This form should be used to upload a work that you created from scratch. The act of scanning or photocopying someone else's work is not considered to be "creative". Additionally, it is important that your work not incorporate third party clip art unless that clip art is public domain. The image must be completely your creation – meaning that you took the photograph, painted the painting.
All user-created images must be released under a free license. For purposes of Wikipedia, "free" does not merely mean that you don't charge for it, but it means that you allow everyone to use, alter, and redistribute your work for any purpose. This release is not revocable.
Wikipedia does not accept images that are licensed for "non-commercial" use, licensed only to Wikipedia, for which permission is required for reuse, or that do not permit derivative works to be created. Part of Wikipedia's mission is to provide freely reusable content and having images encumbered by restrictive licensing schemes runs counter to that mission.
Some of the licenses you can choose include:
Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) – This is the same license that is used for all text contributions on Wikipedia. It allows anyone to use the work as long as they credit you and distribute any modifications to the work under the same, similar or a compatible license.
GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) – This license was formerly used for Wikipedia text. It requires that a record of others' changes to the work and a copy of the 3,000-word license be included when distributing printed copies of the work. Any modifications to the work must also be licensed under the GFDL.
Creative CommonsAttribution (CC-BY) – This license allows anyone to use or modify the work as long as they credit you. It is similar to the CC-BY-SA, but less restrictive.
Public domain – You give up all rights to the work and allow any person to use it for any purpose without restriction.
It is recommended that you license your work under both the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike and the GNU Free Documentation License. A list of other licenses that you can choose is available at Free licenses. Whichever license you choose, you must select it from the Licensing dropdown below or insert its license tag (from that list) in the description field.
Note: For questions or comments about the "my own work" upload page please go to its talk page.