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What if the images I would like to upload are the official photos from a company's website?Edit

What if the images I would like to upload are the official photos from a company's website? For example, the article is Microsoft Lumia 950. Am i allowed to upload the official photo of the Lumia 950 from Microsoft's official website? Because the phone in the iPhone 6S article is an image from the official website of Apple. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vlmirano (talk • contribs) 08:21, 17 November 2015‎ (UTC)

No. Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary and Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter#Internet images to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. If you have any evidence to show that File:IPhone 6S Rose Gold.png was not created by User:World Super Cars, please nominate it for deletion. LX (talk, contribs) 08:40, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Using photos from Wikimedia for Social MediaEdit

Dear Sir or Madma

I am employed as an aviation consultant and enthusiast. I wanted to know what the procedures were for using photos from Wikmedia to be used on website, blog or social media such as instagram, twitter, etc. My company's name is BMR Express, and I wanted to know what the procedures were for using a photos found on Wikimedia to be placed on a blog or Instagram. Do I have to attribute the photos (especially those that are under public domain)

All I am trying to show is different environments and setting of aircraft, airport and aviation related photos.

PLease advise accordingly what the procedures are.

Thankyou and best regards

Richard Michael Beg BMR Express

Email: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 02:41, 18 November 2015‎ (UTC)

Please see our guidelines for reusing content. How a photo should be attributed depends on the licence. For public-domain works there is no requirement for attribution, although the photographer is often mentioned to verify the provenance—or just out of courtesy. The licences used most often here are versions of CC-BY and CC-BY-SA, which require that the author be credited and that a link to the licence be included. Specific details can be found on each file’s description page. Some authors request notification when their images are used elsewhere, but there’s no legal obligation for reusers to do so. Our credit-line article shows some examples of suitable forms of attribution; there are also the Stock Photo Gadget (the large “Download”, “Use”, &c. icons appearing on file pages) and the download pop-up in Media Viewer, both of which automatically generate suggested credit lines for a given image, in either plain text or HTML.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:07, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Photo switchEdit

Hello Hello!

I am brand new to wikimedia commons. I am in need of replacing a photo of a band I work with. The photo is a live shot from 2004 (so old!) and they would really like something newer up there. I have tried uploading/replacing the file via this page:

I get this error message:

You do not have permission to upload this file, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in one of the groups: Autoconfirmed users, Administrators, Confirmed users.

How do I go about requesting a photo switch? Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Katwasylik (talk • contribs) 23:55, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

  • @Katwasylik: You shouldn't replace the existing image at that name. That is an accurate 2004 photo. In general, photos on Commons are only replaced because of technical improvements (color fixes, small rotations, etc.); misunderstandings like this are part of why we don't allow brand new users to replace images! Instead, what you presumably want to do is to upload a different photo here with a different filename, then change the English-language Wikipedia article so that it uses the new Commons file. If any of that isn't clear, feel very free to ask further questions. - Jmabel ! talk 00:50, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

SVG version does not match with the PNG versionsEdit


for the file File:Continuity of the Exponential at 0.svg I have the problem, that the SVG-Version does not seem to be up to date. However, when I click on one of the PNG previews like I see the correct version. What might be the problem and how can I solve it?

Greetings, Stephan Kulla (talk) 09:58, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

I see the label correctly as "exp(0)". Clear your browser cache? --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 10:05, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
@Zhuyifei1999: The label shall be \exp(0)=\exp\left(\lim_{n\to\infty} \tfrac 1n\right) as in this png version. Clearing the browser cache didn't help. -- Stephan Kulla (talk) 12:03, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
Sounds like there's a major bug happening right now, where "Original file" is not latest version. I'll file a bug in Phabricator --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 13:24, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
This is phab:T119038 --Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 13:34, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
@Zhuyifei1999: Thanks a lot! ;-) -- Stephan Kulla (talk) 18:28, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Failure to update a fileEdit

