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Copyright help regarding Ana40Edit

من نمیدونم چجوری عکس مجوز آپلود کنم اگه میشه شما کمک کنید به جای من عکس رو آپلود کنید و بعد در مقاله (آنا دی آرماس) ایجاد کنید؟؟ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mahla poori (talk • contribs) 14:51, 14 June 2015‎ (UTC)

Users shouldn't be unable to use tools to report copyvio or nominate for deletion, protected contentEdit is a copyvio; the logos aren't CC-licensed. (See, e.g. and/or recent discussions 'round here). Yet I'm unable to use tools to report copyvio or nominate for deletion. Can someone confirm that this is because this is protected content? I think it's so. If so, that should change. We should not be blocking the reporting of copyright violations. --Elvey (talk) 21:41, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

For some reason the file is protected... is used in some License tags and transcluded in hundred of pages. Is that graphic actually bellow the Threshold of originality in the US? Considering that this file is widely in use, you shuld be considered to discuss this in the Village Pump first. --Amitie 10g (talk) 05:04, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
I think a normal deletion request would be the best venue. That image seems used mostly by one user, through his personal copyright notice. It is not an image used in the normal Commons licensing templates (which seem to use a combination of several single-icon images, perhaps precisely in an attempt to avoid the potential problem, although that may not avoid it if the apparent result is similar). -- Asclepias (talk) 18:47, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, if the file is deleted witout taking any care, the Custom License tag used by one user will be broken. And, this icon is almost the same as the one used in {{CC-BY-SA}}. In that case, is better to edit that Custom License tag with the elements of the {{CC-BY-SA}}, and the result is exactly the same. For that reason I opened a thread in the Village Pump, to avoid disruptive deletions. --Amitie 10g (talk) 00:37, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
One can nominate for deletion normally with Commons:Deletion requests/File:Cc-by-sa.svg and an entry to the daily list. A sysop can then add a tag to the file description page. -- Asclepias (talk) 14:30, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
Elvey: All high traffic pages (that includes all licensing icons) are protected. Please take the advice above and make an entry on the daily list. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 14:41, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Please do so yourself if you think it's in order. There's a copyright violation problem, but I don't think deletion is the best way to address it, so I decline your advice. I've raised a concern: I'm unable to use tools to report the copyvio. I said "We should not be blocking the reporting of copyright violations". That's been ignored. The tile of this section is "Users shouldn't be unable to use tools to report copyvio or nominate for deletion, protected content". That's been ignored too. I've NOT asked why it's protected. Yet the subject has been changed to that for some reason. :-( --Elvey (talk) 05:03, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
The inability of non-privileged users to make edits to file pages to add deletion temples is a Mediawiki issue, and not something that can be addressed by Commons admins. Protection is either 'on' or 'off', there is no functionality for allowing only certain edits. Revent (talk) 01:29, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

All I was trying to do is eliminate that photo on my page that someone posted without my permission. It's wrong and misleadingEdit

All I was trying to do is eliminate that photo on my page that someone posted without my permission. It's wrong and misleading and now I can't do anything — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 15:59, 24 September 2015‎ (UTC)

You'll have to be a bit more specific: Which photo did you try to eliminate from where and how did you do that? --El Grafo (talk) 16:07, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Please helpEdit

I know this is for Commons but I could not do it on Wikipedia because I cant edit there please give me a clue — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 06:54, 25 September 2015‎ (UTC)

This is a follow-up on Please help.I am User:Ainsleykg — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 07:06, 25 September 2015‎ (UTC)

What do you need help with? LX (talk, contribs) 07:37, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Please note: if this is indeed User:Ainsleykg not logged in, on the en-wiki user talk page this user has recently stated that he/she is nine years old. Someone appropriate might want to step in as a mentor. - Jmabel ! talk 16:00, 25 September 2015 (UTC)


