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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

Commons deletion (policy)


Finding out why a file was deleted

First, check the deletion log and find out why the file was deleted. Also use the What links here feature to see if there are any discussions linking to the deleted file. If you uploaded the file, see if there are any messages on your user talk page explaining the deletion. Secondly, please read the deletion policy, the project scope policy, and the licensing policy again to find out why the file might not be allowed on Commons.

If the reason given is not clear or you dispute it, you can contact the deleting administrator to ask them to explain or give them new evidence against the reason for deletion. You can also contact any other active administrator (perhaps one that speaks your native language)—most should be happy to help, and if a mistake had been made, rectify the situation.

Appealing a deletion

Deletions which are correct based on the current deletion, project scope and licensing policies will not be undone. Proposals to change the policies may be done on their talk pages.

If you believe the file in question was neither a copyright violation nor outside the current project scope:

  • You may want to discuss with the administrator who deleted the file. You can ask the administrator for a detailed explanation or show evidence to support undeletion.
  • If you do not wish to contact anyone directly, or if an individual administrator has declined undeletion, or if you want an opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion, you can request undeletion on this page.
  • If the file was deleted for missing evidence of licensing permission from the copyright holder, please follow the procedure for submitting permission evidence. If you have already done that, there is no need to request undeletion here. If the submitted permission is in order, the file will be restored when the permission is processed. Please be patient, as this may take several weeks depending on the current workload and available volunteers.

Temporary undeletion

Files may be temporarily undeleted either to assist an undeletion discussion of that file or to allow transfer to a project that permits fair use. Use the template {{Request temporary undeletion}} in the relevant undeletion request, and provide an explanation.

  1. if the temporary undeletion is to assist discussion, explain why it would be useful for the discussion to undelete the file temporarily, or
  2. if the temporary undeletion is to allow transfer to a fair use project, state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

To assist discussion

Files may be temporarily undeleted to assist discussion if it is difficult for users to decide on whether an undeletion request should be granted without having access to the file. Where a description of the file or quotation from the file description page is sufficient, an administrator may provide this instead of granting the temporary undeletion request. Requests may be rejected if it is felt that the usefulness to the discussion is outweighed by other factors (such as restoring, even temporarily, files where there are substantial concerns relating to Commons:Photographs of identifiable people). Files temporarily undeleted to assist discussion will be deleted again after thirty days, or when the undeletion request is closed (whichever is sooner).

To allow transfer of fair use content to another project

Unlike English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects, Commons does not accept non-free content with reference to fair use provisions. If a deleted file meets the fair use requirements of another Wikimedia project, users can request temporary undeletion in order to transfer the file there. These requests can usually be handled speedily (without discussion). Files temporarily undeleted for transfer purposes will be deleted again after two days. When requesting temporary undeletion, please state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

Projects that accept fair use

Note: This list might be outdated. For a more complete list, see meta:Non-free content (this page was last updated: March 2014.) Note also: Multiple projects (such as the ml, sa, and si Wikipedias) are listed there as "yes" without policy links.

Adding a request

First, ensure that you have attempted to find out why the file was deleted. Next, please read these instructions for how to write the request before proceeding to add it:

  • In the Subject: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:File:DeletedFile.jpg]] is advisable. (Remember the initial colon in the link.)
  • Identify the file(s) for which you are requesting undeletion and provide image links (see above). If you don't know the exact name, give as much information as you can. Requests that fail to provide information about what is to be undeleted may be archived without further notice.
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Current requests

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File:Ervaren lichaamsbeeld, naar geslacht en naar bmi, bevolking van 18 jaar en ouder, 2014 (in procenten).png

As Natuur12 indicated on Commons:Undeletion requests/Archive/2019-01#File:Ervaren lichaamsbeeld, naar geslacht en naar bmi, bevolking van 18 jaar en ouder, 2014 (in procenten).png, it was well sourced.

