Help:Copyrights

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Wikidata offers several properties and qualifiers for storing copyright information. Many laws might restrict the use of various works and materials in addition to copyrights, for example laws related to trademarks, patents, personality rights, authors' moral rights, etc. This page covers only copyrights.

The aim of copyright data model is to allow works to have multiple copyright statuses for different jurisdictions (use applies to jurisdiction (P1001) qualifier), based on different principles (use determination method (P459) qualifier) and time periods (use start time (P580)/end time (P582) qualifiers). That is accomplished by using copyright status (P6216) as an anchor property with additional qualifiers bundled within. An example might look as follows:

copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 100 years pma or shorter
determination method 100 years pma
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value

Qualifiers for different types of work[edit]

They differ for Copyrighted and Public Domain works.

Public Domain Works[edit]

Use copyright status (P6216)  public domain (Q19652) with following qualifiers

Qualifier Possible values Explanation
applies to jurisdiction (P1001) (required) See example items below. stating a country or countries, where copyright applies, with default being worldwide.
determination method (P459) (required) See example items below. justification why work is in Public Domain
laws applied (P3014) Items: justification why work is in Public Domain linking it with specific law. In many cases laws applied (P3014) should be a property of items linked through determination method (P459) property.
start time (P580)
end time (P582)
Dates start and end dates when statement is true. end time (P582) should not be used except for rare cases where PD works become copyrighted again

Copyrighted works[edit]

Use copyright status (P6216)  copyrighted (Q50423863) with following qualifiers

Qualifier Possible values Explanation
applies to jurisdiction (P1001) See example items below. Country or list of countries, where copyright applies
determination method (P459) See example items below. How do we know the work is still copyrighted?
license (P275) See example items below. Examples: GPLv2, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
license justification
(does not exist yet)
Items like: "own work", "Published at external website under stated license", "published at Flickr under stated license", "permission sent to OTRS" How do we know the license is correct?
public domain date (P3893) Date When will the copyright expire and work fall into Public Domain?
start time (P580)
end time (P582)
Dates Start and end dates when statement is true. start time (P580) should not be used except for rare cases where PD works become copyrighted again. end time (P582) should be used after work falls into public domain and statement is no longer true.
copyright holder (P3931) Items, person/organisation, untraceable copyright owner (Q60711924) for orphan works copyright holder (P3931) is meant to store the copyright owner or the copyright representative of the work if known. Copyright ownership can be uncertain as copyright can be sold or transfered. The copyright owner can be a person, a collective right organisation, fund, or abstract like heirs (Q29902355). The copyright owner or representative of an author might be mentioned if known for the entry of that person with copyright representative (P6275).
Wikimedia OTRS ticket number (P6305) 16 digit number Identifier linking file with email exchange stored in OTRS database confirming the validity of the license

Additional allowed qualifiers[edit]

Additional qualifiers useful in both cases:

Qualifier Possible values Explanation
author (P50)
creator (P170)
Items specified as qualifier for the copyright statement if there are multiple authors/creators and we are tracking copyrights of each one separately
applies to part (P518) Items: allow us to specify copyrights of works current work was derived from, objects in the photograph, sound and video part of a movie, composer and performers, etc.
comment (DEPRECATED) (P2315) Free text Free text explanation of whatever can not be explained through other means. Should not be used much.
statement disputed by (P1310)
statement supported by (P3680)
Items
sourcing circumstances (P1480) disputed (Q18912752)

Helper items[edit]

Items linked through applies to jurisdiction (P1001) property[edit]

The property applies to jurisdiction (P1001), used as a qualifier of copyright statement should link to either:

  • Lists of countries with copyright terms based on authors' deaths (post mortem auctoris or pma)[1]:

Items linked through determination method (P459) property[edit]

copyright determination method (Q61005213) Based on authors' deaths (post mortem auctoris or pma)[1]:

Based on publication date:


Other:

Works in the US[edit]

US copyrights are explained at Wikidata:Hirtle chart.

Based on creation date:

Based on publication date[2]:

Based on creation date[2]:

Other:

Items linked through license (P275) property[edit]

All the items linked through license (P275) property should be of they type (or sub-type):

In case of public copyright license (Q7257715) items, ideally they will come with the following properties :

Below is a list of some standard licenses. The list was generated with this SPARQL query.

