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Permission arrives today in another ticket. Fixed and merged :) Thanks a lot. --Ganímedes (talk) 17:35, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

File:In Bloom (Neck Deep).pngEdit

Ciao, ti scrivo in merito alla (giusta) cancellazione di File:In Bloom (Neck Deep).png; l'immagine in questione era uno screenshot di video musicale e la licenza in questione che permette il suo utilizzo sarebbe [1], come ho ricavato da [2]. Tuttavia, inserendo il template nella descrizione della licenza d'uso, mi dava un risultato diverso (la segnalazione di possibile violazione). Come posso sistemare il problema? Grazie in anticipo! --DeLo 99 (talk) 16:53, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

  DeLo 99, un video musicale protetto da copyright consentito su Wikipedia italiano, "per l'uso di critiche o discussioni", per scopi non commerciali (chiamato "Fair Use" nella legge degli Stati Uniti), non è consentito su Wikimedia Commons. Tutti i file devono essere gratuiti per uso commerciale. Gli unici video di YouTube che possiamo accettare devono avere la licenza "CC-BY". —  JGHowes  talk 18:24, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
Capito, grazie. Ma quindi si potrebbe caricare su Wikipedia direttamente? Perché cliccando su "Carica" mi reindirizza a Commons. --DeLo 99 (talk) 11:45, 6 May 2020 (UTC)
Lascia stare, ho risolto! Avrei dovuto controllare meglio la pagina... Grazie ancora! --DeLo 99 (talk) 12:16, 6 May 2020 (UTC)

File:Tom & Sissy.jpgEdit

Hello JGHowes:

It appears you have deleted my file File:Tom & Sissy.jpg. As the creator and grantor -- many many years ago-- of free use of such file, I ask that you please explain your criteria for the deletion.

Thank you, fotofixer17 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fotofixer17 (talk • contribs) 12:32, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

  Undeleted as requested for further review and discussion.  JGHowes  talk 12:44, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
This recently undeleted file still has the old DR tag on it; this should be removed. It is supposed to be the subject of further discussion: where is this discussion to take place? Brianjd (talk) 12:58, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
The DR tag still applies, I've re-opened it for further discussion and the link is again live for the DR discussion. It would probably be best for fotofixer17 to send an email to OTRS ( to confirm that fotofixer17 is the photographer and copyright holder, because this is a scene from a copyrighted movie, In the Bedroom. An explanation is needed by what reason fotofixer17 is the copyright holder, instead of the cinematographer Antonio Calvache who shot the scene or the production company, Good Machine, that owns the movie's copyright.  JGHowes  talk 13:09, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
The DR was still closed when I checked earlier, but it’s open now. I have posted a further comment there. Brianjd (talk) 14:38, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

Can you reinstate the photo of me or must I upload again?Edit

Per email thread included here, the Wikimedia permissions form has apparently been filled out by an authorized person at the Information School, University of Washington (for use of the photograph taken of me that you apparently deleted). It is not at all clear to me how to proceed at this point. Must I upload the photo again or can it be reinstated? If I upload then how to connect photo to permissions form?

 William Jones

p.s. I do understand that for those familiar with Wikimedia Commons, the answers to these questions may seem obvious. But it would also seem important to engage a larger audience of contributors who may not (at all) be so well versed in the ins & outs of Wikimedia Commons.

William Jones Research Associate Professor Emeritus The Information School University of Washington

From: Alicia Kelly <> Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:31 AM To: William Jones <> Cc: Carole Palmer <> Subject: RE: formal permission to use an iSchool photo of me on Wikimedia Commons (and in the Wikipedia article on me).

Hello William,

I hope you are well. Somebody from our communications team filled out the form this morning. Let me know if you need any additional information.

Thank you, Alicia

Alicia Kelly | Assistant to the ADR

University of Washington Information School Mary Gates Hall Suite 370

From: William Jones <> Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:53 AM To: Alicia Kelly <> Cc: Carole Palmer <>; Jennifer Phipps <> Subject: RE: formal permission to use an iSchool photo of me on Wikimedia Commons (and in the Wikipedia article on me).

