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Hello, Whym!

Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.

Here's how:

1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:

2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.

[[Category:Category name]]

For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:

[[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").

Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.

CategorizationBot (talk) 11:40, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!


miya (talk) 02:18, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Autopatrol given

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 marked as "reviewed". This has no effect on your editing, it is simply intended to make it easier for users that are monitoring Recent changes or Recent uploads to find unproductive edits amidst the productive ones like yours. In addition, the Flickr upload feature and an increased number of batch-uploads in UploadWizard, uploading of freely licensed MP3 files and an increased limit for page renames per minute are now available to you. Thank you. Trijnsteltalk 21:30, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Omine Jissei

This is cwh2010. I can't figure out how to reply to your last message, or how to add to the 'talk'. Can you send me instructions or just use e-mail? You can call my office at 03-3511-2947 and they'll give you my e-mail address.

I need to know exactly what constitutes consent of the artist. Omine-san does not use e-mail. Will a photograph of a signed authorization suffice? Will a phone call suffice?

Thank you.

Replied by e-mail and at your talk page. --whym (talk) 23:05, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Translation of a field's name in template:Photograph

Hi, Someone archived our discussion too early, before I answered your last message (maybe it's due to any rule for discussions in the Common's Village Pump related to not answering in a certain time after the last message - I don't know since I don't get to enter the Common's Village Pump many times). I was very busy in the last couple of days and couldn't find the time to recheck this issue...

Anyway, I wanted to thank you. Thanks a lot! Resetting the cache on my browser indeed showed me that the problem has been solved.
Thanks also for teaching me the mechanism of the translations on the Commons (before your assistance I really couldn't find how to do it, but from now on, if I find another field that we have to translate, I would probably know how to do it). Bye, Ldorfman (talk) 17:18, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

Glad to hear it helped :) --whym (talk) 08:19, 28 October 2012 (UTC)


はじめまして。(日本語ですみません)、吉田と申します。このたびは、私のUPしました南海バスの画像を、カテゴリー分けして下しまして、誠にありがとうございます。小生、自分の研究分野であるとかには、他人様にバカにされない程度の知識(といっても大したあれでは、ないんですがね……)は、持っているつもりなのですが、如何せん古い人間でして、外国語には本当に弱いものでして、今ひとつ、よくわからない個所もありまして……。ですので、もしよろしければ、今後も色々御教示願えましたら幸いです。 このたびはは、カテゴリー分けの件、誠にありがとうございました。--吉田宅浪 (talk) 06:31, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

カテゴリ分けについて、「日本語ならカテゴリが思いつく」という場合には、私はウィキペディアの言語間リンクを利用して英語名をさがすという方法をとっています。日本語版ウィキペディアでその名前を検索して、記事があればそこから言語間リンク("English" のラベル)をたどって英語版記事を探し、その英語名を使うというものです。他になにかありましたら遠慮無くお聞きください(分かるとはかぎりませんが……)。また、Commons:井戸端も適宜お使いください。--whym (talk) 12:34, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
かしこまりました。御丁寧に御回答賜りまして誠にありがとうございます。また、何かの時には、お言葉に甘えせていただき、質問等をさせていただくこともあろうかと思いますが、その時はどうぞ宜しくお願いします。それから、御教示くださった方法も試してみたいと思います。この度は本当にお世話になりました。--吉田宅浪 (talk) 19:17, 5 November 2012 (UTC)


whymさん、度々失礼します。先日より、本当によくお世話になっております、吉田です。先日は、削除依頼が出されてしまった、時刻表について、維持票の投票と、英語での意見表明をいただきまして本当に本当にありがとうございます。ところで、一つ質問なのですが、先日のwhymさんの投票以降、一週間の間、あの削除依頼ページも、写真のページも、まったく変化が起きてはいないのですが、あの削除依頼というのは、削除が決定されるまで、半永久的に、続くものなのでしょうか?それともある一定の期間等と言ったものが存在するのでしょうか? もし、お分かりになるようでしたら、御教示願えましたら助かります。相手の方がロシア人の方のようで、どうすればよいかわかりませんし、日本の著作権法について書こうにも、私の英語技能では、伝わらないでしょうから、ほとほと、こまっておりまして…。また、お手数おかけして、申し訳ありませんが、よろしくお願いします。--吉田宅浪 (talk) 07:56, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

お礼いただくには及びません。日本関係の削除審議は人手が足りないようなので、目に入ったら参加するようにしています。削除依頼では、通常7日間間以上をかけてコモンズの利用者が審議し、その経過を踏まえて管理者が結論を決めることになっています。一般論に、明らかでないケースでは少し長めに意見を待つ傾向にあるようです。また、時間切れで削除ということはなく、長期間決め手がでなければ存続で終了になるのが普通です。今回の場合、急ぐことはないように思いますので、あと数日から1週間くらいは待ってもいいのではないでしょうか。それでもこのままでしたら、適当な管理者の方に直接頼んで終了判定をお願いしてもいいと思います。もちろん、新しい論点がありましたら依頼ページに付け加えてくださってもかまいません。--whym (talk) 12:49, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
本当にわかりやすく教えて下さりましてありがとうございます。仰せのとおり、もう少し待ってみようかと思います。如何せん相当せっかちなもので、つい・・・・・・--吉田宅浪 (talk) 13:00, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Fairy Tail logo.svg

As for the other files mentioned in the request, please open a separate group RfD if you want. -- SERGIO (aka the Blackcat) 09:43, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for notifying me. They are now nominated. --whym (talk) 14:01, 16 November 2012 (UTC)


  Hi, Whym. If you are interested in picture contests, will you come and sign up as a translator to the POTY committee? Thanks in advance! miya (talk) 05:57, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
  Done [1] --whym (talk) 08:26, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Capella Tornabuoni

thank you very much for your repair, I ask other Wikipedians,we all did not find it.--Oursana (talk) 18:03, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome. I guess it sometimes needs enough eyeballs. --whym (talk) 14:07, 21 November 2012 (UTC)


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An offering for our new administrator from your comrades...

