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This page is for listing and discussing possible copyright problems involving text on Wikipedia, including pages which are suspected to be copyright violations. Listings typically remain for at least five days before review and closure by a copyright problems clerk or administrator. During this time, interested contributors are invited to offer feedback about the problem at the relevant talk page, to propose revisions to the material, or to request copyright permission. After the listing period, a copyright problems board clerk or administrator will review the listing and take what further action may be necessary.

Pages listed for copyright review appear in the bottom section of the page. The top includes information for people who have copyright concerns about pages or images, for those whose pages have been tagged for concerns, for community volunteers who'd like to help resolve concerns and for the clerks and administrators who volunteer here.

If you believe a Wikipedia page has infringed on your copyright, please see special note below.
If a page you created has been marked as a copyright problem and you own copyright in the original publication (or have permission from the owner), please see this section.

Contents

Handling previously published text on Wikipedia

For more details on this topic, see Wikipedia:Copy-paste.

Under the United States law that governs Wikipedia, copyright is automatically assumed as soon as any content (text or other media) is created in a physical form. An author does not need to apply for or even claim copyright, for a copyright to exist.

Only one of the following allows works to be reused in Wikimedia projects:

A) Explicit Statement. An explicit statement (by the author, or by the holder of the rights to the work) that the material is either:

B) Public Domain. If the work is inherently in the public domain, due to its age, source or lack of originality (such as Copyright-free logos); or

C) Fair Use. United States law allows for fair use of copyrighted content, and (within limits) Wikipedia does as well. Under guidelines for non-free content, brief selections of copyrighted text may be used, but only if clearly marked and with full attribution.

Even if a source is public domain or compatibly licensed, material should be properly attributed in accordance with Wikipedia:Plagiarism. This is not only a matter of respecting local custom. When content is under a license that is compatible with Wikipedia's license, proper attribution may be required. If the terms of the compatible license are not met, use of the content can constitute a violation of copyright even if the license is compatible.

Repeated copyright violations

Contributors who repeatedly post copyrighted material (text or images) may be subject to contributor copyright investigations, to help ensure the removal from the project of all copyrighted material posted in contravention of policy. Contributors who repeatedly post copyrighted material after appropriate warnings will be blocked from editing, to protect the project; see 17 United States Code § 512.

Backwards copying: when Wikipedia had (or may have had) it first

In some instances, it is clear that two pieces of text (one on Wikipedia, and one elsewhere) are copies of each other, but not clear which piece is the original and which is the copy. "Compliant" sites that copy Wikipedia text note that they have done so, but not all of our re-users are compliant.

If you've found such a case, you might first check the discussion page to see if a note has been added to the top of the talk page to allay people's concerns. If not, you can look for clues. Do other pages in the other website copy other Wikipedia articles? Did the content show up on Wikipedia all in once piece, placed by a single editor? If you don't see good evidence that Wikipedia had it first, it's a good idea to bring it up for investigation. You might follow the Instructions for listing below or tag the article {{copy-paste|url=possible source}} so that others can evaluate. If you confirm definitely that the content was on Wikipedia first, please consider adding {{backwardscopy}} to the article's talk page with an explanation of how you know.

If you see an article somewhere else which was copied from Wikipedia without attribution, you might visit the CC-BY-SA compliance page or Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks.

Instructions for listing text-based copyright concerns

"WP:CPI" redirects here. For the page that protects extremely high-risk templates, see Wikipedia:Cascade protected items.
Copyright owners: If you believe Wikipedia is infringing your copyright, you may request immediate removal of the copyright violation. Alternatively, you may contact Wikipedia's designated agent under the terms of the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act. You are also welcome to follow the procedures here. See the copyright policy for more information.

Blatant infringement

Pages exhibiting blatant copyright infringements may be speedily deleted if:

  • Content was copied from a source which does not have a license compatible with Wikipedia, and the content was copied from that source to Wikipedia and not the other way around (Wikipedia has numerous mirrors);
  • The page can neither be restored to a previous revision without infringing content, nor would the page be viable if the infringing content were removed.
  • There is no credible assertion of public domain, fair use, or a free license.

