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If you provide the death year of the author (for example, 1941) as a parameter (for example, {{PD-old-auto|1941}}, this licensing template automatically calculates and displays the longest-allowable copyright span as the life of the author plus either 70, 75, 80, 90, or 100 years.

The license box, displayed by the template, will change (from year to year) to select from the current multi-language license boxes for public-domain spans, such as {{PD-old-80}} for life of the author plus 80 years. In future years, the box will change to use {{PD-old-90}} and then {{PD-old-100}}.

As time passes, the license span will change, because more years will have elapsed since the lifetime of that person. Once the template is being used, there will no need to re-edit a page for the license year span, because it will automatically adjust for the actual year (currently: 2021), in the future.

Impact - This template applies to many thousands of image files, for authors who died in the 20th century. Expect it to be used for most works among the top 5,000 artists or painters. There will no longer be a need to re-edit those pages to adjust the public-domain year span, in future years.




Parameter name Description Default value required or optional?

parameter #1 (1) final year of the author's life. Alternative name "year". empty optional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: the File namespace

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: no user group specified

Relies on:
{{Years since}}

See also