Hi again Alicia, just a follow-on to the message below that I sent last week. Would there be any problem with you (or someone else in an official capacity at the iSchool) taking a few minutes to complete the following on-line form: ? Thanks for your attention to this matter. Wm

p.s. This so that the photo of me might be used in the Wikipedia article (as mentioned below). I think this is a win/win (win) e.g., the photo (taken at the iSchool and used at one point in the montage outside the main entrance to iSchool offices) strengthens the article and the article reflects well on the iSchool.

From: William Jones Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:47 PM To: Alicia Kelly <> Cc: Carole Palmer <>; Jennifer Phipps <> Subject: FW: formal permission to use an iSchool photo of me on Wikimedia Commons (and in the Wikipedia article on me).

Hi Alicia, I’m reaching out to you as Jennifer’s successor and forwarding, as I do so, an exchange I had with Jennifer last fall in preparation for a talk I gave at in the iSchool research symposium at the end of October. (how long ago this seems now…) I wanted to use a photo of me taken at the Information School back in 2009 (I think). (The photo was actually used for many years as part of a montage on display at the entrance to the main offices for the Information School) Although the photo shows a younger me (11 years younger) I thought it would work well in a Wikipedia article about me that others have written ( The photo is nicely evocative of my work on personal information management and the article itself makes it clear that much (most) my work in this area happened while I was at the Information School.

Jennifer checked and affirmed that it was “totally okay” to use the photo (per exchange below). So I posted to Wikimedia Commons ( and referenced in the article. (I as the subject of the article, can’t post content – but can make adds such as this).

All was fine until a few days ago when I received a notice that more formal approval was needed; otherwise the photo was proposed for deletion. I believe all that is needed is for you (or possibly Carole), as representative of the iSchool, to step through the following on-line form: I greatly appreciate your time and trouble to complete the formal release. Please contact me (email or feel free to call, 425 765 5876) if you have any questions. Thank you.  William Jones

William Jones Research Associate Professor Emeritus The Information School University of Washington

From: Jennifer Phipps <> Sent: Monday, July 22, 2019 8:48 AM To: William Jones <> Subject: RE: William Jones talk

Hi William,

Thanks so much for your message. Yes, I checked with the office here and it is totally okay for you to use the photo.

Really appreciate all of your contributions for your fall talk. Your talk will be listed in the alumni guide for 2019-20.

Will be in touch again near the end of summer.


-Jennifer —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:41, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

  Dear Dr. Jones, I can confirm that an email was received yesterday and is now being processed (our ref:   Ticket:2020060210008387). Once it's accepted, we will undelete the photo. No need to upload it a second time. Thanks for your patience. (cc: Nat) —  JGHowes  talk 19:13, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

File:Tom & Sissy.jpgEdit

Hi there.

I uploaded this file and had back-and-forth with Commons Admin many years ago. Am unclear why this has been deemed a copyright violation. This file and angle do not appear anywhere in the motion picture. Nor will you find it anywhere else. That is because I made this picture in the manner previously stated, and I have granted free use of it. I directed the film. My name is on the file. What further proof do you require? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fotofixer17a (talk • contribs) 12:48, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Fotofixer17, Fotofixer17a, as previously stated on your Talk page (have you read it?), you need to do this.  JGHowes  talk 13:01, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Infinite IP blocks?Edit

Hi. Noticed that you have some infinite IP blocks. Was this purposeful or just artefact of actions?  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:59, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

Greetings, billinghurst, those that I indef'd were all block-evading IP's of a single persistent abuser.  JGHowes  talk 02:35, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
I am not querying the application of the blocks, I am just querying IP addresses being blocked infinitely, rather than just for a long and definite term.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:24, 11 August 2020 (UTC)


