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Photo Challange October 2018 VotingEdit

Warum werden ungültige Stimmen die nach Abstimmungsende 30. November eingetragen wurden gewertet und nicht entfernt? Einträge am 2. Dezember 2018: Balconies: Bild: 20, 21, 69, 102, 141 Pink: Bild 27, 47, 48, 84, 100 ( Seefan2012 (talk) 10:16, 7 December 2018 (UTC) ) Why are invalid votes entered after the voting deadline November 30th being scored and not removed? Entries on December 2, 2018: Balconies: Image: 20, 21, 69, 102, 141 Pink: Image 27, 47, 48, 84, 100 (Seefan2012 (discussion) 10:16, 7 DecemberSeefan2012 (talk) 10:21, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Image rename requestEdit

Hi, Could an admin move File:IMG 4383 tram warsaw august 2018.jpg to File:IMG 4383 tram lodz august 2018.jpg please, I get an error which mentions a blacklist (I'm assuming because of the IMG 4843 at the front), Many thanks, –Davey2010Talk 22:59, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done Taivo (talk) 23:04, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks Taivo :). –Davey2010Talk 23:27, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Check a deleted file, pleaseEdit

Could an admin please check to see whether File:Darren M Haynes Anchors ESPN's SportsCenter August 2016.jpg is the same as the file deleted at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Darren M. Haynes.jpg? The claim of authorship is somewhat plausible (this could have been taken with an iPhone - they have very nice cameras that blur the background to simulate the look of a DSLR). But I see that a prior image was deleted because it was a promotional photo so I wanted to make sure this wasn't the same one. --B (talk) 16:09, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

It's the same photograph. The deleted one was 5568×3712px. --Achim (talk) 18:46, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
@Achim55: Thanks. So 20 megapixels? That's no cell phone. I think this one can be speedied based on the prior DR. --B (talk) 18:49, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Both of the images have been uploaded by User:Run3535, the hi res on 29 April 2017, the low res on 28 June 2018. --Achim (talk) 18:57, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
✓ Done: Deleted. --Achim (talk) 19:03, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Licensing of Bandai videos probably invalidEdit

There is a large set of videos by Bandai Namco at Category:Videos_by_Bandai_Namco, which apparently were released with a free license. One of the issues arising from this is that users apparently are taking stills from these videos to create free versions of video game cover art, manga pages/logos, etc. Bandai Namco does not own the copyrights to those properties though. Once the still is stored on commons, the users try to replace the non-free equivalent on enwiki.

The particular example is File:The Witcher 3 - Standard Edition Unboxing (Official Trailer) cover.jpg. Bandai Namco is the distributor of retail copies for Witcher 3, but they are not the publisher, developer or the copyright holder.

Looking for information on where to go from here, otherwise Commons may see more stills taken from these videos that have been improperly released. Related discussions: [1] and [2]

We've seen cases of this before where someone managing social media postings for a company picks a free license when uploading content, but there is no intent by the company to release such or they are not the copyright holder of all content in the video. -- ferret (talk) 17:13, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

I post about this at COM:VPC, but either way works I suppose. GMGtalk 18:44, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
No worry on my part, I just don't know where to go on Commons to get the issue looked at, so if that's the better place I'm good. -- ferret (talk) 19:45, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
Well ferret, I suppose if no one wants to weigh in, we can just force a COM:DR to basically make the community come to some decision one way or the other. Lemme know if you want to pull the trigger and I can set all the ducks in a row. GMGtalk 14:43, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
@GreenMeansGo: If that would be appropriate for Commons process. I really do think this needs reviewed and decided before people spring into action pulling more stills from these videos. At a quick but not exhaustive scan, Bandai doesn't own Barbie, Witcher, Adventure Time, Dark Souls, Dragonball, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, One Piece, Sword Art Online, or Warhammer 4k. We need to be sure about this before we say "These are free". -- ferret (talk) 15:28, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
ferret ✓ Done See Commons:Deletion requests/Files in Category:Videos by Bandai Namco. GMGtalk 16:20, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Jack Black imageEdit

I was not sure where to report this, so I hope this is correct. The image File:Jack_Black_Clock.jpg states it is an image of Jack Black from the movie "The House with a Clock in Its Walls". However, it does not appear to me to be actually him. For example, see this image of him from the same movie. Any help would be appreciated. --Ebyabe (talk) 20:21, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

It's not him though there's a passing resemblance. This particular image doesn't show up anywhere else online, but the background does (here's one with the exact same resolution: [3]). clpo13(talk) 00:06, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

File:Alpha cell hyperplasia.tiffEdit

Hello to everyone I want to know that why B dash has mentioned the above file as no permission since the file was tagged as OK for transferring to Commons.--√Tæ√ 11:18, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Do you find any infication of the given license {{cc-by-sa-4.0}} au the source page? If no, the file was correctly marked as no permission and incorrectly marked for it on en: --JuTa 11:24, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
PS: Their general liecnse agrement only states a non-commercial grant. --JuTa 11:29, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
The linked source does say that it’s CC-BY (front page, lower right), but doesn’t specify a licence version. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s good enough, especially to override an NC condition on the site as a whole.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 03:07, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@JuTa: I think you are right. I think the user whoever marked the image on as OK didn't saw the source correctly. So, please delete the image immediately.--√Tæ√ 13:29, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

✓ Done Taivo (talk) 16:31, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

I need help to upload an MP3 file which I have the permission from the creator in my own emailEdit

Please tell me what do I have to do. IsraelyHomoSapiens (talk) 20:30, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

@IsraelyHomoSapiens: You should convert MP3 to OGG or another acceptable format and then have the copyright holder contact directly and send a permission statement to the OTRS team. 4nn1l2 (talk) 20:41, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

HutheMeow – a case study in the school for abusers run by Commons sysopsEdit

Look at the recent stuff in user_talk:HutheMeow and compare it to the November case when this user tried to forge licensing data in File:OE-LVK - Austrian Arrows - Fokker 100.jpg (histlogsabuse log) using an IP sock. Only me and Jeff_G. reacted to this. Only ŠJů and me reacted to uploading of a hoax by the same user. But when HutheMeow created some ninety deletion requests, Jcb promptly came and blocked him for one month. This is a lesson – you may push forgeries; although some Commoners will fight back, sysops are generally lazy and won’t intervene. Only beware of making actions attracting too much attention. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 09:12, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

You can always draw our attention to "smaller" cases. I don't think admins tend to ignore them, but we are more likely to miss a case if it doesn't attract too much attention. Also please be aware that HutheMeow was not just blocked over creating those DRs, but over doing so despite several clear warnings. Jcb (talk) 11:42, 16 December 2018 (UTC)