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Free licenses


  • {{Trainweb}} — Images from TrainWeb, allowable if is printed near the photo. [1]

Creative Commons

Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

These licenses generally require that licensees attribute the work as specified by the copyright-holder (licensor).

  • {{cc-by}} — Attribution 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-2.0}} — Attribution 2.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-2.5|Attribution}} — Attribution 2.5 license, with attribution as specified by the Attribution parameter.
  • {{cc-sa}} — ShareAlike 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-sa}} — Attribution-Sharealike 1.0 license.
  • {{cc-by-sa-2.0}} — Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 license.
    • {{cc-by-sa-2.0-kr}} — Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 South Korea license based on South Korean law.
  • {{cc-by-sa-2.5|Attribution}} — Attribution-Sharealike 2.5 license, with attribution as specified by the Attribution parameter.

Other Creative Commons licenses exist but are non-free for use in Spotting World. See Non-free Creative Commons licenses for a full list and explanation.


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Public domain

Spotting World takes copyright law very seriously. Image description pages are tagged with the license and the source of the image. This makes it as easy as possible for readers, Spotting Worldns, and creators of derivative works to know what they can and can't do with the images in publications.


  • For an image to be considered "free" under Spotting World's Image use policy, the license must permit both commercial reuse and derivative works.
  • 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 an image is not licenced under a standard license, please specify what the actual license states.
  • If you tag an image as requiring attribution, please specify who needs to be attributed.
  • If multiple categories apply to an image, add all that apply.

List of image copyright tags

For image creators

If you are the the creator of an image, you can choose any acceptable free license. You can multi-license your image under different licenses, if you prefer. The license must not prevent commercial reuse or derivative works.

  • GNU Free Documentation License - {{GFDL-self}} - Written by the Free Software Foundation. People are required to attribute the work to you, and if they make changes, they are required to share their changes under the same license.
  • Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike - {{cc-by-sa-2.5|Attribution details}} - This is one of several CC licenses. This version permits free use, including commercial use; requires that you be attributed as the creator; and requires that any derivative creator or redistributor of your work use the same license. The desired attribution text should be included as a parameter in the template.
  • Public domain - {{pd-self}} - The creator permanently relinquishes all rights to the work.

United States government

  • {{PD-US}}—for copyright-expired images in the US (mainly those published pre-1923). Also for works not eligible for copyright under US law. (May be preferable in some cases vs. {{PD-old}} for US-originating images.)

USA federal government images

  • {{PD-USGov}}—for images created by the US federal government that are ineligible for copyright.

Fair use

All material under fair use is copyrighted to begin with (if the material is known not to be copyrighted, use the appropriate public domain tag instead). Each material under fair use claim must include a reason for fair use.

Fair use media can only be used on Spotting World if it is not possible to replace such copyrighted work with a free work of acceptable quality.

  • {{Fair use in|Article}}—For a copyrighted work that is contended to be fair use in Article
  • {{Fairusein2|Article1|Article2}}—For a copyrighted work that is contended to be fair use in two articles.
  • {{Fairusein3|Article1|Article2|Article3}}—For a copyrighted work that is contended to be fair use in three articles.
  • {{Fairusein4|Article1|Article2|Article3|Article4}}—For a copyrighted work that is contended to be fair use in four articles.
  • {{Fairusein5|Article1|Article2|Article3|Article4|Article5}}—For a copyrighted work that is contended to be fair use in five articles.


  • {{Logo}}—for logos.


Presumed free images

  • {{GFDL-presumed|Username}} These are images that have been unverified to be free of copyright issues, but some user (the one whose username is the parameter value) in good faith believes to have been created by the uploader and hence are mostly public domain or GFDL, i.e. redistributable under the GFDL. This is especially useful for images uploaded until mid-2004, at a time when uploaders weren't warned to add image copyright tags. In the early years of Spotting World all images were presumed to be GFDL-compatible unless found to be otherwise (and deleted, usually), and most images were hence not tagged with their copyright status.