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Decision matrix for determining if a screenshot is appropriate for upload to Commons. If either condition is satisfied, that A) the software is freely licensed by the owner, or B) the screen shot is freely licensed by the owner of the software, than the image is appropriate for Commons so long as it is within scope. If both conditions are not satisfied, then the image is non-free and not yet appropriate for upload to Commons.

Les captures de pantalla (screenshots) tienen drechos d'autor si el programa o sistema operativu amosau los tien. D'esta mena, les captures de pantalla nun pueden subise a Commons a nun ser que tolos componentes, programes y datos amosaos nelles tengan dalguna llicencia llibre. Pa poner un exemplu, les diretrices de Microsoft nun permiten facer obres derivaes . Esto quier dicir que'l usu de captures de pantalla de productos de Microsoft iría a la escontra de les polítiques de Commons.

Date cuenta que la captura de pantalla tien que espublizase embaxu esta llicencia llibre namás si toes les imáxenes usaes pol interfaz gráficu del programa tienen una llicencia llibre. Si, por exemplu, toes son de dominiu públicu entos la captura de pantalla tien que tar nel dominiu públicu porque'l trabayu creativu al facer la captura de pantalla ye ceru. Si la captura de pantalla caltien iconos o conteniu de sitios que nun son llibres, la captura de pantalla nun ye llibre.

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If all content shown is in the public domain, then the screenshot is also, because there is no creative contribution added when creating a screenshot. This may not be true in all jurisdictions, but holds at least in the U.S. (due to Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.), in Germany (see Bildrechte in German Wikipedia), and probably all other countries of the European Union.

D'esta mena, si los programadores nun tan d'alcuerdu en espublizar el programa embaxu una llicencia llibre y nun llicencien explícitamente la captura de pantalla embaxu una llicencia llibre, entos la captura de pantalla nun puede ser llibre. Esto puede nun ser así en toes les xurisdiciones, pero sí nos Estaos Xuníos (acuenta del casu de Bridgeman Art Library Ltd. escontra Corel Corporation), en Alemania y probablemente en tolos demás países de la Xunión Europea.

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Audiovisual works

 
Screenshots from "Elephants Dream", and even the entire film itself can be uploaded here because it is a freely licensed work.

Screenshots from audiovisual works (such as films, television broadcasts, video clips) are often the property of its producer or creator and they may not be uploaded to Commons unless the work itself is in the public domain or released under a free license or unless the copyright holder is willing to release the screenshot under a free license.

Software

 
Screenshot of the Free Software program GNU IceCat licensed under the Mozilla tri-license, running on Xfce with window titlebar theme licensed under GNU GPL, and showing public domain LibriVox web page. The Creative Commons logo is trademarked but is thought to be ineligible for copyright at all.

In most cases, screenshots of computer software (which include programs, video games, operating systems) cannot be uploaded to Commons unless the software is released under a free software license that complies with the Commons licensing policy (software released under licenses that meet the OSI definition of "Open Source" will meet the requirements), or there is formal permission.

Note that free programs generally are not free of intellectual property protections. Just as websites may be free to access, but still covered under copyright, simply because a software is free to download, run or play, does not mean that it is in the public domain or freely licensed in a way that is compatible with Commons. For those that are under a free license, you must still conform to the terms of the particular licence, which usually means you must publish your derivative work under the same licence, and correctly attribute the original authors or owners. However, screenshots of programs with a command-line interface may fall into public domain. See {{PD-text}} for more information.

Puede ser qu'heba excepciones a lo anterior si la captura de pantalla amuesa namás una obra que foi fecha usando dalgún programa, y non el programa en sí. Esto val pa les fuentes, que'n dalgunos casos consideranse programes.

Pa facer una captura de pantalla llibre:

  • Usa un programa llibre con un tema (skin) completamente llibre. (Por exemplu, un programa KDE usando'l tema Crystal.)
  • Recorta tolos que pueden tener drechos d'autor. Dexa namás el calteníu.
  • El calteníu del programa capturau tien que ser tamién llibre. Asegúrate de que la captura de pantalla nun caltién marques rexistraes, testu o imáxenes con drechos d'autor nin cualisquier otra cosa de la que nun se tea permitiu l'usu llibre.

Por favor marca les captures de pantalla que namás amuesen calteníu llibre cola plantilla {{Free screenshot}} amás de cola marca de drechos d'autor pertinente. Tamién debería indicase embaxu qué llicencia llibre ta'l programa.

Examples

Microsoft products

Microsoft's guidelines do not allow derivative works,[3] so screenshots of Microsoft products would go against Commons policy. The Windows operating system itself is a Microsoft product, and the precise appearance of standard operating system widgets in some themes may or may not be copyrightable, as they are purely geometric.

Software as art

 
Captura de pantalla d'una demo que foi llicenciada embaxu CC-BY-SA polos sus autores

En dalgunos casos el propiu programa ye una obra d'arte, como pasa coles demos (val d'exemplu l'anterior ilustración del osu panda). Les captures de pantalla de estes obres son llibres si el programa ye l libre.

An exception to the rule is if the copyright holder of a non-free program wishes to freely license a screenshot of it. To do this, the user must have the rights to all visible non-free objects—the interface, the graphics, the text, everything. Before doing this, please consider all that it entails. Any design elements or logos appearing in the screenshot will irrevocably be placed under a free license. Also, be sure to make it explicitly clear that the software itself is not free.

Web browsers

Common proprietary web browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. Screenshots of these are never permissible on Commons if they show the browser's user interface.

 
Freely licensed GNU IceCat icon

Common free web browsers include Mozilla Firefox, Chromium, Konqueror, and Web. Screenshots of these browsers displaying free content should be permissible, so long as they do not include copyrightable elements of a proprietary operating system, other proprietary software or non-free user interface customizations. The Firefox icon before Firefox 3.6 is non-free, so it must not be included in screenshots (internal logo files in Firefox 3.6 and later are under the Mozilla tri-license, although trademarked, so are acceptable where hard to avoid). GNU IceCat, a rebranded Firefox-based browser, is unencumbered by this problem, but may show small non-free logos under certain configurations, which should be replaced.

Google Chrome has caused conflicts; even though, besides its logo, there are no immediately visible differences between Chrome and its open source arm Chromium, it has been asserted that Google Chrome itself is non-free because its official binaries are subject to a non-free Google Chrome Terms of Service which overrides the open source terms of its base source code. Deletion discussions have gone both ways.

Screenshots of web browsers displaying web sites, images, videos or other copyrighted content which is not under a free license are not permissible.

Although Wikipedia is often a component of free screenshots, there have been issues.

  • Most Wikimedia logos were previously subject to a proprietary license, but this changed when they were freed, in 2014.
  • If the screenshot contains images or icons with free licenses with requirements, you have to honor them, such as by listing them and their authors and licenses, which may be other than Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.

Smartphones

Although much of Android is open source software, this does not apply to Google software or their icons. Additionally, many smartphones do not include the "stock" Android user experience, but one specific to the company (such as Samsung One UI, and Huawei EMUI). These aspects are copyrighted by the maker of the phone, and screenshots showing portions of these interfaces (such as home screens) are not free.

Screenshots of "stock" Android can be tagged with {{Apache}} with copyright credit to "The Android Open Source Project".

See also

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