- Wikimedia Commons is the image site for Wikipedia. If you want to upload a photograph to a Wikipedia page, you should upload it on Wikimedia Commons. Once you’ve uploaded, Wikimedia Commons will give you a file name that you can embed in a relevant Wikipedia article.
- All Images on Wikimedia Commons have some sort of public domain license. This is a requirement of all uploaded images.
- Use the same login and password that you would for Wikipedia on Wikimedia Commons, and all of the Wikimedia Foundation’s sister sites.
- Use the Upload Wizard on Commons to upload photos.
- The most widespread Commons license is the CC0 (Creative Commons) ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, but you have options when you upload.
When you share your work on Wikipedia Commons you grant anyone permission to use, copy, modify, and sell it.
WHAT CAN I UPLOAD?
You may upload works that you created entirely yourself. This includes photos and videos of:
- natural landscapes, animals, plays
- public figure and people photographed in public places (only with consent in some cases, depending on local laws)
- useful or non-artistic objects
- original graphs, maps, diagrams and audio
Commons can’t accept work created by or based on the work of others – including photographs of it. By default, you can’t upload someone else’s work. This includes material such as:
- CD/DVD covers
- promotional photos
- screenshots of TV shows, movies, DVDs, and software
- drawings of characters from comics, TV, or movies – even if you drew them
- most pictures published on the internet
- photos of you not taken by you (the copyright holder is the person who took the photograph unless it is a formal work for hire)
You can upload someone else’s work if the author granted permission for anyone to use, copy, modify, and sell it – by releasing it under a free license. (Be sure to provide a link to the source, where the license is stated.)
You can upload someone else’s work if it is in the public domain (usually very old works).
You can upload your photographs of public domain works, such as old buildings, statues, and art.