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What are the Requests on the Media Views Analysis page?[edit]

Hello, I wanted to ask a question about the Media views Analysis page. I was curious what do the Requests mean? On the side and at the bottom it says Requests I can't figure out what that means and the 2 different numbers either Requests and Daily Numbers why are they so different as in one is higher than the other. I look at my page and am curious what that means as far as my page on Wikimedia commons. Hope this is clear thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Flapper the turtle (talk • contribs) 15:30, 6 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Speedy deletion requests shortcut[edit]

Hi guys, I want to speedy delete a file name that has an error name but doesn't work. I tried the one that is similar at w:en:Wikipedia but it shows a red link (for example: {{db-g1}}). Can anyone tell me the speedy deletion requests shortcut here at Commons? SeanJ 2007 (talk) 07:03, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@SeanJ 2007: According to Wikidata, this template doesn't have its direct counterpart on Commons. There are however templates for file deletion, just search. One quick sweep of Wikidata revealed {{Speedydelete}}, which is related to the Wikipedia's {{db}}. So the more specific template for speedy deletion doesn't exist on Commons as it seems. This template seems to be also for file deletion as you wish, so I'd stick with that template. Otherwise, use the search to find the template you need. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:59, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]



I work for Supercheap Auto and we updated our logo recently, and I need to update our Wikipedia page, but it's not allowing me. can you please help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Supercheap auto (talk • contribs) 09:33, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Supercheap auto: I guess you mean this file, right? I'm not sure how much the logo has changed and how the treshold for change is set so the new logo has to be uploaded as a separate file instead of a new revision. I guess if the change is ever so slightly subtle, you may upload the SVG of the new logo as a new revision of the existing original file. If the logo has changed so it looks completely different, I'd suggest uploading it as a new file, and give it a new name (so let's say the year in which the logo has changed), make sure the name of the file explains what's different. Also, in both cases, it should be noted that threshold of originality should be met, because I think the official original logo is copyrighted, which is not suitable for Commons. Threshhold of originality means you can upload a simplified SVG version of the file given that it doesn't resemble the original logo too much. This is a risk because naturally people have their own threshold of originality and it's very hard to assume whether the simplified logo is simplified enough to be considered below the threshold so it doesn't induce copyright infridgement, so the file might be a subject for removal as the community might come to an agreement that the file doesn't meet the threshold of originality requirements, but in all cases, you should be able to upload a lower resolution version of the original logo to English Wikipedia under Fair Use (which is not applicable on Commons). Not all Wikipedias make use of Fair Use, so bear that in mind. That's also the reason why Fair Use material cannot be uploaded to Commons, because everything uploaded here is accessible in all wikis, and Fair Use isn't applicable in many countries which have their own Wikipedia, which would make a contradiction about using all resources on Commons. The only exception to copyrighted material not being allowed on Commons are official logos of Wikimedia Foundation projects (such as Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, etc.), they are of course hosted on Commons to be accessible from all wikis. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:17, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
So I visited the websites of Supercheap Auto and it seems like the logo didn't change all that much, it was just simplified. However, I'm quite afraid that uploading the new version would induce copyright infridgement as there's no way to further simplify the new logo, so you'll have to upload it to English Wikipedia under Fair Use instead I guess. All other wikis will use the older logo, sadly. Or alternatively discuss this with your employer, they'll probably redirect you to the legal team of Supercheap Auto, and you can discuss this matter with them. In all cases make sure that you're not about to violate copyright. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:23, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, you already uploaded the new file, and marked it as your own work under CC-BY-4.0 — I'm not sure if this is actually allowed considering SCA Terms and Conditions. I'm not going to address this issue in the file discussion yet, I just want to make sure you know what you are doing. The logo is a subject for copyright and while it may not be suitable for Commons, you still may upload it to English Wikipedia under Fair Use. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 10:33, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to add logo of a company?[edit]


I am trying to add the logo of Dream Games with the logo from their website but I am not sure if it will be removed from the page again. How can I be sure that it will not be removed or what is the best way for uploading a logo for a company? — Preceding unsigned comment added by H5r2n (talk • contribs) March 9th 2022 12.59 (UTC)

Logos of companies are often subject for copyright. Legitimate reason to use it on Wikipedia might be Fair Use, but that's not applicable to Commons. You may upload the logo to English Wikipedia under Fair Use, but cannot be uploaded to Commons. One way to get a logo on Commons is meeting the Commons:Threshold of originality requirements. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:18, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If the logo is just the word "Dream" and that little star thing, then I think that is below the threshold of originality. - Jmabel ! talk 16:01, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
But that's the logo of the company. H5r2n (talk) 11:11, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@H5r2n: Precisely. It's too simple to be copyrighted, so it can use {{PD-textlogo}}. - Jmabel ! talk 16:06, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: To be honest, Threshold of originality is a little bit complicated matter. It all depends on where the logo is originating and/or where the uploader is originating. For example, Czech Republic, where I am from, does not have something that utilizes the Threshold of originality in our laws. I'm not sure whether as Czech Republic's citizen I am allowed to upload a logo of an abroad company originating from a country that does utilize the Threshold of originality, or I'm still obliged to not upload anything that violates laws in my country even the logo in question is for a company that originates from let's say United States where Threshold of originality does take place. I certainly cannot upload a logo of a company residing in Czech Republic if the logo in question is copyrighted. No Threshold of originality takes place there for Czech Republic, so it's a little bit tougher for Czech Wikipedians writing articles about Czech companies as Czech Wikipedia doesn't even allow Fair Use and all files that are used on these sites must come from Commons, which doesn't allow Fair Use material eighter. One prime example would be Avast Software, which is in fact originally a Czech antivirus developer company (originally called Alwil Software, which actually started out writing MS-DOS malware) I'm no lawyer, and vast majority of users on this site are in similar position, so it's always good to ask someone for legal advice. Now that Avast is owned by Norton (U.S. company), those restrictions may not apply now, and there is actually a current logo on Commons, but I don't think you'll find older logos on Commons prior to the company stocks being sold to Norton, and that's because Czech Republic doesn't have any law that would utilize the Threshold of originality. But I'm no lawyer and I'm sure vast majority of users here are in similar position, so it's always good to ask someone for a legal advice. Furthermore, if I'm mistaken in something, please, feel free to point it out, correct me if needed. I will welcome that. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 20:22, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
And to proof what I meant can be found right here:

The work must be "a unique outcome of the creative activity of the author".[121/2000–2006 Art.2(1)]
For photographs and computer programs, it suffices if the work "is original in the sense that it is the author’s own intellectual creation".[121/2000–2006 Art.2(2)]

There are many cases for many countries around the world, so please feel free to find a country or countries you're interested in and take a time to read what you need to know. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 20:26, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Polda18: I can't readily imagine your citizenship being a factor in uploading the logo of a U.S. company to a U.S.-based server. - Jmabel ! talk 00:19, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:UlricCross.jpg[edit]

