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Negative previewsEdit

I just uploaded File:Ocean Beach area Gallipoli 1915.jpg and although the "Original file" version is OK, the previews have had their colours reversed. Any ideas how to fix this/what I've done wrong? Cheers, --Bye for now (talk) 13:43, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

It's OK: saved in a different format and it works now, --Bye for now (talk) 19:45, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
Interesting, your "save for web" fix apparently has a lower resolution (564K vs. 1.66MB), and on my box your 2nd (big) JPG works. Folks interested in "JPEG artefacts" caused by MediaWiki hopefully do something about it (save as PNG might do the trick, if it's a known bug on this side.) In other words: Thanks. –Be..anyone (talk) 12:39, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Im on a cell phone so cant examine the image in detail at the moment, but usually this sort of thing is caused by weird colour profiles. However http://regex.info/exif.cgi?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2Farchive%2F4%2F4c%2F20141113133449%2521Ocean_Beach_area_Gallipoli_1915.jpg says no colour profile, but there is an app14 colour transform that maybe is causing issues. Bawolff (talk) 13:10, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
I tried converting it back and forth between pnm and jpg, and that seemed to fix issue, but it similarly gave a much lower file size. So meh, I have no idea. I still suspect it might have been in a weird colour space (Maybe CYMK). Bawolff (talk) 00:19, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the original used CMYK. LX (talk, contribs) 06:53, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

how to upload a company profileEdit

Hello, I want to upload a company profile in Wiki. But I have no idea on how it can be done as I was advised to use commons insteads before It can be posted in Wiki. I attached our company profile in this email. So hope you can advise and assist me on this. If possible, do call me up ASAP for guidance on above application. My contact number is 94306346,


Type Private Industry Jewellery Manufacturing Retailing Founded Singapore Key Person Michael Koh T.H. Area Singapore Website www.caratell.com


Caratell Diamonds (derive from carat which is the measure unit for diamond and gemstone, believing that all gemstones are able to tell its own story.) a Singapore base company established in 2004 specialising in customise jewellery that provide designs, manufactures, distributes and retailing jewellery. Caratell started it off as a bespoke jewellery that cater to all customer that needs a ‘new look’ to their old pieces, also providing design services to customer who wants special design of their own creation and allows them to express their thoughts. Till today Caratell still cater these special services to all customers, located in United Square Mall at Thomson Road. The leading designer whom is also the managing director, Michael T.H. Koh who won numerous international jewellery awards including the most prestigious award, Diamond Distinction Award by De Beers, currently is the aspiring figure of the company. Over the years Caratell has moves on specialize in fine exclusive gemstones, they are known in non- treated and non -enhance gemstones especially top quality jadeite jade from Myanmar. Caratell has also created a series of design that comprises Singapore landmark such as the ‘Garden by the Bay’ that was feature in the local newspaper, ‘The Straits Times’ on 19 October 2012. In 2012 Caratell published their first coffee table book, ‘Caratell Jewellery Collection’ that comprises their past work. It is sold in local leading bookstore as well as in South East Asia, and donated half of the proceeds to the orphanage in Myanmar.

In 25 September 2013, Caratell has changed its company name from Caratell Diamond Pte Ltd to Caratell Pte Ltd that allows expansion in terms of product line. In 13 Nov 2013 Caratell was being feature in Channel News Asia in the 2nd episode of “Branded for Success” as a local jewellery band in Singapore. At the same year Caratell also actively involved in NAFA (Nan Yang Academy of Fine Arts) funds rising for building the 3rd campus at Bencoolen Street. In March 2014 Caratell first take part in HKDTC Hong Kong Show in Hong Kong Conventional Center in the designer booth, which is the first time Caratell step out of Singapore enter into the international market, and earning recognition from both international publication- JNA and Jewelry World. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Creon lim (talk • contribs) 06:48, 17 November 2014‎ (UTC)

  • Assuming that when you say "I want to upload a company profile in Wiki" you mean a article on Wikipedia, I see nothing here that would rise to the level of notability for an encyclopedia article.
  • Commons -- the site you are on -- is a media repository (images, sound, videos, etc.). You might want to look at COM:SCOPE for the scope of this site. - Jmabel ! talk 07:34, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Uploading a (previously deleted) photo onto a Wiki pageEdit

Hi there

I am trying to upload an image to a Frances Separovic's Wiki page. She owns the photo and has given me permission to upload her image under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. I previously uploaded the photo only for it to be deleted, I think the reason for this may be because I'm a new user?

