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This template is for NASA images which were created by NASA. Not all images used by NASA were created by them; check for a copyright notice. For articles which incoporate NASA text, use {{NASA}}. --Fastfission 00:28, 3 September 2005 (UTC)

Looking for the right copyright tag?[edit]

See Wikipedia:Image copyright tags for a full list of tags available. The following are applicable within the United States. The following copyright tags are among those applicable to photographs and graphic images originating from the United States of America and created by people other than the uploader. Please see the text of each tag for specific disclaimers.

General Public Domain tags[edit]

  • {{PD-US}}—for copyright-expired works in the U.S. (mainly those published before 1923). Also for works not eligible for copyright under American law.
  • {{PD-Pre1978}} — for works first published in the United States prior to 1978 without explicit notice of "copyright, year, owner" or "©" attached.
  • {{PD-art-US}}—for images of two-dimensional (flat) works of art published in the United States prior to 1923.
  • {{PD-US-1923-abroad}} — for non-US works first published outside the USA prior to 1923 (certain exceptions may apply in 9th District, US Circuit Court)
  • {{PD currency}} / {{PD-USGov}} — for images of the official currency of the United States. These are in the public domain. (See also {{Non-free currency}} and {{ir-Money}}.)
  • {{PD-US-patent}} — for text and images of United States patents, which are in general are not copyrighted.[1] In specific cases, patent applicants and holders may claim copyright in portions of those documents. Such applicants are required to identify the portions that are protected under copyright.

American Non-Free Files tags[edit]

For a complete set of tags for non-free images, see Wikipedia:File copyright tags/Non-free.
  • {{Non-free historic image}} — for non-free images of historically significant deceased individuals. (Note: Images using this tag must be irreplaceable with a copyright-free image and accompanied by a valid fair use rationale.)
  • {{Non-free USGov-USPS stamp}} — for images of U.S. stamps issued in 1978 or later.

State Government Public Domain tags[edit]

  • {{PD-CAGov}} - for works created by the State of California.
  • {{PD-FLGov}} – for works created by the State of Florida that are ineligible for copyright.

U.S. Federal Government tags[edit]

General Federal Government copyright tag[edit]
  • {{PD-USGov}} — for images produced by an employee of the United States government in the performance of his or her duties which do not fit under the following specialized tags:
Specialized Federal Government copyright tags[edit]

U.S. Military tags[edit]

General U.S. Military copyright tag[edit]
Specialized U.S. Military copyright tags[edit]

Template wording[edit]

I believe the wording of this template may cause confusion on occasions, by implying that all images from NASA web pages are public domain. This is not so, it's only images created by NASA that are public domain. Copyright for images such as those appearing on Astronomy Picture of the Day is retained by the creator. Can I suggest that the wording be changed as follows? Worldtraveller 17:49, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)

This image page contains items created by NASA, and taken from a NASA website or publication. All such works are in the public domain, with the exception of the usage-restricted NASA logo, because works created by the U.S. federal government cannot be copyrighted. See the NASA copyright policy for more information.

In the absence of any objections, I've made the change to the template. Worldtraveller 18:32, 11 Mar 2005 (UTC)


The template mentions the 'usage-restricted NASA logo' and then shamelessly uses it. From the web page linked to in the template:

This general permission does not include the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia), the NASA logotype (the red "worm" logo), and the NASA seal. These images may not be used by persons who are not NASA employees or on products (including web pages) that are not NASA sponsored.

