This policy refers specifically to the posting and redistribution of art on the wiki. Keep in mind art theft can be anywhere (forums, comments, blog posts, pages), so be mindful when posting art that you don't own here! To see our general policies, click here.

Art Policies

  • If a photo is not allowed for use by the photographer/creator, don't upload it. ‘’’Not all images are for stock use.’’’

Similarly, do not upload art unless it is yours, or you have credited and received permission from the original artist.

  • You are not under any circumstances allowed to upload art if you are not 100% positive it's allowed to even be used in the first place.
  • Unless you got permission from the artist or a clear indication- DO NOT upload the artwork.
Copyright diagram made by EliteNinjaWarrior
  • Off-topic photos or spam photos are not allowed on articles.
  • Images (regarding gifs) that are flashy or contain epileptic movement are not permitted. *They will be removed. In the case of videos, please give a warning.

Artwork that you may NOT Use

  • 1.Art Without Permission- If you stumble upon a neat drawing you like, but you see no evidence that the artist allows you to use it- ask them BEFORE you upload. You need to specify on your page and provide EVIDENCE that you are legible to be using the artwork. Ask for permission and if they say yes, show us. If they say no, don't upload it. Never just upload it because you feel like it- some artists depend on art since it's their only source of income and by just taking things without asking or being sure you're allowed to; you're potentially hurting their business. If the artist has already stated that they don't want it being used, or if it's a commission/adoptable up for sale, that automatically disqualifies anyone from being able to use that artwork.
  • 2.Pinterest/other random site Images- Pinterest/other sites are notorious for having an abundance of artwork that may not be reliably traced back to the original source. Most people assume that all artwork on the site is exempt from copyrighted sources, which is far from the case. If you cannot trace the artwork back to a reliable source and stumble upon Pinterest/Another site instead, the art may not be used. It's better to be safe than sorry.
  • 3. Foreign Language Sources.- Unless you have a reliable translator, you have to automatically assume that the artwork is prohibited from being distributed. There are a lot of grey areas when it comes to foreign language sources, so do not let the artwork be used if you come across something like this.
  • 4. AJCW Uploads.- Do not just look through the AJCW uploads list and pick out random artwork from there to use; some of it may very well be stolen artwork.
  • 5. Book Art- Any book cover art/ illustrations within the book are prohibited from being used. These are to automatically be deleted all considering there's no way of actually obtaining permission from a credible author.

Artwork that you MAY Use

  • 1. Big Company Artwork.-Let's be honest here, companies like "Disney" and similar companies (including video game companies, TV shows, etc) won't care if their artwork gets uploaded onto a wiki. As long as nobody is making a profit out of them, there's not a big problem. Just be sure to CREDIT them and you should be set to go because we know it's not like you can possibly reach out and ask them for permission.
  • 2. Doll Maker Games-' Usually for Dollmaker games, the bases are F2U (Free to use) as long as you provide credit (usually artists watermark their art). These are acceptable on the wiki but do make sure to double-check and try finding the original source if there is one.
  • 3. Fair Use/CC-' Anything under the noncommercial and fair use category is as its name implies- free to use! As long as you're not making a profit out of it, it should be fine.
  • 4. Fair Use/CC-' Any "free to use" bases, icons, etc.
  • 5. Your own Artwork/Art made for you- You may use your own art freely and artwork that was made for you.

Fair use and CC

Creative commons definition from Wikipedia:

A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, they might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of their own work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author's work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.

To sum it up, the Creative Commons (CC) allows people to distribute and use artwork amongst other things. Anything under Creative Commons is allowed to be used. If you see Artwork that has the (CC) symbol, that means it's under creative commons licenses and may be uploaded to the wiki.

Fair Use definition from Wikipedia:

Fair use is a doctrine in the law of the United States that permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. Fair use is one of the limitations to copyright intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing as a defence to copyright infringement claims certain limited uses that might otherwise be considered infringement.

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