I would like to use the logo of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on wikipedia pages, but am not clear whether this meets their license or wiki policies. Can someone have a look at the information on their website: here and help me upload the logos it is allowed? Thanks JMWt (talk) 17:09, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Can't be used on Commons. The licensing terms forbid commercial use. Might be able to be used under the non-free use policies on some Wikipedias. - Jmabel ! talk 17:51, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Those terms are completely and utterly non-free for a long list of reasons (the content may not be modified, may only be used in specific enumerated contexts, may not be used in several enumerated contexts, and may not be used commercially). If the logotype in question is eligible for copyright protection, it cannot be hosted on Commons. If, however, it is below the threshold of originality in the relevant jurisdiction(s), it may be uploaded and tagged with {{PD-textlogo}}. LX (talk, contribs) 18:16, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Will my real name be displayed?Edit

Hello, I'm going to enter a number of images for the Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition. I've registered under the Username 'Oidhre'. However, I would like my real name to be shown with the images. Will my real name be visible or will it just be my user name?

Many thanks.

KInd Regards.

Seán Ó Domhnaill, Dublin. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oidhre (talk • contribs)

Sean, you will be attributed however you want. The easiest way is to modify your signature - go to Special:Preferences, and in the signature box put in your preferred name (eg "Seán Ó Domhnaill"). Then, whenever you sign your name ~~~~, it will use the name you put in. When you upload a file, it should also use that name. On the subject of signing, please remember to sign your name with four tildes on talk pages and help pages (like this) so we know who was writing! -mattbuck (Talk) 10:08, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
For each image, in the {{self}} template, assuming you are using that for your attribution, you can add author=[[User:Oidhre|Seán Ó Domhnaill]]. - Jmabel ! talk 15:59, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Marking a flickr item as reviewedEdit

For File:Victoria, BC - Fan Tan Alley - entrance from Fisgard 05 (20336928650).jpg, apparently FlickreviweR had a problem of some sort verifying this. I'm the photographer, I'm the uploader, and I'm an admin. How can I mark this myself to indicate I've reviewed it myself, so the bot failure shouldn't be an issue? - Jmabel ! talk 16:05, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Looks like FlickreviewR now sorted this out, but the general question still stands: is there any way I can mark these myself instead of leaving it for a bot? - Jmabel ! talk 16:46, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
@Jmabel: You can use {{LicenseReview}} or {{Flickrreview}} manually (replacing the bot template), or Rillke's script (User:Rillke/LicenseReview.js) to to give you a toolbox link... tho 'technically' you should not self-review, I think we can probably excuse you (lol). Revent (talk) 02:06, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
That was EXIF Orientation. It should be no longer an issue anymore --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 02:40, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Bulk download of images from listEdit


Sorry, new to this and not sure where else to ask. I have searched the FAQ, archive, general internet and extensions, but cannot find a clear and simple solution.

I would like to download a list of images directly.

To explain why, I am trying to set up a working copy of Wikipedia in order to learn how it works and how to administrate it. For example, I have most elements working, including various templates and portals, but am missing all the graphic icons for them.

Special pages offer a list of missing images (Special:WantedFiles).

I was wonder how it would be possible just to take the list generated, and use it to download them directly and automatically. Ditto for a few categories of topics. I appreciate that some might be here and some over at Wikipedia. Don't want to make a book or a PDF.

I have read some really complex articles about downloading dumps from mirrors, setting up environments and and using command lines to extract images but it seem overkill for what I'm after.

Thanks. --Wordfunk (talk) 07:26, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

I looked at both. Everywhere. Strange something so apparently simple is so difficult when you can make a pdf book at a click.
See here: " - "No, it is not possible to get the images via the API. Images in a MediaWiki are stored just in folders, not in a database and are not delivered dynamically".
Unfortunately Imker batch download set up for Windows only (I don't do it), and I cannot run Java 1.7 natively (though I am trying to set it up).
Special pages spits out a list of missing files. Ideally it'd be nice to just be able to export them in the same way you can pages or templates. It appears to be a missing element. I wonder it it has been considered?
Is all images on Wikipedia mirrored to Wikimedia Commons?
--Wordfunk (talk) 18:34, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
Ah, OK, it seems it's a known issue, see: here.
Betacommand added a comment.Via Conduit · Mar 21 2014, 4:50 PM
"This has the potential to make moving data from project to project, and even having a standard import/export with default data much easier. Right now setting up and or importing templates/articles and similar are very time consuming as you have to track down every image that is being used and manually move that to the new project. This would also make moving data to and from commons much easier and enable maintaining attribution without having to jump through hoops".
That's exactly what I am talking about so it seems the answer is no. You've got to sit and move 100s of them individually by hand. --Wordfunk (talk) 20:33, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Want to upload an image containing multiple works on Wikimedia commonsEdit