Creative Commons Licenses[edit]

Short list of Creative Commons Licenses
License associated template
CC0 (Q6938433) Template:Cc-zero (Q5271108)
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (Q20007257) Template:Cc-by-4.0 (Q15243503)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (Q18199165) Template:Cc-by-sa-4.0 (Q15243492)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 4.0 International (Q36795408) Template:Cc-by-nd-4.0 (Q26089788)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (Q34179348) Template:Cc-by-nc-4.0 (Q15924707)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (Q24082749) Template:Cc-by-nc-nd-4.0 (Q26089790)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (Q42553662) Template:Cc-by-nc-sa-4.0 (Q26074637)
Full list of Creative Commons Licenses
License associated template
Creative Commons Attribution
Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic (Q30942811) Template:Cc-by-1.0 (Q6022067)
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (Q19125117) Template:Cc-by-2.0 (Q5888213)
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 South Korea (Q44282633) Template:Cc-by-2.0-kr (Q26108158)
Creative Commons Attribution 2.1 Japan License (Q26116436) Template:Cc-by-2.1-jp (Q42551238)
Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Unported (Q18810333) Template:Cc-by-2.5 (Q5641179)
Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Sweden (Q27940776) Template:Cc-by-2.5-se (Q47461721)
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (Q14947546) Template:Cc-by-3.0 (Q5901616)
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (Q52555753) Template:Cc-by-3.0-au (Q6866800)
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Netherlands (Q53859967) Template:Cc-by-3.0-nl (Q60895873)
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States (Q18810143) Template:Cc-by-3.0-us (Q6866807)
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (Q20007257) Template:Cc-by-4.0 (Q15243503)
Creative Commons Attribution Intergovernmental Organizations licence 3.0 (Q26259495) Template:Cc-by-3.0-igo (Q47461707)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 Generic (Q47001652) Template:Cc-by-sa-1.0 (Q6480992)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (Q19068220) Template:Cc-by-sa-2.0 (Q6058246)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 South Korea (Q44282641) Template:Cc-by-sa-2.0-kr (Q15061613)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada (Q24331618) Template:Cc-by-sa-2.5-ca (Q6866841)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic (Q19113751) Template:Cc-by-sa-2.5 (Q5831909)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Netherlands (Q18199175) Template:Cc-by-sa-2.5-nl (Q6866858)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Sweden (Q15914252)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (Q14946043) Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0 (Q5614379)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany (Q42716613) Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0-de (Q6866872)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (Q56292840) Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0-igo (Q60920501)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Netherlands (Q18195572) Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0-de (Q60920048)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (Q18810341) Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0-us (Q60920252)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (Q18199165) Template:Cc-by-sa-4.0 (Q15243492)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 1.0 Generic (Q47008966) Template:Cc-by-nd-1.0 (Q26087352)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (Q35254645) Template:Cc-by-nd-2.0 (Q26087340)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Generic (Q18810338) Template:Cc-by-nd-2.5 (Q26044447)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (Q18810160) Template:Cc-by-nd-3.0 (Q26015726)
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 4.0 International (Q36795408) Template:Cc-by-nd-4.0 (Q26089788)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (Q44283370) Template:Cc-by-nc-1.0 (Q26087349)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (Q44128984) Template:Cc-by-nc-2.0 (Q26044341)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Generic (Q19113746) Template:Cc-by-nc-2.5 (Q26001706)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (Q18810331) Template:Cc-by-nc-3.0 (Q8858704)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (Q34179348) Template:Cc-by-nc-4.0 (Q15924707)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 1.0 Generic (Q47008926) Template:Cc-by-nc-nd-1.0 (Q26086887)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (Q47008927) Template:Cc-by-nc-nd-2.0 (Q26001456)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Generic (Q19068204) Template:Cc-by-nc-nd-2.5 (Q26044454)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (Q19125045) Template:Cc-by-nc-nd-3.0 (Q26015733)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (Q19328005)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (Q24082749) Template:Cc-by-nc-nd-4.0 (Q26089790)
Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial-ShareAlike
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 Generic (Q47008954) Template:Cc-by-nc-sa-1.0 (Q26087347)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (Q28050835) Template:Cc-by-nc-sa-2.0 (Q23497871)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic (Q19068212) Template:Cc-by-nc-sa-2.5 (Q14408375)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (Q15643954) Template:Cc-by-nc-sa-3.0 (Q19849272)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (Q42553662) Template:Cc-by-nc-sa-4.0 (Q26074637)

Free Software Foundation Licenses[edit]

Short list of Free Software Foundation Licenses
License associated template
GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.3 or later (Q27019786) Template:GFDL-1.3+ (Q60993963)
GNU General Public License, version 3.0 or later (Q27016754) Template:GPLv3+ (Q25970720)
LGPL-3.0+ (Q27016762) Template:LGPLv3+ (Q50932481)
AGPL v3.0 or later (Q27020062) Template:AGPL v3.0+ (Q50932455)
Full list of Free Software Foundation Licenses
License associated template
GNU Free Documentation License
GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.1 (Q26921685)
GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.2 (Q26921686) Template:GFDL-1.2 (Q6355095)
GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.3 (Q26921691) Template:GFDL-1.3 only (Q60993619)
GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.3 or later (Q27019786) Template:GFDL-1.3+ (Q60993963)
GNU General Public License
GNU General Public License, version 1.0 (Q10513452)
GNU General Public License, version 1.0 or later (Q27016750)
GNU General Public License, version 2.0 (Q10513450) Template:GPLv2 only (Q15715142)
GNU General Public License, version 2.0 or later (Q27016752) Template:GPLv2+ (Q6809928)
GNU General Public License, version 3.0 (Q10513445) Template:GPLv3 only (Q60907375)
GNU General Public License, version 3.0 or later (Q27016754) Template:GPLv3+ (Q25970720)
GNU Lesser General Public License
LGPL-2.0 (Q23035974)
LGPL-2.0+ (Q27016756)
LGPL-2.1 (Q18534390)
LGPL-2.1+ (Q27016757) Template:LGPLv2.1+ (Q6867532)
LGPL-3.0 (Q18534393) Template:LGPLv3 only (Q60997871)
LGPL-3.0+ (Q27016762) Template:LGPLv3+ (Q50932481)
GNU Affero General Public License
AGPL v1.0 only (Q27017230)
AGPL v1.0 or later (Q54571707)
AGPL v2.0 (Q54365943)
AGPL v3.0 only (Q27017232)
AGPL v3.0 or later (Q27020062) Template:AGPL v3.0+ (Q50932455)


Other Licenses[edit]

Short list of Other Licenses
License associated template
Apache-2.0 (Q13785927) Template:Apache-2.0 (Q46044420)
Apple Public Source License (Q621330) Template:APSL (Q51433048)
Artistic License 2.0 (Q14624826) Template:Artistic-2 (Q51432971)
3-clause BSD License (Q18491847) Template:BSD (Q6595879)
Beerware (Q10249) Template:Beerware (Q50932511)
CeCILL (Q1052189) Template:CeCILL (Q60997839)
Free Art License (Q152332) Template:FAL (Q5912469)
MIT license (Q334661) Template:MIT (Q8117901)
MPL 2.0 (Q25428413) Template:MPL2 (Q61013691)
Open Database License (Q1224853) Template:ODbL (Q55669982)
Open Government Data License (Q47001673) Template:OGDL (Q29650284)
WTFPL (Q152481) Template:WTFPL v2 (Q50932405)
Full list of Othern Licenses
License associated template
AROS Public License (Q4653881)
Academic Free License (Q337279)
Affero General Public License (Q28130012)
Against DRM license (Q1905513)
Aladdin Free Public License (Q979794)
Angband licence (Q26701938)
Apache License (Q616526)
Apache-1.0 (Q26897902)
Apache-1.1 (Q17817999)
Apache-2.0 (Q13785927) Template:Apache-2.0 (Q46044420)
Apple Public Source License (Q621330) Template:APSL (Q51433048)
Artistic License 1.0 (Q14624823) Template:Artistic (Q51432997)
Artistic License 2.0 (Q14624826) Template:Artistic-2 (Q51432971)
Attribution Assurance License (Q38364310)
BSD licenses (Q191307)
1-clause BSD License (Q19292556)
2-clause BSD license (Q18517294)
3-clause BSD License (Q18491847) Template:BSD (Q6595879)
4-clause BSD license (Q21503790)
Beerware (Q10249) Template:Beerware (Q50932511)
BitTorrent Open Source License (Q4918693)
Boost Software License (Q2353141)
CDDL-1.1 (Q26996804)
CERN Open Hardware Licence (Q1023365)
Carnegie Mellon University License (Q2939745)
CeCILL (Q1052189) Template:CeCILL (Q60997839)
Client access license (Q1100998)
Code Project Open License (Q5140041)
Common Development and Distribution License version 1.0 (Q26996811) Template:CDDL v1.0 (Q51434104)
Common Public Attribution License (Q1116195)
Common Public License (Q2477807)
Copyheart (Q5169203)
Cryptix General License (Q5190781)
Data licence Germany - Zero - Version 2.0 (Q56064789)
Design Science License (Q2352806)
Dominion Rules Licence (Q5291073)
EPICS Open License (Q27096218)
Eclipse Distribution License (Q26245522)
Eclipse Public License (Q1281977)
Eiffel Forum License (Q17011832)
Erlang Public License (Q3731857)
European Union Public Licence (Q1376919)
Expat license (Q18526198)
Fair License (Q22682017)
Flora License (Q5460320)
Frameworx License (Q5477987)
Fraunhofer FDK AAC Codec Library for Android license (Q47524122)
Free Art License (Q152332) Template:FAL (Q5912469)
Free Public License (Q48271011)
FreeBSD Documentation License (Q2033808)
GNAT Modified General Public License (Q1486114)
German Free Software License (Q5551105)
Giftware (Q10289473)
Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement (Q5637395)
Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer (Q5773924)
Honest Public License (Q3139999)
IBM Public License (Q288745)
ISC license (Q386474)
ImageMagick License (Q27676327)
Intel Open Source License (Q6043507)
Interbase Public License (Q3153096)
Italian Open Data License (Q16566743)
Italian Open Data License 1.0 (Q26805816)
Italian Open Data License 2.0 (Q26805818)
Jabber Open Source License (Q1149006)
JasPer License Version 2.0 (Q47524112)
Java Research License (Q6165015)
LaTeX Project Public License (Q1050635) Q60997900
Libpng License (Q6542418)
Lucent Public License (Q6696468)
MIT license (Q334661) Template:MIT (Q8117901)
MPICH2 license (Q17070027)
MPL 1.0 (Q26737738)
MPL 1.1 (Q26737735) Template:MPL 1.1 (Q14401238)
MPL 2.0 (Q25428413) Template:MPL2 (Q61013691)
Matplotlib license (Q30222888)
Microsoft Imagine (Q909738)
Microsoft Public License (Q15477153)
Microsoft Reciprocal License (Q1772828)
MirOS Licence (Q1951343)
NASA Open Source Agreement (Q6952418)
Nethack General Public License (Q20764732)
Netscape Public License (Q2306611)
Non-Commercial Government Licence 2.0 (Q58337120)
Norwegian Licence for Open Government Data (Q18632926)
Open Audio License (Q627693)
Open Content License (Q4398755)
Open Data Commons (Q2025635)
Open Data Commons Attribution License (Q30940585)
Open Database License (Q1224853) Template:ODbL (Q55669982)
Open Directory License (Q4045888)
Open Game License (Q1752744)
Open Government Data License (Q47001673) Template:OGDL (Q29650284)
Open Government Licence (Q17016921)
Open Government Licence - Canada (Q56419952)
Open License (Q3238028)
Open Publication License (Q1412537)
Open Software License (Q777520)
Open Web Foundation Agreement, Version 0.9 (Q28554579)
OpenLDAP Public License Version 2.8 (Q25273268)
PHP License (Q376841)
PostgreSQL License (Q18563589)
Public Documentation License (Q492916)
Public Domain Dedication and License v1.0 (Q24273512)
Python License (Q5975028)
Python Software Foundation License (Q2600299)
Q Public License (Q1396282)
RealNetworks Public Source License (Q7300815)
Reciprocal Public License (Q7302458)
Ricoh Source Code Public License (Q7332330)
Ruby License (Q3066722)
SIL Open Font License (Q1150837)
SLUC (Q7391010)
SSLeay (Q20972134)
Server Side Public License (Q58531884)
Simple Public License (Q38351460)
Simputer General Public License (Q7521185)
Sleepycat License (Q2294050)
SugarCRM Public License (Q3976707)
Sun Community Source License (Q7638252)
Sun Industry Standards Source License (Q635577)
Sun Public License (Q648252)
Sybase Open Watcom Public License (Q7659488)
University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License (Q2495855)
Unlicense (Q21659044)
Vim license (Q43338605)
Vovida Software License Version 1.0 (Q38349857)
W3C Software Notice and License (Q3564577)
WTFPL (Q152481) Template:WTFPL v2 (Q50932405)
X.Net, Inc. License (Q38346089)
XCore Open Source License (Q8041726)
Yahoo! Public License (Q16948289)
Zope Public License (Q3780982)
curl license (Q33042394)
doujin-mark (Q17229293)
eCos-2.0 (Q26904555)
freemium (Q1444631)
gSOAP Public License (Q3756289)
open source license (Q1156659)
volume licensing (Q4016359)
wxWindows Library License (Q38347878)
zlib License (Q207243)