To nominate an article for speedy deletion for copyright concerns, add one of these to the page:

Both of these templates will generate a notice that you should give the contributor of the content. This is important to help ensure that they do not continue to add copyrighted content to Wikipedia. An administrator will examine the article and decide whether to delete it or not. You should not blank the page in this instance.

Suspected or complicated infringement

If infringement is not blatant or the speedy deletion criteria do not apply:

  • Remove the infringing text or revert the page to a non-copyrighted version if you can.
    The infringing text will remain in the page history for archival reasons unless the copyright holder asks the Wikimedia Foundation to remove it (unless it is tagged for {{copyvio-revdel}}. Please note the reason for removal in the edit summary and at the article's talk page (you may wish to use {{subst:cclean}}). When possible, please identify and alert the contributor of the material to the problem. The template {{Uw-copyright}} may be used for this purpose.
  • However, if all revisions have copyright problems, the removal of the copyright problem is contested, or reversion/removal is otherwise complicated:
  • Replace the text with one of the following:

    {{subst:copyvio|url=insert URL here}}

    {{subst:copyvio|identify non-web source here}}

  • Go to today's section and add

    * {{subst:article-cv|PageName}} from [insert URL or identify non-web source here] ~~~~

    to the bottom of the list. Put the page's name in place of "PageName". If you do not have a URL, enter a description of the source. (This text can be copied from the top of the template after substituting it and the page name and url will be filled for you.) If there is not already a page for the day, as yours would be the first listing, please add a header to the top of the page using the page for another date as an example.
  • Advise the contributor of the material at their talk page. The template on the now blanked page supplies a notice you may use for that purpose.

Instructions for special cases

  • Probable copyvios without a known source: If you suspect that a page contains a copyright violation, but you cannot find a source for the violation (so you can't be sure that it's a violation), do not list it here. Instead, place {{cv-unsure|~~~|2=FULL_URL}} on the page's talk page, but replace FULL_URL with the full URL of the page version that you believe contains a violation. (To determine the URL, click on "Permanent link" in the toolbox area, and copy the URL.)
  • Instances where one contributor has verifiably introduced copyright problems into multiple pages or files and assistance is needed in further review: See Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations.

Instructions for handling image copyright concerns

For more details on this topic, see Wikipedia:Guide to image deletion.

Image copyright concerns are not handled on this board. For images that are clear copyright violations, follow the procedure for speedy deletion; otherwise list at Files for Discussion. To request assistance with contributors who have infringed copyright in multiple articles or files, see Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations.

Responding to articles listed for copyright investigation

Copyright owners and people editing on their behalf or with their permission, please see below.

Any contributor is welcome to help investigate articles listed for copyright concerns, although only administrators, copyright problems board clerks, and OTRS team members should remove {{copyvio}} tags and mark listings resolved.

Assistance might include supplying evidence of non-infringement (or, conversely, of infringement) or obtaining and verifying permission of license. You might also help by rewriting problematic articles.

Supplying evidence of non-infringement

Articles are listed for copyright investigation because contributors have reason to suspect they constitute a copyright concern, but not every article listed here is actually a copyright problem. Sometimes, the content was on Wikipedia first. Sometimes, the article is public domain or compatibly licensed and can be easily fixed by supplying attribution (e.g. through a dummy edit). Sometimes, the person who placed it here is the copyright owner of freely-licensed material and this simply needs to be verified.

If you can provide information to prove license or public domain status of the article, please do. It doesn't matter if you do it under the listing for the article on the copyright problems board or on the talk page of the article; a link or a clear explanation can be very helpful when a clerk or administrator evaluates the matter. (As listings are not immediately addressed on the board, it may take a few days after you make your note before a response is provided.)

If the article is tagged for {{copyvio}}, you should allow an administrator or copyright problems clerk to remove the tag. If the article is tagged for {{copy-paste}} or {{close paraphrasing}}, you may remove the tag from the article when the problem is addressed (or disproven), but please do not close the listing on the copyright problems board itself.

