Wikipedia:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup

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WikiProject Copyright Cleanup is a project formed to address copyright concerns anywhere on Wikipedia. Among its primary activities are tagging potential copyright problems for further action, assisting contributors who do not understand copyright policies, following up on contributors who have mishandled copyrighted materials, and coordinating cleanup of largescale copyright problems. Everyone is welcome to join the project and contribute. Lists of members can be found in Category:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup members.

To join the project, you may add this userbox by placing {{User WikiProject Copyright Cleanup}} to your user page. You will automatically be added to the members category. You can also add yourself directly to that category without the userbox by placing [[Category:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup members|{{PAGENAME}}]] to your userpage. Even if you do not wish to list yourself in the category, your contributions to the project are welcome.

Here are some matters related to the project and copyright issues that may be of interest to members.

Major policy and licensing issuesEdit

RfCsEdit

Ongoing widespread clean-up projectsEdit

CCI list
Case Date Notes
Ardfern 19 August 2010 Ireland
LouisPhilippeCharles 26 August 2010 cut/paste moves
20100912 12 September 2010 music
20100917 17 September 2010 India, Bangladesh
Epson291 04 October 2010 Hebrew, Israel
ItsLassieTime 16 November 2010 children's stories
20101122 22 November 2010 India
Epeefleche 7 January 2011 Jewish biographies
Arilang1234 20 January 2011 China
Ahmetyal 20 January 2011 international relations
S710 20 January 2011 Moroccan biographies
Eurodog 4 February 2011 musician biographies
Jpullokaran 5 February 2011 Kerala
24.57.81.185 10 May 2011 Serbian biographies
Dawkeye 10 May 2011 military history, navies
GVnayR 25 June 2011 video games, Nascar
Djflem 25 July 2011 New Jersey
20110727 27 July 2011 United States
Hauganm 31 July 2011 Sweden, Norway, biographies
Arfaz 3 August 2011 Indian films
Marylandstater 26 August 2011 Maryland
20111004 04 October 2011 aviation
MusiCitizen 08 October 2011 baseball
Ironboy11 09 October 2011 Pakistan
SameerJaved 10 October 2011 Norway, Pakistan
SasiSasi 18 October 2011 copyright
Borsoka 23 October 2011 Eastern Europe
20111108 8 November 2011 text
Hentzer 23 November 2011 Brazil
Indian Education Program 26 November 2011 misc.
Jazz3111 2 December 2011 American football
20111207 7 December 2011 Urdu culture
Tiamut 11 March 2012 Middle East
Mushroom9 4 April 2012 India
Wikiwatcher1 11 April 2012 Images
20120412 12 April 2012 energy
Marcus334 19 April 2012 India, environment
Sfsorrow2 25 May 2012 steam engines
GreenUniverse 6 June 2012 unattributed merges
Judgesurreal777 23 June 2012 pop culture
Patapsco913 1 July 2012 USA, Catholicism
YHoshua 10 August 2012 Indiana
Striver 4 September 2012 Islam
Crosstemplejay 28 September 2012 Ghana
Hyperionsteel 10 October 2012 Canada
Proudbolsahye 21 December 2012 Armenia
IWannaABillionaire 29 January 2013 popular culture
Tobyc75 13 February 2013 Switzerland
Snigdhasinghsweet 20 February 2013 India
No barometer of intelligence 01 March 2013 American politics, national security
Rosser1954 04 March 2013 Scotland
Hantsheroes 17 March 2013 Canada
Tamravidhir 25 March 2013 India
20130330 30 March 2013 philosophy
BhagyaMani 19 April 2013 wildlife
Gunkarta 10 June 2013 Indonesia
Arrwiki 17 June 2013 Indian films
20130819 20 August 2013 Military
Degen Earthfast 5 September 2013 Military
20130908 8 September 2013 geology, paleontology, biology
Zictor23 19 September 2013 Chile
FreshCorp619 14 October 2013 Schools
America789 31 October 2013 Military
Buster40004 31 October 2013 Military
DrMicro 13 November 2013 medicine
Kazemita1 5 December 2013 Islam
Aetheling1125 9 December 2013 British history
Premkudva 20 December 2013 India
Purrum 15 January 2014 Australian Football
20140127 27 January 2014 Biographies
Nehapant19 18 February 2014 India
Dante8 27 March 2014 feminism
$1LENCE D00600D 17 April 2014 American military history
Norden1990 25 April 2014 Hungary
DendroNaja 17 May 2014 snakes, crime
GordyB 1 June 2014 Rugby
Cheeseladder 14 June 2014 Biographies, water sports
Trident13 22 July 2014 Britain
Superzohar 10 August 2014 Russia
Kprtqrf06 16 August 2014 Canadian military history
Zozo2kx 23 August 2014 Syria
Lactasamir 27 August 2014 Europe
Skoojal 6 September 2014 philosophy, LGBT
InfoDataMonger 9 September 2014 Medical science
Gryffindor 16 October 2014 various
El Cazangero 17 October 2014 various
