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Template for anonymous works which were in the public domain on the URAA date (usually 1/1/1996). Note that anonymous works are (usually) works where the author was not publicly identified, and not just works published or installed without the author's name. In addition, in most countries, works published anonymously no longer qualify as anonymous works if the author is publicly identified later (details vary). See Commons:Anonymous works.

A file description page for an anonymous work must make clear (i) why the work is public domain in the United States and (ii) why it is public domain in the source country (if not the US). The reason parameter is often useful for the second part.

Example template use: {{PD-anon-auto-1996|publication=1940|country=Nepal|date=2004|reason=Nepal anon works are protected for 25 years from creation, meaning it was PD by 1965 at the latest.}} produces

Public domain This anonymous or pseudonymous work is in the public domain in the United States because
  1. it was first published outside the United States (and not published in the U.S. within 30 days) and
  2. it was first published before 1978 without complying with U.S. copyright formalities or between 1978 and 28 February 1989 without copyright notice and
  3. it was in the public domain in its home country or area (Nepal) on the relevant URAA date (2004).

It is also in the public domain in other countries and areas where the copyright terms of anonymous or pseudonymous works are 80 years or less since publication.

For background information, see the explanations on Non-U.S. copyrights.
Nepal anon works are protected for 25 years from creation, meaning it was PD by 1965 at the latest.

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Parameter name Description Default value required or optional?

publication Year of publication of work empty required
country Country empty optional
date URAA applicability date (usually 1/1/1996; but see en:Wikipedia:Non-U.S._copyrights#Dates_of_restoration_and_terms_of_protection) empty optional
reason Reason work was PD on the URAA date 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: all users


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This template is localized through {{Autotranslate}}. The layout of the template can be found under Template:PD-anon-auto-1996/layout.

To add your language to the list of languages supported by this template, please copy the code of Template:PD-anon-auto-1996/en (or any other language version you prefer to translate) and replace the text strings in there (the form below can be used to create a translation, the English version is preloaded in the edit box). Please change the parameter lang from en (or whatever language you are translating) to the language code of your language.