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Loading commons from external server doesn't always load all commons hosted files[edit] - shows a lot of media and I can load all of that within a second and all the embedded media is shown without issues. - This page I created for OSM with the specific DPWH of the Republic of the Philippines ID's for the OSM project.. it links to the wikimedia commons yet for some reason - it doesn't load all the embedded media always. sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't and loading takes 20+ seconds

So is this a problem of the wiki page I created on OSM? Did I do something wrong? Is this because of the server of OSM, something wrong with the server? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mrgenie (talk • contribs) 11:13, 23 October 2021‎ (UTC)[reply]

It seems to load slower on my mobile telephone too, perhaps Open Street Maps itself has an issue or there is a delay in communication between Open Street Maps and the Wikimedia Commons. This question could also be asked at the Technical Village Pump where people have more knowledge about such technical things. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:21, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

uploading a picture of a flag[edit]

Hi, I want to opload an image of our clubflag (VlagKleinNTSV.jpg). I get a message first that the name of the file is not specific enough, if I rename to more specific (Vlag Klein NTSV November 2021.jpg), is is not allowed in a broader context. The design/copyright of the flag is mine and the club. Can you help me out? Joost Dikken, user JoostDikken, president of NTSV, (also on — Preceding unsigned comment added by JoostDikken (talk • contribs) 20:52, 10 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

@JoostDikken: , you could upload it but you need to verify it through the Commons:VRT to verify that you're in fact the designer of the flag. If you send them all the files they might assist you in uploading, be sure to pick a good file name and at (some) Wikipedia's you should disclose any possible conflict of interest that you have with the organisation before adding the flag there. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:27, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@JoostDikken: Depending on the design of the flag, there might not be a copyright at all if it is very simple. So for example this NTSV image would not be copyrighted in the Netherlands. Is that the flag you would like to upload? De728631 (talk) 13:48, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Help with Wikimedia OTRS release generator step 3[edit]

<a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Licencia de Creative Commons" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a>
Óleo sobre lienzo (1957) (70x52 cm).jpg by <a xmlns:cc="" href="Link de su obra" property="cc:attributionName" rel="cc:attributionURL">Pedro Cámara</a> is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0 Internacional License</a>.
Creado a partir de la obra en <a xmlns:dct="" href="CASP, Xavier. (2003)“Pedro Cámara i la seua pintura”. Ayto. de Valencia.I.S.B.N. 84-8484-072-7." rel="dct:source">CASP, Xavier. (2003)“Pedro Cámara i la seua pintura”. Ayto. de Valencia.I.S.B.N. 84-8484-072-7.</a>. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Antonio Suesta (talk • contribs) 08:36, 25 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

"No commercial" is not allowed here. -- Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:55, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Seach function[edit]

The search function is not working,I can't seach content — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2a03:2880:31ff::face:b00c (talk • contribs) 17:35, 28 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

Seach function[edit]

Seach function not working — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2a03:2880:31ff::face:b00c (talk • contribs) 17:37, 28 January 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

Perhaps you're referring to the fact that the Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons (SDC) has enabled a new search engine by default, this could be the reason why the ability to search pages has changed. I have unfortunately have to disable it myself as it doesn't do many of the basic things that the old search engine used to Do. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:22, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Santa Cruz Xochitepec[edit]

hola buenas Tardes ya son dos ocasiones que realizo edición pero desconozco por que siguen si aparecer me pueden ayudar en indicarme cual es el motivo de la Historia y aportaciones Santa Cruz Xochitepec — Preceding unsigned comment added by Santa Cruz Xochitepec (talk • contribs) 08:56, 9 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I can't see that any of your contributions here were deleted, are you sure that you are referring to edits at the Wikimedia Commons and not some other Wikimedia website? --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:25, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


জয় বাবা বামদেব মহেশ্বর —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2409:4060:29F:AE04:0:0:1712:48A5 (talk) 15:36, 9 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Google Translate seems to indicate that the above is only a name, I have no idea how to interpret that. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:16, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Are signatures of fictional characters copyrighted?[edit]

Hello there Commons!

I have a weird question: Are the signatures of fictional characters copyrightable?

Should I use the {{PD-signature}} tag on the signatures of fictional characters still under copyright?

--Quick Quokka [talk] 16:58, 14 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

No this is because The signature is believed to be ineligible for copyright and therefore in the public domain because it falls below the required level of originality for copyright protection both in the United States and in the source country (if different). In this case, the source country (e.g. the country of nationality of the signatory) is believed to be ***Tag invalid. You must provide the source country as a parameter.***.
Note that this tag cannot be used on all signatures, as not all signatures are copyright-free.
See Commons:When to use the PD-signature tag for an explanation of when the tag may be used. Yahoot7 (talk) 19:40, 14 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Note this is what i think it is. Yahoot7 (talk) 19:41, 14 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I think I shouldn't do it, as it is the signature of a Disney character, and you know them, they sue you for even thinking about Disney characters. Quick Quokka [talk] 19:52, 14 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Text can be copyrighted in the US, but not writing styles or fonts. A signature that just has PD text has no copyright; e.g. "Minnie Mouse" written in no matter how fancy of hand writing would not be copyrighted.--Prosfilaes (talk) 18:58, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Музыкант Руслан якунин псевдоним вальтер[edit]

5 лет в музыке добрался до вашева сайта нужна галочка в контакте. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Руслан вальтер 58 (talk • contribs) 19:15, 14 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

You need to make sure that the music you wish to upload is freely licensed. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:14, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Lata Mangeshkar picture of 1942[edit]

Hello, I would like to know if there is any copyright issue on using this picture File:Lata Mangeshkar (Black and White Picture).jpg

It dates back to a 1942 film

Regards — Preceding unsigned comment added by Varoon2542 (talk • contribs) 23:14, 16 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Convenience link: File:Lata Mangeshkar (Black and White Picture).jpg - Jmabel ! talk 15:52, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Varoon2542: You uploaded it. You didn't provide any license or (alternatively) any reason it should be in the public domain. As the uploader you are responsible to know & explain why the picture would comply with Commons' rules about licensing. The source link you provide is just a blind link to the photo, so it provides no context from which anyone could glean anything about copyright or licensing status. Unless you (or someone) can provide some appropriate license (or a rationale as to why this is in the public domain), it will be deleted. - Jmabel ! talk 15:56, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Jmabel: *:The picture is taken from the 1942 film Pahili Mangaala Kaur and as per the link below "In India, as per section 25 of the Copyright Act, the Photographs are provided copyright protection for a period of 60 years from the date of publication [this just means the date of the photograph – you don’t have to actually have it published in any magazine]."
    So it's in the public domain unless proven otherwise
    Can I use it now? Varoon2542 (talk) 17:14, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If the image is from 1942, why did you state "28 September 1929" in the file description? Please note also that the file needs to be free in the United States of America too, because that is where the Wikimedia Commons files are hosted. So, an Indian film from 1942 would have been copyrighted in India until 2002. This means that the film would also have been copyrighted in the United States for 95 years after its first publication, so I think we cannot keep the image. De728631 (talk) 17:28, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Fox News Media Logo.png[edit]