The image "File:Battles second punic war.png" has a typo in it: "Ilipa" is spelled "Ilpia" (and confusingly uses a font in which "I" and "l" are indistinguishable - but that's not relevant to my problem). I downloaded it, corrected it, and uploaded the corrected version. I still saw the old version in the page. I tried "refresh" in my browser; and then "shift-refresh". So I re-uploaded it carefully, tried the refreshes, and then tried a purge. But I still see the mis-spelled version. What am I doing wrong? Maproom (talk) 22:09, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Apologies - I just saw Zhuyifei1999's response to the previous question. I'll wait a few days and see how it looks then. Maproom (talk) 22:10, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Image from a 1927 Chilean publicationEdit

Hello! I'm wanting to upload this image, which is from a Chilean journal published in 1927 and now uploaded by the Internet Archive. The Flickr page says "no known copyright restrictions", but it wasn't published before 1923. Is it still usable? Howicus (Look at what I found!) (talk) 23:28, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Wait a minute...I think this file is mislabeled! The author is listed as Juilo Lamilla, who is a still-living shark researcher. It's actually from 1986! Plus it's talking about a species that wasn't described until 1937... Howicus (Look at what I found!) (talk) 23:33, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
More info about the book here. Howicus (Look at what I found!) (talk) 23:38, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
The year and the copyright information on the flickr account of the Internet Archive is often wrong. For the year of a periodical publication, they label all the issues with the first year of the journal, which gives things like wrongly labelling as "1927" an issue actually created in 1986. The meaning and value of "no known copyright restrictions" tags on flickr vary, depending on each organization. You must go to the organization's website to look what it means. In the case of the Internet Archive flickr account, that tag is misleading, to the point of being useless. When possible, go to the more direct source, such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library, which has a much better and more complete copyright information. In this case: "Copyright & Usage: Copyright Status: In copyright. License:". -- Asclepias (talk) 00:47, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Thumbnail didn't loadEdit

Hi there. I uploaded this photo, and then uploaded a second (edited) copy. The thumbnail version of my edited copy doesn't seem to work, while the full-size edited copy does work. Not sure what went wrong. Thanks for your help! Magnolia677 (talk) 04:00, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Since a couple of days we face a server issue. Reloaded images show only after a period of time. Until the server admins have solved the problem we have to wait patiently. BTW - I have uploaded another version with moire pattern removed. In case you don't like it, just revert the upload. -- MaxxL - talk 12:06, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
As of today, the problem has still not been fixed - are the server admins actually aware of its existence? (this is not an ironic but a serious question). --Edelseider (talk) 07:19, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Commons can not display the latest version correctly.Edit

I've tried 4 times. File:Most_popular_language_version_of_Wikipedia_by_country.svg this pic can not show its latest version correctly. Only after uploading a new version, the previous version can be shown as its real appearance.

Help, please. -- Paoting (talk) 08:28, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Category page for a photographerEdit

Hi there. I'd like to create a page like this for the photographer Robert Sterling Yard. Several of Yard's photos are already on the Commons. I'm afraid if I start messing around with templates it's going to get complicated and I don't want to make a lot of cleanup work for anyone. Can someone give me a hand? Thanks! Magnolia677 (talk) 11:39, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

You should create Creator:Robert Sterling Yard, which you can do by copying the content of Creator:Lewis_Hine and changing the appropriate fields. Ruslik (talk) 20:07, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
First, check if Commons actually has photos by Yard. Yard has edited books illustrated with photographs by various photographers. Commons has a ton of files robotically uploaded by one user. Almost always, they are wrongly attributed, to either the flickr accounts who copied them or to the editors of the books or periodicals where they were published, instead of to the actual authors of the images. One must look at the original sources to know who were the actual authors of the images. On Commons, you'll find many such images robotically misattributed to Yard. -- Asclepias (talk) 21:28, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Uploaded photos were deletedEdit

I edited a page that belonged to someone I know, and I added pictures, but they were all deleted. One of the photos is very old, the photographer is deceased. The others belong to the person in the photo. How can I add them and avoid deletion? — Preceding unsigned comment added by MaralOfZeitun (talk • contribs) 19:55, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

When did the photographer died in the first case? As to other photos, the fact that they belong to the subject is irrelevant because the copyright belongs to the photographer. Ruslik (talk) 20:11, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Want to Use Map in Book for PublicationEdit

Hello Uxbona-

I understand you made the Magellan-Elcano map showing each key point along the route. I had begun creating one of my own, but thought, why re-invent the wheel? I'd like to use the map in my book that will be published soon by a university press. First, I wanted to get your permission. Second, I wanted to know how I should recognize you in acknowledgments and under the photo, e.g. ("Printed with kind permission from ...")


— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

  • User:Uxbona hasn't edited Commons in about 3 years, and never provided an email address, so I doubt he or she will see your message. @Uxbona:: in the unlikely case that you are out there, please do fee free to weigh in.
  • Juaristi: are you talking about File:Magellan Elcano Circumnavigation-en.svg or something else? If you are referring to that, it looks like the original was in French File:Magellan Elcano Circumnavigation-fr.svg by User:Sémhur, and that Uxbona merely translated the text. Sémhur remains active, and you can contact him/her directly at User talk:Sémhur or by email (if you log in on an account of your own, with an email address, Sémhur's user page and user talk page will offer an option to "Email this user". Sémhur offers the map under both CC-BY-SA-3.0 and Free Art License, so you could comply with the terms of either and credit "Wikimedia Commons User Sémhur" and you would be fine, but I'm guessing it would be even better to contact him/her directly if he/she doesn't weigh in here.
  • @Sémhur: feel free to respond here or to email Juaristi at the provided address. - Jmabel ! talk 23:25, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

Carlo AzimontiEdit

Hi! Even if the only picture we have (the tomb) says "Azzimonti" with double "z", it seams that this is only an anagraphical mistake. I have a file with his signatures but the picture is not mine. The one who did it, gave me the consent throught Facebook. What's the better license to use for upload it and change the name of the Wiki page? Thanks. Paolotacchi 05:58, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

If this image is a faithful reproduction of the signature, it does have a separate copyright per {{pd-art}}. Ruslik (talk) 07:19, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Sort by name of filesEdit

I need to sort the file list of uploads by a name, not by the date. Who can add a configuration? --Cherus (talk) 15:19, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

The prefixes in the categoriesǃEdit

We know that in the categories of downloaded files are placed and sorted alphabetically, but some files at the beginning of names have a prefix (Ru, De, Kz, etc.). We must to add in the settings of that categorization the automatic exclusion consoles for separating files alphabetically without those prefixes. Also, at the tag PAGENAME needs to provide same adds for the removal of that extensions and attachments. For exampleː FileːRu-leave name.ogg --> PAGENAME show all of this name, but(ǃ) if it possible, to program in the PAGENAME|FileːRu-leave name.ogg, it would be great for everyone. --Cherus (talk) 16:00, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

  • I'm not sure what you have in mind here. If you want a file always to sort differently than its filename, for everybody, you can either set a DEFAULTSORT value or a sort specific to a category, e.g. {{DEFAULTSORT:leave name}} or [[Category:Parent category|leave name]] - Jmabel ! talk 19:11, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Blue-loried AntwrenEdit

I posted three images of birds, intending to link them to the appropriate wikipedia page. However, I've since learned that the bird name has been changed. I've tried loading a new file on top of the old with the correct name, but it doesn't work. I'd like to delete the three files and start over with correct file names and descriptions. Why is there not a "Delete" button in Commons when one is logged in and looking at one's own contributions?

The three files are: Blue-loried Antwren.jpg, Blue-loried Antwren 2.jpg, Blue-loried Antwren (F).jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nomdeploom (talk • contribs)

  • There is no delete button because licenses are irrevocable. If we allowed people to completely go around the deletion process for files they had uploaded, sooner or later someone who was unhappy and stalking out would go on a rampage and delete thousands of file before he/she left the project, which is not the uploader's prerogative. (Courtesy deletions are usually possible for recently uploaded files, but I don't think that's what you want to do here, see below.)
  • There never have been files with the three names you give here. I assume you mean the files File:Blue-loried antbird.jpg, File:Blue-loried antbird 2.jpg and File:Blue-loried antbird (F).jpg.
  • I also assume you basically want to move the file to a different name, since the image will presumably be the same; you also may want to edit the text. Just use the {{move}} template to indicate the new name you want for the file (place it on the file page; see Template:Move for details of how to use it). Someone should come along pretty quickly (usually within a day, in my experience) & move the file to the desired name. - Jmabel ! talk 19:20, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Accidental deletion of Category from imagesEdit