Please help.

Thanks! Vino — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vino nair (talk • contribs) 06:52, 17 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Nothing has been deleted yet, the file File:Frances Separovic.jpg is still there. Please read the message there on how to provide evidence about permission to upload the image under the given license. Also, does she really own the copyright? I suppose she didn't take the image herself. Usually, the copyright is owned by the photographer. --rimshottalk 07:36, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sommer Contemporary Art.jpgEdit

Hello I took this images from a website, but I know that the owner is the gallery itself, how can I provide for the license? where can I found the license to send to the gallery and ask for the permission to keep the image on Wikipedia? Thank you in advance, — Preceding unsigned comment added by 62.90.211.95 (talk • contribs)

  • Sorry, you seem to be a little confused. The website (more specifically the person who took the image) holds copyright and is the only entity that may release it under a free license. The website where you took the image from has a clear copyright notice in the footer, and we therefore must treat the image as copyright and not eligible to be hosted here. If the copyright holder wishes the image to be hosted here they should follow the COM:OTRS procedures. Sorry, but the image will likely be deleted very shortly; if OTRS confirm a free license it can be undeleted. ColonialGrid (talk) 10:35, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Edit

i have permission to create a wiki page for a company however the logo which i added was deleted... any suggestions on how i can add the company logo?

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sreeja2812 (talk • contribs) 11:56, 17 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Make the company's legal department send a formal release of the logo under one of the free licenses we accept to our copyright release "department" as explained at COM:OTRS. Note that releasing a logo under a free license allows anyone to use it for any legal purpose, including modifying it and re-distributing such modified versions. Trademark issues are unrelated to a copyright release. Lupo 12:10, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
When you say "a wiki page":
  1. Is that in the English-language Wikipedia?
  2. If it is in the English-language Wikipedia, or in the Wikipedia for some other language, when you say "i have permission to create a wiki page for a company," this would suggest you have some relation with the company. Have you revealed your potential conflict of interest on the relevant Wikipedia? (No problem here on Commons, but it is there if you are writing about the company.)
  3. Given that: if it is in the English-language Wikipedia, you can upload the logo there (rather than on Commons) as non-free. See en:Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline and en:Template:Non-free use rationale.
Jmabel ! talk 17:18, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Nandita Berry photoEdit

RE: Inquiry from Green Giant

I found the photo of Nandita Berry here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/ and here: http://www.law.uh.edu/news/fall2013/1220berry.asp

Since it is a State (Texas) website, would it be copyrighted? It was paid for using taxpayers' dollars.

If no, then please let it expire. Thanks.

Boxie0406 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Boxie0406 (talk • contribs) 21:29, 18 November 2014‎ (UTC)

  • Although the U.S. federal government puts nearly all of its works in the public domain, other governments in the United States generally do not, so unless you can find some specific indication that this is in the public domain or otherwise free-licensed, the fact that it is on the State of Texas web site has no bearing. Even on federal web sites, you'd need to verify that the particular work originated with the government itself. For example, there is a ton of copyrighted material on the Smithsonian web site. - Jmabel ! talk 23:11, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Direct upload from FlickrEdit

I see that at Special:Upload it is now supposed to be possible to upload an image directly from Flickr.com, but I don't understand what URL to use. Typically, on Flickr.com you are looking at something roughly equivalent to our file page; if you go for the full resolution of a photo, it offers a download rather than providing a URL. Anyone know how best to do this? Is there a guide some place? Commons:Flickr files does not seem to indicate a way to do this. - Jmabel ! talk 23:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