Examples[edit]

item copyright statement Explanation
Paul Gauguin 126.jpg
Woman of the Mango (Q18357854)
copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 100 years pma or shorter
determination method 100 years pma
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value
Copyrights have expired 100 years after author's death. Woman of the Mango (Q18357854), is a painting by Paul Gauguin (Q37693) who died in 1903, or more than 100 years ago. Such work would be in public domain in all the countries where copyright expires some number of years since author's death (Latin: Post mortem auctoris or pma), since there are no jurisdictions where that period is longer than 100 years[1]. Equivalent to template:PD-old-100 on Wikimedia Commons.

Copyright situation in the United states is less clear, and depends on information if the work was published with approval of the copyright holder or not. If a reproduction of this work was published more than 95 years ago than the work is in Public Domain in the US. Same if it was never published, since than copyrights have expired 70 years after author's death. However if the first authorized publication occured less than 95 years ago than there is a chance that this work is still copyrighted in the US[2].

Varon Milanes 1606.jpg
Varon Milanes (Q4008835)
copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction United States of America
determination method published more than 95 years ago
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 100 years pma or shorter
determination method 100 years pma
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value
Copyrights have expired in the US 95 years after publication (before 1924)

In the US Copyright term is calculated based on date of publication. Also author died more than 100 years ago. Equivalent to template:PD-old-100-expired on Wikimedia Commons.

Google 2015 logo.svg
Google logo (Q1764530)
copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction United States of America
determination method ineligible for copyright protection
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value
Google Logo is protected by trademark laws, but it is not copyrighted. The reason copyright laws do not apply to Google Logo is that you can not copyright a word, typed using standard Sans-serif font and primary colors (plus yellow)[3].
Nagasakibomb.jpg
Atomic Cloud Rises Over Nagasaki (Q55437339)
copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction United States of America
determination method works of Federal Government of the United States
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value
Works prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person's official duties are in in the Public Domain in the US. Equivalent to template:PD-USGov on Wikimedia Commons. Since the photographer Charles Levy (Q55437350) died in 1997, this work might not be in Public Domain in other jurisdictions.
Anna Frank - Het achterhuis.jpg
Het achterhuis (Q14624856)
copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 70 years pma or shorter
determination method 70 years pma
start time 1 January 2016
author Anne Frank
▼ 1 reference
Normal rank copyrighted Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction United States of America
public domain date 2047
determination method published more than 95 years ago
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value
copyright status
Normal rank copyrighted Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 70 years pma or shorter
determination method 70 years pma
end time 2050
author Otto Frank
applies to part compilation
statement supported by Anne Frank Fund
▼ 1 reference
+ add value
In case of 1st edition of Anna Frank diary Het achterhuis (Q14624856) the copyright should be straight forward:
  • Anna Frank died in 1944, so her works are in public domain in all the countries with 70 year pma or shorter[1]
  • In the US Het achterhuis (Q14624856) is still copyrighted since US protects copyrights for 95 years since publication for works published through 1977[2].
  • Copyright in Netherlands also expired in 2016, but for more complex reasons. For details see article in English Wikipedia.

