islamWiki:Copyrights

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The text of islamWiki is copyrighted (automatically, under the Berne Convention) by its editors and contributors and is formally licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses. Most of this Wiki's text and many of its images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA). Every image should have a description page that indicates the license under which it is released or, if it is non-free, the rationale under which it is used.

The licenses this Wiki uses grant free access to our content in the same sense that free software is licensed freely. islamWiki content can be copied, modified, and redistributed if and only if the copied version is made available on the same terms to others and acknowledgment of the authors of the islamWiki article used is included (a link back to the article is generally thought to satisfy the attribution requirement; see below for more details). Copied Wiki content will therefore remain free under appropriate license and can continue to be used by anyone subject to certain restrictions, most of which aim to ensure that freedom. This principle is known as copyleft in contrast to typical copyright licenses.

To this end,

The English text of the CC BY-SA licenses is the only legally binding restriction between authors and users of islamWiki content (excluding user namespace content). What follows is our interpretation of CC BY-SA, as it pertains to the rights and obligations of users and contributors.

Contributors' rights and obligations

If you contribute text directly to islamWiki, you thereby license it to the public for reuse under CC BY-SA. Non-text media may be contributed under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution. See Guidelines for images and other media files, below.

If you want to import text that you have found elsewhere or that you have co-authored with others, you can only do so if it is available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA license. Furthermore, please note that you cannot import information which is available only under the GFDL. In other words, you may only import text that is (a) single-licensed under terms compatible with the CC BY-SA license or (b) dual-licensed with the GFDL and another license with terms compatible with the CC BY-SA license. If you are the sole author of the material, you must license it under both CC BY-SA and GFDL.

If the material, text or media, has been previously published and you wish to donate it to islamWiki under appropriate license, you will need to verify copyright permission through one of English Wikipedia's established procedures. See Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials for details. If you are not a copyright holder, you will still need to verify copyright permission; see the Using copyrighted work from others section below.

You retain copyright to materials you contribute to islamWiki, text and media. Copyright is never transferred to islamWiki. You can later republish and re-license them in any way you like. However, you can never retract or alter the license for copies of materials that you place here; these copies will remain so licensed until they enter the public domain when your copyright expires (currently some decades after an author's death).

Using copyrighted work from others

All creative works are copyrighted, by international agreement, unless either they fall into the public domain or their copyright is explicitly disclaimed. Generally, islamWiki must have permission to use copyrighted works. There are some circumstances under which copyrighted works may be legally utilized without permission; see Wikipedia:Non-free content for specific details on when and how such material is utilized on Wikipedia. However, it is our goal to be able to freely redistribute as much of the material as possible, so original images and sound files licensed under CC BY-SA or in the public domain are greatly preferred to copyrighted media files used under fair use or otherwise.

If you want to import media (including text) that you have found elsewhere, and it does not meet the non-free content policy and guideline, you can only do so if it is public domain or available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA license. If you import media under a compatible license which requires attribution, you must, in a reasonable fashion, credit the author(s). You must also in most cases verify that the material is compatibly licensed or public domain. If the original source of publication contains a copyright disclaimer or other indication that the material is free for use, a link to it on the media description page or the article's talk page may satisfy this requirement. If you obtain special permission to use a copyrighted work from the copyright holder under compatible terms, you must make a note of that fact (along with the relevant names and dates) and verify this through one of several processes. See Wikipedia:Requesting copyright permission for the procedure used on Wikipedia, for asking a copyright holder to grant a usable license for their work and for the processes for verifying that license has been granted.

Never use materials that infringe the copyrights of others. This could create legal liabilities and seriously hurt an organization (which in the present case would be this website). If in doubt, write the content yourself, thereby creating a new copyrighted work which can be included in islamWiki without trouble.

Note that copyright law governs the creative expression of ideas, not the ideas or information themselves. Therefore, it is legal to read an encyclopedia article or other work, reformulate the concepts in your own words, and submit it to islamWiki, so long as you do not follow the source too closely. (See Wikipedia's Copyright FAQ for more on how much reformulation may be necessary as well as the distinction between summary and abridgment.) However, it would still be unethical (but not illegal) to do so without citing the original as a reference (see Wikipedia's plagiarism guideline).

Linking to copyrighted works

Since most recently-created works are copyrighted, almost any islamWiki article which cites its sources will link to copyrighted material. It is not necessary to obtain the permission of a copyright holder before linking to copyrighted material, just as an author of a book does not need permission to cite someone else's work in their bibliography. Likewise, islamWiki is not restricted to linking only to CC BY-SA or open-source content.

However, if you know or reasonably suspect that an external Web site is carrying a work in violation of the creator's copyright, do not link to that copy of the work. An example would be linking to a site hosting the lyrics of many popular songs without permission from their copyright holders. Knowingly and intentionally directing others to a site that violates copyright has been considered a form of contributory infringement in the United States (Intellectual Reserve v. Utah Lighthouse Ministry [1]). Linking to a page that illegally distributes someone else's work sheds a bad light on the Wiki and its editors. The copyright status of Internet archives in the United States is unclear, however. It is currently acceptable to link to internet archives such as the Wayback Machine, which host unmodified archived copies of webpages taken at various points in time. In articles about a website, it is acceptable to include a link to that website even if there are possible copyright violations somewhere on the site.

Context is also important; it may be acceptable to link to a reputable website's review of a particular film, even if it presents a still from the film (such uses are generally either explicitly permitted by distributors or allowed under fair use). However, linking directly to the still of the film removes the context and the site's justification for permitted use or fair use.