Obtaining/verifying permission

Sometimes material was placed on Wikipedia with the permission of the copyright owner. Sometimes copyright owners are willing to give permission (and proper license!) even if it was not.

Any contributor can write to the owner of copyright and check whether they gave or will give permission (or maybe they in fact posted it here!). See Wikipedia:Example requests for permission. In either case, unless a statement authorizing the material under compatible license is placed online at the point of original publication, permission will need to be confirmed through e-mail to the Wikimedia Foundation. See Wikipedia:Confirmation of permission. If a compatible license is placed online at the point of original publication, please provide a link to that under the listing for the article on the copyright problems board or on the talk page of the article.

Please note that it may take a few days for letters to clear once they are sent. Do not worry if the content is deleted prematurely; it can be restored at any point usable permission is logged.

Rewriting content

Any contributor may rewrite articles that are or seem to be copyight problems to exclude duplicated or closely paraphrased text. When articles or sections of articles are blanked as copyright problems, this is done on a temporary page at Talk:PAGENAME/Temp so that the new material can be copied over the old. (The template blanking the article will link to the specific temporary page.)

Please do not copy over the version of the article that is a copyright problem as your base. All copied content, or material derived from it, should be removed first. Other content from the article can be used, if there is no reason to believe that it may be a copyright issue as well. It is often a good idea - and essential when the content is copied from an inaccessible source such as a book - to locate the point where the material entered the article and eliminate all text added by that contributor. This will help avoid inadvertently continuing the copyright issues in your rewrite. If you use any text at all from the earlier version of the article, please leave a note at the talk page of the article to alert the administrator or clerk who addresses the listing. The history of the old article will then have to be retained. (If the original turns out to be non-infringing, the two versions of the article can be merged.)

Rewrites can be done directly in articles that have been tagged for {{close paraphrasing}} and {{copy-paste}}, with those tags removed after the rewrite is complete.

Please review Wikipedia:Copy-paste and the linked guidelines and policies within it if necessary to review Wikipedia's practices for handling non-free text. Reviewing Wikipedia:Plagiarism is also helpful, particularly where content is compatibly licensed or public domain. Repairing these issues can sometimes be as simple as supplying proper attribution.

Copyright owners who submitted their own work to Wikipedia (or people editing on their behalf)

If you submitted work to Wikipedia which you had previously published and your submission was marked as a potential infringement of copyright, then stating on the article's talk page that you are the copyright holder of the work (or acting as his or her agent), while not likely to prevent deletion, helps. To completely resolve copyright concerns, it is sufficient to either:

See also Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials.

Please note that it may take a bit of time for letters and e-mails to clear once they are sent. Do not worry if the content is deleted prematurely; it can be restored at any point usable permission is logged. Your e-mail will receive a response whether the permission is usable or not. If you have not received a response to your letter within two weeks, it is a good idea to follow up.

One other factor you should consider, however, is that content that has been previously published elsewhere may not meet Wikipedia's specific guidelines and policies. If you are not familiar with these policies and guidelines, please review especially the core policies that govern the project. This may help prepare you to deal with any other issues with the text that may arise.

Should you choose to rewrite the content rather than release it under the requisite license, please see above.

Information about the people who process copyright problems listed on the board

Copyright problems board clerks

For a more complete description of clerks and their duties, as well as a list of active clerks, please see Wikipedia:Copyright problems/Clerks.

Copyright problems board clerks are experienced editors on Wikipedia who have demonstrated familiarity with Wikipedia's approach to non-free text and its processes for dealing with them. They are trusted to evaluate and close listings, although their closures may sometimes require completion by administrators, when use of administrative tools is required. Clerks are periodically reviewed by the administrators who work in copyright areas on Wikipedia.

Copyright problems board administrators

For a more complete description of administrators on Wikipedia, please see Wikipedia:Administrators.

Any administrator may work the copyright problems board. Working the copyright problems board may involve evaluating listings personally or using tools as necessary to complete closures by clerks. Clerks have been evaluated in their work, and their recommendations may be implemented without double-checking, although any administrator is welcome to review recommendations and discuss them with the clerks in question.

