Wikipedia:File copyright tags/Comprehensive

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This page contains comprehensive info about image copyright tags - guidelines and list on one page (via recursive transclusion).

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This page presents comprehensive info about image copyright tags - transcluded from subpages on tags for free, PD, US gov't, non-free, deprecated, and other tags.

Guidelines, etc. from Wikipedia:File copyright tags[edit]

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Wikipedia takes copyright law very seriously. File description pages are tagged with the license and the source of the file. This makes it as easy as possible for readers, Wikipedians, and creators of derivative works to know what they can and can't do with the files in our encyclopedia.

Guidelines[edit]

  • For a file to be considered "free" under Wikipedia's Image use policy, the license must permit both commercial reuse and derivative works.
  • Wikipedia (and all Wikimedia projects) strongly prefer "free" files. Where no free file exists, it is sometimes permissible to use a non-free (copyright-protected) file under the "fair use" provision. Fair use, in the United States, is the legal right to use copyright-protected materials under certain conditions. Wikipedia has its own conditions that are more restrictive than what is legally permitted.
  • Ideally, most free files should be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons instead of Wikipedia. (This enables them to be used for other Wikimedia projects in addition to Wikipedia.) Your account must be at least four days old before uploading is permitted. Commons does not allow fair use material, but non-free can still be used on the English Wikipedia under certain conditions.
  • All copyright and licensing tags should be put on a line of their own.
  • Along with a tag, specify the source or copyright holder information. Provide as much detail as possible.
  • If a file is not licensed under a standard license, please specify what the actual license states.
  • If you tag a file as requiring attribution, please specify who needs to be attributed.
  • If multiple categories apply to a file, add all that apply.

List of file copyright tags[edit]

Note: A file released under an unnamed license, or under a named license not included in the links above, may still be suitable for Wikipedia. Copyright tags indicating more general usage rights can be found in the copyright template category to which this page belongs.

For image creators[edit]

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If you are the creator of a file, you can choose any acceptable free license. You can multi-license your file under different licenses, if you prefer. The license must not prevent commercial reuse or derivative works.

GNU Free Documentation
License
{{GFDL-self}} Written by the Free Software Foundation. People are required to attribute the work to you, and if they make changes or incorporate your work in their work, they are required to share their changes or work under the same license.
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
{{cc-by-sa-3.0|details}}
This is one of several CC licenses. This version permits free use, including commercial use; requires that you be attributed as the creator; and requires that any derivative creator or redistributor of your work use the same license. The desired attribution text should be included as a parameter in the template.
Attribution
{{cc-by-3.0|details}}
Similar to the above, but does not require that derivative works use the same license.
Free Art license {{FAL}} A copyleft license for artwork; modification and commercial use are allowed, provided derivative works carry the same license.
Attribution {{Attribution}} The copyright holder allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed.
Copyrighted Free Use {{CopyrightedFreeUse-Link
 |}}
Same as above, but attribution is not required. However, as a courtesy, you would appreciate a link back to Your website.
Public domain {{PD-self}} The creator permanently relinquishes all rights to the work.
{{Wikipedia-screenshot}} For screenshots of Wikipedia pages.

Creating new tags[edit]

If you are uploading many files with the same source and license, you can create a new copyright tag. Please propose the tag on Wikipedia talk:File copyright tags. If you are not familiar with how to create templates which add images to categories, please ask for assistance.

Each template should have a corresponding category that automatically contains all the files tagged with the template. On the description page for the category include the following:

{{File template notice|name-of-the-tag}}

where name-of-the-tag is replaced with the actual name of the tag. In addition, include the template in the category Wikipedia image copyright templates by adding the following:

<noinclude>[[Category:Wikipedia image copyright templates|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>

See also[edit]

All image copyright tags from Wikipedia:File copyright tags/All[edit]

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Free licenses[edit]

Free content is free as in freedom. This page links to some of the most popular licenses for releasing such content. This page can be reached via http://enwp.org/WP:ICT/FL when forwarding the full URL is not convenient.

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Berkeley Software Distribution[edit]

BSD


Creative Commons[edit]

Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
  • {{cc-zero}} — Creative commons zero 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by}} — Attribution 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-2.0}} — Attribution 2.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-2.5}} — Attribution 2.5 license.
    • {{cc-by-2.5-in}} — Attribution 2.5 India license based on Indian law.
  • {{cc-by-3.0}} — Attribution 3.0 license
    • {{Kremlin.ru}} — Images from Kremlin.ru, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.
  • {{cc-by-4.0}} — Attribution 4.0 license.
  • {{cc-sa}} — ShareAlike 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-sa}} — Attribution-Sharealike 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-sa-2.0}} — Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-sa-2.5}} — Attribution-Sharealike 2.5 license.
    • {{cc-by-sa-2.5-in}} — Attribution-Sharealike 2.5 India license based on Indian law.
  • {{cc-by-sa-3.0}} — Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-sa-4.0}} — Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license.

Other Creative Commons licenses exist but are non-free for use in Wikipedia. See Non-free Creative Commons licenses for a full list and explanation.


Free Art license (Licence Art Libre)[edit]

Free Art license


GNU's Not Unix![edit]

GNU

NB: These licenses require reprinting the entire license text with any reuse of the image. If you created the image yourself, please consider using a different license. If one include any of the content, the entire book/section goes under GFDL, unlike CC-BY-SA


Massachusetts Institute of Technology[edit]

MIT
  • {{MIT license|Copyright holder}}MIT License. This tag is designed for MIT images licensed by others (usually as part of a software package). Do not use it to tag images you created yourself, since the MIT license is intended to be applied to software, not images. Use another free license.


Mozilla[edit]

Mozilla


UK Government[edit]

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • {{OGL}} — Open Government Licence version 1.0
  • {{OGL-2.0}} — Open Government Licence version 2.0
  • {{OGL-3.0}} — Open Government Licence version 3.0