Therefore, I've removed it. For the sake of appearance maybe it would be nice to add an alternative graphic, like a thumbnail of a shuttle launch or something? Worldtraveller 18:37, 11 Mar 2005 (UTC)

It would be really nice to have it here. Look at the page for the meatball. Raul654 says he has contacted NASA for permission, talking about fair use I believe. I have asked him at his talk if he ever got an answer and if the permission would apply here as well. Jonas Olson 22:38, 17 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I agree it would be nice to have it here but I do not think that makes it right. In fact I came to the same conclusion after I researched this myself. According to NASA's own statements they do not wish us to use their logo. We get to use everything else of theirs so this is not an unreasonable request. Triddle 04:57, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)

other language link[edit]

This template has a designation as existing in another language but I don't think its working as well as attended. Because this template asserts that is available in Korean (I think), all the images that include the template do too. Check out

I'm mentioning this because I felt it would be wise to reach consensus before editing the template. Triddle 02:14, 19 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Suggested image for the template[edit]


I created this simple picture from another NASA image because its a little simplier than the full launch picture used now. Here is an example:

This image page contains items created by NASA, and taken from a NASA website or publication. All such works are in the public domain, with the exception of the usage-restricted NASA logo, because works created by the U.S. federal government cannot be copyrighted. See the NASA copyright policy for more information.

What do you think?

I like that - the previous launch graphic was probably a bit too distracting for a template like this, but this is nice and simple and stylised. Looks better a little bit smaller on my screen, how does 40px wide look for anyone else? Worldtraveller 11:15, 30 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Looks great here. Triddle 17:52, 30 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Because there has been no objection I'm going to update the template. Triddle 00:50, 2 May 2005 (UTC)


I took out the bit about the fed gov part -- there are ways in which things which look like "works of the federal government" end up being "works of contractors of the federal government" which can be a much stickier copyright situation. I also took out the public domain part and replaced it instead with a notice that NASA generates no copyrights, which I think is more to the point of it. --Fastfission 00:26, 3 September 2005 (UTC)

Interwiki link to vi and he[edit]

Please add an interwiki link to the Vietnamese version of this template:

<noinclude>[[vi:Tiêu bản:PD-USGov-NASA]]</noinclude>


 – Minh Nguyễn (talk, contribs) 03:25, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

And one to the Hebrew Version:
Done Will (message me!) 10:46, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Interwiki link to ar[edit]

Please add an interwiki link to the Arabic version of this template:



Done. - Bobet 11:30, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

What about joint images[edit]

I've come across images credited to multiple agencies. What happens if an image is created by both NASA and a non-US-government agency (e.g. a university, ESA, ...)? Is this template still appropriate under those circumstances? Chaos syndrome 19:50, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

As soon as ESA is involved the template can't be used because of more usage restrictions by ESA. --Denniss 19:58, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
In case of the Hubble (NASA and ESA), {{Template:PD-Hubble}} can be used. --Van helsing 17:06, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
No it can't be used. As soon as ESA is involved all material is noncommercial --Denniss 17:38, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
Based on this copyright information and the fact that the guy who made the template apparently works for ESA, I got the impression it’s okay for Hubble pictures. --Van helsing 21:56, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
Van helsing is right. The template is not appropriate when more than one organisation is collaborating on a mission. A new tag should then be created that properly reflects this situation. Lars Lindberg Christensen 13:23, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
Maybe he does not know about the noncommercial part of the license, many think a license for educational use is enough to be usable for Wikipedia. --Denniss 21:59, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
Does that mean all Hubble pictures (or anything where ESA should be attributed) should be deleted? That would have quite an impact (hope I’m missing something). --Van helsing 22:18, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
I do know what I am talking about (I have worked with Hubble, NASA and ESA copyrights for more than 7 years). And the only thing we need to do is to re-tag the Hubble images with the new PD-Hubble tag and we are doing that at the moment. BTW: something similer ought to be done for SOHO images (also a NASA/ESA collaboration). See for instance [2], although I leave that to the SOHO experts. Below I have commented that the STScI part of the NASA tag should be deleted. STScI does explicitly not want this note in there (Cheryl Gundy (2006), private communication).