Closing listings

Pages should stay listed for a minimum of 5 days before they are checked and processed by copyright problems board clerks, 7 days before they are checked or processed by administrators, who close the daily listings. OTRS agents who verify images may close listings at any time.

For advice for resolving listings, see:

The templates collected at Template:CPC may be useful for administrators, clerks and OTRS agents noting resolution.

Listings of possible copyright problems

Very old issues

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2015 October 25:

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Yikes, Justlettersandnumbers! Do we still need to spot-check other edits? That one was pretty bad. If I had known how widespread it was, I might have stubbed it to begin with. :( I thinkI got it all. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 02:09, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
Moonriddengirl, I haven't looked at this recently. But the quick off-the-top-of-my-head reply from what I recall is "yes, definitely". I'll try to dig a bit later today. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 09:02, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Justlettersandnumbers, I've found copy-pasting in Ethnicity (album). That was an unsourced copy-paste, so we have plagiarism going on here as well. That means, sadly, that we can't rely on this user to identify where he copied his content from. :( I don't have time to look through it at the moment, but there's definitely copy-pasting in this edit (and close paraphrase) at least from [1] (the epiphany line and subsequent.) We may be heading towards a CCI here. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 12:32, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2015 November 28:

  • Psychonaut, I'm not managing to access that page, either directly or via archive.org. Can you provide a different link? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 14:46, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
  • [2]. That particular section was removed, though there is possibly more to be concerned about. MER-C 12:18, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2016 January 13:

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Revdelete request added for admin attention. As Trey Maturin has said, the editor wasn't notified; but he/she has been indeffed since 2012, so I don't think that matters. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 18:58, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
  • This editor, Barbara Osgood, may need looking at more carefully. She has text-copyvio warnings going back to 2008 (from Moonriddengirl) and 2011 (from Shirt58), and appears to have copied publisher's blurbs (or descriptions from Amazon or somewhere) as plot summaries in several articles, including the one above and The Killing Doll, partly from the book itself. I'm having some trouble seeing whether there's enough to justify a CCI request. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 18:58, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

From Wikipedia:Copyright problems/2016 May 20:

Looks as if there may be around 234 articles to be checked, Doc James. If you've already identified about five instances of infringement, the next step could be a WP:CCI request. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 22:28, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
User says they will rewrit [3] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:01, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Older than 7 days

Below are articles that have been listed here for longer than 7 days. At this point, they may be processed by any administrator (see WP:CPAA). When every ticket on a day is clear, the day may be removed.

6 February 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)
Source checked. Page is now clear of any copyvio from gs.org page (which often violates copyright on the material it propagates too.) Buckshot06 (talk) 19:58, 30 March 2016 (UTC)
I found and removed another large chunk of copyvio. The whole article needs to be checked, as well as the edits of RabeaMalah. MER-C 04:29, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
Best as I can see, there's none left in this article, but am doing a small CCI. The biggest issue I see is unattributed translation from ArWP. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 17:57, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Got it down to three articles and am out of time. Most issues are unattributed copy-pastes from other articles or translations from other languages, but there is also some blatant copyvio. Buckshot06 helped keep some of this from being worse by holding the line on sourcing. :) --Moonriddengirl (talk) 18:57, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
I'll poke at this when I can, but if somebody wants to help out there are some tells: if the content is not particularly comprehensible English, it is likely a poor translation from another language Wikipedia. (It is also likely to have been unsourced and to be already gone.) If the content is properly formatted on arrival, it is probably copied from an English Wikipedia article without attribution, which needs repair. If it is polished English without sources, it is most likely copied from an external site. Country Studies has been copied without attribution many times, but so have fully reserved sources, and some of that content remains. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 12:54, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Remaining articles to be checked
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 04:29, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