20141020 20 October 2014 Native American history
Mztourist 29 October 2014 military
DocOfSoc 22 November 2014 California
20141126 22 November 2014 India
Wysinger 1 December 2014 Jazz
Ajdebre 5 December 2014 Serbia
ProfReader 1 January 2015 South Carolina
20150107 7 January 2015 Poland
Hahc21 18 January 2015 music
Jackninja5 21 March 2015 History
Rick570 2 April 2015 New Zealand, Christian brothers
Headhitter 15 April 2015 Biographies, music, churches
Grunners 17 August 2015 football
Oanabay04 25 August 2015 US railways and popular media
20150927 27 September 2015 Nigeria
20151115 15 November 2015 American history
Coldcreation 15 November 2015 Art
Koala15 15 November 2015 Film
Buster7 22 November 2015 Biographies
20151212 12 December 2015 Ireland, TV shows
20170519 19 May 2017 Ghana
Aldebaran69 22 May 2017 unattributed translations about royalty
Nannadeem 23 May 2017 Pakistan, Islam
Faedra 23 May 2017 Nobility
Josephlalrinhlua786 23 May 2017 Film
Ahendra 23 May 2017 Islamic and other history
Helena Bx 24 May 2017 South Asian history
20170921 21 September 2017 Norwegian music
CJojoC 22 September 2017 Korean movies
20171031 31 October 2017 India
Jwratner1 1 December 2017 Earth
20180325 25 March 2018 Women and other minorities in history
Tanbircdq 22 August 2018 Asia
Sayerslle 11 September 2018 Politics and arthouse films
Nauriya 11 September 2018 Film and TV
20150507 11 September 2018 Animals and Cricket
Edelmand 11 September 2018 Britain and Led Zeppelin
Rochelimit 11 September 2018 Indonesian architecture
Hogie75 11 September 2018 Canadian geography
Mahussain06 11 September 2018 Boxing
Dunks58 11 September 2018 Australia, Milesago.com
20190125 25 January 2019 American military
MatteoNL97 24 July 2019 Cigarettes and motorcycles
Contaldo80 24 July 2019 Homosexuality and religion
Dead.rabbit 24 July 2019 Bangladesh BLPs
Flooded with them hundreds 24 July 2019 Music
Lightburst 24 July 2019 Misc.
20190724 24 July 2019 Unatributed NASA copies
Favre1fan93 24 July 2019 Superhero media
20190724a 24 July 2019 Terrorisim in India
Kailash29792 26 December 2019 Indian cinema
Dutchy85 26 December 2019 Old films and TV
Angel Angel 2 15 January 2020 Eastern Europe
20200212 12 February 2020 Aviation and transport
20200411 11 April 2020 India: Assam
Georgiano 22 May 2020 Caucasus history
RCFrancis 16 July 2020 Book spam
Dhollm 19 July 2020 Science
Snickers2686 21 July 2020 American politics
ZarhanFastfire 29 July 2020 Canadian art
Isinbill 22 August 2020 Ethnic groups and Mexico
Veillg1 2 September 2020 Machine translations, Quebec
Jjaey 7 September 2020 Asian celeberties
Lmmnhn 7 September 2020 Hong Kong
Kiraroshi1976 16 September 2020 American culture and movies
20201008 8 October 2020 Britain
20201108 8 November 2020 Royalty and foreign arthouse films
20201122 22 November 2020 The Middle East and technology
Giangkiefer 27 November 2020 Film
Comhar 27 November 2020 Ireland
Greenock125 30 November 2020 Songs
Sengkang 7 December 2020 Singapore geography
211.237.125.110 7 December 2020 Japan
ZaDoraemonzu 7 December 2020 International relations
Ssolbergj 24 December 2020 The EU and Europe
Obetpaguia 9 January 2021 Filipino athletes
JoeScarce 9 January 2021 Catholicism and news
Kangaroo18 10 January 2021 Radio stations
20210111 11 January 2021 Britain
Shootingstar88 26 January 2021 Sexuality
20210126a 26 January 2021 Books and art pop
20210126b 26 January 2021 Film
20210126c 26 January 2021 Film
20210127 27 January 2021 Nigeria
Yprpyqp 27 January 2021 Gun images
20210127b 27 January 2021 British sports
20210127c 27 January 2021 Alcohol
Backendgaming 28 January 2021 Asia, music, and news
20210128 28 January 2021 Indian cinema
20210206 6 February 2021 Guyana
Manannan51 15 February 2021 Catholic
TheriusRooney 4 March 2021 Motoring
Ruigeroeland 6 March 2021 Species
Troy86 12 March 2021 Brazil
20210314 14 March 2021 Austrialia, world history
20210315 15 March 2021 Misc. american history
Kahsiav 16 March 2021 India
Vvven 22 March 2021 Ibero-America
Jjanhone 24 March 2021 Finland
Agastya11 2 April 2021 India
20210410 10 April 2021 Tamil movies
Amshpatten 16 April 2021 Indian history and culture
20210418 18 April 2021 Military history
Chzz 21 April 2021 Misc.
Lg16spears 24 April 2021 Movies and TV shows
BornonJune8 25 April 2021 American sports and TV
20210426 26 April 2021 American politics
Verosaurus 30 April 2021 Ships
Onlinenow 30 April 2021 Texas
WikiProject Tropical cyclones 8 May 2021 Guess what?
Albertaont 11 May 2021 Current events
Rockysantos 11 May 2021 Portugal
CommanderWaterford 27 May 2021 Misc.
20210529 29 May 2021 South Sudan
20210531 31 May 2021 World history
LupEnd007 4 June 2021 Rap music
Beatgr 13 June 2021 Spaceflight