Hi, admin. Can I import Creative Commons 3.0 images from a WP? (They look like fair use to me...?) Got no idea about these things but seeing that we have a corresponding category, I said to myself: "Try your chance." Can I? --E4024 (talk) 02:40, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

  Do you have a specific example in mind that I could look at? Fair Use is definitely not allowed at Commons, and if the cc-by-sa3.0 licensing appears suspect, especially if it's found elsewhere on the web, it will be Speedy Deleted. —  JGHowes  talk 02:56, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
Can I import any images from any of these pages? --E4024 (talk) 03:00, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
Well, I don't read Indonesian, but as far as Categories go, the only one that I see as plainly unacceptable at Commons is NoDerivatives/NonCommerical. However, each file should be examined on an individual basis to assure that it's properly licensed prior to transferring to Commons.  JGHowes  talk 03:13, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
This one? --E4024 (talk) 03:28, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
Definitely not! The source website states, "© Cur-Cuna.Com. Her Hakkı Saklıdır." There is no evidence of a free license.  JGHowes  talk 03:48, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Hi. Someone has uploaded a politician's tweet or similar social media message at File:Gergerlioğlu.png as well as several of his press and own internet site images (you just deleted one of them). Should this also be deleted? Thx. E4024 (talk) 15:47, 19 October 2020 (UTC)

REQUEST RECOVER File:Phương_Mỹ_Chi_Xinh_Đẹp_ở_Thái_Lan.jpgEdit

Hello, We (Phuong My Chi Entertainment Company Limited) are the owners of the copyright of the photo: File: Phương_Mỹ_Chi_Xinh_Đẹp_ở_Thái_Lan.jpg globally, I ask you to recover the file and do not abuse your permission to delete my file on wikipedia — Preceding unsigned comment added by C7pmc (talk • contribs) 08:31, August 29, 2020 (UTC)

  Files uploaded from elsewhere on the web require written verification that the free license is from the copyright owner. See COM:OTRS for details on how this is done. Without it, your uploads will be deleted, as you have already been informed on your talk page.  JGHowes  talk 13:14, 29 August 2020 (UTC)

File:Kwon Yuri profile photo shoot August 2020.jpgEdit

Hi, the screenshot that was deleted is from a YouTube video and there are many other examples of similar screenshots being used for Wikipedia articles. For example:,, etc. What is different about this one? Solemn Penance (talk) 22:53, 30 August 2020 (UTC)

  I can understand why you might question this. The explanation is that those two YouTube videos have the free {{YouTube CC-BY}} license, which is allowed at Wikimedia Commons. The standard YouTube video license, however, is non-free. So if you want to contribute a screenshot from a YouTube video, you must confirm that the CC-BY license has been specified. If this license is not shown, the standard nonfree license applies. —  JGHowes  talk 23:19, 30 August 2020 (UTC)
I see. I went through videos where the licence should be present and couldn't find it on some, but I also noticed {{Change-of-license}} is present sometimes. So only a picture that has the proper license stated at review is accepted, but that seems highly dependent on how fast the picture is reviewed. Solemn Penance (talk) 00:26, 1 September 2020 (UTC)

Re:Coat of Arms re-designed.Edit

Hello JGHowes, The File:Escudo de Anthony Teuma.svg is already a .SVG version of Anthony Teuma's coat of arms (File:CoA_Anton_Teuma.png) that I made at the request of user Anciao from Italian Wikipedia (Stemma Anthony Teuma), based on the same .png image that was uploaded to Commons by Pandabear01 on August 13, 2020, deleted by Moheen on August 23, 2020 at my request because copyright violation and that you restored yesterday. Cordial greeting and thank for the info. Macucal (talk) 01:15, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

  But the design is not the same. For example, in File:CoA Anton Teuma.png the cross is above the hat, not beneath it:
            compared to File:CoA Anton Teuma.png                  
For this reason, we just received an email today from the Diocese of Gozo submitting this new version File:CoA Anton Teuma.png with a free license, requesting that it replace the old coat of arms imagery on Wikipedia.  JGHowes  talk 01:37, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
OK. Whatever you say. Macucal (talk) 01:29, 20 September 2020 (UTC)