10 April 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)
  • Copyvio version deleted, recreation clean. MER-C 03:45, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting wait red.svg Article cleaned, still needs a history purge to remove original copyvio. --Kevin Rutherford (talk) 13:48, 14 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Done. MER-C 12:41, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Zdzisław Piernik (history · last edit · rewrite) from Culture.pl. However, the Culture.pl page seems to be a translation of content itself based on the Polish Wikipedia's article on Piernik, compare [4] and [5]. It should be released under a free license as a derivative work of our Polish article, but I see no indication that it actually is. Huon (talk) 14:23, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa (talk) 21:54, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa (talk) 22:08, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Death of Manon Dubé, direct copy from this book from the first edit by User:Jallore. According to Talk:Death of Manon Dubé, the editor was a contributor to the book and that was enough for those people but I don't know being a contributor is sufficient since the book wasn't released a copyleft so I think that means that the other author's copyright and the publisher copyright remain. The editor's other editing at Death of Theresa Allore I had to extensively delete due to copyrights existing at a particular blog which has the same name with the editor's but it's just complicated. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 20:54, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

17 April 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)

18 April 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 19:46, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment. I believe the above two reports are the result of the editor's failure to exercise proper discretion in the use of the duplicate detector tool. In the case of Jack Mitchell (photographer), the edits in question are over four years old: and include proper nouns, place names and generic statements of fact, which cannot be copyvios. And while it is a newer article, the same applies to Suzi Bass Award. Each article also has several other reliably sourced and properly attributed references listed. So to tag the entire articles, and before discussion on the article's talk pages, is a concern. As is the proposed threat of WP:WIKIHOUNDING my entire 10 year edit history, as has also been hinted at here. X4n6 (talk) 11:58, 18 April 2016 (UTC)
  • User:Timeheritage - contributions . This editor has been cautioned for copyvio a number of times since he began in 2015. This February (mainly 9-11th) he went on a spree of creating new articles on Ancient Greek monuments and sites, and adding to others, at a rate that would be impossible if he were writing them. I believe he is copying or translating from foreign language works (not all that well) such as site guides, which he gives as refs. This is also suggested by him not formatting the paragraphs correctly. Johnbod (talk) 14:40, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

20 April 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 21:39, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 21:39, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

21 April 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 08:13, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 08:13, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

24 April 2016

Copyright investigations (manual article tagging)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:48, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Kavdiamanju (talk) 10:07, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted for a reason other than copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:48, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:48, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
CCI requested. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 12:15, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Creator and a new user has removed the Copyvio template without approval from admin. Velella, can you please take a look at it. Kavdiamanju (talk) 10:30, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
  • It looks as though most of the copy vio material has been diluted out. There is still some quite close paraphrasing of another of the sources but not sufficient to justify a current concern about copyright violation. I am content to withdraw this report  Velella  Velella Talk   17:06, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

22 May 2016

  • Redirected. MER-C 04:05, 19 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Rewrite moved into place. MER-C 07:48, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

28 May 2016

2 June 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 22:03, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 22:03, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

4 June 2016

1994 Heathrow mortar attacks (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/chron/ch94.htm. Petebutt (talk) 17:09, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 22:20, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  • I have not looked in detail but the citation style in Causation (law) means that some of it at least will probably turn out to be a copyright violation. -- PBS (talk) 18:01, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

9 June 2016

  • Copyvio in this one is more extensive than the tagged section and given source. This needs a thorough search. MER-C 13:02, 8 August 2016 (UTC)
please help, i've written this article out of pure love for the music and don't understand why it is considered as copyright infringement. All the references are at the bottom. I know you all are super busy which is why I really appreciate your help. thx:Jonathan Tessier (talk) 19:50, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
  • (moved comment to be under the entry in question). I will reply on your talk page CrowCaw 21:31, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
  • NOTE: Author is working on a rewrite on the Talk/temp page. CrowCaw 21:48, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

