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Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free single cover for Ask (song)

This is the cover art for the single Ask by the artist The Smiths. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Rough Trade, or the graphic artist(s).


The cover art can be obtained from Rough Trade.


Ask (song)

Portion used

The entire cover: because the image is cover art, a form of product packaging, the entire image is needed to identify the product, properly convey the meaning and branding intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.

Low resolution?

The copy is of sufficient resolution for commentary and identification but lower resolution than the original cover. Copies made from it will be of inferior quality, unsuitable as artwork on pirate versions or other uses that would compete with the commercial purpose of the original artwork.

Purpose of use

Main infobox. The image is used for identification in the context of critical commentary of the work for which it serves as cover art. It makes a significant contribution to the user's understanding of the article, which could not practically be conveyed by words alone. The image is placed in the infobox at the top of the article discussing the work, to show the primary visual image associated with the work, and to help the user quickly identify the work and know they have found what they are looking for. Use for this purpose does not compete with the purposes of the original artwork, namely the artist's providing graphic design services to music concerns and in turn marketing music to the public.


As musical cover art, the image is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the packaging of the music would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary.

Other information

Use of the cover art in the article complies with Wikipedia non-free content policy and fair use under United States copyright law as described above.

Fair useFair use of copyrighted material in the context of Ask (song)//


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current19:29, 21 September 2017Thumbnail for version as of 19:29, 21 September 2017300 × 300 (47 KB)Saginaw-hitchhiker (talk | contribs)less pixelation, especially on text
02:57, 4 March 2006No thumbnail251 × 250 (41 KB)Hn (talk | contribs)Cover of The Smiths' single "Hand in Glove". ==Fair use rationale== # No free or public domain images have been located for this single. # The image is of lower resolution than the original cover and therefore any copies made from it will also be of lowe
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