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"Non-copyright" bookEdit

Can I upload this book? The book is "Non-Copyright". Regards, -Nimit (talk) 07:20, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

I would say no. The file description at has a "Public Domain Mark", which just means that someone believes it's in the public domain, but that doesn't seem to hold up to scrutiny. The public domain claim seems to be based on the statement on page (iv), which reads "Non-Copyright. This work may be reproduced, translated and published in any language without any special permission provided that it is true to the original and that a mention is made of the source." If the author wants to impose requirements like remaining true to the original (essentially prohibiting derivative versions other than faithful translations, a requirement that is incompatible with Commons' licensing requirements) and mentioning the source, the only thing that makes those requirements enforceable is copyright, so the intent is clearly not to waive the copyright. LX (talk, contribs) 21:36, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Frage zu "gemeinfrei" bei Bild aus AusstellungskatalogEdit


ich möchte gerne eine von mir heute eingescannte Bleistiftzeichnung (Porträt) aus einem Ausstellungskatalog der Nationalgalerie Berlin hochladen und sie dann in meinem Biografie-Artikel verwenden. Der Katalog ist im Jahr 1981 als Buch mit dem Titel "Preussische Bildnisse des 19. Jahrhunderts - Zeichnungen von Wilhelm Hensel" erschienen (ISBN 3-88609-059-0). Die in dem Katalog abgebildeten Zeichnungen entstanden alle im 19. Jahrhundert, die von mir eingescannte Zeichnung konkret aus dem Jahr 1830. Der Künstler Wilhelm Hensel starb im Jahr 1861.

1. Frage: Sind die Zeichnungen nun gemeinfrei, weil der Künstler schon so lange tot ist, oder gilt jetzt ein neues Copyright für den Herausgeber des Ausstellungskatalogs?
2. Frage: Mit welchem Lizenzbaustein muss ich die Datei versehen?

Dankeschön für Deine Hilfe! --Maimaid (talk) 13:30, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Hat sich erledigt!!! Ich habe eine ähnliche Datei gefunden und alles nach dem selben Schema eingegeben. --Maimaid (talk) 21:12, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Uploading new version problemEdit

I tried uploading a new version of this file from here [1], but it seems like the image now is just a bit bigger version of the previous file, which is worse quality than the one I tried to upload. What went wrong? J.K Nakkila (talk) 18:55, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Looks fine to me. Probably just your browser's cache. Shift-reload should take care of it. LX (talk, contribs) 21:22, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
You were right, the problem solved itself. J.K Nakkila (talk) 21:50, 4 February 2016 (UTC)


Hello, I'm beginner and wanted to know how to load an image without it being deleted and also wanted to know how to identify whether or not you can load the image. Thank you Damon Felton (talk) 12:00, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

That's kind of a broad question. A good place to start is Commons:First steps. Commons:Project scope/Summary explains what this project is about and what sort of content you can and cannot upload. Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter has specific examples. Commons:Licensing has the full details of our licensing policy, and most deletions are a result of violations of that. Commons:Criteria for speedy deletion and Commons:Deletion policy has information on other possible reasons for deletions. LX (talk, contribs) 19:01, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Is it okay/legal to upload screenshot of OSEdit

Hi, I wish to upload a screenshot of CyanogenMod to the CyanogenMod Wikipedia page. I do not own CyanogenMod. Is it legal to upload this file, and if so, how should I upload it (what copyright settings do I need to choose)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Calvin Hogg (talk • contribs) 04:05, 07 February 2016 (UTC)

It depends on what is shown on the screen. If there are non-free icons on the screen, it doesn't matter that the underlying operating system is free software, so you need to be able to account for everything that's shown on the screen. File:CM 11 Homescreen on Trebuchet Launcher.png (currently in use on that page) seems to be a pretty good example of how to do this. See Commons:Screenshots for more information. LX (talk, contribs) 09:37, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

Firefox keeps crashing on license selectionEdit

As title. --Peter Kaino Jensen (talk) 07:28, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Photo appears blackEdit

Why my photo appears black? --Vivaelcelta {talk  · contributions} 05:06, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

Please see Help:SVG#Black rectangle (Flowed Text bug). LX (talk, contribs) 12:33, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

i want to upload 2 pictures, one is a full sheet of Iwo Jima Stamps, the other is a First Day Cover envelope.