Ok I doing a project with my son About Caribbean Hero's To our astonishment there was no picture online on ur wikipage about Ulric Cross himself ITs the West Indies highest decorated soldier from WW2, so we see him talk here on the BBC program from 1944 So I made a still with snagit that makes him look good and uploaded here, now I get all these licensing questions but I have no idea or time to figure it out. File seems to be owned by the UK BFI archives but I cant see what license to use? I get the message that in 7 days it will be deleted ? But this is a huge hero and inspiration to others so pls tell me what license to use? It would be awesome to put an image on this page. Kind rgds, Daigoro

--DaigoroLiam (talk) 19:19, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@DaigoroLiam: Hello. I'm afraid the film you took this file from is still copyrighted and non-free. This British documentary was made by Paul Rotha who died in 1984, so his works are still copyrighted until 2054. You cannot upload a still pic from that film here at Commons because there is no free licence you could apply, and all uploads at Commons need to be free for anyone to use. I will, however, upload a smaller version of your image directly at the English Wikipedia where it may be kept with a fair use rationale. De728631 (talk) 19:51, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

associating source url with an item[edit]

I am a Wikipedia editor with almost no concept of Wikimedia commons, other than as a store of items used on WMF sites. I want to incorporate source data for an existing commons image that's used on Wikipedia, so that the actual source of the image (in the Detroit Public Library Digital Collection) will be documented and verifiable. Here are the details:

Is there a standard way to do this? Fabrickator (talk) 04:08, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Should be in the "source" field. I have added it for that image, which should have been done by the original uploader. Cheers, -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 04:16, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

SVG file translated via SVG Translator has a language selector, but doesn't work on the labels inside the image[edit]

Translated SVG that should display in Czech when clicked.

So the archive bot happened to archive the unanswered question of mine, which I would like to revive and get answered, please.

I've updated an existing SVG image (shown on right) by adding 3 languages in it - Czech, German, and English, while German is also an implicit language (the original used in the picture). What's strange is that the picture shows English language instead of the implicit one (which is German), and now that I used the {{Mld}} template in te file description, it does display language selection dropdown menu box, but it doesn't change the labels inside the image. Link from a translated thumbnail doesn't display the selected language in the image, eighter (it does however collapse other languages than selected in the description). How do I get language selector on the file page work on the labels in the image as well? Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:05, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Polda18: By Wikipedia, multilanguage can only be recognized with the restriction that the language switch is not "too far behind". In your file, the switch is defined more than 3 MB after the code start - that is known a non-working condition.
A workaround might be to have a transparent background for the embedded raster image, and define the text advancing the image.
I made a rather cheap workaround: the languages are defined additionally before the large image, just dummylike as empty statements. This way it works -- sarang사랑 09:05, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Sarang: Oh my god, thank you. I didn't even realize that there was a limit to where the language selector first appears in order to be working. Seems like the SVG Translator tool is fairly straightforward and doesn't check for this condition to make it working for bigger files. I guess the biggest issue is the photo used as a background, which naturally contains a lot of data. I guess the photo could be a lower resolution picture, not a full resolution 12MPx photo as it seems. Really, the photo takes up vast majority of the file size. Anyway, it's good that all it takes is an empty dummy switch with all the defined languages and the functionality is restored. Thank you :-) Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:47, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Screenshot of a YouTube video[edit]

Does a cropped screenshot of a YouTube video count as my own work. Can I upload that onto a biography I am making — Preceding unsigned comment added by Samuelloveslennonstella (talk • contribs) 12:56, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

1) No, as there is nothing creative in making a crop. 2) You can upload such a crop only if the source-video had been released under a free license. --Túrelio (talk) 13:00, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Urheber hat Datei freigegeben. Rechtlicher Status?[edit]

Hallo allerseits

Ich bin noch sehr neu hier auf Commons und habe noch nicht den kompletten Durchblick, wie das mit den Lizenzen und der Gemeinfreit aussieht. Konkret geht es darum, dass ich kürzlich eine Datei hochgeladen habe, der dafür zuständige Bot interverniert hat, da gewisse Lizenzangaben fehlten. Ich habe daraufhin die Erlaubnis des Urhebers per E-Mail eingeholt. Wie mache ich das jetzt? — Preceding unsigned comment added by FWS AM (talk • contribs) 17:25, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Ja, um die geht‘s. --FWS AM (talk) 19:21, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hallo FWS AM. Bei amtlichen Werken dieser Art aus der Schweiz kann man meiner Meinung nach sowieso den Lizenzbaustein {{PD-Switzerland-official}} verwenden. Den habe ich jetzt dort eingesetzt. Welche Freigabe hast du denn vom Urheber erhalten? De728631 (talk) 22:17, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Der Urheber antwortete mir direkt per E-Mail und meinte, ich könne diese Datei „frei weiterverwenden“. --FWS AM (talk) 06:00, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@FWS AM: (Mit Hilfe von Google Translate) Leider ist das nicht genug. Wir brauchen eine bestimmte Lizenz und wir brauchen einen Nachweis dieser Lizenz. Entweder müssen sie eine Lizenz ausdrücklich auf einer Website oder Seite erteilen, die eindeutig ihrer Kontrolle unterliegt, oder sie müssen den unter Commons:Volunteer_Response_Team/de beschriebenen Prozess durchlaufen. - Jmabel ! talk 16:36, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Gut, ich kann euch schon vorweg sagen, dass die diesen abartig bürokratischen Prozess nicht durchlaufen werden und ich auch keine Lust habe, das in die Wege zu leiten. Warum sollten sie auch? Als Regierung haben sie sicher Besseres zu tun. Wenn ihr also meint, meine Beiträge stellten eine Urheberrechtsverletzung dar, löscht sie.--FWS AM (talk) 21:09, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@FWS AM: Jmabel hat zwar grundsätzlich recht, aber zumindest bei File:Praxisleitfaden Völkerrechtliche Verträge.jpg und anderen Auszügen aus dem "Praxisleitfaden" besteht gar kein Grund zum Löschen, und wir brauchen dafür auch keine Bestätigung des Urhebers. Das hatte ich ja bereits weiter oben festgestellt. / Jmabel is basically right, but at least in the case of File:Praxisleitfaden Völkerrechtliche Verträge.jpg and other pages from this government guide there is no need for deletions nor do we require a permission from the author. This is what I stated previously with regards to {{PD-Switzerland-official}}. De728631 (talk) 21:55, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


If uploading a photo, is it possible to take it down/off, and if so, how? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Graptaloyia (talk • contribs) 18:06, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Graptaloyia: If you uploaded it recently (within a week) and it is not in use, you can just mark it with "{{subst:My bad upload}}" and it will be deleted.
  • If it's older, though, and you granted a license that conforms with COM:L, typically those licenses are irrevocable, so you'd have to nominate it for deletion just like if it was anyone else's upload. - Jmabel ! talk 19:16, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jmabel: Thanks so much for your reply. If I may follow up please, what kind of period would make it "older"? And what would be acceptable grounds "to nominate it for deletion"? Graptaloyia (talk) 19:19, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Can you put a link in English where Americans can donate small amounts to help —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 19:52, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. This is a help desk for questions about using and operating Wikimedia Commons and sometimes also other Wikimedia projects. Please note that we are not a general information service. De728631 (talk) 22:08, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Add Renee Poussaint to Wikipedia[edit]

I want to recommend adding Renee Poussaint an award-winning local Washington, DC newscaster and correspondent for ABC News who stepped away from journalism in the late 1990s to pursue endeavors to educate young people about Black history and civil rights. She died March 4, 2022, at her home in the District of Columbia from lung cancer. She was 77.