Whymさん、管理者ご就任おめでとうございます。あなたに管理者権限が付与されました。削除や保護、ブロック、保護されたページの編集などの管理作業に入る前に少し時間をいただいて、Commons:管理者のページを読んで、関連ページをウォッチリストに入れてください (特に管理者伝言板削除依頼を)。管理行為の大半は他の管理者によって差し戻しが可能ですが、履歴統合は差し戻しがきかないため実行の際には特に注意してください。

IRCでほかのコモンズ利用者と話すことができます:#wikimedia-commons @ Commons:Guide to adminshipを読むこともきっと有益でしょう。

管理者リストと、その関連ページである 言語別リストおよび就任時期別リスト をチェックして、あなたの名前がまだなかったらつけ加えてください。

EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:55, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

Thank you :). I will be carefully using the tool. --whym (talk) 15:13, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
Congratulations and good luck! This page made by Jim might be of use for you. Trijnsteltalk 20:50, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
Good luck. ;-) --McZusatz (talk) 21:26, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
Congratulations! --cyrfaw (talk) 07:48, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

POTY 2012 Committee IRC Meeting

Hi, a POTY Committee IRC meeting will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 around 8:00 AM PST. You can convert that time easily to your locale at this page

This date was selected because the largest number of people indicated that they would be available. The meeting is on Freenode IRC channel #wikimedia-commons-poty (webchat).

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks, Mono 02:06, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
I noticed that you added closed captioning to a video I uploaded recently. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Sage Ross (WMF) (talk) 00:14, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Friendly reminder: please help translate POTY

Hello Whym, thanks for signing up to help translate the 2012 Picture of the Year contest. We still need help translating contest messages to Japanese and reviewing existing translations. This page contains information about which pages need to be translated (please take a look at all three tables). Your help is really appreciated and helps make the premier competition on the world's largest collection of over 15 million freely licensed files possible. Cheers, Mono 06:17, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder, Mono.   Done with some of them, and will soon take a look at the rest. --whym (talk) 12:10, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
Thanks so much! Mono 21:52, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Japanase translation of POTY

Oh god I am so sorry. I didnt mean to destroy your work, but since I dont know any word in Japanese I had no way to know if was right or wrong and delete all his messages by default. Sorry! :S Feel free to restore any other page I might had deleted wrong. Béria Lima msg 02:22, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

No problem, and my apologies for not being careful when I fulfilled these edit requests other than the Japanese ones. I should have noted that translating into more than four languages by a single person is unusual, at least. --whym (talk) 02:33, 2 January 2013 (UTC)


Hi there, Category:AAAP and its related discussion Commons:Administrators'_noticeboard#What_to_do_with_Category:AAAP_.3F are a fairly complete mystery, and involve a Japanese-speaker. Can you help clarify any? Thanks, Rd232 (talk) 22:31, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Honestly I'm not sure if I can help because I'm perplexed with his words, too. That said, I will try. --whym (talk) 12:28, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Admin's Barnstar
Good copyright sense. MOTOI Kenkichi(基 建吉) (talk) 15:54, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Picture of the Year voting round 1 open

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2012 Picture of the Year competition is now open. We're interested in your opinion as to which images qualify to be the Picture of the Year for 2012. Voting is open to established Wikimedia users who meet the following criteria:

  1. Users must have an account, at any Wikimedia project, which was registered before Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 [UTC].
  2. This user account must have more than 75 edits on any single Wikimedia project before Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 [UTC]. Please check your account eligibility at the POTY 2012 Contest Eligibility tool.
  3. Users must vote with an account meeting the above requirements either on Commons or another SUL-related Wikimedia project (for other Wikimedia projects, the account must be attached to the user's Commons account through SUL).

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered in this competition. From professional animal and plant shots to breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems, diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human portraits, Commons features pictures of all flavors.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want to become the Picture of the Year.

To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2012 page on Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons celebrates our featured images of 2012 with this contest. Your votes decide the Picture of the Year, so remember to vote in the first round by January 30, 2013.

the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee

Delivered by Orbot1 (talk) at 10:35, 19 January 2013 (UTC) - you are receiving this message because you voted last year

A kitten for you!


西中一平 (talk) 06:23, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Can you help to answer this question?

Can you help to answer this question at the Help Desk? The user seems to be asking about how to license the image. I thought about linking to Commons:OTRS/ja but it doesn't seem like a full answer to the question. Thank you! --moogsi (blah) 17:57, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

トトト beat me at User talk:Sohya. Thanks for letting me know anyway. --whym (talk) 14:31, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
Ah OK, thankyou.. we have so few Japanese speakers looking at Commons:Help desk that I felt the need to ask. Thank you anyway --moogsi (blah) 23:47, 8 March 2013 (UTC)


--Feadoru (talk) 14:22, 22 January 2013 (UTC) はじめまして。この度はお世話になります。

File:おいハチ!ボクは良い子のTakuyaだゾ!- Look Here Bees! I'm Good Boy Takuya! -.jpg】と 【File:ブルーブラッド - Blue Blood -.jpg】が一週間以内に削除される可能性があると、忠告を受けました。 当方はwiki初心者で恐縮ですが、当方がアップロードしたファイルは、 作品を制作した存在人物アーティストたちが出版された、図録(作品集)からきているものです。 当方はその図録を購入してアップロードしました。