I made a horizontally tiling image for a bathroom wallpaper in my game, but would like to release on Wikimedia since it uses images only from Wikimedia.

My question is, do I upload it as my own work or someone else's? I used a total of 8 separate images, all which require attribution. I'm not concerned with receiving credit, I want to make sure everyone is attributed correctly, and someone else in need of a tacky, colorful fish themed wallpaper texture can find one.

For better context, this is what I want to upload:

edit: That's the in game version. Here's the full resolution:

And this is what would appear on my "works cited" page:

"Brachaluteres jacksonianus" by Richard Ling from NSW, Australia - Pygmy Leatherjacket. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Red Aquarium Fish" by Ranjithsiji - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Blue Fin" by Mike Fisher - Flickr: Blue Fin. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Yellow Fish (5729996209)" by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK - Yellow FishUploaded by tm. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Anaecypris hispanica" by Tiu Cancho - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons -

"PinkStripeReefFish1" by Ciar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Flame angelfish (Centropyge loricula)" by Andreas März from Darmstadt, Germany - 20120205-WJ7U0356_Lr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Assorted living corals" by William Rafti of the William Rafti Institute. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swordofkings128 (talk • contribs) 09:14, 1 October 2015‎ (UTC)

@Swordofkings128: Commons:Collages should contain all the answers you need and here is an example of how it should look like. Unfortunately, our default UploadWizard isn't really suitable for this kind of uploads. So basically, you have two options: 1) Use the standard method to upload the file as "own work" and edit the file description afterwards to add all the sources, authors and licenses or 2) use the old basic upload form. Please let us know if you need further assistance, as this can be a bit tricky. Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 10:01, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much, that article seems to be exactly what I was looking for! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swordofkings128 (talk • contribs) 10:30, 1 October 2015‎ (UTC)

What text do I put below the image?Edit

I want to use the above image in a book and want to properly attribute the author (Bjorn Huber). What text should appear below the image?

Please, see Commons:Credit line. Ruslik (talk) 20:05, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Copying templatesEdit

Template:!! appears to be the same as the ones on wikt:Template:!!, w:Template:!! and v:Template:!!. These templates do not cite their origin, but I'm guessing it's Wikipedia. For templates developed on one WMF project, is there a general okay documented somewhere to copy templates from one project to another? If so, where? Thanks in advance on this one. --Marshallsumter (talk) 17:34, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

All content of the Wikimedia projects including templates are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. So, you can copy, of course, provided that you satisfy the conditions of this license. Ruslik (talk) 20:02, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Contacting another userEdit

According to the FAQ I should be able to contact another user by going to: Toolbox --> Email this user. Unfortunately there is no "Toolbox" anywhere. Thanks for any help.

Please sign your posts with four "~", without the quotes or use the quill icon at top of the editing window (third icon from the left). Commons:Emailing_users should be helpful for emailing others. --Marshallsumter (talk) 18:38, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
The section is named "Tools" now. -- Asclepias (talk) 20:43, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

File:Georg Hellmesberger senior Eduard Kaiser.jpgEdit

Hi, it was pointed out to me by en:User:ClaudioMuc that File:Georg Hellmesberger senior Eduard Kaiser.jpg is probably the wrong person - en:Georg Hellmesberger, Jr. not en:Georg Hellmesberger, Sn. as it matches File:Hellmesberger.jpg that actually has a proper source (this) which matches the dates for Jn.