How do I get her added to Wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by KarenBettina (talk • contribs) 21:19, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello KarenBettina. This help desk is not for Wikipedia but for Wikimedia Commons. We do not have any articles like Wikipedia – instead we are the free media repository for Wikipedia and other such projects. Anyhow, you may want to read Help:Your first article at the English Wikipedia. De728631 (talk) 22:04, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Or, if you don't want to write it, you can put in a request at en:Wikipedia:Requested articles. - Jmabel ! talk 00:22, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


How do I crop this photo? I need to crop it so that only it is visible.--Futbollo (talk) 21:24, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Futbollo: Hello. You may want to use the CropTool. It will automatically update the file with a cropped image that you selected. De728631 (talk) 22:06, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@De728631: Overwrite or Upload as new file?--Futbollo (talk) 22:14, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The tool will overwrite the existing file. De728631 (talk) 22:15, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Футболло: Hi, and welcome. I used it to make new file File:Nikita Haikin (cropped).jpg for you.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:20, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Asked a photographer wheter I can use his photos[edit]

Ten days ago, I asked a photographer to be authorised to publish some of his photos on commons but he hasn't replied yet. Can I publish the photos and put the template "permission pending"? --Dr Salvus (talk) 22:28, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Dr Salvus: Hi, and welcome. Yes, but please see VRT and understand that the photo may be deleted soon for lack of permission.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 22:34, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


他のサイトに掲載されている偉人の写真を転載し、アップロードすることは可能でしょうか?--飯山橋 (talk) 09:17, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. Such photos need to come with a free licence stated explicitely at the website where you found them. Another possibility would be photos that are out of copyright because of their age. Please see Commons:Licensing for acceptable licenses. De728631 (talk) 21:45, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Images Uploading Time[edit]

Hello, I've just created my account few moment later. I am so proud to be a part of our community. And I want to upload some photos ... But those couldn't be uploaded : it says that it is a connexion's problem. Then I verified my connexion, but it was normal. And I uploaded again one image, but it was not been uploaded. 😭🥺😭 Please, Could you help me ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ny Mario Sempervirent (talk • contribs) 11:38, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Ny Mario Sempervient: Hmm... Maybe try on a different device? QuickQuokka [talk] 21:16, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Photograph of a Victorian Artist[edit]

I would like to upload this to Wikimedia Commons. It is of a painter who died in 1853. It is possibly from a from a magazine that no longer exists. Would this be available as Free Use? BFP1 (talk) 13:17, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • It would certainly be public domain. (Not sure what you mean by "free use". "Fair use" is a legal justification to use certain copyrighted material without explicitly licensing it, not relevant for something this old, and in any case not accepted on Commons.) This should fall under {{PD-old-assumed}}. - Jmabel ! talk 16:40, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you that is helpul BFP1 (talk) 18:21, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Remove watermark[edit]

How do I remove watermark from photos? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dr Salvus (talk • contribs) 14:10, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Dr Salvus: Either crop it, or use content-aware fill QuickQuokka [talk] 21:14, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Dr Salvus: First of all, are those photos your own work? If so, what camera did you use that the image ended up with a watermark? I know some cellphone models do actually stamp the photos with a watermark of the cellphone make, I'm not quite sure where to disable that feature or if it even can be disabled (personally, I hate that). So I guess that is what you want to remove? But if you tell the cellphone model or your camera model, we could find a way to disable watermark stamp on that camera. If it's a date&time watermark stamp, most camera makes should have an option to disable it. If the photo isn't your own work and you downloaded it from somewhere on the Internet (hence the watermark probably showing copyright status), I'm afraid that Commons cannot accept that photo for legal reasons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 21:30, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Videos prizes[edit]

Is it possible for a video to win the top prize? Or are the videos only eligible for the "best video award" —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:03, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Are you talking about featured media awards? QuickQuokka [talk] 21:13, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Can someone check if this user's file upload history is OK?[edit]

This user has some very low quality images, easily replacable by others. QuickQuokka [talk] 21:11, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I don't think quality is a major reason for a file deletion if you mean that. Files could be deleted for copyright violations, etc. I don't think that these images are copyright protected. They may be eighter below the TOO or his own photos. Quality isn't necessarily a major decision criteria for file deletion or to be replaced. Everything depends on the context. If those photos may not be directly usable in articles, they still make up quite valuable addition to galleries on Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 21:35, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: I mean, some of the stuff. Like the "placenta broccoli" thing, which probably doesn't have a better alternative, but stuff like the barbecue sauce image have tons of better images. QuickQuokka [talk] 07:47, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@QuickQuokka: Well, I didn't look up every single file he uploaded. Partly because I wasn't really that interested, and mainly because I hardly have time to look up one's entire upload history. But as I said, even if there are better images to be used in Wikipedia or Wikivoyage articles for example, lower quality images can still make for a valuable contribution to the gallery here on Commons. In fact, categories kind of work like automatic galleries. If there isn't really a serious reason to delete the file or to get it replaced by another, then let it be. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:04, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia new information input[edit]

is there anyone out there who can assist me uploading information on to specific "profile"pages? —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2605:8D80:4E0:4BCA:9514:5D1E:486D:925B (talk) 00:10, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  1. You are probably going to have to be a lot more specific about what help you want.
  2. If this is really about Wikipedia then you should probably ask there (this is Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia). - Jmabel ! talk 00:19, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hi, and welcome. We don't have profiles, you must be thinking of social media sites. See also en:WP:COI.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 13:02, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hello Wikipedia,

Am I allowed to use Pictures already used on Wikipedia posted by other users for the use of a new Wikipedia draft? I am making with the intention of getting it approved and posted as an official Wikipedia page for the Draft subject.