How do you add a copyright tag to an image?--PopperPeachesCoconut2022 (talk) 01:35, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

--PopperPeachesCoconut2022 (talk) 01:35, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@PopperPeachesCoconut2022: Template:PD-textlogo. I uploaded a SVG version to replace the PNG version. Stang 15:02, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The SVG version being File:Fox News Media Logo.svg. - Jmabel ! talk 16:01, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you PopperPeachesCoconut2022 (talk) 00:04, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to hide icons on category pages?[edit]

As I mostly categorise and edit files, I prefer a simple look of the category pages. How can I hide icons that I am not likely to use (such as the "Good Pictures" one) on category pages? Is there a way to do this with an entry on my common.css or common.js page, similar to the bit of code which hides the infobox? --Schlosser67 (talk) 06:46, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Schlosser67: You can disable this in your user prefences/gadgets. Just uncheck the tickbox at "FastCCI". De728631 (talk) 07:01, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

uploaded graph not visible in wikipedia[edit]

Instead of my uploaded graph appears in (the en and de) wikipedia the file name in read. Clicking on that, I am asked to upload it. Doing so, I am taught that it already exists. A am not able to get out of this nonsense circulation! The procedures get more and more complicated. This is no fun and does not at all encourage people to work in wikipedia. Any help? HJHolm — Preceding unsigned comment added by HJHolm (talk • contribs) 06:49, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Climate Relapse around 6250 BC.png
This file? - Erik Baas (talk) 11:22, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
done - done - done -
@HJHolm: And, if so, can you link which articles on de-wiki and en-wiki are intended to use it, because there are none that appear to do so. - Jmabel ! talk 17:30, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Naturally, a link was and is possible. THAT IS NOT THRE PROBLEM. And I wonder why it worked here and not in the intended other places. With the same File. HJHolm (talk) 06:26, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@HJHolm: After checking the edit history of Misox-Schwankung I found the reason for your problem: You made a typo in the file name, so of course the file did not show up with the wrong name that you inserted: File:Hans J.J.G. Holm, Climate Relapse around 6250 BC.png (note the missing white space between "Holm" and the comma). De728631 (talk) 12:30, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Do we have a category "Opening ceremony ribbon cutting flower ball"?[edit]

Please talk a look at the three photos on the right showing the "red flower balls with ribbon". Do we have a category "Opening ceremony ribbon cutting flower ball"?--Kai3952 (talk) 07:15, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kai3952: We obviously don't have such a category, since that link is red. However, those aren't flower balls, they are bows. You could add Category:Bows (knot) to them. -- Auntof6 (talk) 08:48, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Look at this photo: 北港義民廟義犬將軍像. A red object which looks most like "opening ceremony ribbon cutting flower ball" hanged on the chest of the stone statue. Can a bow knot really be like a flower ball?--Kai3952 (talk) 11:32, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, it can look like a flower since that is a special knotting technique. De728631 (talk) 11:52, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Commons has Category:Ribbon-cutting ceremonies, with subcategories for 21 countries. If the particular variation of ribbon-cutting ceremonies you mention is common enough that you think Commons will likely have many more images of it, you can create an additional subcategory. -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 03:57, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Misusage of my photo File:Dharwad.jpg[edit]

The photos used in the file File:Dharwad.jpg are almost clicked by me except one image File:Hdbrt2.jpg which was uploaded by a user User:Arthashastra007 without my permission or credits he only credited the owner of image Hdbrt2.jpg and not me because I was not on Wikimedia commons he stole it from my Instagram and uploaded it saying he claims that he took all the pictures which is false now I have made this new account so that I can upload my own files. Can I reupload File:Dharwad.jpg? If yes how can I do that? Please help me I'm new to the wikicommons.— Preceding unsigned comment added by AdityaBenglore (talk • contribs) 12:40, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

See also Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Arthashastra007. @AdityaBenglore: When you upload files from Instagram, please note that we require either a permission by email from you in order to verify that you are the original photographer, or you should grant a free licence at Instagram for the image in question. As to File:Hdbrt2.jpg, please provide a link to the original Instagram page so we can assess the alleged copyright violation. De728631 (talk) 13:02, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What to do if someone sent me pictures via email for me to use for a Wikipedia article about them?[edit]

Hello! I am working on an article about a person named Reyhan Jamalova. I couldn't find any Creative Commons license photos to post on the page. So, I reached out to her personally and asked her if she could send me a few photos that I could post. However, these are still pictures taken by someone else, and I am still unsure who "owns" them. Still, she is the person in the photos and has authorized me to use them on Wikipedia. I'm still a bit confused whether I can use these photos and wanted to check.

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emand2026 (talk • contribs) 22:55, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Emand2026: Hi, and welcome. Please see Commons:Licensing for why we can't accept those photos as-is, and have the photographers post Commons:Licensing compliant permission for each such work on their websites or social media presences or send the photos and permissions via OTRS with carbon copies to you. If you can't get compliant licenses, the photos may still be uploaded to English Wikipedia in compliance with en:WP:F because we don't allow Fair Use here. See also COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:02, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Personality Rights Question[edit]

What to do about this image? I am sure the people in the picture do not have the slightest idea that the photographer uploaded their image to the worldwide internet. By German personality rights laws, this is illegal, so I am not sure a personality rights warning really is sufficient.

The article this was meant for by the uploader has been deleted for being about a clearly non-notable artist, so there is no sensible use for this image anyway.

