Wikipedia:Ten things you may not know about images on Wikipedia
If you're new to this website, these are probably ten things you may not know about images on Wikipedia. We hope this gives you a better idea of the whats and whys of illustrating the world's most popular encyclopedia. If you're more experienced with images on Wikipedia, you probably know most of these—but maybe you've never seen them written down, or you don't know where to point other people who want a quick and easy (sometimes complicated) explanation of a subject.
General view of Persepolis ("The Persian City"), situated 60 kilometres (37 mi) northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province, Iran. The UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 dates back to 515 BC and it was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire.—Click the image for more information—
- Most images used on Wikipedia are actually on Wikimedia Commons.
- There is more to our images than you can see at first look.
- We have more than forty million media files.
- We want more images.
- We take copyright seriously.
- Copyright law is complicated, even for lawyers, and applying it to Wikipedia even more so.
- We have more than photographs.
- We have an image use policy.
- Uploading the same image multiple times is unnecessary.
- You can use (free) images from Wikipedia on your own site, or anywhere you like.
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The power of free!
All these images are free, so using them here (or anywhere) is acceptable so long as the individual licenses are obeyed. Like all Wikipedia images you can click on them for more information.