? You have my email which I have had for almost 20 years. My home telephone has not changed in 40 years and Harry and Wiki permissions has my cell number. Could we please talk, Respectfully Ralph Nieders Rnieders (talk) 14:50, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

Gallery deletion[edit]

I try speedy at first but some old user removes it, after then I must start deletion request, please see history. Shall I made some other way next time.--Motopark (talk) 10:54, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Aha, I see. I can't see why an experienced user removed your {{speedy}}. It doesn't really matter, because I'm going to see it anyway -- I patrol new pages several times each day. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 22:55, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Obsidian Key deletion[edit]

Hi James, Obsidian Key page had multiple pictures taken from the official website here:

Here there is the official authorisation to use them:

Hope this is enough to re-enable the page, thanks. (Phantomz73) (talk to me) 09:31, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

No, sorry. The subject page says:
"We authorize the use of informations and pictures on on no-profit, legal, non diffamatory websites like:
Please contact us for more information, thanks.
Obsidian Key (c) info: This website and its content is copyright of - © and its owners 2010. All rights reserved."
Commons and Wikipedia require that images be free for all use, including commercial use, so the permission above is not sufficient for Commons or Wikipedia. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:10, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Ok, so, I updated the statement with a clear specification to (CC) license:
"We authorize the use of information and pictures from under (CC) license for information websites (magazines and reviews) like:
If you are or represent a media (or website) who needs information and/or pictures from for Obsidian Key related pages or review please feel free to use the information and the pictures from this website on your articles and pages. You are NOT authorized to modify or change the copyright license of these information and pictures. To have a full read of the (CC) license, please click here.
We also authorize: Phantomz73 webmaster, to publish info and pictures on behalf of the band on Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Wikidata.
Please note: Our music is NOT part of this agreement, so for any enqury regarding our recordings or live performances please check out our Copyright notice, thanks."
For the online version check it here:
Hope this is now good enough, legally it is, but want to make sure you are happy with that. Thanks,

(Phantomz73) (talk to me) 12:30, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

I will also remove watermark from the pictures, if that's better, no problem, thanks... (Phantomz73) (talk to me) 12:43, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Ok, so final version of the CC license release here:
"We authorize the use of information and pictures published on this page under (CC) license for information websites (magazines and reviews) like:
If you work for (or represent) a magazine/webzine (or website) who needs information from for Obsidian Key's related pages or reviews, please feel free to use official information from this website on your articles and pages.
If you work for (or represent) a magazine/webzine (or website) who needs pictures from for Obsidian Key’s related pages and/or reviews, please feel free to use pictures published on this page. In case you need more or different pictures than what has been already used on sites like wikipedia, wikimedia etc… please contact us for an authorisation.
You are NOT authorized to modify or change the copyright license of these information and pictures. Before using information and pictures under (cc) license, please have a full read of the (CC) license here.
We also authorize: Phantomz73 webmaster, to publish info and pictures on behalf of the band on Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Wikidata.
Please note (1): Our music is NOT part of this agreement and is not released under (cc) license, so, for any inquiry regarding our recordings or live performances, please check out our Copyright notice, thanks.
Please note (2): Only pictures published on the link above are released under (CC) License, every other picture on this website is released under Copyright notice."
Also, the gallery with all the pictures released under (CC) License report it on the top and per each picture, please have a look here:
And the website bottom page now report: "Unless specified differently on a page content, all this website and its content is copyright of"
I hope this is now good enough for wikimedia, I verified all this and it should be fully compliant with CC-BY-2.5-AU which is the one used on wikimedia, I also uploaded these pictures and there is no watermark on them.
If everything is ok now, how could I do to edit Obsidian Key page without re-creating it? Thanks,(Phantomz73) (talk to me) 14:46, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
No, sorry. This is unacceptable for either Commons or Wikipedia:
"We authorize the use of information and pictures published on this page under (CC) license for information websites (magazines and reviews) like:"
Images on Commons or WP must be free for all use by anyone anywhere, including commercial use and derivative works, see COM:L. The sentence above limits use to information websites. Note that the required license will allow, for example, people to print tee-shirts with your images and sell them. Also note that there is no "CC" license. The acceptable licenses are "CC-0", "CC-BY", and "CC-BY-SA". .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 14:08, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Ok, changed again the message to match your new remark:
"We authorize the use of information and pictures published on this page under CC-BY-2.5-AU license.
You are NOT authorized to modify or change the copyright license of these information and pictures. Before using information and pictures under (cc) license, please have a full read of the CC-BY-2.5-AU license here.
Please note (1): Our music is NOT part of this agreement and is not released under CC-BY-2.5-AU license, so, for any inquiry regarding our recordings or live performances, please check out our Copyright notice, thanks.
Please note (2): Only pictures published on the link above are released under CC-BY-2.5-AU License, every other picture on this website is released under Copyright notice."
Any other issues with the CC license? Thanks,(Phantomz73) (talk to me) 17:47, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your patience getting right. I have corrected the license on each of the three images and added the {{licensereview}} tag as required. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 17:26, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks to you! Please can you undelete Obsidian Key page so I can update the links, this will avoid me to have to re-create the page which is forbidden, thanks, (Phantomz73) (talk to me) 18:34, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done Remove the {{Underconstruction}} tag when it has at least two images. Remember, too, that this is a Commons gallery, not an article, so the single sentence of text that's there is about all that is permitted. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 17:43, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks a lot and no problem, I added just the same kinda sentence in other 2 languages with the appropriate tags, also just found that also Sonic V category was previously deleted, could you please re-enable it to avoid re-creating it? Thanks in advance (Phantomz73) (talk to me) 19:50, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

