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This template is for use by the uploader of a scan scanned by somebody else to assert that the scan can have no independent copyright as it is simply a faithful reproduction of an old, public domain, two-dimensional work. The template takes one parameter to indicate why the original work of art is in the public domain. See Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag.

The template automatically sets the following categories: Category:PD-scan


{{PD-scan |1= }}

Template parameters

Parameter Description Default Status
1 By default {{PD-scan}} is for files which are in the public domain due to age, which means that the author(s) died more than 70 years ago. If the original file is in the public domain for a different reason, then use this parameter to indicate why. For example works published in the US prior to 1923 should use {{PD-scan|PD-US}}. Files using this parameter but not providing a valid license will be added to Category:PD-scan with incorrect primary license. {{PD-old}} optional
2 Parameter to be passed to the template passed as parameter 1. empty optional
deathyear if the license was {{PD-old-auto}} or similar, then deathyear can be used to pass the year of the author's death to that template. empty optional
category "category=" will suppress addition of Category:PD-scan to Files. 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



renders as:

This image is in the public domain because it is a mere mechanical scan or photocopy of a public domain original, or – from the available evidence – is so similar to such a scan or photocopy that no copyright protection can be expected to arise. The original itself is in the public domain for the following reason:
Public domain

The author died in 1930, 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 80 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.

This tag is designed for use where there may be a need to assert that any enhancements (eg brightness, contrast, colour-matching, sharpening) are in themselves insufficiently creative to generate a new copyright. It can be used where it is unknown whether any enhancements have been made, as well as when the enhancements are clear but insufficient. For known raw unenhanced scans you can use an appropriate {{PD-old}} tag instead. For usage, see Commons:When to use the PD-scan tag.

Note: This tag applies to scans and photocopies only. For photographs of public domain originals taken from afar, {{PD-Art}} may be applicable. See Commons:When to use the PD-Art tag.

See also

  • For chemistry structures, use {{PD-chem}}.
  • 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 geometry shapes, use {{PD-shape}}
  • For Unicode glyphs, use {{PD-Unicode}}.
  • For raster renderings of a font (or typeface), use {{PD-font}}.
  • For simple (non-creative) reproduction of two-dimensional subject, use {{PD-scan}}.
    If the depicted subject is a creative work, it should have also its own permission (license tag)!
  • For SVG representations of an ancient script, use {{PD-ancient-script}}.
  • For technical images created as part of standard medical diagnostic procedures, use {{PD-medical}}.
  • For works too trivial to be copyrighted see {{PD-ineligible}}.


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

To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please copy the code of Template:PD-scan/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.