Help:Image copyright tags

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This page is based on Wikipedia:Image copyright tags. Please see that page for additional image copyright tags that you may want to use on your wiki.

All images on the Croc Wiki must be free to use under an appropriate license or used under fair use guidelines. This page will help you figure out which tag to use, and how to tag your images. Most images you find on the web or in a Google image search are not free to use, even if you don't see any copyright information with them! If you do not know who created an image and what license it is under, you cannot use it.

Please tag images on their image description page (for example this is the description page for Example.png) with one of the tags below so we can keep track of its status.

Try to provide as much detail as possible:

  • When marking an image as one of the less specific categories, try to specify somewhere what the actual license or other permission 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.

Each tag should be put on a line of its own.


Many templates used on the Croc Wiki have a fair use license. What this means is that the uploaded image is subject to copyright, but that United States copyright law allows free use of it for documentation purposes so long as no profit is derived from its use. More information can be found on Wikipedia's fair use article.

Examples of fair use templates:

Other examples


  1. What's "fair use" in one country may not be "fair use" in another country; this allows people creating derivative works in other countries to extract images which aren't legal in their country.
  2. Secondly, it's easy to rewrite text that turns out to be copyrighted, but harder (though possible) to do the same for images.
  3. It is good practice to cite our sources, where we've (legally) copied images from elsewhere. If we give due credit, we're more likely to get permission (and some licenses require due credit anyway).
  4. If someone has created an image, they should have a bit of recognition! Putting some text on the image description page that they took it themselves and license it under the GFDL or another free license, is a good way to do that.

Creating new tags or sub-categories

Try to use the tags already available at the Super Mario Wiki. This makes it easier for people who want to re-use content from both sites.

  1. First create the template, for example, Template:Game-screenshot. This can be a game screenshot copyright tag, for example.
  2. Categorize that template to Category:Game screenshots.
  3. Edit this category to put a description.
  4. Add the template tag {{game-screenshot}} in this category edit.
  5. Categorize this category to, for example, Category:Fair use images.

Done. All you need to do is just tag your uploaded images with {{game-screenshot}}. All those images will be categorized under Category:Game screenshots which in turn would be a sub-category of Category:Fair use images.


Each copyright tag such as {{game-sprite}} should correspond to a category. Placing such a tag on an image will automatically put it into that category, because that template should already belong to that category.