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You deleted File:Brett Sullivan.jpg, as a copyright violation.

There is a version, apparently properly licensed file, with the same name, on I was going to port it to the commons -- that is how I found commons once had a file of that name.

Could you compare the image with the image you deleted, and confirm or refute whether they are the same?

Thanks! Geo Swan (talk) 04:13, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Geo Swan They are different photos. The deleted Commons image was taken from copyrighted website(s).  JGHowes  talk 14:07, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the quick reply! Geo Swan (talk) 15:25, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Keven_McDonald photo This is MY PHOTO!Edit

Hello Mr. Howes,

My name is Keven McDonald and I am the subject, but not the creator, of the page in question. Over the last several days I've been trying to improve the page by removing the inaccuracies, misspellings and incorrect historical information. I've also included some additional information about my accomplishments that were omitted by the original author. Yesterday I finally got the page to the point where that phase of my life is accurately portrayed. Finally, I dug up an old photo taken of me years ago by a relative, took a picture of it on my phone and uploaded it to my page. The page looked great! I noticed today that the picture was removed by you. Since you nor anyone else gave me specific reason I must ask you why? Please be specific. I understand the need for the "Wiki police" to maintain the integrity of Wikipedia. I get it. But where were these people when the creator of the site misrepresented so many aspects of my life? Where were the "police" then? By contrast, all I did was put my own photo on a page about me and you deleted it without a specific reason.

Please allow me to put my picture on my page. If I missed a procedural step when I uploaded the picture please let me know. Also, if you need me to give you some identification to prove I am Keven McDonald I'll be happy to do it. Otherwise, please put my picture back. This is absurd.

Keven McDonald (12:13, 16 June 2019)

  Because the Wikimedia Foundation strongly respects creators' copyrights,‎ File:Keven McDonald Basketball Action Photo.jpg was deleted as a Copyright violation. Under United States copyright law, the copyright holder of a photograph is normally the person who took the photograph, rather than a person who appears in a photograph, unless the copyright is transferred by operation of law or written contract.‎
In order for us to accept this photo, can you please have the photographer email the following free license permission to, referencing the deleted filename:
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0

I hereby affirm that I, _______________, represent Penn Athletics, the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of the media work Keven McDonald Basketball Action Photo.jpg.

I agree to publish the above-mentioned work under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work, even in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that the copyright holder always retains ownership of the copyright as well as the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by the copyright holder.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

(appointed representative)
Once we receive it, we will undelete the photo and restore it to the Wikipedia article. Thanks for your understanding! —  JGHowes  talk 17:02, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Mr. Howes,
I just completed the "undelete" process and will explain to you what I explained in that process. This photo was taken by a relative of mine, my Uncle Jimmy, more than 40 years ago. At some point during my playing days at Penn I needed a photo for various basketball related events. I let Penn use the photo for these events. Over the years this photo has been used countless times by people and entities that I know and countless who I don't know. Neither I nor my Uncle Jimmy (long dead now) ever objected to the use of my photo, particularly when there was no commercial intent behind the use of the picture.This is the first and only time I've had a problem using my own picture, taken by and given to me by my Uncle. My uncle died in 2006 so he obviously can't fill out the form above. However, since he gave me the picture it BELONGS TO ME. As such, there is no copyright infringement. I give you, Wikipedia, Commons and whoever else full rights and permissions and relieve you of any legal obligations. All I want is my damn picture on a page about me...a picture that is directly relevant to the subject matter of the page, basketball!! With respect, I've spent more time explaining this picture today than I've spent in the last 40 plus years! As I mentioned in my last communication, I understand you have a job to do. But this is my picture. It belongs to ME. I don't care that it's all over the internet. I don't care that others have used it. I have never had a problem with that. The irony here is that countless others have used this picture for one reason or another with my permission. Yet now I want to use my own picture on my wiki page and I'm denied.
Please undelete MY picture and place it in the upper left corner of the page with the same caption I created. No one but myself can raise a copyright issue and I promise I won't! I've already spent more time with this than it warrants.
Thank you, please put my picture back.
For the record, below is the completed form above:
I hereby affirm that I, Keven McDonald, am the creator and/or sole owner of the exclusive copyright of the media work attached to this eMail.
I agree to publish the above-mentioned work under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work, even in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.
I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.
I am aware that the copyright holder always retains ownership of the copyright as well as the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen. Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by the copyright holder.
I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.
Signature:s/Keven McDonald
Date: June 16, 2019
Thank you.

To keep the discussion in one place, I've responded at Undeletion Requests.  JGHowes  talk 19:34, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Mr. Howes,

I've just finished speaking with an official in the Penn Athletic Department. She sees no immediate problem with Penn allowing me to use my photo. My question is whether I need to send them the form above or is there some other form that is more appropriate since permission is coming from a department rather than an individual. I ask this question in an effort to avoid any more unnecessary delay in this matter. Please confirm that the instructions above are what I need to send Penn or if they need to be modified for a department. I've told them they need to respond on official Athletic Dept. email letterhead. Any other required instructions for the department, if necessary, would be helpful here. I await your reply.

Thank you,

Keven McDonald

  Keven, the answer depends on whether: (a) Penn claims copyright ownership; or (b) your late uncle was the copyright owner at the time of his death and Penn does not claim to be the copyright holder. If it's (a), then yes, Penn needs to email us their signed Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license highlighted above in blue, signed by a Penn official as authorized agent for the University. If (b), on the other hand, a simple email from Penn to that effect will suffice.
In either case, the email should be on official letterhead sent to — this is our confidential email system (called "OTRS") to which only a few volunteers such as myself have access.
I realize this may all be very frustrating, but copyright of photos has detailed laws we must follow.
Hope this helps,  JGHowes  talk 15:56, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Mr. Howes,
I appreciate the prompt reply. My only concern is that the form speaks in the first person. Obviously the Penn Athletic Dept. is not an individual so I ask again, does the form need to be modified in any way to reflect that? If not, I'll send it as is. If so, please instruct me on the proper modifications, if any.
Thank you,
2601:8C:4500:6537:1891:BC97:AAD7:3F69 16:19, 17 June 2019 (UTC)Keven McDonald
See modified release form, above.  JGHowes  talk 16:46, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
  Done   ticket #2019062110007891 received from Penn Athletics and photo restored.  JGHowes  talk 00:52, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

Burgum and Sanford pixEdit

Can you delete File:Doug Burgum official photo.jpg and File:Brent Sanford official photo.jpg? I had uploaded them after the communications director had emailed me back saying he had sent the permission emails to OTRS. Your pix have metadata, so its worth keeping. Thanks, Corky 22:23, 27 June 2019 (UTC)

Corkythehornetfan   Done  JGHowes  talk 22:37, 27 June 2019 (UTC)

File:Domenico Grasso.jpgEdit

Hello, my contact for this upload is ascertaining if there is anything they need to do? Usually it would have been confirmed by now, I was just wondering if maybe the person who sent the email needs to confirm with you guys or if it just hasn't been processed yet? They're getting anxious lol Thanks in advance, Corky 21:10, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

  Hello Corkythehornetfan, OTRS ticket #2019071110008003 ‎is being handled by ww2censor‎.  JGHowes  talk 21:47, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
  Done It's been verified with an OTRS ticket number by the photographer mentioned in the metadata. Ww2censor (talk) 22:28, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Awesome, thanks a bunch Ww2censor! Corky 22:54, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

File:Notlandung Afghanistan.jpegEdit

Hi there, did you get any information when and where in Afghanistan this photo was taken? De728631 (talk) 22:16, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

  Sehr geehrter De728631, gute Fragen. Ich habe ihm eine E-Mail über OTRS geschickt, um es herauszufinden. —  JGHowes  talk 22:35, 24 July 2019 (UTC)
Ok, vielen Dank. Dieses lizensierte Foto ist ja schon ein tolles Geschenk für Commons, aber ein paar Details zu der Szene wären noch besser. Mal abwarten, was Mr. Wood schreibt. De728631 (talk) 22:44, 24 July 2019 (UTC)
De728631, Ich habe weitere Informationen zu File:Notlandung Afghanistan.jpeg hinzugefügt. Das Interview in Afghanistan Ende September 2001 mit Said Nurrulah Immam, Vizepräsident der Islamischen Bewegung Afghanistans, vor dem Militärhubschrauber der Nordallianz, der gerade in einem Sandsturm gelandet war.  JGHowes  talk 14:27, 25 July 2019 (UTC)
Großartig! Vielen Dank für Deine Arbeit. De728631 (talk) 14:32, 28 July 2019 (UTC)