23 June 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 06:24, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 21:52, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Medical education in Jordan (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/01421590903196953. The article was started back in June 2010, with the first version appearing to be entirely replicating text from the first three pages of an article published in Medical Teacher, which was first made available online on 22 January 2010. The source, Medical Teacher, is a journal that requires subscription to view the full-text version of the article, so this might make it more difficult for the similarity to be detected using some of the online tools. The copy of the article that I have referred to is clearly marked as copyright. I had figured the copyright violation was so extensive that I initially opted to nominate the article for speedy deletion. The speedy was declined, with the admin Fish and karate making reference in their edit summary to the original editor Ymousa having indicated that that he had permission to reproduce the article in question. I cannot see any indication on the talk page of the article or the other editors of how this claim was made or verified, so I have brought the matter here. Drchriswilliams (talk) 20:25, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
    • I don't make any claims to believe the original author or not, but it's enough that a slightly less cursory review than speedy deletion is warranted. fish&karate 08:43, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
      • Just to clarify-I don't have any issue with the nomination for speedy deletion being declined. I made reference to it to help provide any reviewers with some background. Drchriswilliams (talk) 21:29, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

30 June 2016

  • Pictogram voting support.svg Backwardscopy. Attributes Wikipedia. --Kuru (talk) 02:09, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:45, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

5 July 2016

  • Pictogram voting support.svg No copyright concern. Material PD or appropriately licensed for use. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 13:23, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

7 July 2016

8 July 2016

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment: Most of the copy-pasted text seems to consist of quotations between quotation marks. --HyperGaruda (talk) 12:15, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Agreed, the article mainly suffers from excessive non-transformative use of quotes, similar to the form "According to <x>, 'long quote providing content'"> I've explained this on the talk page and suggested a collaborative re-write between disagreeing parties. CrowCaw 18:54, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 22:37, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 02:36, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
  • MER-C: I don't think so. The article is still a clear violation of copyright. --Mhhossein (talk) 05:54, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Claus Drexel (history · last edit · rewrite) from [12]. Article is not a G12 because not all of the article is copied and pasted from that website, however if you disagree with me, please let me know. Hx7 22:41, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

11 July 2016

19 July 2016

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 23:45, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

11 September 2016

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 00:22, 17 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 00:22, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

13 September 2016

Symbol question.svg Question: hello, whatever happened here? still tagged and covered. I wuz gonna assess for WikiProject Dogs... Fylbecatulous talk 12:54, 1 December 2016 (UTC)
This article was temporarily tagged for deletion, but that tag was removed because of the earlier tag for copyvio. The result is that this one is still on the backlog for investigation.  —jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 14:24, 1 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 00:51, 17 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 00:51, 17 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Note: Not confirmed, but ticket:2016091910007501 relates to this page. This case is a little difficult because the source URL is now dead (account suspended?), and the website's contact page doesn't seem to be archived in the Wayback Machine, so I am not sure how to verify the identity of the sender. Mz7 (talk) 21:30, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

14 September 2016

  • Pictogram voting question-blue.svg OTRS pending but not yet verified, relisting under today's entry. ticket:2016081910002945 -- Amanda (aka DQ) 08:15, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
  • I might be screwing up how i'm doing this...fix as needed please. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 08:18, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

17 September 2016

  • Location-based advertising (history · last edit · rewrite) from https://yourstory.com/2015/06/location-based-marketing/, http://searchsalesforce.techtarget.com/definition/location-based-marketing-LBM. Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:23, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Olivier Anthony Theurillat (history · last edit · rewrite) from Trumpet Greats – A Biographical Dictionary by D. R. Hickman, M. Laplace and E. H. Tarr (2013). The article creator implied that this was a copyright violation by saying that the text was extracted from this book. 86.17.222.157 (talk) 10:47, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Tomas Karlsson (history · last edit · rewrite) from ???. Im not sure exactly where this is from, but I found one closely phrased paragraph in the first version uploaded and I suspect there may be others in there. If it is true that this is a G12 article I'd rather delete on those grounds than on A7. Can someone look into this? TomStar81 (Talk) 11:36, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

20 September 2016

  • Cleaned, not a major or complicated copyvio after some researching. Revdel may be needed (or article deletion). (Non-administrator comment) NgYShung huh? 09:22, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

