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JuTa 04:58, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

Autopatrol givenEdit

Hello. I just wanted to let you know that I have granted autopatrol rights to your account; the reason for this is that I believe you are sufficiently trustworthy and experienced to have your contributions automatically sighted. This has no effect on your editing, it is simply intended to help users watching Recent changes or Recent uploads to find unproductive edits amidst the productive ones like yours. In addition, you can now share images from Flickr using the UploadWizard, batch-upload up to 500 files with UploadWizard instead of 50 and upload freely licensed audio files in the MP3 format. Thank you. Zhuyifei1999 (talk) 01:56, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Cheers, Zhuyifei1999! JSutherland (WMF) (talk) 01:57, 29 March 2016 (UTC)


Hello! I just have a (few) questions that I was hopining you could answer. Do you know how many DMCA requesst the WMF receives for Commons-images, but which are rejected by the WMF legal team? Wouldit be possible to forward these rejected DMCAs to the community (OTRS) or similar for a community review of these as well, but in accordance with e.g. the Commons:Precautionary principle instead of the legal definitions on how a DMCA must be formatted etc.? Thankful for your time answering this :) --Jonatan Svensson Glad (talk) 21:22, 29 September 2017 (UTC)

Hi Josve05a - thanks for the question :) The Support and Safety team doesn't actually get to see DMCA takedown notices that our Legal team rejects. That said (though you're probably aware, so sorry if I am repeating things), there is some information on takedown statistics in the Wikimedia Foundation Transparency Report. Hope that helps. I can talk to Legal about this if you'd like. Joe Sutherland (WMF) (talk) 15:41, 2 October 2017 (UTC)
Sorry for my tardiness. Thanks for your response. As an active administrator and an OTRS agent, it would be beneficial to see declined DMCA notices as well. Yes, I’ve seen these reports however they are very broad and do not link to specific files which may be violations, but not conform to DMCA standards. I am fully aware of that you guys don’t deal with these emails, however if you could forward my query to the legal team that would be lovely. --Jonatan Svensson Glad (talk) 15:23, 25 December 2017 (UTC)
Hi Josve05a, Joe flagged this one to me. We already share some DMCAs with the Lumen database (search Wikimedia Foundation at We've been working on also making sure that all the invalid/declined/poorly labeled DMCAs are still classified as DMCAs and wind up on Lumen, where they can be searched by any member of the public. It does require a bit of tool work on our end though to make sure they're all there, and we already report on the total numbers via the transparency report, so this has been something of a low-priority project. That's probably not the answer you want, but we will get to it eventually. I would also note that with a lot of DMCAs, I don't think the precautionary principle makes much sense. In many cases, bad DMCAs are bad because 1) you can't figure out what the person is even talking about, 2) somebody claims to own a thing without any evidence whatsoever and it's pretty obvious they're lying, or 3) it's quite clear from analysis that it's legal to host the work. There are a few DMCAs a year where it might be a close call and one could reasonably argue that the community removing a picture even though the law doesn't clearly require it is the best outcome, but I think that's often quite rare. Also, in cases like that where it's close, we'll often point the requester to the community anyway because we think they've got a reasonable argument where volunteers might be willing to help. -Jrogers (WMF) (talk) 01:27, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

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Source of derivative work is not properly indicated: File:In the news round up lead montage for July 7th.jpgEdit

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BevinKacon (talk) 17:20, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

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Finnusertop (talk) 01:42, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

It died againEdit

Commons:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive 75#Reviving thread "T&S concern"

We need information. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 10:54, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

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