All files uploaded to the CreationWiki must be usable under US copyright law.
With rare exception all original works are copyrighted automatically by United States law. An author is under no obligation to provide copyright notice and the absence of such notice should not be considered a release of rights. Explicit permission must be given or use of materials is a violation of copyright law. For most works, "public domain" includes those for which the copyright has expired (70 yrs after the death of author), or those that are ineligible for copyright. The latter includes U.S. national government publications, such as from the USDA, USGS, NASA, NOAA, NSF, etc..
Authors may also give explicit permission to use copyrighted works. The Creative Commons Licensed is a popular method used to give such permission under specific guidelines. As a nonprofit educational website, the CreationWiki qualifies for fair use claims of copyright material, but authors are asked to use this option as a last resort. Public domain works and those used with expressed permission are preferred.
CreationWiki Media Pool
We have established a common media repository for use with all CreationWiki sites, which is known as the CreationWiki Pool. Following upload to the Pool, images will automatically be available to any of the CreationWiki international sites that currently exist or are set up in the future. Files previously uploaded to the English version of the CreationWiki will not be available for shared use until they are uploaded to the CreationWiki media pool. You can help the CreationWiki effort by uploading these files. Contact an admin to delete original files after upload.
- Image list of shared images uploaded to the CreationWiki Pool. View the pool statistics page for the available number of shared files.
- Image list of files previously uploaded to the English version of the CreationWiki. (992 English version only files.)
- Main Article: Help:Upload
The CreationWiki file upload form has several data input fields. Some fields require the provision of specific information or the file will be deleted from the archive.
Files should be uploaded with a descriptive filename (2-3 words). This filename serves as the name of the image when displayed in the category gallery. The original filename can be changed to a descriptive filename during upload by specifying a preferred name in the Destination Filename form field.
Files should be uploaded with descriptive information. For most images, this info should be obtained from the source file, image caption, etc. Editors are also encouraged to categorize uploaded images. While categories may be assigned by editing the image description files subsequently, it may also be placed easily into the Summary form field during upload.
All files uploaded to the CreationWiki must be free of copyright restrictions. When uploading a file, users are required to specify the copyright status of the file. Acceptable files include Creative Commons Licensed, those that qualify for fair use, or those that are in the public domain. The latter include files for which the copyright has expired or the file is uncopyrightable as with U.S. national government agency publications. For assistance in locating usable images, browse through our list of sites.
- Public domain files: the Copyright Status is typically a qualifying statement that supports the image being in the public domain. For example: "This image is public domain because it was first published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration", or "I, the author of the work, hereby release this image into the public domain".
- Creative Commons Licensed files: provide a link to the actual license that was specified by the licensee.
- Fair use files: provide a qualifying statement that justifies the claim of fair use. For example: "Fair Use: publicity photo by the Northwest Creation Network".
- For images where permission has been granted by the copyright holder (i.e. publishing site), an internet address should be provided where verification of permission can be found. Please note that permission for "education use" typically implies classroom use. Copyrighted material can only be used if internet publication is explicitly stated.
Note: A valid copyright status must be provided or the file will be deleted.
For most files, the source is the URL (internet address) to the page where the file was obtained. The address provided should be to the page where the image and its description can be found. Please do not link directly to the graphic file, so the identify of the image can be verified.
For works that were obtained from or uploaded by the author, the authors name should be identified. In cases where the author is a CreationWiki user, the username should be provided as an internal link (i.e. [[user:smith]])
Note: A valid source must be provided or the file will be deleted.
- Note: Please upload original articles only. The CreationWiki discourages the use of this site to mirror works that exist elsewhere. Links to online article should be placed in the footer of a related articles under the heading - "References" or "External Links".