Addressing the uploader unfortunately is useless. His German WP user talk page is full of attempts to reach him on the multiple issues of his files and articles, and he has not responded once. -- 00:19, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

My german is not good enough to read the article. This looks like a public art gallery, what are the laws for such situations?
The image could be cropped to remove the audience and then revdel the original version.
However, I am not certain if the artwork shown qualifies even for the very permissive COM:FOP Germany in which case it might be a copyvio. MKFI (talk) 08:13, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
In fact it does not qualify for FOP in Germany because FOP there does not apply to indoors venues. Nominated for deletion. De728631 (talk) 18:05, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Cannot upload.[edit]

Hi, I am trying to upload an image and Wiki says its not allowed and supposed to be my ohoto. It is mine, taken with Nokia[[Media:]]

Help deskrheannie luague flores —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 03:44, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • You were not logged in when you made this comment, so I can't trace what might have happened to you, but cand see if you can work it through that? - Jmabel ! talk 05:02, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to fix duplicate images[edit]

Hello! I recently came across some images that are uploaded several separate times in slightly different versions, but not obviously linked in any way. (One set: 1, 2, 3; and another: 1, 2, 3). So I was wondering: is this kind of duplication a common thing that's okay, or does it need to be fixed? And if it does need to be fixed, how? Should they be linked to each other somehow? Should some be deleted? I don't have much of a sense of how things work on Commons (I mainly work on English Wikipedia), but I feel like there's something here that needs fixing. Aerin17 (talk) 05:32, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The location of the Mary Pickford with a movie camera in 1916 photo[edit]

Take a look at these diff changes: diff/630740818, diff/630740663, diff/630740845, and diff/630740531. "Smiling women in Canada" is questionable per User_talk:Kai3952#Mary Pickford with a movie camera in 1916 - not Canada. Accordingly, although the location of the Mary Pickford with a movie camera in 1916 photo is Massachusetts, she is indeed a Canadian. Can anyone tell me why Category:Smiling women in Canada can't be added?--Kai3952 (talk) 09:05, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Because the photos were not taken in Canada. Ruslik (talk) 20:15, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Finding Wiktionary to Microsoft Windows[edit]

How can I find Wiktionary app for Windows 10 and download? The Supermind (talk) 09:21, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can works licensed under the GNU GPLv3 be uploaded?[edit]

I’ve looked at Commons:Copyright tags/GNU licenses, but it only lists GPLv2(.1)(+), and not GPLv3. Is the GPLv3 compatible with Wikimedia Commons? Theanswertolifetheuniverseandeverything (talk) 11:00, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Theanswertolifetheuniverseandeverything: They are not mentioned at that page, but we do have {{GPLv3}} and {{GPLv3 only}}. The former also includes any later version of the GPL licence that may occur. Please note though, that GPL should not be the only licence if the work is your own creation and it is not a piece of software (see Commons:Licensing#GNU Free Documentation License). If it is somebody else's work though, you are free to upload it with just a GPLv3 licence. De728631 (talk) 14:03, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I am wishing to upload someone else’s GPLv3-licensed work. Thank you! Theanswertolifetheuniverseandeverything (talk) 17:37, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hello, I would like to add an image to te first page on a book. this image is in the scan, I have made a PNG of it but wikisource refuses to let me upload it. Maybe is it because I have named it logo? How can I know if I am authorised to upload this image? thanks a lot

here is te page :,_1919.djvu/11 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Didecibel (talk • contribs) 13:43, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Didecibel: , did you use their local MediaWiki Upload Wizard or the one here at the Wikimedia Commons? Because here it would ask you to use a more descriptive title. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:11, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Log in[edit]

Why cant I Log in on my account —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:27, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Please see meta:Help:Logging in for help logging in. Unfortunately the users at this help desk can't help with login issues. -M.nelson (talk) 17:46, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Accessing An Account to add Media[edit]

Hi. I have an artist friend who has numerous images up on Wikimedia who would like to add more images. This artist is a "senior" who does not have a computer, smartphone, and in the past, a friend of his uploaded images for him and on his behalf. That friend died and no one knows his wikimedia account password. Is there a way I can upload images to the same account? Or is it locked forever because of the lost password. The name of the artist is Richard Rappaport.

I have created an account for myself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JohnMParedes (talk • contribs) 17:08, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @JohnMParedes: That account is probably lost. You'll need to go through COM:VRT to get authorized to upload on his behalf; if the person doesn't have computer, it will doubtless be a little different from the usual process, but I'm sure someone there can work out how to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 18:34, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

"Keeping warm" is a problem for me if I need to upload photos[edit]

Whenever it's cold outside, my hands and feet get cold, then it makes it's very hard to keep using my computer for edits on Commons. The only way I keep warm is by drinking water at 60 degrees Celsius but It not work very well. Because in Taiwan, cold weather would rarely get below 10 degrees Celsius. I still have more than 2,000 photos to upload but it's hard to keep uploading them day after day when it's cold. "Keeping warm" is a problem for me if I need to upload photos.--Kai3952 (talk) 20:37, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Some one asserted that my actions are mostly not benefiting Wikimedia Commons and talking in unpleasant ways to me that, "this is Commons, not Google street view", so I decided to stop uploading photos from now on, even though I know myself how my photos realistically useful for an educational purpose.....--Kai3952 (talk) 12:46, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

There's an ad that I want to upload…[edit]

There's an ad that I want to upload, and it's just text and geometric shapes, except for a small logo in the corner. Can I upload it if I pixelize it?

On the bottom there's this wedge thing, and on there it says "Telenor става Yettel.". Telenor's old logo is there, which is still copyrighted. If I pixelize the logo will that be OK? — Preceding unsigned comment added by QuickQuokka (talk • contribs) 02:25, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @QuickQuokka: The link you provided gives a "404 not found". But from what you are describing, probably OK; I'd recommend a strong Gaussian blur. - Jmabel ! talk 03:25, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jmabel: Hi there, the ad is this. Try opening again. Thanks for the advice, though! Quick Quokka [talk] 09:21, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jmabel: Is there any template I can use to indicate the censorship? Quick Quokka [talk] 09:31, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Restore a file[edit]

I accidently overwrote File:Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld.jpg and don't see how to restore the previous image. MB (talk) 04:39, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hi MB, as far as I can see, you didn't overwrite File:Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld.jpg but you did overwrite File:Nederlandse planetoiden.jpg. You can click the "revert" button against the preferred version to restore to that version. Thanks. --Magogre (talk) 06:44, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Negara Persatuan Republik Papua Barat[edit]

Negara Persatuan Republik Papua Barat https://www.negarapersatuanrepublikpapuabarat —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2A03:2880:13FF:0:0:0:FACE:B00C (talk) 10:35, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Do you want to verify a shared account for this unrecognised government? Please do so through the VTRS. --Donald Trung 『徵國單』 (No Fake News 💬) (WikiProject Numismatics 💴) (Articles 📚) 13:02, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is verbal permission acceptable for photo uploads[edit]

Is verbal permission acceptable for photo uploads? I asked an actor to upgrade his wiki page with more and relevant information. He was ok with this. Do I need it in writing? — Preceding unsigned comment added by JohnnyAvocado (talk • contribs) 14:26, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The copyright holder would have to send a permission by email. Please note also that owning a copy of photo usually does not mean that the person depicted also owns the copyright for the photo. Unless it was transferred in a written contract, the copyright remains with the original photographer, so that is most likely the person that would have to contact our volunteer response team. De728631 (talk) 14:38, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Не загружается видео в конкурс Вики любит фольклор 2022.[edit]

Не загружается видео в конкурс Вики любит фольклор 2022. Пробовала, как всегда, но высвечивается ERROR ---- Спасибо. Kora27 (talk) 15:09, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kora27: Maybe the file format was non-free and patented like mp4? Please see Commons:File types for reference. De728631 (talk) 14:17, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is this ok for copyright ?[edit]

I have a small wanted ad (looking for a post) taken from the Gardeners’ Chronicle, May 31st 1913, page xv. It was published in Britain. I have no idea who counts as the 'author' in this case, so am unsure about the before 1920-something and author dead for more than 70 years exemption. Any suggestions ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dagodfrey (talk • contribs) 03:11, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Dagodfrey: Does this ad contain any images or is it just plain text? If it is just text, I would say it can be uploaded because there is no copyright since there is no creative authorship involved. As to the author, that would certainly be the person or company looking for the post. De728631 (talk) 15:36, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The main text is:"Gardener (Inside, or Inside and Out); 7 years' good experience; excellent references; age 22; Bothy preferred. - Address, A. MOORE, Ashurst, Cowfold, near Horsham, Sussex." There are also some similar fragments of text from parts of the surrounding ads showing. Dagodfrey (talk) 03:51, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
And there no images of anything but text. Dagodfrey (talk) 03:52, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, that totally ok. You can upload such a snippet using the {{PD-text}} licence. And the author would then A. Moore. De728631 (talk) 14:18, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Jak usunąć dokument?[edit]

Dzień dobry! W Państwa zasobach jest dokument z moim podpisem i pieczątką szkoły, w której byłam kiedyś dyrektorem. Nauczyciel, którego zatrudniałam, wrzucił zdjęcie umowy na stronę Facebooka. Dokument ten jest dzisiaj wykorzystywany do celów przestępczych - fałszerstwo. Jak można go usunąć. Link do strony z dokumentem: —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 07:23, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Good morning! In your resources there is a document with my signature and the stamp of the school where I used to be the principal. The teacher I hired posted a picture of the contract on a Facebook page. Today this document is used for criminal purposes - forgery. How can it be removed. Link to the page with the document
translator: De728631 (talk) 15:44, 21 February 2022 (UTC) via Google Translator[reply]
Hello. I nominated the file for deletion. Please feel free to comment at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Umowa o pracę.jpg. De728631 (talk) 15:58, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Removal of picture[edit]

Dear sir, madam,

Could you help me remove a picture of myself on this platform? it pops up if you google my name but I never authorised this page or the use of this picture.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Lars Jongerius — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lars Jongerius (talk • contribs) 10:27, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Lars Jongerius, please see Commons:Photographs of identifiable people#Removal requests and remember to sign your posts. --Magogre (talk) 10:50, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What is allowed and what is not[edit]

I don't know if this is the right place. What are the rules for uploading pornographic files to commons? Can I have a link to the rules, which is not allowed to be thrown into coommons?

Thanks in advance SkrzydlatyMuflon (talk) 13:17, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. Please see Commons:Nudity. De728631 (talk) 13:42, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Old postcards[edit]

Can postcards that are over 100 years old with no copyright be uploaded? Scenic views, buildings and landscapes? — Preceding unsigned comment added by LawrenceLynn (talk • contribs) 15:03, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@LawrenceLynn: Postcards older than a hundred years without a copyright claim and without a name of the photographer can be uploaded to Commons. Please use {{PD-anon-expired}} as a licence tag. De728631 (talk) 15:41, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Como faço para adicionar uma imagem em um artigo meu na Wikipédia?[edit]

Eu estou fazendo um artigo da Wikipédia que estou precisando de uma imagem para esclarecer o assunto. Mas, eu mesmo tirei print da tela em um site e editei a foto no Paint para adicionar na Wikipédia. Os direitos da foto serão meus ou serão da pessoa que comanda o site em que eu tirei o print? Atenciosamente, Atleticano da Alemanha 18h45min de 21 de fevereiro de 2022 (UTC). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atleticano da Alemanha (talk • contribs) 18:46, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Screenshots of files[edit]

i know i said i would quit this wiki because i have too many warnings, but i have a project on Wikipedia and i need some images so i can use them for my project, and i dont know how to copyright it or whatever — Preceding unsigned comment added by TzarN64 (talk • contribs) 18:46, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Well, if they are not your own images, you cannot choose the copyright or any free licence. Anything that you find on the internet for example has three possible copyright situations:
  • It is copyrighted and non-free, so you cannot use it. This is typically the case when no copyright information is given for recent images because they are automatically copyrighted.
  • It comes with a free licence like "Creative Commons by attribution" without any such restrictions like -NC or -ND. This is usually indicated by a text notice or by the Creative Commons icons. Those images can be uploaded at Commons and you need to quote the author and the licence found at the source website.
  • The last option is that an image is out of copyright because it is very old. This is a tricky issue because the copyright protection terms vary from country to country, and in the United States they are even dependent on the year of first publication. In most countries outside of the US though, the copyright ceases to exist 70 years after the death of the creator of a work.
There is also the possibility that an image was published anonymously which will also shorten the copyright protection term. De728631 (talk) 14:32, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
As a general rule you also need to consider that all uploads at Commons need to be free in the country of origin and in the United States, because that is where the Commons files are hosted. So, if you are unsure if the images in question can be uploaded, you may want to post a question with weblinks to the individual images at Commons:Village pump/Copyright. De728631 (talk) 14:32, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I need help[edit]

I just uploaded [1] <- this photo from flickr. Source here. Have I done things right and can the picture be used? --Johannes Østby (talk) 19:43, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @JOestby: according to the source (on Flickr) this has an NC license, which is not allowed on Commons. (You accurately wrote "NonCommercial" in the licensing area, but "NonCommercial" means we can't host it.) Either you can contact the original photographer and persuade them to change their license to allow commercial use, or we can't have it here on Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 19:57, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Thats unfortunate, i guess its just to delete it quickly :( Johannes Østby (talk) 20:15, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Problema no envio de imagem[edit]

Olá. Eu estava fazendo upload no Wikimedia Commons para um artigo que publiquei na Wikipédia, mas esqueci de ativar o Java script no Firefox do celular e quando fui refazer a tentativa de upload, o arquivo da imagem não aparece mais. Não sei se o upload foi finalizado ou se é mesmo um bug. Agradeço a atenção. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cristalima (talk • contribs) 20:25, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

problem uploading image[edit]

