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.
Main reredos of the Chapel of the Rosary in St Domingo church in the Historic Center of Quito, Ecuador. The catholic temple was constructed between 1540 and 1688 following the plans of architect Francisco Becerra. The baroque chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, is the most featurable in the church and was painted by priest Pedro Bedón at the beginning of the 17th century.—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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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.