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Files uploaded to Commons should be free both in the country of origin (as defined by the Berne Convention) and in the United States of America, and possibly in other countries involved, either through being properly licensed by the copyright owner or being in the public domain.

Copyright rules by subject matter

Hauptseite: Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter/de.

Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter/de brings together a variety of subjects and aims to answer the question "Can I upload photographs/pictures of ...?"

It is ✓OK to upload:

  • Generally, photos you have taken yourself of uncopyrightable subjects such as views; nature; yourself; and people who have given their consent for you to photograph them and for you to publish the photograph. (However, you should remember that uploads should be educational - Commons is not your private web space.)
  • Photos taken by you, or scans or photocopies made by you of objects or designs whose copyright has expired (usually 70 years after the death of the author, but see Commons:Urheberrechtsregeln nach Gebiet for a country-by-country list).
  • Mere mechanical scans or photocopies, made by somebody else, of an object or design old enough to be in the public domain (usually 70 years after the death of the author, but see Commons:Urheberrechtsregeln nach Gebiet for a country-by-country list). For scans of old images that may have been enhanced, see Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag.
  • Photographs, taken either by yourself or someone else, that are faithful reproductions of 2D public domain works of art. See Commons:Wann man die PD-Art-Kennzeichnung verwendet.

Other subjects may or may not be allowable - see headings at Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter/de. If you want to have an answer to the question "Can I upload photographs/pictures from ...?", see the section at Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter/de on Internet images. See also: Commons:Schöpfungshöhe.


Nehmen wir an, du hast ein Foto mit deiner Kamera geschossen oder ein fremdes Bild eingescannt oder vom Internet heruntergeladen. Nun willst du es auf Wikimedia Commons hochladen. Woher weißt du nun, ob du es darfst oder nicht? Hier ist eine einfache Liste, die dir bei der Entscheidung hilft. Wenn du dir nicht sicher bist, lies bitte zuerst über die Urheberrechte in Deutschland, Österreich oder in der Schweiz (oder in deinem Land, falls es anderes ist). Falls noch Unklarheiten bestehen, kannst du auf Commons:Help desk, Commons:Village pump oder Wikipedia:Urheberrechtsfragen weitere Fragen stellen.

See Commons:Copyright rules by subject matter/de for a more complete list.

Mit Sicherheit in Ordnung:

Selbst gemachte Fotos bzw. Scans von:

  • Natur (Wald, Himmel, usw.)
  • Tieren (Hund, Katze…)
  • Insekten (Käfer, Schmetterling…)
  • Obst und Gemüse (Apfel, Tomate…)
  • Menschen, die der Veröffentlichung des Bildes zugestimmt haben
  • dir selbst (solange du die Commons nicht als private Homepage missbrauchst), aber nicht Fotos von dir, die von anderen gemacht worden sind (diese Fotos benötigen die Zustimmung des Autors des Fotos)
  • Gegenständen, die durch ihr Alter in den USA und auch in deinem Land gemeinfrei sind:
    • Gebäude, deren Architekt vor mehr als 70 (vorzugsweise 100) Jahren gestorben ist
    • Kunstwerke, deren Schöpfer vor mehr als 70 (vorzugsweise 100) Jahren gestorben ist, und erst vor mehr als 95 Jahren veröffentlicht wurden
    • Bücher, deren Autor vor mehr als 70 (vorzugsweise 100) Jahren gestorben ist, und erst vor mehr als 95 Jahren veröffentlicht wurden
    • Zeitungen und Magazine veröffentlicht vor mehr als 95 Jahren von einem Autor, der mehr als 70 (vorzugsweise 100) Jahren gestorben ist

Own scans of:

  • Material where copyright has expired in both your jurisdiction and the United States.
  • Pictures created entirely by you (based either on no earlier source or on a source which is in the public domain)

Material from web servers:

  • Material where copyright has expired in your jurisdiction, the United States and the jurisdiction of the web server.

