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subir fotos de compañiaEdit

¿puedo subir fotos de la mi compañía? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fenix.construcciones (talk • contribs) 21:51, 24 April 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi User:Fenix.construcciones! I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Spanish is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Café. If I understand your question correctly, you are asking if you can upload pictures that the company you work for holds the copyright to. The answer is yes, but only if they are within Commons' project scope and you are authorised by your company to publish the content under a free license that meets our licensing requirements, and you may need to provide evidence of that. You should probably read Commons:Guidance for paid editors.
I see that you have already uploaded some files. They appear to be professional architectural drawings. As noted in Commons:Guidance for paid editors, we typically require verification of the licensing permission via e-mail for this type of content, and if you did not personally create them, they shouldn't be marked as "Own work". LX (talk, contribs) 19:23, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Coordenadas Geográficas.Edit

Infelizmente não disponho das exatas coordenadas doa locais onde fotografei. Devido a isso estou impossibilitado de enviar as fotos para o wiki loves earth Brasil. Existe solução? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rafael Mollica (talk • contribs) 01:20, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Rafael Mollica! I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Portuguese is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons talk:Wiki Loves Earth 2015 in Brazil. If I understand your question correctly, you are saying that you cannot participate in Wiki Loves Earth 2015 in Brazil because you don't know the geographical coordinates where you took the photos that you wish to contribute. I see several files in Category:Uploaded via Campaign:wle-br without geographical coordinates, so that information does not actually appear to be required. But if you do want to provide it, it looks like most of the entries at pt:Lista de parques nacionais do Brasil have articles with geographical coordinates in them, and you can find more detailed coordinates for example by right-clicking on a point in Google Maps and selecting "What's here?" LX (talk, contribs) 21:38, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

was the email I sent regarding permission not sufficient?Edit

Dear helpers. Last week I tried to update the very out-of-date cover of our dictionary on this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longman_Dictionary_of_Contemporary_English with the current version. I uploaded a new file (File:Cover.jpg) and sent an email to permissions-commons@wikimedia.org, the text of which is posted below. I work for the company who produce this title, and have clearance from the creator of this image, and the permissions team to post this image. I'm not sure what I have done wrong that has resulted in my image being taken down.

Here's the email text: I hereby affirm that I, Alice Willoughby, represent Pearson Education Ltd the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of the work depicted in the media and the attached image. The image depicts the cover of the publication, and has been updated to show the current edition.

I agree to publish the above-mentioned content under the free license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that I always retain copyright of my work, and retain the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by me.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

Alice Willoughby Project Manager, Dictionaries and Reference, Pearson Education Ltd. 28th April 2015

Thanks in advance for your help Alice Aliwilloughby (talk) 13:28, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Alice, there is a backlog in handling these permission e-mails. We have a grace period for keeping images without proper permission, but this backlog often exceeds that grace period, so images are deleted. Once the e-mail is reviewed, the image will be restored. Anon124 (+2) ( ) 20:17, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

File:Renault Megane IV.jpegEdit

The file was taken from the site of me mail.ru, and there is an inscription that "nalezaet on the car itself." I want to delete it, but because this is not possible. What to do? Petruhin (talk) 14:41, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Petruhin! Sorry it's taken so long for anyone to respond. I've tagged it for deletion using {{copyvio}}. LX (talk, contribs) 20:57, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

audio files uploadEdit

Hello! I joined yesterday & I'm looking for guidelines about the maximum file size for uncompressed audio uploads. In terms of length, also, are there restrictions? Many thanks, Jane 62.7.187.84 19:46, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

As far as I know, there should be no limits specific to audio. For information on file size limits in general, see Commons:Maximum file size. LX (talk, contribs) 21:49, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Coordenadas geográficas.Edit

A wikipedia não tem solução para coordenadas geográficas? Estou tentando a muito tempo e só da erro. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gervásio Carvalho (talk • contribs) 08:48, 11 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi Gervásio Carvalho! I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks Portuguese is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Esplanada. If I understand correctly, you are having some kind of problem with geographical coordinates, and you are getting some kind of error message (which you unfortunately seem to have forgotten to quote). If the problem is that you don't know the geographical coordinates for a particular place, that information is often found in the Wikipedia articles about the place. If it's missing in one language, check another. You can also find more detailed coordinates, for example by right-clicking on a point in Google Maps and selecting "What's here?" If the problem is that you don't know which format to use, the Upload Wizard requires decimal coordinates (for example -23.55,-46.63 for São Paulo). If it's something else, please clarify and be sure to include the error message. LX (talk, contribs) 22:01, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Ab dem Schritt "Beschreiben" streikt der Weiter-ButtonEdit

