Guild Wars 2 Wiki:Copyrighted content

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This article is meant to clarify the licensing terms set forth by ArenaNet and NCSoft for submissions to the Guild Wars 2 Wiki. Any content that is incompatible with these terms should not be added or kept. This policy applies to both text and images submitted to the wiki.

All content must be GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) compatible or belong to ArenaNet/NCSoft. Fair use and content from other wikis, such as wikia, are common items not allowed.

If you are unsure about whether a submission is eligible for use here, you may post a topic on the community portal about the contribution, or ask a question on this policy's talk page.

Compatible sources[edit]

  • Original content (which the contributor holds the copyright to) may be used freely on the wiki, and is consequently released under GFDL by the contributor upon editing.
  • Content in the Public Domain may be used freely, but remains in the Public Domain after use. Such images should be tagged with {{Public domain image}}.
  • Content copied from GFDL-compatible sources may be used freely as long as the source is attributed on the article's talk page or the edit summary. The content is automatically GFDL-released upon contribution. Images from other GFDL sources should mention the original author on the description page.
    • This applies to content dual-licensed under an incompatible license and a compatible one.
  • Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 content copyrighted by ArenaNet and/or NCSoft (regardless of licensing) may be used freely on the wiki. This includes content from the games, official websites, manuals, guides, fansite kits, etc. Images of this kind should have the {{ArenaNet image|screenshot}} (from game), {{ArenaNet image}} (from website or other official source), or any appropriate subtag of that in their description, and the source the information came from should be linked to or noted when editing. This content is not licensed under GFDL upon submission, and all rights remain with ArenaNet and/or NCSoft.

Factual information from incompatible sources may be used only if it is expressed originally. This does not apply to images.

Dealing with copyright violations[edit]

If you come across an article which is a suspected copyright violation in its entirety and there are no legitimate versions in the article history, replace the page content with the copyvio tag: {{copyvio|<source of the infringed content>}}. This categorizes it as a copyright violation, marks it for eventual deletion (if nobody opposes), and gives a mechanism for working on a non-violating version.

For suspected copyright violations where the article history contains a legitimate version, perform a full revert to the last good version. This leaves the violation in the article history; if specifically required by the copyright holder, a sysop may delete the violating revisions later to effectively remove the violation from the history.

For images which are suspected copyright violations, place the above copyvio tag into the image description to mark it for eventual deletion.