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I do not understand why I continue to get a warning about uploading this image that belongs to me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by NicholsZIP (talkcontribs) 12:55, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

The first copy, File:ANBest.jpg, which you had uploaded at 14:38, 1 May 2016, was the object of the message left on your talk page at 17:05 the same day, 1 May 2016, by the ImageTaggingBot, as an information that the description page did not include a copyright status template. This means that even if you possibly had mentioned the copyright status in the page, you probably had forgotten to add a template, which is necessary to be detected by the system. This first copy was deleted eight days later, on 9 May 2016, since no tag had been added in the meantime. The message from 1 May 2016 is still on your talk page because contents of talk pages are not automatically deleted. If old messages from 2015 and 2016 on your talk page bother you, you can archive them. The third copy File:ANBest2.jpg, which you uploaded on 19 June 2017 under a CC by-sa 4.0 license, has a deletion warning because it is an identical duplicate copy of the second copy File:Ashton Nichols.jpeg, which you have already uploaded on 4 May 2016 under a public domain release, and also of the fourth copy File:ANBest.jpeg, which you uploaded on 19 June 2017 under a CC0 public domain declaration. It is recommended to upload only one copy of an image. Identical duplicates are likely to be deleted, in particular a copy that mentions a more restrictive copyright status than another copy. -- Asclepias (talk) 16:55, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
@NicholsZIP: All the identical images have been deleted and File:Ashton Nichols.jpeg is now the only image that remains and it is one the commons but it requires your attention over there because it does not have any evidence of permission, so you may want to address that otherwise it too will be deleted. It is also missing other details. Good luck. ww2censor (talk) 09:15, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Online magazine cover upload[edit]

Please advise how to upload a cover (image) of an online magazine to Wikipedia, in regards to license. Thank you Parviziskender (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 06:28, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Demolished building[edit]

Can I use a 1932 photo of a demolished building? (full question and discussion) – Editør (talk) 10:50, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

@Editør: This image is being discussed in the post on this page just 3 posts above this one. ww2censor (talk) 11:59, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Image of K. Anders Ericsson[edit]

I tried uploading a picture of psychologist K. Anders Ericsson last year. The picture is a portrait picture take for his bio profile at Florida State University. The picture that I was going to use I was able to find on other free image website, so it acceptable for free use on Wikipedia, if I understand the terms correctly. I tried uploading the picture to the Ericsson Wikipedia page, but I uploaded it incorrectly and it posted to the Tale Page. I did leave an entry on the Talk Page that if anyone could correct it to do so. The picture was removed from the Talk Page, but it wasn't inserted to the Main Page.But, it is a good thing the picture was not added. I've gone back to Ericsson's FSU bio page and there is probably an updated picture. I used the right tag, I just uploaded the picture to the wrong place. Now, when I look at the tags, I don't know which tag to use now.

RayGhost-Use way as no way; Use limitation as no limitation 09:22, 21 June 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rayghost (talkcontribs)

I'm sorry you had trouble with your upload but it was deleted as unacceptable and per the note left on you talk page at the time there was no licence for the image. Even if a new image is available from the same website (I presume you mean the one on this webpage) you cannot use it because it is copyright to someone and you don't have their permission to use it. That's what determines what licence tag get applied. Basically most images you find on the internet are copyright and without any clear evidence they are freely licenced they will be deleted if you upload them. Sorry but you must try to either, get permission from the copyright owner and have it verified by them by them following the procedure found at WP:CONSENT or you have to search for a free image somewhere else. Flickr does not seem to have any free images of him, so you may just be out of luck. ww2censor (talk) 10:18, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

File:God Wars II screenshot of dungeon with MUSHclient plugin.png[edit]

File has conflicting copyright licenses. It cannot really licensed as {{self}} and {{non-free video game screenshot}}. The screenshot itself seems to me to be more of a mechanical reproduction than a WP:Derivative work, so I don't believe it can be copyrighted. The underlying content of the game, however, may be be copyrightable (unless it can be shown to be freely released) and therefore probably needs to be non-free. If the file is non-free, then it will need to be provided for non-free use rationales for each of its uses or it will be deleted per WP:F6. Is there any way this screenshot can be licensed under a free license or converted to public domain? -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:21, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

Actually, if the MUSHClient shell graphics are copyrighted, then we do have a situation where the underlying text within it cannot be copyrighted (as text) but the graphical elements are. I would make it simple and just tag non-free if the MUSHClient doesn't have an free content license for screenshots. --MASEM (t) 03:41, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

File:Robert Wadlow.jpg[edit]

How do we know this photo is still under copyright? The source given goes nowhere, and no version that I can find online has any info. ... discospinster talk 19:59, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

@Discospinster: I found an archive link of the original source website and have added it to the image but it does not provide any more information. The photo itself in more that 70 years old but we have no idea who took it and when they died. ww2censor (talk) 10:37, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
Or when and where it was published. More research in books, newspapers and other sources might lead to the answer. Given the large number of photos of him that were published, it would be surprising if there weren't some that were published without the copyright requirements. For example, maybe this postcard. -- Asclepias (talk) 15:28, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
@Discospinster: Well spotted Asclepias, so I've uploaded the postcard and it back as: File:Robert Wadlow postcard.jpg and File:Robert Wadlow postcard-address side.jpg. As you say the should really be more around seeing as how popular he was. The address side may even be his signature but that would need some research. Thanks ww2censor (talk) 16:08, 24 June 2017 (UTC)


I have Fixed the Issue with WQED-TV.Jpg by tagging it with a video and put proper copyright on the picture. Bbabybear02 (talk) 00:27, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

File:Downtown Newport, Vermont, USA.jpg and File:Downtown Winooski, Vermont, USA.jpg[edit]

Hi. I have some concerns over the two aforementioned files (esp. File:Downtown Newport, Vermont, USA.jpg, because both appear to have been taken from Google Street View. In particlar, the licence plates of the cars in Downtown Newport, Vermont, USA.jpg appear to have been blurred, and both have panoramics similar to those in Google's street view. I wanted to add to these files the {{copy to commons|human=JWilz12345}} tag for them to be used on Tagalog Wikipedia (in the future articles of both Vermonter cities there), although I have some doubts over the nature of these imgs. I need some further clarification on this, so that I will have long-term assurance. Thanks! JWilz12345 (talk) 07:21, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

How odd is it that they took their pictures exactly when the Google Street View car was there! [1] [2] Tagged as copyvio. --AntiCompositeNumber (Ring me) 12:44, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
The file File:Downtown Vergennes, Vermont.jpg, uploaded by the same uploader, seems fine (i.e. No problems), as it has metadata and complete desc (I've already added copy to commons tag to that file). But the two aforementioned files are questionable regarding their nature and characteristics (not to mention the similarity of the sky and clouds in Newport city's img to Newport city's street view in Google).JWilz12345 (talk) 14:48, 25 June 2017 (UTC)