Commons:Undeletion requests

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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

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Projects that accept fair use

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Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

Files from Museo Virtual "Alto Bierzo" uploaded by Galopax

License has changed per , User:Galopax/mv-ab, and (the latter two in Spanish). Please ping me and Galopax.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:07, 13 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Pictogram voting info.svg Info It is unclear to me who should be attributed as the photographer and why the museum is authorised to grant a free license if the author is aunknown. Ankry (talk) 07:48, 16 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pinging @Galopax as uploader.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:54, 18 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
About who should be attributed as the photographer and why the museum is authorized to grant a free license if the author is unknown, it must be taken into account that this's a series of photographs collected by a researcher and director of the Museum "Alto Bierzo", now retired, commissioned by the City Council of Bembibre, photographs, many of them, more than 70 years ago. And, most probably, all of them of unknown author, some of them because of their antiquity, the most modern ones as passport type photographs, and they could even be taken by photo booth type machines, none of them associated with an artistic image or author.
These photographs, which were once presented publicly, as noted in the introduction to this link (in Spanish), are in a space in the building of the City Council itself, as can be seen in this omnioramic image.
Why, how its authorship is attributed, what kind of license, authorization or similar supports this exhibition, this use, are questions that I think it's not appropriate to raise or question that institution, museum or city council.
Yes a management was made, in 2017-03-31, through email, in which it is made participant of the initiative Virtual Museum "Alto Bierzo" to responsible for the said Museum "Alto Bierzo" and, through it, to the Department of Culture of the City Council of Bembibre, a link that is maintained, as communication of 2022-01-26, in which the change of license from GNU to CC BY-SA is commented, a circumstance that, in turn, and for public knowledge, is reflected in the Wiki itself.
The first mail, from 2017, receives a response on 2017-05-11, in which it's stated: "With respect to the project Virtual Museum "Alto Bierzo", from the Department of Culture, Tourism and Festivals of the City Council of Bembibre, its authorization is given so that it can continue with the same", a project in Wiki mode, online, with link submitted and analyzed by these people, and containing specific information on license.
With this background, it has been considered validated the upload to Wikimedia Commons of photographs published in this virtual museum, in some way a reflection of a real one, even if equipped with many other photographs, most of them of own production, and other specific resources (Category:Museo Virtual "Alto Bierzo").
In any case, if there were any other question to raise, I would try to answer it. Best regards.--Galopax (talk) 10:10, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Files uploaded by Reinhardhauke

Please restore the following pages:


The DRs mention this " "Glasmalerei H. Maier Neuenahr 1926" " If these windows were installed in 1926, they'd now be public domain in the US. The glassmaker does have a category in Commons: Category:Glasmalerei H. Maier (Bad Neuenahr) so it's possible these are public domain in Germany. @Rosenzweig: for their knowledge of German copyright law. Abzeronow (talk) 17:34, 16 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Accd. to [1], the windows shown in the last three files are by "Glasmalerei H. Maier". But since the artist Heinrich Maier died in 1923, I'm not sure if those windows were still done by him or by some successor working for his company. I'm also unsure about File:Bachem (Ahrweiler) St.Leonardus Fenster246.JPG. That window is apparently the work of a Cologne artist named Franz Xaver Reuter. I couldn't find out when he died, he seems to have been still active in 1934. So it's possible he died no later than 1951, but I don't know. The "Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon" (AKL) online has an entry for Reuter, but no death date. --Rosenzweig τ 17:56, 16 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The Reuter created work does seem problematic since we don't have a death date for him and 1926 is too young for PD-old-assumed. The other 3 seem like they're still possibly public domain. Abzeronow (talk) 18:37, 17 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Possibly public domain, yes. But the fact that they were apparently installed in 1926, while Heinrich Maier died in 1923, makes it rather unlikely that he was the artist that did them, at least in my opinion. That leaves someone else working for his company (that apparently continued to exist after his death) as the artist, but we don't have a clue who that could have been. If we wanted to go for {{PD-old-assumed}}, that would mean 2047. --Rosenzweig τ 17:26, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Football Card.jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Football Card.jpg

"This person played for the Green Bay Packers until 1926". If this is a 1920s card, then the copyright for it has now likely expired. If this is restored, I also request that this file be renamed so it becomes more educationally useful. Abzeronow (talk) 18:01, 19 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose The card shows "Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame" in the upper left. The subject was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, so the card cannot be from 1926. Since he played only until 1926, the photo is likely from then, which leaves two questions -- does the card have a copyright aside from the one for the photo and, if not, when was the photo first published? .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:22, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I see. So it's more or less the same source as File:Charlie Mathys Green Bay Packers.webp which listed as a source. Nailing down the first publication of the photograph might be tough. EDIT: I have found a 1924 team photograph that might be the source of Mathys pics here the site says that the photograph was likely printed in the 1960s or 1970s though. Also the Packers site has a high quality version of that photograph here (talk) 16:39, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I think you are correct that it is a crop from a team photo, but not that one. In the one cited above, the right side (viewer's right) of his face is completely black and the hands of the player behind him show behind his right (his right) ear. Both sides of the subject image are equally lighted and the background is players' pants with no hands in sight. Also, now that I look again, I'm inclined to think that the footballs in the Hall of Fame card have a copyright. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 17:27, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah, I just noticed that myself. The 1923 Packers team photograph is the source of one of those Mathys photos. I've seen a credit of that photograph to "Stiller Photo". For example this ebay listing: Abzeronow (talk) 17:30, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Pictogram voting info.svg Info Photographer of the 1923 photograph appears to be Otto Stiller who died in 1972. Abzeronow (talk) 17:38, 20 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Dit Clapper.jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Commons:Deletion requests/File:Dit Clapper.jpg