However, the case become more complicated after, Anne Frank Fund the foundation that held the copyrights to the book, made a claim that Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank was not just the editor of the book, but also a coauthor. That would extend the copyrights to 2050, 70 years after Frank's death. This claim is disputed.

Additional properties related to copyrights[edit]

Those might relate to the same item, but are not qualifiers of copyright status (P6216).

RightsStatement status according to source website (P6426)[edit]

As discussed and agreed during the Property Proposal, this property may ONLY be applied to Items about copyrightable works for which the organisation that owns the original work has itself placed one of the official RightsStatement.org labels in the metadata.

For the ability to model the copyright/Public Domain status of a Work within Wikidata, see copyright status (P6216).

As of the date of approval of this Property there are 12 such Statements. Furthermore, only some of those 12 Statements are applicable to be modelled in Wikidata due to the scope of Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.

The table below indicates which of the RightsStatements.org statements can be applied to the works' Wikidata item (if the above criteria is met).

Icon Meaning
Wikidata-logo S.svg May be used on a Wikidata Item
Commons logo.svg May be used within WikimediaCommons Structured Data information
DYK questionmark icon.svg Potential disagreement with Wikimedia Commons' and the cultural institutions' policies (e.g. copyrightability of faithfully reproduced digitisations).
RS.org Statement + QID Statement refers to:

digital reproduction of a work, or, reproduction AND the original work

Permitted to be used on:

Commons File and/or Wikidata Item

In Copyright (Q47530729) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg
In Copyright - EU Orphan Work (Q47530688) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg
In Copyright - Rights-holder(s) Unlocatable or Unidentifiable (Q47530802) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg
No Copyright - United States (Q47530911) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg+ Commons logo.svg
No Known Copyright (Q47530955) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg+ Commons logo.svg
Copyright Not Evaluated (Q47530926) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg+ Commons logo.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg
Copyright Undetermined (Q47530946) Original Wikidata-logo S.svg+ Commons logo.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg
No Copyright - Contractual Restrictions (Q47530853) Reproduction Commons logo.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg
No Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Only (Q47530884) Reproduction Commons logo.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg
No Copyright - Other Known Legal Restrictions (Q47530902) Reproduction Commons logo.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg
In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted (Q47530780) Reproduction
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted (Q47530757) Reproduction

How to add Copyright statements?[edit]

Copyright statements are a bit clunky to add by hand, as they always require multiple qualifiers. In the future we should build tools for easily adding a some of the most often used statements. Below are some of the existing tools which might be useful.

moveClaim.js[edit]

MoveClaim is a very useful tool designed for moving and copying statements from one item to another. Installation tips can be found at Wikidata:Tools/Edit items. In case of Copyright statements one can use it to copy statements from one item with properly set up copyright statements to another. All you need is an item number of the destination item. Use this SPARQL query to find exemplar items for different cases.

QuickStatements[edit]

QuickStatements is an excellent tool for adding statements to batches of items. See Help:QuickStatements to learn how to use it. QuickStatements can be used without issues when adding single new statement to an item without any. However it has some unexpected behavior when one wants to add multiple statements. For example, importing the following V1 commands:
Q70784 P6216 Q19652 P1001 Q30 P459 Q47246828
Q70784 P6216 Q19652 P1001 Q60332278 P459 Q29940705

should have resulted in

copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 100 years pma or shorter
determination method 100 years pma
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction United States of America
determination method published more than 95 years ago
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value

However QuickStatements currently produces

copyright status
Normal rank public domain Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
applies to jurisdiction countries with 100 years pma or shorter
United States of America
determination method 100 years pma
published more than 95 years ago
▼ 0 reference
+ add reference
+ add value

You can get desired effect by using

Q70784 P6216 Q19652 P1001 Q30 P459 Q47246828
Q70784 P6216 Q15687061 P1001 Q60332278 P459 Q29940705

which uses public domain (Q15687061), a permanent duplicate of public domain (Q19652). All public domain (Q15687061) are automatically replaced with public domain (Q19652), see {{Autofix}} template at Property talk:P6216. When using QuickStatements always inspect the output of small test runs before doing any larger batches.

See Also[edit]

Earlier discussions and proposals:

References[edit]