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Delete my own uploaded fileEdit

Couldn't find an answer or solution for this, sorry...

I've uploaded a file wrongfully (violates, but I can't seem to delete (undo) it.

Uploading the file resulted in the current,_1850.jpg default images.

If possible, would someone please remove the current (and its smaller counterparts), and revert to the previous,_1850.jpg default images, i.e., undo my upload.

thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mabrndt (talk • contribs)

In theory you can click on revert on File:Christina_Robertson_-_Children_with_Parrot,_1850.jpg to go back to the older version uploaded by User:Wmpearl. In practice please don't do that, the public domain permission is also valid for your upload, no matter what the museum says. But remove the notes= Online Gallery page has a crisper image, because you obviously got it there, and users don't need the info if the images are identical. –Be..anyone (talk) 13:20, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Since you say it’s OK to use it, I went back to the Notes and Source that I had posted with the upload. Thank you for your help! –Mabrndt (talk)

Добавление фотографий.Edit

Уважаемые участники, прошу помочь загрузить фотографии с моими авторскими картинами (гобеленами) Я загрузил их сюда и сейчас они поставлены на удаление.

К одной фотографии я добавил Правильно ли я сделал и достаточно ли этого?

Еще сообщаю, что фотографии были сделаны мною и представляют мои произведения искусства. Некоторые были раньше опубликованы на различных сайтах, но в материалах, связанных с моим творчеством или в моих же интервью. Разве из-за этого я должен спрашивать разрешение у админов этих сайтов?

Если возникают вопросы по значимости произведений, то сообщаю, что некоторые из них находятся в собраниях государственных музеев, опубликованы в прессе, кино и на телевидении, за них получены награды Российской Академии Художеств. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrew Madekin (talk • contribs) 15:25, 18 February 2015‎ (UTC) Andrew Madekin (talk) 16:35, 18 February 2015 (UTC)Andrew Madekin

Picture Pierre-Elie de PibracEdit

I'm trying to upload a picture that was cancelled because I didn't mention the copyright that I now have © Gilles Déjraouane How can I proceed ? Kind regards, Patrick — Preceding unsigned comment added by Takaneo (talk • contribs)

File:Pierre-Elie_de_Pibrac,_photographe_plasticien.jpg can be undeleted when you pick the OTRS procedure to show "out of band" (e-mail or similar) that you are the copyright holder Gilles Déjraouane, who now releases his image or photo under a free license (or puts it in the public domain, but then the © would be slightly misleading.) If you are somebody else, and you have figured out why the photo already is free or in the public domain, a new upload under another name with a {{license review}} request might be more straight forward, OTRS has a huge backlog at the moment. –Be..anyone (talk) 18:51, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Cannot able to uploadEdit

I want to upload this image on a wikipedia page. I have tried it earlier and it got deleted due to copyright violation. I am not able to understand the violation I made.

I have the permission from the company to upload this. How do I use this? OR is there any other way I can put it on wiki commons or wikipedia

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chints247 (talk • contribs) 09:20, 19 February 2015‎ (UTC)

I'm afraid permission to upload is not sufficient. What is needed is permission from the legitimate copyright holder to publish the content under a free license (a copyright license that allows anyone to use, modify and distribute the content for any purpose, including commercial purposes). As you were told last time, please see Commons:OTRS for instructions on how to obtain and send in an appropriate permission statement. You should not attempt to recreate previously deleted content yourself, as doing so may result in your account being blocked. LX (talk, contribs) 14:59, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Не могу загрузить файлыEdit

Добрый день! Уже два года загружаю файлы (карты в формате svg). Но последние несколько дней не могу этого сделать. Получаю сообщение:Возможно, этот файл повреждён или имеет неправильное расширение. Файлы совершенно идентичные уже загруженным. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Istkart (talk • contribs) 10:02, 20 February 2015‎ (UTC)

Multipage tiffs which are notEdit

Hello. The Swiss National Library uploaded several tiffs and some of them have two pages now. For example: File:CH-NB - Hirslanden bei Zürich, (heute eingemeindet) - Collection Gugelmann - GS-GUGE-WÜEST-C-4.tif. It wasn't clear why that is happening. Recently I have the same problem too. I have scanned a picture and uploaded it and it looks like it would have also two pages: File:Norway - The land of the midnight sun.tif. When I check the original tiff it isn't a multipage tiff. Also when I download it again it is still not a multipage tiff! So It looks like a bug in Commons. What to do next? --Micha (talk) 13:54, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

This seems to me to be a bug. I have created a ticket. Thank you for reporting this problem. Kelson (talk) 13:14, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

What is '<api-error-unknownerror>' ?Edit

I tried three times to upload (three different versions of the same) 4 photos, and each time - after filling out descriptions etc. - I get a spurious '<api-error-unknownerror>' together with a '* = This field is required' in four copies, one for each photo.

