You can copy my charts!
I release all the images and charts on TylerVigen.com under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license. This means that you can:
- Copy and redistribute the text and images in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially
- Edit, remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially
Here are some examples of things you are completely allowed and encouraged to do with my charts:
- Use them in your PowerPoint presentation as humorous examplesIn fact if you do this, the line charts are designed to be easy to edit. Right click and click "Create shape" or "Ungroup" and then you can edit the text and change the colors.
- Include them in your online article about correlations
- Create a listicle of the top 10 funniest examples and paste your favorites
- Print one as an example in your book
- Take the data and use it to make a new chart that matches the format of your work, and print that
- Re-host an entire website called “tylervigenschartsbutwithads.com” and re-upload all my charts but include advertisements so you make money on it
Attribution can take many forms. You are free to use the form that makes the most sense given the context of your work. You just need to cite "Tyler Vigen" or reference my site somewhere. If you download an image as-is, it already has all the attribution it needs built-in (the part that says "tylervigen.com").
For the record, I am just one person. Tyler Vigen, he/him/his. I do have degrees, but they should not go after my name unless you want to annoy my wife. If that is your goal, then go ahead and cite me as "Tyler Vigen, A.A. A.A.S. B.A. J.D." Otherwise it is just "Tyler Vigen."
Here are some examples of attribution that I considered perfectly acceptable:
- Courtesy of Tyler Vigen
- Chart by Tyler Vigen
- Data from Tyler Vigen
- Vigen, T. (2024, February 13). Spurious Correlations. https://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
- See Tyler Vigen, Spurious Correlations, available at https://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
When spoken, my last name is pronounced "vegan," like I don't eat meat.
I use an open license for the content on this site. The goal is to make the content easy for anyone to reuse. That should be all you need to freely reuse the charts, images, and other content in your own work. You don't need to email me to ask for permission.
However, I know that many lawyers, editors, and publishers are skiddish when it comes to copyright. If you need a signed release form, here are four options.
1: Download a pre-signed PDF
Here is a downloadable pre-signed PDF granting you permission to use the charts.
2: Generate a PDF with your name and date
Fill out this form with your name (or your organization's name). It will generate a signed and dated permission-granting form for you.
3: Upload a release form for me to sign
If your publisher requires me to sign their release form, fear not. Upload a PDF of the release form you need signed.
On the next page, I'll ask you to click on the spot where my signature is required. My script will sign your PDF automatically.
I bet this is the fastest you will ever get a release form signed.
4: Email me
If the above options don't work, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't mind you emailing me, I am just slow to respond to emails. That's why I went to the trouble of writing a script that signs release forms on my behalf.
If you do email me asking to sign a release form, please mention that you tried the other options on this page. Otherwise I will probably just point you to this page.