It recently came up on the Village Pump that perhaps we should have a clearer and better enforced copyright policy. This is essentially an extension of WoWWiki:DNP policy, though lengthy and complex enough that it warrants a separate page.
We haven't had too much in the way of trouble of this sort in the past, with the exception of when we had some unreleased content from the Burning Crusade, which was resolved relatively easily. However, it's not an issue on which it would be wise to get complacent and tempt fate. I have grave concerns looking at an article like Paladin lore, which consists of a good portion of what sounds to me like verbatim copied text. It's cited but not quoted, and reproduces far too much to be considered fair use. If Blizzard sees too much of that and considers it any sort of threat to their book sales, they are very likely to take action.
I've had a look at the basic issues of copyright and fair use in wikis, and have come up with an initial draft of policy standards we could put in place to ensure Blizzard gets its due. Of particular interest here is what set of policies will be understandable, enforceable, and cover the basic principles of fair use.--Aeleas 13:47, 10 January 2007 (EST)
- I fully support including this on our site. It sets up a much clearer legal backing for what we do here and is certainly necessary should we have any lawsuits or cease and desist letters come our way. // (talk · contr) 15:29, 10 January 2007 (EST)
Sources other than Blizzard?Edit
Example instance or leveling guides, boss strategy guides? My recommendation would be to approach the original author of the source you plan to use and obtain their approval for use, or their instructions on how the content could be used on the Wiki. --Dracomage 16:01, 11 April 2007 (EDT)