I dont see that option at Special:Upload. Where is it exactly? If the upload form asks to enter a flickr url, I would guess the most simple for the user would be either the url of the description page of the photo (in the style www.flickr.com/photos/username/1234567890), or the url for the view of the original size (in the style www.flickr.com/photos/username/1234567890/sizes/o/). Flickr may be a little tricky to navigate, but clicking "view all sizes" lets one see the links to view the available versions. -- Asclepias (talk) 05:39, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
The option is a generic URL option, with a whitelist of sites from which we can upload. "View all sizes" in Flickr leads me to a download for the original size, not to showing it at a URL. - Jmabel ! talk 05:52, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
I made a test upload and worked perfectly. I used the URI https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5612/15625081007_8efcffce9e_o_d.jpg using copy link address at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kkoshy/15625081007/sizes/o/ Jee 06:05, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
(I still haven't found how to get that option at Special:Upload. Is it available to some categories of users only?) From the flickr description page of the photo, "view all sizes" leads me to one of the available views, from where clicking on "original" leads to the view in the original size, and from there, copy image url gives the url of the .jpg file, in the style "farm0.staticflickr.com/.../.....jpg". From the test by Jkadavoor, it seems that is the url the Commons system wants. I think that url is not available to the public if the user has disabled the access to it on flickr. If, for a particular photo, that url is not available, that may be the reason. -- Asclepias (talk) 07:00, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Asclepias: I've a "Source URL:" just under "Source filename:" at Special:Upload. I don't know it is only for Admin and License reviewers.
I think it is not possible for Flickr users to hide URLs or disable downloads for CC licensed files, now. So the only issue probably Jmabel faced is he clicked on that link which starts downloding instead of opening the file in browser. We need to right click and copy the URL. Jee 07:33, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
It is Commons:Upload tools#upload_by_url , but only for admins, license reviewers and GWT users. --Steinsplitter (talk) 07:39, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
What is "GWT"? - Jmabel ! talk 16:45, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Commons:GLAMwiki Toolset Jee 02:38, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Basic upload does not work anymoreEdit

Since last week, I can use Basic Upload (https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Upload&uploadformstyle=basic) only once. As soon as I try a second time, the image thumbnail does not show as uploaded, and the whole thing freezes. Please do not suggest me to try the Upload Wizard. It is a personal choice. Tango7174 (talk) 14:36, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Does this also happen with the non-basic version of Special:Upload? I'd guess the answer is "yes", but trying it might help the tech-people to figure out what's wrong … --El Grafo (talk) 15:06, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Trying with the non-basic version of Special:Upload: the first pass went OK. At the second, I got exactly the same frozen screen as with the basic version. Tango7174 (talk) 16:36, 19 November 2014 (UTC).

This has been happening for a while although it seem to be becoming more common, see Commons:Help desk/Archive/2014/11#The old upload form stopped working. It is possible to upload a file even if the javascript stops working for the basic old upload form. MKFI (talk) 08:22, 20 November 2014 (UTC) :Old thread got archived. MKFI (talk) 18:00, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, but your link doesn't lead to anything. So there is still no solution for me. Tango7174 (talk) 16:40, 20 November 2014 (UTC).

  • His link works for me. Are you sure it's not working for you? - Jmabel ! talk 00:40, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Uploading Cover Art for a SongEdit

Is it possible for me to upload the cover art for a song to use in an article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Monopoly31121993 (talk • contribs)

Probably not, but your question is a bit vague, so I can't give you a definitive answer.
  1. I assume you mean you want to upload the art to Commons to use in an article in Wikipedia, probably the English-language Wikipedia. It is likely that if the article is about the song you can upload it to the English-language Wikipedia (not to Commons) under the en:Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline, using the en:Template:Non-free use rationale.
  2. If the cover art is very simple -- e.g. under U.S rules (you didn't say what country, and there is some variation) just typography and/or simple geometric shapes -- you can upload it to Commons as public domain because it would not be eligible for copyright.
  3. If you created the cover art, you can upload it to Commons under a free license as your own work, but we will probably need you to follow the COM:OTRS process to clarify that you are the artist.
  4. If you know who created the cover art or who might now own the rights, and can get them to release it under a free license, then you can upload it to Commons as long as you follow the COM:OTRS process to clarify that the permission is real. However, it is usually difficult to persuade people to give such a license on cover art.
I hope that answers your question; if not, then please clarify the situation. - Jmabel ! talk 01:16, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Using French Archive PhotosEdit

