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Setting event-handler attributes only_selected="false" is not allowed in SVG files.Edit

Getting this error while trying to upload an SVG. What does this mean? — Preceding unsigned comment added by John9474 (talk • contribs)

My picturesEdit

Dear Sir/Lady My name is Behrooz Rezvani . I had more than 900 pictures on old Panoramio on Google earth. Now all of that are in Wikimedia commons. I lost many of them and I want to download them. Can you help me

Best Regards Behrooz Reznani — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rezvani49 (talk • contribs) 18:35, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

I guess this is about these files. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there are any bulk download tools that would make it easy to download the results from a search. LX (talk, contribs) 19:24, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Good photos.
Is there some tool that can get these into a user category based on the search results? Then wimgs should be able to download everything in that category. - Jmabel ! talk 23:25, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Jmabel, it should be possible with VFC, but I would first refine the search query, to be safe (Update: not needed, no change in results). Given we add all these images to a user category Images from Behrooz Rezvani, where had this itself to be sorted in? — Speravir – 15:10, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Meaning what would be a parent category for Images from Behrooz Rezvani? Doesn't really need that, just needs __HIDDENCAT__. - Jmabel ! talk 16:00, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Or {{Hiddencat}}. Yes, I meant this. I was too lazy to search for, because I was busy with other things. I see now, that other user categories are put in – what a surprise – cat. User categories. — Speravir – 17:49, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
YFYI:Meanwhile I switched to template {{User category}}. --Speravir 22:01, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
✓ Done Behrooz Rezvani, you can now find all of your images in Category:Images from Behrooz Rezvani. — Speravir – 18:29, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Проблема із завантаженням файлаEdit

Доброго дня! 13 травня я розмістив фото за посиланням Вікіпедія:Вікі любить пам'ятки/Сумська область/Тростянецький район, що стосується Білківської сільської ради у кількості 20 штук. Але до цього часу на даній сторінці вони не розміщені... В чому може бути проблема? Наперед вдячний! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Володимир Олексійович Яременко (talk • contribs) 11:28, 9 June 2017 (UTC) (UTC)

Could somebody upload cuople of images from Flickr?Edit

As the heading says, i am wondering if some user could upload couple of images i found on Flickr? If s.o. could help, that would be very kind.--Joobo (talk) 14:08, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

  • You are going to have to identify the images in order for anyone to help you with this. - Jmabel ! talk 15:21, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
@Jmabel: It is about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, as there are almost no images on that here on commons. On flickr i found that [1] - [2] or that [3]. I am not familar with uploading images in general also not by flickr. Plus with the license etc. i dont know about it. Just it would be nice if some experienced user could upload some of these images if that is possible. Thanks in advance!--Joobo (talk) 09:45, 14 June 2017 (UTC)
Some of are not even the user's own work, so he/she would have no right to release them.
The others are the respective users' own work, but are licensed non-commercial only, and in some cases "no derivatives", so they are not acceptable for Commons. You might get a user to agree to release one or more of the photos under a sufficiently free license such as CC-BY-SA, but that would be the only way we could accept these. - Jmabel ! talk 15:12, 14 June 2017 (UTC)
 : @Jmabel: So for instance this [4] and this [5] image are not suitable for uploading on commons though they got a cc license?--Joobo (talk) 17:49, 14 June 2017 (UTC)
Precisely. One is CC BY-NC-ND, the other is CC BY-NC. Neither of those is an acceptable license for Commons. NC = "non-commercial", ND = "No derivatives". Neither of those restrictions is permitted on Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 00:57, 15 June 2017 (UTC)
@Jmabel: Now i udnerstand, thanks for the response. Could you please upload these two images- [6] and [7] to commons? That would be nice, I checked the CC types and they should be ok.--Joobo (talk) 14:41, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
Both of those images are already on Commons: File:LA Riots - aftermath (159598182).jpg, File:Troops sent to LA during riots May 1, 1992, (6984484424).jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 15:13, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Deleting an image on Wikipedia CommonsEdit

Previously I applied to include a company on Wikipedia which was rejected however on closer review the image of the logo is still available on Wikipedia Commons with no ownership attributions and I would like to have a it deleted please. The image can be found here

I would appreciate it if you could let me know how to arrange this.