What gives? Lklundin (talk) 17:13, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Looks like you've found your way to Phabricator to report the bug. Unfortunately, the Upload Wizard (the default interface for uploading files to Commons) is pretty much in a perpetual state of brokenness. It isn't broken for everyone all the time, but I don't recall a time since it was introduced that we went more than a few days without people reporting enigmatic problems with indefinitely spinning wheels, unhelpful error messages, or simply no way to move forward. You've been here long enough that you might remember Commons:Upload, the old upload interface, which is still there. It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 22:05, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
OK, many thanks for the helpful answer. Yes, after I convinced myself that it was not a momentary problem, I decided to try and report it. Several users are trying to help me over at the Phabricator, so I will wait and see if the Upload Wizard can be made to work. The photos I wish to upload are close to 25 years old, so a few days delay will surely not matter. Thanks again. Lklundin (talk) 20:57, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Uploading a Video about a CityEdit

Hello everyone,

I am trying to upload a video about Lueneburg (German city) which I created myself. But it is almoste 600mb and I can't upload it (I am only allowed to upload 100mb files). How to proceed?

Thanks for your help! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chickenwing88 (talk • contribs) 20:44, 20 February 2015‎ (UTC)

Have a look at Commons:Chunked uploads. LX (talk, contribs) 21:58, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Вопрос об авторствеEdit

Подскажите пожалуйста, как загрузить собственное художественное произведение из личного архива? Andrew Madekin (talk) 14:13, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

See uploadsEdit

I want all users see my uploads. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Modiriart (talk • contribs) 16:56, 21 February 2015‎ (UTC) (UTC)

@Modiriart: Unfortunately, there are two problems with your uploads currently. If they are not resolved, the uploads will be deleted.
  1. We have no use for them if we do not have a page (such as an article on Wikipedia) to put them on. If you want to have an article on Wikipedia, first please review its requirements for articles.
  2. Because the artworks you've uploaded appear at, we would need additional information to verify that you are authorized to upload them. Please review this page and send an e-mail according to the instructions. It needs to come from the official contact address or another address ending in
Anon126 ( ) 17:25, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Help for uploading filesEdit

Hello! I uploaded 4 files (images for an article preparing for publication) — for example, a file1. But 1. I am concerned about the mark of possible copyright infringement «Possible copyvios» by bot User:SteinsplitterBot. In the description of the files, I have the author, source, and gave a direct link, wherein said their license CC-BY-3.0. And 2. it looks like I have not quite right categorys for images. Ask for advice and assistance. Thank U. Winnythe (talk) 17:03, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

User:SteinsplitterBot is an automated process using some rules to identify files which could be reviewed by humans. The rules are pretty simple, so the list of files is going to have a lot of false positives (files that are not copyright violations). The lists are frequently updated, and it looks like File:Volokolamsk pamyatnik vzryv 11 geroyam saperam 001.jpg is no longer on it. When you upload files from an external source and that site has licensing information on it, I would advise you to add {{licensereview}} to the file description pages. That way, a trusted user will verify that the license information is correct in case the site changes that information or disappears. As for the categories, category names are in English. Maybe something like Category:Monuments and memorials in Moscow Oblast and Category:Volokolamskoye Highway (Moscow Oblast) would be appropriate? LX (talk, contribs) 17:30, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
·Thank you. —Winnythe (talk) 16:47, 28 February 2015 (UTC)


i don,t know how to upload my tracks here plse i need help from u guys thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 07:57, 23 February 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi, please don't upload music you've made here. We have specific purposes here, and I don't believe your music would fit. You might want to upload your music to another site. Anon126 ( ) 14:02, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Photo upload/CopyrightEdit

Здравствуйте, уважаемые участники! Я представляю мэрию Южнокорейского города Тэджон. Хотела бы разместить фото подписания Протокола о побратимских отношениях между мэриями Новосибирска и Тэджона, также фото визитов делегаций из Тэджона в Мэрию Новосибирска. Фото предоставлены Департаментом Международных отношений Мэрии города Тэджон (Южная Корея). Прошу Вашего совета и помощи, что указывать в авторских правах? Спасибо!

