Commons:Undeletion requests

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On this page, users can ask for a deleted page or file (hereafter, "file") to be restored. Users can comment on requests by leaving remarks such as keep deleted or undelete along with their reasoning.

This page is not part of Wikipedia. This page is about the content of Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free media files used by Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia Commons does not host encyclopedia articles. To request undeletion of an article or other content which was deleted from the English Wikipedia edition, see the deletion review page on that project.

Finding out why a file was deleted

First, check the deletion log and find out why the file was deleted. Also use the What links here feature to see if there are any discussions linking to the deleted file. If you uploaded the file, see if there are any messages on your user talk page explaining the deletion. Secondly, please read the deletion policy, the project scope policy, and the licensing policy again to find out why the file might not be allowed on Commons.

If the reason given is not clear or you dispute it, you can contact the deleting administrator to ask them to explain or give them new evidence against the reason for deletion. You can also contact any other active administrator (perhaps one that speaks your native language)—most should be happy to help, and if a mistake had been made, rectify the situation.

Appealing a deletion

Deletions which are correct based on the current deletion, project scope and licensing policies will not be undone. Proposals to change the policies may be done on their talk pages.

If you believe the file in question was neither a copyright violation nor outside the current project scope:

  • You may want to discuss with the administrator who deleted the file. You can ask the administrator for a detailed explanation or show evidence to support undeletion.
  • If you do not wish to contact anyone directly, or if an individual administrator has declined undeletion, or if you want an opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion, you can request undeletion on this page.
  • If the file was deleted for missing evidence of licensing permission from the copyright holder, please follow the procedure for submitting permission evidence. If you have already done that, there is no need to request undeletion here. If the submitted permission is in order, the file will be restored when the permission is processed. Please be patient, as this may take several weeks depending on the current workload and available volunteers.
  • If some information is missing in the deleted image description, you may be asked some questions. It is generally expected that such questions are responded in the following 24 hours.

Temporary undeletion

Files may be temporarily undeleted either to assist an undeletion discussion of that file or to allow transfer to a project that permits fair use. Use the template {{Request temporary undeletion}} in the relevant undeletion request, and provide an explanation.

  1. if the temporary undeletion is to assist discussion, explain why it would be useful for the discussion to undelete the file temporarily, or
  2. if the temporary undeletion is to allow transfer to a fair use project, state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

To assist discussion

Files may be temporarily undeleted to assist discussion if it is difficult for users to decide on whether an undeletion request should be granted without having access to the file. Where a description of the file or quotation from the file description page is sufficient, an administrator may provide this instead of granting the temporary undeletion request. Requests may be rejected if it is felt that the usefulness to the discussion is outweighed by other factors (such as restoring, even temporarily, files where there are substantial concerns relating to Commons:Photographs of identifiable people). Files temporarily undeleted to assist discussion will be deleted again after thirty days, or when the undeletion request is closed (whichever is sooner).

To allow transfer of fair use content to another project

Unlike English Wikipedia and a few other Wikimedia projects, Commons does not accept non-free content with reference to fair use provisions. If a deleted file meets the fair use requirements of another Wikimedia project, users can request temporary undeletion in order to transfer the file there. These requests can usually be handled speedily (without discussion). Files temporarily undeleted for transfer purposes will be deleted again after two days. When requesting temporary undeletion, please state which project you intend to transfer the file to and link to the project's fair use statement.

Projects that accept fair use

Note: This list might be outdated. For a more complete list, see meta:Non-free content (this page was last updated: March 2014.) Note also: Multiple projects (such as the ml, sa, and si Wikipedias) are listed there as "yes" without policy links.

Adding a request

First, ensure that you have attempted to find out why the file was deleted. Next, please read these instructions for how to write the request before proceeding to add it:

  • Do not request undeletion of a file that has not been deleted.
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  • Identify the file(s) for which you are requesting undeletion and provide image links (see above). If you don't know the exact name, give as much information as you can. Requests that fail to provide information about what is to be undeleted may be archived without further notice.
  • State the reason(s) for the requested undeletion.
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Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

File:New moon. Snapshot RVB.jpg

Thank you so much.

File:New moon. Snapshot RVB.jpg

Description English: MOON: ASH LIGHT.

This is a phenomenon that takes place a few times a year.

The Moon sporting an earthshine on Friday February 4 twilight.

Earthshine is considered one of the most beautiful astronomical phenomena, and was first explained at the beginning of the 16th century by Leonardo da Vinci.

There was a request to delete my file so I wanted to let it known that this area was extremely thin at the time of filming.

I thought it was good to share this file precisely because of this.

This is pretty great data (from a ongoing project since 2018) so I don't think I posted anything useless.

This file contains a series of knowledge. Besides, in the PDF on my web space, we see a galactic view of the crescent and how thin it is at that moment.

To obtain the crescent like that and the moon a little visible, therefore the phenomenon, it was not easy. In addition without a tripod.

