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What kinds of images can I use?

asked 2017-07-22 23:57:45 -0600

updated 2017-07-27 12:06:24 -0600

I was wondering, what types of images or photos can I use for my article? I know that copyrighted images are not allowed, but are there any other limitations?

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answered 2017-07-22 23:57:50 -0600

updated 2017-11-03 19:18:23 -0600

To summarize these available resources, a good upload is an image that:

Is under free license
Copyrighted images should not be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. However, copyrighted images can be used in articles about books, films, or music, where the work's cover artwork would be helpful in identifying the work in question.

Is relevant
For example, it would be appropriate to add an image of a Spanish person to the article about Spanish people, while an image of a grocery store in Spain would most likely not make any sense. It may seem obvious to me that grocery stores are important to the health and economy of Spanish citizens, but it doesn't really add anything to an article about people.

Similarly, because Wikipedia is not censored, images that may be considered shocking or obscene can be uploaded. Be cautious in this situation, as these images should only be used to make an article more informative. In these cases, it's a good idea to first ask your Wikipedia Expert if the image should be added.

Adds something to the article
Avoid adding redundant images, especially if there are already high quality similar images in the article that would be more helpful. The only exception to this would be if you had images that showed a different aspect or version of the topic, as in the case of the painting the Mona Lisa, where there are closeups of specific details and of other important, similar paintings.

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