Lars Lindberg Christensen 13:23, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

It seems to me that private communications or claims by people that may work for various organisations isn't good enough. We need either clear cut policies from the websites or e-mails to OTRS from people who are entilted to make these decisions. Cheryl Gundy may very well be one such person and any help she can provide would be excellent. As someone mentioned any communication also has to be clear what we are requesting, either that all copyrights be released or confirmation that they are in the public domain (i.e. the people need to understand we aren't simply asking if we can use the images on wikipedia) Nil Einne (talk) 20:40, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Template rewording[edit]

You may want to look at the Commons version for this template, it contains soem Information about what image sources may inflict copyright problems if used with the standard NASA template. See Commons:Template:PD-USGov-NASA --Denniss 19:58, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

Add "small" important notice[edit]

Could anybody add the warnings based on the Commons template version? Thanks. Bigtop 23:07, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. I've remirrored from commons:Template:PD-USGov-NASA. --  Netsnipe  ►  11:57, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
Someone need to rework that remirroring because several license categories needed in en wiki are now lost. --Denniss 21:19, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
I've restored the old enwiki categories. --  Netsnipe  ►  13:22, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
Could you convert the links on these links? Here are the links: Public domain, NASA, NASA logo, Hubble Space Telescope, Space Telescope Science Institute, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, and Astronomy Picture of the Day. Please convert as regular links and remove the w:en: name per link as soon as possible. Thanks. Bigtop 22:08, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --  Netsnipe  ►  12:19, 30 September 2006 (UTC)
What's the problem with the w: in the links? They seem to work and display fine. Plus I can imagine that the w: thing comes from the copying from commons. It would be good to make as few deviations from the original on commons as possible (may help to merge in future changes from commons). --Ligulem 22:59, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

One </noinclude> to much[edit]

To the admins: please remove the last </noinclude> from the template source code. It is not used by the template itself and breaks the layout of pages which use this template. --Bricktop 22:34, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

I fixed the noincludes [3]. --Ligulem 22:55, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Stray double-single quotes[edit]

* <small>All materials created by the [[Solar and Heliospheric Observatory|SOHO probe]] are copyrighted and require permission for commercial non-educational use.'' [http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/summary/copyright.html ] </small>

should be

* <small>All materials created by the [[Solar and Heliospheric Observatory|SOHO probe]] are copyrighted and require permission for commercial non-educational use. [http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/summary/copyright.html]</small>

The stray '' results in the external link being italicized (something like "[2]").

dto (talkcontribs) 21:59, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Hubble note[edit]

Firstly, I have checked with STScI that this note is a misunderstanding: "Materials from the Hubble Space Telescope may be copyrighted if they do not explicitly come from the STScI. [1]" so I would suggest that it be removed. Secondly we have created a PD-Hubble tag that complies with the NASA-ESA agreements on Hubble (Hubble is not a NASA project - it is an intergovernmental collaboration between NASA and ESA). This further makes the note superfluous. Lars Lindberg Christensen 13:10, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

I plan to remove the existing Hubble text and replace it with that recommendation to use PD-Hubble for Hubble images. Last call for objections. Jamesday 04:31, 15 August 2007 (UTC)
Note that this will also apply to other NASA-ESA licensed like SOHO. Jamesday 04:33, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

{{editprotected}} Basically copying the changes in commons:Template:PD-USGov-NASA across to here:

  1. Under the warnings section:
    * <small>The NASA website hosts a large number of images from the [[Soviet space program|Soviet]]/[[Russian Federal Space Agency|Russian space agency]], and other non-American space agencies. These are ''not'' in the public domain.</small>
  2. Also please bold the "unless noted" in the quote - it is important to emphasize that only the images with no copyright notice are copyrighted, a lot of the NASA images indeed do have copyright notices.
  3. A nice big warning logo put in like so

--Konstable 13:52, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

YesY Done ck lostswordTC 20:53, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

SOHO correction[edit]

I've corrected the SOHO part of this template from:

"All materials created by the SOHO probe are copyrighted and require permission for commercial non-educational use."