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Address tagged copyright concerns
  1. Look in one of the categories or project pages listed in the box above; select and investigate an article or image tagged as a copyright concern.
  2. If the problem can be easily addressed, address it. For example, if an image lacks a non-free use rationale but you can supply one, do. If an article is copied from a compatibly licensed source but provides no attribution, attribute it. You may also consider requesting copyright permission. (See below for specific ideas for various forums of concern.)
  3. Make sure the problem is listed at the proper forum, with all necessary information. For instance, if an article is at Wikipedia:Suspected copyright violations and it should be tagged for speedy deletion as it meets criterion WP:CSD#G12, tag it with {{Db-g12}}. If you have located licensing information that suggests an image at WP:PUF may be properly licensed, note it.
  4. Make sure that others interested in the file or article are aware of the problem, where appropriate. For instance, if an article is listed at WP:CP but the article itself is not tagged {{copyvio}} or if an image is listed at WP:PUF but the image caption at an article is not tagged {{pufc}}, add those tags.
  5. Make sure that the contributor has been notified, usually with the notification template for the purpose.
  6. If copyright concerns seem valid, check the contribution history of the contributor to ensure that there are not other copyright issues that need to be addressed. If contributions are extensive enough to warrant additional assistance, request it at the project's talk page.
Work on collaborative projects
  • Keep the Noticeboard up to date.
    Add new, related issues from Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Policies or other areas. Remove resolved.
  • Contribute to the clean-up efforts listed on the noticeboard.
  • Check the project's talk page to see if a contributor check is required.
Help keep an eye out for new infringement
  • Watch endangered articles. Certain article types, like television episode guides, on Wikipedia are particularly prone to copyright misuse. It's a good idea to watchlist one or a number of these articles to guard against the introduction of infringement.
  • Keep an eye on Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion to help ensure that redirects are not deleted if they have significant page history needed to provided CC-BY-SA and GFDL attribution after page merges. Template:Splitfrom can be placed on talk pages of articles or redirects from which material has been copied to indicate that the page history is needed for this reason.
  • Keep an eye out for infringement at points where articles with substantial new content may be listed, including Special:NewPages and Template talk:Did you know.
Help spread the word

Wikipedians wishing to help clean copyright concerns should be reasonably familiar with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines related to copyright. In addition to links in the "Wikipedia Copyright" box, useful resources may include:

For background on some of these issues, as well as current trends, see: