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.
  • Do not post e-mail or telephone numbers to yourself or others.
  • In the Subject: field, enter an appropriate subject. If you are requesting undeletion of a single file, a heading like [[:File:DeletedFile.jpg]] is advisable. (Remember the initial colon in the link.)
  • 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.
  • Sign your request using four tilde characters (~~~~). If you have an account at Commons, log in first. If you were the one to upload the file in question, this can help administrators to identify it.

Add the request to the bottom of the page. Click here to open the page where you should add your request. Alternatively, you can click the "edit" link next to the current date below. Watch your request's section for updates.


Closed undeletion debates are archived daily.

Current requests

Files in Category:Documents from the US Naval Postgraduate School Library/reserved

496 Files

These files were deleted summarily, even though many of them are in the public domain owing to age. I ask that they all be undeleted temporarily, so that I may more easily determine the copyright status of the works. I could search for the records elsewhere, but that is very tedious (especially with so many works), so I ask that they be undeleted anyway to reduce unnecessary work on my part. As an example, File:Filmwise condensation of steam on low integral-finned tubes. (IA filmwisecondensa00geor).pdf was published in 1984 and is PD-US-1978-89. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 02:27, 18 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@TE(æ)A,ea. and Yann: Undeleted as per request. --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:12, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Filmwise condensation of steam on low integral-finned tubes. (IA filmwisecondensa00geor).pdf

Per the followup comments in Commons:Deletion requests/File:Filmwise condensation of steam on low integral-finned tubes. (IA filmwisecondensa00geor).pdf, some doubts were raised as to the nature of 'copyright' status of the work. The claim is that as 1984 work without an additional license it might qualify for {{PD-US-1978-89}} as there wasn't an additional license/ registration within 5 years. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 08:32, 19 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm. If there were a copyright notice, it would be near the bottom of the reverse side of the title page. Unfortunately, on that page, only the top half was scanned by Google, so we don't actually know that there was no notice. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 14:11, 20 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

TE(æ)A,ea., have you seen the whole page, without the redaction, or are you just guessing that there is no copyright notice? .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:37, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Gagarin and Visionary Crytek.webp and File:Yuriy Besarab on car 2007.webp

This is my works (or my father's works, to be precise). You can even clearly see that the first one is a selfie. Also, the other resource (S.T.A.L.K.E.R. wiki) have a footer, and you can read there "everything is under the CC licence".

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose If it is your father's work, then your father must provide a free license using VRT. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:03, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I request the restoration of the file, they are only letters and the flame are geometric figures (specifically ovals), it does not exceed the threshold of originality.--Aurelio de Sandoval (Mensajes aquí please) 03:08, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Aurelio de Sandoval: Can you prove that similar complexity logos are considered PD in Russia? Ankry (talk) 22:04, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ankry: I do not understand your question.--Aurelio de Sandoval (Mensajes aquí please) 22:17, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
See the deletion request. We need to address the deletion rationale if undeleting an image deleted through DR. Ankry (talk) 22:20, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ankry: Yes, look at the category there are images of the Gazprom company and they are in PD.--Aurelio de Sandoval (Mensajes aquí please) 22:26, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ankry: According to it was because the flame of the logo was complex, but if you look closely at the flame they are only ovals, it does not exceed the threshold of originality.--Aurelio de Sandoval (Mensajes aquí please) 22:39, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not so obvious. From COM:TOO Russia: Simple result (consisted of simple geometric shapes and / or text) of creative work (creative human activity) is copyrightable. Ankry (talk) 22:59, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose As Ankry says, the threshold of originality is very low in Russia, so the gas flame almost certainly has a copyright. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:52, 22 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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I would like to incorporate this file in an article I am posting.--Rtakele (talk) 00:03, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Rebecca Takele 9/26/2022--Rtakele (talk) 00:03, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol support vote.svg Support The image appears at Therefore your claim that you created it appears to be incorrect. Such claims are a serious violation of Commons rules. If you do it again you may be blocked from editing here. With that said, however, the image appears to be {{PD-USGov-HHS-NIH}}. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:04, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

✓ Done: as per Jim. --Yann (talk) 16:12, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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File:Stock Moe LLC LOGO.png

I am requesting the undeletion of File:Stock Moe LLC LOGO.png It was incorrectly marked as a 'files and pages created as advertisements' This logo is used on the home page of our website, (at the bottom) We do not use this logo in any sort of advertising. Our company does not do any advertising or promotions using a logo because we are a company whose main business is on YouTube. This is a logo that is strictly used on the home page of our website.

Thank you. --StockMoeMrsMoe (talk) 01:07, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose First, the word "advertisement" covers many things, not just selling products or services to customers. It also covers promoting your company to prospective vendors, employees, and investors. A logo by its very nature is an advertisement. Second, we do not keep logos unless we have a free license from an authorized official of the copyright holder via VRT. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:08, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done: as per Jim. --Yann (talk) 16:20, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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I request for undeletion of the photo. Please know that the photo is mine, I took the photo of the famous Pinay Actress. I am the photographer of that photo please consider. Thank you! (ceri) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Crispyceri (talk • contribs) 03:37, 27 September 2022‎ (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose As noted at Commons:Deletion requests/File:Crrldz.jpg, it is a relatively small image without EXIF. I suggest that you upload the image at full camera resolution with the EXIF. Also, please identify the subject -- the image is useless without her name. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:25, 27 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done: as per Jim. --Yann (talk) 16:20, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Files uploaded by Юрій Полтавець

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: Since this year these photos are in the public domain (70 years passed after death of uk:Курилас Осип Петрович) Renvoy (talk) 09:11, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose The artist died in 1951, so the works became PD in Ukraine last January 1. However they will not be PD in the USA until 95 years after first publication, which is certainly some time from now. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 13:32, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

✓ Done: There are all except one from before 1927. --Yann (talk) 17:42, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Monica Tranel Picture.jpg

Reason of request. This picture is not copyrighted and open use by Monica Tranel's political team that we are part of. Photo belongs to Monica Tranel's political Team and we posted it. It is not copyrighted and taken by us. Please do not remove. --KudosBZ (talk) 15:12, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose With limited exceptions, none of which are applicable here, all creative works have a copyright from the moment of creation. Although you claimed to be the photographer when you uploaded the image, your comment above strongly suggests that that is not actually correct. Please be aware that using {{Own}} on the work of other photographers is a serious violation of Commons rules and may result in your being blocked from editing here.

The image appears in a variety of places on the Web. In order to have it restored here, the actual photographer must provide a free license using VRT. .     Jim . . . (Jameslwoodward) (talk to me) 15:19, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The author of this photo has changed the copyright of this file to CC-BY-SA-3.0, which comply to WikiMedia Commons requirements.

This is the Chinese version of copyright page:

This is the English version of copyright page:

Please restore the file, thanks very much.

JackZouSZ (talk) 07:48, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Le Tombeau de Couperin triadic planing.mid

Please restore the following pages:

Reason: These files were deleted from Commons due to wartime copyright extensions in France. DR for MIDI file see here. But tommorow copyright for Le Tombeau de Couperin, like all Maurice Ravel's works published before 1920 will finally expire, as 14 years and 272 days will elapse since the end of 2007. Because of in Mexico 100 pma protection is applicable or authors who died in 1952 or later, and the Ivory Coast uses the rule of shorter term, Ravel will be free almost all around the world. Very similar case was a few years ago with The Internationale (see that undeletion request). Michalg95 (talk) 10:52, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I removed this file as infringing copyright. Although it should have been replaced with a redirect to File:Icon webview.png --Артём 13327 (talk) 12:05, 29 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]