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Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia
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This page is intended for those who wish to reuse material (text and/or graphics) from the Wikimedia
projects — on their own website, in print, or otherwise. It focuses on Commons as this is explicitly a collection
of reusable media.

The Wikimedia Foundation owns almost none of the content on Wikimedia sites — it is owned by the
individual creators. However, almost all may be freely reused ( without
individual permission according to the terms of the particular license under which it was contributed to the
project, but some licenses may require that the original creator be attributed. You do not need to obtain
a specific statement of permission from the licensor (unless you wish to use the work under different terms than
the license stated).

While the copyright and licensing information supplied for each image is believed to be accurate, the Wikimedia
Foundation does not provide any warranty regarding the copyright status or correctness of licensing
terms. If you decide to reuse files from Commons, you should make your own determination of the copyright
status of each image just as you would when obtaining images from other sources.

Other restrictions may apply. These may include trademarks, patents, personality rights, moral rights, privacy
rights, or any of the many other legal causes which are independent from copyright and vary greatly by

1 Licences used on Wikimedia projects
1.1 Text
1.2 Images
1.3 Fair use provision (does not apply to content held on Wikimedia Commons)
1.4 Wikimedia Foundation logos
2 How to comply with the licenses
2.1 Public domain
2.2 GNU licenses
2.2.1 GNU Free Documentation License
2.2.2 GNU, GPL, and LGPL
2.3 Creative Commons
2.3.1 CC-BY
2.3.2 CC-SA
2.3.3 CC-BY-SA
2.4 Other free content licenses
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x 4. How to comply with the licenses The sections below are summaries of the licenses.1 InstantCommons 4.16.1 MediaWiki >= 1.0 license and the GNU Free Documentation License. Images Almost all images taken from Wikimedia Commons will be under some kind of free license (usually CC-BY. Before reusing such content yourself. Fair use provision (does not apply to content held on Wikimedia Commons) Warning. See Commons:Licensing. though reuse in press or media about Wikimedia projects is explicitly permitted. As individuals retain the copyright to their own work. and how to comply. If a work is multi- licensed (that is. is owned by the original writer and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3. Wikimedia Foundation logos The Wikimedia Foundation logo and logos for particular projects (such as Wikipedia and Commons) are trademarks of and copyrighted by the Wikimedia Foundation. released under more than one license). except for Wikinews. This is no different from grabbing an image from anywhere else on the web. CC-BY-SA.g.27/03/2011 Commons:Reusing content outside Wi… 3 Contacting the uploader or writer 4 Hotlinking 4. They are not generally available for other uses. the copyright owner.13.5/) license (CC-BY). for academic or critical purposes) may also apply in your jurisdiction. they may offer their contributions under other licenses or release them into the public domain.15. or GFDL) or in the public domain. you should check that your planned use of the material is consistent with the fair use.x 5 Feedback after use Licences used on Wikimedia projects Text All text on all Wikimedia projects.S. all of the terms in that license must be followed. copyright law. Clicking on an image in any project will take you to the information page for that image. particularly certain images on the English Wikipedia. If a work is published under a single license. fair dealing or equivalent provisions of locally applicable copyright law or you obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. Much of this is under the fair use provisions of U. For all other uses. please contact the Foundation. and the license conditions.1. Local "fair use" or "fair dealing" laws (e.0 (http://creativecommons.2 MediaWiki 1. Wikinews is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2. Some content on Wikimedia servers is not available under a free license.1. This will list information supplied by the uploader. re-users may choose which license's terms they wish to ……/Commons:Reusing_… 2/6 . including the copyright status.

(a) release your version under the GFDL. the larger work doesn't (always) have to be released under GFDL. but (presently) difficult for leaflets. distribute.g. (b) credit all the authors or content creators (if you have a title page. If you need information about how a license applies to your particular situation. a book counts as the "larger work" in these terms.27/03/2011 Commons:Reusing content outside Wi… follow. and perform the work. either because of expiration of the original copyright. It is common for publishers to take public domain works and republish them under their own copyright. Neither the Wikimedia Foundation nor the creators of material on Wikimedia sites provide legal advice. and LGPL The GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL) are computer software licenses and are not usually used for text or media. Some licenses also have a summary available. When using a photo placed under the GFDL licence as part of a larger work. or because the material has been explicitly released into the public domain by its creator(s). they responded that no synopsis can substitute for what the text of the license says. also at least the five most substantial ones there) and (c) include a complete copy of the GFDL. display.g. this License does not apply to the other works in the aggregate which are not themselves derivative works of the Document. How you determine which five authors are considered to be substantial for the purpose of the GFDL is not defined in a legal sense. Compliance is easy on websites or in books. word count. this can help us if a dispute with such a publisher arises later. but it does not affect the public domain status of the original image. Public domain Content marked as public domain (or local equivalent. hours contributed to the content. some content on Commons (e. The Free Software Foundation. the GFDL says "When the Document is included in an aggregate. To comply. a link to the full text of the license(s) is included on the image description page. include the version you were given access to and its complete history with attribution. magazines or newspapers. has been asked for clarification of how much of e. Note that inalienable moral rights and other restrictions may still apply in some countries for some uses. Please read the full licenses for legal details. GPL. However. Re-users are free to make derivative works and…/Commons:Reusing_… 3/6 . you should contact a suitable legal professional in your jurisdiction.g. icons or …wikimedia. the larger work *does not have to be* released under GFDL for usage to be within the license terms. e. "may be used for any purpose") is material believed to be out of copyright. GNU." So. Any derivative works must stay under the GFDL. This may be legal. In the case of derivative works you must also include the complete history section. and include the GFDL (linked on the same website or reprinted in print). GNU licenses GNU Free Documentation License For simple redistribution. creators of the GFDL license. If you tag the image with its origin (where you got it and where it came from originally) and the name of the creator. Except for materials believed to be in the public domain. even commercially. We suggest using one consistent method such as edit count. Now. and if in doubt the reuser should seek a proper legal opinion. or something of a similar nature.

