The Dutch translation should be added to the list ( and Wikia:Licensing/nl. Tedjuh10 - Talk 20:06, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Just added. Thanks! If you're interested in translate more of our new features to durch, drop me a note. --Avatar@fandom 20:42, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
I sure will :)! Thanks for the quick response. Tedjuh10 - Talk 20:55, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
Could the Dutch link have a update, it should now link to "Auteursrecht" in stead of "Project:Auteursrecht". Thanks! Mark (Tedjuh10) - Talk 10:58, September 4, 2009 (UTC)
Done. --Avatar@fandom 11:01, September 4, 2009 (UTC)

Using public domain text Edit

If Joe publishes something elsewhere and declares that it is public domain, what happens to Joe or it if I then copy it to a CC-BY-SA wiki?

See, a forum post that refers to recent (very welcome) material added to the Civilization Wikia.

Robin Patterson (Talk) 03:57, December 4, 2009 (UTC)

Those versions then are CC-BY-SA licensed insofar as any subsequent versions aren't in the public domain anymore but only under CC-BY-SA. Also Joe has to be attributed as author, or the CC-BY-SA license becomes invalid (it is to note that Joe hasn't agreed to a WMF like attribution, so he should best be attributed as defined on [1]).--AB 01:30, December 20, 2009 (UTC)

Regarding "Non-text files" Edit

Freely licensed or public domain images are strongly preferred on Wikia.

Does this mean wikis can choose to use unfree images even without a fair use context, as long as they attribute copyright?--AB 01:30, December 20, 2009 (UTC)

I do not think that merely attributing the copyright owner is sufficient. It is certainly necessary but not sufficient. My interpretation has been that you must either:
  1. have permission to use the material or
  2. satisfy the test for "fair use".
If you investigate the simple test for fair use then you will discover that it is very easy to satisfy. The page I used to get all this legal mumbo-jumbo straight in my head while setting up the various Licensing templates is w:c:vsk:Project:Licensing_guide#Uploading_the_work_of_others. It is simply what made the most sense (to me) as I considered the rights of all parties concerned. -- najevi 04:12, December 20, 2009 (UTC)
The wikis I'm around don't have fair use for an option. I've also come across Wikians who claim exactly what I question above. The usage of non-copyleft respectively exclusively licensed images is also an interesting question, though.--AB 19:52, December 20, 2009 (UTC)

Chinese translationEdit

I just completed the Chinese translation of the policy inzh:Wikia中文:內容授權方式.Please add the interlanguage link.Thank you.--Ffaarr 07:34, February 15, 2010 (UTC)

Using images from Wikimedia Commons Edit

Although it is great we can freely copy images from Wikimedia Commons and upload them to our own Wikia, I find this solution kind of cumbersome. Isn't there simple way to insert an image directly from Commons?

Some wikis do have this option. It's not something we offer by default. If you'd like this for your wiki, please contact Wikia staff about it. Angela@fandom (talk) 21:31, April 13, 2010 (UTC)

Polish version Edit

Polish version is available here. Can you add interlaunguage link to it? Thanks, Final Cannon 12:41, March 23, 2011 (UTC)

Russian version Edit

ru:Викия:Лицензирование. Please, add it. SkorP24 13:41, July 11, 2011 (UTC)

I have a complaint. Edit

Your Kyo Sohma page is very inacurate and false. There is a great deal of information on the page that is no where near to the truth ,and I as a writer myself, could not bear to leave be on a subject i am very strongly ingrossed into.I ask that you please fix the information ,or that you open that page to allow others to edit it.


sincerely, LIbby Sherwood

Hello is unfair you can black and we cant also barbossa of pirates of the caribbean was born in 1850 i can proove it also jack sparrow has 50 years because in real life he does have 50 years so please change where they were bornm

--Gilver Akashiya 17:45, March 10, 2012 (UTC) Edit

Hey,guys. Can guys tell me to how I can free from someone blocked me about create nor edit the page and i want my page back?

May I ask why I was banned someone banned me for and unknown user describeing Daniel123Shaw123 who is he please unban I have nothing to do with this. 19:47, March 29, 2012 (UTC)

Why is my wikia page doesn't have a protection log????

Jenny953 01:14, May 24, 2012 (UTC)

I got banned of Red Dead Redemption Wiki for being underaged which it was a mistake as im 14 I typed 2 instead of 2 please help? Daniel123Shaw123 20:37, June 27, 2012 (UTC)

Alterations Edit

In the "Importing text" section, should "In addition, you may not contribute to a wiki that uses a license that restricts commercial uses unless you hold the copyright to such contribution or otherwise have the right to grant the Commercial Use Waiver with respect to such contribution." not read "In addition, you may not use content from a wiki that uses a license that restricts commercial uses unless you hold the copyright to such contribution or otherwise have the right to grant the Commercial Use Waiver with respect to such contribution.", as that's what you seem to go onto describe.