Copyright violations

Contributors who repeatedly post copyrighted material despite appropriate warnings may be blocked from editing by any administrator to prevent further problems.

If you suspect a copyright violation, you should at least bring up the issue on that page's discussion page. Others can then examine the situation and take action if needed. Some cases will be false alarms. For example, text that can be found elsewhere on the Web that was in fact copied from islamWiki in the first place is not a copyright violation on islamWiki's part.

If a page contains material which infringes copyright, that material – and the whole page, if there is no other material present – should be removed. See copyright violations for more information.

Guidelines for images and other media files

Images, photographs, video and sound files, like written works, are subject to copyright. Someone holds the copyright unless they have explicitly been placed in the public domain. Images, video and sound files on the internet need to be licensed directly from the copyright holder or someone able to license on their behalf. In some cases, fair use guidelines may allow them to be used irrespective of any copyright claims; see Wikipedia:Non-free content for more.

Image description pages must be tagged with a special tag to indicate the legal status of the images, as described at Wikipedia:Image copyright tags. Untagged or incorrectly-tagged images will be deleted.

Governing copyright law

Editors and contributors of islamWiki should respect copyright laws of all nations. A brief summary of non-U.S. copyright laws, including guidelines on determining copyright status of the material in the United States, is available at Wikipedia:Non-U.S. copyrights.

Reusers' rights and obligations

If you want to use islamWiki materials in your own books/articles/websites or other publications, you can do so, unless it is used under the non-free content provisions or in the user namespaces—but only in compliance with the licensing terms. Please follow the guidelines below:

Re-use of text

Attribution
To re-distribute text on islamWiki in any form, provide credit to the authors either by including a) a hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page or pages you are re-using, b) a hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy which is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on this website, or c) a list of all authors. (Any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions.) This applies to text developed by the islamWiki community. Text from external sources may attach additional attribution requirements to the work, which should be indicated on an article's face or on its talk page. For example, a page may have a banner or other notation indicating that some or all of its content was originally published somewhere else. Where such notations are visible in the page itself, they should generally be preserved by re-users.
Copyleft/Share Alike
If you make modifications or additions to the page you re-use, you must license them under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 or later.
Indicate changes
If you make modifications or additions, you must indicate in a reasonable fashion that the original work has been modified. If you are re-using the page in a wiki, for example, indicating this in the page history is sufficient.
Licensing notice
Each copy or modified version that you distribute must include a licensing notice stating that the work is released under CC BY-SA and either a) a hyperlink or URL to the text of the license or b) a copy of the license. For this purpose, a suitable URL is: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

For further information, please refer to the legal code of the CC BY-SA License.

Re-use of non-text media

Where not otherwise noted, non-text media files are available under various free culture licenses. Please view the media description page for details about the license of any specific media file.

Non-free materials and special requirements

islamWiki articles may also include quotations, images, or other media under the U.S. Copyright law "fair use" doctrine in accordance with Wikipedia's guidelines for non-free content. In islamWiki, such "fair use" material should be identified as from an external source by an appropriate method (on the image description page, or history page, as appropriate; quotations should be denoted with quotation marks or block quotation in accordance with Wikipedia's manual of style). This leads to possible restrictions on the use, outside of islamWiki, of such "fair use" content retrieved from islamWiki: this "fair use" content does not fall under the CC BY-SA or GFDL license as such, but under the "fair use" (or similar/different) regulations in the country where the media are retrieved.

islamWiki original assets

Some logos or designs are made specifically for use on this site. They are restricted from being used for linking to non-islamWiki sites or its sub-domains; for creating mimicking or misrepresenting websites and from misleading others. Broadly speaking islamWiki applies similar restrictions as defined in Wikimedia Foundation's Trademark policy and restriction from alteration guideline. Similarly, some original templates are also designed specifically for this Wiki.

Use of these original assets outside of this Wiki, aside from the copyright policies mentioned previously, is subject to the additional condition that the site administrators be informed of their reuse. This can be done simply by mentioning it on the original assets' Talk pages or on one of the Wiki admin's talk pages (WikiSysop (talk)). A simple description of the reason for reuse and, if available, the online link where the asset has been reused should be included. Additionally, reuse is also subject to the condition that these works are not utilized for the direct purpose of insulting religions. Note that this site maintains an understanding of their being a substantial difference in meaning between the words criticisms and insults.

If however, you find work defined as an islamWiki original asset to actually be, primarily a modified form of an external resource/work and the above condition/request happens to violate the terms of that original resource/work, then feel free to ignore it.

Reusing text within islamWiki

When you merge or split an article, or otherwise move text from one page to another within this Wiki, the page history functionality cannot by itself determine where the content originally came from. This may violate the attribution clause of the project's licenses. If you are copying text within the Wiki, you must at least put a link to the source page in an edit summary at the destination page. It is encouraged to do the same thing at the source page, and to add notices at the talk pages of both.

If you reuse text which you created yourself, the above may still be a good idea to avoid confusion, but it isn't mandatory.

If you are the owner of islamWiki-hosted content being used without your permission

If you are the owner of content that is being used on islamWiki without your permission, then you may request the page be immediately removed from the site; use our contact page. You may also blank the page and replace it with the words {{copyvio|URL or place you published the text}} but the text will still be in the page history. Either way, we will, of course, need some evidence to support your claim of ownership.

Inversely, if you are the editor of an islamWiki article and have found a copy hosted without following the licensing requirements for attribution, please see Wikipedia's Standard license violation letter for guidance.

See also

The following are links which document the English Wikipedia's methodologies and policies related to copyrights: