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Can I add Creative Commons licensed images to articles?

asked 2015-09-25 12:51:49 -0500

anonymous user


updated 2015-09-25 12:56:59 -0500

I have found an image that I would like to add to an article. It is tagged with a "Creative Commons" license. Can I use it in a Wikipedia article?

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answered 2015-09-25 12:52:33 -0500

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While certain Creative Commons licenses are compatible with Wikipedia, not all are. Compatible licenses include

  • Attribution (CC BY) - this allows reuse as long as the original creator is attributed.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) - this allows reuse as long as the new work is available under the same license. (This is the license used by Wikipedia).
  • All rights granted (CC0) - this releases the creation into the public domain.

Other Creative Commons licenses are not compatible with Wikipedia. These include:

  • Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) - this allows redistribution but does not allow 'derivative work' (further changes to the image).
  • Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) - Wikipedia allows redistribution for both non-commercial or commercial purposes. Licenses that only allow non-commercial redistribution are not compatible with this.
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answered 2017-07-23 00:01:43 -0500

updated 2017-07-23 00:01:55 -0500

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