Attributing off-site images (IMPORTANT UPDATE)

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Not all Wikimedia Commons images can be used simply by providing a link.

For example this file:

Can only be used if you credit the author.

It, therefore, should look like this:

Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Richard David Ramsey

If there's a clear public domain in play, as with this image:

You simply need to write "public domain" or "PD" in description:

Wikimedia Commons (PD)

The same rule apply to non-commons images. Unless said image is either public domain, or free for use with crediting the author, it'll be considered a violation and dealt with pronto.

Here's an example for non-commons PD image:


Proper attribution:

Florida Memory (PD)

I'll not be checking unsourced/improperly attributed pictures. These will be removed.

One more important note: you have to provide a link to a page from where you took the photo, not an image link.

I'll be unlocking your TL. In meanwhile do not modify your old posts, until I remove all unsourced/improperly attributed images. Unless there's a clear case of copyright violation, I'll not be infracting your older posts. As of any post made after this post is published, improper sourcing may result in infraction.

Hey guys! Looks like Ernest found a perfect solution for wikimedia files, so please just follow these:

Quote from: True Federalist on November 15, 2019, 11:41:45 AM

Incidentally, for a picture on the WIkimedia Commons, if you click on the "Use this file on the web" link, you'll be able to get some BBCode you can simply copy and paste, like so:

John Bel Edwards
Richard David Ramsey [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
TRUMAN 58-766-06
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. Harry S. Truman Library. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It's attribution is a bit more verbose than Kal's minimum standard, but it'll certainly do and requires very little effort since you only need to copy and paste,

Such attributions via footnote are also acceptable

Quote from: Soleimani did nothing wrong. on January 19, 2020, 04:46:47 PM

[1] Taken from Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain). Will be replaced by an infobox when I eventually get around to making one.
[2] Taken from, created by TurquoiseBlue. Not copyrighted.
[3] Taken from Wikipedia Commons (Warner Media - Fair Use).
[4] Taken from Wikipedia Commons (Gage Skidmore).

Are we only allowed to use public domain images or if we attribute them properly all images?


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