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This documentation is transcluded from Template:PD-old-auto/doc.

Warning signPlease use {{PD-old-auto-expired}} or {{PD-old-auto-1996}} in preference to this template.

The licensing Template:PD-old-auto automatically re-calculates the current public-domain year span, based on the year in which the author died.

The license box, displayed by the template, will change (from year to year) to select from the current multi-language license boxes for public-domain spans, such as {{PD-old-80}} for life of the author plus 80 years. In future years, the box will change to use {{PD-old-95}} and then {{PD-old-100}}.

As time passes, the license span will change, because more years will have elapsed since the lifetime of that person. Once the template is being used, there will be no need to re-edit a page for the license year span, because it will automatically adjust for the actual year (currently: 2024), in the future.

Impact - This template applies to many thousands of image files, for authors who died in the 20th century. Expect it to be used for most works among the top 5,000 artists or painters. There will no longer be a need to re-edit those pages to adjust the public-domain year span, in future years.

The template automatically sets the following categories: Category:PD Old auto: no death date if required "deathyear" is missing


{{PD-old-auto |deathyear= }}

Template parameters

deathyeardeath yearYear of author's death.emptyrequired
used-with-USused with USAny value will cause the warning about also including a US public domain tag to be hidden. Only use this in templates that include a US license as well.emptyoptional

Additional information

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To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please edit the template and add a row to the "{{LangSwitch|}}" construct. It takes the form "|xx= Your translation " (xx being the code of your language)