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Non-free media information and use rationale – non-free book cover for The Selfish Gene

This is the front cover art for the book The Selfish Gene written by Richard Dawkins. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Oxford University Press, or the cover artist.


It is believed that the cover art can or could be obtained from Oxford University Press.


The Selfish Gene

Portion used

The entire front cover. Because the image is a book cover, 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 book 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 work, namely the book cover creator's ability to provide book cover design services and in turn marketing books to the public.


As a book cover, the image is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the packaging of the book would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary. Using a different image in the infobox would be misleading as to the identity of the work.

Other information

Use of the book cover 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 The Selfish Gene//

The cover of Richard Dawkins' 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. The cover is a painting by zoologist Desmond Morris entitled The Expectant Valley, one of a series of surrealist works that includes what Morris describes as "biomorphs".


== Fair use rationale for The Selfish Gene and Richard Dawkins ==

This image of the book cover of The Selfish Gene, The Selfish Gene2.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 best known work and, as the cover of the original edition, illustrates important aspects of the articles.

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current07:07, 5 December 2017Thumbnail for version as of 07:07, 5 December 2017254 × 393 (22 KB)Theo's Little Bot (talk | contribs)Reduce size of non-free image (BOT - disable)
23:21, 14 September 2006No thumbnail300 × 465 (20 KB)BlytheG (talk | contribs) {{Book cover}}
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