Kind regards,

Brett — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atlaswealth (talk • contribs) 04:06, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

I nominated the logo for deletion. Should be deleted after 7 days unless someone objects and creates an article for the logo. Poyekhali 08:03, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

ajuda envio fotos concursoEdit

Prezados, boa tarde!

Enviei umas fotos pelo Commons Wikipedia, pois queria participar do Concurso Wiki Loves Brasil 2017, mas depois que deveria ter entrado de outra forma para inclusão das fotos.

Tentei incluir da maneira correta, mas deu erro pois informa que a mesma está duplicada.

Voces poderiam me ajudar a excluir as fotos enviadas no lugar incorreto para que eu possa enviar para o Concurso Wiki Loves Brasil 2017?!

Aguardo resposta.

Obrigada, Isabela Santacruz — Preceding unsigned comment added by Isabela Santacruz (talk • contribs)

@Isabela Santacruz: Falas espagnol? Mi portugues na~o ese bom... per mi espan~ol es mejor y puedo ayudarte in ese idioma. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:11, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

Unknown authorEdit

Can I upload a picture of a person that the author of the picture is unknown? What if it's a selfie and it is on the web but the person itself is not available to ask for permission?--ArminHP (talk) 19:37, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

@ArminHP:Usually, the selfies cannot be uploaded because of copyright. The pictures taken by unknown author can be uploaded only when its copyright has expired. Since you don't know who the author is, whether a picture was published with a Public Licence or not, is also unsure. For more information:Commons:Licensing——StefanTsingtauer (talk) 20:08, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

"other resulutions"Edit

Where do I find how to offer different resolutions of an image that I uploaded? Piero Caracciolo (talk) 20:20, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Different resolution thumbnails are automatically created by the wiki software "on demand". No action needed on your part. - Jmabel ! talk 02:30, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Can I upload Photos in Google images?Edit

This is nth time I am raising this question on talk pages wikipedia but to no avail. Can I use images of uniformed forces available in Google images? They are not copy right protected according to my understanding as an academic as I used them for my academic write ups several times without rising any question of copy right violations. Please clarify. CSHN Murthy (talk) 08:48, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

There is no answer to this question since "Google images" doesn't host images, it's just an image search. If the images are usable on Commons has to be checked for each image. --Magnus (talk) 09:14, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
In other words: When you click on a image in the search results of the Google image search, there should be a button saying "visit page". That is the page you need to list as a source when uploading and image (assuming the image's license is conforming to Commons:Licensing). Whether you found an image via Google, Bing or Yahoo is totally irrelevant. Please note that we have some restrictions on what images can be used that differ from common practice in academia (again, see Commons:Licensing). If would probably help if you could link to some example images, so somebody can tell you whether we'd accept these images and why. --El Grafo (talk) 10:09, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
It looks like this question is about File:N Samba Siva Rao DGP.jpg, which was deleted as a copyright violation.
CSHN Murthy: Based on what I can see from Google's cached copy of the file description, you claimed that the file was your own work, that you were the author and copyright holder, and that you were publishing the file under a free Creative Commons license. On your user talk page, you have now acknowledged that in reality, you simply grabbed the file from a Google Image search.
"Own work" means something that you personally created entirely on your own. Finding a file on the Internet does not make something your own work. "Author" is the person who has created a work. In the case of a photograph of a person, the author is the photographer. Finding a file on the Internet does not make you the author. The "copyright holder" is the person with the right to decide how a work may be used. This also means that the copyright holder is the only one who can issue a valid copyright license. Normally, the author is the copyright holder. Finding a file on the Internet does not make you the copyright holder. Finding a file on the Internet does not mean you can make up licensing claims on behalf of the legitimate copyright holder.
Please note that making false claims about the authorship or licensing of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement and is not only against Commons' policy but also a criminal offense. As already explained, whether or not you have been sued for other activities in other contexts is irrelevant here. Do not upload files that you found on the Internet unless they are actually in the public domain or covered by a free license; most of the content you find on the Internet is copyrighted and non-free. Never upload other people's works claiming that you created them yourself.
The assumption that you make on your user talk page that Google Images is a "free image provider" is completely incorrect. The assumption that you make above that no images of uniformed forces found through Google Images are protected by copyright is completely incorrect.
Please read Commons:Project scope/Summary to understand what you can and cannot upload to Commons. LX (talk, contribs) 10:45, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Copyrighting and upload of photographs.Edit