WavyJack — Preceding unsigned comment added by WavyJack (talk • contribs) 07:44, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I guess this is question for Wikipedia rather than Wikimedia Commons. You'd probably get a relevant answer in Wikipedia's Help Desk. This Help Desk is for questions regarding Wikimedia Commons. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:07, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@WavyJack: Yes, but not the Fair Use ones. Please see en:WP:F and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:59, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

What is the difference between "Ships of Taiwan in art" and "Ships in art of Taiwan"?[edit]

Could anybody please tell me if there is a difference in usage or meaning between "Ships of Taiwan in art" and "Ships in art of Taiwan"?--Kai3952 (talk) 12:40, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kai3952: I guess the first is for art from anywhere depicting ships wrought in Taiwan or used by Taiwan's navy, and the second is for art created in Taiwan that depicts any ships from anywhere. And individual files and subcats can be in both.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:53, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading a picture[edit]

Which photos have higher chances of winning — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ralph tersu (talk • contribs) 15:16, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • You don't say "winning" what but, in any competition, obviously the higher the quality of the photo, in any sense, the better its chance of winning. - Jmabel ! talk 17:01, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Do you think categorizing files is a "waste of wiki-resources"?[edit]

Someone thinks that everything I'm doing is a "waste of wiki-resources" because he said that I not only do meaningless things to increase my edit count but also always liked to find fault with all they have done here. Even though he never told me what he wanted me to do, I already knew where my problem was. Do you think categorizing files is a "waste of wiki-resources"?--Kai3952 (talk) 16:01, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

That person bullies you. Claiming that categorizing files isn't such a waste of resources will never convince that person because it's just an argument to bully you. Just keep doing what you're doing for Commons, have fun doing it because it makes a lot of sense. You help people to find images they wouldn't have found otherwise. Wouter (talk) 16:26, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
But he has a lot of people behind him supporting him and I also see a lot of people complaining to him about me so that forced me to think about why I've become a troublemaker that everyone hates.--Kai3952 (talk) 17:04, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If there is a whole group of people and they keep bullying you, I'd consider reporting them for harrasment. Some people do really nasty stuff out of jealousy or simply hatred. They're dead convinced that categorising is a waste of time and waste of whatnot. As said, you won't convince them otherwise, linking to a relevant page won't change their behaviour, so the only thing you can do right now is do what you do and just ignore them, and if they don't stop, report them for harrasment. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 17:49, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, he came to me for those who complained so he was completely not interested in my explanation. I'll just give a random example. For example, they complained that I was over-categorizing because these categories I created were so unnecessary in their eyes. To give another example, image grabed from facebook or government website, no evidence of permission for its upload under a free licence, so I nominated to deletion and then they started to get extremely unpleasant about my abusing the DR process. No matter how I explain it to him, he always find a way to convince me, that would result in the untenable situation where nobody could claim "misbehaviour" by him.--Kai3952 (talk) 20:05, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I have spent so much time and energy on him/them (or, say, on things that don't matter). I don't know how to stay away from those people who take away my peace of mind.--Kai3952 (talk) 22:44, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Kai3952: Well, I have no idea on how long this is taking. But if you feel that this is going too long or too far, just report them for harrasment, I'm sure something is going to be done about that. The Universal Code of Conduct (UCOC) is of course in effect, and there are new official enforcement guidelines being voted on to be ratified. Those global enforcement guidelines are essentially to kind of unify the way the enforcement works on each project, to connect the projects even more. One of the key bullet points is of course section about threats, bullying and harrasment. So essentially they keep bullying you, disregarding your work regardless of your arguments. I know nothing about the background, but this does seem like a serious harrasment issue to me. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 22:57, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Unfortunately, my account on Chinese-language Wikipedia has been blocked by the Taiwanese admin. He thinks that it is necessary to stop my behavior, like continued arguing without accepting any responsibility for what I did myself. Not only that, he also has believed that my explanation is very threatening and intimidating to Taiwanese users. However, it is what someone believes or thinks, and is not necessarily the truth. Most of Taiwanese who have edited files are active on Chinese-language Wikipedia than Wikimedia Commons (which of course also contains the admin who blocked me) so I can understand why they misunderstand our policies and categorizing files. If I report to the UCoC, I'm afraid they will trust the admin, and then the result is "global blocked" by them. At this moment my only option is to live for them——My problem is that I don't know how to learn to work with other in ways that are benefiting a community of Taiwanese contributors.--Kai3952 (talk) 03:11, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I am unfamiliar with the personal conflict mentioned. As to the heading question, I consider correctly categorizing files to be one of the most important and high value tasks on Wikimedia. -- 03:49, 13 March 2022 (UTC) Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk)
    • Taiwanese users do in fact think differently from the way our did, since Wikipedia Commons consists of files, we are very different from Chinese-language Wikipedia in many ways, I'm guessing that's probably the case. I am currently starting my fifth year on Wikipedia Commons where I am proud to have taken part in the most important and high value tasks. Not only can I correctly categorizing files, but also I can create new categories to help propel the categorization tasks forward. However, I'm not good at dealing with relationships between people, not to mention disputes between editors (personal conflict). Whilst what I'm doing now is good for Wikipedia, relatively speaking, my ignorance is a provocation in their eyes. If you're right, it might mean that they attempt to "overturn" our consensus for categorizing files. Because I know from their complaints what they considered to be the meaning and usage for categorizing files:
  1. When the number of files is not enough to create categories for them. For example, it makes no sense to create categories for those extremely less number of files.
  2. When existing categories are sufficient for current needs and enough to distinguish the difference between each file. For example, it makes no sense to create intermediate categories that hinder their convenience in use.
What will happen if I do what Taiwanese say?--Kai3952 (talk) 15:21, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright Question[edit]

I've found this illustration from an 1898 issue of Puck Magazine. I'd like to use it for historical context for the w:bachelor tax article. Is this illustration old enough to use? Is the fact that it's part of the Library of Congress collection make is viable for use? Or can/should I not use it? Fephisto (talk) 01:42, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Uploading a biography[edit]

Please I want to upload a biography of a notable person from Nigeria. Please help as it's proving to be difficult to upload. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by IMK-Hassan (talk • contribs) 20:56, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Mohammad Ibrahim Hassan[edit]

A biography of a notable person from Nigeria — Preceding unsigned comment added by IMK-Hassan (talk • contribs) 20:58, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@IMK-Hassan: Hi, and welcome. Please read COM:NOT and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 21:15, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Image Use[edit]

Dear Help Desk,

I am a teacher at Universidade Federal da Paraíba in Brazil and I would like to use the image bellow as part of the logo of my reaserch group: Línguas, Sistemas de Escrita, Computação e Humanidades Digitais (Languages, Writing Systems, Computation and Digital Humanities).

Public Domain File:Azimuthal-equidistant.jpg Created: 6 October 2006

This won't be the only image in the logo, just one and in small size, inside of the letter 'O' in 'LISCOD', the acronym of the above mentioned research group.