Entscheidung von Fall zu Fall:

Alles, das urheberrechtlich geschützt sein könnte, wenn du die Urheberrechte nicht besitzt:

Fotos, Zeichnungen, Scans und andere Reproduktionen von:

  • Autos (einfarbige Autos ohne Werbungen, Gemälde sind OK)
  • Produkte des täglichen Gebrauchs (einfache Gestaltungen sind OK)
  • Buchumschläge (sehr einfache Gestaltungen sind OK)
  • Währungen (hängt vom Staatsgesetze ab, siehe Commons:Währung)

Nicht erlaubt:

  • Bilder, die unter der "Fair Use"-Klausel verwendet werden (siehe Commons:Fair use)
  • Fankunst, die urheberrechtlich geschütztem Material gleicht. Siehe Commons:Fan-Art.
  • Fotografien, Zeichnungen, Scans und andere Reproduktionen von Material, bei dem das Urheberrecht nicht ausschließlich bei dir liegt, z.B.:
    • Actionfiguren, Sammelfigürchen und anderes Spielzeug (siehe Commons:Bearbeitungen.)
    • Album, videogame, movie and other commercial products covers, posters, newspapers and magazines whose copyright has not expired (covers and interiors).
  • Sounds of things that are copyrighted by someone other than you, like the following:
    • Copyrighted radio stations (programs and commercials)
    • Lyric songs created by an author whose copyright has not expired

Urheberrechtsregeln nach Gebiet

Hauptseite: Commons:Urheberrechtsregeln nach Gebiet.
Worldwide map of copyright term length

Laws about copyright differ from country to country. Images uploaded to Commons, unless uploaded from the United States, involve the interaction of two or more copyright jurisdictions. The laws of individual countries differ especially in the following points:

  • The time for which a copyright applies. In most countries, copyright expires no later than 70 years after the death of the author (p.m.a.). There may be special terms for recently published old material.
  • Status of works of the government. In many (but not all) countries, documents published by the government for official use are in the public domain.
  • Material applicable for copyright. In some jurisdictions, pictures of artistic work like architecture, sculptures, clothing etc. can not be used freely without the consent of the creator of the original artwork.

Almost all countries in the world are party to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (see here for the text). Following this convention, countries enforce copyrights from other countries, according to certain rules. One consequence of these rules is that we should always care about the laws of the country of origin of the work.

Dealing with uncertainty

When the date is unknown

Einstein photo example

Assume the most recent possible date considering the subject. The photo here shows Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa. Elsa died on December 20, 1936; Albert later on April 18, 1955. Therefore, it was taken before December 20, 1936.

When the place is unknown

Assume the most restrictive reasonably possible location considering the subject. In the Einstein photo here, it could be the United States, Germany, the Atlantic Ocean (assuming the Einstein couple was on board a ship) or any other country or location he reasonably could have gotten a photo taken in, but it would not likely be Nepal, for example.

When the photographer is unknown

Assume the most reasonable restrictive copyright barring evidence to the contrary. That is, unless the site or source itself asserts a freer set of rights (and you have good reason to believe they are not misapplying rights they do not have) assume the photographer retained all rights he legally could in his jurisdiction.

But the Berne Convention says that photographs are in the public domain 50 years after publication if the photographer is unknown. This applies unless a country has made a specific law.


French ship Borda

Assume that the author of the image on the right is unknown to us, but not unknown in the copyright sense. We know that the image represents the ship Borda, which was scrapped in 1891. The image could have been taken that year by a 20-year-old man, who could die of old age in his 90s; this brings us to 1960. Assuming the normal terms for "works" apply and a 70-year long copyright term pma, the image would be covered by copyright until the 2030s. If the work was truly anonymous, then the copyright probably did not exceed 1891 + 70 = 1961, which means it is free if it was published before 1923 (or free in USA for other reasons).

Caution, not being able to find an author does not mean that the work is anonymous. It can mean that we did not search long enough or at the right place. Siehe auch: Commons:Projektumfang/Vorbeugendes Prinzip.


This page does not represent the views of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., its Board, Executive Director, or General Counsel, nor should it be taken as such. Each contributor has responsibility for their own actions, with or without independent legal advice.

Siehe auch: Commons:Allgemeiner Haftungsausschluss.

Siehe auch

  • Commons:Wikilivres – a similar site which is not operated by the Wikimedia Foundation but which allows for material in the Canadian public domain which is less restrictive than the United States
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