Source : From Wikipedia on Image Use Policy :
Whenever you upload an image, you should meet the following minimal requirements.
- Always tag your image with one of the image copyright tags. When in doubt, do not upload copyrighted images.
- Always specify on the description page where the image came from (the origin, sometimes called its “source”) and information on how this could be verified. Examples include scanning a paper copy, or a URL, or a name/alias and method of contact for the photographer. For screenshots this means what the image is a screenshot of (the more detail the better). Do not put credits in images themselves.
Copyright and licensing
Before you upload an image, make sure that the image falls in one of the four categories:
- Own work: You own all rights to the image, usually meaning that you created it entirely yourself. (example, see below for details)
- Freely licensed: You can prove that the copyright holder has released the image under an acceptable free license. Note that images that are licensed for use only on Wikipedia, or only for non-commercial or educational use, or under a license that doesn’t allow for the creation of modified/derived works, are unsuitable. (example, see below for details)
- Public domain: You can prove that the image is in the public domain, i.e. free of all copyrights. (example, see below for details)
- Fair use: You believe that the image meets the special conditions for non-free content, which exceptionally allow the use of unlicensed material, and you can provide an explicit non-free use rationale explaining why and how you intend to use it. (example, see below for details)
Always note the image’s copyright status on the image description page, and provide specific details about the image’s origin. An Image copyright tag provides a standard template for the licensing of the image. The image summary provides necessary details to support the use of the image copyright tag. An image summary should contain the following:
- Description: The subject of the image
- Origin (source): The copyright holder of the image or URL of the web page the image came from
- Author: The original creator of the image, especially if different from the copyright holder
- Permission: Who or what law or policy gives permission to post on Wikipedia with the selected image copyright tag
In addition, the summary might also contain the following, where appropriate:
- Date: Location: Other versions of this file:
- PBParrot will be putting forms online next week to make it easier to deal with image copyrights. This has become a big deal in the web world. The Form is just this information above , for any pictures which are not: A logo you own, or a picture taken by you or your group, explaining who the picture belongs to , and that you have the right to use it. In the end , if there is a problem, the web owner not the web developer is held responsible for these pictures that were contributed to your website. So know where your images came from !