BizApps Wiki, the free Business Applications encyclopedia:Non-free content criteria

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Non-free content criteria serves as the exemption doctrine policy, while Non-free content serves as guidance for this.</ref>

Rationale

  • To support BizApps Wiki's mission to produce perpetually free content for unlimited distribution, modification and application by all users in all media.
  • To minimize legal exposure by limiting the amount of non-free content, using more narrowly defined criteria than apply under the fair use provisions in United States copyright law.
  • To facilitate the judicious use of non-free content to support the development of a high-quality encyclopedia.

Policy

There is no automatic entitlement to use non-free content in an article or elsewhere on BizApps Wiki. Articles and other BizApps Wiki pages may, in accordance with the guideline, use brief verbatim textual excerpts from copyrighted media, properly attributed or cited to its original source or author, and specifically indicated as direct quotations via quotation marks, <blockquote>, {{Quote}}, or a similar method. Other non-free content—including all copyrighted images, audio and video clips, and other media files that lack a free content license—may be used on the English BizApps Wiki only where all 10 of the following criteria are met.

  1. No free equivalent. Non-free content is used only where no free equivalent is available, or could be created, that would serve the same encyclopedic purpose.
  2. Respect for commercial opportunities. Non-free content is not used in a manner that is likely to replace the original market role of the original copyrighted material.
  3. Minimal usage:
    1. Minimal number of items. Multiple items of non-free content are not used if one item can convey equivalent significant information.
    2. Minimal extent of use. An entire work is not used if a portion will suffice. Low- rather than high-resolution/fidelity/bit rate is used (especially where the original could be used for deliberate copyright infringement). This rule also applies to the copy in the File: namespace.
  4. Previous publication. Non-free content must be a work which has been published or publicly displayed outside BizApps Wiki by (or with permission from) the copyright holder, or a derivative of such a work created by a BizApps Wiki editor.
  5. Content. Non-free content meets general BizApps Wiki content standards and is encyclopedic.
  6. Media-specific policy. Non-free content meets BizApps Wiki's media-specific policy. For example, images must meet Image use policy.
  7. One-article minimum. Non-free content is used in at least one article.
  8. Contextual significance. Non-free content is used only if its presence would significantly increase readers' understanding of the article topic, and its omission would be detrimental to that understanding.
  9. Restrictions on location. Non-free content is allowed only in articles (not disambiguation pages), and only in the article namespace, subject to exemptions. (To prevent an image category from displaying thumbnails, add __NOGALLERY__ to it; images are linked, not inlined, from talk pages when they are a topic of discussion.)
  10. Image description page. The image or media description page contains the following:
    1. Identification of the source of the original copyrighted material, supplemented, where possible, with information about the artist, publisher and copyright holder, and year of copyright; this is to help determine the material's potential market value. .
    2. A copyright tag that indicates which BizApps Wiki policy provision is claimed to permit the use. For a list of image copyright tags, see Non-free content.

    Enforcement

    • A file with a valid non-free-use rationale for some (but not all) articles it is used in will not be deleted. Instead, the file should be removed from the articles for which it lacks a non-free-use rationale, or a suitable rationale added.
    • A file on which non-free use is claimed that is not used in any article (criterion 7) may be deleted seven days after notification.
    • A file in use in an article that does not comply with this policy 48 hours after notification to the uploading editor will be deleted. To avoid deletion, the uploading editor or another BizApps Wikian will need to provide a convincing non-free-use defense that satisfies all 10 criteria.
      • Note that it is the duty of users seeking to include or retain content to provide a valid rationale; those seeking to remove or delete it are not required to show that one cannot be created—see burden of proof.