AAA Galleries in Cat:people by name[edit]

Hi Jim, What's this? [1] Regards, Yann (talk) 22:00, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

I took all of the galleries out of Category:People by name since that is a meta-cat that should have only sub categories in it. I'll delete the single image galleries, of which there are many and clean up the legitimate galleries, which often suffer from overcat and other problems.
Your cite, the gallery John Ruskin is a good example. It was in Category:People by name and is in
When I get to it, I'll remove all of the cats except Category:John Ruskin since all the others are overcat.

.     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 22:43, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

OK, understood. Regards, Yann (talk) 22:51, 9 June 2015 (UTC)


Hi Jim,

If you have time, could you please take a look at ticket:2015031210024918? I am cleaning up some of the older tickets and this one mentiones your name. Thanks in advance! Regards, Natuur12 (talk) 15:30, 11 June 2015 (UTC)

The source site,, says that it is "open access" and links (third line down on left side) to "The Neurocommons" which explicitly calls out CC-BY, so I think the files mentioned in the ticket are OK except, possibly, for the postage stamp, which I haven't researched. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 18:01, 11 June 2015 (UTC)
Tnx, I undeleted two of the files which where still deleted and tagged them with the license review template. I pointed him/her to com:UNDEL is he/she wants the stamp to be undeleted. Natuur12 (talk) 19:25, 11 June 2015 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 in Ukraine[edit]

hello! I have sent you an email. could you please tell me if you can help us? thanks a lot! --アンタナナ 18:12, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

I have not received the e-mail and, unless the matter is confidential (something for me as a checkuser or bureaucrat), I much prefer to discuss Commons matters here. It is both more transparent and easier to link. Others may also have comments here..     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 20:53, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
I note that you have placed the same message on the talk page of eight users:
Without knowing the subject of the e-mail, I can't be sure, but as a general rule, asking more than one colleague to do something just wastes the time of the others. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 21:04, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
oh, nothing so confidential here :) at least the part about help. we are looking for jury members for the local part of the WLE contest, and decided to contact you. the rating is to be done with the help of this jury tool and for this we would need some info that is to be sent via emails and cannot be published here (like email, password and login, etc). and yeah, in this case, the more the merrier :) --アンタナナ 21:11, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
Aha. Thank you for the compliment -- with 25,000 Commons editors to pick from, you picked the eight of us.
When is it? I will be away from the Internet, cruising in Nova Scotia, for all of July.
I see that round zero is 1/15 of the total and round one is a maximum of 100 -- that implies that there may be many more than 100 in round zero. How many do you expect? I'd be happy to do it, but I don;t have time to go through thousands of images.
Finally, although it doesn;t really matter now, I still have not gotten your e-mail.
.     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 09:29, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
thank you! we are supposed to have results before July, so it is perfectly okay :) but we are to have your email. could you please write to me? via E-mail this user. and do check your e-mail box for a letter from I'll be back with more details soon, but rest assured, you do not have to go through 15k of images :) --アンタナナ 15:10, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Hello! Can you check your email box? I have sent you the password and login to enter the Jury tool. Best regards --Ilya (talk) 16:53, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Hello User:Antanana, before I answer you, I wanted to ask one of my friend on Commons who usually do judging for WLM Canada, but no answer yet. Foy myself, I'll have to decline sorry, I'm very busy with the launch of the French branch of The Wikipedia Library. Good luck guys, this is nice contest! Best regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 03:59, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
I check my e-mail often and I have no messages from you. I think that in any case, I should decline -- I cannot see how you can possibly get through five rounds of judging before I leave on JUly 4. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 09:31, 22 June 2015 (UTC)