[ライセンス情報が提供されている適切なサイトへのリンクを記述する]とありますが、 どのようにリンクをすればよろしいのでしょうか。 これらの作品を制作された存在人物アーティストたちのページに[出典]として記載されている図録はございます。 そこにリンクをすればよろしいのでしょうか。

詳細のタグ等も解りませんので、誠に恐れ入りますがご教示いただけましたら幸いです。 何卒よろしくお願い申し上げます。

はじめまして。ウィキメディア・コモンズでは、著作権的に「フリー」である作品のみを受け入れております。「フリー」の意味は、およそ、二次創作や転載や商用利用を自由にしてよい、ということです。お話をうかがったかぎり、Feadoru さんは図版やその被写体の著作権者ではないように見受けられますが、著作権者・原作者であるそのアーティストのかたがたは、二次創作・転載・商用利用を許諾してくださっているのでしょうか? たとえばそのアーティストのかたがたの公式ウェブサイトに、そのような文言が書かれているのでしたら、そこへのリンクを貼ってくだされば充分です。二次創作・転載・商用利用の許諾がいまのところないようでしたら、新たにそのアーティストのかたがたにお願いする必要があります。 詳しくはCommons:OTRS/jaをご参照ください。 --whym (talk) 14:55, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

ご教示下さいましてありがとうございました。 先ず、メ−ルにて趣旨を作品を制作した存在人物アーティストたちへ申し出ましたところ、図録の購入へのお礼と、それを使用して画像処理もしている事に快諾をいただきましたので、オフィシャルサイトにリンクを貼らせていただきました。この解決方法でよろしいでしょうか。もしよろしければ、アップ続行をよろしくお願い申し上げます。--Feadoru (talk) 04:08, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

お骨折りくださりありがとうございます。コモンズでは多くの人が共同作業をする場であるため、もう一歩情報共有をお願いしてもよろしいでしょうか。承諾内容は一般の読者もしくはCOM:OTRSの受付チームによって確認できるようになっている必要があります。Commons:Email_templates/Consent/ja のような文面を先方にご記入いただいて、 にお送りいただけますか? またその際、先方に公式メールアドレスから発信いただくようお伝えいただけないでしょうか。その後は受付チームが対応をすると思います。 --whym (talk) 12:02, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

度々のご教示に恐縮しています。内容を理解いたしましたので、承諾書を記入していただけるようにお願いしてみます。引き続きよろしくお願い申し上げます。--Feadoru (talk) 13:26, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

追伸:お世話になります。先方のアーティスト様方から公式メールアドレスより承諾書をお送りしていただけた様です。ご確認いただけましたら幸いですし、このファイルが削除されないことを祈っております。--Feadoru (talk) 04:35, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

数週間経過しましたが、受付チーム宛に承諾書が届いていることが確認できなかったため、件のファイルは削除されたようです。今後も承諾書の確認がとれしだい、削除を撤回(復帰)することは可能ですので、お手数ですが、再度お試しいただけませんか。 Feadoru さんが一旦承諾書を受け取り、 に転送してくださる形のほうがすみやかに進むかもしれません。 --whym (talk) 14:03, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
大変お待たせしました。つい先程、メールをいただいていたことが確認ができましたので、復帰しました。検索システムの不備および調査不足のため、私たちのほうでこれまで見つけることができていませんでした。今後同様のことがありましたら、先方の差し出し元ドメイン名をお知らせくださると、あまりお待たせせずに済むかもしれません。 --whym (talk) 13:23, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Import a gadget from Spanish Wikipedia

In Spanish Wikipedia we have this Gadget. It shows the history and all specials pages (like contributions) as a numbered list. Can you import it? Please move theses pages without a leaving a redirect.

And add this code in MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition below all in the section Interface > Other.

* historyNumbered|historyNumbered.css

--Vivaelcelta {talk  · contributions} 19:25, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi, I'd be a bit hesitant to install this as it is. To be specific, 1) I don't see clear benefit for having this on Commons. Would you perhaps want to propose it at COM:VPR to get more opinions? 2) ".page-Especial_Libro" doesn't seem to be a class available on Commons. You might need to replace it with the English counterpart. --whym (talk) 03:23, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

Subject Consent in Japan

Hey Whym, thanks for double checking that image I uploaded for its conformity to country specific consent requirements. Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you - I'm not on here very often. I read through the consent requirements for Japan, but am still unsure of what to do. I certainly had permission to take the picture, as they were my students at the time. They were also in a public place; an indoor mall. When I uploaded the picture to commons, I showed it to them on a computer at school and there was no objection at the time, but does this count as permission? I had originally uploaded the picture to add it to the "Adolescence" page on Wikipedia to give the article a little more diversity. It was replaced a while ago and I kind of forgot about it, but now I see that it has been used in all sorts of pages across all sorts of Wikis, so I understand why its legality should be looked into. If need be, I can contact the students in the picture and obtain more substantial consent. What do you think? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrianAdler (talk • contribs)

Replied at User talk:BrianAdler. --whym (talk) 11:14, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the help!