Hello! I'm representative of Daejeon city hall (South Korea). I would like to upload photos of sisterhood relationship signing between Novosibirsk city hall and Daejeon city hall, and photos of Daejeon delegations visiting to Novosibirskcity hall. Photos provided by the Department of International Relations of Daejeon City Hall (South Korea). Ask for your advice and assistance about the Copyright? Thank you

--Daejeonexpo (talk) 10:05, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Uploading a file from a 1984 Sesquicentennial FlyerEdit

I have had this flyer for many years (1984)produced by GTE and would like to upload it, as it has to do with a small community history. Can I do this or do I have to wait for me to do 10 posts and time on here first? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jtw37 (talk • contribs) 16:58, 24 February 2015‎ (UTC)

There are no technical requirements on the number of edits or time since registration for uploading files to Commons, but is there any reason to believe that the flyer is in the public domain or that the copyright holder would be willing to agree to publication under a free license? LX (talk, contribs) 17:11, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Uploading recorded files...NepalEdit

Hello, I am from Nepal. I just wanted to ask a question about uploading recorded files. I want to record poems, stories or articles written by nepalese authors and want to upload it in commons. However, what licenses are there regarding it? If the authors has already died will it just be okay to record their works and upload it? I don't know what copyright license works regarding it. I have raised this question among nepalese admins. in nepali wiki as well. Waiting for valuable answers.

) Thanks!!!

Learnerktm (talk) 17:00, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

According to the template {{PD-Nepal}}, it looks like Nepalese copyright typically expires 50 years after the death of the authors, so unless they died more than 50 years ago, you would need permission from the heirs to publish the recordings under a free license. LX (talk, contribs) 17:02, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Reenvio de arquivos já retirados anteriormenteEdit

Prezados Há cerca de dois anos enviei arquivos de imagens de obras de Eliseu Visconti para a Wikimedia, arquivos estes que posteriormente foram retirados por um colaborador que alegou eu não deter os direitos autorais das referidas imagens. Este problema não mais existe pois, além de provar que, na qualidade de Presidente da Associação Cultural Eliseu Visconti, sou o detentor dos direitos autorais das imagens das obras de Eliseu Visconti, no dia 1 de janeiro de 2015 essa obras caíram em domínio público (70 anos de falecimento do artista). No entanto, ao tentar enviar alguns arquivos de imagens para a Wikimedia, o arquivo não é aceito por já ter sido retirado no passado pelo mencionado colaborador. Como devo proceder para incluir esses arquivos? TOBELO (talk) 18:13, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Delete my own uploaded file File:Chtodelat.jpgEdit

Can anybody delete my own uploaded file File:Chtodelat.jpg? This file is a mistake. Another will be uploaded. -- Kebnekaise (talk) 14:30, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done. You can request speedy deletion of your own files within seven days of upload by adding {{speedydelete|Uploader request}} to the file page. Green Giant (talk) 15:43, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

How can I upload a file to Wikipedia?Edit

Dear sir, Would you please tell me how I can upload a file? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kachirayil (talk • contribs) 16:00, 25 February 2015‎ (UTC)

If you wish to upload a freely licensed or public domain file, you should not do it at a Wikipedia project, but rather here on Wikimedia Commons (the site you're currently on), where it can be used on all the different language editions of Wikipedia as well as other Wikimedia projects. The "Upload file" link is in the menu to the left. If the content you wish to upload is not free, you should probably check with whichever Wikipedia project you have in mind whether they accept local uploads under a fair use rationale and whether the content you wish to upload would meet their policy requirements. LX (talk, contribs) 16:52, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

I can not upload filesEdit

Good afternoon! For two years now upload files (formatted card svg). But the last few days can not do that. Get the message: The file might have been damaged or the wrong extension. Absolutely identical files already loaded. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Istkart (talk • contribs) 07:55, 26 February 2015‎ (UTC)

