User talk:MichaelMaggs

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A favour?Edit

Michael, can you help me? I'm an experience guy on commons but I dont understand OTRS and how to get permission for an image for an image that I'm very proud of and others would like to use of different wikipedia projects. The Women In Red project has been recognised as a finalist for UN award. I have an email that doesnt mention copyright but it does encourage us to publish the award. Can you (or someone who watches your page) give me a quide as to what I need to do? I'm hoping that Wikimedia_UK will use the logo to help us to record our success in getting this far. (The project was started by an American and a Brit.) At the moment we have "fair use"d the image onto en:wiki but we have sister projects on about 9 other wikipedias and several of these have no "fair use" possibility. Thanks for listening - Roger Victuallers (talk) 10:38, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi Roger, congratulations! I'm happy to help in any way I can, though there may be a little delay as I'll be away for a few days from tomorrow. It's a fairly standard problem, I'm afraid, where the copyright holder won't provide a proper licence but approves use 'for Wikipedia only'. As you know, that may work for en.W, where fair use is possible, but for sites such as Commons and de.W the community has resolutely decided not to accept such images. The only possibility in such a case is to pesuade the copyright holder to grant a suitable release. I have a good idea of what's needed, and I'd be happy to look at the email you mention if you'd like to send it to me privately. WMUK's website isn't quite as rigid as Commons, and we might well be able to use it there. Have you discussed with one of the staff? --MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:15, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Michael will do Victuallers (talk) 10:53, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

You've just deleted an image for which I have the rightsEdit

Hi, I'm the singer of Electrocution, the band. I've designed this logo. Please recover the deleted image. Electrocution_logo.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by PazuzuOfEvilSpirits (talk • contribs) 14:33, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi PazuzuOfEvilSpirits, thanks for the message. As I'm sure you'll understand we get quite a lot of images like this that are uploaded by fans rather than by the original designer and copyright holder. Our procedure in such cases is to ask the designer to follow the procedure set out at OTRS, and to send licence confirmation to our special email address permissions-commons [@] We'll need to check identity, so you should send your email from the official email address of the band, or alternatively provide some other evidence of identity such as for example making an agreed change on the band's Facebook page. OTRS volunteers will help you through the process. If everything checks out, the evidence and licence will be recorded and someone will restore the image for you. All the best, --MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:56, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign for User:The PhotographerEdit

Please excuse me spamming you, which concerns Commons User:The Photographer, who has 86 Featured Pictures. His contributions cover the architecture and culture of Brazil and Venezuela. He has basic photographic equipment: an old D300 camera and 35mm lens, and lives in a poor country where photographic equipment is expensive. The Photographer has recently taken several images using the technique where multiple frames are stitched together to create a high-resolution panorama. However, many times frustrated with the stitching errors that result from trying to take such photos without a proper panoramic head for his tripod. This special equipment permits the camera to be rotated around the entrance pupil of the lens, and eliminates such errors. Having a panoramic head would greatly increase the potential for The Photographer to create sharp high-resolution images for Commons. In addition, the purchase of a fisheye lens would enable 180 × 360° panoramas to be taken, which are a great way to explore a scene as though one is really there.

Please see the discussion about the Crowd-funding campaign on User talk:The Photographer#Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign and visit the Generosity Crowd-funding Campaign page to consider donating. Even a modest donation will make a difference if many people contribute. Thanks. -- Colin (talk) 21:23, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Colin Thanks for the note. I have made a contribution. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 11:22, 24 November 2016 (UTC)


Hi Michael. I hope you are well. I was hoping that given your WMUK position, you would have some more traction than I had with regards to this. WMUK's grant proposal at meta:Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round1/Wikimedia_UK/Proposal_form uses banners that were clearly prepared or uploaded by people unfamiliar with our licensing requirements. I tried to ping Jwslubbock, Richard Nevell (WMUK), Richard Symonds (WMUK) about this at User_talk:Jwslubbock#Authorship_claims, but have received no response. In the end, I gave up and fixed one file's attribution to conform to the CC license, but I have been unable to locate the original source of File:WMUK_programme_banner_-_education_and_learning.jpg. It appears to have been taken in the early 1900s in Hungary - but it is unlikely that it was anonymous and may still be under copyright. Could you please take a look? Thanks, Storkk (talk) 14:39, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Storkk. That's a nice image that it would be a shame to lose but, as you say, it doesn't at the moment have the information we need to enable it to be kept. I'd be happy to see if I can help out: that will probably have to be next week now, but we should have the usual 7 days even if the image is put up for deletion. I'll see what I can do. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 09:48, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
It was from Commons. When I have time I'll go through and add a reference but I have a million things to do right now. --Jwslubbock (talk) 15:18, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
I have not yet tagged it as lacking source, so it should not be under imminent threat of deletion... but it would be good to verify the image is indeed PD. It's a little disappointing that it took a message here to get any acknowledgement of the issue, and it's disturbing that this kind of disregard for licensing terms is apparently routine for WMUK. Storkk (talk) 11:02, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
Tangentially, and even more disturbingly, appears to again be using an image (the banner image of Eilean Donan castle taken from here) in flagrant violation of the terms of the license, and without crediting the author Syxaxis Photography. Storkk (talk) 11:12, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

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