Information:File copyright tags

BTW takes copyright law very seriously. File description pages are tagged with the license and the source of the file. This makes it as easy as possible for readers, editors, IP addresses and creators of derivative works to know what they can and can't do with the files in our encyclopedia.


  • For a file to be considered "free" under BTW's Image use policy, the license must permit both commercial reuse and derivative works.
  • BTW strongly prefer "free" files. Where no free file exists, it is sometimes permissible to use a non-free (copyright-protected) file under the "fair use" provision. Fair use, in the United States, is the legal right to use copyright-protected materials under certain conditions. BTW has its own conditions that are more restrictive than what is legally permitted.
  • All copyright and licensing tags should be put on a line of their own.
  • Along with a tag, specify the source or copyright holder information. Provide as much detail as possible.
  • If a file is not licensed under a standard license, please specify what the actual license states.
  • If you tag a file as requiring attribution, please specify who needs to be attributed.
  • If multiple categories apply to a file, add all that apply.

BTW's usage of file copyright tags

Creating new tags

If you are uploading many files with the same source and license, you can create a new copyright tag. Please propose the tag on this page's talk page. If you are not familiar with how to create templates which add images, please ask for assistance.

Please include the template in the category Copyright templates by adding the following:

<noinclude>[[Category:Copyright templates|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>

See also