Our first steps tour and our frequently asked questions will help you a lot after registration. They explain how to customize the interface (for example the language), how to upload files and our basic licensing policy (Wikimedia Commons only accepts free content). You don't need technical skills in order to contribute here. Be bold contributing here and assume good faith for the intentions of others. This is a wiki — it is really easy.
More information is available at the community portal. You may ask questions at the help desk, village pump or on IRC channel #wikimedia-commons (webchat). You can also contact an administrator on their talk page. If you have a specific copyright question, ask at the copyright village pump.
File:Shibuya Station and intersection from overhead.jpg 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.
Regarding copyright rules, new photo uploaderEdit
I'm fairly new to Wikimedia Commons and am not familiar with some of the copyright rules. I thought uploading a picture from Facebook, such as File:JuJu Smith-Schuster 2018 action.jpg would be okay to add since it was online and accessible to the public. Could you explain why Facebook isn't an okay medium to draw pictures from? If I'm in the wrong, I'll be sure to avoid situations like this in the future
- @WuTang94: Hi, thank you for responding to me. Copyright is a complicated and messy topic, so I might oversimplify, but here’s the deal:
- Almost everything you see on the web or social media is copyrighted and cannot be uploaded to Commons. In fact, if you take a picture with your camera right now, it is protected by copyright and no one is legally allowed to publish or edit the picture without your permission. Which gets to the next point...
- The photographer or the agency that hires the photographer owns the copyright. So you found the picture on JuJu Smith-Schuster’s profile, but you need the photographer or the newspaper’s permission. Technically, JuJu isn’t allowed to post the picture on his profile either, but Facebook and Twitter are pretty lax about enforcing copyright. Commons isn’t lax, though, because Wikipedia’s mission is to build an encyclopedia free from any copyright restriction.
- And there are photographs of football players on Commons that are copyright free. They’re in the public domain because the photographer explicitly allowed them to be (it has to be explicit, you can’t assume it) or they’re photographed by members of the US Federal Govenmsnt (like members of the military on duty) and not eligible for copyright.
- Hope this all helps. Ytoyoda (talk) 22:51, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
- @Ytoyoda:Ahh that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying. How about a picture that I have taken myself, but also happened to post on Facebook/Instagram? Would such a picture be allowed on Wikimedia in this case? --WuTang94 (talk) 01:01, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
Notification about possible deletionEdit
Some contents have been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether they should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at their entry.
If you created these pages, please note that the fact that they have 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 them, such as a copyright issue.
You notified me, that an image i have uploaded might not have the full licence (Randers stadion fra luften). I have found the link to the website, where the license is described. BUT i think that it might just be easier to just delete the image. So no need for 7 days to pass. Hope for your help - Best Regards, Morty --MortyDK (talk) 14:18, 25 April 2019 (UTC).