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Help:Copyright notices

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Notices for use on Image pages defining copyright status.

Note: In almost all countries (including the US and all of Europe), the mere creation of a work establishes copyright over it, and there is no legal requirement to register or declare copyright ownership.

If in doubt always give the precise source and the creator's name (if known). Better yet: if in doubt, don't upload.

This list is not exhaustive. If you believe that there should be others please import or create and note here.

Some of these templates require user input; please check before using.

To use one of these templates, just type (or copy) its name and put it in curly brackets:

Template:foobar is used by typing {{foobar}}

To use templates with extra parameters that are required or optional, follow the instructions they provide.

Note: there is a drop down list on the upload page.

The list[edit]

Free licenses[edit]

This metatemplate allows you to build your own Creative Commons copyright notice. The Creative Commons copyright notices listed below all use this one.
You may share and modify the work, as long as you attribute it and distribute your modified work under the same license or a compatible one.[1]
Older versions (for work that was originally licensed under that version, since automatic relicensing to a newer version is not allowed):
You may share and modify the work, as long as you attribute it.[2]
Older versions (for work that was originally licensed under that version, since automatic relicensing to a newer version is not allowed):
Copyleft: This work of art is free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it according to terms of the Free Art License. You will find a specimen of this license on the site Copyleft Attitude[3] as well as on other sites.
GNU Free Documentation license
For your own work, if you license it under the GFDL.

Public domain[edit]

Use where an image has been released unconditionally into the Public Domain.
For photographs of works of art under certain conditions.
Ineligible for copyright.
Copyright expired.
Self made work released into public domain.
Work that is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1923.
For US Federal Government sourced images.
Template:US-FOIA-public records
For reproductions or excerpts of state statutes, bills, proposed bills, documents obtained pursuant to a FOIA request, transcripts of legislative sessions, etc.


Template:Fair use
Where fair use is claimed. For specific use in one article only. Note: This is a template with multiple parameters.
Template:Book cover image
A low res picture of a book cover may be Fair Use.
puts all the information relating to the image in a concise box.
A variant of the "Information" Notice for use with Flickr images.
A more restrictive licence, limiting the use of the image to RationalWiki only.

Most of these templates are copies of, or derivatives of, Wikipedia's originals which might give more information if required.


  1. Attribution ShareAlike 3.0
  2. Attribution 3.0
  3. http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/