However I wasn't 100% sure so thought I'd get a second opinion before getting the file renamed - also I wasn't sure how to put a rename request in while making sure no false redirect is left and the pages that currently use it are not wrongly updated leaving the error in place?

Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 20:13, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Need help with "other versions" uploadEdit

Hi, I'm an admin on en-wiki, but image licensing is not my area of expertise. I've made a much-improved version of this rather dreadful image file, but am a bit confused about how to do the link to "other versions" licensing. Can I just upload it with a description? CorbieVreccan (talk) 21:37, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Ah, when dealing with files by that uploader and a few other users of the same group, you should check the version of the file on this website, which is often larger, or sometimes of better quality, than the version used by those users. In this case, it's the same size, but it's a bit clearer, so you will likely get a slightly better result if you start with this better version. I'm not sure what you mean in your question by "the link to 'other versions' licensing". If you started with the bad version, the one on the page File:Friends and Family. Maypole Dance BAnQ P48S1P00207.jpg, you could just link to that page in the source field of your new version. But if you follow my suggestion and you start with the slightly clearer version directly from the BAnQ website, then in the source field of your new version you would mention that website as the source, plus the template Template:BANQ with the reference number P48,S1,P207 in the parameter. Either way, you would use the same status tags, PD-Canada and PD-1996. One last thing is that despite what is written on the page of the bad version, it is not the original version, so the boilerplate request makes no sense in such cases and you could overwrite that version if you wanted to. -- Asclepias (talk) 23:34, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it wasn't just me who couldn't make sense of it. CorbieVreccan (talk) 15:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

permission to use photoEdit

I would like to get permission to use the photo the kitchen & cupboard and stove, for my book. Please email me with your response:

Thank you

Susan Fox 51 Bermondsey Pl NW t3k1v6 Calgary AB

—Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:56A:7043:3600:1DB8:C079:BE25:4FA5 (talk)

  • Hi Susan, you haven't been clear on exactly the image in question, but all images on commons should have the licence clearly shown on the image page. All valid images (note some uploads, especially new ones, will have been incorrectly labelled) should have a open licence that allow you to use the image commercially for your book. Note that a lot of the image licences will ask for attribution. If you have further questions please give the full image file name or add a link to the image. Reagards KylieTastic (talk) 15:35, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Requesting the creation of a category or galleryEdit

At the moment, Commons has Commons:Requested images and Commons:Requested audio and video project pages for requesting specific types of media. Is there an analogous page for requesting the creation of a category or gallery? (Someone has been doing this using a maintenance category at enwiki (that is, requesting the creation of categories and galleries on Commons), somewhere which Commons editors are unlikely to look, and I'd like to know where I should be directing them to instead.) ais523 (w:en:) 08:01, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

I think that's not really neccessary as 1) everyone is able to create a missing category immediately (wanted files are a different thing) and 2) there are Special:WantedCategories as well as Special:WantedPages which contain entries of categories/pages that are referenced but do not exist yet. --Achim (talk) 12:44, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Template not working on talk pageEdit

On User talk:Connorlong90 I added a Photo Challenge Silver template. It works fine on my talk page why I test it, but doesn't expand on Connorlong90's page. Can anyone figure out what is wrong? Thanks. -- Colin (talk) 09:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi Colin I tried to look at what the issue could be but can't see any edit you've made to User talk:Connorlong90 or even on your own talk page (which you last edited 23 September 2015‎). So its difficult to guess at would could be the issue in this case? Maybe try again, save+revert if your only previewing so we can see what you are attempting. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 15:50, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Hi Colin the reason was you made the edit over on EN:WP at en:User talk:Connorlong90 not User talk:Connorlong90 and the template is a commons template not on EN:WP Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 15:54, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
    • Thanks for your detective work KylieTastic. I see I followed the link from the winning photo, and the author link went to the Wikipedia account. -- Colin (talk) 18:33, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Is there a way to view the images in all subcategoriesEdit

Sorry for what seems like a simple question, but I can't find the answer. Is there a way to (pre)view all images in subcategories of a main category? I'm faced with categories that have multiple subcategories, and it's extremely annoying to have to go through all subcategories in order to get an overview of all pictures, hoping to find the one you're looking for. Thanks, --Midas02 (talk) 14:36, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

