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"Own work" or "self-made" has a particular meaning at Commons. It refers to works that you have created yourself, that are not substantially representations of works by others - derivative works.
Ways you can create a work:
- Drawing something and then scanning it to create a digital copy
- Using graphics software to create a digital illustration (map, diagram, etc) from scratch
- Recording your own voice
- Operating a video camera
- Taking a screenshot of software or a video
- Photographing a work of art, logo, statue
- Creating a sketch of characters in an animated series
- Reading aloud a text written by someone else
For more details, please read Commons:Derivative works.
If the work you create is a derivative work, the copyright of that works depends on the copyright of the original work. If the original work is copyrighted, as most commercial products are, then the derivative work is unfree and must not be uploaded to Commons. If the original work is out of copyright, or is available under a free license, you are welcome to upload it.
NOT OWN WORK:
- Scanning (or photographing) an existing image that you did not originally create or photograph yourself.
- Copying or downloading an image from a web site.