Wikipedia:Red flags of copyright violation
This page is an essay on notability.
Editors that contribute to review of WP:AFC submissions and patrol new pages observe some recurring items in articles which turn out to be copyright violations. These all boil down to a level of writing or photography which is "too good to be true", especially from a new editor. A writing style that most editors are unlikely to use themselves but a professional writer especially one tasked with promoting a business or other entity is likely to use. These red flags can be indicators that further investigation is warranted to ensure there is no copyright violation.
- All capitals in the article title or sections. Web pages use this to grab attention. Small caps typesetting looks one way on web page but when copied and pasted to a text format like Wikipedia, appears all caps. Seeing this in a wikipedia article can be an indication that it was copied and pasted from a webpage.
- Promotional sounding language this is a problem in itself but can also be an indicator that the material was copied from elsewhere.
- Polished writing from new editors or long articles lacking wiki formatting New editors don't create articles that are as well written or formatted as experienced ones. When a well written and formatted article shows up from a new editor, a check to ensure it wasn't copied from somewhere is warranted.
- 1st person tense This can also indicate WP:COI
- Sounds like a press release probably because it was copied from a press release.
- Long articles lacking wiki formatting
- professional looking images examples include portraits that appear to have been taken in a studio setting, the photographers generally retain copyright of those images.
- reference formatting without the actual references. The most common example is parenthetical numbers which would refer to a reference list, except there is no reference list. This normally indicates a copy from a term paper or academic article where that is this preferred style.
- A Google search on a particularly well written sentence can locate the original source
- for images, visit Google image search and drag the image onto the search box to search Google on that image.