We use Wikimedia Commons as a public domain under the following restrictions.
The Wikimedia Foundation owns almost none of the content on Wikimedia sites — the
content is owned, instead, by the individual creators of it. However, almost all content
hosted on Wikimedia Commons may be freely used subject to certain restrictions (in many
cases). You do not need to obtain a specific statement of permission from the licensor(s) of
the content unless you wish to use the work under different terms than the license states.
Content under open content licenses may be reused without any need to contact the
licensor(s), but just keep in mind that:
- some licenses require that the original creator be attributed;
- some licenses require that the specific license be identified when
reusing (including, in some cases, stating or linking to the terms of the
- some licenses require that if you modify the work, your modifications
must also be similarly freely licensed; and finally.
Content in the public domain may not have a strict legal requirement of attribution
(depending on the jurisdiction of content reuse), but attribution is recommended to give
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 verify 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 of
copyright and vary greatly by jurisdiction.
Public domain is covered by the following logo.
The public domain is a range of creative works whose copyright has expired or was never
established, as well as ideas and fact which are ineligible for copyright. A public domain
work is a work whose author has either relinquished to the public or no longer can claim
control over, the distribution and usage of the work. As such, any person may manipulate,
distribute, or otherwise use the work, without legal ramifications. A work in the public
domain or released under a permissive license may be referred to as “copycenter”.
If we have used any image that has further restrictions then please inform us so that this
may be rectified.