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It's all about freedom   Describing your uploads
All users of files found on Wikimedia Commons must be given the Four Freedoms:
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  1. The freedom to use and perform the work.
  2. The freedom to study the work and apply the information.
  3. The freedom to redistribute copies.
  4. The freedom to distribute derivative works.

(From the Definition of Free Cultural Works, inspired by the Free Software Definition.)

Traditional copyright law does not grant these freedoms, and unless noted otherwise, everything you find on the web is copyrighted and not permitted here. Please only upload files that are in the public domain (author died more than 70 years ago), or those which are explicitly covered by a license which grants the Four Freedoms. See the list of acceptable licenses.

For works which are your own, please use the form for uploading own works.

  Please only upload useful files. Wikimedia Commons is for educational or informational content. Sort your files after upload as well. Give detailed information. See our First Steps for a brief overview of the process. You can use the following code for copy and paste in the summary (fill in the variables):
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  • Source like a web link or give a statement like "own work".
  • Date of creation or publication if the former is unknown.
  • Author(s) of the file.
  • if you're not the author: Permission of author (quote)- please also forward it to; you still have to select the appropriate license in the dropdown box or add one below the summary.
  • optionally: other_versions given via a wikilink; can be left out.

If you do not provide suitable license and source information, your file will be deleted without further notice. Thanks for your understanding.