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This template is for use by the uploader of a photograph taken by somebody else to assert that the photograph can have no independent copyright as it is simply a faithful reproduction of an old, public domain, two-dimensional work of art. For this purpose, 'faithful reproduction' includes even a photograph taken perhaps from several meters away from the work of art, with carefully-arranged and professional lighting, filters and so on. Use of this template means that according to the position of the WMF Board such 'faithful reproduction' photographs are considered to be in the public domain, regardless of how much skill and effort went into taking the picture.

A 'faithful reproduction' in this sense may differ from a purely mechanical copy such as a photocopy or a scan taken directly from the original. Images that are no more than mere photocopies or scans directly taken from an old original artwork can be labeled [[Template:PD-old|]]. This template is only for use when the initial reproduction was by means of a photograph, rather than a scan or a photocopy. The template takes one parameter to indicate why the original work of art is in the public domain (if no parameter is given, [[Template:PD-old|]] is assumed). If you use a parameter, it must correspond to a public domain tag. Do not use as a parameter a copyright license tag such as such as GFDL. See Category:PD Art for existing categories.

For examples of the tag in use, see Usage examples.




Parameter name Description Default value required or optional?

parameter #1 (1) License to use, like: PD-old, PD-old-100, PD-USGov or similar PD-old optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: no user group specified

Placement: In the "permission" parameter of the {{Information}} template (or the respective parameter of similar templates) or in the "Licence" section