Can bought newspapers be copyrighted ? Can I upload a photograph that I took of those newspapers on Wikimedia Commons ? I am in possession of free given performance leaflets and programs. Can I upload a photo of these leaflets on Wikimedia Commons to complete my Wikipedia article?

Many Thanks,

--Les Yeux Noirs (talk) 12:47, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

@Les Yeux Noirs: Not without the permission of the copyright holders. Please re-read COM:L and COM:PSS.   — Jeff G. ツ 12:57, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
@Jeff G: Thank you for your answer.

If I took a photograph of a newspaper article that I bought, am I the copyright holder of the image or is the copyright hoder of the newspaper the copyright holder of the photograph that I took, even though I am the author of the image itself?

Many Thanks and Kind Regards,

--Les Yeux Noirs (talk) 13:20, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

@Les Yeux Noirs: You would have copyright to your photo, but it would be unlicensed derivative work of the newspaper publisher, which would be a copyrighted licensed compilation of the copyrighted paid work for hire or contracted work of the newspaper's copywriters, editors, photographers, wire services, etc., and you would not be allowed to upload it here.   — Jeff G. ツ 15:04, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
  • The photo you took, if uncreative (the equivalent of photocopying the newspaper) creates no new copyright at all. If creative (e.g. combining the newspaper with something else) it is a derivative work, which would require licenses from both you and the original copyright-holder of the newspaper. You buying the newspaper does not enter the matter: no transfer of intellectual property rights is involved. In fact, even in buying a unique painting, no transfer of intellectual property rights is normally involved. - Jmabel ! talk 15:06, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Ungrammatical pseudo-English categoriesEdit

Several ones within category: Fractions, namely “one-six”(sic) and so on. Please, fix and (possibly) look for more pollution spilled from the same source. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 16:35, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Fatal exception when creating a tabular data entryEdit


I tried to create a .tab entry in json in the Data namespace, but I get this error when saving: [WUTV1ApAICoAAEMBZAgAAAHC] 2017-06-17 07:10:12: Fatal exception of type "Exception". What is happening? Thanks!

~ nicolas (talk) 07:12, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

Found the issue: turns out that the fields in the data should not be identified by their name, just their order… resolved! ~ nicolas (talk) 07:57, 17 June 2017 (UTC)


Can somebody please help me?

Everytime I upload a picture I get told it might be deleted. I have uploaded 2 free images (one image was my own) where both have been deleted.

I have no idea how to upload an image!! Even with difficult instructions it doesn't help!

Please help me..... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Natalie93 (talk • contribs)

  • For your one image that is currently on here, File:Ava-sambora-january-2017.jpg, you list Ava Sambora herself as the source and author. The subject is unlikely to be the copyright-holder (that would normally be the photographer), but you credit the subject as the author and source. Even if this is, indeed, her self-portrait, it is a photograph taken by someone other than you, and you need either to show it has already been published by its author with an appropriate free license or you need that author to grant an appropriate free license (such as the CC-BY-SA you claim) via the COM:OTRS process. You can't offer a license to use something you don't own and there is no reason to think you own the copyright to this photo.
  • If you think other cases were significantly different, please indicate which cases were. The only deleted images that you uploaded that I can find are File:Claire Guerreso Heavy.jpg and File:Claire Guerreso As Is.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 16:14, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

account cancelledEdit

I was mistakly press cancel from my phone and the account was cancelled what should I do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Galaxyll4 (talk • contribs) 16:59, 17 June 2017‎ (UTC)

