Monday, April 16, 2007

Fair use Icon from Wikipedia

Here is a clip from Wikipedia where the item editor posts this low resolution copy of the cover of The Selfish Gene.

It describes how the editor justifies the "fair use"of the image, and is worth reading for its detailed description of the justification.

Could it be that all Networked Books should use a similar fair use statement and the wikipedia icon?

"This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or the publisher of the book. It is believed that the use of low-resolution images of book covers

qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Other use of this image, on Wikipedia or elsewhere, might be copyright infringement. See Wikipedia:Fair use for more information.

To the uploader: please add a detailed fair use rationale for each use, as described on Wikipedia:Image description page, as well as the source of the work and copyright information. Please include in your fair use rationale details of the particular edition (publisher, market & year of publication) of the edition you have used, and also acknowledge any cover artist if such artist is acknowledged in that edition's frontmatter. If the book cover is in the public domain (see Wikipedia:Public domain), then use the appropriate public domain tag rather than this one.

[edit] Fair use rationale for The Selfish Gene and Richard Dawkins

This image of the book cover of The Selfish Gene, The Selfish Gene3.jpg, is being linked to both from the article on the book and the article on the author. Although the picture is subject to copyright I (Mikker (...)) feel it is covered by the U.S. fair use laws because:

  1. it is a low resolution copy of a book cover;
  2. it does not limit the copyright owner's rights to sell the book in any way;
  3. copies could not be used to make illegal copies of the book;
  4. the image on the cover is significant to both articles because it is the author's most well known work and, as the cover of the original edition, illuestrates important aspects of the articles."

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