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License review
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Flickr
YouTube
Ipernity
Ipernity files needing review (1)
possibly unfree (0)
Lemill Web Albums
OpenPhoto
OpenPhoto files needing review (0)
possibly unfree (0)
iNaturalist
Other reviews
License reviewing is a necessary process for files from Flickr, Picasa, Panoramio, YouTube and other external websites that provide images under different licenses. People who upload their material to these web albums choose a license, some of which are free and suitable for Commons, and some are not free and should not be uploaded to Commons.
Some of these external sites allow their users to select the license of their choice and to change it at any time, without any logs of the prior copyright status of the image. This means there is no easy way to check whether an image currently marked as non-free was uploaded under a free license. This causes problems for the use of these images on Wikimedia projects.
Wikimedia Commons therefore has a review process for verifying the copyright status of images uploaded from these external sites, which allows for the verification of freely licensed images by a bot or trusted user (admins and community approved users) and identification of images where the Commons license is different. This method cannot tell if the image was ever freely available, however.
Uploaders
Editors uploading material whose license depends on a declaration in an external website should tag the file description page with one of the tags in Category:License review tags. Use {{Flickrreview}} for images from Flickr and {{LicenseReview}} if no website-specific tag is available.
Here are a few things you can do to make the task easier for reviewers:
  1. If it is a still image from YouTube make sure to add time where the image can be found. For example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM-0zmCz9yI&t=0m40s (0m40s)
  2. If the license is not clearly visible over/under/next to the image add a link and short text in "Permission field" telling the reviewer where to find the license
  3. If it is a file from Flickr, iNaturalist (and other pages ?) where we have a bot to review the file please upload the original file and when the bot have reviewed the file (usually within 1 minute or 2) you can upload a cropped/edited version.
  4. Consider to go to https://web.archive.org/ and check if the webpage is archived there and if not you can save a copy.
Reviewers
Reviewers who are approved by the community are granted the Image-reviewer right. Administrators do not need this right. It is a user group used for managing the list of reviewers as opposed to having a list, which was formerly used and now archived here. Reviewers and administrators may confirm licenses from the various categories listed on the green template to the right (link), including files from Picasa Web Albums and Flickr.
To become a reviewer, one needs to be familiar with the general licensing policy of Commons. A reviewer is required to know which licenses are allowed and disallowed on Wikimedia Commons and be familiar with restrictions that may apply, such as freedom of panorama. Post your request on the requests page, so that the community can voice their opinions. After a few days, a reviewer or administrator determines whether there are no severe objections to the candidate. If there are not, the user will close the request and add the candidate to the Image-reviewers user group. If permissions are granted you can add {{User reviewer}} (or one of its variants) to your user page and begin reviewing images.
There is currently no defined policy for removal of license reviewer rights. In case of clear abuse or gross incompetence, a request for removal can be raised on the administrators' noticeboard. Inactivity is currently no valid rationale for removal of LR rights.
Instructions for reviewers
The simplest way to review images is using the LicenseReview gadget. To do so, enable it from Preferences.
Before executing the script, the file must be reviewed first. Please note that as of 21 February 2012, image-reviewers may not review their own uploads unless the account is an approved bot. This ensures that at least two individuals, or one individual and a bot, have checked that the license choice is correct. Reviews by image-reviewers on their own uploads will be considered invalid. When reviewing files from any album site, keep the following in mind and change the file page when necessary:
Thanks for licensing this image under a free license! Your choice has allowed us to use your image at <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/">Wikimedia Commons</a>. The image can now be used to illustrate <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:GlobalUsage/Foo.jpg">one or more pages</a> on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/">the English Wikipedia</a> or other free knowledge projects.
Once all this information has been reviewed for the image, you now change the template manually or via script. For script, see script documentation for more details. You can also do it manually, which is described more in detail at {{Flickrreview}}. The following is a table of all possible combinations for the flickrreview template (change to picasareview, panoramioreview, etc.). If you like the manual procedures, you might copy the source code of this table into your user page and put your username into it. It helps with the copy and paste work, since the date is changed automatically and there are templates for every case of license. If the server forgets to change after midnight UTC, you can use the purge link to refresh.
Specific procedures for Flickr
See also Help:Flickr review templates
Flickrreview
{{subst:Frw}} which expands to
{{​Flickrreview​|<YourUserName>|2021-07-31}}
{{​subst​:​uffd​|<YourUserName>|<LICENCE> (e.g. ND)}}
{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nd-2.0}}
{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nc-nd-2.0}}
{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nc-2.0}}
{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nc-sa-2.0}}
{{subst:Frw|copyright (all rights reserved)}}
{{subst:Flickr no source​|<YourUserName>|2021-07-31}}
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When reviewing Flickr files manually, use the following templates correctly.
Use the following if the license is correct:
{{subst:Frw}}
Use the following if the license at Flickr is unfree:
{{​subst​:​uffd​|<YourUserName>|<LICENCE>}}
Example if license at Flickr is cc-by-nd-2.0: {{subst:uffd|<YourUserName>|2=ND}}
Use the following if the license at Flickr is unfree but has OTRS pending, deletion request, or anything that might exempt the file from speedy deletion:
{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nd-2.0}}

{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nc-nd-2.0}}

{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nc-2.0}}

{{​subst​:​Frw​|cc-by-nc-sa-2.0}}

{{subst:Frw|copyright (all rights reserved)}}
Use the following if the link to the Flickr page is not present:
{{Flickr no source|{{subst:REVISIONUSER}}|{{subst:#time: Y-m-d}}}} and
{{subst:nsd}}
Other templates
Ipernity
{{subst:Irw}}
{{Copyvio|Ipernity review NOT passed: Author is using NC, ND, or all rights reserved.}} ~~~~
{{​subst​:​Irw​|cc-by-nd-3.0}}
{{​subst​:​Irw​|cc-by-nc-nd-3.0}}
{{​subst​:​Irw​|cc-by-nc-3.0}}
{{​subst​:​Irw​|cc-by-nc-sa-3.0}}
{{subst:Irw|copyright (all rights reserved)}}
Pixabay
{{subst:PBLR}}
Depending on the situation, see notes about confirmation on template {{PBLR}} page.
Unspecific
{{​subst​:​Lrw​|site=http://example.com/img/87912/descpage}}
{{Copyvio|License review NOT passed: Author is using NC, ND, or all rights reserved.}} ~~~~
Last edited on 4 April 2021, at 10:25
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