I didn't find mention to the author, so I wold like to know if it possible for me to legally make the use above mentioned.

Sincerely Yours,

Magdiel Medeiros — Preceding unsigned comment added by Magdiel Medeiros (talk • contribs) 23:17, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Convenience link: File:Azimuthal-equidistant.jpg. - Jmabel ! talk 01:44, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Looks like someone messed up on the licensing there (and User:Mdf hasn't been active here in over a decade). I'd make a strong guess that the file is legitimately the work of a NASA employee, and is therefore public domain, but I wish this had been done more cleanly. - Jmabel ! talk 01:46, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

তাপস রায়[edit]

আপনার কাছে অনুরোধ করছি আমার মেসেঞ্জার চাই —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 07:10, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

YouTube clip channel has a CC license, but not the original source[edit]

Assume you're on YouTube. You take a screenshot from a "clip channel" of a podcast ([1]), which has a CC license, and upload it to Commons. Later, another editor shows up and points out that while it is true that the "clip channel" has a CC license, the original video [2] from where it is clipped from does not - and since the clip is a derivative work of the original video, the CC license is invalid. Both the clip channel and the original full-length video are presumed to belong to the same owner. Is there precedent for dealing with these cases, where the CC licenses don't match? Pilaz (talk) 08:58, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Σας παρακαλώ για μια διευκρίνηση

  1. φωτογραφία πού τράβηξα εγώ και την αναρτώ στη Βικιπαίδεια για πρώτη φορά, μπορώ να την αναρτήσω και αλλού μετά;
  2. φωτογραφία πού τράβηξα εγώ και έχω αναρτήσει αλλού μπορώ να την αναρτήσω στην Βικιπαίδεια;

ποιοι αποκλεισμοί υπάρχουν; Ευχαριστώ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nikolaos Kotopoulis (talk • contribs) 11:19, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Please for a clarification:

  1. A photo I took and posted on Wikipedia for the first time, can I post it elsewhere afterwards?
  2. A photo that I took and posted elsewhere can I post it on Wikipedia; what are the exclusions? Thanks
translator: via DeepL Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:26, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It all depends on the file license. Is the file you've uploaded your own work? That means you are the author of the work in that file? If so, are you uploading the file with license compatible with Commons? Commons has two licenses that are compatible: Creative Commons and Public Domain. Creative Commons is the most used one as it releases the work for free, yet it still ensures some form of authorship protection. Public Domain is basically without any kind of license, you're essentially giving your authorship up. If the file isn't your own, then you have to know the license under which the file is uploaded. First of all, Commons doesn't allow uploading of a Fair Use content. That is possible only under certain language projects, such as English Wikipedia. Some countries don't utilize Fair Use, so be careful. If the license is compaible with Commons, you can upload it here or ask for importing from the project. Also note that there is something called Threshold of originality (TOO). That basically means you can upload let's say a logo that is deemed to be too simple for copyright protection. Each country has different TOO criteria, however. If I missed something, or misunderstood, then my apologize. I don't speak Greek, so I had to use an automatic translator to translate it to English. I also translated this reply from English to Greek with DeepL. It's not perfect.

Όλα εξαρτώνται από την άδεια χρήσης του αρχείου. Είναι το αρχείο που ανεβάσατε δική σας δουλειά; Αυτό σημαίνει ότι είστε ο δημιουργός του έργου σε αυτό το αρχείο; Αν ναι, ανεβάζετε το αρχείο με άδεια χρήσης συμβατή με την Commons; Το Commons έχει δύο άδειες που είναι συμβατές: Creative Commons και Public Domain. Η Creative Commons είναι η πιο συχνά χρησιμοποιούμενη, καθώς απελευθερώνει το έργο δωρεάν, αλλά εξακολουθεί να εξασφαλίζει κάποια μορφή προστασίας της πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας. Το Public Domain είναι ουσιαστικά χωρίς κανενός είδους άδεια, ουσιαστικά παραδίδετε τη συγγραφική σας ιδιότητα. Εάν το αρχείο δεν είναι δικό σας, τότε πρέπει να γνωρίζετε την άδεια με την οποία έχει αναρτηθεί το αρχείο. Πρώτα απ' όλα, τα Commons δεν επιτρέπουν τη μεταφόρτωση περιεχομένου δίκαιης χρήσης. Αυτό είναι εφικτό μόνο στο πλαίσιο ορισμένων γλωσσικών έργων, όπως η αγγλική Βικιπαίδεια. Ορισμένες χώρες δεν χρησιμοποιούν τη Δίκαιη Χρήση, οπότε να είστε προσεκτικοί. Αν η άδεια χρήσης είναι συμβατή με το Commons, μπορείτε να το ανεβάσετε εδώ ή να ζητήσετε την εισαγωγή από το έργο. Σημειώστε επίσης ότι υπάρχει κάτι που ονομάζεται Κατώφλι πρωτοτυπίας (TOO). Αυτό ουσιαστικά σημαίνει ότι μπορείτε να ανεβάσετε ας πούμε ένα λογότυπο που θεωρείται πολύ απλό για προστασία πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων. Ωστόσο, κάθε χώρα έχει διαφορετικά κριτήρια TOO. Αν μου ξέφυγε κάτι ή αν δεν κατάλαβα καλά, τότε ζητώ συγγνώμη. Δεν μιλάω ελληνικά, οπότε χρειάστηκε να χρησιμοποιήσω έναν αυτόματο μεταφραστή για να το μεταφράσω στα αγγλικά. Επίσης, μετέφρασα αυτή την απάντηση από τα αγγλικά στα ελληνικά με το DeepL. Δεν είναι τέλειο. --Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:26, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, and another fair warning. Even if you took a photo of let's say an artwork, you're the author of the photo, but you still may not upload the photo to Commons if the artwork in the photo is still copyrighted. That is the case with many Andy Warhol's pictures for example, which are valuable and photos of these pictures would be great to be hosted on Commons, but they're still copyright protected. That's a fair warning to note. Copyright is sadly something that ties hands for free sharing. I'm not going to run this note through DeepL again, this is just something I wanted to add on top of that. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 13:34, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

رفع صورة[edit]

كيف ارفع صورة — Preceding unsigned comment added by غالب الجحافي (talk • contribs) 14:29, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Upload photo
Upload photo — Preceding unsigned comment added by غالب الجحافي (talk • contribs) 14:29, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
translator: Google Translate
@غالب الجحافي: To upload a photo, you go to the main page, click on "Upload" and then continue per the instructions. QuickQuokka [talk] 15:18, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@غالب الجحافي: تقل إلى الصفحة الرئيسية ، وانقر على"Upload" ثم تابع حسب التعليمات.
QuickQuokka [talk] 15:09, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
translator: Google Translate

Who owns the copyrights of an AI–generated work?[edit]

It was not made by a human, and copyrights only pertain to humans.