You are mentioned as the contact concerning this image. I uploaded it on wikimedia commons. It was provided to me by the subject in the image, Mr. Caslen, and I forwarded his permission by email. Because that was not sufficient, Mr. Caslen in the meantime sent a release email. We hope it now abides by wiki guidelines. Thank you.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by MathieuDeflem (talk • contribs) 12:41 July 27, 2019 (UTC)
  As you were informed by User:Secondarywaltz, only the copyright holder can license a photo for Wikimedia Commons. Under the copyright law of most countries, the copyright of a photograph actually belongs to the photographer, not a person appearing in the photo, unless transferred by contract or terms of employment. Thus, the permission for this photo must come from the photographer, not Gen. Caslen, and he has been so informed. (ref: OTRS ticket #2019072710000197)  JGHowes  talk 18:39, 27 July 2019 (UTC)
  Done License now received from the actual copyright owner and noted on this file.  JGHowes  talk 00:45, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

File:Gisela Marziotta.pngEdit

Hi, sorry to bother you, I'd like to know what happened to this file that you deleted. I think it was deleted by mistake. The file I uploaded was a screenshot properly licensed in YouTube under a CC license. —Frodar (talk) 05:56, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

  Frodar, I'll be happy to take another look at it. License Review didn't confirm that it has a free license acceptable at Wikimedia Commons. Some CC licenses are unacceptable, such as cc-by-nc-3.0 and others that have restrictive "nc" (Noncommercial) and "nd" (No Derivatives) licenses.‎ We only accept "sa" (Share Alike) ones that allow commercial and derivative uses. Kindly point out where this YouTube video explicitly state it is released under a cc-by-sa-3.0 license?  JGHowes  talk 12:36, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
This is the video. Is licensed under the Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. Yes, there's no "SA", because YouTube doesn't offer to mark their videos as "SA", the CC license YouTube offers it's even less restrictive than a Share Alike, it is a Just Attribution license. Also, Commons:YouTube files says nothing about requiring a Share Alike license, and it's comparable to the Flickr CC-BY marked files, that are OK here in Commons.—Frodar (talk) 16:58, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
  Done  JGHowes  talk 17:14, 10 August 2019 (UTC)


File:Pacifica HS logo.pngEdit

File:Pacifica HS logo.png 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.

If you created this file, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for deletion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it, such as a copyright issue.

Please remember to respond to and – if appropriate – contradict the arguments supporting deletion. Arguments which focus on the nominator will not affect the result of the nomination. Thank you!

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John from Idegon (talk) 23:37, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Restore File:Indradhanu Founders.jpgEdit

Sir, The File File:Indradhanu Founders.jpg depicts the founders of the club I work for. By the time I joined Indradhanu the founders were long retired and their status is unknown, so is the person who took the picture. As the part of the team who manages the Club's online presence I request you to undelete the file or kindly tell me what I need to do to restore the file.Aadarshashutosh (talk) 16:35, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

  I am sorry, Aadarshashutosh, but Wikimedia Commons strictly observes copyright law, as a repository of free images available for anyone to use worldwide, including commercial uses. We only accept images already in the Public Domain or expressly licensed by the copyright owner. Under US law, the copyright owner is generally the photographer who took the picture. The only exception would be a photo taken by an employee as "work for hire" where the copyright owner is the employer. So if the photographer is unknown, we can't accept it until copyright expires 95 years after first published. You could make an undeletion request with your reason(s), but I doubt it would be successful.  JGHowes  talk 19:36, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

File:Sede scacchi Robecchetto.jpgEdit

Hello! I removed the message you left on user Llorenzi talk on (he passed away last year). If there's something to do, I can deal with it - although I don't understand what this has to do with him, since the file's uploader is another user; am I missing something? Thank you, -- Syrio posso aiutare? 11:37, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

  Very sorry, Syrio, to learn of his passing. As I don't speak Italian, I mistakenly thought he was a sysop. I've now contacted a confirmed sysop on the Italian Wikipedia about deleting that file. Mie scuse!  JGHowes  talk 14:37, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
Don't worry, no harm done! Bye and thanks! -- Syrio posso aiutare? 16:35, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

please undeleteEdit

Dear JGHowes,

Can you please undelete picture File:Koen Vermeir (GYA Co-Chair).jpg Reason for deletion: (Copyright violation; see Commons:Licensing (F1): not "own work", Copyright 2019 Future Africa) Future Africa has now sent an email to clarifying that I am the sole author of the picture and have the right to share it under Creative Commons license.