"Materials created by the SOHO probe may be copyrighted and require permission for 1. uses that do not educate the public 2. unless they are non-commercial."

Three parts to this:

  1. It's not certain that images that are scientific data are eligible for copyright due to lack of original human creative effort, or that that SOHO-post-processing of routine images is sufficient to create a copyright. So, "are copyrighted" replaced by "may be copyrighted" until there's some legal precedent set other than the general one that you can't copyright data.
  2. SOHO grants two licenses and people seem not to be good at noticing this:
    1. "for public education efforts". Note that this is anything that educates the public, commercial or not. It's not the "educational" license type that is limited to only schools and colleges.
    2. "non-commercial purposes". If it doesn't educate people in some way, its still OK if you're not doing it as a business.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Jamesday 08:46, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

HTML Error[edit]

{{editprotected}} The line "NASA logos (which include the current "meatball" logo, the old "worm" logo, and the seal) are copyrighted." is missing a closing </small> tag. —Neuropedia 03:15, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

 Done - auburnpilot talk 05:39, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

interwiki it:[edit]

Please add it:Template:PD-NASA interwiki. Thanks--Trixt (talk) 00:02, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

New tag[edit]


Technically, the NASA logos are in the public domain, but are restricted so it's non-free. ViperSnake151 16:05, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Need update from wikimedia[edit]

{{editprotected}} This template is out of date, and incorrect (the meatball logo is actually PD, but there's a law that covers its use to avoid fraudulent use).

The corrected version is already in wikimedia, and needs copying here from:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:PD-USGov-NASA - (User) WolfKeeper (Talk) 08:04, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

If there are no objections in 1 day I will synchronize this with the template on commons. - cohesion 19:51, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
 Done - cohesion 22:24, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

proposed additional NOINCLUDE text[edit]

Please add the following

 A partial list of NASA attribution templates:
 * {{tl|PD-USGov-NASA}}:  Images.
 * {{tl|NASA}}:  NASA web sites for which [http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/policies.html#Guidelines NASA's use guidelines] applies
 * {{tl|NASA-text}}:  Printed publications and other NASA text not covered by {{tl|NASA}}
 [[Category:Attribution templates|{{PAGENAME}}]]

to be consistent with the other two templates mentioned. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 14:12, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

 Done - cohesion 22:24, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Change to NoInclude text[edit]


{{NASA-text}} has been merged into {{NASA}}. Please change the recently-added NOINCLUDE text at the bottom of {{PD-USGov-NASA}} to match the bottom part of {{NASA}}. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs)/(e-mail) 19:37, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Done. – Luna Santin (talk) 07:22, 21 April 2008 (UTC)


{{editprotected}} Plz, update iwiki:

[[fr:Modèle:Domaine public NASA]]
[[vi:Tiêu bản:PD-USGov-NASA]]

Thx. Alex Spade (talk) 12:38, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

 Done Thanks, PeterSymonds (talk) 12:44, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Nasa Logo Warning on Restriction[edit]

The template states there are US law restrictions on using nasa logs, but why is this mentioned?

I can think of no scenario in which the template would be used where this warning were relevant.

If an image wasn't a nasa image then the template wouldn't be used.

If the image was a nasa image then the template would be used and any logo appearing upon the image would not violate the law referenced nor any other I can identify.

So is this neccesary to include upon the template wording?

Any reason it should remain? Maybe I just don't understand the purpose.--Δζ (talk) 05:40, 5 November 2008 (UTC)


Regardless of whether it should be there at all, it should say "is restricted," to agree with "use." CPColin (talk) 16:55, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
So it should.  Done Hersfold (t/a/c) 01:18, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! CPColin (talk) 17:09, 17 July 2009 (UTC)


Please, remove red link to NASA logo template and move documentation to separate page to allow similar fixes to editors without sysop bit Bulwersator (talk) 06:27, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Docs moved to /doc. Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 09:21, 27 February 2012 (UTC)