Also, does it matter if the training data includes copyrighted materials? QuickQuokka [talk] 15:05, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

For the first question, if AI generated work would subject to copyright would depend on details, same as non-AI generated. As software is copyrightable, I presume copyright could be asserted by the designers/owners of the AI program of whatever subsequent works it might produce. As to the second question, most definitely it does matter. See Commons:Derivative works. -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 15:55, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The US Copyright Office recently rejected a work as being AI created and thus not being subject to copyright. Most of the commentators, however, were of the opinion the fact that the user was pushing the "independently created by AI" angle was key; that if he'd been really interested in copyright and put the emphasis on his creative influence, he would have got a copyright. Something like Google Translate is pretty clearly copyright free, but if there's a human in loop, pushing the AI in directions to create the work they want, using the program as a tool, copyright seems much more probable. Basically, I think the set of copyright-free AI works is going to be pretty rare or uninteresting; most things of interest are going to be stuff like Google Translate or Photoshop filters, where they take something creative and transform it.--Prosfilaes (talk) 00:01, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File:Artists of Abraham Lincoln portraits (1893) (14591328138).jpg[edit]

Something has gone wrong with File:Artists of Abraham Lincoln portraits (1893) (14591328138).jpg. First the painting is dated 1893, but Pollock lived from 1912 to 1956. Second it's supposed to be a portait of Abraham Lincoln, but I don't think that is correct. Lastly, since the painting was likely made after 1927 it is not in the public domain. Mikalagrand (talk) 20:33, 14 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Mikalagrand: According to the file license tag, it seems like Flick from where this is taken contains a note about the copyright, which says that there are no known restrictions for this artwork. One reason could be that the artwork itself isn't actually copyrighted so it would be restricted, or the copyright is restricted, but not actually actively enforced. As for the Pollock reference, are you taking this info from the link in the author field or where? The links to Flickr seem to be dead. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 07:32, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: Oh, okay. The Flickr link was still working when I posted the question. The image is categorised as "Paintings by Jackson Pollock". From the description I gather the image is a black and white photo of Moon Vessel (dated 1945). So, the image is certainly not of a portait of Abraham Lincoln. Do you know if the painting is in the public domain? Mikalagrand (talk) 14:26, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Jackson Pollock died in 1956, which is "only" 66 years ago. The picture on the linked page you sent me states a copyright notice:

© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

And since the painting was created and published in 1945, according to Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United States#General rules:

Recordings that were published prior to 1923 entered the public domain on January 1, 2022. Recordings that were published from 1923 through 1946 are copyrighted for a period of 100 years after first publication. Recordings that were published from 1947 through 1956 are copyrighted for a period of 110 years after first publication. Recordings that were published after 1956 and first fixed prior to February 15, 1972 will enter the public domain on February 15, 2067. These copyright terms for pre-1972 recordings apply regardless of any formalities (copyright notice, registration with the US copyright office, or copyright renewal.)

Although, this applies specifically for music. I couldn't find any information here on Commons that would determine when paintings with copyright notice enter public domain. I would simply assume 70 years after the author's death, which will be frankly just 4 years later, which will be in 2026. If the same rules that apply for music also apply for any other work, then year of publication is 1945, so the copyright would expire in 2045.
I'm no lawyer, so I can only assume based on what I can read in online sources. I am also not a resident of United States, which also contributes to the fact I don't know about majority of U.S. laws, notably copyright laws. I know a little bit about Fair Use, but the rest of the copyright laws? Without researching anything, basically zero knowledge. So you'd better just ask someone who has greater understanding and knowledge of how copyright works in United States. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 15:07, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Under U.S. law, the Jackson Pollock painting should be protected for 95 years from "publication", which in this case effectively means public display, which presumably was almost immediate. See Commons:Hirtle chart. - Jmabel ! talk 15:31, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

acount not activate[edit]


i have made a mistake i din,t activate my acount mail. so my acount is not active anymore. can you help my please,


sander — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sander krauwinkel 1985 (talk • contribs) 11:50, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Sander krauwinkel 1985: Hi, and welcome. Your account looks active to me. Did you try resending the confirmation email message?   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:22, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category:St Ignatius Church, Ordsall[edit]

Hello all. I don't usually edit here, but I saw that the church was categorised under Category:Saint Ignatius of Loyola churches in the United Kingdom. Both the St Ignatius Centre website and the English Heritage listing suggest that it is dedicated to St Ignatius of Antioch, so I've removed the category. I am unfamiliar with the way categories work on Commons, so did I make a mistake by removing it? Please advise. HMSLavender (talk) 14:18, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks. It's fine. I've added Category:Ignatius of Antioch churches in the United Kingdom . --Túrelio (talk) 14:42, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Chiyaan Vikram Mahaan.jpg[edit]

how to edit the licensing details for the image ?

These are public domain images and i want to update their license it seems.. need help

--ஆனந்த் ராம் (talk) 17:32, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I don't see any indication of public domain at the source. These look like normal, all rights reserved, images to me. --rimshottalk 22:04, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Vikram Mahaan.jpg[edit]

how to edit the licensing details for the image ?

These are public domain images and i want to update their license it seems.. need help

--ஆனந்த் ராம் (talk) 17:34, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Vikram Mahaan Promotions.jpg[edit]

how to edit the licensing details for the image ?

These are public domain images and i want to update their license it seems.. need help

--ஆனந்த் ராம் (talk) 17:35, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Why playing with water is a folklore?[edit]

I watched a few YouTube videos about the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival (for example, this news report), and the news talked about the government hosts the event every year in the same pool in the same park, but I don't actually know how this is related to folklore. However, P1340 uploaded this photo in 2013, it seems to me that this, especially in light of the definition of en:Folklore, looks more like a group of people to play in the water than actual folklore, let alone folklore festival. If I were to create "Category:Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival", would you see this as an acceptable category title?--Kai3952 (talk) 19:45, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wanting to upload photos of a late artist's artwork to his Wikipedia page[edit]

I have been in touch with the estate of the artist Nate Dunn and we both want to upload photos of Nate Dunn's artwork on to his Wikipedia page. The estate is willing to authorize me to do this for them in writing but we are unsure how best to do it. What is the easiest way to upload a few images of Nate Dunn's artwork which is copyrighted to his estate but they want to allow it on Wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Eejjcc (talk • contribs) 20:30, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Please, see Commons:OTRS. Ruslik (talk) 20:42, 15 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to transfer images from English-language Wikipedia to Commons?[edit]

Yesterday I saw that all photos in an article on English-language Wikipedia are not uploaded to Commons. I would like to know how to transfer the images to here. See:

@Kai3952: At the top-right of each page (at least in the usual desktop skin) there's a link "Export to Wikmedia Commons". Assuming the file has a suitable licence (and the first one above does, at least), that roughly converts the file description into a Commons-compatible form. You can change the name the file will have on Commons, or edit the description, but in most cases you can just scroll to the bottom and choose "Import". That will copy the file to Commons with all its history, and then you can edit the description and add categories as appropriate. There are other ways to transfer files to Commons, but I think this is by far the best. --bjh21 (talk) 00:34, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Importing files from (US National Archives)[edit]

Hello, I noticed that there are many public domain files at that are not on Commons (I just uploaded this one manually, but manual uploads are a pain). I know there have been mass imports from US national archives in the past, can we reactivate whatever bot did that? Or is there some other way to easily import files from that website? Thanks, Buidhe (talk) 01:30, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

File uploading[edit]

How do I upload images and files onto Wikipedia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BTSgf (talk • contribs) 02:40, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @BTSgf: to upload to Wikimedia Commons (this site) you can use Special:UploadWizard. All of the Wikipedias can access files from Commons. I hope that answers what you really wanted to know. - Jmabel ! talk 03:41, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How To Start Journey with Wikipedia?[edit]

Hi there,

I joined Wikipedia today and want to become a contributor over here!

So, let me know how can I become a good contributor and from where should I start my journey?


Cheesecakeagency —Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:FD0:200:400:0:0:0:2 (talk) 08:29, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@2001:FD0:200:400:0:0:0:2: I'm afraid this is a question for Wikipedia rather than Commons. Begin your journey in this page and don't forget to be bold. Both pages have interwiki links to other language Wikipedias, so it depends on your native language or which language you understand and want to edit. Also, I'd suggest you to create an account since it will help you to keep track of your edits and get proper attribution. The account is global, so it doesn't really matter where you create your account. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 08:46, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Wrong borders[edit]


An editor conflated 1812 with 1912 and added Morocco as a satellite state of the First French empire in 1812 which is totally unhistocal. Morocco was made a protectorate of France in 1912. Can someone change it? The file is [3]. 08:40, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

According to the map, it seems that the green blob on Western Africa doesn't belong to Morocco, but rather Senegal and part of Mauritania. While Mauritania was claimed in late 19th century according to Wikipedia, Senegal was part of French empire since 17th century when France began to trade with slaves. It is possible that French empire was slowly spreading to north in early 19th century as well and part of Mauritania was already claimed in 1812. I don't see Morocco being part of French empire on that map.
And for the record, to link to a file on Commons, just use [[:File:French Empire on World 1812.png]] syntax, that will create this link: File:French Empire on World 1812.png. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:18, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: I'm talking about the light green (satellite states) spot in the most northern part of africa. The map's creator conflated 1812 with 1912. 15:35, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, that. I though that was related to Spanish empire, since Spain is marked as light green. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 18:53, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: Nope it's not related to spain, he just conflated 1812 with 1912. Can you change the map? 19:17, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I'm afraid I can't. Clearly I don't have necessary knowledge for such edits and I don't want to mess it up. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:23, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Polda18: But the map is misleading and it's been used for 8 years now without being noticed as such. Can you tell other map specialized editors to change it? Thank you197.153.44.161 19:30, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Not sure who is a specialized map editor here. I'm sure somebody will notice it being discussed here. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:35, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ask at Commons:Graphic Lab/Map workshop. - Jmabel ! talk 20:12, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: @Polda18: Thank you. I opened a request [4] in the Map Workshop. 00:28, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright help regarding File:Hamburger Spendenparlament Logo Motto.svg[edit]

Hello, I've got the permission to upload this file by the president of the organization. What else do I have to so? --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 12:14, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Hnsjrgnweis: Make sure to contact the president of the organization and tell them about COM:OTRS. Commons cannot trust such claims that "they gave me permission". It has to be officially signed and sent to the Wikimedia Foundation, otherwise anyone could claim they've got permission, while in reality they stole it. Believe me, you don't want to get through legal obligations regarding copyright. It has to be officially approved by the organization in writing, officially signed and sent to Wikimedia Foundation for approval review. Otherwise even if your claim is true, before it is officially in writing, nobody will believe it.
Also, the logo seems to be fairly simple. Take a look at COM:TOO#Germany to learn more about Threshold of originality in Germany. I can't asses whether this logo falls below the TOO in Germany (those laws will subsequently apply in this case). I'm afraid someone else will have to look at it and decide, preferably a lawyer specialized in copyright protection. Otherwise, an OTRS letter from the organization to WMF in order for it to be used. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 14:27, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Hnsjrgnweis and Polda18: If an organization intends to issue a free license for their logo, often the simplest way to do that is to indicate that license on their site, which can then be cited as a source, allowing anyone to upload here. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jmabel: Well, according to the source page (translated to English using DeepL):

§ 3 Copyrights and ancillary copyrights

The contents published on this website are subject to German copyright and ancillary copyright law. Any use not permitted by German copyright and ancillary copyright law requires the prior written consent or that of the respective copyright holder. This applies in particular to the copying, editing, translation, storage, processing or reproduction of content in databases or other electronic media and systems. Third-party content and rights are marked as such. The unauthorised reproduction or transmission of individual contents or complete pages is not permitted and is punishable by law. Only the production of copies and downloads for personal, private and non-commercial use is permitted.

The display of this website in external frames is only permitted with our written permission.

The use of the contact data in our imprint for commercial advertising is expressly not desired unless we have given our prior written consent or a business relationship already exists. We and all persons named on our website hereby object to any commercial use and disclosure of their data.

So unless user:Hnsjrgnweis is willing to contact them once more regarding of OTRS, I don't think they're going to release their copyrighted works under a free license. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 16:49, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
thank you --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 17:10, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
thank you, --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 17:11, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The solution proposed seems to complicated für them. Pleased coukd you deleted the File? Thanks again, --Hnsjrgnweis (talk) 21:38, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Hnsjrgnweis: See COM:DR. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 09:11, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Approval time for a new page on Wikipedia for Tour de Tuli[edit]

Good day,

Please could you assist me?

We have created a page for the Tour de Tuli, a fundraising event that traverses three countries in Africa - and would like to ask if there is any way in which we can fast-track the publishing of this page so that we're able to include it as a reference in our communications?

Please let me know if this is viable, and if so, how?

