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It's all about freedom

All users of files found on Wikimedia Commons must be given the Four Freedoms:

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  1. The freedom to use and perform the work.
  2. The freedom to study the work and apply the information.
  3. The freedom to redistribute copies.
  4. The freedom to distribute derivative works.

(From the Definition of Free Cultural Works, inspired by the Free Software Definition.)

Traditional copyright law does not grant these freedoms, and unless noted otherwise, everything you find on the web (including book covers, screenshots, logos, promotional photos, and so on) is copyrighted and not permitted here. Please only upload files that are in the public domain (author died more than 70 years ago), or those which are explicitly covered by a license which grants the Four Freedoms. See the list of acceptable licenses.

The word license is frequently used when discussing images on Wikimedia projects. See Commons:FAQ/Licenses for more information about what licenses are and why we need them.


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You want to upload your own work

You want the general public to use it (even commercially), build upon it, and redistribute it.

  • You have created a photograph of a natural landscape, an animal, or a plant, or you have made a graph, map, diagram, or audio file:
    Yes Upload the work and choose a suitable license from the menu
  • You have photographed a person:
    Yes If the subject is a public figure, or the photo is taken at a public event, upload the photo. If not, the photo may be problematic. Use good judgment.
  • You have photographed a work of art:
    No The original artist still owns the copyright, and you can not upload it. Such photos will be deleted. You may only upload it if the artist has been dead for 70 years, or if your country has freedom of panorama.
  • You are not sure:
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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You want to upload a work in the public domain

  • The author has been dead for 70 years, and a reliable source can confirm it:
    Yes Upload the work and choose the option “author died 70 years ago - public domain.” If you are uploading a reproduction of a public domain painting, use the option “reproduction of a painting that is in the public domain because of its age.”
  • You do not know who the author is, but the photo is old:
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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You want to move a file from another Wikimedia project

  • The image page shows a clear, free license, and the image has a reliable source:
    Ja Upload the file, and use exactly the same license. Use CommonsHelper to easily transfer the file.
  • The file is fair use:
    No Do not upload it, Commons does not allow fair use. Such files will be deleted!
  • You are not sure:
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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You want to upload a photo from Flickr

You want to upload a photo from Flickr.

  • You have found the photo at Flickr, and it has a Creative Commons Attribution or Attribution ShareAlike license:
    Ja Upload the photo, be sure to get the license right. Use the Flinfo tool to easily transfer photos from Flickr.
  • The Flickr license is all right reserved, or the Creative Commons license has a Noncommercial or Nonderivative clause.
    No Do not upload the photo, as the license is not free. Such images will be deleted!
  • You are not sure:
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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You want to upload a work by the US federal government

You want to upload a work made by an employee of the United States federal government.

  • You are sure that the work is made by the federal government:
    Yes Upload the work. Be sure to include a source that confirms that the work was made by a US government employee.
  • You are not sure if the work is really made by the federal government:
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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You want to upload a work that you have been granted permission to use

Please note that permissions that are granted for Wikipedia only, or that do not explicitly mention commercial use and derivative works are not accepted.

  • You have received permission by e-mail for a free license:
    Yes Upload the work, and use exactly the same license as the permission states. Write that “the permission is forwarded to OTRS” at the description page, and forward the e-mail to permissions-commons@wikimedia.org. You can find email templates you can use when asking for permissions at Commons:Email templates.
  • The source says that the photo can be “freely used,” “used by media,” “reproduced if the source is cited” etc:
    No Do not upload the photo, as the license is not free. Such images will be deleted!
  • You are not sure:
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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You want to upload a screenshot of a TV show, a DVD, or software

  • You have created a screenshot of a movie, a TV show, a Windows application etc:
    No Do not upload the screenshot. Such screenshots will be deleted!

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  • The logo belongs to a sports club, a company, a band etc :
    No Do not upload the logo. Logos are not allowed at the Wikimedia Commons. Logos will be deleted!

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You want to upload a CD or video game cover

  • You want to upload a cover of an audio recording, or of a video game etc:
    No Do not upload the cover. Covers are not allowed at the Wikimedia Commons. Covers will be deleted!

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You want to upload an image you found on the Web

  • Unless noted otherwise, the images found on the Web are copyrighted and thus unsuitable for the Wikimedia Commons.
    No Do not upload the image Such images will be deleted!

Use a search engine for free images to find a replacement, or use the search engine Mayflower to find images already on Commons you can use instead.

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None of these situations are applicable

  • None of the examples applies to you.
    ? Ask other users at the Help desk

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Files without a license or a source

All files need a license tag and a source. Files lacking one of these will be deleted after 7 days. Thank you for your understanding.