That means that the file's content may not match its name (a PNG-format file with name ending in ".jpg" for example), or possibly an internal file structure problem. It's hard to know without looking at the file. AnonMoos (talk) 13:20, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

the usage of images from a companyEdit

Dear Sir/Madam,

One of the media files I recently uploaded has been deleted because of the copyright violation. I have a spoken permission from the company to use their logo and/or other images taken from their websites. It is my understanding that I have to email a copyright license of the permission. Could you kindly tell me how it should be done and in what form it should be written out? If i could get an example of such a license, i would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alinkaua (talk • contribs) 09:44, 26 February 2015‎ (UTC)

Tell them to go through COM:OTRS to vouch for you. AnonMoos (talk) 13:18, 28 February 2015 (UTC)


What do I do to upload personal biography?Enoobdog7$ (talk) 15:15, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

This seems to be answered at Commons:Help desk#Help on personal biography. If you have any more comments or questions, please leave them there. Anon126 ( ) 01:08, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Uploading NASA imagesEdit

Can someone describe how to upload images released by NASA to the public. I saw that they can be uploaded from NASA Flickr page, but when I try to copy URL a message pops up telling me that it is under licence. I'm editing spaceflight articles on Serbian wikipedia, and I would like to be able to upload some of those NASA images on my own, rather than wait for someone to upload them. Thanks! --Михаило Јовановић (talk) 16:12, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Not all images released by NASA are PD; see the caveats in the text of Template:PD-USGov-NASA. What does the Flickr page for the image say the license is? AnonMoos (talk) 13:17, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Need your advice regarding uploading an image_User:Tanechka72Edit

Dear Helpdesk administrators,

I have created the article Tigran Maytesian as an unregistered User (see: Now I have registered under the User name Tanechka72 and, to improve the above article, I need to upload an image of the person (Tigran Maytesian) which is a copyrighted image for which I have permission (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license and the GNU Free Documentation License, OTRS ticket number 2015020610023567).

Please let me know if I can upload the image of the person (Tigran Maytesian) using the above permission to Commons to further upload it to Wikipedia article Tigran Maytesian.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support.

Best wishes, Tanechka72 (talk) 19:06, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Dear Helpdesk administrators,

I have successfully uploaded the above file, so your assistance is no longer needed. Thank you.

Tanechka72 (talk) 20:01, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

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A client uploaded her photo here and it was marked as copyright infringement, She has permission to use the photo. Ive tried uploading the image as well but I am unable to. What is the next step? The page is for Lunic.

Kelly Williams — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kwfoto71 (talk • contribs) 04:44, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Probably go through COM:OTRS if the uploader is not the photo-taker, or the image has been previously on the web... AnonMoos (talk) 13:02, 28 February 2015 (UTC)


hi, i'm working for DOK.fest München and tried to upload a logo for the page to wiki commons. apparently i labeled the file incorrectly and it's not working because of copyright issues. can you delete the files and tell me how to label them properly. its the logo of the film festival.

thank you philipp — Preceding unsigned comment added by PhilippGrossmann23 (talk • contribs) 11:31, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Who was the logo's creator, and what is its copyright status? Commons doesn't allow the uploading of typical copyrighted promotional images... AnonMoos (talk) 13:10, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

what should i do next to upload my music an photos -- 10:35, 28 February 2015

Your question is not very specific, but you'll definitely have to sign in for a Commons account (or unified login account). AnonMoos (talk) 13:10, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Chathura prabhashwaraEdit

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Chathura prabhashwara is student of Delta Gemunupura College Pussellawa.Nuwara-eliya.He is studying biology for advanced level.he is live in Kandy. age 19

Contact -- 12:16, 28 February 2015 User:Chathura prabhashwara

Wikimedia does not allow external images to display inline. If you want to upload a snapshot of yourself for your user page, that's allowable (assuming the photo is under a permissible license). AnonMoos (talk) 13:12, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

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transcode status? and transcriptsEdit

I have just uploaded a set of 27 radio broadcasts/podcasts which have been donated by my school, Tec de Monterrey, to Commons Category:Shot_Informativo_programs_donated_by_Concepto_Radial,_Tec_de_Monterrey,_Campus_Ciudad_de_México This is my first time uploading sound files of this type and I see a section called "Transcode status" but when I click on "update" it just opens up the same page in a different window. Does this happen to have something to do with attaching transcripts? I have many students doing an editathón next week and it would be great to get a number of them working on transcripts of these shows to add to the files.Thelmadatter (talk) 17:13, 28 February 2015 (UTC) acılmıştırEdit acılmıştır acılmıştır acılmıştır
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