Hello Whym. I wanted to say thank you for fixing the problem with File:RepSandyCrawford I recently uploaded. Another editor had flagged it for deletion. This is my first experience trying to upload images using the OTRS / E-mailed permission so I'm afraid I may make a couple errors before I "get the hang of it". QUESTION-- There are several other images of Missouri politicians I've already uploaded or intend to soon. They are all covered by the same blanket e-mail given ticket # 2013042210008777. Should I also add that same ticket number to each of the file's Permission line to avoid any future problems? Sorry if I seem a bit obtuse, but this is new to me and honestly I've always found many of the licensing rules and proceedures to be somewhat confusing. Thanks again for the help, and any further guidance much appreciated! Sector001 (talk) 06:25, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

Well, after I reviewed ticket:2013042210008777 and w:Wikipedia:Public domain#Public records, it seems that it is more complicated than I initially thought. The officer responding to you assured that the photographs are "public records" (=accessible by anyone), but did not say "public domain" (=redistributable by anyone for any purpose without consulting the original creator). Thus thee copyright status of File:RepSandyCrawford.JPG is still unclear to me. Accordingly I removed the tag I had added. I am now guessing that we will have to ask for more explicit permission from the House. Please also consider bringing this up at COM:VPC, where you can find people with more knowledge of US laws regarding these photographs, I beiieve. --whym (talk) 14:03, 10 May 2013 (UTC)


Hi, it seems my ten emails finally reached the top of the pile. I have Chanel's email if you would like me to help sort the licenses. She did produce many of the works and is a rights holder for those. She decided to forward emails to me from each photographer just to make things more kosher. I had earlier sent her a template from the OTRS page to forward to them for completion.--Canoe1967 (talk) 17:33, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

I got an email earlier from OTRS and forwarded it to Chanel with further instructions from me to help her get the licenses approved.--Canoe1967 (talk) 01:13, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your efforts. As you saw, the ticket was handled by another agent. I am watching it and willing to help when needed. --whym (talk) 15:30, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Thank you as well. She isn't hard to email from her main website if you would like to help her out. I just used the 'Direct Bookings Contact' email from the page. I assume you have access to the same ten emails that I sent to OTRS. I am also wondering if File:Chanel Ryan Boston Super Megafest by Mike Brochut.jpg can be renamed while still tied up in OTRS. It should be spelled Mike Brochu and not Mike Brochut in the file/page name.--Canoe1967 (talk) 21:33, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
I have renamed the file. As for contacting her, you seem to have already done so. I think there is no need to spam more. (It might be a good idead to send a reminder after a while, though) --whym (talk) 10:31, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the rename. I will give her a few days then send a reminder.--Canoe1967 (talk) 13:05, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi again, I just got an email from Chanel and she would like File:Signature - Chanel Ryan.jpg and File:Ladies Of Oz Jim Creighton.jpg deleted. Can you just delete them or should I tag them?--Canoe1967 (talk) 10:59, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
Since the other one was already deleted, commenting on the signature image - I would recommend marking for deletion and getting voice of the community. I would be reluctant to process it with speedy deletion. It is a fairly simple signature, and I am unsure if it can be copyrighted. If not, it should be unnecessary to have her permission from the first place. --whym (talk) 10:00, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Hi Whym

the file was converted to svg, they do that so that it scales to other sizes without being fuzzy. Penyulap 14:40, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. So perhaps it means that undeletion of the original might not be needed because it was superseded? --whym (talk) 14:50, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
you're welcome, yes that is correct, it happens a lot. don't forget to answer your own question on the sysop talk-page, they get rather busy most all of the time. Here are some pages you may like to have a look at

Happy editing Whym ! Penyulap 15:43, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
Well, I merely meant to rectify a mistake, and Fastily kindly did so [2]. If you want it deleted for it being superseded, you are free to start a DR. I personally am not compelled to do so, though.--whym (talk) 22:06, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
Doh! I misread that whole episode, I thought it was a deletion, rather than an un-deletion. No, I'm not into DR's I don't mind what people come up with. Hey, from your comment on Fastily's talkpage it seems almost as though you had it back to front as well, that's probably where I got confused, by misunderstanding your comment there. Penyulap 22:53, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Japanese-speaker needed

Hi Whym, as you are one of the few ja-native admins, I am contacting you to please have a look at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Water mold Mizukabi colony.jpg and several similar DRs by User:Bearpark, which don't seem consistant to me. But there seems to be a language-problem too. Thanks.

I saw you and miya already gave your thoughts, and for now I have nothing to add. Let me see if I can find any additional information. --whym (talk) 14:12, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Category:Files uploaded by Russavia (Japanese)

Hi Whym, in Category:Files uploaded by Russavia (Japanese) there are 60-odd files which need better descriptions and categories. I believe all of the people are notable Japanese celebrities, but not being too familiar with such things, I can't categorise/description them properly. Is there any chance you can either help with this, or point me to the best place on ja.wp to ask for help with it. Cheers, russavia (talk) 16:44, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi Russavia, I'm sorry but I'm not too familiar with them. I have left a message at Commons:井戸端 hoping someone else can help with it. --whym (talk) 12:31, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
Hey mate, thanks for that, all files are now categorised, etc. Cheers, russavia (talk) 14:38, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Help needed

Hi! Could you please have a look here? This file needs a source. Can you help out? --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 03:29, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

  Done --whym (talk) 14:25, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate it! --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 17:11, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Translation requests

Hello Whym, At the moment I am preparing Wiki Loves Monuments and to enable users to participate in their own language we try to translate some templates and system messages in as much as languages as possible. Chinese is one of the languages used in countries where Wiki Loves Monuments is in preparation, so I would like to ask if you perhaps can translate some lines for me? I have created a list of those here: ja:Wikipedia:Help_for_Non-Japanese_Speakers#Translation_requests_into_Japanese. You can translate it on that page, here on your talk page or create the templates in Japanese. 6 and 7 I have to do myself. Can you help? Thanks! Romaine (talk) 16:13, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

In the mean while someone did translate the lines into Japanese. Romaine (talk) 10:54, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

画像削除の件について自衛隊岡山地方協力本部三人娘こちらのページで掲載されていた画像を削除されたと記録にありますが、削除理由の著作権侵害についてどのような解釈で 行なったのかお聞かせ頂けませんでしょうか? こちらはこのページに掲載されているキャラクターの著作権を持っている者です。