Hi, I'm looking for a French speaker who can help guide me to some achieve photos of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the 1950s. I found this page[1] but it's all in French and I'm not a French speaker. Can anyone guide me on how I can get some help on this? Many thanks!Monopoly31121993 (talk) 22:57, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Hi, "Guide you on how you can get some help on this" is a rather vague request. Trying to guess what you are asking:
  • If the idea is to upload such photos to Commons, that is probably not allowed by the policy of Commons, if those photos were first published in France, because such photos from the 1950s would not be in the public domain in the United States nor in France, unless they were released by their copyright owners.
  • If you're looking for specific help about using those photos outside of Commons, here may not be the best place to find what you need.
  • If you are only looking for suggestions about navigating that website, we can try to do that. The site has this search page for searching the image database. It has a drop down menu for choosing a place (territoire) in a list of names of places, boxes to narrow the search by entering a year (année) or a range of years (entre... et... = between... and...) and a box (plein texte) where you can enter search words to narrow the search. The results are displayed as a list with thumbnails.
  • If you are asking for a translation of the descriptions of individual photographs, we could help with specific questions, but you can probably get a general idea of the descriptions with automatic translation tools.
-- Asclepias (talk) 00:30, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
A more interesting question arises if some of them were first published not in France. Ruslik (talk) 02:15, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Country of publication may not matter under French copyright law, which, under the Fourth Republic would have been in force until, at least, 1955. Under the Fourth Republic all territory of the French Union was considered France, and the aforementioned nations were part of France (similarly to how all of Metropolitan France and the overseas departments and territories are considered France), ergo, all photos taken there were taken in France (where copyright is assumed from when the image is taken, and France would have been the nation of creation). It is unlikely that any of these images produced before 1955 are in the public domain; circumstances for post 1955 images would be case by case, but still unlikely. Ultimately though, these questions are best asked in concrete terms with specific reference to individual images on Commons:Village pump/Copyright. ColonialGrid (talk) 16:12, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Why does French copyright law matter for works published in Vietnam? Even if we agree that works published in French Indochina have a country of origin of France (which is a very colonial interpretation), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam considered its independence day 2 September 1945.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:24, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
What says that they were published in Vietnam, or in Australia, or in Texas? The available evidence is that a photo such as the one given as example in this question, is from a French agency, is kept in the French archives, and is actually published in France. No evidence has been provided that it was published in another country previously. -- Asclepias (talk) 04:00, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Public domain questionEdit

Is it OK to copy images from copyrighted newspaper archives (e.g. newspapers.com, newspaperarchive.com, Fulton History etc.) as long as the original newspapers and images are old enough to be public domain, or are the images as they appear on such sites copyrighted, so one needs to find a different copy? If it is OK to use such images, is {{PD-scan}} the right template for them? Thanks. Sideways713 (talk) 16:58, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Correct. Scans and other faithful reproductions are not considered original enough to warrant a new copyright. This is so long as it is faithful, and does not add new content or annotations. Just remember that the content has to be public domain in both the original country and the USA. ColonialGrid (talk) 17:29, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Excellent, thanks. I have now uploaded one image; if there's a copyright problem with it, hopefully someone catches it before I submit too many others. Sideways713 (talk) 14:31, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Giovanni Zelko at SIF, 2014.jpgEdit

Need help getting license to use photo Giovanni Zelko at SIH, 2014. I have been given the right to use the photo by the Giovanni Zelko, the photo originated from his personal film website. Would like to use it on wiki page

--Folasade.aremu (talk) 04:58, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Hi, you need to follow the procedures set out at COM:OTRS and have the copyright holder send permission. Note that the subject of the photo may not hold copyright, and it is possible (likely even) that copyright is held by the photographer. ColonialGrid (talk) 10:16, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

I am looking at the original image of this picture. Please help me to find the origin of this image.Edit

Please let me know how can i send you the picture i am looking out for.

