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Use this template to mark a file which you have identified as being ineligible for copyright protection by virtue of it:

  1. consisting only of information that is itself in the public domain; and
  2. lacking evidence of original authorship/ creative input of any kind.

This template should not be used if a more-specific suitable public domain copyright tag is available (e.g., the tag PD-chem for images of chemical compounds or PD-textlogo for ineligible logos). However, the sweat-of-the-brow doctrine means that even complicated images/ files may be ineligible for copyright protection so long as they consist solely of information and are utterly lacking in originality and creativity— in that case, this tag may be appropriate.



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1If the file is your own work, you can add one parameter to tell under which free license you allow the image to be used if in some jurisdiction(s) the image will be protected by copyright. For example: {{PD-ineligible|PD-self}}. If the file is someone else's work and was previously licensed differently then you can add parameters to tell under which free license the image can be used if in some jurisdiction(s) the image will be protected by copyright. For example: {{PD-ineligible|license|Username|language code of the Wikipedia version}}.emptyoptional
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Placement: In the "Permission" parameter of the {{Information}} template (or the respective parameter of similar templates) or in the "Licensing" section

See also

  • For chemistry structures, use {{PD-chem}}.
  • For simple charts and graphs, use {{PD-chart}}.
  • For simple maps, use {{PD-map}}.
  • For logos that only consist of simple geometric shapes and/or text, use {{PD-textlogo}}.
  • For simple text, (non-logo) use {{PD-text}}.
  • For simple traffic signs, use {{PD-sign}}.
  • For simple geometry shapes, use {{PD-shape}}.
  • For simple Parliament Diagrams, use {{PD-wpdc}}.
  • For raster renderings of a font (or typeface), use {{PD-font}}.
  • For simple (non-creative) reproduction of two-dimensional subject, use {{PD-scan}} or {{PD-scan-two}}.
    If the depicted subject is a creative work, it should have also its own permission (license tag)!
  • For SVG representations of an ancient script where the vectorization has been released into the public domain, use {{PD-ancient-script}}.
  • For technical images created as part of standard medical diagnostic procedures, use {{PD-medical}}.
  • For photographs of old works taken by yourself, use the appropriate one of the following …
    • {{PD-old-100}} for works by authors who died more than 100 years ago.
    • {{PD-old-80}} for works by authors who died more than 80 years ago.
    • {{PD-old-75}} for works by authors who died more than 75 years ago.
    • {{PD-old-70}} for works by authors who died more than 70 years ago.
    • {{PD-US}} for U.S. works published before 1 January 1929.
    • {{PD-US-expired}} for non-U.S. works published before 1 January 1929.
    • {{PD-1996}} for works that are in the public domain in their source countries on 1 January 1996.
  • For photographs of old works (as above) taken by someone else, use {{PD-Art}}


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