Hi Jim,

I need some advice on this ticket. My gut says that we can accept the photographs of Judith Tyberg. (The once taken by her should definatly be fine) But I am not sure. What is your opinion on this? Natuur12 (talk) 21:44, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

Hmm. Do I understand correctly that the uploader says that photos in question were taken with a camera belonging to the Center, and the photographers were unknown volunteers? If so:
First, these are not recent photos -- they must be at least 35 years old (she died in 1980), and this one says it is 55 years old -- so that it is unlikely that our uploader actually knows anything about who took them or with whose camera. They are in the archives of the Center, but might have come from anywhere -- a visitor, a newspaper photographer working on an article, a student, you name it.
Second, unless the Center had Work for Hire agreements in place with all of its volunteers during that period, even if our uploader has his facts right, the copyright still rests with the photographer, not the center.
So, sure, these are old and it is unlikely that anyone will actually complain, but PRP explicitly forbids that kind of reasoning. We often delete images that are far older and far less likely to have someone turn up to say, "Hey, I took that". I would not keep them. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 09:51, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, I send them a reply. If they are works for hire there should be some paperwork confirming this. Natuur12 (talk) 22:18, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
The East-West Center people claim to own copyright on images, but they do not know who took them, or when. I think they are confusing the ownership of a print with the ownership of the copyright. Their attempts are so frequent and strident that to me it appears this is promotional uploading - since all they're interested in uploading are images/recording of Judith Tyberg and the center. Ellin Beltz (talk) 15:32, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Deletion of versions[edit]

Hey Jim. How do you do? I wanted to speak to an admin like you. Actually, I have some personal problems, so I want my versions of images uploaded by me in File:Opera browser logo 2013.png and File:Windows 10 Logo.svg to be deleted, I've no problem with other images uploaded by me and have no problem in versions uploaded by other users.

I thought that why to delete only my version, it will be better to keep the current version and delete all versions. So I added nomination for deletion in three images. The above are the reasons for deletion of two images.

And for the third one i.e, File:Google Chrome screenshot.png, there are copyrighted versions in the image i.e, Microsoft Aero, Aero has other license and are not allowed in Commons, you get that? So I want the versions starting from 15 and onwards with Aero windowed to be deleted. Rest are ok.

Thanks Regards PinnuDas 16:20, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Please make these comments at the DRs, not here, so that they can be seen by anyone interested in the DR, not just those who see this page. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 17:46, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Adding year[edit]

Hello! I'd love to have your help here to try to figure out what I'm doing wrong, if anything. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 19:07, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

I think your question was answered in the discussion you cited. Although I don't like to see names like File:DSC123456789.jpg, I don't get much excited about file names as they are just identifiers. Good categories are far more important to the usefulness of a file. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 23:08, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the good advice! I'll try to imrove our categories once the files are all renamed so I can se them pretty much in a sequence which makes more sense to me. Eyesight is not what it used to be, I'm sad to say. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 18:17, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
✓ Done! F Y I : [2] Best wishes --SergeWoodzing (talk) 22:46, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Four Freedoms images[edit]