Hello. I was uploading on Wikimedia Commons for an article I published on Wikipedia, but I forgot to enable Java script in Firefox on mobile, and when I tried to upload again, the image file no longer appears. I don't know if the upload was finished or if it's really a bug. Thank you for your attention. Cristalima (talk) 20:36, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Cristalima: We don't show you as having uploaded any images, so clearly it did not complete. Try again. - Jmabel ! talk 00:52, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How can I check the privacy politics?[edit]

How can I see if the image has a politic of privacy?--Atleticano da Alemanha (talk) 20:44, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

If by "privacy" you mean the personality rights, such images are tagged with {{Personality rights}}. Ruslik (talk) 20:52, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:حسام الموافى.jpg[edit]

--Hossamelmowafy1 (talk) 00:52, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Hossamelmowafy1: There is no indication of a free license on the Facebook page that you give as a source, and you don't indicate any license on the file page. What license do you think is available for this, and why? - Jmabel ! talk 00:54, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply] Hossamelmowafy1 (talk) 00:57, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    becuase it is my website Hossamelmowafy1 (talk) 00:58, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Hossamelmowafy1, there is no indication that the license of file is compatible with Commons. The website you linked above says "all rights reserved" at the bottom and as such, I am inclined to believe that the file is copyrighted. If you are the creator/owner of the file, you might need to send the permission to the COM:VRT, only if you believe that the file is in project scope, which I have doubt on. Wikimedia commons only hosts media which have (some/potential) educational value. --Magogre (talk) 02:53, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category:Presidents' Day[edit]

ISSUE 1: I wanted to show you all this category and make sure it's a good idea. I know that Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day are the same thing legally, but I think having this category will make things more obvious and intuitive for users and people who want to add Presidents' Day materials to a category.
ISSUE 2: If the category is sustained, how should I link up the Wikidata Infobox? I can't figure out which QID to use. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 14:11, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. As to your issue No. 1, we already have Category:Washington's Birthday which hosts the files for Presidents' Day. I can see though how that category content could be moved to Category:Presidents' Day since that appears to be the commonly used name for the event.
Regarding the Wikidata infobox, this can be sorted once we have reached consensus about the category name. De728631 (talk) 14:38, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah, just let me know what you all think of this. At minimum, I think a redirect should be left at Category:Presidents' Day. I leave this in your capable hands. --Geographyinitiative (talk) 14:58, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Assistance with downloading a video with subtitles from youtube[edit]

Hello! My name is Vyolltsa. I am the Project Manager with the Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group. I am not sure if this is the right place but I would like to download a video with subtitles in English that I created on youtube. I tried to download it myself and I was unsuccessful. Can you help me how to do it as I have never done it before? Also, I found this page but it is not helpful. Thank you in advance! Vyolltsa (talk) 17:13, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading and displaying photos on my profile[edit]

I have tried to upload and display a face and action shot to go on my Wiki page but its not allowing me? Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Grant Twiggy Baker (talk • contribs) 18:34, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Looks like you were trying to add galleries of example images here and there on the English Wikipedia article for Grant Baker, which broke some of the templating. I've fixed it up and added the images you'd uploaded here. --Lord Belbury (talk) 18:48, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Problem uploading image again[edit]

Hi! I re-uploaded an image to illustrate an article, but changes were made to the article's title without my knowledge on the same day. I believe there was a problem, because I can't find the upload I made even to check how the request is progressing in Wikimedia Commons. Thank you. Cristalima (talk) 20:42, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Cristalima: Actually at the moment you don't have any uploads at all. See Special:ListFiles/Cristalima. However, you may want to look at your list of contributions at Wikipedia: pt:Especial:Contribuições/Cristalima. It shows a list of all pages you edited at the Portuguese language Wikipedia, and judging from the deleted file you did upload earlier, you are looking for the article Gaín Pañan e a Origem da Pupunheira. De728631 (talk) 20:49, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is it possible to remove the metadata from a photo I uploaded?[edit]

Because it shows a name that I don't want it to, I wouldn't mind it if it was my name but it's a family member's name. Or at least can I able to upload the photo again? Megutim (talk) 21:25, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done @Megutim: The only image in your list of uploads with a name in the metadata was File:4MEN (포맨) on a Interview for Studio FLO, December 2021.jpg. I removed that part and hid the original revision of the file. As a tip, you can do that too if you need to again: In Windows 10 (don't know if it works like this in any earlier versions), you can right-click the filename in the Explorer and choose "Properties", "Details". Then there's a link to remove properties and other information which lets you edit the metadata. De728631 (talk) 22:51, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you so much. I realized that after. Megutim (talk) 08:46, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Mislabelled image[edit]

This image is of writer Charles Farrar Browne who sometimes went by the pen name Artemus Ward. It is clear that this image is of a subject of early to middle years, whereas if Brady's studio could have photographed Artemas Ward, Jr., Ward would have been in his 90s, which this image subject clearly is not. When an image is uploaded and modified under the wrong subject name, how does one go about correcting this mistake? BusterD (talk) 00:06, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @BusterD: Everything but the file name can be edited in the usual manner. Unless you have renaming privileges, use {{Rename}} and someone else can handle the file move.
  • Also, in this case the file is used several places in various Wikipedias, and insofar as you can communicate in the relevant languages it would be good to inform them that it is a wrong image, or make the relevant edits there themselves.
  • It looks like the error comes right from the Library of Congress, and it would be good to inform them of their error. Also, given that the LoC has an error, I would say that in editing the file page you should say that explicitly in the description and indicate the basis on which we are rejecting their identification. - Jmabel ! talk 02:45, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Files with bespoke licenses that allow free use and reproduction[edit]

File:Hydrogen - A Renewable Energy Perspective.pdf has the following license terms: "Unless otherwise stated, material in this publication may be freely used, shared, copied, reproduced, printed and/or stored, provided that appropriate acknowledgement is given to IRENA as the source and copyright holder. Material in this publication that is attributed to third parties may be subject to separate terms of use and restrictions, and appropriate permissions from these third parties may need to be secured before any use of such material." In a (non-legal, I'm not a lawyer) practical sense, this is basically identical to CC BY terms. Can we host a file like this that more-or-less says, "this is provided with no restrictions on its use, all you have to do is credit us" but doesn't have an explicit CC or GFDL or particular libre/free culture license? —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:02, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Similar issue for File:SS San Mateo.jpg, currently nominated for deletion. Source page says "Our photographs are public record and do not require permission for use. We ask that photographs are cited Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives and that the identifier number is included." - Jmabel ! talk 02:48, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    • I don't want to commit a copyfraud by saying it actually is licensed CC BY 4.0 when it's just basically kind of the same language (again, not a lawyer), but it seems like it's perfectly appropriate to share here, just with some bespoke wording. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:28, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