thanks

kranti nagvekar

nagvekarkranti@gmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 120.61.117.52 (talk • contribs) 18:45, 22 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Given that nobody here is psychic, we have absolutely no way of knowing what image you're talking about unless you tell us. LX (talk, contribs) 19:31, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Question on an image upload - copyright information - re-uploadEdit

Hello! I recently uploaded an image titled "Vivek Wadhwa 1" that I accidentally entered incorrect copyright information for. Another user flagged it for me, I thanked them then I deleted the image in order to re-upload it with the correct copyright information. When I try to upload the image I am unable to. Can you advise what to do? Thank you very much!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by KeKatie (talk • contribs) 18:54, 22 November 2014‎ (UTC)

Let's start with the facts, since you've left some facts out and got some things wrong above. Looking at the history of this page, you are User:KeKatie. Looking at your log, the file you're talking about is File:Vivek-Wadhwa-1.jpg, it was deleted by User:Krd based on the concerns raised in Commons:Deletion requests/File:Vivek-Wadhwa-1.jpg. (Since you are not an administrator, you could not possibly have deleted it yourself.)
You can't and should not attempt to recreate previously deleted content. I see no reason to believe that the legitimate copyright holder of this photo has released it under a free license, but if you think that you can convince Duke Photography to release the photo under a license that allows anyone to use it in modified or unmodified form for any purpose, including commercial purposes, please follow the procedure described here. If successful, the file will be restored by an administrator. LX (talk, contribs) 19:42, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

THANK you so much for explaining. I deleted it from the page that I had added it to, thought that had made it be deleted from the Commons area too. Thank you as well for letting me know about the release needed - and the process. I really appreciate it!! Again, thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by KeKatie (talk • contribs)

Photo for Hon Mrs Victor BruceEdit

The current photo on this page shows the subject with two other people. I feel a photo showing only the subject is more appropriate, so I cut her image from the group photo and uploaded it. If you have been using the group photo for years, why do you need more copyright information now? And if you do, how do I get it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by NancyRWilson (talk • contribs) 19:33, 22 November 2014‎ (UTC)

You haven't really given us much to go on... After some searching, I'm guessing that the page you're talking about is en:The Hon Mrs Victor Bruce and that the photo you're talking about is File:Amy mildred winifred.jpg. Looking at the edit history of the help desk, it turns out that you are User:NancyRWilson. Looking at your log, the file you uploaded was File:Mary Petre Bruce on completion of World Flight.JPG.
That file has been deleted, but according to Google's cached copy of the file description page, it looks like you somehow managed to upload the file without any licensing tag. Also, the source was not verifiable (it should have been a link to the original image) and what you entered as the author ("news photo circa Feb 1931") makes no sense – the author of a photo is the person who creates the photo, and photos can't author themselves. A verifiable source, correct authorship information and a copyright license or public domain rationale is needed for all files on Commons, so it's not surprising that a file looking like that was deleted. You were notified of the problem more than a week before it was deleted.
That said, some investigation of the original version is probably called for as well. I don't see why User:PeterWD would be the copyright holder of the work in question, as he claims. There is a free text paragraph that looks like a Wikipedia-only permission, quoted from a long since archived entry on en:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Aviation/Style guide/Layout (Aircraft) from this edit. There was no mention of a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication or of transferring copyright to User:PeterWD, and the preceding discussion only mentioned non-free licenses. LX (talk, contribs) 20:05, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Question on Crown Copyright (United Kingdom)Edit

Hello, I have a question on copyright. Unless I'm wrong, the UK copyright law seems more based on death of the creator (e.g. {{PD-old-auto}}) rather than the date of publishing as in the United States' {{PD-1923}}. But Crown copyright is a bit different, and I'm curious as to whether works of the British Museum of Natural History are considered Crown copyright/UK government (as an example, pretend File:Arthur Stanley Hirst00.jpg or the artwork inside it was published in 1960 rather than 1920). Thanks, Animalparty (talk) 23:36, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

  • This question is probably best asked at Commons:Village pump/Copyright. Also keep in mind that the media has to be public domain (or suitably licensed) in both the country it was created in and the US (as the servers are in the US). So although media may be PD in the UK, if it isn't also PD in the US it can't be hosted; to that end I don't know how the US would treat UK government material that is thought to be in the public domain. You may also find Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United Kingdom informative. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. ColonialGrid (talk) 07:17, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyvio?Edit