Hi Jim,

This is an old case, but I was recently asked about it by a NARA staff member. You closed Commons:Deletion requests/File:"Freedom from Fear" - NARA - 513538.jpg as keep based on the argument that, while they were not a work of the federal government, they were published without a copyright notice. However, the {{PD-USGov}} was not changed to {{PD-US-no notice}} for the files. Is my reading of the discussion correct, and if so, would you be able to update the copyright licenses? Thanks! Dominic (talk) 20:29, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Yes, we kept them because it was clear that Rockwell and Curtis either gave permission or at least acquiesced in their publication without notice. I have changed the template accordingly. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 22:23, 17 June 2015 (UTC)


Hi! I've given my comments, in Opera logo image, an user said that deletion of my version is OK. Sadly, In Windows 10 logo image no one has commented yet and finally in Google chrome screenshot, an user said to keep.

So I wanted to say that, can you take actions on the opera and windows 10 logo. And as for the google chrome screenshot, I'll ask an user to express his views and then the action should be taken. PinnuDas 17:02, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Again, this is not the place for comments -- you must make them at the relevant Deletion Requests. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 14:01, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
That's fine! But I hope you will take the final action in the end. PinnuDas 16:21, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

Photo deletion requests[edit]

Dear Jim,

would you kindly recommend me to choose the right license for the photographs you have marked for deletion? I'm writing an article about an important person I've worked with and I've asked for photographs from her private archive. They were taken by some of our colleagues and were not published anywhere; I hope very much that the author(s) are not dead by now, but it's impossible to find out who took the concrete picture at an exhibition opening thirty years ago. I assume I can publish these photographs under allowance of the current owner.

Many thanks in advance, Notre2005 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Notre2005 (talk • contribs) 15:37, 21 June 2015‎ (UTC)

  • As a courtesy to other editors, it is a Commons guideline to sign your posts on talk pages, deletion requests, undeletion requests, and noticeboards. To do so, simply add four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your comments. Your user name or IP address (if you are not logged in) and the date will then automatically be added along with a timestamp when you save your comment. Signing your comments helps people to find out who said something and provides them with a link to your user/talk page (for further discussion). Thank you.
I'm sorry to say that this is a frequent problem here. It is very unusual for the owner of a photograph to own the copyright -- it is almost always retained by the photographer. Under the laws of most countries, transfer of a copyright requires a written agreement that is separate from any invoice for the purchase of a photograph and most photographers do not sell their rights in any case. It would up to you to prove that the owner of the photograph actually owned the copyright, which you would usually do by providing a copy of the transfer agreement.
I think you may find that the best thing to do, if the article is to be on a Wikipedia that permits Fair Use (which includes WP:EN, among others) is to upload the images there with a fair use rationale. .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 20:23, 21 June 2015 (UTC)


This DN has been open for nearly one month. The uploader continued to upload pictures despite being told that social media permission was not enough, and I have blocked him for a month. I hope we can clear his thousands of uploads and close this DN. In so doing, I realized that I don't know how to remove thousands of images, the "perform batch task" visual editor was utterly overwhelmed by the quantity. I also closed the DN of his images which was below the one cited above. Any suggestions? Ellin Beltz (talk) 17:13, 27 June 2015 (UTC) PS, please ping, work is crazy this week.

Ellin, the list shows that Green Giant used VFC to delete them. Green Giant -- is that actually how you did it? Did VFC take them in one shot, or did you have to divide and conquer? .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 22:37, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, I used VFC but I had to split them into four batches of about 1,500 files each, together with a final batch of about 100. I tend to find that more than 1,500 files at a time causes difficulties. Ellin, I think the problem that you encountered was due to an empty file that VFC couldn't seem to get around, so I deleted that one manually before tackling the others. Green Giant (talk) 01:20, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Trace of Soul[edit]

Hi Jameslwoodward. I am trying to create campaign:tos-rs (like for exemple campaign:wme-de) for our project/photo competition (like wle and wlm). This is template for campaign:tos-rs but it seems I do not have access to create that page. If you are adim, can you create for me? --Bojana Wiki PG (talk) 21:18, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

I don't understand -- I see Commons:Trace of Soul 2015 which seems to be good. What is it that you think I can create and you cannot? .     Jim . . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 10:00, 1 July 2015 (UTC)