Wikipedia:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup/Resources

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This page collects resources related to Wikipedia:WikiProject Copyright Cleanup and its work.

The basics[edit]

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:

Where to find copyright concerns[edit]

Tools that may be of assistance in copyright investigations[edit]

  • Copyright Violation Detector. This runs an internet scan of article content, excluding known Wikipedia mirrors. It will scan older versions of articles, if you input the permanent url instead of the article name. This may help locate sources, but does not search googlebooks and is particularly likely to miss close paraphrasing issues. However, it can be a very good resource for detecting sources copied.
  • Duplication Detector. This runs a comparison between an article and a specific other document, including pdfs and documents you upload, ranking duplications in text according to amount matched. It may not detect close parpahrasing. It is customizable in a number of ways, including permitting the exclusion of quotations and numbers and specifying the number of words to look for. Its output can be linked through the template {{dupdet|article|url}}
  • Wikiblame. Accessible under the "history" tab of every page on Wikipedia as "Revision history search", this tool can be useful in determining when a run of text first entered an article, thereby helping to determine if text evolved naturally or came in at one chunk. It is also useful in identifying the problematic contributor if copyright issues are confirmed.
  • Contribution Surveyor. This tool is used for WP:CCI. It lists all the articles to which a contributor has contributed, with diffs, clustered and ranked by contributions that are most likely to be copyright violations. Options allow eliminating "reversions" and "minor edits" and specifying date ranges for output (after the scan). The output size can also be modified by number of reports per page. This may be helpful in determining if a CCI is needed.

Copyright maintenance templates[edit]

There are a number of copyright maintenance templates that have been created to facilitate marking and correcting issues with articles and files and communicating with contributors. Please add new templates as these are devised and remove older ones that are deprecated. All templates in these tables should be included in Category:Copyright maintenance templates, since all relate to copyright maintenance.

For article and article talk[edit]

For files[edit]

For user pages[edit]

Project resources[edit]

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, please add this userbox by adding {{User WikiProject Copyright Cleanup}} to your user page.

Checked copyright icon.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Copyright Cleanup

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.

Contributors to copyright cleanup, whether a member of this project or not, can be thanked for their efforts with a note of appreciation or one of Wikipedia's "awards", like {{The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar}}:

CopyClean Barnstar.png The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar

To bestow the barnstar, add {{The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar|Your message here ~~~~}} to the talk page of the editor.

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Offline resources[edit]

Some members of this WikiProject have found the following offline resources helpful:

  • Fishman, Stephen (2006). Richard Stim, ed. The Public Domain: How to Find and Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art, and More (3rd ed.). Nolo. ISBN 978-1-4133-0454-1. 

See also[edit]

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