There is no such thing as cancelling an account on Commons. Without having seen the e-mail in question, I'm guessing it was just an e-mail to confirm your e-mail address. You can just request another confirmation e-mail. LX (talk, contribs) 19:26, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:Botev Plovdiv training base 2014.jpgEdit


I am not sure which licence I should provide for the file. A pilot named Valeri Shopov took this photo and shared it in his Facebook profile. From the information I have, he then shared it to some news websites. I saw the photo in one of them. I wrote an email to the website team asking them for permission to upload the image to Wikipedia, and they granted me. But now I do not know which licence I should put, should I ask the website team again? I have included the author's name and the source (the news website).

--Divpatok (talk) 11:32, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

You can't choose a license on behalf of the copyright holder. If they didn't specify a copyright license, it isn't covered by a free license, and you shouldn't have uploaded it. Wikimedia Commons only hosts content that is free for anyone to use for any purpose, including commercial purposes. Permissions that only cover uploading to Wikipedia are do not meet our requirements. Please follow these instructions to obtain and submit a proper permission. LX (talk, contribs) 11:54, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

Scanning my father's slides and negatives from the 1940's-1970'sEdit

Hi everyone,

My father just passed away

and my family decided that we should create a fundraiser to digitize all his photography and release it under cc-by-sa 4.0:

He was a professional photographer from the 1940s-1970's and none of his work has been digitized. Is there a place on commons for crowd-funding efforts like this?


Victorgrigas (talk) 17:31, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

This would be interesting. No crowdfunding on Commons, but you could request a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation (see m:Grants:IEG), or a local chapter/user group. Please send a permission via COM:OTRS to confirm the license when you upload the files. Regards, Yann (talk) 17:34, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

Finding articleEdit

How do I find an article about math? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 19:44, 18 June 2017‎ (UTC)

Since Wikimedia Commons is a repository of media files like photos, drawings, videos and audio recordings, we don't host articles here. You can find articles about mathematics over at English Wikipedia. Wikiversity also has plenty of content on the subject, as does Wikibooks. LX (talk, contribs) 19:54, 18 June 2017 (UTC)


Is it okay if I translate already existing page?? And I would edit some things?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Katarina Strenk (talk • contribs) 20:12, 18 June 2017‎ (UTC)

Yes.   — Jeff G. ツ 20:19, 18 June 2017 (UTC)

Upload Wizard default author nameEdit

When using the Upload Wizard, it fills in the "author" field with my username. Is there a way to make it fill the field with my real name so I don't have to type it every time? --Arctic.gnome (talk) 00:47, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

@Arctic.gnome: I suppose changing username and using Special:Upload and its experienced version are out of the question.   — Jeff G. ツ 01:12, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Images from other WikipediaEdit

How to uploading images from other Wikipedias? WaseCatro-Y (talk) 10:36, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

  1. Make sure the file you're looking at isn't already on Commons. Look for something like this near the top of the file description.
  2. Make sure there isn't a duplicate or better version here already. Search for appropriate terms.
  3. Make sure the file meets our licensing requirements. There really isn't a reason for projects to host free content locally, so apart from files uploaded before Commons was established, most of the locally hosted content can't be uploaded here.
  4. Download the full-resolution version of the file to your computer and follow the Upload Wizard's instructions. Be sure to preserve the source, authorship and licensing information from the old file description.
  5. Mark the locally hosted file for deletion. Procedures and policies for this depend on which specific Wikipedia project you are moving files from.
LX (talk, contribs) 16:21, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Image attributed to me in Pravda websiteEdit

I found a photo attributed to me on a Pravda website and don't recognize it as one I've placed in Wikimedia Commons. Although I've been to Paris in the past and may have taken this photo, it is not listed in my Wikimedia Commons contributions. Can you enlighten me about how this photo is or is not correctly attributed to me? Here is what I copied from the site: "Paris inferno: Molotof cocktail lobbed into restaurant - PravdaReport Jun 9, 2017 - ... a robbery gone wrong. Photo: By Mitzi.humphrey - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, ..."