Nachdem das Bild erfolgreich hochgeladen wurde und alle Pflichtfelder zum Titel, Urheberrecht, .. ausgefüllt sind, funktioniert der "Weiter"-Button nicht! Gibt es irgendeinen Trick oder eine Notwendigkeit, die noch zusätzlich erfüllt werden muss? Pepermintberlin (talk) 13:27, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Pepermintberlin! I'm sorry for responding in English, but it doesn't look like anyone who speaks German is going to answer. You might have more luck at Commons:Forum. 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. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 22:04, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Ganz wichtig: Ist eine Lizenz gewählt? Falls ja, dann ist es ein Fehler im Assistenten zum Hochladen von Dateien und ich schließe mich aLeX an. Benutze das Formular, das funktioniert für Dateien <100 MiB eigentlich immer. -- Rillke(q?)

Hi Rille Thank you very much for your respond. It's uploaded now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pepermintberlin (talk • contribs) 10:05, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

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try to upload a photo with a license photo had previously been taken downEdit

I had uploaded a photo without the correct licensing. I now would like to upload it again using the licensing below. Is that OK? Photo is: Larry Salkoff.jpg. When I try to upload it I get a message that the photo was removed. Thanks for letting me know. Joanne S.


<a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/4.0/80x15.png" /></a>
Larry Salkoff by Larry Salkoff is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a>. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joanne in St. Louis (talk • contribs) 21:54, 16 May 2015‎ (UTC)

The photographer, you say it's Larry Salkoff himself, has to send permission to our support team. The procedure is described in detail on COM:OTRS. There is still the question whether the photo would fall into our project scope. -- Rillke(q?) 08:13, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Upload wikipage pictureEdit

Hello, I recently created a swedish page for information about Mortal Kombat X on Wikipedia and I want to upload the front page picture of the game (the picture with the Mortal Kombat X logo and with Scorpion in the background (yellow/black clothes)). Though I do not want to violate any terms of use or copyrights so I want to know what to do. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Habas98 (talk • contribs) 12:24, 17 May 2015‎ (UTC)

The picture is copyrighted and may not be uploaded here. English Wikipedia has an exception for fair use, and uses the picture under those conditions. Fair use images, however, are not allowed on Commons. Swedish Wikipedia does not allow local uploads, as far as I can tell, but has extensive instructions. In summary: you cannot use the image to illustrate that article. --rimshottalk 12:58, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Johanna Basford's imageEdit

ImageSince the owner of this image notes that anyone is free to download and print as a gift on her personal website, it's okay to upload, right? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jocelyndurrey (talk • contribs) 13:53, 17 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Not quite, as she does not allow commercial use, which is required for our definition of free. --rimshottalk 14:09, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

CC-BY-ND licenceEdit

I tried to publish a page for my husband - Francisco Ariztía - but I don't know how to includ the licence I choosed - CC-BY-ND. The images are - 1985_BUENOS DIAS SR. ARIZTIA.jpg / 2000_diptico-CORRE QUE TE PILLO.jpg / 2015_NAI-TAN-DEI (NIGHT AND DAY).jpg. They were deleted. These pictures were painted in Lisbon, Portugal, by my husband.
My name - Noémia Simões de Ariztía.
my email - noemiaariztia@gmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noémia Simões de Ariztía (talk • contribs) 20:04, 17 May 2015‎ (UTC)

CC-BY-ND does not allow derivative works, which is required for images uploaded here. See COM:L. --rimshottalk 20:06, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

nombre des photosEdit

Slut, Combien de photos je peux envoyer a wikimedia commons pour participer à la tombola — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ettaki alaoui (talk • contribs)

« Tombola » ? Nous n’en avons pas ici, autant que je sache. Pensez-vous d’un concours de photo, comme WIki Loves Earth ou le Défi photo ? En tout cas, il n’y a pas de limite, ni minimum ni maximum, pour participer.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 02:45, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Trouble uploading video... upload restarts over and overEdit