Thanks so much Bronwen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bronwen Blunden (talk • contribs) 12:41, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Bronwen Blunden: Hello. This is not the help desk for Wikipedia, but for Wikimedia Commons which is Wikipedia's free media repository. Please edit your draft article at Draft:Tour de Tuli and place a string of code on top of the page: {{subst:AfC draft|Bronwen Blunden}} . This will notify the reviewers at the English Wikipedia who will then decide on the quality of your draft. De728631 (talk) 14:29, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Bronwen Bluden There are no articles on this site (Wikimedia Commons). I assume you're talking about en:Draft:Tour de Tuli. I've submitted it to Articles for Creation for you. In my opinion, it looks likely to be notable but needs editing to resolve promotional tone. Buidhe (talk) 14:30, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How do I edit my file upload to add consent document[edit]

Some of the files I had uploaded in ignorance of the copyright guidance has been marked for deletion. Please do I add a consent note from the original owner to make these images stay — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edyreuben (talk • contribs) 18:35, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Edyreuben: You don't say what images you are talking about, but typically consent from the owner has to come directly from that owner, as described at COM:VRT. - Jmabel ! talk 19:26, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jmabel please consider Special:CentralAuth/Edyreuben which shows multiple reasons for blocks on en WP for this editor.
    It seems to me to be pretty hard to upload files "in ignorance of the copyright guidance" since the upload process is more than somewhat explicit in asking questions, however hard I try to keep assuming good faith Timtrent (talk) 23:30, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Edyreuben and Jmabel: It seems Jmabel has beaten me to the response. Yes, COM:VRT (formerly COM:OTRS) and everything you need to know about getting consent from copyright owner is there. Polda18 (discussioncontributions) 19:33, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Jmabel I'll request that the direct owner email the consent as outlined on COM:VRT — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edyreuben (talk • contribs) 23:44, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

question about a public domain photograph[edit]

hi, i wanna know if i can use this picture on a tv show on my country, Colombia, i am screenwriter and wanted to make sure i'm allowed to do so. Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 20:33, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Absolutely. It's work of an employee of the U.S. Army, taken in the line of duty, so it is in the public domain. - Jmabel ! talk 00:36, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Help uploading Batch of files[edit]

I need to upload two batches of about 100 files each. The easiest approach I've seen so far is to add them 50 at a time to the upload wizard and then manually write in all of the names/captions/descriptions, but this would be pretty time consuming and error prone. It would be nice if I could use like, an excel with a list of file names, captions and descriptions. I've read but frankly it's not that helpful. I tried the Pattypan and ComeOn! tools but they didn't work/gave errors when I tried to run them. I also tried pywikibot but it also gave errors. What is a good, user-friendly, tool that I can use to upload my files easily? Twistar48 (talk) 04:31, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Lotfor Rahaman[edit]

আমার নামটা কি ভাইরাল হবে

লুৎফুর রহমান নামে বাংলা দেশ স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশের নাগরিক হিসেবে কাজ করতেছ উইকিপিডিয়ার তথ্যে বিশ্বাস করে একটা উইকিপিডিয়ার তথ্যে গড়মিল নিয়ে জাও ভাই দোয়া রইল ইনশাআল্লাহ আগে তোমার মোবাইলে নেটওয়ার্ক ছিল না তাই তোমাকে আর তুমি কী — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lotfor Rahaman (talk • contribs) 08:40, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is there a way to check global usage of all your files?[edit]

Is there a way where you can check which one of your files are being used on wikis? But in a way where it shows all at once, so you don't have to click through every file you've uploaded to see if it's used.Lallint⟫⟫⟫Talk 19:06, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Lallint: may be able to do what you want. --bjh21 (talk) 20:36, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
This just tells me how many files are used, I've uploaded files that aren't my own work but I want to see which ones that were my own work that are used individually, kind of like the flickr2commons interface with the image on the left and the details on the right Lallint⟫⟫⟫Talk 14:52, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Lallint: If you want to see details for individual files, turn on "Show details". If the problem is that you only want your own creations, that's a little trickier since GLAMorous doesn't have a general way to check authorship. If you can put all your pictures in a category (like mine are in Category:Photographs by Ben Harris), or in a gallery (like User:Lallint/My Work), you can have it work from that, though. --bjh21 (talk) 16:24, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Is it okay to copy the script at the Special:MyPage/common.js to Special:MyPage/common.css? SeanJ 2007 (talk) 03:09, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @SeanJ 2007: I can't see how that would be useful: JavaScript/ECMAScript won't be valid CSS. - Jmabel ! talk 15:07, 18 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Keeping a watermark[edit]

Someone has agreed to release their work under a CCL, but they do not want their watermark cropped or removed in any way. Would it be a problem to have it remain? If so, is there a template of some sort that would let others know not to remove it? Btspurplegalaxy (talk) 01:34, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • @Btspurplegalaxy: That seems a bit strange. Do they understand the thing about "derivative works"? - Jmabel ! talk 02:25, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Not OK. Free licensed means that other users can make edited versions (as long as they credit the original if the media has an attribution license). -- Infrogmation of New Orleans (talk) 03:08, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Rotating an image[edit]

I'm trying to upload a few images. They look fine on my pc but are rotated when uploaded. Any advice on how I get them the right way up gratefully received. An example of the issue I'm facing is here, [[File:Head of a god - MARQ exhibition of Etruscan art - March 2022.jpg]]. KJP1 (talk) 10:29, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@KJP1: Hi, and welcome. I fixed File:Head of a god - MARQ exhibition of Etruscan art - March 2022.jpg for you. See also mw:Help:Links#Internal links.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 10:50, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Jeff G. - Most kind, many thanks. KJP1 (talk) 12:00, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@KJP1: You're welcome.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:23, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
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Getting permission to use a photo on Wikimedia and offering accreditation[edit]

Dear Wikimedia,

We have found this image on your site. This image is attributed to and / or owned by EurovisionNim.

I am writing a book on behalf of an 85 year old gentleman doing a small family history book.

Who would I need to contact to get permission to use this image please?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

We are very happy to accredit EurovisionNim in the book if wanted. I cannot seem to find a link to do so directly.

This is the link to the picture online -,_Tasmania.JPG

My email -

Please let me know.

Thank you.

Vicki —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 10:59, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Vicki: Hi, and welcome. You must follow the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license linked at File:Port Arthur, Tasmania.JPG, or contact User:EurovisionNim via User talk:EurovisionNim for less restrictive terms. See also COM:REUSE, mw:Help:Links#Internal links, and COM:SIGN.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 11:37, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright Holder of Portrait of Public Figure[edit]

I sent an email to WiKi last week in order to seek for permission for using my photography work on a public figure page. Sadly, my application was turned down and I was required to provide more information. However, I am the original creator of the portrait and I have no idea what sort of information I am supposed to provide. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LamlamFong (talk • contribs) 13:33, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • When you say you "sent an email to WiKi" are you talking about COM:VRT or something else? - Jmabel ! talk 15:36, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I don't see any "Add a note" button on this page, so what should I do?--Kai3952 (talk) 14:22, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kai3952: That's been pretty broken lately. I don't have any help for you, but I've had the same problem. Does anyone know if there is a Phabricator bug report about this? - Jmabel ! talk 15:37, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]