Optical illusion. (Astronomy)

This snippet shows a light portion very different from what is seen from the ground at the time.

So this is an image that demonstrates two phenomenons, an ash light and, the astronomical optical illusion (which is wide in terms of phenomenons, but here is one.

Everyone can make mistakes) Date ‪4 February 2022‬ Source Own work Author VeronicaInDream

Date/Time 00:24, 6 February 2022

Dimensions 360 × 202 (10 KB)

User VeronicaInDream

File:No. 25 Squadron B-24 Liberator c January - August 1945 on a bombing mission over the Netherlands East Indies (aka the DEI - now Indonesia).pdf

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Both files appear to be {{PD-AustraliaGov}} but used free text instead of the template — JJMC89(T·C) 00:38, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Flag of Gyumri.svg, File:Coat of arms of Gyumri.svg, File:Flag of Ejmiatsin.svg, File:Coat of arms of Ejmiatsin.svg

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: {{PD-AM-exempt}} applies to the images, therefore it is not a copyright violation. Flagvisioner (talk) 01:46, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question The template declares that the exception applies to state emblems and signs and these are emblems of cities, not of the state. Any comment to this? Ankry (talk) 17:55, 9 August 2022 (UTC)
Hm. I would like to mention then, that it also does say "c) official documents: legal acts, treaties and the official translations thereof;".
In that case, it seems that [1] counts as an official document, meaning that the flag of Gyumri and its coat of arms are not protected by copyright.
The flag of Ejmiatsin is an official document (which is currently down, but fortunately available on the Wayback Machine at [2]). I am not too sure if it means the coat of arms is public domain, though, since the flag is the coat of arms with a cross on it (with the cross probably counting as pd-shape). Flagvisioner (talk) 19:00, 9 August 2022 (UTC)

Two Flickr PDMark owner images from Premsa Liceu

were both deleted back in 2016, before we had Template:PDMark-owner. They're images of ballet and/or opera dancers from the Liceu, a respected opera house, just under 200 years old, so seem to be exactly what PDMark-owner is intended for. Thank you! --GRuban (talk) 14:07, 10 August 2022 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose {{PDMark-owner}} applies when the photo originates from the photographer's Flickr stream. Premsa Liceu is not the photographer and we have no evidence that they are the copyright holder. Ankry (talk) 12:35, 14 August 2022 (UTC)
Don't see the word photographer anywhere on the template; it says "copyright holder" in the text and "owner" in the title. These are photos of the dancers performing for the Liceu, which is an organization. They own the rights to these photos and are releasing them. This is what the template is for. --GRuban (talk) 00:37, 15 August 2022 (UTC)
For what it is worth, both of these photos on Flickr (25438811316, 25464967025) indicate in their subtitles that the photographer is A Bofill. This is almost certainly Barcellona photographer Antoni Bofill, who is credited online with many photos from Gran Teatre del Liceu. However, I don't know the rights relationship between him and Liceu. —RP88 (talk) 01:18, 15 August 2022 (UTC)
Aha! "... Antoni and Toni Bofill, two generations of legendary visual artist, official photographers at the Gran Teatre del Liceu since 1977.
"Since 1977 you are official photographers of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. How did the collaboration with one of the greatest opera houses in the world start?
Father-It happened so fast, because Gran Teatre del Liceu was looking for a photographer, and the laboratory I was working with (for photo development) knew that I worked in theater, dance, etc., so they told me about Liceu’s request. I contacted the theater (those years it was a private theater managed by the impresario Joan Antoni Pamias): Liceu offered me a first assignment for the opera “L’Africana” sung by my beloved Montserrat Caballé and Plácido Domingo!!! From that moment on, they took me for covering Liceu’s photographic needs." --GRuban (talk) 14:05, 15 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Runtu Office RC1.png

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Runtu Office is free software. Here is an example of his screenshot File:Screenshot of Runtu Office.png Артём 13327 (talk) 14:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

Which is the license and who should be credited as the copyright owner? Thuresson (talk) 15:58, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Russian Olympic Committee flag.svg

Per User:Primefac's comment:

Opposed to this because it (and the Paralympic variant) were vetted more than a year ago and some of most on-top-of-it Commons admins (some of which I consider friends) have tacitly cleared it for use (and I should know, I've been dinged a few times now for not-quite-free flag files in the past). In other words, the licensing information is accurate. Primefac (talk) 07:57, 4 March 2022 (UTC)

Pinging @Ellywa and ShinePhantom: File:Russian Paralympic Committee flag (2021).svg should also be kept for the same reason. Tholme (talk) 14:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Степаненко Олександр Данилович.jpg

The photo that now is posted in the biography of Stepanenko Oleksandr Danilovich is not his. The photo shows a person who has nothing to do with Oleksandr Danilovich Stepanenko. So I uploaded his real photo. I am his relative. Stepanenko Oleksandr Danilovich died a long time ago. I scanned his photo and uploaded it. What else do you need to have real photos of my relative on your resource. Now the photo of my grandfather shows some unknown person. Please undelete the photo of my grandfather, so I can set it in his biography. Now it looks like a desecration of my dead grandfather. On his page is a photo of another person. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andrii13 (talk • contribs) 08:33, 13 August 2022‎ (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose File:Степаненко Александр Данилович.jpg and File:Степаненко Олександр Данилович.jpg. is the same photo, uploaded by different users with different copyright claims. Subject died in 1975 and it is unlikely that a Wikimedia user owns the copyright. Thuresson (talk) 14:43, 13 August 2022 (UTC)
That's a strong case for socking. Yann (talk) 16:50, 13 August 2022 (UTC)
I am his relative. Yes, he died, but I have his passport. And the photo in the passport proves that I uploaded his photo, and other users uploaded a photo of some person unknown to me who is not my grandfather. Andrii13 (talk) 08:07, 14 August 2022 (UTC)
@Andrii13: The copyright is owned by the photographer. So we need a permission via COM:VRT from the copyright holder. Thanks, Yann (talk) 08:11, 14 August 2022 (UTC)
I don't understand. What copyright?
I have the wrong photo of some unknown person on the page of my relative:
I also have the correct photo of my relative, that i made myself from his archive pictures:
I want to set correct photo to the page of my relative.
No-one can have copyright to my photo, because i made it myself.
What should i do to set my correct photo to my grandfather's page on wiki? 10:51, 15 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Madeira wine Borges polosuché 10 leté Portugal Shop.jpg

I made this picture Madeira wine Borges polosuché 10 leté Portugal Shop.jpg for this shop I have also the source files. Thanks for undeletion. --Hlavomet (talk) 20:10, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

@Túrelio: , if you agree, this file could be undeleted imho, I beleive what the uploader is writing here. Ellywa (talk) 09:18, 14 August 2022 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I think an evidence that the requester is the author and that they are still authorised to grant a free license are needed (as for any previously published image). These can be provided in VRT process if the original source image(s) cannot be published for any reason. Ankry (talk) 12:21, 14 August 2022 (UTC)

File:SS 114 percorso.png - PD work deleted as obsoleted by work with CC-BY-SA

As this work has less restrictive license, it was not obsoleted. I found it while reviewing copyright status of Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 14:24, 14 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Ansu Fati.jpg File:File:Alex Collado.jpg File:Ez Abde.jpg File:Arnau Tenas.jpg

Hi, I am requesting undeletion for these files because they are indeed my own work. I have proof. They are screenshots from a video I took. Had this similar issue with File: Gavi (footballer).jpg but I proved my own work by emailing the video's metadata to a moderator. Where can I do this? again? Thank You TheSoccerBoy (talk) 03:26, 15 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Nnamdi Azikiwe PC.jpg

The file depicts the first president of Nigeria Dr Nnamdi Ben Azikiwe.

I hereby request undeletion of this file for the following reasons: 1. The image is an official photograph and there are no copyright liabilities or obligations in the United States. 2. The image has attained a level of use which is deemed as overly public, having been published several times and hung in government offices in official capacity in Nigeria and around the world. 3. The subject of the image has been deceased since 11 May 1996.

--Wordboss58 (talk) 10:53, 15 August 2022 (UTC) Wordboss 15.08.2022

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I'm afraid, but none of these points are valid when it comes to Nigerian copyright.
    1. Even government works from Nigeria have a copyright term of 70 years after the first publication. This photo was allegedly created in 1963, so it cannot have been published more than 70 years ago. Also, Nigeria is a member of the Berne Convention which means that there are mutual copyright relations with the United States.
    2. Public availability does not make a work public domain. It would have to be transferred by the copyright holder which is apparently not the case here.
    3. The lifetime of the subject of a photograph is irrelevant because copyright is usually held by the photographer.
Per {{PD-Nigeria}}, the copyright protection for photographs expires 50 years after their first publication. Since this is an official portrait, we could assume that it is now public domain in Nigeria. However, it was not yet public domain in 1996, so it was retroactively copyrighted in the US by the URAA agreement. De728631 (talk) 12:33, 15 August 2022 (UTC)

File:Tesslo Logo.jpg

This Logo is in the public domain, It is the Official Logo of the Tesslo Brand and has no copyrights of any kind attached to it. Here is the website of the Tesslo Brand,. The Logo can be used by not Just Wikipedia but anyone, anywhere in the world

File:Escudo CUCEI.svg

Please restore File:Escudo CUCEI.svg, since it falls under {{PD-Coa-Mexico}}. The file depicts the coat of arms of a recognized organization, in this case, the CUCEI, a recognized university operated by the University of Guadalajara. SistemaRayoXP (talk) 19:56, 15 August 2022 (UTC)