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When you upload a file to Wikimedia Commons you must state its license status, which must allow it to be used by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.

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The Upload Wizard is the easiest way to upload files to Wikimedia. It guides you through the steps to provide the information needed to upload a file, and suggests commonly used licenses. You may also use the license selector.

See Commons:Lizenzierig for a quick tutorial about licenses. Depending on what license you choose, a "copyright tag" is inserted into the file's description page, such as {{Cc-by-4.0}}. This will display license information on the description page, and categorize the file accordingly. For more information see Commons:Brojäktfokus.

The pages summarized here describe the different types of license tag, and provide lists of the most common tags. The lists are by no means complete. New tags are added as contributors find new sources for material that can be uploaded to Commons, or find sources that should be avoided. New tags may also be added to reflect changes in local laws. Category:License tags lists several thousand license tag templates, often specific to one source.

Search by name for license tag documentation:

Does the file you want to upload come from a source such as a book, website or organization that has material that can be used freely? If so, you may find a license tag for the source in Commons:Copyright tags/Index by source.

Gmeinfreii Lizänze

Public domain
Public domain
Hauptseite: Commons:Lizänzvorlage/Gmeinfreii Lizänze.

General public domain tags may be used to describe why a file is in the public domain based on broad criteria such as a copyright release by the author, or the date when the author died. If the file's source country is not the United States it must also have a tag that shows why it is in the public domain in the United States.

See also Category:PD license tags for a full list.

Länderspezifischi gmeinfreii Lizänze

Hauptseite: Commons:Lizänzvorlage/Länderspezifischi gmeinfreii Lizänze.

Copyright rules vary from one country to another (see Commons:Copyright rules by territory). A file may be in the public domain in its country of origin based on the date of death of the author, date of publication, type of work, who commissioned the work and so on. Country-specific license tags show the reason why a file uploaded to Wikimedia Commons is in the public domain in its country of origin. For a file originating outside the United States, another tag should show why it is in the public domain in the United States.


GNU head
GNU head
Hauptseite: Commons:Lizänzvorlage/GNU-Lizenzen.

The GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) and GNU General Public License (GPL) are widely-used free documentation and software copyleft licenses. Works licensed under the GNU family of licenses may be uploaded to Wikimedia.

Freie „Creative-Commons-Licenses“

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons License
Hauptseite: Commons:Lizänzvorlage/Freie „Creative-Commons-Licenses“.

Files with Creative Commons Attribution and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licenses may be uploaded, but only when they do not include NonCommercial or NoDerivs restrictions. CC0 and CC-PD licenses are also accepted. See Commons:Creative Commons copyright tags for a full table of allowed Creative Commons licenses, including country specific licenses that are based on the copyright laws of the country of origin.

Weitere gemeinfreie Lizenzen

Public domain Copyleft Green copyright symbol
Hauptseite: Commons:Lizänzvorlage/Weitere gemeinfreie Lizenzen.

A variety of license tags other than the GNU licenses or Creative Commons licenses indicate why a file may be freely used. Typically these apply to files from a given source, such as a website or organization, that releases material into the public domain or that allows it to be used under a license that is acceptable for upload to Wikimedia Commons.

Not free or uncertain

Warning signFree License?
Hauptseite: Commons:Copyright tags/Not free or uncertain/gsw.

A file may be tagged to show reasons why it may have an unfree or uncertain copyright status. Such a file will often be quickly reviewed and deleted.

Andere Vorlagen

Hauptseite: Commons:Lizänzvorlage/Andere Vorlagen.

Descriptive tags give useful information about a file, such as restrictions on the use of the file in some jurisdictions. They must be supplemented by tags that describe why the file is free or in the public domain in the country of origin and the United States.

See also