School report cards[edit]

Mary Coyle's PE report card, 1921-1922 (MOHAI 11680).jpg

Do we have any appropriate category for a school student's report card? Really surprised there is no Category:Report cards. - Jmabel ! talk 03:53, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Jmabel: Category:School certificates is linked from en:Report card. MKFI (talk) 07:03, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@MKFI: Thanks! not sure that's a great choice of name, but I'll go with it. - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Perhaps Category:School certificates should be renamed? I suspect it may be a literal translation from some other language. For example finnish "koulutodistus" could be literally translated as "school certificate". MKFI (talk) 07:04, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to upload a audio file?[edit]

I tried to upload a audio file, but unable to upload as it always shows unsupported file format. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chrissy starsi (talk • contribs)

See Commons:Audio for guidance. --Túrelio (talk) 09:21, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Updating a video when the original is mp4[edit]

How do I upload a new version of a video when the original is mp4? Cheers, · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 09:38, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. First of all, please note that new versions with substantial changes should always be uploaded as a separate file instead of overwriting existing files. As to the file format, there is Commons:video2commons for an online tool and Help:Converting video for general advice. De728631 (talk) 09:55, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
De728631, the new version is an update adding more recent data, and I would not consider it substantially changed. Updates will be ongoing, and the use is expected to be identical, so same filename is preferred as this will allow it to be displayed on the same pages as the old version without having to edit those pages. Video2commons explicitly says it will not upload to an existing page. I will try Help:converting video as it seems I must convert before uploading. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 10:29, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Macedonian audio files[edit]


There are 2,405 Macedonian audio files at Wikimedia Commons, automatically uploaded via LinguaLibre where they were recorded. I would now like to upload them to the corresponding pages on Wiktionary, but they are in .wav format, rather than .ogg, and they are not named in accordance with Wiktionary policy (each file name should have the form "language code-word.ogg", e.g. "mk-баба.ogg"). I have renamed all of them using my own programs and I would like to upload the new files to Wikimedia Commons so that I can subsequently upload them to Wiktionary, but I am not the recorder of any of the files in question. Do the actual recorders need to provide their consent for me to reupload their files, in keeping with the following instruction from the FAQ: "Please ask the copyright holder to send a permission statement to the address listed above. We require that owners make a clear statement that they release the image under a free license"? I am not sure whether this is necessary, since the recorders have already shared their files on Wikimedia Commons via LinguaLibre and have thereby made them publicly available for free use. I would just be adding files which are already here, except that they would be renamed. Martin123xyz (talk) 14:00, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. I don't think that the file format or the file name matters for linking those files in Wiktionary. The very purpose of Commons is that Wikimedia projects can access our content without having to upload the files again at Wikipedia or Wiktionary. So a file link like [[File:LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav]] should also work on Wiktionary. There is also no need to obtain a new permission because the free licenses are available at the file page here at Commons. De728631 (talk) 14:21, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for the reply. I and other users have already verified that a link like [[File:LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav]] works, but we need the file to be named mk-боровница.ogg instead, in keeping with Wiktionary:Audio Pronunciations. Furthermore, it's not just about the name - the .ogg format is compressed, so it takes up less space than .wav. For this reason, I wanted to reupload the converted and renamed files to Wikimedia Commons and then link them to Wiktionary. I wasn't talking about uploading separate files to Wiktionary. Martin123xyz (talk) 14:42, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, I see. Well, there's nothing wrong with having different file formats. When you upload the files, you may use {{Derived from}} as the source and enter the original WAV file name to that template like {{derived from|LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav}}. That is a common way to attribute derivative works of existing files at Commons, and it saves you the work of adding the permission, too. De728631 (talk) 15:06, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Martin123xyz: There are two things you should be aware of that might reduce your requirement to upload additional files. First, you can create redirects to files. So you could create a redirect at File:mk-боровница.ogg pointing to File:LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav simply by following that red link and entering #REDIRECT [[File:LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav]]. Then references to File:mk-боровница.ogg on any project will actually get File:LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav. You can probably also create that redirect on a Wiktionary if that's more convenient, in which case it will only work on that Wiktionary, but will also be under the control of that Wiktionary. Second, the MediaWiki software automatically converts .wav files to ogg when playing them, so if I try to play File:LL-Q9296 (mkd)-Bjankuloski06-боровница.wav from a page on another project, my browser actually downloads a 14 kB Ogg file rather than a 100 kB WAV. Obviously storing the original .wav file on Commons takes a bit of space, but for files already on Commons that space is already in use and even deleting the file from Commons won't make it available again. --bjh21 (talk) 21:43, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you both for the replies. All things considered, especially the fact that the .wav files are already taking up space which cannot be freed even through their deletion, I think that it might be best to link to the audio files in their current form after all. If I do not get permission from Wiktionary's administrators, I will reupload the files using the derived template. Martin123xyz (talk) 08:41, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

ပုံတင်ပြီး စာရေးနည်း[edit]

ပုံတင်ပြီးရင် စာဘ,်လိုရေးရမလဲ ဆောင်းပါးတွေကော တင်လို့ရပါသလား ကျေးဇူးပြုဖြေဆိုပါအုံး — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ven Jatila (talk • contribs) 15:23, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. This is Wikimedia Commons where we collect free media for all Wikimedia projects. We do not have articles like Wikipedia, but for instructions on writing articles you may want to read my:ဝီကီပီးဒီးယား:သင်၏_ပထမဆုံးဆောင်းပါး. De728631 (talk) 15:51, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What am I uploading?[edit]

What exactly am I uploading — Preceding unsigned comment added by INGANUTTY (talk • contribs) 18:22, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @INGANUTTY: So far, nothing. What exactly are you asking? - Jmabel ! talk 18:39, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • If you would like to know what you should upload, please see COM:SCOPE and COM:LICENSING. In short, we need educational media that come with a free licence at the source website, or that are out of copyright due to old age. Of course you may also upload your own photos if they can be used for educational purposes. De728631 (talk) 19:05, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can someone help me find the source of these ads?[edit]

I saw this ad when I went to the mall today, and then I saw a similar ad with a QR code, instead of a loading screen. I also saw it on some billboards earlier, and I remember seeing it painted on a bus.

I searched "Coca-cola yellow ad", "Coca-cola new level freshness ad", "Coca-cola lemon ad", etc. but nothing turned up. Can anyone help me find a high-quality version of this image?