I'm trying to upload a video to File:Black_slug_at_Medieval_graveyard_near_Lewino_Poland_17_May_2015.ogv. It's about 90MB. I'm using the Upload Wizard. The first time I tried it gave me some error (forget what exactly) and said to retry. Now every time I retry, the upload progress bar counts down to zero, and then restarts with a larger and larger expected time for the upload to finish. But it never finishes and quickly get to the point where it will take longer than a day to upload. My internet connection is fine so it's something on the Common's side. Ideas how to proceed? Jason Quinn (talk) 15:54, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

The Upload Wizard 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. Have you tried Commons:Upload? It tends to be much more reliable. LX (talk, contribs) 17:06, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Alternatively, when using the Upload Wizard, using Commons:Chunked uploads might be helpful. Gestumblindi (talk) 20:01, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
On my first attempt I did not have chunked uploads turned on. On subsequent attempts I did. A possible lead on the ploblem with the upload wizard. Jason Quinn (talk) 20:09, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I tried Commons:Upload and it worked. Thank you. I'm surprised that there's still trouble with the Upload Wizard. I thought it was supposed to become the default way of uploading years ago. How hard can it be to get a simple HTML upload form to work? What the heck? Jason Quinn (talk) 20:09, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Well, I suceeded in uploading the video and it appears to exist on Commons but I cannot use it on the other wikis. My wikilinks to it show up as red links and when they are clicked on it prompts the user to upload the file. I've tried purging both the Commons page and the wiki pages. No idea what's going on. Jason Quinn (talk) 20:26, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Same problem here with my image files. For an illustration on how they do _not_ show up on de.wikipedia, see [1] --AndreasPraefcke (talk) 15:19, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia's developers broke something. Again. And apparently, fixing what they broke is not a prioritized task. :-( LX (talk, contribs) 16:07, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

I uploaded File:MMS launch and deployment animation.ogv (some 300 MB) today using Upload Wizard with no actual difficulties. I noticed the progress bar reset thing and thought something was wrong, but checked my upload rate and found the data was moving properly. It is disconcerting though and is liable to make folks assume the worst on large uploads. Huntster (t @ c) 16:22, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Problem uploading photoEdit

please mention the full step wise activities that perform to upload image thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Naveed002 (talk • contribs) 17:08, 19 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi Naveed002! You can find that at Commons:First steps/Uploading files. LX (talk, contribs) 17:12, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
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No subjectEdit

I want to create a wikipedia page about myself and my research. What I have now is a Word document. Can I simply upload it along with my picture? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Googery1 (talk • contribs) 19:37, 19 May 2015‎ (UTC)

No, Wikimedia Commons is a repository of media files (photos, videos, audio etc.) – not articles. If you want to create a Wikipedia page, you should go to Wikipedia, and if you need help, ask at their help desk (en:Wikipedia:Help desk for the English Wikipedia edition). They'll probably point you at en:Wikipedia:How to import articles and en:Wikipedia:Autobiography or related pages. LX (talk, contribs) 23:08, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

mensagem de erroEdit

Estou tentando enviar arquivos, porém ao clicar em "enviar" aparece a mensagem de erro dizendo que a latitude e longitude devem estar entre X e Y. Este campo não está marcado como obrigatório, mas ao tentar enviar sem o preenchimento desse campo aparece a mensagem e ao preencher o campo também aparece a mesma mensagem de erro.

Ana Taemi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ana Taemi (talk • contribs) 20:32, 19 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Answered in English below. LX (talk, contribs) 23:58, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Geographical coordinatesEdit

Which format should I inform the Geographical Coordinates when uploading photos? I tried several, but everytime I get an error message saying that it should be in between X and Y. Besides, it's not mandatory item, even so, the form keeps asking for the info. thank you ana taemi — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ana Taemi (talk • contribs) 20:36, 19 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi Ana Taemi! The Upload Wizard requires geographical coordinates (if you provide them) to be in decimal format (for example -23.55,-46.63 for São Paulo). You can use this tool to convert from degrees, hours and minutes to decimal. Google Maps will also tell you coordinates in decimal format if you right-click on a point and select "What's here?" from the menu. LX (talk, contribs) 23:12, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
I typed 8°_37'_24"_S and 37°_9'_23"_O for Lattitude and Longitude, but I still get the error message; Converting to Decimals worked fine! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ana Taemi (talk • contribs) 23:50, 19 May 2015‎ (UTC)
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Number of FotosEdit