掲載内容の不備等があれば訂正いたしますが、Whym様が削除された事により中々アップロードできません。もし、今後何も連絡なくまた削除されるような事があれば、私共も組織で 行なっていた事でしてその行為を妨害したとみなし、何らかの処置をとらせて頂きます。 — Preceding unsigned comment added by しまかぜ (talk • contribs) 2013-09-05T18:28:40 (UTC)

許諾がない画像投稿だと誤認してしまったことをお詫びいたします。ウィキメディア・コモンズは広く投稿を受け入れようとしており、アカウントや投稿に際して特に認証を行なっておりません。このため、今回のように広く知られたウェブサイトで発表された画像ですと、支援者やファンの方によって著作権者の断りなしに投稿されることが多く、何らかの証明が見つかるまでは著作権者に知られないまま第三者によって投稿された可能性を想定して削除しておかざるをえません。つきましては、大変お手数をおかけしますが、著作権者がたしかに許諾しているという証明として、しまかぜ様の組織の公式メールアドレスから 宛に、「しまかぜ」というアカウントが公式アカウントであるという宣言文、およびどの画像にどのライセンスを付与するかを明記した宣言文をお送りいただけないでしょうか。[3] を拝見するかぎり自衛隊岡山地方協力本部のキャクターとのことですので、そのページ下に記載されている など で終わるメールアドレスからいただければと思います(もし他の組織に著作権が帰属しているのでしたら不明をお詫びいたします)。宣言文の形式としてはTemplate:Email templates/Consent/jaの枠内の文章をおすすめいたします。メール以外の手段としましては、「This file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 .」または「この画像は Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 でライセンスされています」というようなライセンス宣言文を当該画像が発表されている公式ページ([4] など)上に記載していただくという方法もございます。いずれかの手段で確認できしだい、削除を取り消した上、画像説明ページに認証済みという趣旨のタグを貼らせていただきます。以上、お手数をおかけしますが、ご理解のほどどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。 --whym (talk) 10:15, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Florian Fesl 1.jpg

Why Commons:Country_specific_consent_requirements#Germany? The photo was taken in Italy according to its description, though that doesn't really make a difference. darkweasel94 13:35, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

That was my oversight. Thanks for pointing out. --whym (talk) 13:48, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Uploaded image!

It was my first time uploading the image, I don't know how to use the uploading function fully yet, it was too complicated, and I had a hard time setting it up properly. I know the image is Nintendo's, I only wanted to upload it to use for an article, I claim no copyright over it, just uploading under fairuse or trying to with this complicated uploader. I'd rather just get rid of the image than try and keep it on, I not quite use on how to use Wikipedia's Functions, just on editing and editing rules. --Vaati the Wind Demon (talk) 13:12, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi, please see Commons:Fair use#"Fair use" allowed on some Wikimedia projects and try uploading it to English Wikipedia with proper justification for fair use. If you are not confident doing that by your self, you could ask for help it at en:Talk:The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle 2. --whym (talk) 13:14, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
No thanks, maybe when I've learned more about Wikipedia Fuctions, I'd rather you to delete the image, I'd probably just mess it up again. --Vaati the Wind Demon (talk) 13:22, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
Vaati the Wind Demon, it was not a huge deal anyway - I have quickly delete it. Please just take copyright more carefully. Have fun, --whym (talk) 13:32, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
I know you have good intentions, ;-), no need to worry, it's just my sleeping issues are really getting to me and all these Wikipedia Function complications just somehow take a toll on me, anyways, thank you very much. It was better just to get this thing off my chest, much oblige!! --Vaati the Wind Demon (talk) 13:41, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

A question about Japanese point of view on photography of people's image issue

Hello, my question is about Commons:Photographs of identifiable people and Commons:Deletion requests/File:Japanese gray uniform .jpg, why is the law of your home country tight with photography of people's image? Is Japanese society really stingy with that? is freedom of expression hugely limited with that in Japan? --Puramyun31 (talk) 12:40, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

It is a delicate matter that I am not confident to articulate in English, and that I don't pretend to know different aspects perfectly. I found a good description of the background, written by a professional. I pretty much agree with what Dan Rosen says in a paper, quoted below.

If "[p]rivacy is control over when and by whom the various parts of us can be sensed by others," it is hard to avoid the conclusion that there is very little privacy at all in Japan, at least privacy of the sort that we have become accustomed to in the West. One cannot avoid being seen, and touched, and heard, and smelled publicly. Thus, it is unrealistic to expect to keep much to oneself. How can we reconcile this observation with the fact that the Japanese courts have been somewhat more protective of "privacy" interests than those of the United States? The answer, I suggest, is found not so much in the psychological pain of the plaintiff but rather the breach of etiquette by the defendant.

In a crowded country such as Japan, where so much by necessity happens in public, there is an understood social duty not to take advantage of the situation. In the doctor's office, one could gawk at the other patients, but it is impolite to do so. On the train, the lowest of lowlife is the masher who unnecessarily slips his hand around a woman's private parts. Should the woman overcome her reserve and scream out what has happened, the offender will be totally humiliated. Even in the office, one is expected to pay attention to his or her own work and tune out that of the others. And anyone who has visited a public bath knows it is rude to stare.

--from Dan Rosen, "Private Lives and Public Eyes: Privacy in the United States and Japan" in Florida Journal of International Law (1990-1991).

