Is wikipedia content free to reuse?

I’m a designer as well as a developer. If I see an image on Wikipedia, is it under a license like the CC-creative commons license? Can I use it commercially?

pretty sure the answer for commercial use is “nope”. Look this topic up on wikipedia though…

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@hbar1st Check out the second answer, from the wikipedia editor:
BTW, I’m stilll not sure if this applies to wikimedia such as pictures.

the only problem is that everyone edits wikipedia and they may post things that don’t belong to them so therefore the license is not valid.

True. But they’ll probably be liable.

Todd Allen, Wikipedia editor since 2004, admin since 2007, arbitrator 2014-2016 term.
If you edit Wikipedia, you’ll notice the following text at the bottom of the edit window: “By clicking the “Save page” button, you agree to the Terms of Use and you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL with the understanding that a hyperlink or URL is sufficient for CC BY-SA 3.0 attribution.”
:slight_smile: Source:

yup. i wish there was an easier way to check license requirements on images. It is just too annoying right now.

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If you click on the image, you should be able to see the license type in the bottom-right corner. CC-BY-SA 3.0 is free for commercial use. I don’t really know GNU public license.

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