Would the montage in the background of this photo make it a copyvio if I uploaded it? AgnosticPreachersKid (talk) 06:23, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for asking before uploading. I believe it would be a copyvio because it is one of the two focal points of the photo. You'd need permission from the copyright holder. Green Giant (talk) 13:40, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
Ok, thank you. AgnosticPreachersKid (talk) 20:08, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

bad photoshops claiming to be something they aren'tEdit

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Delaware_Apollo_11_display_messages.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Delaware_moon_rock_display.jpg

These two images are clearly not what they claim to be. The information plaque has had the name of the state sloppily erased and "Delaware" typed in.

The podium has clearly had its actual contents removed in Photoshop.

I have no idea what policy is regarding this type of misrepresentation, but the images are identified as being a specific and noteworthy historical artifact, when they are not. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 73.173.188.63 (talk • contribs)

  • Link to source added. Feel free to make a deletion request since it is misrepresenting the fact; and the use in en:Delaware lunar sample displays is deceiving. Jee 07:28, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

PDF renderer used by MediaWiki appears to ignore cropping informationEdit

A PDF file created by Apple Preview by selecting a portion of the image to copy and paste, resulting in a cropped image, does not render as such in the thumbnail on Wikimedia Commons, or in a WP article, even though it renders correctly in either Preview or Adobe Reader. The image is available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Table_corresponding_to_figure_in_NSDUH_report_Esser_2014.pdf Layzeeboi (talk) 11:41, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

File name change requestEdit

I need someone more technical than myself for help. I need a file name chanced -

  • File:Lathers' Bachelor of Law degree.JPG
please change to
  • File:Lathers' college degree.JPG
the reason being is that the picture is NOT a Bachelor of Law degree = just a bachelor's degree.

Thanks for your help on this.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 12:27, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Sunnyur Rahman.jpgEdit

this is my own photo, how to provide license for it.

--Sunnyur (talk) 13:47, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

  • The photo is published elsewhere, so it is best to follow COM:OTRS. I also suspect you may be the subject of the photo; if that is the case you will need to get the person who took the photo to release it under a free license, this is also best done through COM:OTRS. ColonialGrid (talk) 13:57, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Crown Copyright and Open Government LicenceEdit

Do photos subject to Crown Copyright such as this one come under the OGL? I.E. can I upload it to the Commons?Cantab12 (talk) 00:04, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

  • True, but I suspect it was taken by an official UK Government photographer (hence the Crown Copyright disclaimer), and would therefore be covered by whatever form of copyright the UK Government wish. ColonialGrid (talk) 06:39, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Permission for old images?Edit

My latest images are from 19th century books, where the author died more than 70 years ago. What should I write in the Permission field? Iaaasi (talk) 08:26, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:SVG-Logo.gifEdit

Es handelt sich um das offizielle Logo der seit 1948 am Markt ooperierenden Genossenschaft Straßenverkehrsgenossenschaft (SVG) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stra%C3%9Fenverkehrsgenossenschaft). Darf man auf der Webseite, die das Unternehmen (neutral) beschreibt nicht das offizielle Logo erwähnen und anfügen?

--Alberich21 (talk) 15:39, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Image deletion - upload issuesEdit

I uploaded images and forgot to provide licensing for them. They were deleted immediately without any ability to provide the licensing https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Webmeister1#.7B.7BAutotranslate.7C1.3DFile:Plastic_History.jpg.7Cbase.3DImage_permission.2Fheading.7D.7D

I am trying to upload them and then I will add licensing to them but the system will not permit me to upload. Even though the above URL says they have been deleted, when I try to upload it says it already exist and has been deleted...please help...Webmeister1 (talk) 14:43, 25 November 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webmeister1 (talk • contribs)

Where to put a link to show my grant of permissions for images I uploadEdit

I see that when uploading I could provide a link to a site with a grant of permission that complies with licensing policy. Where during the upload would such a link be place so as to avaoind permission issues in the future...thank you...