To put it briefly, my view is that because natural environment of Japan tends to make privacy protection harder, the court tends to remedy the violation more actively. That said, I would also say that there are cases obviously ok (such as photographs of a politician speaking in public) and cases likely not ok (such as cases where a depicted person explicitly denies consent), and in between a large gray area. In that gray area, I think risks and potential damage should be judged on a case-by-case basis (which I tried to do in the DR you mentioned). --whym (talk) 13:22, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

These images below

I am not Japanese and cannot mark these images as I don't speak the language. However, I know this uploader's work on flickr and he is quite reliable. If you can verify the claim that the images were free at upload--since you are Japanese--please feel free to pass them:

Kind Regards from Canada, --Leoboudv (talk) 22:37, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Missed this last 2 images by him in 'license review':

Regards, --Leoboudv (talk) 22:43, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

Five pictures created by 津島修三 below seem ok, as the author advocates CC. [5] (not direct permission, but combining other points I am pretty confident about assuming that.) --whym (talk) 00:45, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
Below are ok, as the license is verifiable at the source (or its archived version).
Below image is unclear. I'd rather believe they werw CC-JP, but I couldn't find evidence. I will try a closer look later.
--whym (talk) 00:45, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
  •   Comment: Thank you...but could you mark the images which you consider to be free. No one will question if you mark it since you can read the Japanese text but I cannot. Secondly, you are a Japanese Admin. Thank You, --Leoboudv (talk) 01:12, 1 December 2013 (UTC)
Ok, I will. When I tried marking something wrong was the script I use, so it has been taking some time. --whym (talk)
  • Thanks. I just mentioned it in case someone comes along and files a DR on any of these images against the uploader like this classic case. Best Regards from Vancouver, --Leoboudv (talk) 02:55, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Japanese not Italian

Hi. Please, could you fix your change into japanese? Otherwise, Italian readers have some problems. Thanks. Moliva (talk) 10:15, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

@Moliva: fixed. Sorry about that. --whym (talk) 11:08, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Dealing with the URAA

Hi, I see from your posts at Commons talk:URAA-restored copyrights that you are interested in tackling the problems that the URAA causes us here on Commons. I've started a new policy that might help, at Commons:Hosting of content released to the public domain globally. Could you have a look, and also add your thoughts to the talk page? I hope you will support it! --MichaelMaggs (talk) 10:52, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the invitation. I have commented there. whym (talk) 12:07, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

About Kurahashikenji.jpg

Just follow the link in "source" field. There, it says "Use freely". The image has a clear permission to use. I would like to ask you to get rid of the "Without permission tag". --Grayengineer (talk) 16:07, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

@Grayengineer: Sorry for not realizing the statement. I removed the permissin warning. However, the statement didn't appear to me as FAL, I edited File:Kurahashikenji.jpg to clarify. I hope you don't mind. whym (talk) 00:30, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for permissionOTRS

Thank you, Whym, for permissionOTRS and congratulations for your work. Regards --Cquoi 08:57, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Personality rights

The image where you recently added the "Personality rights" tag is a depiction of a Member of Parliament, which means it's a public personality and therefore that tag is not applicable, Orrlingtalk 13:38, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

@Orrling: If you sure about that, could you please give me a link to some material explaining the legal basis? We might want to expand Commons:Country_specific_consent_requirements#Israel. FWIW, my rationale for adding it was basiacally aligned with what is written in Commons:Personality rights#Person, although it could differ country by country. whym (talk) 13:50, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm not active here in legal matters. But for a general material, no problem. Please see (I hope you read French) the list of Members of Knesset in Office here (updated 2013), search (CTRL+F) "Aliza Lavie" and find the usage of the above image among more than a hundred other MPs' photos, none of which with a {{Personality rights}} tag. I hope I can assist any further, please tell me. Orrlingtalk 14:01, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
@Orrling: Sorry if it was unclear, but I intended to ask why public figures don't have personality rights, not about why she is a MP. Anyway, I admit I don't know the precise threshold between subjects that need {{Personality rights}} and that don't. I'll tag first more obvious cases of non-public figures. whym (talk) 14:13, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
Edit conflict --- This looks to me like a public personality too! public personalities (people who've been in the media) shouldn't have Personality rights issues! Orrlingtalk 14:16, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
I accept that it may be sometimes vague. To me, it seems obvious that figures that are known by their names (such as politicians, artists etc.) are quite distinct in that matter from unknown passers-by's snapshots. Orrlingtalk 14:22, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

---The categorizer here gave me some answer.. Orrlingtalk 21:56, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Hello Whym!
I see you are adding a huge amount of personality rights warnings to a huge amount of Commons images making a huge amount of them generally very scary for anyone to use, though most people know nothing at all about personality rights or about how few photos actually are covered by such rights.
Many of the photos you thus have made scary for use have been contributed to this project by the Southerly Clubs though me or a colleague of mine, all of them on a well established OTRS ticket.
Our policy and attitude is that no photo taken in public can ever can be subjected to personality rights claims. People who do not want their photos published should not be seen in public without disguises. That's been a reliable guideline to our photographers ever since they began taking pictures, and the most prolific one of them has been taking pictures since 1959.
We are also very careful only to contribute (non-public) photos of people we know well and who we feel certain could not object to their publication. There have been only 4 problems so far (see the category linked above and the amount we've contributed), the latest one here.
Re: those many photos of ours which you have made scary anyway, it feels for us like we shouldn't have contributed them at all in the first place, as far as you're concerned (!), and also that we should stop contributing any more photos that eventually will be made scary by you and thus hardly likely ever to be used by anyone, given the lack of general knowledge about personality rights. Your tag is alienating enough to potential users, and I honestly don't think it's feasible to expect them to take detailed courses on publicity tights. They'll just skip those images.
This all creates quite a dilemma for good-faith contributors like us. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 09:23, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
@SergeWoodzing: To be clear, I didn't intend to give a doubt on lack of consent or violation of privacy by tagging them with {{Personality rights}}. What I intended was to clarify that the depicted people have some rights over how their portraits are reused, especially regarding possible modification by reusers in a derogatory manner.
As documented in Commons:IDENT#Legal_issues, what is called personality rights involves a range of legal issues, not just privacy and publicity. In my opinion, publication of portrait pictures on Wikimedia Commons is a bit different from that on other venues because of the license requirements of our site. On Wikimedia Commons, we make declaration that reusers can freely modify a photo we host, without consulting. We need to avoid misunderstanding that that permission allows reusers to make derogatory modification. I think there is a good reason for us to be a bit extra informative about the fact that while such modification might be ok with copyright under our license, it is not ok in light of personality rights.
That said, if the template I added look scary to the extent that reusers would avoid using the images, I think that needs to be addressed by improving the wording and general impression of the template and/or by splitting it into a more tailored ones that fit to individual cases (privacy issues, publicity issues, defamation issues etc), and it needs to be discussed at Template talk:personality rights.
On a related note, I would suggest placing {{Consent}} when you want to make reusers reassured about the fact that the consent for publication is duly obtained. whym (talk) 10:09, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much for info and suggestions! Sincerely, --SergeWoodzing (talk) 13:09, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Picture of the Year 2013 R2 Announcement

