Commons talk:Licensing

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Archived discussions[edit]

Seven 2006/2007 discussions organized as subpages, ignoringincl. comments added in 2014:

Copyright images[edit]

I was wondering about how some things with copyright worked.

How would I go about searching for free licensed images on google? I see two categories, "Creative Commons license," and "Commercial and other license." Is there a specific search engine or certain websites I can use to find non-copyright images? Can I use images from a site as long as I give credit?

I also found some images on Flickr. Some of them stated that I could use the images as long as I gave credit to the person who took the picture, and provided a link to it. Would I be able to do this, where I put the link to the Flickr image in the description of the image? — Preceding unsigned comment added by LtLemonade (talk • contribs) 13:25, 16 April 2021 (UTC)[]

You might think of copyrights as the photo owner's rights over the image (how and where it's posted, distributed, etc.) So, while it is important that credit is given, please note that simply crediting the person who took a picture is not always sufficient; it may depend on the purposes for which you are using the images. For example, if you are using an image for a presentation for school, it might qualify for a fair use exception, whereas if you were using the same image for commercial purposes, it likely would not qualify for a fair use exception. There are several sites that offer images that are considered "free for use", such as Pixabay and Unsplash. Please note that it is often best practice to cite from where images (and other information) were obtained, even if the images are considered free for use. Downeycortez (talk) 04:12, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[]
@LtLemonade: Hi, and welcome. Please see en:WP:FIT and COM:F.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 12:16, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Proposed change: hatnote link to Help:Public domain[edit]

I propose adding {{See|Help:Public domain}} to the top of the Material in the public domain section. (I tried to boldly make this change, but got an error telling me to discuss the change on the talk page.) Colin M (talk) 17:28, 19 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Symbol support vote.svg Support.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 02:28, 23 August 2021 (UTC)[]

A friend gave me the right to use his photographs on Wikipedia : which license should I use ?[edit]

When somebody asks you to upload a picture to Commons....

Good evening, I would need your help: a friend agreed to let me use the photos he took to illustrate in Wikipedia articles. These photographs come from his personal collection and he gave them to me.

I uploaded 3 images to Wikimedia Commons but I couldn't find an editing license corresponding to our situation. Here are the links to the 3 photographs :,_le_11-09-2000,_P._Ren%C3%A9.jpg,11-09-2000,_P._Ren%C3%A9.jpg,_11-09-2000,_P._Ren%C3%A9.jpg

Because of this lack of information on licenses, these images may be deleted, which would be a real shame.

So, under what license should these images be published on Wikimedia Commons?

Thanks in advance !

Axel GREGER. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Axel GREGER (talk • contribs) 20:57, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Take a look at COM:OTRS (but it's not called that any more). In particular, "allowed for use on Wikipedia" is a reason for deletion here! They need to be free for use for everyone, not just Wikipedia. Andy Dingley (talk) 21:16, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[]
The simplest solution would be for your friend to create his owns Commons account, upload the images to Commons himself, tagging them as his own work with an appropriate Creative Commons licence. Then it's all legally OK and less complex than you having to prove you have permission. Cnbrb (talk) 19:03, 28 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Or watch this video about what VRTS (former OTRS) can do for you and your friend. Ciell (talk) 19:54, 28 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Minor addition[edit]

Under Section "Scope of licensing", I'm requesting an addition of the word "public artwork" for a section with reference to FOP, like this (underlined words indicate my proposed additions)

"For a picture of a building or a public artwork (for example, monuments or murals), note that the architect or the artist may hold some rights if distinct architectural or artistic features are shown, but see also Commons:Freedom of panorama."

JWilz12345 (Talk|Contrib's.) 10:23, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[]