I have just accidently deleted the Category "Ford Zephyr MkII" from around seventy images. Is there any way that this can be rectified other than by me manually adding the category back on to each image please? GTHO (talk) 05:59, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Been there, done that … You can go through your recent contributions and undo each edit. (Still tedious, but a lot quicker than adding the cat.) You might first try a search for something like "Ford Zephyr" and use Cat-a-lot to select the relevant files and move them back; the effectiveness of this will depend on how many of the names or descriptions contain the target string(s), and on how many other Ford Zephyrs you‘ll have to sift through and avoid selecting. Anyway, you might get most of them this way, and then check your contribution history for stragglers. (If the files are on your watchlist, the view with full collapsing lists will show which files have two edits by you, therefore were found & fixed, and which of them have only one, so weren’t found in the search.)—Odysseus1479 (talk) 07:08, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

File:Polling map for the 2016 Democratic primaries.svgEdit

I don’t understand why the svg renders with the correct fills for all states when I open my edit of the svg, in a browser, from my local drive, but when I upload it to Wikimedia Commons, and load the svg from Wikimedia’s servers, it renders as the previous editor’s upload.

I think this is a time lag issue. Does anyone know why the time lag exists ? I am doing forced reloads all the time, and it doesn’t resolve it. It just takes time to resolve.

Info por favor (talk) 15:24, 24 November 2015 (UTC)
It looks normal for me now. Ruslik (talk) 12:21, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Content from 1963 Uncopyrighted Subscription BookletEdit

I have articles I would like to share from the APSS know-how October 1963 publication. There is no copyright on the booklet. It was subscription only, by an organization called Associated Public School Systems (now defunct). Is it okay to do so, and which template should be used ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Martiehen (talk • contribs) 18:23, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Assuming that is a U.S. organization, not some other country, yes. Use {{PD-US-no notice}} as a license tag. - Jmabel ! talk 18:42, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

use imagesEdit

Hello, I would like to upload and print images from here ,frame it and sell online. Am i allowed to do it ? Thank you in advance and looking forward to your reply , Linda — Preceding unsigned comment added by Linda353535 (talk • contribs) 22:28, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Generally, yes, with some conditions. Licenses for individual images vary. For images that are in the public domain, you can do so unconditionally. For images that are here on the basis of a free license, you need to conform to the terms of that license, and you'll need to check the individual licenses. Typically, that means (1) crediting the author (typically the photographer) in the manner they've specified; if they haven't specified anything, then "Wikimedia Commons User" followed by their username. (2) Depending on the license, either reprinting the license terms in their entirety or giving the name of the license and providing a URL indicating where those terms can be found. (3) If you make any modifications (cropping, colormapping, etc.) you are typically required to be clear what work is yours and what is the free-licensed work.
  • Note that similar licensing considerations apply for showing the images online on any site where you offer images for sale.
  • Speaking only for myself, and while in no sense required, if you are profiting in a significant way off of someone's generously available work, it would be a nice gesture to make a donation to the individuals in question and/or to the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Given that this is non-incidental use and not online (so you can't "take it down"), be aware that while we volunteers at Commons do our best to make sure that all images are accurately licensed and attributed, we're not perfect. We make no guarantees, and you are on your own to verify the source of the image. For this reason, some re-users of images (though probably a minority) choose to bypass free licenses, go directly to the author, and offer them some sort of contract in which the author guarantees liability if the images are not their own, and receives payment in exchange.
  • This speaks only of authors' rights (copyrights). Independent of all of the above, in some cases either trademark or personality rights may limit use of particular images. For one example of each: (1) a company's trademark may be too simple to copyright, but still protected as a trademark. (2) If you were to use a photo of an individual in a way that implies endorsement of a product, you are walking on very thin ice under U.S. law. In some countries, personality rights are much more restrictive on reuse.
  • I am not a lawyer, and if you want to be on a really solid basis redistributing someone else's work, you should talk to one. - Jmabel ! talk 00:24, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

a .jpj of a certificate from the L'Ordre National de la Legion d'HonneurEdit

I have edited a site to include my father's recent award of the Legion of Honour. I want to use a copy of the certificate that he received as the evidence that it is true. The certificate is not my work. Can I still use it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ianwikipedia (talk • contribs) 15:53, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Image of piece of segment on earth taken with screen shot tool purchased at mobile device by use of duly purchased Google map appEdit