New info: Just found out it's an ad for Coca-Cola Zero Lemon. Still can't find source, though. --QuickQuokka [talk] 22:04, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Speedy deletion[edit]

1) User_talk:Удивленный1#File:Histoire_des_Othomans,_Castellan_Antoine_-_Hasseki,_prince.jpg
"File:Histoire des Othomans, Castellan Antoine - Hasseki, prince.jpg has been marked for speedy deletion. (Reason: File:Crown prince and first hatun.jpg duplicate)"

What was wrong? Why was deleted my file which was uploaded earlier?
Which file is duplicate?

2) User_talk:Удивленный1#File:Vahdettin-culus2.jpg

The same problem. Удивленный1 (talk) 20:13, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Nothing has been deleted. Ruslik (talk) 20:39, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Sure? Check up, please. Удивленный1 (talk) 22:43, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Удивленный1: As far as I can see, File:Vahdettin-culus2.jpg has not been deleted. Túrelio deleted File:Histoire des Othomans, Castellan Antoine - Hasseki, prince.jpg in December as a duplicate of File:Crown prince and first hatun.jpg, so he can probably explain why he chose to delete the earlier upload. The most common reason is that the earlier file has a lower resolution than the newer one. It looks like Deletion Notification Bot mangled the deletion reasons when copying them to your talk page, which is why they appear as red links. --bjh21 (talk) 22:07, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank You for answer. But I do not understand... If it is duplicate then resolution must be the same, isn't it? Удивленный1 (talk) 22:46, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Удивленный1: Not the way that our policies use the word. COM:CSD#F8 says "Exact or scaled-down duplicate". So if you upload a scaled-down version of a picture that's already on Commons, it can be speedily deleted. And if you upload a scaled-down version of a picture and someone later uploads the original (or at least a higher-resolution version), then the earlier upload might be deleted. --bjh21 (talk) 23:35, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
O! I see. Удивленный1 (talk) 23:37, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Image type required[edit]

What type of images is necessarily required for this project? And do I need any article written by me to describe any uploaded image? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nicho afrika (talk • contribs) 06:04, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Nicho afrika: Please read COM:SCOPE and then come back here if you have more specific questions. No, not all images have to relate to a specific article in Wikipedia or elsewhere, they should all have descriptions and categories that provide context. - Jmabel ! talk 16:44, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

My Documentation[edit]


I have scans of most of the San Francisco theater programs associated with plays I was involved with from late 70's to early 2k's as well as several published newspaper reviews and misc. promotional materials so my question is may I upload them to Wikimedia Commons?

I hope so, thanks for what you do, -Michael Woody — Preceding unsigned comment added by ElvisedNixon (talk • contribs) 08:04, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @ElvisedNixon: Probably not acceptable here: this would all be copyrighted material. We'd need a free license for each item from the relevant copyright-holder. - Jmabel ! talk 16:47, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can you upload pictures from news outlets to Wikimedia?[edit]

Can you upload pictures from news outlets to Wikimedia? Pink Saffron (talk) 21:39, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Pink Saffron: You can, but in <71 year old cases you may not; please see COM:NETCOPYRIGHT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:05, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It's a little more complicated than "less than 71 years" (copyright law varies from country to country) but the short answer is still "no." Almost always, such works will be copyrighted and no free license will be available. If you are dealing with U.S. material more than 95 years old (1926 or earlier), fine, use {{PD-US-expired}}, and if it's more than 120 years old from anywhere {{PD-old-assumed}} covers the case, but, really, even plenty of 71-year-old material is still in copyright, probably the bulk of it. - Jmabel ! talk 23:28, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to ?[edit]

How to publish articles or details of the company we are from?

create a page for our health private company. so people can know more about us! — Preceding unsigned comment added by ChinnaCj (talk • contribs) 08:47, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@ChinnaCj: Hi, and welcome. Please don't; instead, see COM:ADVERT, COM:NOT, en:WP:ADVERT, and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:07, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

My submissions[edit]

Hi Commons,

I'm Trupti and my username is Kinitrupti. I have uploaded around 12 photos for the Wiki Loves Folklore competition. I got emails of edits on my photos and the depicts were removed for some photos by Wiki editors. I have couple of questions around that,

1. The depicts removed can they stay that way or I need to update new ones? 2. Are my submissions appropriate for the competition?

Thank you, Trupti — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kinitrupti (talk • contribs) 10:15, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kinitrupti: Hello. I think it would be best if you asked the various editors on their user talk pages why they removed or changed your entries at the "depicts" field in the structured section. However, you do not need to enter new values or update the existing ones. However, some entries for "depicts" you made might not have been correct at all. E.g. I just removed an entry at File:Joss sticks in Sri Lanka.jpg, because the structured data item Workship on Dental Practice Management (Q93785018) (note the "k" in "workship" as opposed to "worship") refers to a scientific article about workings skill in dental practices, and is obviously unrelated to a picture of joss sticks.
I cannot tell you anything about the requirements for the folklore competition, but I hope I could help you with your question about the structured data and the "depicts" entries. De728631 (talk) 14:27, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can someone please crop out the empty beginning and end sections of this video?[edit]

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I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after two days. Jmabel ! talk 16:53, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

In File:Memory break in slow motion.webm, I would like to have cut out the first empty 15 sec (resulting in a vid with about 2 seconds pause before the action starts), and also the end cut out from 0:55 to the current ending. I produced this myself in a complicated multi-stage process due to the extreme slo mo, but failed to cut it on my PC for various reasons, e.g., VirtualDub can not handle webm videos. More important, the Video Crop Tool in Commons, which I frequently use, fails on this particular video for me (hopefully, only for me...). So please, would someone do this for me with Commons Video Crop Tool or else and just overwrite the current version? Pittigrilli (talk) 11:39, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Somebody did it. Hence, this is a solved task and can be archived. Pittigrilli (talk) 15:04, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Mug shots[edit]

Are you allowed to upload a mug shot taken by a Sheriff's Office? In this case it would be [2] from Seminole County's Sherrif Office for the mug shot of Grant Amato for its' page. --Apollo468 (talk) 01:46, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Apollo468: Typically, no. Unlike the federal government, most U.S. states, counties, and cities do not routinely place their works in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 02:15, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Do you know how I would be able to publish it otherwise? Would I have to contact the office for permission to upload the picture? --Apollo468 (talk) 02:28, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Apollo468 and Jmabel: Per en:Draft:Grant Amato, the subject of the photo was arrested in Seminole County, Florida. Upload should be allowed here, as we have a template for that, {{PD-FLGov}}.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:29, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G.: Thanks! So government photos in Florida are consistently OK? - Jmabel ! talk 16:34, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Well, there are exceptions listed in a dropdown in the template, but none is a County or Sheriff's Office (or DPS or municipality or police department), so all Florida mugshots should be OK. See also Commons:Deletion requests/Template:PD-FLGov.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:47, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, thank you guys. I went ahead and uploaded the file under here [3], is it fine and all or do I have to change anything? --Apollo468 (talk) 20:05, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Can I use Wikimedia pics and videos in YouTube videos? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2409:4051:38B:DE61:0:0:908:80A5 (talk) 13:06, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, and welcome. You may do that subject to the licensing for each one, please see COM:REUSE and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:32, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

SVGs from PLOS journals?[edit]

I found a nice map in an article on PLOS, licensed CC-BY, that I want to modify and upload. It seems to have been created as svg but I only saw an option to download it as png. Do you know if they have svg's archived somewhere in a predictable way? Danny lost (talk) 15:22, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

It the authors provided only png file, the journal will have only png files. Ruslik (talk) 20:00, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Please, provide a link to the article. Ruslik (talk) 20:01, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What to do with broken images[edit]


I've noticed a handful of broken images; not sure how to investigate or report. When I view the picture on its page, it shows up as a broken image icon, but when I try to embed it here, it does show up appropriately. For me, one of these images also appears dead here: w:United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Some examples:

Thank you --Engineerchange (talk) 17:12, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I edited the list above to inline links. Some of the generated thumbnails work, but most don't. I can't tell if the files are actually corrupted or if this is a problem with generating thumbnails from COM:TIFF files. MKFI (talk) 08:48, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Looking at the first one, it appears to be about 10 MB smaller than the original file at And opening it in Evince the bottom part of the picture is corrupted where the copy from is fine. I'll try uploading a complete version of that file, and if that works I'll have a look at the others. --bjh21 (talk) 12:07, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Engineerchange: I've re-uploaded each one from the TIFF file on the source page. This seems to have improved matters a little: HABS IL-1232-B-2.tif and HABS IL-1232-6.tif now have working thumbnails but the others don't even though the TIFF files on Commons are now complete. --bjh21 (talk) 12:25, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Bjh21: thanks for the help; I re-uploaded a number of others too, following your direction, and the vast majority worked. Two still give me trouble: File:Detail view of Palladian window on the east facade with scale - National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Central Branch, Mess Hall, 4100 West Third Street, Dayton, Montgomery HABS OH-2364-I-6.tif and File:View of 214 from southwest - National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Central Branch, Quarters, 4100 West Third Street, Dayton, Montgomery County, OH HABS OH-2364-M-3.tif. --Engineerchange (talk) 16:04, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

More informative title[edit]

I was editing the ESC 2022 map, and it told me to use a more informative title. Isn't "Map of participating countries in Eurovision Song Contest 2022" informative enough? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AtlasSweden (talk • contribs) 21:16, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@AtlasSweden: Hi, and welcome. Please be more precise, and see COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:10, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@AtlasSweden: Yes, your wording seems pretty precise and informative. @Jeff G.: what would you like them to be more precise about? - Jmabel ! talk 16:44, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

La photo supprimé a été signaler comme appartenant à une fausse personne[edit]


Une photo a été supprimé pour violation des droits d’auteur alors que cette photo appartient à l’artiste que je représente (La page en question est celle de l’artiste) que faire? Comment prouver que cette personne n’a aucun droit sur cette photo et que l’artiste ne connaît pas cette personne. La photo a été prise à cannes par un photographe ayant été payé et mandaté par l’artiste pour photographier l’événement. Nous pouvons fournir des preuves si besoin. Merci par avance de nous aider

Studio ER — Preceding unsigned comment added by Artinparis (talk • contribs) 00:06, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The deleted photo was reported as belonging to a fake person

good evening

A photo has been removed for copyright infringement although this photo belongs to the artist I represent (The page in question is that of the artist) what to do? How to prove that this person has no rights to this photo and that the artist does not know this person. The photo was taken in Cannes by a photographer who was paid and commissioned by the artist to photograph the event. We can provide evidence if needed. Thank you in advance for helping us

Studio ER
translator: Google Translate via   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:50, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Artinparis: Salut et bienvenue. File:Emmnuelle Rybojad.jpg a été trouvé sur mais ne peut plus y être trouvé. L'autorisation que vous avez donnée semble provenir d'une personne représentée sur la photo, mais le détenteur des droits d'auteur d'une photo est la personne qui a pris la photo, plutôt qu'une personne qui y apparaît, à moins que le droit d'auteur ne soit transféré par l'effet de la loi ou d'un contrat . Pourriez-vous, s'il vous plaît, demander au photographe de publier l'autorisation sur son site Web ou ses réseaux sociaux, de l'envoyer via VRT/fr, ou de clarifier la manière dont les droits d'auteur ont été transférés ? Voir aussi COM:SIGN/fr. Pinging @De728631 en supprimant Admin.
Hi, and welcome. File:Emmnuelle Rybojad.jpg was found on but can not be found there any more. The permission you gave seems to be from a person depicted in the photograph, but the copyright holder of a photograph is the person who took the photograph, rather than a person who appears in it, unless the copyright is transferred by operation of law or contract. Would you please have the photographer post permission on their website or social media, send it via VRT, or clarify how the copyright was transferred? See also COM:SIGN. Pinging @De728631 as deleting Admin.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:50, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Just another option for translating foreign texts, make your own assesment which translation is better, I just provided another option.

Good evening

A photo has been deleted for copyright infringement even though it belongs to the artist I represent (the page in question is the artist's page). How can I prove that this person has no rights to the photo and that the artist does not know this person? The photo was taken in Cannes by a photographer who was paid and commissioned by the artist to photograph the event. We can provide proof if needed. Thank you in advance for helping us

Studio ER
translator: DeepL via — Polda18 (talk pagecontributions) 08:10, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jeff G. and Artinparis: The file in question can now be found at this page in black and white. Jeff G. is right though that we need a permission by email coming directly from the copyright holder. Also, thank you Polda18 for the alternative translation. De728631 (talk) 16:42, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

SVG file translated via SVG Translator doesn't show language selector[edit]

Translated SVG that should display in Czech when clicked.

I've updated an existing SVG image (shown on right) by adding 3 languages in it - Czech, German, and English, while German is also an implicit language (the original used in the picture). What's strange is that the picture shows English language instead of the implicit one (which is German), and there's no language selector on that page. Link from a translated thumbnail doesn't display the selected language, eighter. How do I display language selector on the file page? Polda18 (talk pagecontributions) 02:18, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]