Picture UploadEdit

So how do i go about getting a photo approved for upload? I have been trying to get this photo of Carter Cruise uploaded for her but as you know it kept getting taken down and then i got blocked. Both her and the photographer who took the photo (aka the legal copyright holder) have given me permission which i had provided. What else do i need to do? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Musicoblivion (talk • contribs) 06:30, September 26, 2020‎ (UTC)

Musicoblivion, only the photographer as copyright holder can provide the license Wikimedia Commons requires and they must email it to us directly, not through third parties such as yourself. For details on how this is done, see COM:OTRS. By the way, please sign your posts using four tildes (~~~~). —  JGHowes  talk 12:15, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Undelete: Team-PopUpRainbow2014-in-MaMa.jpgEdit

Hi! Could you please Undelete: File:Team-PopUpRainbow2014-in-MaMa.jpg as I am the author of the image, as well as key protagonist in the photo and it was taken from my website that has CC licence that permits use on Wikimedia Commons. Zblace (talk) 11:40, 14 October 2020 (UTC)

  Done cc-by-sa 3.0 license verified at source website  JGHowes  talk 12:54, 14 October 2020 (UTC)


Berkay Çatak Hello, I took this photo. File:Berkay çatak.png It was deleted without giving a chance to mail. Dicayes (talk) 17:27, 17 October 2020 (UTC)

Because it was previously published on the web at, where there no evidence of a free license, verification is required that you are the copyright holder. See COM:OTRS, "I am the copyright owner but my file has been previously published without a free license on a medium I can't alter", for details on how this is done. Also, kindly advise, for which Wikipedia article is the photo intended? Once we receive verification, the file will be undeleted. Thank you.  JGHowes  talk 18:27, 17 October 2020 (UTC)

about the copyrighted photoEdit

I'm not even a photographer, he put the camera somewhere far on a tripod and asked me if I can press the button to start a video, I pressed when he started playing the guitar, then I took a screenshot of the video and sent it to my phone and I decided to publish it on my own, I didn't even ask, I just wanted to publish it, but cause they're very low-quality screenshots he said he would've not published them and I agreed on that too, and asked if it's possible to remove them. Celebs everywhere (talk) 16:28, 19 October 2020 (UTC)


Can you take a look at File:Milano skyline 02.jpg (nominated for deletion) and see how the issue can be solved?

The photo was uploaded in Wikicommons by some user as a "free to share and remix" file. However this was a copyright infringment. Now the actual author of the photo showed up in the discussion and is arguing that 142 users have used her file without her approval. She (rightly) wants an immediate deletion. However, probably by accident, she didn't go for rapid deletion...instead she opened a normal deletion and, 7 days ago, she said she wanted the file to be immediatly eliminated or she will to start a legal action. She also wants to be informed via e-mail of the deletion. I told her she just needs to eliminate the file via rapid deletion, but this was reverted (i understand you are technically correct). So that's the story. My guess is that she doesn't speak English, so there's a problem in communicating with her. Thank you for reading this.

(User:DMacks, I also wanted to inform you about this.)

Hopefully the normal deletion process comes to an end and the file is eliminated.

Barjimoa (talk) 13:50, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

Convenience links: File:Milano skyline 02.jpg, Commons:Deletion requests/File:Milano skyline 02.jpg. DMacks (talk) 13:53, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
Not sure how I am specifically involved, but I deleted it as COM:PCP due to disputed license (one of many such by the uploader User talk:Conte di Cavour). DMacks (talk) 14:01, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
hi DMacks, good to hear from you! No doubt you became involved because of your renown hereabouts  . I was looking at the uploader's history and was just about to close the XfD as Delete when you beat me to it. Cheers,  JGHowes  talk 14:11, 22 October 2020 (UTC)