Thank you for any help with this issue.Mitzi.humphrey (talk) 16:09, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

I checked again, and the image link given above for the caption in the article is not to the photo that appears to be identified as mine in the article. The article appears to be using a different image from the one that is being cited. I would upload a capture of the image here, but according to the copyright instructions should not do that here unless I am sure that I am the photographer of the image. I'd like to set this straight.Mitzi.humphrey (talk) 16:25, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Hi Mitzi.humphrey! So you're talking about this article which has this photo but a photo credit that points to, which is File:Arc de triomphe 1989.png, which you did upload, but it's not the photo they're using (at least not at the moment). The photo they're actually using is en:File:Pompidou center.jpg by en:User:Leland. Maybe they changed the photo and just neglected to update the byline? LX (talk, contribs) 16:31, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
Thank you,LX (talk, contribs) I finally figured that out by going to Wikipedia articles on both Le Centre Pompidou and the Arc de triomphe, neither of which photos seems appropriate to illustrate an article on a restaurant inferno. They are appropriate for illustrating the city of Paris in general, but not for this news. Thank you for confirming the mixup. -- Mitzi.humphrey (talk) 16:48, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
No worries. For future reference, dragging and dropping the image into is usually the fastest way to find the real source. It looks like Leland isn't active anymore and they don't have an e-mail address registered, so there's probably no use trying to let them know, but it'd be a good idea to let Pravda know about their mixup. LX (talk, contribs) 16:53, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Video upload request: Pepper&Carrot (motion comic) - Episode 6: The Potion ContestEdit

Is this okay to host the video here? But here is the problem at the closing credits. All original sources of soundtracks by Gregoire Lourme from Jamendo, showing under CC licenses disallows derivative as non-libre/non-free.  HarvettFox  96   19:46, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

  • If derivatives aren't allowed, then it can't be hosted here. You could imaginably post a modified version, with the sound removed, if nothing else has that issue. - Jmabel ! talk 23:08, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
Also, the positive ways to allow host a poster, a video cover thumbnail, and any frame screenshots are under CC BY-SA 4.0 license, but soundtracks aren't, right?  HarvettFox  96   08:00, 20 June 2017 (UTC)
But I missed one last thing, all sound effects (SFX) by attributors from Freesound, are under entire libre/free CC licenses with CC BY and CC0. See a blog post on Morevna Project for more details.  HarvettFox  96   12:23, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Copyright help regarding File:I am Jane Doe Poster.jpgEdit

I'm an intern at 50 Eggs Films, who made "I am Jane Doe" and I uploaded the Release Poster for the new Wikipedia page "I am Jane Doe." Though we don't waive our copyright and/or ownership of this image (I'm not 100% sure about the legal side of it), I have gotten permission from my boss to let this picture be used in the "I am Jane Doe" Wikipedia article. Is there a form I need to fill out or are we all set?

Robbie Warming Intern 50 Eggs Films

--Rwarming21 (talk) 19:22, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Unfortunately this file will be deleted as Commons only accepts works under a free license. Ruslik (talk) 20:06, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
OK-I made a reduced copy of this, uploaded it to en:WP and replaced the file in the I am Jane Doe article there. This one can be deleted, since the new file has a non-free license there. We hope (talk) 20:30, 21 June 2017 (UTC)