You can get a list of files from CatScan to a specified depth in the sub-cat trees; it can also do category intersections and apply various filters. The default output format is HTML, a table of links with some details, but there’s a Gallery option that will emit a page of wikitext, which you can then paste into a sandbox for previewing as a gallery of thumbnails.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 20:57, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, but that's messy to say the least. I was hoping there's a gadget which could do it. Where do you see the "Gallery option" by the way? All I find is a way to produce wikitext, but those contain the images in full. So previewing them in a sandbox results in full size images being loaded, rather than thumbnails. --Midas02 (talk) 00:24, 5 October 2015 (UTC)
It’s the last radio button in the “Format” section at the bottom of the full CatScan V3.0 page (not the “Quick Intersection“ version). It just produces a list of filenames between <gallery> … </gallery> tags, which should render as thumbnails in boxes. If for some reason you’re getting a ‘bare‘ filename list, I guess you’d have to add the tags manually. Unfortunately I don’t know of a more streamlined method. Note there is a Gadget that adds a CatScan menu item to category pages and fills in the name for you.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 01:09, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Stardust Memorial.jpgEdit

I got a photo from, the copyright page is here What copyright should it be under? All help is much appreciated.

--TheShaunster (talk) 16:18, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

It is copyrighted and can be uploaded only if released under an appropriate license by the copyright holders. Ruslik (talk) 19:40, 4 October 2015 (UTC)


Hi, I want to upload photo for Biographical article of non-living person on English Wikipedia Asaf Ali Asghar Fyzee. I have found photo of subject on Government website of India, website named They have given many photos of various people and there is option to "download" and "to print" the photo. So does these pics are free to upload? this one is the image that I want to upload. I am asking all this because I have nominated this article for DYK and I don't want any CopyVio in image. Can somebody help me in this issue? Thank you. --Human3015 (talk) 19:10, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

We can’t assume that a site’s providing download links implies any permission beyond personal use, so that alone is no evidence of the free licensing we require. I couldn‘t find a copyright page on the above site, but I note that they provide prints for a fee, and it seems that for at least some images they add a surcharge for commercial use, implying a limited licence. So we have to treat their photos on a case-by-case basis. Although the metadata for the image in question does not identify the photographer, the copyright field says it‘s public domain, so I think you’re in luck with this one: we generally trust the information provided by institutional curators. Be sure to upload the original file with its metadata, and since it’s an anonymous image dated “June [19]49“ I believe the appropriate licence tag will be {{PD-India-photo-1958}}.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 20:07, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
There is also an issue with the USA copyright. Ruslik (talk) 20:12, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
@Odysseus1479, Ruslik0: Thanks both of you. I have some general questions. How to see metadata of such images? How you saw date and copyright situation of particular image? Also there is issue of USA copyright then should I upload it or not? --Human3015 (talk) 21:10, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I forgot about the US copyright, specifically the URAA. If the image is unpublished, it wouldn’t yet have been out of copyright in India as of 1996, so it gets an automatic 120 years of protection in the USA, meaning it won’t be free there until 2070. I’m afraid you’ll have to upload it directly to enWP under a fair-use rationale for non-free media. (Since the subject is deceased, it‘s unlikely a free alternative is available, so the photo should be fine there as long as it’s used in an article.) Unless you can find evidence that it was published in the US, without notice and before 1977 …
Regarding metadata, many image-editors and -viewers can access it; there are also special-purpose tools that don‘t require opening the image itself, and there are browser plug-ins to read it directly from files on the Web. Some only show EXIF data; others also handle IPTC, geocoding, and other kinds of tags. (I saw the PD entry in the Fyzee file using Adobe Photoshop; strangely, the other programs I’ve tried since, including the GIMP, Adobe Bridge, and a couple of metadata viewers, show the copyright-status field as blank or unknown but identify the owner as “Photo Division”. I have no idea why the difference.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 22:47, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
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