Fanlore:Image Policy

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Policy: Image Policy
In summary:
Related Policies: Fanlore:Copyright

Note: A discussion on this policy was held on the Fanlore Dreamwidth community: the discussion of original draft, the discussion on policy revisions.


How do I add an image to a Fanlore page?

There are two steps which you can do in either order. You need to upload the image and fill out our image template, and then you need to link it in the appropriate page. Probably the easiest way is to edit the page you want to include the image on and add the link first. It should look like this:

[[Image:Name_for_your_image.jpg|thumb|This is a caption for my image!]]

When you save this edit, you will then see a red link for the image name. When you click on this, you will be taken to the upload form.

What information should I include when uploading an image?

When you are uploading an image, you will see a small form like this:


Please include as much information about the image as you can in the *Summary* field. Please edit the image page itself (i.e. access 'edit' on the page that you are on after uploading an image) to add the following information if you have it:

Creator: who made the image

Description: a text description of what's in the image (helpful for people using screenreaders or browsing without images)

Copyright: whether this image is in the public domain or if the copyright is owned by you or someone else.

Source: where you got the image from (eg, the URL if you found it online, "I scanned this from a zine I purchased in 1997 at Escapade," etc)

When you're editing the image page itself, please use the following template: Template:ImageSummary

Do I need to add anything else, or can the image stand on its own?

When you upload an image, you'll be prompted to offer information which will go in the image's summary box (e.g. creator, description, copyright, source.) Please use the Image Summary Template and any warnings that may apply. Images go on their own pages; article pages can link to those image pages, and that's how the image will come to appear alongside some text.

If you're uploading an image for a specific article page, please include some text about the image you've uploaded within that article: explain why the image is important or interesting, tell readers what trends it illustrates or represents, write about why you wanted to preserve the image in the first place.

Can I upload copyrighted images on Fanlore without the permission of the creator?

Yes, as long as doing so would be fair use! Here are some key aspects of fair use of images:

First, please make sure you give credit to the creator! (It’s also helpful for future editors if you make a note where you obtained the image.) Attribution is very important; we want to give honor to the fanartist(s) who created the work in the first place.

Second, the image should be there to illustrate a point. Please consider whether putting the image on Fanlore adds new meaning or message. If you're going to upload an image, please also include some commentary on why the image is noteworthy. It doesn't have to be a lengthy essay -- just some commentary.

Fanlore is not an archive, so it's not appropriate to upload all of the artwork created by a given fan artist just to create a gallery of that artist’s work. Instead, a user might upload a selection of images to illustrate that artist’s style or range, alongside some text about that artist and their work, and then link to the artist’s personal website. Or an image might be used to illustrate a particular fannish trope, or a particular trend in fanart. Or, if the page is about the artwork itself, the article should make note what is interesting or important or beautiful about it.

Third, you should use the resolution/image quality you need to make that point. For instance, if you were working on a Fanlore article talking about illustrated borders on zine covers, or a particular artistic technique in icon-making, you might need a very high-resolution image to make your point. If you were writing a page about the details of a particular artwork, you’d want a good enough copy to be able to show those details. In other cases, a lower-resolution image will be enough.

How do I know what resolution is appropriate?

This is a very good question, and the answer is: use what resolution you need to make your point. Please use your best judgment! The OTW Legal team will review cases if a complaint is made.

What about images I've already uploaded? Do I have to go replace all of them with low-resolution versions?

You do not! If a complaint arises, and a review by the Legal team concludes that a lower resolution image would be more appropriate in a given case, it can be replaced then.

I am a fan artist and low-resolution images of my work are posted on Fanlore. They look bad! I want my work displayed in better quality.

We are happy to upload higher-resolution images of your work to replace the low-resolution ones as quickly as our editing resources allow. (You are also welcome to do this yourself, of course, but we will make an effort to do it for you if you are unfamiliar with wiki editing.) We can also arrange to make sure that low-image versions are linked to higher-resolution versions on your site or elsewhere, if you provide us with the links.

I am a fan artist, and I don't want any of my work displayed on Fanlore. Will you take it down?

As described above, some uses of images without permission are fair use. Protecting fair use rights is important for the benefit of all fan creators — these are what give fan artists the right to make their work in the first place.

However, we are all fans here and we respect your concerns. If your art is displayed on Fanlore in a way which doesn’t meet fair use rules, there are two primary options. One option is for us to delete art that is on the wiki if it is not being used in a way that meets fair use guidelines, and we will do that if you ask us to do so. A second option is for us to work with you to ensure that your work is being used according to fair use rules. We will make sure that your work is credited appropriately, link back to your site, and ensure that your image is accompanied by contextualizing text.

If you wish, we can use higher-resolution versions of your work. Or, if you prefer, we can use low-res versions of your work or show partial screencaps of your work. Email us using our webform and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.

If you are unsatisfied with our response, you can submit a DMCA takedown notice.

I am a fan artist, and I don't want to have my name displayed on my fanart.

If you are/were active in fandom under your legal name, but feel uncomfortable with some or all of your art being associated with this name, we can offer you two options (per our identity protection policy): we can either edit the artwork's information so that it is associated with whatever pseud you choose, or we can "orphan" the artwork. If a piece of fanart is orphaned, it can still be shown on the wiki (as it is still part of our fannish history), but no name will be attached to it, and we can also blur or remove any signature which appears in the image itself.

Wait! Someone uploaded my image without permission and it's not being used in any article. What should I do?

You have options! One option is to add text which contextualizes the image, or to ask the person who uploaded the image to do so. Another option is to contact the Fanlore committee and ask the image to be deleted because its use doesn’t fit fair use parameters. Email us using the webform and we'll respond as quickly as we can.

If you are unsatisfied with our response, you can submit a DMCA takedown notice.

If Fanlore uses my fanart to illustrate something, does that mean I'm releasing it under the wiki's Creative Commons license to the world at large?

As our revised Fanlore:Copyright page indicates, original text posted to Fanlore is covered by the wiki's Creative Commons license; images and quotes are considered to be used under the principles of fair use, and are therefore not subject to the Creative Commons license.

The exception to that are images which were created specifically for the wiki (logos, banners, pie charts created to illustrate the contents of archives, etc.) Images which were created specifically for the wiki are covered by the wiki's Creative Commons license; other fanart is not.

The Image Summary Template gives instructions on how fans can upload their own images to the wiki for use in article pages under a CC license.

What kinds of images on Fanlore can I expect to have warnings?

Images that are sexually explicit, depict rape or sexual assault, or depict people or characters who are underage engaging in sexual activity should have warnings on Fanlore. Users are responsible for reading and heeding the warnings provided by the person who loaded in the image. Risk-averse users should keep in mind that not all content will carry full warnings and consider whether they should set up filters for viewing images, as described below. If you think an image should have a warning, feel free to add the warning; bear in mind that other users may edit the page.

I just a saw an image that fits the warning criteria, but has no warning. How do I add a warning?

We have templates for Sexually Explicit Images, Images Depicting Non-con and Sexual Assault, and Underage Persons in Image. Explicit is defined as anything that depicts persons engaging in sexual acts that also features visible genitalia. Underage is defined as anybody under 18 (Earth years) engaging in sexual acts. They can be found in the Templates section of the wiki, and here are direct links:

You can add a warning by editing the page and adding the appropriate template.

Can I filter out all images when I am browsing on Fanlore?

Yes, you can. We have detailed instructions for how to filter out all images when browsing Fanlore. You can find them here: Help:Filtering images

I have other questions about images which aren't covered here.

Contact us and ask, and we'll do our best to answer promptly! You can email us using the webform and we'll respond as quickly as we can.