This feels worth revisiting. If this was published in 1926, it would unquestionably be public domain in the US. Original DR suggested this was a Canadian photograph and this being pre-1946 would have definitely been PD in both Canada and the US. Abzeronow (talk) 16:36, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

See the original image here. Our upload was actually just a crop. The caption mentions the "late 1920s" so I think pre-1927 is still too early to be PD in the US. On the other hand I can't see a copyright notice either. De728631 (talk) 10:16, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah, it's difficult to get a date on it but Getty is crediting Bruce Bennett who might have had it in his collection but definitely was not the photographer. The page does also say "Erstellt am: 1. Januar 1926" but looking at English wiki, 1927 seems a little more likely but of course 1928 and 1929 still also possible Abzeronow (talk) 01:04, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The undeletion discussion in the following section is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

Files deleted by Jusjih

Please restore the following pages:

— for Mr. T, only undelete the 22:16, 15 January 2006 file by Hannibal, as the more recent file appears to be a copyvio by a different user JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 00:55, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Reason: Per precedent from Commons:Undeletion requests/Archive/2021-01#File:Ron Mueck head.jpg and Commons:Undeletion requests/Archive/2021-01#File:InSapphoWeTrust - Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts at Madame Tussauds London (8481389580).jpg. {{FoP-UK}} applies to images of wax figures in Madame Tussaud's London museum. If possible, these can be tagged with {{Not-free-US-FOP}}. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 00:53, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Symbol support vote.svg Support These appear to be figures in Mme Tussaud's London museum. There is long precedent here for such works to be OK under UK FoP. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:07, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done: as per Jim. --Yann (talk) 19:57, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The undeletion discussion in the following section is now closed. Please do not make any edits to this archive.

File:The Homewrecker at Madame Tussaud's Hong Kong - Flickr - skinnylawyer.jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: per precedent at Commons:Undeletion requests/Archive/2021-05#Files under Commons:Deletion requests/Files in Category:Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. {{FoP-Hong Kong}} is applicable as Hong Konger FoP is a direct legacy of British FoP. JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 00:57, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Symbol support vote.svg Support These appear to be figures in Mme Tussaud's Hong Kong museum. There is long precedent here for such works to be OK under UK FoP. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:08, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

✓ Done: as per Jim. --Yann (talk) 19:15, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Deleted Australian Aboriginal flag images

Australian Aboriginal flag is public domain now because the Australian government has purchased the copyright from the original author.

Ox1997cow (talk) 11:27, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Are any of those duplicates of ones that were undeleted? I thought @Yann: said he had gone through the list, at least the ones in Category:Australian Aboriginal flag related deletion requests. Are any of the above missing from that category? Carl Lindberg (talk) 13:20, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Clindberg: The ones that are missing are those that have already been undeleted or decided to keep. Ox1997cow (talk) 14:38, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Иван Табаков, 1929г.tif

I would like to request for this photograph to be restored and undeleted. It depicts my great-grandfather, as shot by his daughter. As their direct heir and thus sole owner of the rights, I allow the usage of the photograph on wikipedia with the respective licensing rights. — Preceding unsigned comment added by NKV55 (talk • contribs) 15:22, 26 February 2022‎ (UTC)[reply]

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Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose In the first file description you said that you were the photographer. You changed that to read:

|source=Държавна Агенция Архиви
|author=Неизвестен автор
[|source= State Archives Agency]
[|author = Unknown author (translation by Google)]

Now you claim that the subject's daughter was the photographer. It looks like a formal studio portrait. In any event, given the three different stories, you should submit a request to VRT. Also note that TIFF, while permitted here, is not a good format, see Commons:File types#TIFF. Finally, note that "I allow the usage of the photograph on wikipedia" is not sufficient. Images here must be free for any use by anybody anywhere. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 16:57, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:John Nance Garner Bust.jpg

We have had discussions about the Harry Truman bust and the busts made by Jo Davidson I was curious about the other bust SIRIS is the site that was used for the other 3 request and I was curious if anyone can figure out how many of the other busts would be allowed I know ones after 89 aren't allowed but as for the rest of them every vice president from Alben Barkley to Walter Mondale minus Spiro Agnew as his was made in the 90s im not sure if these ones do once again SIRIS is what was used to figure out the other 3 Journey896 (talk) 06:08, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support See here. The bust was created in 1943 and we can assume that this was also the year of publication. I checked the Catalog of Copyright Entries and if there ever was an initial copyright with a notice on the backside or below the pedestal of the bust, it was not renewed. Qualifies for {{PD-US-not renewed}}. The photo as such is {{PD-USGov-Senate}}. De728631 (talk) 16:58, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Мастер спорта СССР Али Исаев на стадионе Труд, город Москва.jpg

Эта фотография не нарушает авторских прав. Я лично отсканировала ее через семейный архив. Прошу восстановить. --Арапат Курбанова (talk) 16:22, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Google translate: "This photo does not violate copyright. I personally scanned it through the family archive. Please restore."
Pictogram voting info.svg Info Reason for deletion: Commons:Deletion requests/File:IsAli.jpg. Thuresson (talk) 16:54, 27 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]