Considering this was a rather poor speedy deletion tag by ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 who doesn't understand Dutch and deletion by Jcb, I also request undeletion of everything else in the batch:

If needed, those can go through a regular DR process. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 06:24, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

  Oppose - I rechecked several and all of them miss vital source information. E.g. PDF documents with several images in them without any source/authorship information. Jcb (talk) 06:30, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
No offense but I'm not taking your word on this kind of thing. I've been burned a few too many times on that. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 07:24, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
I left some notes behind the file names. Most files if not all files have dubious own work claims. Natuur12 (talk) 20:23, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
@Natuur12: thanks! Files like File:Emigratie vroeger en nu.jpg seem like they are strictly educational, but the quality (hand-written text, no professional-looking illustrations, as far as I can tell from the Google thumbnail) makes it unlikely to be useful. I wonder where the obvious violations for the PDF documents were taken from? I can't see those at all. Knowing that may aid in finding sources for PD-simple files. File:Aandeel lezers en niet-lezers in een week, bevolking van 13 jaar en ouder, naar enkele achtergrondkenmerken.png was not claimed as own work either, but looking anything up is troublesome for deleted files, so a DR would help. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 22:26, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz: I left more notes. Strakhov (talk) 03:23, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
@Strakhov: also thanks! I think it'll take one or more people who understand Dutch and Dutch culture to sort all of these out. I'm willing to go over them in a DR, I think Donald Trung also won't mind. The obvious copyvios Natuur12 identified and Homer could potentially remain deleted. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 06:23, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
Well, most files are just plain garbage and undeleting them would be a waste of resources. The files seem to be part of some middle school project. The copyright violations are low quality teaching material. The non copyright violations are CBR graphs or self created drawings. While the deletion reason for most files is faulty there's little point in undeleting them. (CBS graps exlcuded). Natuur12 (talk) 15:24, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
@Natuur12: I'd be okay with undeletion of the CBS graphs and leaving everything else. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 07:46, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

File:JANDI DAVID (1893-1944).jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by Sabnic Artist as stated in the file name died in 1944. Been public domain in Hungary since 2015. Abzeronow (talk) 00:02, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

  Info This is upper-left image from this site. While it is likely to be PD in Hungary, we cannot be sure as we know nothing about the painting history (if it was published first time less than 25 years ago, it may be copyrighted in EU, including Hungary). Also, we know nothing about its US copyright status.   Neutral Ankry (talk) 10:05, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the link. Yeah, I can't find any info on that particular painting from a web search. It looks like it could have been published in the 1920s (1930s also possible). Or it could have been unpublished, which could mean some issue with publication right in the EU but now public domain in the US due to author death date. Abzeronow (talk) 17:41, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
  Info I am waiting for another admin opinion before final decission here. Ankry (talk) 06:59, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Unjustified nominations by User:ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2

I made some review of images recenly nominated by this user and found many that are doubtful IMO. While the most appropriate license templates might be different, they were not totally incorrect, and I found requesting OTRS permission here as an incorrect action that totally misleads uploaders.

  • Old PD book scans:
    • a 1889/1908 books by
Taras Shevchenko  (1814–1861)        
Alternative names Tarass Chevtchenko
Description Ukrainian poet and painter
Date of birth/death 9 March 1814 (25 February 1814 in Julian calendar) 10 March 1861 (26 February 1861 in Julian calendar)
Location of birth/death Moryntsi Saint Petersburg
Authority control
creator QS:P170,Q134958
  • a 1858 photo (likely from a 1858 book):
  • photos of a 1912 medal:
  • photos of a 1713 medal:
  • photos of a 1761 medal:
  • photos of a 1838 medal:
  • photos of a 1902 medal:
  • photos of a 1821 medal:
  • a non-copyrightable cover:

The photos seem to be amateur, non-professional, with EXIF. @Jcb: if you see any reasons to doubt these images to be PD, please elaborate. While some images of this uploader are clear copyvios, many of the above are not even copyrightable. IMO, the PD/copyvio ratio among deletion nominations here is too high. Ankry (talk) 11:02, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

