Fanlore talk:Copyright

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I was told that uploading fanzine covers to go along with the fanzine pages may not be permitted but there are no guidelines. Do we need to track down the publisher and the artist? If not, only images I've scnaned? what if I get permission from the person who scanned. What if they don't know where the images came from?

We need to OTW legal board to advise?

FWIW, this got discussed a little in the Courts of Honor Talk page (eta: under "art credits?"), where the Wiki Committee decision on uploading zine cover images boiled down to "Upon review, we've decided that treating fanworks differently than pro works (which can be uploaded as a fair use) is a little silly, and thus, it's fine to use a zine cover without permission." I think this is covered very broadly on the Copyright page under "Other copyrighted material that is not transformative, such as images or stills from source texts, can also be included in Fanlore under a fair use provision, for purposes of illustration and example." - the covers are being used to illustrate the zine writeup and give a visual sense of what the zine was like. e.g., the Dreadnought Explorations cover you uploaded gives me an immediate sense of not just the visual look, but the physical feel of that zine -- I've had zines with covers that look like that, and now I know what that zine would feel like in my hand. (I was a little startled at how strong my physical sense of the zine was when I saw that, in fact! I never would have gotten that from just a few lines of text.) So I think you're good to upload; the Wiki Committee will remove any images that artists object to, but are going with a default fair-use assumption for scanned, not-gigantic-res images. (But I do agree that that explicit policy should be on the Copyright page, for clarity.) (Also, it would be good to credit the artists wherever they're known, of course!) --Arduinna 02:50, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
If we are doing guidelines, could it be maybe mentioned somewhere that uploading artist info together with the cover is would be desirable? With almost all stories authors are listed when someone puts up zine info, but often I can't find whose art it is in a scan. --Ratcreature 15:05, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
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