The text of KWWP/Verses.Space Wiki is copyrighted (automatically, under the Berne Convention) by KWWP/Verses.Space editors and contributors and is formally licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses. Most of KWWP/Verses.Space's text and many of its images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License. Every image has a description page that indicates the license under which it is released as some may have been released under Creative Commons Attribution (CC By) 4.0 International License, CC0 1.0 Universal, was identified to be already in the Public Domain, or other KWWP:Compatible licenses.
The licenses KWWP/Verses.Space uses grant free access to our content in the same sense that free/libre software is licensed freely. KWWP/Verses.Space 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 KWWP/Verses.Space article used is included (a link back to the article is generally thought to satisfy the attribution requirement; see below for more details). Copied KWWP/Verses.Space content will therefore remain free/libre under an 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,
- Permission is granted to copy, distribute, and/or modify KWWP/Verses.Space's text under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License.
- Content on KWWP/Verses.Space is covered by disclaimers.
The English text of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License license is the only legally binding restriction between authors and users of KWWP/Verses.Space content. What follows is our interpretation of CC By-SA as it pertains to the rights and obligations of users and contributors.
- 1 Contributors' rights and obligations
- 2 Governing copyright law
- 3 Reusers' rights and obligations
- 4 Reusing text within KWWP/Verses.Space
- 5 If you are the owner of KWWP/Verses.Space-hosted content being used without your permission
- 6 Further reading
Contributors' rights and obligations
If you contribute text directly to KWWP/Verses.Space, you thereby license it to the public for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License. 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, and is compatible with our chosen license. 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 Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License.
If the material, text, or media, has been previously published and you wish to donate it to KWWP/Verses.Space under an appropriate license, you will need to verify the copyright permission. If you are not the copyright holder, you will still need to verify the copyright permission; see the Using copyrighted work from others section below.
You retain copyright to materials you contribute to KWWP/Verses.Space, text and media. Copyright is never transferred to KWWP/Verses.Space. You can later republish and relicense 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 it falls into the Public Domain or its copyright is explicitly disclaimed, for example by using CC0 1.0 Universal. Generally, KWWP/Verses.Space must have permission to use copyrighted works. There are some circumstances under which copyrighted works may be legally utilized without permission; for example, the fair use doctrine and its similar counterpart in other countries. However, it is our goal to be able to freely use and redistribute as much of KWWP/Verses.Space's material as possible, so original images and sound files compatible with or licensed under CC By-SA 4.0 International License are the only materials we are accepting.
If you want to import media (including text) that you have found elsewhere, and it does not meet our content, you can only do so if it is Public Domain or available under terms that are compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International 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.
Note that copyright law governs the creative expression of ideas, not the ideas or information themselves. Therefore, it is legal to read an article or other work, reformulate the concepts in your own words, and submit it to KWWP/Verses.Space, so long as you do not follow the source too closely. However, it would still be unethical (but not illegal) to do so without citing the original as a reference.
Linking to copyrighted works
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, KWWP/Verses.Space is not restricted to linking only to CC By-SA or Free culture 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 copyright infringement in the United States (Wikipedia:Intellectual Reserve v. Utah Lighthouse Ministry ). Linking to a page that illegally distributes someone else's work sheds a bad light on KWWP/Verses.Space 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.
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 KWWP/Verses.Space in the first place is not a copyright violation on KWWP/Verses.Space's part.
If a page contains material which infringes copyright, that material – and the whole page, if there is no other material present – must be removed.
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 or its similar counterpart in other countries, may allow some rights.
Image description pages must be tagged with a special tag to indicate the legal status of the images. Untagged or incorrectly-tagged images will be deleted.
Governing copyright law
The Kolverse Worldbuilding and Writing Project is based in the Philippines and accordingly governed by the Philippines copyright law, as well as the location of our server hosting, which is currently in the United States of America. Regardless, KWWP/Verses.Space contributors should respect the copyright law of other nations, even if these do not have official copyright relations with the Philippines and/or the United States of America.
Reusers' rights and obligations
The only KWWP/Verses.Space content you should contact the Kolverse Worldbuilding and Writing Project about is the trademarked KWWP/Verses.Space logos which are not freely usable without permission. If you want to use other KWWP/Verses.Space materials in your own books, articles, websites, or other publications, you can do so. Please follow the guidelines below:
Re-use of text
- To re-distribute text on KWWP/Verses.Space 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 KWWP/Verses.Space 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.
- If you make modifications or additions to the page you re-use, you must license them under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License 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 4.0 International License 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: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/.
For further information, please refer to the legal code of the CC By-SA 4.0 License.
Re-use of non-text media
Where not otherwise noted, non-text media files are available under various Free culture licenses compatible with CC By-SA 4.0 International License. Please view the media description page for details about the license of any specific media file.
Non-free materials and any material with a license not compatible with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC By-SA) 4.0 International License are currently not accepted. The only exceptions are the logo of another project listed in KWWP/Verses.Space to correctly represent them, and screenshots if these are needed or as an alternative to the project's logo if they have none available.
Reusing text within KWWP/Verses.Space
When you merge or split an article, or otherwise move text from one page or article to another within KWWP/Verses.Space, 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 KWWP/Verses.Space, 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 KWWP/Verses.Space-hosted content being used without your permission
If you are the owner of content that is being used on KWWP/Verses.Space without your permission, then you may request the page or article be immediately removed from KWWP/Verses.Space. Please note that it may take up to a week for the page the content to be deleted currently (our project is currently small and we are doing this in our free time). We will, of course, need some evidence to support your claim of ownership.
Inversely, if you are the editor of a KWWP/Verses.Space article and have found a copy hosted without following the licensing requirements for attribution as defined by the CC By-SA 4.0 International License, please inform the KWWP/Verses.Space officers and we will look into it.
- Wikipedia:Copyright FAQ
- Wikipedia:Non-U.S. copyrights
- Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks
- Wikipedia:Possible copyright infringements
- Wikipedia:Spotting possible copyright violations
- Wikipedia:Fair use
- Wikipedia:Image copyright tags
- Wikipedia:Scanning an image does not make it your "own work"