In the "attribution" section, should " a) attribution through a hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the article or articles you contributed to" not read " a) attribution through a hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the article or articles you are re-using" (why put a hyperlink on the article you're contributing to that leads to the article you're contributing to, and as per this)--Category:Acer4666 15:34, September 26, 2012 (UTC)

Acer, thanks for taking the time to think about this. The text is correct as it is.
In the "Importing text" section, the situation described is someone contributing content to a wiki with commercial use restrictions. The text is making sure that they have the ability to grant Wikia a waiver to use that contribution for commercial purposes. The focus is on making contributions to the wiki, not using content from it.
In the "attribution" section, the text is referring to the ways in which other people will attribute you as the author, not the ways you must attribute others. "URL to the article or articles you contributed to" refers to what other people have to include in order for you to be attributed. The focus is on being attributed, not attributing. --semanticdrifter WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 21:20, September 28, 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the response:
In the "importing text" section, if that is the intent of what that section is, then it shouldn't say "you may not contribute to a wiki that uses a license that restricts commercial uses unless you hold..", it should say "you may not contribute to any Wikia wiki unless you hold...". You can't put non-commercial use content on any wiki without explicit consent, not just wikis with non-commercial clauses in their license.
(eg, if you take a chunk of work from Memory Alpha (CC-BY-NC) without explicit consent, the current wording seems to state that it's ok to stick that on a CC-BY-SA wiki, but not on another CC-BY-NC one)--Category:Acer4666 17:06, September 30, 2012 (UTC)
The focus of this part of the paragraph is to address the requirements for adding content to a wiki with commercial restrictions. The key part of the sentence here is " may not contribute to a wiki that uses a license that restricts commercial uses unless you hold the copyright to such contribution or otherwise have the right to grant the Commercial Use Waiver". It's about making sure that when someone adds to an NC wiki, they do not use material that they cannot grant a waiver for. It doesn't say that you can add CC-BY-NC content to a CC-BY-SA wiki, but rather that if you add a chunk of work to a CC-BY-NC wiki, you have to be able to grant Wikia a waiver for the noncommercial clause. Because CC-BY-SA wikis don't require a waiver, they are not explictily mentioned in this sentence.--semanticdrifter WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 18:17, October 1, 2012 (UTC)
"CC-BY-SA wikis don't require a waiver" - really? If I take a chunk of content licensed under CC-BY-SA-NC and want to put it on a CC-BY-SA wiki with adverts, I surely need to get a waiver to do that?--Category:Acer4666 18:45, October 1, 2012 (UTC)
We're discussing the Commercial Use Waiver, specifically granting one for your contributions. CC-BY-SA wikis do not require a Commercial Use Waiver. You would not be required to grant one when you contribute content to a CC-BY-SA wiki, since the nature of the CC-BY-SA license allows commercial use, as long as there is attribution. However, if you contribute content to a CC-BY-NC wiki, you need to be able to grant Wikia a Commercial Use Waiver for that content. This sentence does not address obtaining a waiver or other permission from the source of the content. That is contemplated in the first sentence of the section: "If you want to provide contributions in which you do not own or control the copyright, you may only do so if you originally received such contributions under terms that are compatible with the license used on the wiki to which you intend to provide the contribution." --semanticdrifter WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 22:05, October 1, 2012 (UTC)

I understand there's a difference between contributing to a non-commercially licensed wiki and a normal CC-BY-SA, but to me that's a point for the contributions section. I really think the focus of the "importing text" section should be on the license of the source of the copied content. All the cases I am describing, which apparently you do not want addressed in this section, are the ones I see most commonly misunderstood and disobeyed throughout Wikia (often by staff members). While technically what is written is correct, after you've clarified quite extensively what you're going for, I think it's very narrowly focussed and unclear, as evidenced by the labours you've had to go to in order to explain it.--Category:Acer4666 23:21, October 1, 2012 (UTC)

WOTwiki has had an author request us not to repost blogsEdit

It is my belief and understanding that this assertion of copyright invalidates any use of Creative Commons licensing, and this we have begun deleting the offending pages. An earlier solution was to place a 'copyright' notice on those pages but that has no force of law that I can see. Please advise if I am incorrect, but for now I am erring on the side of caution. -- nae'blis 17:33, September 28, 2012 (UTC)

If you are reusing content that is not from a Creative Commons (or compatible source), it doesn't really matter if you place a copyright notice on the page or not because you are still reproducing someone's material. If it does not come from a CC-type source, then it under general copyright and attribution is beside the point. There are exceptions for using parts of text or images in a way that illustrates or illuminates the subject (fair use), but if you are importing whole blog posts this likely does not apply. Generally, as a host for user-generated content Wikia responds to claims of copyright infringement according the notice and takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If the author of the posts sent us a notice, we would likely remove the content. Uploading copyrighted material is also against our Terms of Use. The fact that he has reached out to you directly, means that you can take affirmative steps to address the issue before that happens. --semanticdrifter WikiaStaff.png (help forum | blog) 20:56, September 28, 2012 (UTC)

Intro needs update, too Edit

The last sentence ought to be removed.--PedroM (talk) 16:54, September 30, 2012 (UTC)

Original Productions and Copyright Protection Edit

I'm not sure where to find guidance on how to reserve original material to my own use within a Wikia. There seems to be a great deal of text concerning the proper use of others' works, but little help in the production and protection of original works. As Wikia moves away from media consumption to media production, more visible help would be useful. If anyone can point me to material already here, I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you. 

ThatOneCH00B 16:57, November 16, 2013 (UTC)

Hi. Good question. When it comes to text, there isn't really a means for "reserving" it. You do retain the copyright, but you also release it under the CC-BY-SA , which means anyone can use, reuse, or remix it in any way as long as you are attributed. This means that highly personal works or works that you wish to exercise a tight control over may not be appropriate contributions. --semanticdrifter @fandom (help forum | blog) 17:38, November 17, 2013 (UTC)