Team Fortress Wiki:Licensing images

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All images on Team Fortress Wiki must be accompanied by a license template that shows the copyright status of the image. This article lists the types of licensing templates available for use.


Images and media on the Team Fortress Wiki must follow these licensing guidelines.

  • All images must have a license template appear on their file page;
  • The license template used must be correct; examples of incorrect licensing:
    • claiming fair use justification ({{FairUse}}) on a screenshot image;
    • using a public domain ({{PD}}) license on a copyrighted image;
  • If the image contains trademark(s), the tag {{Trademark}} must be used in addition to the appropriate license tag for the image.
    • e.g. if a {{PD}} image contains a trademark, its page should display {{PD}} and {{Trademark}}

For guidelines on image quality and resolution, please see Team Fortress Wiki:Images.

Game content

Any Team Fortress 2 images, screenshots, audio clips, other content extracted from game files or artwork or concept images created by Valve should use the following templates. Do not mark any of this content using other licenses or claiming it under fair use.

The majority of files uploaded will use these licenses.



  • {{ArtworkTF2}}
    • for all artwork, concept images, or other drawings for the game, such as content from the official blog and the Steam Workshop.
  • {{ArtworkTF2-Pre}}
    • for all artwork, concept images or screenshots of betas from pre-release or early versions of the game.


  • {{ScreenshotTF2}}
    • for all TF2 screenshots, regardless of who took them.


  • {{AudioTF2}}
    • for audio clips, music, sound effects or other audio-related files extracted from the game files.

Other game media

  • {{ExtractTF2}}
    • for media or other graphics extracted directly from the game content files, such as materials, icons, or any other content that does not fit above.

Other Team Fortress content

Valve content

  • {{Valve content}}
    • for any content owned by Valve that does not pertain to a particular game (e.g. non-TF2 game logos, etc)
  • {{L4D image}}
    • for any content extracted from Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2, such as materials from the VPKs.

Free content

Creative Commons

Creative Commons

For images or media that use a Creative Commons license, the master template {{CC}} can be used. It supports 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 versions of BY, BY-SA and BY-NC-SA (noncommercial).

License Version
3.0 2.5 2.0
Attribution {{CC|by-3.0}} link {{CC|by-2.5}} link {{CC|by-2.0}} link
Attribution ShareAlike {{CC|by-sa-3.0}} link {{CC|by-sa-2.5}} link {{CC|by-sa-2.0}} link
Attribution ShareAlike
{{CC|by-nc-sa-3.0}} link {{CC|by-nc-sa-2.5}} link {{CC|by-nc-sa-2.0}} link

You can turn any of these licenses into "own release" licenses by adding self to {{CC}} like this: {{CC|by-3.0|self}}. This simply changes the wording of the license to indicate that you created the work yourself.

Public domain

Public Domain

Images or media that have been released into the public domain.

  • {{PD}}
    • for images which have been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, whose copyright has expired or are ineligible for copyright.
  • {{PD-self}}
    • for images that you yourself have created and release into the public domain.

GNU licenses


Free Art License

Non-free content

Fair use
  • {{FairUse}}
    • for copyrighted images or media which are used under fair use terms.
    • Do not use this for any Valve images or content.
    • If applicable, you can use the first parameter to specify who owns the copyright: e.g. {{FairUse|Apple Inc}}


  • {{Trademark}}
    • use this in addition to another license tag to show that the image contains trademark(s).