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See Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag.

This template is for use by the uploader of a photograph taken by somebody else to assert that the photograph can have no independent copyright as it is simply a faithful reproduction of an old, public domain, two-dimensional work of art. For this purpose, 'faithful reproduction' includes even a photograph taken perhaps from several meters away from the work of art, with carefully-arranged and professional lighting, filters and so on. Use of this template means that according to the position of the WMF Board such 'faithful reproduction' photographs are considered to be in the public domain, regardless of how much skill and effort went into taking the picture.

A 'faithful reproduction' in this sense may differ from a purely mechanical copy such as a photocopy or a scan taken directly from the original. Images that are no more than mere photocopies or scans directly taken from an old original artwork can be labeled {{PD-old}}. The {{PD-Art}} template is only for use when the initial reproduction was by means of a photograph, rather than a scan or a photocopy.

The template takes one parameter to indicate why the original work of art is in the public domain (if no parameter is given, {{PD-old}} is assumed). If you use a parameter, it must correspond to a public domain tag. Do not use as a parameter a copyright license tag such as such as GFDL. See Category:PD Art for existing categories.

For examples of the tag in use, see Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag#Usage examples.

The template automatically sets the following categories: Category:PD-Art (PD-old default) if no parameter specified and default {{PD-old}} is supplied by the PD-Art template. Category:Files with invalid parameter in PD-Art template if a invalid license like cc-by-sa-3.0 is specified for the first parameter.


{{PD-Art |1= |deathyear= |country= }}

Template parameters

Parameter Description Default Status
1 license License to use, like: PD-old-auto, PD-old-auto-1923, PD-old-100, PD-USGov or similar. See Commons:Multi-license copyright tags for more details. PD-old required
death year Year of author's death. Only used, if license was {{PD-old-auto}} or similar then deathyear is passed to that template empty required
source country Home or source country (country of origin) of the work. Country name in English language or two letter Country code according to ISO 3166-1 alpha-2. Country is being displayed and is also used to look-up URAA date (using {{URAA-date}}). Only used if license was {{PD-old-auto-1996}} or other template that takes country argument. empty optional
reason Reason the image was in Public domain in the source country at the URAA date (January 1, 1996 for most countries). Only used if license was {{PD-old-auto-1996}} or other template that takes reason argument. empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Placement: In the "Permission" parameter of the {{Information}} template (or the respective parameter of similar templates) or in the "Licensing" section

Relies on:



renders as:

This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason:
Public domain

The author died in 1920, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 95 years or less.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.
The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that "faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain".
This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States. In other jurisdictions, re-use of this content may be restricted; see Reuse of PD-Art photographs for details.

See also

Art related license tags:

  • {{PD-Art}} - template explaining why photograph of PD object is also is PD in US.
  • {{PD-Art-two}} - same as {{PD-Art}}, but allows Country of origin and US license to be added separately
  • {{Licensed-PD}} - template that allows object and photograph to be added separately (can be used for 3D objects)
  • {{Copyright information}} - more general version of {{Licensed-PD}}
  • {{Licensed-PD-Art}} - template explaining why photograph of PD object is also is PD in US, while outside of US a separate license can be used.
  • {{Licensed-PD-Art-two}} - same as {{Licensed-PD-Art}}, but allows country of origin and US license to be added separately
  • {{Art Photo}} - Combination template of {{Artwork}} for the object and {{Information}} for the photograph metadata, which allows user to provide separate artwork and photograph licenses


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This template is localized through {{Autotranslate}}. The layout of the template can be found under Template:PD-Art/layout.

To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please copy the code of Template:PD-Art/en (or any other language version you prefer to translate) and replace the text strings in there (the form below can be used to create a translation, the English version is preloaded in the edit box). Please change the parameter lang from en (or whatever language you are translating) to the language code of your language.