Round 2 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open!

2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the second round of the 2013 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year were entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

There are two total rounds of voting. In the first round, you voted for as many images as you liked. The top 30 overall and the most popular image in each category have continued to the final. In the final round, you may vote for just one image to become the Picture of the Year.

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Request for feedback on my GSoC'14 proposal

Hi Whym,

I am planning to work on the project titled "Tools for mass migration of legacy translated wiki content" this summer under Google Summer of Code. I have drafted a proposal for the same over the past few weeks. This project is going to help the translation adminstrators like you in a great way, as it would completely automate the tedious manual task of preparing a page for translation and then importing the translations into the Translate extension. You can check the proposal page for detailed information on how I plan to accomplish this.

As you would be an end user of this tool, it would be great if you could go through the proposal and provide feedback/suggestions. Your feedback would definitely help me improve the proposal as well help in creating an even better tool. You can do the same on the discussion page of the proposal or reply here, whichever is convenient for you. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you!

P.S: I need to submit the proposal to Google by March 19, 2014.

BPositive (talk) 13:46, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

A cup of tea for you!

  Thanks for blocking all those socks of ja:LTA:ISECHIKA. I blocked the first half-dozen before going to bed, and reported them to fellow CUs. It looks like he really got started up after I left.   INeverCry 17:07, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the tea. :) Also, kudos to User:Rxy who notified me of it on IRC. whym (talk) 03:51, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

OTRS question

Just wondering, what exactly was the reason for this? Just seeing if it's something that I could fix up for User:Starship.paint (the uploader and the one who sent the OTRS request). He did mention to me that the original author was uncomfortable with sending an email, and so a screenshot of a DA private message was taken instead. Was this the reason? -- 李博杰  Talk contribs 13:15, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

@Benlisquare: I suggested asking them to add a short notice at the DA page or the Pixiv page, saying "this work is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0" or equivalent, as it will be the clearest way to confirm the license. Screenshots are good as an archive of something publicly available, but difficult to handle if the origiinal was privately communicated, because there is no way to verify. Would my suggestion also be uncomfortable for them? --whym (talk) 13:20, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
I don't know, I didn't handle the OTRS request myself, so I don't know what this author is like. User:Starship.paint would probably know more about it, so I'll ask him. -- 李博杰  Talk contribs 13:23, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

File:Tatjana Doll, Ferrari F430, 2005.jpg

Image has OTRS permission but no license, please fix. --Denniss (talk) 11:41, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

  Done Thanks for spotting this. whym (talk) 12:52, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Picture of the Year 2013 Results Announcement

Picture of the Year 2013 Results

The 2013 Picture of the Year. View all results »

Dear Whym,

The 2013 Picture of the Year competition has ended and we are pleased to announce the results: We shattered participation records this year — more people voted in Picture of the Year 2013 than ever before. In both rounds, 4070 different people voted for their favorite images. Additionally, there were more image candidates (featured pictures) in the contest than ever before (962 images total).

  • In the first round, 2852 people voted for all 962 files
  • In the second round, 2919 people voted for the 50 finalists (the top 30 overall and top 2 in each category)

We congratulate the winners of the contest and thank them for creating these beautiful images and sharing them as freely licensed content:

  1. 157 people voted for the winner, an image of a lightbulb with the tungsten filament smoking and burning.
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  3. In third place, 131 people voted for an image of a swallow flying and drinking.

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Hello Whym, this ticket by the time you made the edition wasn't processed yet, cause there was doubts about copyrights holder. I'm handling the finals steps now. Willy Weazley 19:31, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Willy Weazley, Thank you for taking care of this. I'm still not sure of what happened. Which part was not clear about the permission? I remember checking the identify of the sender and the Picasa account. Please leave some explanation in a note in the ticket, if you are kind enough and believe that it may contain sensitive information. I see ticket:2013011410000778 got merged with another ticket written in Spanish (I don't speak the language), so it's possible I missed some aspect. whym (talk) 10:18, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Fist of all, Its Portuguese, not Spanish (hehehe, its so different, how you didnt notice it?). Well, I sent an email to the the owner of the picasa account (its not the same person) [Thats why the other ticket] and only now he answered me; by that time I could not know if the permission was real, but you granted it. Anyway, all its fine now, but I most tell that, if I'm not wrong, the first pictures that you handdled was not in his email with the permission (the wiki commons links that he sent to me).Willy Weazley 21:03, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you taking time for this. I guessed it was ok because
  1. The first email I saw contained a forwarded email where a link to an image (it's apparently a private URL for one's own photo on picasa; a public counterpart should be the corresponding public permalink should be here) was mentioned.
  2. The image shown in the link was equivalent to File:Panorâmica do Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça.JPG and
  3. the forwarded email contained an explicit statement of a license written by someone reasonably assumed to be behind the picasa account.
Yet, I agree that a direct email is preferable. Sorry for mixing up Spanish with Portuguese, it's my fault and lack of knowledge. whym (talk) 09:16, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Commons:File:Allan Arthur William.jpg