Thank you

Koen Vermeir

— Preceding unsigned comment added by KoenVermeir (talk • contribs) 21:47, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
  Dear Mr. Vermeir, The photo was deleted as a possible copyright violation because: (1) it has previously appeared elsewhere on copyrighted websites; and (2) under US and EU copyright law, a photograph's copyright is owned by the photographer, not a person depicted in the photo (unless transferred by contract or done by an employee as a "work for hire").
I can confirm that we have received correspondence concerning this file's copyright at
  ticket #2019082610007663. Another OTRS agent, JJMC89, is handling it and the file will be undeleted once the copyright ownership is established and permission is received. You may reach OTRS agent JJMC89 by email at, referencing [ticket #2019082610007663] in the email "Subject:" line, or at User talk:JJMC89.  JGHowes  talk 22:43, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
Feel free to handle the ticket. I only closed it since the initial message was just a CC to us. — JJMC89(T·C) 00:56, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
OK  JGHowes  talk 12:15, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
  Done as File:Koen Vermeir.jpg

Deletion of imagesEdit

Hi, JGHowes. Regarding your deletion of uploaded images "File:I3 fighter.png" and "File:I3 fighter engagement.png". May I ask you to undo it? My images are from this PDF on the official website of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the use is permitted under a license compatible with CC BY 4.0. Which is stated (in Japanese) on their copyright policy page in the site. And use on Wikipedia is particularly assumed. Here is an abridged translation: "防衛省・自衛隊ホームページで公開している情報(以下「コンテンツ」といいます。)は、どなたでも以下の(1)~(7)に従って、複製、公衆送信、翻訳・変形等の翻案等、自由に利用できます。商用利用も可能です。: Everyone is permitted to use contents on the MoD and JSDF websites for reproduction, public transmission, translation, and other purposes, under the following seven rules on use. Commercial use is also permitted." "本利用ルールは、クリエイティブ・コモンズ・ライセンスの表示4.0国際(に規定される著作権利用許諾条件。以下「CC BY」といいます。)と互換性があり、本利用ルールが適用されるコンテンツはCC BYに従うことでも利用することができます。: These rules are compatible with the Creative Common license 4.0, and you can also use these contents by conforming to CC BY."

I selected CC BY 4.0; and I think my use is legal. Thank you. --Ppprobe (talk) 19:04, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

  Thank you for pointing out that content published on the Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Forces website is free, including derivatives and commercial use. We have a special license for that: {{GJSTU1}}. Images restored.
防衛省および自衛隊のウェブサイトで公開されているコンテンツは、派生物や商用利用を含めて無料であることを指摘していただきありがとうございます。そのための特別なライセンスがあります:{{GJSTU1}} 画像を復元しました  JGHowes  talk 20:55, 7 September 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. --Ppprobe (talk) 01:09, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

File:Neville chamberlain1921.jpgEdit

Hi! Thanks for closing the deletion request for this file. Just wanted to let you know that this image already exists at Wikipedia under the filename File:Neville Chamberlain by Walter Stoneman.jpg. AlbanGeller (talk) 20:18, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

  AlbanGeller, Thanks for letting me know!  JGHowes  talk 22:05, 9 September 2019 (UTC)


Can you please review this image. It has an important use on Wikipedia. Regards, Vaibhavafro(Talk!) 11:22, 13 September 2019 (UTC)


Also, can you please tell whether my uploads need a second license review. If you can't understand what I mean, see this image.--VaibhavafroTalk 11:37, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

If yes, then can you please do that review of my uploads. Sorry for bothering you too much.--VaibhavafroTalk 11:39, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
  Vaibhavafro, A second review is not needed, as long as the first review is performed by an admin such as myself or an authorized License Reviewer (see list). Yours are OK.  JGHowes  talk 12:23, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks to you!!-VaibhavafroTalk 19:51, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

@JGHowes: The source of that upload which you just reviewed has the full image; the watermark you saw was external, not on the image itself. Just right click on the image and choose “save as” option and the full image will be downloaded.

However, if you want, [this] is the original source of the image, officially tweeted by Indian Defence minister.—VaibhavafroTalk 20:15, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Even though I couldn’t resist mentioning you this, I WOULD LIKE TO STICK TO THE CURRENT ALL INDIA RADIO SOURCE since that is hosted in an official NIC domain, unlike twitter. Thanks to you again for guiding me.-VaibhavafroTalk 20:58, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

  Comment: Don’t waste your time reading my comments above. Just see the images’ source once again. I have made a modification. Tell whether it’s fine or not.—VaibhavafroTalk 02:38, 14 September 2019 (UTC)


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