Studying this further it appears I can add a link to the Summary under Source? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webmeister1 (talk • contribs)

I've only looked at File:Plastic man.jpg and File:Dynasplat.jpg. Probably the reason these were speedy-deleted was that you gave the source as "own work", with no further explanation. Are you Tyler Turkle (who I take it is the author of these)? If so, have a look at COM:OTRS for how to send clear permission on things like this or, as indicated, you can link to a site where it is clear that you are the author of the material and that you've granted the relevant license.
Don't worry too much about exactly where you put a link to a site that gives permission, if that's how you are going to approach this; in the description would be fine. (The Upload Wizard isn't the greatest tool for anything subtle or complicated, it's more intended to make easy things easy for beginners uploading their own photos.) Nothing will be deleted without a human looking at the file page to see what's up; as it was, there was no indication there at all of any basis to believe these were OK.
I hope that helps; I doubt it completely solves the matter, and further questions are welcome. Please do sign them by typing four tildes (~~~~) and please just continue in this section rather than starting a new one with each post. - Jmabel ! talk 03:17, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Jmabel, my problem now is I have requested an undelete from ommons:Undeletion requests as I cannot upload the deleted ones. I tried to slightly change the name but no good. Any suggestions?Webmeister1 (talk) 14:44, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Don't upload it again. Wait for the COM:OTRS to come through, or the undelete request to be actioned. ColonialGrid (talk) 15:32, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

using an image off wikimediaEdit

Hi I am interested in using a flower image which is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, for some packaging work that I am doing.

Is this allowed, or how do I contact the photographer to ask permission?

Regards,

Andrea Whyte

— Preceding unsigned comment added by 125.237.109.88 (talk • contribs)

  • When you say "packaging work" it is not exactly clear how you intend to use it. If you are creating a package for a product, then there would need to be a copyright notice on the package that would conform to the licensing terms of that CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported license, which is probably a bit cumbersome in a context like that (at the bare minimum, you'd have to credit the image, indicate what license you are using it under, and provide a URL to the license terms), so you'd almost certainly do better to reach a separate arrangement with the photographer. If I've misunderstood what you are doing, then please clarify and I may be able to give you a better answer. - Jmabel ! talk 03:01, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi,
You don't need to ask permission if you use the image in compliance with the terms of the license. You can have a look at the help page Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia for a lengthy explanation. But more importantly, especially if you're planning a large-scale commercial distribution, you can (should) read the text of the license in question to know its exact terms: [2]. It may help to begin with the short summary: [3]. Note that this particular license is a "share-alike" type of license. It means that if you mix or integrate the flower image with other elements of your packaging, you might need to place the resulting derivative work under the same license. If that sounds like something you wouldn't want to do, you may prefer to look for another flower image offered under a more simple CC-by licence or, even more simply, one that is in the public domain.
You would need to contact the photographer and ask his/her permission only if you wanted to be exempted from one or several terms of the license or negotiate different terms. That said, even if you don't need to contact the photographer if you use the image in compliance with the terms of the license, you may choose to contact him/her. It can be useful if you want to be sure you have a common understanding of the terms of the license. How to contact someone depends where the image comes from. In your question, you're not telling what image you are talking about, so we can't help you more about that. If the description page tells that the image is the own work of a Commons user, you can look if he/she has made any recent contributions and if so leave a message on his/her talk page. If the description page tells that the image comes from another source, you can try to contact that source.
-- Asclepias (talk) 03:22, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Watermarking removal vs image reuploadEdit

I'm a newb, so I posted 7 pics with watermark. The first was edited off (with explanation that watermarking is deprecated). Should I let the remaining 6 photos go through the same process, or should I update the pics without watermark, and risk being told I'm 'naughty' for asking for so many deletions? I don't know the proper etiquette for this.

Askthegeek (talk)

Deletions are not necessary if you simply re-upload the un-watermarked version of the image: Beneath the File history section there is a link to "Upload a new version of this file". Watermarks can inhibit the use or reuse of images, which is contrary to the spirit of a CC license. Animalparty (talk) 02:50, 25 November 2014 (UTC)