You removed the photo for possible copyright violation because the name of the photographer is missing. I haven't figured out how to sign into OTRS to read the ticket. Nonetheless, wouldn't the fact that the photo is more than 70 years old suffice? Eurodog (talk) 13:35, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

File:Allan Arthur William.jpg was claimed to be a 1937 work of an unknown author, so I believed that it was not free from the orphan work issue and ticket:2014030410015641 didn't help resolving it. Technically it's a deletion because of failed license review. Please feel free to request a review by someone else at Commons:Undeletion requests and Commons:OTRS/Noticeboard, because I could always be wrong. whym (talk) 14:01, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Moving old translated pages over

(Continued from our IRC conversation) In order to move a page into a translated subpage, it seems that not just discouraging pages from translation, you also need to remove <translate> tags and remove it from translation at Special:PageTranslation. Please check my recent edits for Commons:Patrol, for example. whym (talk) 09:37, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Hello Whym! Thanks a lot for your help yesterday. I figured that out with the help of another fellow translator. I am going sort out all the pages, today. --WikiBronze [T] 15:39, 14 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I noticed you have set up User:MiszaBot to archive your talk page. Unfortunately, the bot has stopped working, and given how its operator is inactive, it is unclear when/if this will fixed. For the time being, I have volunteered to operate a MiszaBot clone (running the exact same code). With that said, your input would be appreciated at Commons:Bots/Requests/ArchiveBot 1. Regards, FASTILY 07:41, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Re: [Ticket#2014030710016699] Ike Altgens

CC-BY-4.0 granted by the owner of File:Altgens1970s.jpg. Please check your e-mail. Arigato. :) —ATinySliver/ATalkPage 20:55, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Done, thank you. whym (talk) 23:59, 22 April 2014 (UTC)



Could you check if the translation is correct ? Pyb (talk) 10:51, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Pyb It is correct. whym (talk) 11:38, 30 April 2014 (UTC)


In regard to (perhaps) the vague exception "The expression is reasonably a matter of interest within the society.", I think that the fair extent of the exception would allow photographs depicting a public figure (famous politicians, singers, actors or actresses, television presenters, sportspeople, enterpreneurs, scientists, writers, etc.) doing about their usual work or participating public events or celebrations, or more broadly, a regular person promoting his/her political/social opinion in pubilc (protest, press conference, etc.) also. However, your interpretation is extremely narrower than mine, only "photographs of a politician speaking in public" are obviously ok. I think that Japanese society seems to have an attitude against photography even for public figures, especially the attitude is prevalent in entertainment industry. Doesn't Japan consider balance between freedom of expreesion and personality rights as one of the free democratic countries? If that's true, the restriction would significantly affect one of the fundermental principle of Wikimedia projects, the licensing policy of Wikimedia foundation. for example, the policy does almost not allow fair use photographs of a living person under EDP, so if we fail to get freely-licensed images due to the restriction, the policy will not correctly work at all. --Puramyun31 (talk) 00:15, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

I'm not a lawyer, but my general understanding is that copyright-wise there is no restriction on taking and publishing photographs of public figures in public places. They might have {{Personality rights}} and commercial rights (as for the entertainment industry) - the discussion you cite (ja:Wikipedia:井戸端/subj/人物画像の掲載について) is primarily talking about those rights and an (editor's, not the whole community's) idea for the community to possibly be more protective of the celebrities' commercial interest in order to better keep good connection with them, such as by asking them for permission to publish a specific photograph regardless of copyright (as most of the mainstream Japanese presses do). When in conflict, the courts do consider the balance and explicitly mention it in rulings. We might want to delete picture with excessive disgrace etc (Commons:Courtesy deletion) on Commons, but that would be case-by-case basis. whym (talk) 00:28, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
So, does your anewer mean the behavior of the Japanese Wikipedia editors is based on common customary, regardless what the law defines? but according to the image use policy of Japanese Wikipedia defines the exceptions of personality rights which include photos depicting politicians, presidents of public organizations, director of corporate serving their official duty or speeching in a official event, but other types of public figures are not mentioned. --Puramyun31 (talk) 03:04, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
Basically yes, it appears more like courtesy, than legal binding, about which the Japanese Wikipedia community as a whole does not seem to have a cohesive opinion. Politicians and presidents of companies are mentioned as ok because there is almost no doubt with it. Other types of public figures are just unmentioned, not listed as forbidden. As I mentioned earlier, there seems to be a considerably large gray area to me. It does not mean that I am against to distributing those photographs of sportspeople, protests etc - I just meant to say that those subjects would have a relatively better chance to win a case than politicians' over portraits of them doing their business (on which politicians would have little hope to win). We would have to weigh it along with other factors such as the place, context and expression. As for me, I have not actively considered deleting photographs of Japanese celebrities or sportspeople doing their normal business. However, I can only say they are probably ok, since I don't know of a clear ruling. whym (talk) 03:54, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. you give me a best information what you can do. regards. :-) --Puramyun31 (talk) 04:23, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
By the way, I think that the current version of Commons:Country_specific_consent_requirements#Japan is little helpful to determine what is OK or not and shall be rewritten, if a new case law or statute are established. Now I understand the suppression of the expression depicting people even for public figures in Japan is not only caused by the strictness of the law, but also caused by the ambiguity of the law. --Puramyun31 (talk) 07:37, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
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