23 September 2016

28 September 2016

30 September 2016

Pity that that source is under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, which per WP:COMPLIC is not compatible with us (yet). Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 20:28, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

2 October 2016

The page from his website was deleted but the cache still shows the Wikipedia page is largely a copy: https://web.archive.org/web/20160406191301/http://sayedammar.com/about/ 67.184.81.93 (talk) 14:56, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

3 October 2016

7 October 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 12:04, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --MER-C 12:04, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Much of the source content is behind a paywall, though enough snippets found by ErinBot and DD to suggest this may be foundational. CrowCaw 20:18, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

19 October 2016

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted due to copyright concerns. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 14:06, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

5 November 2016

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted for a reason other than copyright concerns. Deleted at AFD --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 01:02, 17 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 14:04, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

6 November 2016

7 November 2016

11 November 2016

12 November 2016

13 November 2016

14 November 2016

  • Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (history · last edit · rewrite) The majority of the article seems to be ripped word for word (or close to it) from the hospital's website. The last version of the article without these issues had other issues like not having enough sources or being a stub. I have tagged the article with the ad template, the cleanup-rewrite template, and the copypaste template. Elisfkc (talk) 18:28, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

16 November 2016

17 November 2016

20 November 2016

  • History of marketing (history · last edit · rewrite) from http://www.knowthis.com/what-is-marketing/history-of-marketing. Several long paragraphs, comprising an entire section of the article, are copied verbatim from the named source; only one paragraph uses direct quotation marks. The original page reference, given as a source, was to a different page on the same website, possibly in an attempt to obscure true source of the copied prose. However, I changed the original page reference to the correct page reference before reporting it. This notice was previously placed on this page, but appears to have disappeared, so I am reinstating it. BronHiggs (talk) 06:11, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

21 November 2016

22 November 2016

23 November 2016

24 November 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. It was only one minor area, and was an overzealous tagging for CSD. ---- Amanda (aka DQ) 01:37, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

25 November 2016

Resolved, rewritten by users within a day. Demokra (talk) 20:27, 25 November 2016 (UTC)
Note: the authors says he has sufficient rights to republish the material on Wikipedia - I am not so sure: "Users who want to redistribute the content electronically or in print for commercial reuse must request permission from IEEE" - I'd say if he signed the OAPA agreement with IEEE, the text cannot be used on Wikipedia. But of course, the article is WP:COI and WP:SOAPBOX, so even if the text parts copied are verified legal, there are big issues remaining with the article (which was previously deleted as SP theory) and we should not use his text anyway. HelpUsStopSpam (talk) 21:05, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

29 November 2016

Linguistic performance seems to be fine; I didn't see any problems. Cnilep (talk) 03:27, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

2 December 2016

New listings

Notice:If the links below in this section are broken, it's because there are too many unresolved copyright problems, If enough issues are closed, they'll work again. (So help!)
(Above notice per MER-C.)
WARNING! It also means that some reported problems are not on this page!!!

New listings are not added directly to this page but are instead on daily reports. To add a new listing, please go to today's section. Instructions for adding new listings can be found at Instructions for listing text-based copyright concerns. Entries may not be reviewed and are not closed for at least 7 days to give the original authors of the article time to deal with the problem.

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4 December 2016

  • Out of date clock icon.svg User was not notified, relisting under today's entry. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 22:49, 4 December 2016 (UTC)

5 December 2016

Recent listings

Below are articles that have been listed here for 5 days or less. Anyone in the community may help clarify the copyright status on these. See the section on responding for more information.

6 December 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. Revdeletion already done. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 20:09, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

7 December 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 20:05, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

8 December 2016

  • Second opinion needed Would some kind person (MER-C, Diannaa, perhaps?) kindly take a look at this, and tell me if I am wrong to ask the admin who removed the copyvio blanking to also remove the copyvios, which in my opinion has not yet been done. Thanks, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 23:28, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 23:58, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting delete.svg Article deleted for several reasons, including copyright concerns. --The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 21:17, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

9 December 2016

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg Article cleaned by investigator or others. No remaining infringement. --— Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 21:10, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

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