I'm trying to overwrite my file at and I don't see how. What do I do? O18 (talk) 02:13, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Near the bottom of the file page should be a link "Upload a new version of this file". - Jmabel ! talk 14:46, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
I don't see it. Also, my browser could not find the word "new" on the page. I looked in the archive and around the site and didn't find anything helpful about this. This is frustrating. O18 (talk) 02:47, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
No idea why you'd be lacking that, but you can just use Special:Upload to upload a new (overwriting) file to the same name (File:USDebt.png). Make sure that instead of an Information template you fill in a comment on your overwrite. - Jmabel ! talk 04:16, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
I guess as a new user O18 isn't allowed to overwrite other people's files. --Magnus (talk) 05:17, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
You don't see it because your account is too new. See Commons:FAQ#How can I upload a new version of a file? LX (talk, contribs) 09:10, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
How can i be new when it is my image? I've been editing Wikipedia since 2004, and didn't specifically open an account here (that I was aware of). O18 (talk) 13:50, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
Your Commons account was attached to your SUL account just yesterday (Special:CentralAuth/O18) whilst your image has been transferred to Commons by another user who is now (technically) the creator. Just wait another 3 days and you can see the "Upload a new version of this file" link. --Magnus (talk) 14:17, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

wiiki love earthEdit

dear sir i just noticed there are top 3 photos only regarding pakistan shortlisted photos for wiki loves earth 2017...why is that? plz respond .. thanx and reagrds — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs)

You should ask User:Saqib why he created the Category:Shortlisted Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2017 in Pakistan and added those three pictures. --Magnus (talk) 14:53, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Quett Masire.Edit

Hello there.

I do not know whether this is the correct platform for this kind of query, but I hope you will give it the attention it deserves.

Kindly note that my former President Sir. Quett Ketumile Masire of the Republic of Botswana passed on last night (23rd June 2017). May his soul rest in peace. In honoring his wonderful memory I decided to visit his Wikipedia page and I have to say that I was not pleased to see what I saw. Particularly this picture which is clearly not his. This did not help my grief at all. I'm disappointed, please kindly remove and replace this image with a proper one. Our local newsgroups here can be of great help in this regard. I do not want to start arguing over the contents of his Wikipedia entry, but I'm willing to take you to task with regards to this particular picture.

I do not wish to start a riot over this, but I'm saving this message so as to keep sending it to you until you do right by this Great Son of African Soil.

Thank you very much in advance.

Mr. Amantle L. Moeng. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 07:48, 23 June 2017‎ (UTC)

Looking at Category:Quett Masire, we have two photos taken at the same occasion where two different subjects are both identified as Quett Masire: File:Quett Masire DF-SC-85-12044.JPEG and File:Quett Masire DF-SC-85-12045.JPEG. The second one seems to be a misidentification on behalf of the US DoD curators, which also affects File:Quett Masire 1984-05-19.jpg. If the second subject could be identified, we can rename and correct the description. LX (talk, contribs) 09:40, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

How to modify EXIF once uploadedEdit

Dear All,

How could I modify or remove EXIF once uploaded files.

Edit/remove EXIF locally and upload over the existing file. If you want to hide the EXIF information of the original upload you have to ask an administrator to delete the old version. --Magnus (talk) 09:24, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

Goat breedEdit

Hi everyone! I'd like to upload a photo of a Greek goat breed, found in the Greek Ministry of Agriculture website but there's no statement about the copyrights. What should I do? Thanks in advance. -GeoTrou (talk) 15:54, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Nowadays, under the Berne Convention, virtually everything is copyrighted by default, so if there is no statement you generally have to assume that it is "all rights reserved." While Greek law exempts laws, decrees, administrative decisions and circulars, proceedings and decisions of courts of justice etc. from copyright, photos do not appear to fall under that exemption even if they are produced by the government. So I'm afraid that image would not be suitable for Commons. - Jmabel ! talk 19:56, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
    • OK thanks a lot! -GeoTrou (talk) 00:06, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Авторское правоEdit

Я загружаю изображения своих авторских произведений на Викисклад, но получаю уведомление "File:Голубенков 1.jpg has been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether it should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry."

Как мне решить эту проблему? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Кирилл Голубенков (talk • contribs)

Yes check.svg Resolved
I think that this question was replied to adequately based on the supplied information. If you have anything to add or a follow-up question please feel free to replace this box with your comment. This section will be archived after four days. LX (talk, contribs) 12:15, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Categories with only one fileEdit

Hi. I had a discussion with an administrator regarding categories containing only one file. If there is a notable topic (Wikidata item and Wikipedia article) but there is only one relevant file on Commons, do Commons policies allow to create a category for this topic? Thanks — NickK (talk) 22:54, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Absolutely. Also OK if the category is part of a series (e.g. we can have City-by-year categories where we only have one image for a particular city in a particular year). But other than the circumstance you describe and the "part of a series" case, I can't offhand think of another case where a single file deserves a category; can anyone think of others? - Jmabel ! talk 22:59, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
    My specific case was related to geographical categories: things like creating categories for villages of a given region or railway stations of a given line, with most having more than one file but some happening to have just one — NickK (talk) 23:30, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
    When I did some cleanup work around Category:Stockholm, I made sure there was one category for every borough and one for every district. Because it's it's a well-defined set of entities, and it's obvious that we will eventually have content for every part of the city, I even created categories for a small number of districts with zero files, e.g. Category:Lunda and Category:Nälsta. As expected, they're populated today.
    Categories relating to people are also often very useful even if there's only a single file, for example to allow categorization into Category:People by name. LX (talk, contribs) 08:56, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
    LX: Your examples contain subcategories, and NickK means with category for only one image without any categories.--Anatoliy (talk) 23:01, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
    Those subcategories were created some three years later. LX (talk, contribs) 23:17, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Uploaded new version of image does not displayEdit

I edited a copy of an image today and tried replacing the image. The upload seems to have been successful, however, the new version is not displaying. I did it again, and now it shows two versions in the version listing. But, if I try and revert to the correct one (based on the thumbnail) it won't let me do so.

Here's the page:

The correct one shows the United States in a green color.

--Robertjm (talk) 23:30, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

First a side remark: Please, go in the MediaViewer view on “More details” for the right link, or even simplier, if you know this, write it your own: File:Tour de France winners.png (note the colon before File in wiki source)
This was a caching issue. Next time follow this instruction straight after uploading (translated into several languages):

Please purge your browser’s cache . (You only need to do it once.)

Internet Explorer: press Ctrl+F5, Firefox: hold down Shift while clicking Reload (or press Ctrl+ Shift+R), Opera/Konqueror: press F5, Safari: hold down Shift+alt while clicking Reload, Chrome: hold down Shift while clicking Reload

Unfortunately sometimes even this does not work, because there may be internal issues, when you get your content from a Wikimedia mirror. This happened to me rarely, but more than once: As European I usually get the contents from the European mirror in Amsterdam, but uploads are always taken on the main server somewhere in the USA. — Speravir – 23:50, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
PS: For the last section confer meta:Wikimedia servers and wikitech:Clusters. — Speravir – 23:58, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

tif thumbnail brokenEdit

File:The Italian Carabinieri Department for the Protection of Cultural Heritage -TPC supports international police cooperation via INTERPOL and UNESCO to stop the illicit trafficking of cultural property.tif


Could someone tell me why this thumbnail is broken? We want to use the image for an online exhibition so having it working would be very very helpful.


--John Cummings (talk) 09:46, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

I purged the cache, and it seems to be working now. LX (talk, contribs) 09:52, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
It doesn’t work for me either, so purging did not help. I assume it’s because of some weird embedded colour profile, because I downloaded the file and opened it locally only to notice, that I could not open it in GIMP, the error message tells me, that the image is in 16 Bit colour depth, but GIMP is only able to open 8 Bit. GIMP wants to convert, but fails, because there is no RGBA loader. In IrfanView I got a negative colour image, but after conversion it looked still quite strange. But I could this open in GIMP and apply some automatic fixes. Now the file looks better, though not perfect, size is about 10 MB, cf. [ Image: the_italian_carabinienou2w.jpg -] (the image will be removed eventually, so the link will be dead then done). Should I upload this? Note, my initial intention was to use the template {{LargeTIFF}}, with which by default you point to a JPEG file with the same name. And, John, apart from all this you seem to have given the wrong source link. — Speravir – 03:08, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
I've corrected the source. I think the main problem with the file is the CMYK colorspace. Running it through ImageMagick's convert with -colorspace sRGB seems to produce a much more manageable image. Unfortunately, I can't upload it as a new version, because it is 151.2 MB and the maximum file size of Special:Upload is 100 MB. LX (talk, contribs) 08:05, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks all, I fixed the colour profile and uploaded a low res version, if anyone knows how to upload files more that 100mb please let me know. --John Cummings (talk) 09:16, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
You should be able to upload larger files with this tool. --Magnus (talk) 09:28, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
Yes, what Magnus writes. The tool was intenionally created for large files. But perhaps also the legacy upload form works, try it in Special:Upload. On the other hand, according to Commons:Chunked uploads the uploadWizard should be able to upload files up to 4 GB. Note – save this link: Help:Chunked upload. — Speravir – 17:39, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Downloading a photo from a twitter accountEdit

Can a profile photo from someone's public twitter be downloaded and used in Wikimedia Commons without first getting permission from the twitter user?Cllgbksr (talk) 18:16, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

No. --Magnus (talk) 18:55, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
If I get permission in the form of a return tweet from the twitter user - is that sufficient permission? Cllgbksr (talk) 18:58, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
How do you know that the user is the author of the photo? Ruslik (talk) 20:18, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
Only if the permission comes from the right person and identifies a specific free license. A permission to upload the file to Commons is not sufficient. The only one who can issue a valid license is the copyright holder. That's normally the photographer rather than the subject of a photograph. So unless the profile photo is a selfie, you should try to get the photographer to send in a licensing permission via e-mail instead. LX (talk, contribs) 20:21, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
I believe the profile photo is a selfie. I've seen journalists ask twitter users to direct message them so they can get permission to use their photo. So if it's a selfie and I get a DM msg with their permission - will that suffice? Cllgbksr (talk) 21:17, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
The issue is mainly to have clarity that they grant a specific license. It would probably suffice if they publicly tweet to the effect that (1) their profile picture is a selfie and (2) they are allowing their profile picture to be used under a specific named license (such as CC-BY SA). I don't see how anything short of that would be equivalent to the COM:OTRS process. - Jmabel ! talk 00:05, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
I would add that the specific license should also include a version number (CC-by-sa 4.0, for example) and that the message must be public so that others can verify it. (Private direct messages won't be useful.) LX (talk, contribs) 07:12, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Wiki loves Earth photo contestEdit

Hello, I saw the contest about Wiki Loves Earth Photo Contest. I want to upload my photo but I am not getting the option of uploading a picture. So, I want to know that how I can upload my picture? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:204:4318:2174::638:a8a5 (talk • contribs)

  • I see you were not logged in when you left this message. My guess is that you also were not logged in when you tried to upload a photo. You need to be logged in to upload.
  • Anything beyond that would be better asked at Commons talk:Wiki Loves Earth 2017. - Jmabel ! talk 06:44, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Upload Logo/heraldic crestEdit

How can I upload a heraldic crest when I have the permission by the board? thx! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bendit (talk • contribs) 14:49, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Not sure what you mean by "permission by the board," but:
    • The blazon itself is typically not copyrightable.
    • For a particular rendering of a coat of arms, the copyright would originate with the artist who rendered the blazon, and could only be reassigned in the manner normal for transferring copyright in the particular country (usually limited to a written transfer of rights).
    • Presuming from your question that the "crest" is not yet in the public domain, and presuming that you are not the copyright-holder (the most likely way you would be the copyright-holder is if you are the artist who rendered the blazon), we need an explicit license from the copyright-holder. That cannot be just a vague "permission to use," it should be a specific license like CC-BY-SA 4.0. That license can be provided in either of two ways:
      • The copyright-holder can indicate the license on what is verifiably their own web site.
      • The copyright-holder can send an email as described at COM:OTRS.
  • Hope that helps. - Jmabel ! talk 16:48, 25 June 2017 (UTC)