You will normally see that such a file is uploaded by a user uploading e.g. 90% blatant copyright violations. (I checked some of the above, were this turned out to be the case). If a user uploads a batch of copyright violations, most admins here just flush the batch, without carefully examining file by file to see if one or two files can be saved. I think this is totally justified as pragmatic use of our limited volunteer resources. If it turns out that some can be undeleted, no problem. Jcb (talk) 11:17, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
@Jcb: I know that this is common practice, and my reservations concerned rather initial nominations than final deletions. But let's focus on these particular files, which IMO are either just PD (regardles of their origin) or cases where there is no clear doubts whether they are own works of the uploader. Ankry (talk) 17:08, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support No evidence that these files are copyright violations. Yann (talk) 18:28, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Just curious – how may “П'ЯТА СЕСІЯ УКРАЇНСЬКОЇ НАЦІОНАЛЬНОЇ РАДИ. 1962. На чужині.jpg” be {{PD-UAGovDoc}}? Is Ankry serious about Ukrainian jurisdiction extending to that event? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 05:10, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: No idea. IMHO it does qualify for PD-Text, though. Strakhov (talk) ~
I think I found somewhere the information that it applies also to Ukrainian SSR law; but maybe indeed my mistake. Ankry (talk) 08:44, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

I was recently contacted by Albinfo regarding an upload by Cunolf who is his mentee in German Wikipedia's "adopt-a-user" program. Apparently, although with a somewhat problematic upload history, Cunolf is among those affected by questionable "no permission" tagging by this user. Specifically, this is about File:14 Kundelfingerhof um 2000.png. It's apparently a self-scanned older photograph from a slightly crumpled original in an album (even the photo corners are visible). Cunolf's "own work" declaration therefore seems plausible enough for such a 2000 photograph (it's not unusual to have own older photographic prints and to scan them now) - at least plausible enough for a regular deletion request, it seems to me. Pinging Ellin Beltz who deleted that image, what do you think? Undelete it and convert to DR, would you agree? Gestumblindi (talk) 16:58, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Gestumblindi: how does this affect undeletion process of the above mentioned images? If you wish to undelete another image, create a separate request. Ankry (talk) 05:51, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
@Ankry: I added it here because it is another case of the nominations by User:ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2, so I thought this is the most fitting place. Gestumblindi (talk) 08:46, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
@Gestumblindi: If you are not asking for undeletion nor expressing an opinion about undeletion then it is not. Ankry (talk) 08:53, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Well, personally I would undelete (and I agree with you regarding the other files), but I would like to hear Ellin Beltz' opinion first. Gestumblindi (talk) 08:54, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Gestumblindi Restored file, sent to DN per your request, please see Commons:Deletion_requests/File:14_Kundelfingerhof_um_2000.png. I did not look at any other image in this list, and have no current opinion other than I agree with Jcb as above. Cheers! Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:28, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

File:Roza-Shanina profile.jpg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Roza-Shanina profile.jpg circa 1944 photograph. Could be {{PD-Russia}} Abzeronow (talk) 15:34, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

  Support per {{PD-Russia}} (anonymous photo). Ankry (talk) 14:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Reposição de ficheiros de João Justiceiro (2)

Dando prosseguimento aos pedidos de reposição por partes, solicito o restauro destes arquivos, sinalizados como "violação de direitos autorais":

São mapas de minha autoria derivados de trabalhos já existentes no Commons (os originais estão na descrição). O último é um mapa retirado da web com a devida referência.

João Justiceiro (talk) 04:17, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

File:Alberto López Asenjo 2019.jpg


You said that the file Alberto López Asenjo 2019.jpg is a copyright violation for the following reason:

This is not true. There is no possible copyright violation by, because the photo has been taken by us. This newspaper ( has used our photography with our permission.

You can see in the original source ( that the photo has been taken by us, and also the photo is used in the official site of Alberto López Asenjo and in all of the official Social Acounts. I am writing you in the name of Alberto López Asenjo, the propietary of the photo, that let us use the photo with NO copyright limits, also for wikimedia.

Please tell me if you need more arguments/proofs to admit the photograph.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by David Ordás (talk • contribs) 15:39, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
  Oppose Since this was previously published on that website and website has a copyright notice on the bottom, this photo needs to have permission for a free license verified through COM:OTRS (COM:OTRS/es if more comfortable using Spanish) Abzeronow (talk) 15:42, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

File:891118 Gunter-Weissgerber Rede.jpg

Seien Sie gegrüßt, das Bild ist als frei von allen Rechten im Auftrage von Gunter Weißgerber bei wikipedia vom IFM-Archiv e.V. eingestellt worden. Die Rechte sind von ihm freigegeben worden, sofern das Bild nicht ohnehin als Dokument der Zeitgeschichte frei von Rechten ist. Mit freundlichen Grüßen i.A. des IFM-Archives Philokomos (talk) 15:55, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

  Oppose Bei solchen Bildern, die über Dritte eingereicht werden, brauchen wir immer eine Freigabe per Email durch den Rechteinhaber. Das ist bei solchen Schnappschüssen meistens der Fotograf bzw. die Fotografin, und nicht die im Bild porträtierte Person. Eine Anleitung zur Freigabe per Email steht auf COM:OTRS/de. De728631 (talk) 16:24, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

File:Вручение ордена Ленина и Госпремии Васильеву А.Ф..jpg

I hereby confirm that I am the  owner of this photo. These are documents and photographs from the archive of my grandfather, who died in 1986. The archive was transferred to me and now I scanning the photos to create a grandfather page on Wikipedia.Васильев,_Анатолий_Фёдорович_(гидротехник)

These document have never been published anywhere before. Its historical document --Av6746 (talk) 17:32, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Photo ownership is irrelevant for copyright. The key question is: who is/was the photographer? Ankry (talk) 19:06, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
And anonymous unpublished 1951 photo would be copyrighted in US till the end of 2071 (120 years since creation). Ankry (talk) 14:48, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

File:Jean-Paul Garraud.jpg

Il s'agit d'une vidéo de Jean-Paul Garraud issue de sa page facebook officielle et mise sur Wikipedia à sa demande.

  Oppose Ask the photo copyright owner to send free license permission following COM:OTRS instructions. Note, that if copyright owner is not the photographer, they will need to convince an OTRS agent that they own copyright. Ankry (talk) 21:13, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

File:Vivek Maddala guitar.jpg

I own this picture.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Geosibley (talk • contribs) 22:57, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
  Question Are you also the photographer? Copyright belongs with them, not with the physical picture owner. Abzeronow (talk) 23:02, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

File:Old School Revival (OSR) Logo.png


This image was deleted in error as it complies with copyright and is released as public domain by myself as the creator of the image.

--Flatfoot74 (talk) 02:00, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

@Flatfoot74: Not providing correct authorship information for CC-BY or CC-BY-SA licensed media is blatant copyright violation. Also the logo was removed from Wikipedia article half a year ago: unused logos are out of Wikimedia Commons scope. Ankry (talk) 05:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)


The Art of Bienvenido Bones Banez By Terrance Lindall The Seraphim שְׂרָפִים in a particular plate of the Elephant Folio of my Paradise Lost have paint brushes in one hand and flames in the other. They are painting with fire. Fire, the tools of Satan in hell, is the creative force of the universe.

The Art of Bienvenido Bones Banez By Terrance Lindall The Seraphim שְׂרָפִים in a particular plate of the Elephant Folio of my Paradise Lost have paint brushes in one hand and flames in the other. They are painting with fire. Fire, the tools of Satan in hell, is the creative force of the universe.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2604:2000:b085:6800:2d44:d8c3:ff0b:11e (talk • contribs) 5:21, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
File:Example.jpg is not an art of Bienvenido Bones Banez and as unregistered user you do not have own uploads. So which image you are talking about? Ankry (talk) 05:42, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Request: Undeletion of 2 files: File:1 chaos standing lamp.jpg, File:2 strala-bartok-table.jpg

Files in question:

Reasons Copyright authorship has previously not been submitted. We will do that right after this request has been sent.

Annadoro15 (talk) 12:13, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

  Oppose @Annadoro15: We need here evidence of free license from both: the artist and the photographer. COM:OTRS seems to be the right way. Such works cannot be licensed on-wiki. Ankry (talk) 14:33, 20 May 2019 (UTC)


I created this file and took all the photos of the players, and I am in charge of updating the content for the team