Advice required on using art and pictures on website

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I'd like to be able to display some paintings and art on my website. Therefore, can someone please confirm that I can use paintings that I have come across on Wikimedia? I'm referring to old paintings and other images.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    It depends. If they're public domain, yes. I would simply contact the site
    and ask. If they give you permission for certain images or say that all images
    can be used, go ahead.

    I don't think anybody here is going to be able to give you a definitive answer
    to your question as to whether you can use the images or not as we'd only
    be guessing.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnATX
      I always use images and even content from other sites and I will just put the website as the source. This way there is no confusion about who owns the image or content and they get a link back to their site if you're getting traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author martinkeens
    If the original creator published the work under a common/public license OR if the work is old enough that it is in the public domain, then you are fine. If neither of these are true, then it would depend on the purpose of your site. If it is not-for-profit/reference/educational, then you should be okay as long as you cite your source. If it is a business/profit site, then you could be treading on thin ice if you do not get permission from the original publisher. Just because you find something online does not necessarily mean that you have rights to re-publish it.

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