Can an image of earth , taken with duly purchased screen image tool of my mobile device , at a location with coordinates of earth chosen with duly purchased Google map tool ,be a violation of copyright?will That way Google publishing satellite images of all privately owned buildings on earth will also be subjected to copy right violation.?--Guglani (talk) 07:23, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

That something is privately owned does not mean that it is protected by copyright. They are two separate issues. I think that satellite images unlikely to violate any copyright even if copyright in some buildings does exist - the resolution is low and a view of any building from above is quite ordinary. Ruslik (talk) 13:13, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
No view has been expressed on first part of questionnaire i.e is screen shot of , Google Earth digital image taken using purchased mobile app ,at an earth location , a violation of Google copyright, can such screen shot be shared on commons?when Google cannot own copy right for low resolution satellite image then how screenshot can be considered a violation?--Guglani (talk) 13:42, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
A screen capture of a satellite photo displayed by the Google maps app is a derivative work of the depicted satellite photo. All of the satellite photos displayed by Google Maps are copyrighted works owned by one or more operators of imagery satellites. This imagery is in turn licensed to Google for display in their "Google Maps" application/web site under terms that are not compatible with free licenses. So you wouldn't be able to upload your screen shot to Commons, since Commons only accepts freely licensed works. To be clear, I am not disagreeing with Ruslik, since we're talking about different issues. That is, he is saying that if you personally were to launch a satellite camera into space and use it to take photos of the earth and those photos incidentally included some copyright protected architecture, that you could probably still freely license your satellite photography since any copyrighted interest in the buildings themselves would be de minimus. Of course, that is pretty much theoretical since it unlikely any Commons contributor will be launching their own camera into space anytime soon. —RP88 (talk) 13:55, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
Please see Commons copyright rules by subject matter which reads ✘ Satellite pictures and derived maps from commercial projects like Google Earth, Google Maps,, and others are based on a combination of free and copyrighted satellite imagery and are, therefore, not acceptable on Commons. Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 21:25, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
thanks all contributors to issue and Ellin Beltz and education provided through it.--Guglani (talk) 00:28, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Help NeededEdit

I have uploaded many pics and some one has deleted all the pics.. without even inticating the reason or informing me . Its an insult. Please help ! Alwayssmileguys (talk) 03:47, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

  • It looks like your claims of "own work" were inconsistent with the EXIF data in the images. You were contacted about several of the images on your talk page, and didn't respond in any manner, so it's not surprising that someone decided you had nothing to say. User:Denniss did the deletions, so you'd have to ask him for anything beyond that. But given that you were contacted, given a chance to comment, and didn't take it, I certainly don't see the "insult". - Jmabel ! talk 05:34, 27 November 2015 (UTC)


ウィキベディアの編集の方法はわかりましたが、写真の貼り付け方がわかりません。 コモンズへの投稿まではわかりましたが、そのデータの取り出しと貼り付け方がわかりません。 教えていただければ幸甚です。 編集しようとしているのはウィンザーチェアのページです。 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 山永耕平 (talk • contribs) 05:31, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Picture uploadEdit

Hello, I want to do an additional article about the so called Graham escapement, as was used in many English grandfather clocks. In the article I want to use a drawing out of an old study book for watch makers. The book is from 1925 and is in my possession. Can I use this drawing? Is mention of the source enough? Regards, Hans — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jhavdh (talk • contribs)

Hi Jhavdh You will need to cite it correctly with author, date, etc. Also if you can find a copy of it in the Internet Archive you can cite it also to there to make it easier for others to read the rest of the book. Please message me on my talk page if you need more assistance, and don't forget to sign your notes with four tilde's like this ~~~~. That puts your name, clickable link and timestamp on all notes. Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:31, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Translation from RussianEdit

There are several useful photos with name and description in Russian only Category:Liberation of Nazi concentration camps, can somebody help out? --Nutty Professor (talk) 17:03, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

✓ Done--Ymblanter (talk) 17:45, 27 November 2015 (UTC)
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