How manay fotos can be upload for this competition — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hidayatullah Akhtar (talk • contribs) 06:35, 21 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Which competition? Wikimedia Commons is not a competition, and there is no limit to the number of photos you can upload to the site. LX (talk, contribs) 16:17, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

georreferenciamento das fotosEdit

Não consigo acertar o georreferenciamento das fotos que eu queria publicar, desisti. Tem o transformador das coordenadas em graus para decimais, mas, e o tal "heading", o que vem a ser?? Eu até consegui transformar em decimal, depois de muita pesquisa, mas aí veio outro erro dizendo que a longitude tinha que estar no intervalo entre -180 e +180...Daqui a pouco vou me transformar em expert em cartografia, astronomia, georreferenciamento e tudo o mais!! mas eu sou só arquiteta..

Laci de Carvalho Alvite - email: cacissa@gmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laci Alvite (talk • contribs) 13:04, 22 May 2015‎ (UTC)

Hi Laci Alvite! I'm sorry for responding in English, but questions in Portuguese seem to rarely get any answer in Portuguese here. You might have more luck at Commons:Esplanada.
If I understand correctly, you are having some kind of problem with geographical coordinates. Geographical coordinates is not required information for uploading through the Upload Wizard (the default interface for uploading files to Commons), but if you do want to provide it, it's appreciated.
If the problem is that you don't know the geographical coordinates for a particular place, that information is often found in the Wikipedia articles about the place. If it's missing in one language, check another. You can also find more detailed coordinates, for example by right-clicking on a point in Google Maps and selecting "What's here?" If the problem is that you don't know which format to use, the Upload Wizard requires decimal coordinates (for example -23.55,-46.63 for São Paulo) rather than degrees, minutes and seconds. You can use this tool to convert from degrees, minutes and seconds to decimal. The heading, if you choose to provide it, is the direction in which the camera was pointed should be a value between 0 and 360 (so northeast would be 45, for example). LX (talk, contribs) 17:09, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Add Photo w/ Copyright PermissionEdit

Hello all,

I am trying to add a photo to my boss' page, but the file was initially taken down because it was a photo produced by a third party person. Since then, I have gotten explicit permission from the photographer to release the image, but now I cannot upload the file anymore. Help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Burnettlh (talk • contribs) 19:33, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Burnettlh! According to Special:Log/Burnettlh, you have uploaded only one file, File:Boaz Keysar.jpg, and that has not been deleted. Have you used any other user names in the past to upload other files?
On the topic of File:Boaz Keysar.jpg, did you personally create that photo, as you claimed when you uploaded it? Given the low resolution, missing metadata, and the fact that the photo has been previously published in higher resolution and with intact metadata, you will need to send in evidence of that (or evidence of permission to publish the photo under a free license) to our permission archive via e-mail (as described on the page I just linked to). The same advice also applies to any previously deleted content.
As noted on that page, the volunteer processing the permission will act to restore the files if they are satisfied with what you have sent in. If they are not satisfied with what you have sent in, they will request additional information from you. As also noted on that page, the volunteers currently have a backlog of about 80 days, so please be patient. You should not try to recreate previously deleted content yourself, nor do you need to request undeletion if you have sent in permission via e-mail. LX (talk, contribs) 21:04, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Message of Trowbridge AikikaiEdit

I have explicit permission to use images that I have uploaded but they always get deleted. I have asked for someone to help many, many times but I've got no reply. Will someone, please, actually read my request and give me an answer? Better still, will they just upload the images? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trowbridge Aikikai (talk • contribs) 19:54, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi Trowbridge Aikikai! If you haven't done so already, you need to forward the permission from the photographer to our permission archive via e-mail (as described on the page I just linked to). As noted on that page, the volunteer processing the permission will act to restore the files if they are satisfied with what you have sent in. If they are not satisfied with what you have sent in, they will request additional information from you. As also noted on that page, the volunteers currently have a backlog of about 80 days, so please be patient. You should not try to recreate previously deleted content yourself, nor do you need to request undeletion if you have sent in permission via e-mail.
You say that you have not received a reply when asking for help, but on the contrary, I see that you received replies with follow-up questions both at Commons:Undeletion requests/Archive/2015-04#Stanley Pranin and at Commons:Help desk/Archive/2015/04#undeleting images, but that you did not reply to those follow-up questions. LX (talk, contribs) 20:41, 22 May 2015 (UTC)