Other free content licenses See Commons:Copyright tags#Copyleft Attitude Licenses and Commons:Copyright tags#Other free tags. distribute. The following are allowed and will be found here: CC-BY In the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). GPL computer program source embedded in GFDL explicatory text.e. something as editable as what you started with (e. That means that content licensed under the GFDL as well as content licensed under the GPL can't be used together simultaneously in the same "work" — e.0 page on Creative Commons (http://creativecommons. etc. For simple redistribution of such material. you must mention the license terms or a link to them. display. re-users are free to make derivative works and copy. Contacting the uploader or writer … and when re-using the work or distributing it. even commercially.xcf file.27/03/2011 Commons:Reusing content outside Wi… screenshots from computer programs) is under the GPL or LGPL.g. i. and perform the work. distribute. You may choose whether to make future modified versions available under CC- BY. distribute. (a) release your version under the same license (b) supply the source version. re-users are free to make derivative works and copy. However. When re-using the work or distributing it. Note that the GNU General Public License (GPL) and the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) are not compatible with each other.). and perform the work. you must attribute the work to the author(s) and you must mention the license terms or a link to them.…/Commons:Reusing_… 4/6 . You must make your version available under CC-SA. When re-using the work or distributing it. even commercially. including altered versions. re-users are free to make derivative works and copy.0/) Full legal text of this license (http://creativecommons. and perform the work.0/legalcode) CC-SA In the Creative Commons Share Alike license (CC-SA). You must make your version available under CC-BY-SA. You must attribute the work to the author(s). even commercially. Creative Commons Most Creative Commons licenses are not free content licenses and will not be found as the sole allowable licence on Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-3. a GPL image in a GFDL text page is usually regarded as an aggregation of two works rather than a single work. GIMP . you must mention the license terms or a link to them. image file. CC-BY-SA In the Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike license (CC-BY-SA).

Outside reusers should either copy the content one item at a time or contact the Foundation regarding a live feed (which can be arranged as a paid service). The writer of a piece of text will be the person who made the edit putting it in the text. such as a name and address or phone number. vandalise or delete a hotlinked image . You can try to contact them yourself in a number of ways: 1. Some can be contacted by email by clicking the "email this user" link listed in the toolbox on their user page. where each time someone performs a search on their site. This method has numerous advantages over plain hotlinking." (Your message will then be visible to the public). …wikimedia. The uploader is named on the "file history" portion of the image description page. 2. please add it to the list. the person who put it onto a Wikimedia server may be able to assist. You can leave a message on their talk page by clicking on the "discussion" tab at the top of the user page.php of your installation: $wgUseInstantCommons = true. Wikimedia generally does not allow 'hot spider' services. as these are generated and cached . Enter your message and click "save.x Add the following line to the localSettings. InstantCommons Since MediaWiki revision 1. particularly of their own work. In some cases. The Wikimedia Foundation generally cannot assist in locating users who have contributed material. Some have contact information.on your own server you will have control over what is should copy these to your own server. Note that hotlinking a thumbnail is unreliable. 3. The uploader of an image or piece of media is the person who placed it on a Wikimedia server — either the original content creator or someone who brought free content here from elsewhere.0 you can direct embed media from Wikimedia Commons into your own MediaWiki-based wiki. For hotlinked files. see the "history" tab for the page. If your wiki is public. you may be able to contact the uploader to find out more about an image's copyright status.16. The File: page for the image will pull the full image information from Commons.27/03/2011 Commons:Reusing content outside Wi… If you wish to use content under terms other than the license stated. Note also that anyone could change. Now you can embed images directly from Wikimedia Commons without the need to copy it to your own…/Commons:Reusing_… 5/6 . Uploaders occasionally have access to higher resolution images than those present on the servers. on their user page. The original creator of the image may be willing to grant additional permissions. and then clicking the "+" tab that appears next to the "edit" tab once the discussion page is visible. the query is redirected to our site. Hotlinking Hotlinking is allowed from Wikimedia servers. or to absolutely verify copyright status if you feel you need to. it is still good practice to add attribution as you would for copies on your own server. MediaWiki >= 1.13.

additional terms may apply.php of your installation: $wgForeignFileRepos[] = array( 'class' => 'ForeignAPIRepo'. 'apibase' => 'http://commons. Feedback after use Category:Commons as a media source Category:Images used by media organizations but violating license terms Retrieved from "" Category: Commons help This page was last modified on 28 February 2011. ……/Commons:Reusing_… 6/6 .15. 'fetchDescription' => true. // Optional ). See InstantCommons Manual:$wgForeignFileRepos for more details.wikimedia. The File: page for the image will pull the full image information from Commons.13. 'name' => 'shared'.wikimedia. Now you can embed images directly from Wikimedia Commons without the need to copy it to your own server. See Terms of Use for details.x Add the following lines to the localSettings.27/03/2011 Commons:Reusing content outside Wi… See Manual:$wgUseInstantCommons for further technical implementation details.php'.org/w/api. MediaWiki 1. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.0 .1. at 08:07.